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It is now just around the corner…

On their official webpage, Phillies.com, the Phillies have announced, via video, that their equiptment truck is now on its way to Clearwater. It means that pitchers and catchers will soon be reporting for the start of Spring Training.

I can’t wait!!! GO PHILS!!!

The Phils have just announced that ex-Phil Mickey Morandini will manage their Class-A team.

Ex-Phil Morandini to manage Class A affiliate

By Todd Zolecki / MLB.com

Looks like the team has gotten their man again. Welcome back to the red pinstripes, Mick. Hope you’ll do well running the team in Williamsport.

PHILADELPHIA — Mickey Morandini is back with the Phillies.

He told The Northwest Indiana Times on Thursday he will be the Class A Williamsport manager next season. Morandini had talked during Spring  Training in Clearwater, Fla., about coaching professionally in the near future.

Morandini — fans still can hear Harry Kalas drawing out the second baseman’s name during broadcasts — had been the baseball coach at Valparaiso High School in Indiana.

“I’m gonna miss it. I had fun. I really enjoyed working with the kids,” Morandini told the newspaper. “But this is an opportunity to do some good things at the professional level, and it’s something I couldn’t pass up. I’m excited about it. I know the owner and GM very well. It’s a great family-owned organization that’s always taken care of its past players. Its Minor League system is very well-run. I’m excited to be a part of it again.”

Morandini said the Phillies had contacted him about coaching every year since he retired from playing in 2000. “I love to manage,” Morandini said. “I love all the little things that go into teaching kids. Hopefully, I can work my way up through the system kind of like ‘Ryno’ [Ryne Sandberg] and get back to the big leagues some day.”

Morandini played 11 seasons in the big leagues, including nine seasons (1990-97 and 2000) with Philadelphia. He made the National League All-Star team in 1995, and hit .268 in his career with the Phillies, Cubs and Blue Jays.

H/T Phillies.com

Samuel? Check! Sandberg? Check! Morandini? Check! Three fan favorites back in the fold. Here’s to wishing them well in their new positions in the organization, and hoping that the Phils’ management (I’m looking at you, junior) will be doing something this late fall/winter that will help the main ball club.

The Phils have signed Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg as their new manager at Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

Sandberg to manage Phils’ Triple-A club

Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs tab Hall of Fame second baseman

By Todd Zolecki / MLB.com

Hmm, first Juan, and now Ryne. So far so good, especially with
reports of them trying to sign up fan favorite Mickey Morandini as
well.

PHILADELPHIA — Nearly 29 years after the Phillies traded Ryne Sandberg to the Chicago Cubs, he is rejoining the organization.

The Phillies announced on Monday morning that they’ve hired Sandberg
as the manager for their Triple-A affiliate, the Lehigh Valley Iron
Pigs. Sandberg managed the previous four seasons in the Cubs’ Minor
League system, including last season with Triple-A Iowa. He had been a
candidate to become the Cubs’ manager following Lou Piniella’s
midseason retirement, but Chicago retained Mike Quade instead.
Sandberg, a Hall of Fame second baseman and Cubs icon, subsequently
informed the Cubs he would seek employment elsewhere.

The Phillies had an opening and landed Sandberg.

Dallas Green said last week that Sandberg would make a great manager.

Green has a storied history with Sandberg. Green was the Cubs’
general manager when he fleeced the Phillies in one of the worst trades
in franchise history. The Jan. 27, 1982, deal sent Larry Bowa and
Sandberg to the Cubs for Ivan DeJesus. The Phillies felt they did not
have a position to play Sandberg, and because they felt compelled to
trade Bowa following a bitter contract dispute, Green astutely demanded
the Phillies include Sandberg in the trade.

Sandberg invited Green to his Hall of Fame induction ceremony in 2005.

“I would think he would make a great fit for us,” Green said last
week. “We raised him. He’s been let down by Chicago a good bit. He’s a
little bit bitter about that. … When he didn’t get the job, I called
him and commiserated with him. I knew he was disappointed. I still
personally think he should be a big league guy if that’s what he really
wants to do.

