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Wednesday, November 16, 2022

Phillies’ Bryce Harper set for elbow surgery; 2023 timeline unclear

Philadelphia Phillies star Bryce Harper will undergo surgery on the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow next week, team president Dave Dombrowski told reporters Wednesday, though it was not immediately clear how long the recovery timeline will be.

Harper is set for surgery Nov. 23 for a tear to the UCL that he initially suffered in April. The injury prevented him from playing in the field the rest of the season. The 30-year-old received a platelet-rich plasma injection in his right elbow in May and shifted to the designated hitter role.

It was not yet known whether Harper will undergo Tommy John surgery, Dombrowski said.

“We have no prognosis, really, until [the surgeon] goes into the elbow and takes a look at it,” Dombrowski said. “We’ll have something at that time with the surgery and the anticipation something will happen. I think it will slow him down for the season. We’ll know more next week.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 16, 2022 at 11:52 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, phillies

Monday, November 07, 2022

2022 World Series- How Dusty Baker’s Astros beat the Phillies

The Astros and Chicago Cubs were in agreement on a trade to send star catcher Willson Contreras to the Astros for starter Jose Urquidy, four sources familiar with the deal told ESPN. The straight-up trade was agreed upon, pending owner approval. That approval never came.

During the 2022 season, as the Astros churned toward a regular-season win total one shy of their franchise record, relationships outside the clubhouse soured, according to sources. Owner Jim Crane, who paid a record $5 million fine levied by commissioner Rob Manfred for the cheating scandal, took a more hands-on role in baseball operations. New voices, such as Astros Hall of Fame first baseman Jeff Bagwell, grew in prominence. And when Click tried to execute the trade for Contreras—a pending free agent who is not regarded as a good defensive catcher but would’ve ably filled the hole at designated hitter that plagued the Astros during the postseason—another prominent name let his opposition be known: Dusty Baker.

“Much as I like Willson Contreras, Urquidy was one of our best pitchers then,” Baker said. “I needed a guy that wasn’t going to complain about not playing every day. And this is his [free agent] year. See, that’s tough. When you trade for a player in his [free agent] year. Everybody’s about numbers and stuff, and I can’t blame them, no doubt. But that’s not what we needed.”

In the best organizations, the general manager’s and manager’s aspirations cohere. Both Click’s and Baker’s contracts are now expired, and the 2022 season illustrated how lame-duck status for both simultaneously can influence something as seminal as player acquisition. Dealing Urquidy, a 27-year-old right-hander with three years of team control until he reaches free agency, made sense to the Astros’ front office, particularly with the team’s starting pitching depth. Crane—who when asked for comment walked into the clubhouse that was closed off to reporters—disagreed and spiked the deal, only furthering widespread concerns among front-office members that despite maintaining the Astros’ success, Click’s return is no given. Click declined comment.

jimfurtado Posted: November 07, 2022 at 05:54 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, phillies

Saturday, November 05, 2022

Bomb threats and prank calls: ‘All hell broke loose’ for Philadelphia restaurants in World Series food fiasco

It’s not often that the citizens of Philly are the victims of pro sports-related abuse, rather than the perps.

Mike’s BBQ and Angelo’s Pizza, two popular South Philly businesses that often provide food to the city’s professional teams, even engaged in social media posts joking about not accommodating the opposing team.

Danny DiGiampietro, the owner of Angelo’s Pizzeria on 9th Street, told The Post that Houston fans have been prank-calling his eatery nonstop — with some hecklers even tracking down his license plate and his home address to share online.

On Tuesday, an individual claiming to be a cousin of an Angelo’s staffer tweeted that Astros fans “threatening to bomb his store.” They explained the pizzeria closed at 7 p.m. and did not want to make food during the game.

However, there is more to the story.

cHiEf iMpaCt oFfiCEr JE Posted: November 05, 2022 at 08:20 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, fans, food, philadelphia, phillies

Wednesday, November 02, 2022

Javier, bullpen combine on no-hitter as Astros tie Series

Looking forward to hearing all the hot takes tomorrow about the Astros having momentum.

