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The Phils have signed ex-Mets Brian Schneider to a two-year deal as Carlos Ruiz’s back-up behind the plate.

Catcher Schneider signs with Phillies

New backstop to be introduced to media on Tuesday

PHILADELPHIA — Catcher Brian Schneider signed a two-year deal with the Phillies and will be introduced later Tuesday.

Schneider will make $1.25 million in 2010 and $1.5 million in ’11, according to a source.

Schneider batted .218 last season in 59 games with the Mets, although he hit .382 (13-for-34) in his final 13 games. He missed 41 games earlier in the season with a strained back muscle.

“We feel Brian is ideal for our ballclub,” said Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. “He has played in the [National League] East for this entire decade, so he knows the opposing hitters in this division well and he has also proven he can handle the bat. He’s a guy that we would feel comfortable with playing for an extended period of time, if needed.”

Schneider is a career .251 hitter in 10 seasons with the Expos, Nationals and Mets.

Schneider, who hits left-handed, hails from Allentown, Pa.

H/T: Phillies.com

Well, it looks like the Phils have signed someone who has a bat (somewhat) who can act as Ruiz’s back-up. Hopefully Schneider will be able to fill the need there. Guess we won’t know for sure until next year. Anyway, welcome to the team, Brian. Now, time to get the team a new third baseman and some bullpen help, Ruben.

Ryan Howard named 2009 NLCS Most Valuable Player

Howard’s end: Slugger NLCS MVP

Two homers, eight RBIs help Phils reach World Series

10/22/09 12:02 AM ET

PHILADELPHIA — For the first time in nine playoff games, Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard did not to get a hit or an RBI on Wednesday night.

He did pick up another trophy, though. Howard was named the Most Valuable Player of the National League Championship Series after the Phillies wrapped up the pennant with a 10-4 victory over the Dodgers at Citizen’s Bank Park.

“It’s definitely something special,” Howard said. “To be able to go out there and just contribute, try to do my job to the best of my ability and to get recognized for it right now, it’s something special.”

Howard had a relatively quiet night on Wednesday, going 0-for-2 with two walks and a run scored. But he did plenty before this game, including setting a Major League record with at least one RBI in eight straight games over one postseason.

For the series, Howard was 5-for-15 with five runs scored, two home runs and eight RBIs. Only four players in League Championship Series history have driven in more than eight runs in an LCS of five games or less.

Don Baylor had 10 in five games for the Angels in 1982, Tom Brunansky had nine for the Twins in 1987 as did Graig Nettles in three for the Yankees in 1981 and Matt Williams for the Giants in 1989.

Howard also has 14 RBIs in nine games this postseason. With the World Series on the horizon, Howard has a shot at the all-time postseason record of 19, set in 1997 by Sandy Alomar Jr., for the Indians and since tied by Scott Spiezio for the Angels in 2002 and David Ortiz for the Red Sox in 2004

“It’s been a good feeling,” Howard said. “Just been up there and been relaxed and not trying to do too much, just trying to get good pitches and hit them, basically, just trying to keep everything simple.”

“The playoffs are a whole different animal. I mean, you’re one of eight teams that are left, and you’re going for the gold. It’s a completely different animal from the regular season, and you just know that in order to get to where you want to be, you’ve got to step your game up and you’ve got to be on your ‘A’ game and just go out there and get things done.”

VALUABLE PHILLIES
Ryan Howard became the fifth Phillies player to be named Most Valuable Player of a National League Championship Series.
Player Position Year
Manny Trillo 2B 1980
Gary Matthews LF 1983
Curt Schilling RHP 1993
Cole Hamels LHP 2008
Ryan Howard 1B 2009

Howard did just that in crucial moments for the Phillies. He had a two-run double in Game 1, a solo home run for the Phillies only run in Game 2, a two-run triple that was the first big blow in an 11-0 win in Game 3 plus an RBI on a grounder and a two-run home run in the first inning in Game 4.

All this is coming from a guy who has led the National League in RBIs in three of the past four seasons. All he needs now is a big World Series to finish off what has been a fabulous season. Howard hit .279 with 105 runs scored, 45 home runs and 141 RBIs during the regular season.

The Phillies won the World Series in 2008 but Howard certainly didn’t sit around all winter basking in the glory. He remains the biggest bat in a lineup that led the National League in runs scored and home runs.

“Ryan Howard just from start of the season until now has gotten much better in the way … his approach at the plate,” Dodgers manager Joe Torre said.