“I love the guy. He’s got a great work ethic. I haven’t watched him, but I think he’s going to be a good teacher.”

Sandberg earned Pacific Coast League Manager of the Year honors this
past season, when he led the Iowa Cubs (82-62) to a tie for the best
record in the Northern Division.

Sandberg was a 10-time National League All-Star. He also won nine
Gold Glove Awards and seven Silver Slugger Awards during his 16-year
career. The Phillies drafted Sandberg in 1978, and he played 13 games
for the club in ’81 before being traded.

The Phillies said the remainder of their 2011 player development
staff will be announced at a later date, but Mickey Morandini is
expected to be named to the staff in some capacity.

H/T Phillies.com

Welcome back, Ryne. Hope you’ll do well managing over in Lehigh Valley.

The Phils have hired Juan Samuel as their new third base coach. Huh?!?

Samuel joins Phillies as third-base coach

By Todd Zolecki / MLB.com

Wait, I thought that he was going for Davey Lopes’ job???

PHILADELPHIA — The Phillies announced on Thursday they have hired  Juan Samuel to be their third-base coach and outfield instructor.

Sam Perlozzo, who served as the team’s third-base coach the previous two  seasons, will move from third to first base and handle the club’s  baserunning instruction. The Phillies hired Samuel because Davey Lopes,  who handled the team’s outfield and baserunning duties as first-base  coach the previous four seasons, left the organization following a  stalemate during contract negotiations.

Samuel and Perlozzo join pitching coach Rich Dubee, hitting coach Greg  Gross, bench coach Pete Mackanin and bullpen coach Mick Billmeyer on the  2011 coaching staff.

“I feel fortunate that we were able to add someone of Juan’s stature to  our coaching staff,” Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said in a  statement. “He was a tremendous Major League player and a big part of  Phillies history, and I’m looking forward to him passing on his  knowledge of the game to our players. He’s a great addition to our  organization.”

There were indications Samuel would return to Baltimore next season as  its third-base coach, but the sides never finalized a deal, and the  Phillies wooed him to Philadelphia.

Samuel, 49, was the Orioles’ third-base coach from 2007-10. He also  served as interim manager this season after the Orioles dismissed Dave  Trembley. Samuel also served as a first- and third-base coach with the  Detroit Tigers (1999-2005).

Samuel, a three-time National League All-Star, played with the Phillies  from 1983-89 and was inducted into the organization’s Wall of Fame in  2008. He hit .259 with 161 home runs, 703 RBIs and 396 stolen bases in  1,720 games for the Phillies, Mets, Dodgers, Royals, Reds, Tigers and  Blue Jays.

He is the 34th man in franchise history to both play and coach for the Phillies.

H/T Phillies.com

Okay. Let me get this straight: Juan is joining the staff to replace Davey Lopes, but, he is going to be the team’s third-base, not first-base, coach, and will also work with the outfielders, while Sam Perlozzo will now become the team’s first-base coach and will be handling the baserunning duties?!? Anyone else besides me confused by this arrangement? Okay, guys, you better know what you’re doing since I think Juan should be the one handling the baserunning duties and vice versa. I’ll guess we’ll all see how it works out during the ’11 season.

With that said, welcome back, Juan.

Good news: Utley is back!!!

Utley reinstated from disabled list.

Second baseman Chase Utley has been reinstated from the 15-day disabled list, Senior Vice President and General Manager Ruben Amaro Jr. announced today. To make room for him on the 25-man roster, the Phillies designated infielder Greg Dobbs for assignment.

Utley, 31, was originally placed on the disabled list on June 29 and had surgery to repair a torn ligament in his right thumb on July 1 at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City. He played in four rehab games with single-A Clearwater, three at second base and one at DH, going 3-for-12 with two triples, one RBI, one walk and one run
scored.

In 72 games this season, Utley is batting .277 with a .383 on-base percentage, 11 HR, 37 RBI and 49 runs scored. He also has an active 15-game on-base streak heading into Tuesday night’s game against San Francisco.

