Where Are They Now: Vance Worley to the Minors

Where Are They Now: Vance Worley to the Minors

The Twins are second only to the Houston Astros for the worst team earned run average among starting pitchers in Major League Baseball (5.69), so it’s a sad state of affairs for any hurler who can’t crack that rotation – especially one that began the season as the staff ace.

Coming off of an injury-plagued 2012, things haven’t improved for 25-year-old Vance Worley since the Phillies shipped him to Minnesota in exchange for Ben Revere. As quickly as he ascended to Opening Day starter for his new club, he’s plummeted that much farther with the recent news of his demotion to Triple-A Rochester.

Following another rocky outing against the Braves on Wednesday, Worley’s record dropped to 1-5 with a 7.21 ERA through 10 starts this year. He’s surrendered the second-most hits (82) in the American League, behind only ex-teammate Joe Blanton (86) now with the Angels.

Other troubling numbers include a 1.99 WHIP and 4.62 K/9, both of which are way below Worley’s career averages. Via the St. Paul Pioneer Press:

"We're looking for performance here," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "We got him in a trade. We need performance. You've seen what's happened here in a row with our starters. We needed him to step up, and it didn't work out."

"This has been kind of a struggle the whole way," Gardenhire said. "He's never really gotten on a roll here. He had a good start last time, pretty decent, but really his starts have gone like this pretty much every time."

"He needs to go down and get going," Gardenhire said. "I think we're just searching for the guy that we got in the trade. He's got the stuff. Now he's got to put it out on the field."

Revere meanwhile has been swinging the bat a bit better of late, raising his average to .260 and on-base percentage to .302. We’re not going to describe the Phillies as the winners of this trade just yet, but at least the centerfielder is beginning to produce nearer to expectations.

That said, we hope the Vanimal hasn't hit a wall and is able to turn things around, eventually working his way back to the Majors. After watching him pitch over a full season in 2011 when he finished third in NL Rookie of the Year voting, it’s hard not to think maybe the bone chip that was affecting him and subsequent surgery that eventually ended his season early in ’12 isn’t still a factor here.

>> Minnesota Twins demote Opening Day starter Vance Worley [TwinCities.com]

NBC Sports Philadelphia Internship - Advertising/Sales

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NBC Sports Philadelphia Internship - Advertising/Sales

Position Title: Intern
Department: Advertising/Sales
Company: NBC Sports Philadelphia
# of hours / week: 10 – 20 hours

Deadline: November 20

Basic Function

This position will work closely with the Vice President of Sales in generating revenue through commercial advertisements and sponsorship sales. The intern will gain first-hand sales experience through working with Sales Assistants and AEs on pitches, sales-calls and recapping material.

Duties and Responsibilities

• Assist Account Executive on preparation of Sales Presentations
• Cultivate new account leads for local sales
• Track sponsorships in specified programs
• Assist as point of contact with sponsors on game night set up and pre-game hospitality elements.
• Assist with collection of all proof of performance materials.
• Perform Competitive Network Analysis
• Update Customer database
• Other various projects as assigned

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7. Must have unrestricted authorization to work in the US
8. Must have sophomore standing or above
9. Must have a 3.0 GPA

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Sixers Notes: Eager for rowdy opener; Joel Embiid talks back-to-backs

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Sixers Notes: Eager for rowdy opener; Joel Embiid talks back-to-backs

CAMDEN, N.J. — The Sixers first home game is Friday night, and if their season opener in Washington, D.C. was any indication of the fans’ excitement level, the Wells Fargo Center will be rowdy. 

Sixers fans traveled to the Capital One Arena on Wednesday and started a “Trust the Process” chant less than a minute into the game, much to the dismay of the Wizards crowd.

That enthusiasm and loyalty was not lost on the players. They are ready to feed off the vibe at the Wells Fargo Center when they host the Celtics. 

“First of all, Philly fans are passionate and I love that about them,” Joel Embiid said. “Just me going out there, playing hard and making plays just to get them off their seat and cheer and yell and just go crazy, I just love that type of atmosphere. It gets me going, too.”

Some players block out the noise from the stands, especially if they aren’t hitting their shots. Embiid, though, wants to hear the support and repay it on the court. 

“If I miss foul shots and then they’re cheering, I know that the next play I’ve got to do better,” he said. “I’ve got to make a crazy block or I’ve got to make a crazy play to get them going. Then that gets me going too because I love the excitement. Since I’ve been in Philly, I’ve embraced it and I just love it.”

The players don’t want the fans to hold back, either. Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot has played in intense game environments overseas and welcomes the high energy in Philadelphia. 

“Here, whenever you go in the street, people call your name, cheer for you,” Luwawu-Cabarrot said. “During the game, it gets you going. The crazier they are, the better you feel and the better you’re going to play. It’s the best thing.”

Brett Brown always has emphasized the responsibility he feels to give the crowd a quality product. He reiterated that doing his job well is on his mind every game. For the first time in his tenure, Brown can debut a roster constructed with direction and a foundation.

“I’m confident and comfortable with what we’ve built, that we can deliver this year’s team to a court knowing that the base is there, there are people we really like and see as part of the future,” he said. 

Fans at the home opener will receive a t-shirt with caricatures of Brown, Embiid, Ben Simmons, Robert Covington, JJ Redick, Markelle Fultz and Dario Saric on it. 

 

The team also is launching the PhilaFanGram camera system that fans can use to take photos with a specially-designed Sixers-themed filter. 

Back-to-backs for Embiid?
Embiid is awaiting word from the medical staff to hear if he will be cleared for back-to-back games. Following Friday's game against the Celtics, the Sixers travel to Toronto the play the Raptors on Saturday. 

"Yesterday I played and my body feels great today," Embiid said. "My knee feels amazing. I feel like if I had to play today, I feel like I would play depending on how I feel. But I feel like I’m ready."

Embiid was held out of consecutive games last season.