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Blue Jays Claim Herndon

Posted by Pat Gallen, Tue, October 23, 2012 04:06 PM Comments: 23

After a season which was mostly lost to an injured elbow, David Herndon will head north. He has been claimed by the Toronto Blue Jays off waivers.

Herndon, 27, pitched in just five games in 2012 with the Phillies before suffering a flexor pronator strain in his pitching elbow, which led to Tommy John surgery in June. In 97 career appearances in the big leagues, Herndon is 2-8 with a 3.95 ERA.

It looked like Herndon was finally beginning to figure it out before the elbow injury derailed him for good this past season. The heavy sinker the Phillies saw in spring training prior to the 2010 season never fully materialized.

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Phillies Player Review: Jeremy Horst

Posted by Jonathan Nisula, Tue, October 23, 2012 09:00 AM Comments: 10

PHOTO: AP

Jeremy Horst came to the Phillies via the Wilson Valdez trade with Cincinnati, and wasn’t really expected to contribute all that much in 2012–but to the surprise of almost everyone, he ended up having an outstanding season for the Phils out of the bullpen.

He was down in the minors until June 28 when he and Brian Sanches were called up after Chad Qualls was designated for assignment and Joe Savery was optioned to Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

Even though he wasn’t with the big league club until the end of June, he tossed 31.1 innings, and posted a team-best ERA of just 1.15. And if you like advanced stats, he posted an FIP of 2.39 which was good for second on the team among relievers. He had a career-high strikeout rate (11.5 K/9), and an ‘OK’ walk rate (4 BB/9)–and together that have him a 2.9 K/BB ratio. He held opposing batters to a .191 average, which was a career-best.

Another thing he did well was keeping his opposing HR rate down. His opposing HR rate (0.3 HR/9) was the lowest in the Phils bullpen among guys that threw at least 15 innings.

Overall, Horst’s 2012 was a pleasant surprise for the Phillies. The Wilson Valdez trade is looking like a great move and a steal by Ruben Amaro Jr.

Horst may be that 8th inning guy the Phillies need to get to Jonathan Papelbon. Antonio Bastardo was up and down all year, and I think Horst could really challenge him for the set-up man role next year.

Grade: A … In a season where the Phillies bullpen was possibly their weakest part of the team, Horst did exceptionally well, especially for a guy they got in a trade for Wilson Valdez.

Read the rest of the 2012 Phillies Player Reviews here.

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Phillies 2013 Spring Training Schedule Unveiled

Posted by Pat Gallen, Mon, October 22, 2012 06:48 PM Comments: 1

The Phillies are now have a schedule for Spring Training in 2013. From the Phillies:

The Phillies spring training schedule features 16 great matchups at Bright House Field in Clearwater, Fla., as well as two exhibition games at Citizens Bank Park against the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday, March 29 and Saturday, March 30.

The Grapefruit League season at Bright House Field officially leads off with the Houston Astros on Saturday, February 23. Other opponents include the New York Yankees, Detroit Tigers, Tampa Bay Rays, Boston Red Sox, Atlanta Braves, Minnesota Twins, Baltimore Orioles, Toronto Blue Jays, and Pittsburgh Pirates.

Spring training 3-game packs will go on sale Wednesday, December 12 and individual ticket sales for spring training games will begin on Thursday, January 10.   Tickets can be purchased at phillies.com or by phone by calling 215-463-1000.

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Granderson-for-Ruf is a Pipe Dream

Posted by Corey Seidman, Mon, October 22, 2012 02:40 PM Comments: 31

Another day, another odd Phillies-Yankees trade proposition.

In a Yankees offseason outlook for the New York Daily News, John Harper suggested that the Yanks trade Curtis Granderson to the Phillies for … Darin Ruf.

“Granderson makes a lot of sense for the Phillies, who desperately need power, as well as a center fielder, and they’re still very much in a win-now mode, trying to cash in before their high-priced starting rotation gets too old,” Harper writes.

As for Ruf? Harper had this to say:

“His bat could be valuable to the Yankees in a part-time role in 2013, if he proves ready, and eventually he could become a mainstay in the lineup.”

Let’s break it down… Continue reading Granderson-for-Ruf is a Pipe Dream

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Jimmy Rollins Family Foundation: A Night in Paris

Posted by Brian Michael, Mon, October 22, 2012 02:36 PM Comments: 0

Jimmy Rollins Family Foundation Night in ParisThe Jimmy Rollins Family Foundation has partnered with Prevent Child Abuse PA to host A Night in Paris at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia on Monday, November 12, 2012, from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm.

Join us for a romantic evening reminiscent of old Paris! A Night in Paris will be an evening of culinary delights and live jazz to raise funds for Prevent Child Abuse PA.

Enjoy dishes from Chef J.C. Nuñez paired with aperitifs and fine wines. Plus, there will be a special performance by two celebrity dancers from ABC’s hit show, Dancing with the Stars. Exciting live and silent auction items will be available for bidding.

The event will be celebrity driven, as Jimmy Rollins of the Philadelphia Phillies will invite his friends from MLB, the NFL, NBA and NHL along with musicians, actors and television personalities to attend. These celebrities will join our key sponsors in an exclusive VIP area that features cigars and wine tastings.

