January 2012

Ryan Madson is now a Reds…

Ryan Madson, who had helped the team win the 2008 World Series, as well as reach the World Series in 2009, and the playoffs since 2007, is now a Red, as he had on Wednesday signed a one-year contract with the Reds worth $8.5 million dollars.

Madson, who had been a member of the Phils since 2003, began as a starter, before being placed in middle relief, than becoming the team’s eighth inning relief specialist (Bridge to Lidge), before becoming their closer last season. During his time with the Phils, he has a record of 47-30 with 52 saves in 78 save opportunities, with a career ERA of 3.59, as he played in 491 games, 18 of which as a starter (all but one in 2006), as he pitched in 630 innings. In those 491 games, he had struck out 547 batters, while walking only 191.

Congratulations on finally finding a team, Ryan. Sad to see you go. Wish you luck, except for when you’re facing the Phils.

Romero has been vindicated…

Anyone out there remembers J.C. Romero being given a 50 day suspension at the start of the 2009 season because in 2008 he had tested positive for banned substances, although he had claimed that he had only taken supplements that he had purchased at a local vitamin chain store, and had been assured that it was okay to take the supplements after he had first gotten in touch with the players association? Well, it has just been announced that Romero had just won his case against both GNC and Vitamin Shoppe, the store chain that had sold the product, and Ergopharm and Proviant Technologies, the company that had made the product with the banned substance (androstenedione), which had been mislabeled, for an undisclosed amount of cash. Romero, who is now a member of the World Champions St. Louis Cardinals, sued both the manufacturer and the vitamin chain store in New Jersey Superior Court back in early 2009 to clear his name. Looks like mission accomplish in that aspect.

Happy to hear that you’d been vindicated, J.C. Doesn’t mean that I won’t be booing you if you’re pitching against the Phils during the season. ;-)

I’d been away for a while…

and it’s been mainly because I’d been cleaning up my apartment. Don’t ask, other than that I’d mainly been cleaning up a lot of dust.

Anyway, in Phils’ related news, before yesterday, was the Phils’ announcement that Ryan Howard (left Achilles tendon) had been cleared by doctors, and that he can start doing baseball related activities within six weeks. That’s good news, but I hope that he’ll take his time and, if it means that he won’t be ready until mid-to-late May, so be it. I just hope that he’ll be able to recover his pop when he is back, since most of his power will be based on how well he’ll be able to push off his legs when he hits the ball. I’m just glad he’s a first baseman, so that he won’t be doing a lot of moving around trying to get balls hits in his direction. Jose Contreras (right elbow) has also been cleared so that he can start a throwing program today to get ready for Spring Training, while Cole Hamels (surgery to remove bodies from his left elbow) is throwing and says he’s feeling fine, while Placido Polanco and Hunter Pence (sports hernia surgery) both say that they should be 100% by the start of Spring Training. That’s sounds like good news all around.

Other news is that the Phils have decided to release John Bowker, who went 0 for 13 in 12 games for the Phils after being picked up in a trade with the Pirates late in 2011. Bowker will be trying to continue his baseball career in Japan. Good luck, John, but at your performance as a Phil, I am not sad to see you go.

The Latest Leader list for the year 2011 is now up, and I’d made the list again…

this time ending up at number 56 among the top 100 fan blogs, which is way up from last year’s ranking of 74. A definite step in the right direction. :-) Besides my blog, I’d noticed that there were four other Phillies fan blogs that had made the list: Phillies Phollowers (10), The Phanatic Addict (32), Rants,  Raves, and Random Thoughts (36) and Sarge’s Phillies Phantasy Camp Diary (45). Congrats on making the list, guys.

Below is the list of all those who had made last year’s top 100 list, fan blog division.

FANS

1. The Baseball Collector

2. Rays Renegade

3. Red State Blue State

4. Rockpile Rant

5. Cook & Son Bats’ Blog

6. Unfinished Business

7. The Three Bs

8. The Future Blog of the Red Sox

9. Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend

10. Phillies Phollowers

11. Counting Baseballs

12. Hands off my Pirates Booty

13. Beisbol 007

14. The Pittsburgh Peas

15. Pinstripe Birthdays

16. I’m Not A Headline Guy…

17. The Closer

18. Dodgerfilms

19. The Greatest Hitter Who Ever Lived

20. Rockin’ Redlegs

21. Crzblue’s Dodger Blue World

22. FutureAngels.com

23. Well Played Mauer

24. Blogging ‘Bout Baseball

25. Live, Eat, and Breathe Yankees

26. Rowland’s Office

27. This is a very simple game…

28. The Yankee Dinosaur

29. Observing Baseball

30. DYNASTY League Baseball from designer of Pursue the Pennant

31. BlueBattingHelmet

32. The Phanatic Addict

33. 2131 and Beyond

34. The Ballpark Guide

35. The Unbiased MLB Fan

36. Rants, Raves, and Random Thoughts

37. The 1 Constant

38. The Baseball Haven

39. Art of the Pale Hose

40. Strictly Cubs Baseball

41. The Cartoon Bird

42. La Pagina de Tony Menendez

43. The Rays Rant

44. baseballqueen

45. Sarge’s Phillies Phantasy Camp Diary

46. A Misplaced Astros Fan

47. Plushdamentals

48. mlbblogger

49. Justine’s Baseball Journey

50. Amazine

51. Blue Jays Nest

52. Collection of Baseball

53. Minoring In Baseball

54. You’re Killin’ Me, Smalls!

55. Reds Country

56. Phillies Red Pinstripes

57. Cambios y Curvas

58. Red Sox Nation Daily

59. King of Cali

60. The Cub Den

61. All Things Pirates: Breaking down the Buccos

62. Brewers Rumors

63. The Yankees Baseball Whisperer

64. The Brewer Nation

65. Bjarkman’s Latino and Cuban League Baseball History Page

66. Nyjer Morgan Fan Club

67. The Baseball Daily

68. Perfect Pitch

69. Perpetual Padres Saga

70. El Designado

71. Confessions Of A Baseball Fan

72. A Girl’s View of the Brewers and Other Related Baseball Things

73. Cardinal Girl

74. Major League Ballhawk

75. LEAVes of Dodger Blue

76. World Series 41, Rangers Fan 1

77. steel city ballhawk

78. Linea de Primera

79. The Wizard of Ozzie

80. Thomas’ Trolley

81. Pop Fly Boys

82. Stuck On Prospects

83. Rox Addict

84. The Best Sox Blog

85. Tale Of The Tigers

86. (:> Bird Brained

87. Wrigley Regular

88. The Brawn of Braun

89. Fish Fry

90. Prose and Ivy

91. Totally Tribe

92. eltubeyero22

93. San Francisco Giants Stuff

94. The Heirloom

95. Baseball Addict

96. The Hitless Wonders

97. Cream City Cables

98. fenway fruitgirl: BEHIND THE NET

99. Soxoholics

100. Ballpark Banter

Congrats to all those who had made the list last year. Please take a look at all of the blogs on the list when you get the chance folks?

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