Earl Weaver had it right.

jimfurtado Posted: November 02, 2022 at 11:37 PM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, no hitters, phillies, world series

Sunday, October 30, 2022

Rob Thomson & Framber Valdez discuss Twitter “sticky stuff” rumors.

jimfurtado Posted: October 30, 2022 at 08:39 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, framber valdez, phillies, rob thomson, sticky stuff, world series

Astros win World Series Game 2 2022

“It was almost a mathematical must, actually,” said manager Dusty Baker, “because it’s tough when you lose the first two games at home.”

jimfurtado Posted: October 30, 2022 at 08:09 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, phillies, world series

Thursday, October 27, 2022

Can this World Series match the madness of the 1980 Phillies-Astros NLCS?

“That to me, it was probably one of the greatest playoffs ever,” then-Phillies shortstop Larry Bowa said recently on MLB Network….

Then came Game 4—one of the weirdest and wildest contests in postseason history.

There were five double plays turned—four started by an outfielder. There was a sacrifice fly that was then taken off the board when the Phillies appealed that the Astros’ Luis Pujols had left third base early. A fourth-inning triple play was even changed into a double play following a 20-minute argument among the umpires that led to both teams protesting the game.

Despite it all, when Philadelphia came up to hit in the eighth inning, the Astros held a 2-0 lead and were just six outs away from the World Series. The Phillies then scored three runs in the inning on four straight singles and, naturally, a sacrifice fly double play from Manny Trillo to take the lead, 3-2.

After Puhl hit an RBI single to tie the game in the bottom of the ninth, fans were treated to more free baseball.

With two outs and Pete Rose on first in the top of the 10th, Luzinski doubled off the wall and Rose raced around third base, ignoring the stop sign, and collided with catcher Bruce Bochy at home to take the lead, 4-3.

“What I saw when I came around third was the catcher fighting with the throw,” Rose said at the time. “The throw wasn’t a good one. It would have been hard for anybody to handle it. So I went in any way I could.”

“He keeps saying that was the first time he ever missed that and ran through a sign,” Luzinski said on Wednesday, incredulous about Rose and his baseball instincts. “I said to him, ‘Well, it was a good time to do it!’ It was a game-winner.”


RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 27, 2022 at 12:07 PM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, phillies

Wednesday, October 26, 2022

The Astros and the Phillies in a Big Series? We’ve Seen This Before.

The 1980 N.L.C.S. between Houston and Philadelphia has endured as one of the greatest postseason series in history. This year’s World Series has big shoes to fill.

ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: October 26, 2022 at 01:20 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, history, phillies

Monday, October 24, 2022

On The Whole Dombrowski Situation

I know that last part because, well, Dombrowski is in Philadelphia now. But I also know that last part because that’s the exact road he’s continued down since taking over the Phillies. In his three years since taking over the team, Dombrowski has given out the following contracts:

Kyle Gibson (34 years old when he signed): 3 years, $28 million

Kyle Schwarber (29): four years, $79 million

Zack Wheeler (30): 5 years, $118 million

Nick Castellanos (30): 5 years, $100 million

JT Realmuto (30): 5 years, $115 million

Noah Syndergaard (30): 1 years, $21 million

That’s five contracts of three years or more, all for players in their 30s. That’s about $450 million in total dollars. That’s in just three years….

Right now the Phillies are riding high, and good for them. They’re in their ‘2018 Red Sox’ phase. Everything came together. Most of their big money signings have been good and healthy. They’re winning playoff games, and Phillies fans are climbing up flag poles in Center City and screaming swear words. Things are good.

Next year they’re going to have a $180 million payroll before they pay any of their non-guaranteed and non-arbitration players, and before they add anyone in free agency. Oh, and their farm system was ranked 24th by Baseball Prospectus this past season. Next year their team will be older and more expensive than it was this year, and that’ll likely be true again in 2024. At a certain point you damn the torpedoes and keep signing progressively more expensive free agents, or you pay the piper.