“My focus was, hey, we just won, and I want to do it again,” Howard said. “I just wanted to make sure I got myself in good shape coming into this year and being ready for this year and not being complacent. So I went and took the initiative and started working out with Sammy [Perlozzo] on my defense and started working out, changed my diet, tried to drop some weight and just be in good shape.”

He has stayed in good shape. Now he has another trophy and a second straight trip to the World Series coming his way. H/T Phillies.com

Congrats on winning the honor this year, big guy.

Phils make deal with Indians: Cliff Lee and Ben Francisco for four minor league prospects. Whoo Hoo!!!!

Phillies land Lee from Tribe

Defending AL Cy Young winner to join world champions

Cliff Lee won the American League Cy Young Award last season. Less than a year later, he’ll join the defending world champions.

The Phillies and Indians reached agreement Wednesday that would send the left-handed Lee, along with outfielder Ben Francisco to Philadelphia for a package of four prospects — Class A right-hander Jason Knapp and Triple-A right-hander Carlos Carrasco, catcher Lou Marson and shortstop Jason Donald.

The deal is pending medical reviews and could be announced later Wednesday.

The Phillies have been searching for starting pitching help for months. Lee is 7-9 with a 3.14 ERA this season. He went 22-3 with a 2.54 ERA last season, after spending much of 2007 in the Minor Leagues. And Francisco fills a void for a potent right-handed bat off the bench. Francisco, who played regularly in left field, is hitting .250 with 10 home runs and 33 RBIs.

On the other hand, the trade may be a signal that Cleveland — which traded the reigning AL Cy Young Award winner last year, too, in the person of CC Sabathia — is entering a rebuilding period.

Knapp appears to be the key acquisition for the Tribe. He was the Phillies’ second-round pick in last year’s First-Year Player Draft, and he won’t turn 19 until Aug. 31. Listed at 6-foot-5, 215 pounds, Knapp has an upper-90s fastball and a large frame. He was starting for Class A Lakewood in the South Atlantic League, where he was 2-7 with a 4.01 ERA in 17 starts, striking out a ******** 111 batters while walking 39 in 85 1/3 innings.

Knapp was recently shut down with right shoulder soreness. He hasn’t pitched since July 11.

It was well-documented that the Indians were seeking impact pitching prospects in advance of Friday’s Trade Deadline, and Carrasco is the other pitching piece of the deal. He had been discussed internally by the Tribe last year, when the club was shopping Sabathia. In the end, the Tribe turned down a package featuring Carrasco and instead shipped Sabathia to the Brewers for a package highlighted by outfielder Matt LaPorta.

But the 6-foot-3, 215-pound Carrasco is now coming aboard. Carrasco, a 22-year-old native of Venezuela, was with Triple-A Lehigh Valley, where he was 6-9 with a 5.18 ERA in 20 starts. He had struck out 112 with 38 walks in 114 2/3 innings.

Marson is one of the game’s top catching prospects. His acquisition could signal that the Indians are on the brink of another move, possibly involving Victor Martinez.

The 23-year-old Marson has hit .294 with a homer, 13 doubles, 24 RBIs and a .751 OPS in 63 games at Lehigh Valley this season. He appeared in seven games with the Phillies, going 4-for-17 at the plate.

Donald, 24, was batting .236 with a homer, 15 doubles, one triple, 16 RBIs and a .629 OPS in 51 games at Lehigh Valley. He just recently returned to action after surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his knee.

Lee was one of three pieces acquired by Cleveland in the 2002 trade that sent Bartolo Colon to the Expos, and he’s the second of those pieces to be shipped out, joining the Reds’ Brandon Phillips. Grady Sizemore is the lone remaining player from the trade that has defined Mark Shapiro’s tenure as general manager and the rebuilding effort that got the Indians into the postseason in 2007.

Lee, however, wasn’t part of that postseason run. The Indians demoted him to Triple-A that season to get him straightened out after an ineffective, injury-plagued start to the season. And Lee certainly looked straightened out in 2008, when he became the Tribe’s first 20-game winner since Gaylord Perry in 1974. His .880 winning percentage was the second-best in franchise history.

This season, Lee has continued to put up ace-caliber performances, but his supporting cast has let him down. His 7-9 record is no indication of how well he’s pitched, but his 3.14 ERA is. With the trade rumors swirling, Lee has really heated up in the second half. He was 3-0 with a 1.44 ERA in his first three starts after the All-Star break.

