Phillies call out FOX Sports over tweet omitting Aaron Nola

Phillies call out FOX Sports over tweet omitting Aaron Nola

What is it going to take for Aaron Nola to get some national respect?

How about his first All-Star selection? Nope.

What about an NL-best 12 wins? Nah.

The second-best ERA in the league? Meh.

Looks like Nola will have to do even more to get the respect he deserves as evidenced by yet another diss.

Earlier Tuesday, FOX Sports MLB posted this tweet, and Phillies fans went wild. As of writing this, the tweet had more than 250 comments of people, kindly and not-so-kindly, letting it know about the glaring omission.

The Phillies even were puzzled, too.

Let’s take a look at the players on the graphic:

Max Scherzer: 11-5, 2.33 ERA, 127.2 IP, 177 K, 0.89 WHIP

Jacob deGrom: 5-4, 1.79 ERA, 115.1 IP, 142 K, 0.99 WHIP

Jon Lester: 11-2, 2.45 ERA, 106.1 IP, 81 K, 1.17 WHIP

Let’s look at Nola’s numbers:

12-2, 2.27 ERA, 123 IP, 126 K, 0.98 WHIP

No matter what numbers you like, Nola is, at the absolute worst, the third-best pitcher of the four and probably is having the second-best season in the NL.

In fact, before the season, MLB Network omitted Nola’s name from a list of 22 pitchers.

Sure, pitching in his home ballpark and with the numbers he has put up this season, Scherzer looks to be locked in as the starting pitcher for the Midsummer Classic, but there will be a time when Nola will continue to perform and his ability will be too loud to ignore.

For now, put this one on the bulletin board and keep pitching for the NL East crown.

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Jimmy Butler admits his car isn't what you'd expect

Jimmy Butler admits his car isn't what you'd expect

Sixers fans got to know Jimmy Butler really well during his introductory press conference. He even gave fans an idea of what car to look out for on the streets of Philadelphia, since it’s not at all what you’d expect.

“I still do drive a mini-van, so if you see that rolling down the street, I’m for sure in it," Butler said when he was asked to give Philadelphians an idea of who he is off the court.

According to TMZ, Jimmy Butler drives a 2017 Toyota Sienna, which starts at $29,750 and seats 7-8 of his closest friends, or teammates. The car boasts a large cargo area, perfect for parading around the Larry O’Brien trophy and it’s the only mini-van to offer all-wheel drive, which will be great considering Glenn “Hurricane” Schwartz is expecting above-average snowfall this winter.

By the end of the year, Butler will have made more than $77 million during his NBA career, meaning he could afford a fleet of roughly 2,500 Toyota Siennas, but it’s not all about the money for the 30-year-old, four-time All-Star.

While he’s due another $19+ million next season (even though he can opt-out of that deal) and is on the verge of another mega-contract, Butler has his sights set on something more important than money.

“My family is set for the rest of my life. It’s not about the money,” Butler said. “I have to be able to love where I’m at and have a great chance of winning a championship.”

It’ll be funny to see Butler’s Sienna parked next to Ben Simmons’ Ferrari in the Sixers’ player parking lot.

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Markelle Fultz shoots free throw with bizarre hitch

Markelle Fultz shoots free throw with bizarre hitch

Well this was certainly not an encouraging development in Sixers nation.

After spending his summer working on his form, Markelle Fultz's shot looked improved for the bulk of the young season. Not perfect by any means, but improved.

And then he took a free throw during the first half of action on Monday night down in Miami and had a very strange double-clutch motion. It did not look good. You can watch it above.

As NBC Sports Philadelphia's Marc Jackson pointed out during the halftime show, that's not technically even a legal free throw attempt. Fultz made one of three field goal attempts midway through the 3rd quarter as the Sixers held a six point lead.

It doesn't appear as if Fultz was injured as he is getting playing time in the second half.

It was just a few days ago that Fultz and the Sixers denied anything was wrong with him after his trainer during the summer, Drew Hanlen, tweeted out that he "wasn't healthy."

Tough to say what's going on with the second year player. We'll update this post with any reports from Fultz or the Sixers on the strange free throw attempt following the game.

UPDATE: Markelle said the ball slipped.