We in Boston have seen this before. It’s fun now, sure, but nothing is ever free.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 24, 2022 at 04:41 PM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: dave dombrowski, phillies, red sox

Sunday, October 23, 2022

Phillies win NLCS 2022

Congrats to Phillies fans! What a HUGE homer by Harper! The 9th-inning Padres bunt, however, was not prudent.

jimfurtado Posted: October 23, 2022 at 06:17 PM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, bunting, phillies, world series

Wednesday, October 19, 2022

488 feet! Schwarber drops jaws with upper-deck Petco HR

For a brief moment on Tuesday night, we were all two-time National League MVP Bryce Harper: speechless.

That’s because Kyle Schwarber blasted a baseball into orbit—a Statcast-projected 488 feet, to be exact—in the sixth inning of the Phillies’ 2-0 victory over the Padres in Game 1 of the National League Championship Series. It was the longest homer hit at Petco Park since Statcast tracking began in 2015.

“Well, first off, I would have taken it if it went in the first row,” Schwarber said. “I really don’t care—a point is a point. It doesn’t feel like anything, I guess. That’s probably the good thing, is that your hands don’t hurt at the end of it. To be able to put up a run there and extend the lead, it was nice.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 19, 2022 at 09:56 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: kyle schwarber, phillies

Tuesday, October 11, 2022

Phillies’ David Robertson left off NLDS roster after injuring calf while celebrating Bryce Harper home run

The fun police never would have let this happen!

The Philadelphia Phillies’ bullpen suffered a blow going into their National League Division Series clash with the Atlanta Braves, which gets started on Tuesday. Right-handed reliever David Robertson was left off the Phillies’ NLDS roster because, according to manager Rob Thomson, he suffered a right calf strain while celebrating Bryce Harper’s home run in Game 2 of their Wild Card Series win over the St. Louis Cardinals.

Robertson did not accompany the team to Atlanta and instead stayed behind in Philadelphia to receive treatment, Thompson said Tuesday. In Robertson’s place, the Phillies have added right-hander Nick Nelson to the NLDS roster.

Robertson in his age-37 season has been a key part of the Philly relief corps since being acquired from the Chicago Cubs prior to this year’s trade deadline. In 23 1/3 innings for the Phillies this season, Robertson has pitched to a 2.70 ERA with 30 strikeouts against 15 unintentional walks.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 11, 2022 at 11:26 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: david robertson, phillies

Monday, October 10, 2022

Phillies name Rob Thomson manager with two-year contract

After guiding the Phillies to their first playoff series victory since 2010, manager Rob Thomson had the interim removed from his title Monday.

The Phillies announced they have signed Thomson to a two-year contract to remain as their manager through 2024, rewarding him for a turnaround that earned Philadelphia a wild-card berth.

Thomson, 59, took over on June 3 when Joe Girardi was fired with the Phillies mired at 22-29.

Philadelphia went 65-46 the rest of the regular season, finishing third in the National League East behind the Braves and Mets but still good enough for the Phillies to land their first postseason berth since 2011.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 10, 2022 at 04:44 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies, rob thomson

Wednesday, August 31, 2022

Former GM Lee Thomas, architect of ‘93 Phils, dies at 86

When the Phillies hired Lee Thomas on June 21, 1988, the new general manager faced a daunting task.

The team he was taking over was well on its way to losing 96 games. He would be working with a constricted payroll. And he was the third person to hold the position in less than a year. His immediate predecessor, Woody Woodward, had been fired two weeks earlier after less than nine months on the job.

Thomas, who passed away after a long illness Wednesday in his adopted hometown of St. Louis at the age of 86, was unfazed. He began revamping the roster through a series of shrewd moves.

It all came together in 1993 when the Phils went from worst to first, going nearly wire-to-wire to win the National League East and upsetting the heavily favored Braves in the NLCS before falling to the Blue Jays in the World Series.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 31, 2022 at 04:39 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: lee thomas, obituaries, phillies

Monday, August 08, 2022

Dorktown: How to score 10 runs in the first inning and lose

On June 8th, 1989, the Pittsburgh Pirates produced one of the greatest first innings in baseball history, jumping out to a 10-0 lead over the Philadelphia Phillies. No team had ever before done so and lost. From there … well, come on, you know where this is going. But you might never guess which road we’re taking to get there.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 08, 2022 at 10:47 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: dorktown, phillies, pirates

Friday, August 05, 2022

Didi Gregorius cut after disastrous Phillies tenure

Didi Gregorius’ time in Philadelphia is over.