Dobbs, 32, hit .191 with four home runs and 14 RBI in 76 games this year for Philadelphia.

H/T: Phillies.com

Welcome back Chase. We’d missed you. Hope you’re ready to contribute. Sorry to see you go, Greg, but, well, your bat just wasn’t there.

Phils get a new bat to put in Ryan Howard’s place while he’s on the D/L, Mike Sweeney.

Sweeney brought aboard by Phillies

First baseman acquired from Seattle for player to be named later.

By Charlie Nobles / Special to MLB.com

MIAMI — First baseman Mike Sweeney was acquired by the Phillies from the Mariners on Wednesday for a player to be named later or cash considerations, vice president and general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. announced.

Phillies manager Charlie Manuel expects Sweeney, 37, to get the bulk of playing time at first base until Ryan Howard, who was put on the disabled list Sunday, returns possibly in mid-August.

“I haven’t seen him in a couple of years, but he knows how to hit,” Manuel said.

The Phillies expect him to arrive on Thursday, before the final game of their three-game series with the Marlins at Sun Life Stadium.

Sweeney, a five-time American League All-Star, came into the season with a career .298 batting average over 16 seasons. He was batting .263 with six home runs and 18 RBIs over 30 games for the Mariners this season,
including three starts at first base.

Sweeney has hit at least 20 home runs in six seasons, including 29 in back-to-back seasons (2000-01).

“He’s always been able to hit the ball,” said Phillies outfielder Raul Ibanez, who has known Sweeney since they were on the same team in Class A.

“He has some power, too,” Ibanez added. “He’s played in some big parks, but he’s always hit the ball hard.”

Sweeney’s hitting pedigree combined with the fact he has made 570 career starts at first base prompted the Phillies to make the move.

According to Ibanez, they also are getting a special person.

“He’s a quality, upbeat human being,” Ibanez said. “He’s one of the nicest teammates I’ve ever had and one of the nicest people I’ve ever met. He brings positive energy everywhere he goes every single day.”

Ibanez said Sweeney will lead by example but “can pull somebody aside” for counsel. And he said he is capable of “getting in someone’s face” should it be necessary.

Originally selected by the Royals in the 10th round of the 1991 First-Year Player Draft, Sweeney had 213 home runs and 901 RBIs in 1,428 games for Kansas City (1995-2007), Oakland (2008) and Seattle (2009-10).

Notably, he has batted .328 in his career with runners in scoring position. And in 27 career games against National League East teams, he has hit .320.

Now the Phillies just hope to keep him healthy.

Sweeney has been on the disabled list twice this season with back inflammation/spasms. Most recently, he was on a rehab assignment with Triple-A Tacoma. In 12 games there, he hit .366 with two home runs and nine RBIs.

The Phillies must make a move on the 25-man roster to accommodate Sweeney when he reports.

H/T: Phillies.com

Hmm, I get the feeling that John Mayberry, Jr. is going back to the minors, unless its someone else that might not be expected. Either way, I hope Sweeney is to be part of temp answer to first base while Howard is out, and will be helpful on the bench afterwards. We will see.

Now it can be told: Oswalt’s a Phil!!!!

Oswalt approves deal to go to Phillies

HOUSTON — Roy Oswalt, one of the greatest pitchers to wear an Astros uniform, is headed to the Philadelphia Phillies.

Oswalt told the Astros on Thursday afternoon he would waive his no-trade clause in order to approve a trade to the two-time defending National League champions, a person close to the negotiations told MLB.com. The two sides were working the final details of the deal, which is expected to be announced today.

The Astros and Phillies reached a deal on Wednesday night to send Oswalt to the Phillies if the pitcher agreed to waive his no-trade clause. Left-handed pitcher J.A. Happ and Minor League outfielder Anthony Gose and shortstop Jonathan Villar are expected to come to the Astros, who are also expected to pay a portion of Oswalt’s contract.

