Gabe Kapler is the Phillies’ new manager, and this is his first managing job. So, a healthy amount of rookie mistakes should be expected. But this is not a person who is new to baseball. He played more than a dozen years in the major leagues, for 7 different teams. Though you would not know it from his first three games.
In these games — which have included 28 innings — Kapler has used 20 different pitchers. 21 if you include infielder Pedro Florimón, who is now the first non-pitcher to pitch in the month of March in major league history. Only the Miami Marlins have used more pitchers so far, and they have a better excuse, as they have played not only an extra game but had another last 17 innings.
Interestingly, the game in which Florimón pitched was not the most interesting pitching moment of the game. That came in the third inning when Kapler inexplicably removed Vince Velasquez despite the fact there was no pitcher warming up in the bullpen. Fortunately for Kapler and the team, umpire crew chief Jerry Layne took mercy on Kapler and gave relief pitcher Hoby Milner more time than the standard 2 minutes to warm up, so that he would not hurt himself.
All this actually helped the Phillies, because Brian Snitker — who is the Atlanta Braves’ manager — was so upset at Layne for helping Kapler that he got himself thrown out of the game. Afterward, Layne said that, whoever was responsible for the snafu on the part of the Phillies, should have to answer to the league.
Kaplar at least took the blame for the snafu, saying that there was “miscommunication.” But this was not even his first mistake in terms of pitching changes. On opening day, with his team up 5-0 in the fifth, he took out starter Aaron Nola, who had thrown only 68 pitches. The team eventually lost 8-5.
Following the franchise’s first ever Super Bowl victory, the Philadelphia Eagles are in a great position to take advantage of this year’s free agency market. Having already signed a few powerhouse names like Michael Bennett (pending his legal trouble), Haloti Ngata, and Mike Wallace, Howie Roseman and the rest of the Eagles’ front office should set their sights on a few offensive players still available.
Now that soon-to-be Eagles Hall of Famer Brent Celek has been released by the team, and Trey Burton (an unsung hero of Super Bowl LII) has signed with the Chicago Bears, Zach Ertz remains as the #1 tight end following a remarkable 2017-18 season in which he was consistently ranked as one of the best players at his position. While Ertz will surely have many successful years to come with the Eagles, the tight end position is now one to address.
Marcedes Lewis was recently cut by the Jacksonville Jaguars; a surprising move given the fact that the Jags picked up his 2018 option before the season started. However, they’ve recently added Austin Seferian-Jenkins and Niles Paul to their roster, rendering Lewis as an expendable player.
Though he may be turning 34 soon, Lewis is still a formidable tight end with a great ability to block, not unlike Celek. He recorded 5 touchdown receptions this past season on 318 yards as well. Should the Eagles choose to sign him, it would not cost them a compensatory pick seeing as he was released.
While his stats were a little less than impressive this past season, Richard Rogers proved to be a decent tight end for the Green Bay Packers. He would be a solid backup, complimenting Ertz, and even giving Billy Brown some competition for the no. 2 spot on the roster. Rogers has shown that he can catch very well in his time with the Packers, during which he has only missed 1 single game, meaning injuries are not a concern with him.
Anthony Fasano served as a backup tight end to the ever-impressive Travis Kelce (brother of now Philadelphia legend Jason Kelce) in Kansas City for two seasons. There, he was under the watchful eye of now Eagles Head Coach Doug Pederson when he served as the Chiefs’ Offensive Coordinator from 2013-2015. Fasano could be a relatively inexpensive option, and a solid backup to Ertz. He is yet another great blocking tight end, somewhat addressing Philadelphia’s offensive line needs as well.
A name many may be unfamiliar with, Chris Gragg was drafted by the Buffalo Bills in 2013, and has yet to really make an impact in the league. Last playing for the New York Jets in 2017, Gragg’s most recent catches were actually back in 2015 when he was still with the Bills. His stats are far from impressive, but he’s only 27 years old, and could serve as an adequate replacement to Trey Burton if he can improve his catching and blocking abilities.
Of course, there is always a chance the Eagles will target a tight end in the upcoming NFL Draft, but should they be more inclined to draft a running back or offensive tackle (which may better suit their needs at the moment), any of the players mentioned above would be sufficient signings.