The Indians get four of the Phillies’ top prospects. But in what certainly made the deal attractive to the Phillies, they did not have to part with any of the three players the Blue Jays had been seeking for Roy Halladay: left-hander J.A. Happ, right-hander Kyle Drabek and outfielder Dominic Brown.  (H/T Phillies.com)

Oh, my. After letting one get away, Roy Halladay, the Phils are able to hook another pitcher, Cliff Lee, and he’s bringing with him a right handed bat, Ben Francisco, to come off of our bench, two of the three parts that the Phils need to cover before the playoffs. And they did it without hurting themselves too badly among their prospects, or J.A. Happ, as it looks like, to me anyway, that Donald needed to be able to play full time elsewhere, thanks to the roadblocks of Jimmy Rollins and Pedro Feliz. As for Marson, I hate to see him go, but I wish both him and Donald luck in the Indians organization. Now, if Reuben can find the extra bullpen help we need, I think this team will be set for the playoffs. If this works out, all I can say is, Roy who? :) I never thought I would be feeling so happy as July ends. :) Whoo HOOOOOO!!!!!!

Raul Ibanez is named the National League Player of the Week for the Week of May 11-17.

After big week, Ibanez takes NL honors

Phils veteran slugger ripped four homers, drove in 12 runs

Phillies left fielder Raul Ibanez, who is among the Major Leagues’ home run leaders, has been named National League Player of the Week presented by Bank of America for the period ending Sunday.

The 36-year-old veteran’s 12 RBIs and nine runs topped the NL for the week, and his four homers and 13 hits were second in the league. A big factor in his first NL season for the defending World Series champions, Ibanez hit .481 with a slugging percentage of .963.

Ibanez’s week included a three-homer day in Saturday’s doubleheader in Washington, where he led the Phillies to a sweep with seven RBIs.

The productive week left him with a season average of .357, with 13 homers and 35 RBIs — on pace for a career year in his 14th season.

The weekly award, while Ibanez’s first in the NL, is the fifth overall of his career.

Others drawing consideration for the honor were Mets teammates Carlos Beltran (.393) and David Wright (.556, nine RBIs); the Nationals’ Cristian Guzman (.394, 13 hits) and Nick Johnson (.423, nine RBIs); the Astros’ Lance Berkman (.474); the Brewers’ Prince Fielder (.333, four homers, 10 RBIs) and Trevor Hoffman (four saves, 0.00 ERA); the Pirates’ Brandon Moss (.579); the Rockies’ Brad Hawpe (.476, two homers, 12 RBIs); the Dodgers’ Juan Pierre (.407); and the Padres’ Adrian Gonzalez, who took over the Major League lead with five homers for a total of 15.

Tom Singer is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs. (H/T Phillies.com)

Is it too early to start with the MVP chants for this guy? I think all of us Phillies fans can stop worrying about whether he was worth all of that money. He is, he is, he is!!!!!

Former Phillies’ manager Danny Ozark passed away today, age 85.

The Phillies had a few hours ago announced the passing of former Phillies’ manager, Danny Ozark.

According to a press release:

Danny Ozark, who ranked third for most wins among Phillies managers, died this morning at his home in Vero Beach, Fla. He was 85 years of age.

Mr. Ozark was named the Phillies manager on November 1, 1972. In his first five years, the Phillies won 71, 80, 86, 101 and 101 games. They won three consecutive National League Eastern Division titles starting in 1976, a record unmatched by any other Phillies manager. Each year, however, the Phillies missed on advancing to the World Series.

Mr. Ozark finished with a 594-510 record as Phillies manager (1973-79). His winning percentage of .538 is seventh-best in team history. He was named Manager of the Year in 1976 by the Associated Press and The Sporting News.

“Ginny and I really miss Philadelphia,” Mr. Ozark said in a Phillies Magazine story published last month. “We enjoyed our time there. That city is a great sports town. The fans are the greatest. They do express themselves, but that’s OK. We made a lot of lifelong friends there.”

Mr. Ozark began his pro career as a first baseman in the Brooklyn Dodgers system in 1942. Following a minor league career, he turned to managing in 1956, with the Dodgers’ Class B team in Wichita Falls.

Nine years later Mr. Ozark joined the Los Angeles Dodgers as a coach. After leaving the Phillies, he returned to the Dodgers as a coach (1980-82). His career ended with the San Francisco Giants as a coach (1983-84) and their interim manager in 1984 (24-32).

Born Daniel Leonard Orzechowski on November 24, 1923, in Buffalo, N.Y., he married Ginny Zdinski. The couple celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in February.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Ozark is survived by two children, Dwain and Darlene; three granddaughters; and four great-grandchildren. His hobbies included golf and following the Phillies. He was an active golfer in charity events conducted by the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association.