When reached by MLB.com earlier Thursday afternoon, Oswalt said he hadn’t made a decision.

“No news yet,” he said.

Oswalt is owed about $5 million more this year and is due to make $16 million next season in the last year of his contract, but there’s a club option for 2012 that would pay him another $16 million.

The Astros had been fielding calls about Oswalt since he informed the team in May he wanted to be traded to a contender. Oswalt said Wednesday he would like to have some time to decide prior to Saturday’s 3 p.m. CT non-waiver Trade Deadline if he’d be willing to waive his no-trade clause to accommodate any deals the Astros put on the table.

Oswalt is 6-12 with a 3.42 ERA, but he has received some of the worst run support in the league. He has 143 wins and needed just one more victory to tie Joe Niekro for first place on the club’s all-time list.

The two-time defending National League champion Phillies are 54-46 and trail the Braves by 3 1/2 games in the NL East. By adding Oswalt, they bolstered a pitching staff, which boasts Roy Halladay, that’s ranked seventh in the NL with a 3.99 ERA.

H/T: Phillies.com

Let see his stats: Played almost ten years for the Astros. Career record of 143-82 3.42 ERA, 303 Games Played, 291 Games Started, 19 Complete Games, 7 Shut Outs, 1932.1 Innings Pitched, 1593 Ks, 446 BBs, 1865 Hits, 747 Runs, 696 Earned Runs. Hmm, welcome to the team, Roy 2. Hope you do real well here.

Sorry to see you go, J.A. Happ. Wish you a lot of luck in Houston.

Okay, guys, time to charge after the Braves. Yeeeeee haaawwwwww!!!! Go Phils!!!

Phillies send three of their player to the Midsummer Classic, although one will not be able to play because of an injury.

Phillies send three to the Midsummer Classic

By Todd Zolecki / MLB.com

PITTSBURGH — Phillies second baseman Chase Utley has been a National League All-Star starter since 2006.

He is again in 2010, although he will not play.

Utley had surgery Thursday to repair a torn ligament in his right thumb, and will miss approximately eight weeks. But the Phillies will be represented in Anaheim on July 13 without Utley. Phillies ace Roy Halladay and first baseman Ryan Howard also made the team.

Utley beat Atlanta Braves second baseman Martin Prado by a wide margin to win the fan vote. He would have become the first NL player to start in five consecutive All-Star Games since Mike Piazza started six consecutive games 1994-99.

No NL second baseman has started five consecutive All-Star Games since Ryne Sandberg started eight straight from 1986-93.

Utley’s offensive numbers are down compared to seasons past, but he still ranked amongst the best second basemen in the league. He entered the weekend ranked first in on-base percentage (.385); third in RBIs (37); fourth in home runs (11); and fifth in hitting (.278), slugging percentage (.468) and runs (49).

But there is no question Utley has been the most dominant second baseman in baseball since he became an everyday player in 2005. He leads all second basemen since that time in runs (594), home runs (154), RBIs (534), walks (369), on-base percentage (.390) and slugging percentage (.532); and second in hits (936).

Utley’s five All-Star selections are seven fewer than Phillies Hall of Fame third baseman Mike Schmidt, who made 12 All-Star teams, which is the franchise record.

Halladay is 9-7 with a 2.42 ERA. The Phillies have scored just 12 runs for him in his seven losses. He ranks sixth in the league in ERA and first with six complete games. He threw a perfect game May 29 against Florida.

Howard is fourth in the league with 54 RBIs. He is 10th in homers (15), 14th in slugging percentage (.506), 18th in average (.296) and 20th in OPS (.859).

H/T: Phillies.com

Congrats to both Howard and Halladay on making the team, and sad that while he was elected onto the team Utley won’t be able to play because of his bad thumb. Hopefully, the NL All-Stars will win it this time.

The Phils have signed Howard to a five-year contract to keep him with the club through 2016.