*As of 4/4/18, the Eagles have officially signed free agent TE Richard Rodgers to a 1-year deal.
Unlike a tenderloin, which needs a boost from either an open charcoal fire or a hearty slug of compound butter, the Scotch fillet holds its own with unparalleled meaty flavor. As Sharples himself says, “you can’t stuff it up.”
Sausages are versatile, flavorful, and cost-effective, making them an excellent choice for any occasion. There’s a reason why just about every country has their own traditional sausage recipe.
The key to preparing good sausage is to start low and slow. Don’t force it into a hot pan right away — begin on low heat, or in a pot of simmering water (this method is a great way to draw out excess fat). Finish on a hot grill, turning often, and serve with seasonal accompaniments.
Mince is another jack-of-all-trades in the meat department, adding heft and zest to anything from poached eggs in the morning to lasagna Bolognese for dinner.
Simply brown up the meat and add it to your favorite casserole, sauce, or stew.
For the ultimate in beefy flavor, one can’t go wrong with beef short rib. Use only salt and pepper to let the flavors shine through, and be sure to allow at least five hours for cooking for premium tenderness.
A must for any special occasion, lamb can be slow-roasted (as with the short rib, allow plenty of time for cooking), or boned and thrown on a hot grill. In either case, be sure to have mint sauce or chutney on hand for serving.
About Peter Bubel
He was born in Fort Carson, Colorado at the Army Base Hospital and attended Penn State University, earning a degree in finance before getting his first job in Allentown at Dun and Bradstreet. Peter then worked in Philadelphia before transferring to Reading, Pennsylvania, where he’s lived and worked for the past 25 years.
Because Peter Bubel has learned the ins and outs of his community over the past two and a half decades, he is able to provide the best real estate services for clients from all walks of life. Peter and his family own and run PANA Rentals, a property management company that provides a variety of student, residential, and commercial property management services. Peter currently owns and manages between 50 and 100 properties. He particularly likes to help Penn State Berks Campus students find off-campus housing.
Peter Bubel loves the “small town” feeling of Reading combined with its proximity to major cities, and he does housing work in this area as well. Peter is an advocate for local affordable housing and economic improvement, and he has served on numerous housing committees and coalitions. He works with nonprofit agencies that help first-time home buyers prosper in the area, and he also shares his knowledge through various media to empower young individuals to take control of their economic outlooks. Peter Bubel has a guest spot on Berks Community Television’s Local Issues Forum, where he discusses housing and banking strategies. He has also shared his strategies via finance and entrepreneurship lectures at Albright College and St. Joseph’s University.
Peter Bubel is also a firm believer in giving back to the community.
He participates in a number of local initiatives, including the Berks MINDCO (Minority Development Council) and Housing Advisory task force. He also presents seminars in the Berks County Chamber of Commerce and works within various budgeting and stewardship committees at St. Peter’s United Church of Christ in West Lawn, Pennsylvania.
As a Penn State alumnus himself, Peter Bubel remains involved with the college and loves to attend PSU football games. His older daughter currently attends Penn State and is active in campus volunteering and fundraising efforts. She shares that philanthropic spirit with her father; Peter is the past president and vice president of Reading-Berks Habitat for Humanity, Inc. Under his guidance the affiliate was able to complete the construction of over 30 low-income homes. Peter is also a former board member of Goodwill Industries of the Keystone Area, and he currently volunteers his services at Reading Public Museum, the Children’s Home of Reading, and Boy Scouts of America.
Peter Bubel is a proud supporter of the military. His father was in the United States Army, and to this day Peter is inspired by his father’s service and by the service of current troops.
Peter Bubel outside of work
Health and fitness play a major part in Peter’s life and he stays active by playing a number of sports, especially golf and his weekly tennis games. Peter’s family is passionate about fitness as well, particularly his younger daughter, who is an avid swimmer and water polo player at her high school.
Peter Bubel also loves to travel when he can. He enjoys visiting local places throughout Pennsylvania, especially his parents’ hometown in Schuylkill County; he also loves to explore other parts of the country and see all of the unique and beautiful scenery and picturesque landscapes that our nation has to offer. Peter Bubel hopes to someday settle in a warmer climate.