Thursday afternoon, the Phillies announced they released Gregorius, the veteran ex-Yankees shortstop. In a corresponding move, Philadelphia activated infielder Jean Segura from the 60-day IL.

Gregorius, 32, is hitting .210 with a .567 OPS in 63 games this season. He is due to be a free agent at season’s end, though the Phillies are still on the hook for the $5.5 million he is owed through the rest of the season. Should any team take a flier and sign Gregorius for the stretch run, they would only have to pay him the prorated league minimum.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 05, 2022 at 10:09 AM | 76 comment(s)
  Beats: didi gregorius, phillies

Tuesday, August 02, 2022

Cubs get RHP prospect from Phils for Robertson

The Cubs have acquired pitching prospect Ben Brown from the Phillies in exchange for veteran closer David Robertson, sources told ahead of Tuesday’s 5 p.m. CT Trade Deadline.

A day after adding prospect Hayden Wesneski from the Yankees in a deal for reliever Scott Effross, Chicago landed a second starting pitching prospect in the 22-year-old Brown. The hard-throwing righty was ranked No. 26 on MLB Pipeline’s Top Phillies prospect list, but that was low given his showing this season and knowing the updated Pipeline rankings are coming later this month. Expect him to end up in the teens on the Cubs’ list, per’s Jim Callis.

With High-A Jersey Shore this season, Brown posted a 3.08 ERA with 105 strikeouts against 23 walks in 73 innings (15 starts and one relief outing). The 6-foot-6 righty has a fastball that can touch 95-98 mph, plus a slider and curveball. He was a 33rd-round selection in the 2017 MLB Draft.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 02, 2022 at 04:29 PM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, david robertson, phillies

Angels trade Marsh for Phils’ No. 3 prospect

The Phillies made a move to shore up their center field hole, trading for outfielder Brandon Marsh from the Angels in exchange for Philadelphia’s No. 3 prospect, catcher Logan O’Hoppe, a source told’s Mark Feinsand on Tuesday. The teams have not confirmed the deal.

The 24-year-old Marsh, a former top prospect with the Angels, is batting .226/.284/.353 with eight homers and 37 RBIs in 93 games.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 02, 2022 at 03:54 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, brandon marsh, phillies

Sunday, July 31, 2022

Phillies acquire backup infielder Edmundo Sosa from the Cardinals for lefty reliever JoJo Romero

The Phillies’ first move ahead of the trade deadline came early Saturday afternoon when they acquired shortstop Edmundo Sosa from the Cardinals in exchange for left-handed reliever JoJo Romero, who had most recently been pitching for triple-A Lehigh Valley.

Sosa is a glove-first shortstop, who also can fill in at second base and third base. With Jean Segura able to be activated off of the 60-day injured list as early as Sunday, Sosa provides some flexibility as Segura eases back into an everyday role.

Sosa is now the Phillies’ best infield defender. Over 219⅔ innings at shortstop this season, he has five defensive runs saved and 13 defensive runs saved over his last two seasons. He is plus-7 in outs above average at shortstop over his past two seasons. The 26-year-old righty has hit .189/.244/.270 over 131 plate appearances this season and slashed .271/.346/.389 over 326 plate appearances last season.

“He’s really a good defender,” interim manager Rob Thomson said of his newest player. “He plays second, short, third. He’s a plus plus defender anywhere he plays, and he can run. Can play a little bit against left-handed pitching. We’ll use him.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 31, 2022 at 10:44 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, edmundo sosa, jojo romero, phillies

Tuesday, July 12, 2022

Philadelphia Phillies’ J.T. Realmuto, Aaron Nola, 2 others unvaccinated, out vs. Toronto Blue Jays

The Philadelphia Phillies will be without J.T. Realmuto, Alec Bohm, Aaron Nola and Kyle Gibson during a two-game series in Toronto due to Canadian restrictions on unvaccinated travelers.