Howard signs five-year extension

Slugging Phillies first baseman guaranteed $125 million

04/26/10 2:29 PM ET

SAN FRANCISCO — The Phillies took an enormous step Monday to keep the main power source in their lineup through 2016.

They announced they had signed Ryan Howard to the largest contract in franchise history. It is a five-year, $125 million contract extension, which keeps him in Phillies pinstripes through 2016. The contract also includes a sixth-year club option for 2017 that could raise the value of the deal to $138 million.

Howard, 30, currently is in the middle of a three-year, $54 million contract extension, which he signed in Feb. 2009. He will make $19 million this season and $20 million in 2011. The latest extension begins in 2012. He will make $20 million in 2012 and ’13 and $25 million from 2014-16. The option in 2017 is worth $23 million with a $10 million buyout.

The $25 million guaranteed average salary in the extension will be baseball’s second-highest behind Alex Rodriguez’s $27.5 million average under a 10-year contract with the Yankees running through 2017.

Howard’s deal includes awards bonuses and a limited no-trade provision.

Howard won the National League Rookie of the Year in 2005 and NL Most Valuable Player Award in ’06. He made the NL All-Star team in 2006 and 2009, won a Silver Slugger in 2006 and earned NL Championship Series MVP honors last season.

Since Howard replaced Jim Thome at first base July 1, 2005, he leads the Majors in home runs (222) and RBIs (650). Howard is just the fourth player in baseball history to have four consecutive seasons with at least 40 home runs and 130 RBIs. Babe Ruth, Ken Griffey Jr. and Sammy Sosa are the others.

Howard also was the player fastest to hit 200 home runs, which he accomplished in 658 games. Ralph Kiner held the previous mark, hitting 200 homers in his first 706 games.

Thome and Chase Utley both signed $85 million contracts with the Phillies, which had been the biggest contracts in team history until Howard’s deal.

Originally selected by the Phillies in the fifth round of the 2001 Draft, Howard enters Monday night with a career .279 batting average, 225 home runs and 656 RBI in 750 games, all with Philadelphia.  He currently ranks fifth on the Phillies’ all-time home run list, behind Mike Schmidt (548), Del Ennis (259), Pat Burrell (251), and Chuck Klein (243).  His .583 slugging percentage is the best in club history.

H/T (Phillies.com)  

The Phils have signed Rhino to a five-year, $125…. Okay, when did the cheapsakes decide to open up their wallet? But, seriously, it is about freaking time that they did something like this. Come on, Ryan, show them that you deserve the money!!!

Doc Halladay is named the first National League Player of the Week for 2010.

Doc takes home NL Player of the Week

Halladay immediately makes presence felt in Phillies uniform

By Doug Miller / MLB.com

It hasn’t taken long for Roy Halladay to become accustomed to the National League.

The right-handed ace, who came to the Phillies from the Toronto Blue Jays in an offseason trade, paid dividends right away, and in a huge way, when he was awarded the inaugural NL Player of the Week award of the 2010 season.

In his first week with Philadelphia, Halladay posted a 2-0 record with a 0.56 ERA while tying for the Major League lead with 17 strikeouts. Halladay also sits atop the Majors with 16 innings pitched and a complete game. The Colorado native surpassed 1,500 career strikeouts on Opening Day and notched his 150th career victory and 50th career complete game on April 11.

Halladay made his eighth consecutive Opening Day start at Washington, holding the Nationals to one run through seven innings of work and leading the Phillies to an 11-1 victory. The All-Star and former Cy Young Award winner also helped his own cause at the plate, going 1-for-4 with an RBI.

This is Halladay’s fourth career weekly award, and his first in the NL.

Other nominees this past week included Atlanta’s Martin Prado and rookie sensation Jason Heyward, Philadelphia’s Placido Polanco and Ryan Howard, Florida’s Jorge Cantú, Albert Pujols of the Cardinals, Arizona’s Chris Young, San Francisco’s Tim Lincecum and Colorado’s Ubaldo Jimenez.

H/T Phillies.com

Congratulations on winning the award Doc, hopefully the first of many.

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