Why Joe Blanton Will Be an Impact Player for the Philadelphia Phillies in 2012

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Why Joe Blanton Will Be an Impact Player for the Philadelphia Phillies in 2012
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Joe Blanton doesn't seem to get a lot of respect among us Phillies fans.

We give him nicknames like Heavy B (a nickname I love), want him traded to free up salary space (an idea I was totally behind a couple months ago) and write him letters urging the removal of his facial hair (okay maybe that was just me).

Reporters forget he won a World Series with the Phillies, and I'm going to assume the other four "cool" pitchers last season gave loser Joe lots of wedgies, noogies and wet willies.

That said, Joe Blanton has been an effective pitcher throughout his major league career, has helped the Phillies win a World Series and will have a significant impact on this 2012 season one way or another.  

Here's why Joe Blanton will be an impact player for the Phillies this season.

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