Proceeds from A Night in Paris will benefit Prevent Child Abuse Pennsylvania with sponsorships ranging from $25,000.00 – $5,000.00 and individual tickets for $300.00 each. (That might seem like a lot, but if you can afford it, this is easily the best chance to actually talk to your favorite Phillies. They are super chill and approachable during charity events and everyone is having a great time.)

For more information on tickets or sponsorships, please send us an email.

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Weekly Off-season League Review: 10/21/12

Posted by Jay Floyd, Sun, October 21, 2012 09:00 AM Comments: 0

Fans, off-season leagues are in full swing and each week we’ll take a tour to review the performances of your Phillies players that are in action all over the world.  Read ahead for the full rundown.

Venezuelan Winter League-

With the Lara Cardenales, outfielder Tyson Gillies, who has steadily concerned both the Phillies organization and its fans with his long list of injury troubles and his off-field issues, is currently sidelined with a right hamstring strain. In four contests, the British Columbia native who turns 24-year-old on Halloween, went 7-for-15 (.467 average) with a double and a triple while driving in two runs. Gillies knows his body well following a stream of hamstring and foot issues in recent years and proclaimed, via Twitter last week, that he would be okay. Right now, the lefty hitting prospect is day-to-day and is expected to return to action by mid-week.

As a member of the Zulia roster, shortstop Freddy Galvis posted a .405 average with two doubles, a triple and three homers and five RBI through nine games to begin the VWL season. A big league rookie in 2012, Galvis was suspended 50 games during the season after testing positive for banned substances. Continue reading Weekly Off-season League Review: 10/21/12

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Howard For A-Rod? Forget About It

Posted by Ryan Dinger, Sat, October 20, 2012 05:06 PM Comments: 60

Yesterday, our own Pat Gallen outlined for you why he didn’t think A-Rod would be a good fit in Philly. The influx of trade rumors now surrounding the former superstar third baseman who is currently having his feet held to the fire by just about everyone in Yankeeland got me to thinking: A-Rod is an aging player with a lot of money left on a long-term deal he’ll seemingly never be able to match the exorbitant value of with his play on the field. He’s fallen out of favor and his struggles seem to be at an all-time high.

If this scenario sounds vaguely familiar, it should. The Phillies are currently going through a similar situation with one of their corner infielders–first baseman Ryan Howard. Howard is also a player with a superstar’s capabilities who has been hampered by injury of late, and whose contract seems to be moving rapidly into albatross zone.

So, imagine you’re Ruben Amaro, Jr. and you get a call from Yankees GM Brian Cashman. Here’s what Cashman says:

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Why I Love the Phillies – Mike

Posted by Brian Michael, Fri, October 19, 2012 09:03 AM Comments: 4

I was an 8 year old growing up in Chicago when my dad took me to a Cubs/Phillies doubleheader in 1950. The Cubs stunk, even back then, but none of them would sign my scorecard. Seeing my disappointment, my dad took me over to the Phillies side between games and when the teams came back out, one of the Phillies (none of whom I knew), saw my outstretched hand and stopped to sign my scorecard. He looked down at me and asked if I was a Phillie fan? I gasped “Yes Sir!” That Phillie was Robin Roberts and today, 62 years later, I am still a Phillie Phanatic. Anyone who says professional athletes are not role models, just ask me.

- Mike

Read more “Why I Love the Phillies” stories from Phillies Nation readers here.

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Phillies Player Review: Joe Blanton

Posted by Pat Gallen, Fri, October 19, 2012 07:50 AM Comments: 4

Big Joe was the same old (AP)

Back in June, I asked if Joe Blanton was throwing too many strikes. It seemed that he was afraid to walk anyone.

During his time with the Phillies this season, Blanton’s K/BB ratio was 6.39, eclipsing his previous career high of 3.50 set in 2007 with Oakland. Big Joe was absolutely pounding the strike zone this season, almost to a fault. By throwing it over the plate with such regularity, he allowed 22 home runs in 133 1/3 innings with the Phillies, and 29 overall, serving up seven more following his deadline trade to the Los Angeles Dodgers.

As an aside, I was standing on the field at the moment Joe Blanton had been traded. I noticed Blanton was not on the field prior to one of the games while the rest of his teammates stretched at roughly 4 pm. Minutes later, he was gone, one of the remaining pieces of the 2008 title team headed west.

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Phils Begin Tidying Roster for Off-season

Posted by Jay Floyd, Thu, October 18, 2012 04:45 PM Comments: 11

As the Phillies roll deeper into their off-season, the organization has taken to clearing room on their 40-man roster.

On Thursday, the team announced that infielder Pete Orr and catcher Steven Lerud were outrighted to Triple-A.  The 33-year-old Orr batted .315 in 35 games with the Phillies in 2012, but played the majority of his season with the Lehigh Valley IronPigs.  Lerud, a 28-year-old who was signed as a minor league free agent last off-season, sported a .200 average in three big league games after being called up in August.

Additionally, righty hurler Tyson Brummett, who made his big league debut on the final day of the regular season, was claimed off waivers by Toronto on Thursday.  Brummett was a 7th round draft pick by the Phillies in 2007 out of UCLA.  The 28-year-old will likely serve as organizational depth for the Blue Jays in 2013.

The Phillies’ roster now stands at 37 players, along with four players on the 60-day disabled list.  Teams must add any eligible players to their 40-man roster by November 20th to protect them from December’s Rule 5 draft.

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Jay Floyd is PhilliesNation’s minor league insider.  You can read more from Jay by visiting his site, PhoulBallz.com.

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