Nola started on the mound Monday night for Philadelphia’s 6-1 loss at St. Louis, and was not scheduled to pitch against the Blue Jays during the series that begins Tuesday. Bohm, an infielder, came out of Monday’s game with a dislocated left ring finger.

President of Baseball Operations Dave Dombrowski told reporters before the game that the four players will be placed on the restricted list and forfeit two days of pay and major league service time in accordance with the terms of MLB’s collective bargaining agreement.

“I’m not going to let Canada tell me what I do and don’t put in my body for a little bit of money,’’ said Realmuto, a three-time All-Star. “It’s just not worth it.’‘

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 12, 2022 at 08:41 AM | 50 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies, vaccinations

Saturday, June 25, 2022

Former No. 1 pick Mark Appel, 30, gets big league call-up from Philadelphia Phillies

Mark Appel, the 2013 No. 1 overall pick whose baseball career included a three-season absence from the sport, is getting his first major league call-up Saturday at the age of 30.

The Philadelphia Phillies are bringing in the right-handed Appel from Triple-A Lehigh Valley because reliever Connor Brogdon is on the COVID-19 injured list, interim manager Rob Thomson told reporters Friday night.

“Completely overwhelmed. I have so many thoughts I want to share but can’t find the words, so I’ll just say this: I’m thankful,” Appel tweeted Saturday morning. “Today, I get to play a game I love as a Major League Baseball player.”

Appel has spent the past two seasons pitching in Double- and Triple-A for the Phillies. He has a 5-0 record and 1.61 ERA in 19 appearances for Lehigh Valley this season.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 25, 2022 at 10:39 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: mark appel, phillies

Saturday, June 11, 2022

Phillies complete sweep of Brewers to stay unbeaten under interim manager Rob Thomson -

I have heard that in today’s game changing the manager has no impact.

jimfurtado Posted: June 11, 2022 at 11:26 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies, rob thomson

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Rox sign Jaime Moyer to Minor League deal

Fun fact: When the Rockies came into existence, Jaime Moyer was in his eighth Major League season.

The Rockies’ search for a veteran for the starting rotation could take them to the ultimate veteran, 49-year-old left-hander Jamie Moyer.

Colorado and Moyer have agreed to a Minor League deal that includes an invitation to Spring Training, the club announced on Wednesday. The agreement is pending a physical.

Moyer underwent Tommy John surgery on his throwing elbow in 2010 and didn’t pitch last season. The lefty worked as an analyst for ESPN in 2011 but stated that he intended to try to pitch again in ‘12.

Moyer went 9-9 with a 4.84 ERA for the Phillies in 2010.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 18, 2012 at 08:14 PM | 128 comment(s)
  Beats: obituaries, phillies, rockies

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Jimmy Rollins Travels to Uganda to Play with Kids, Freestyle Raps Along the Way

Shortstopyo: Game Beginning.

ESPN The Magazine’s Steve Wulf wrote about Rollins’ experience with the kids. Not surprisingly, the trip seems to have meant as much to Rollins as it did for the kids, who will hopefully get a nicer ball field due in part to Jimmy’s efforts.

The whole story is worth your time, for sure, but we thoroughly enjoyed one nugget in particular. Jimmy was pulled onto a stage during a lunchtime gathering on Martin Luther King Day and busted out a freestyle rap that went something like this, according to ESPN:

“One two one two, in Uganda baseball comes through

Big D Lee in the house and so is me doing it everyday casually

Because we like to play and get down, Uganda, Nsambya, the big towns

I’m not done, we get it down, we get it too, I stand up and push, it’s on you

And when the ball leave the field I’m gonna clown

Walk down the baseline, throw a pound

To the sky, up high, to my fans, we got a plan

Everybody just say baseball … baseball

Everybody say baseball … baseball”

Repoz Posted: January 17, 2012 at 08:47 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: international, music, phillies

Sunday, January 15, 2012

MLB Trade Rumors: Bartolo Colon Agrees to Sign With Unknown Team

Bartolo Colon has agreed to a deal with an unknown club reports Bob Nightengale of USA Today (on Twitter). The right-hander wouldn’t divulge the team because he has not yet passed his physical.

Pretty sure it’s either the All-Stars or the Champs.

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