Funeral arrangements are pending. (H/T Phillies.com)

And another ex-Phil goes to that red pinstriped heaven in the sky. My condolences to Danny’s family. And thanks, Danny, for helping make the Phils into a contender instead of the laughing stock of baseball back in the mid-70s.

The Phillies announced that they have lost their voice as Harry Kalas dies in Washington hospital hours before today’s game.

This was earlier posted on Phillies.com:

Phils broadcaster Kalas passes away

Long-time announcer collapses prior to Monday’s game

WASHINGTON — Long-time Phillies broadcaster Harry Kalas died at 1:20 p.m. ET Monday, shortly after collapsing in the team’s broadcast booth before the scheduled series opener against the Nationals.

“We lost Harry. I’ve been 39 years with the Phillies and 39 years with Harry and, as I said in this clubhouse, we lost our voice today,” said team president and CEO David Montgomery at about 1:50 p.m. outside the team’s clubhouse. “He has loved our game and made just a tremendous contribution to our sport and certainly to our organization.”

The 73-year old Kalas was found in the team’s broadcast booth around 12:30 p.m. and was taken to George Washington University Medical Center. Team officials quickly cleared the locker room and talked with the Phillies.

Montgomery said he didn’t know the exact cause of death yet.

“I know that when they took him away that they were very concerned,” he said.

Kalas had been the team’s broadcaster for the past 38 years. Prior to that, he was a member of the Houston Astros’ broadcast team from 1965-70. He was inducted into the broadcaster’s wing of the Hall of Fame in 2002 and received the 2002 Ford C. Frick Award.

Montgomery said Monday’s game would be played, but that the Phillies were going to reach out to the White House and pass up Tuesday’s scheduled trip there.

H/T Phillies.com

Like a lot of Phillies’ fans, I grew up listening to both him and Richie Ashburn. Now they’re both gone. Goodbye, Harry, thanks for all those wonderful broadcasts, and I hope that Richie will be the first one there to meet you in broadcaster heaven. 

Excuse me, folks, but I need a hanky.

Spring Training: Latest news and the Phillies now have a three-game winning streak in Grapefruit League play.

Okay, first things first: The Baltimore Orioles during the weekend had picked up Adam Eaton, signing him to a minor league contract worth $400,000 dollars, after he had cleared waivers. Okay, I have just this to say: Hey Baltimore, are you guys so desperate for arms that you’re willing to pick him up? If so, good luck with him, guys, as you are going to be needing it.

As several Phils, including Jimmy Rollins and Shane Victorino, get ready to join their teams for the World Baseball Classic, Chad Durbin and Brad Lidge are both presently sidelined with soreness, Durbin with his right hamstring and Lidge with his arm, although Lidge would pitch earlier today with very little trouble, according to pitching coach Rich Dubee, while Durbin, at the moment, has no idea when he’ll start throwing in non-game conditions.

The Phillies have added two B games to their schedule, both against the Toronto Blue Jays. One was played earlier this afternoon, at Clearwater, with the other B game to be played this coming Friday. In the B game, via a report from Phillies.com beat writer Todd Zolecki’s blog, The Zoe Zone, starters Jamie Moyer and Joe Blanton have combined for seven scoreless innings, giving up between them just seven scattered hits, as Moyer would also walk one while striking out four.

After losing three games in a row, the Phils have three straight games, as they would defeat the Atlanta Braves yesterday afternoon, 7-3 and have just beaten the Toronto Blue Jays’ ‘A’ squad, 12-7, coming from behind to win both games.

In yesterday’s game, pitching-wise, Brett Myers would pitch three solid innings, as he would give up just two earned runs on three hits, while striking out one batter. Chan Ho Park, the fourth man involved in the battle for the final spot in the rotation, would follow him by pitching three strong innings, giving up only one run, via a home run, on four hits, as he also strikes out one batter. Scott Nestor would follow with a scoreless inning, giving up only one hit while striking out one and walking one. Joe Bisenius and Blaine Neal, who would redeem himself after his bad outing, would both follow with a pair of 1-2-3 innings.

Meanwhile, the Phils’ batters, after being kept scoreless during the first four innings, would score their seven runs in the fifth (1), sixth (4) and seventh (2) innings. Eric Bluntlett and Marcus Giles would lead the attack by getting two hits each, with Giles scoring two runs and knocking in a run, while Jimmy Rollins, John Mayberry Jr., Jeremy Slayden, Gerg Dobbs, Geoff Jenkins, Matt Stairs and Carlos Ruiz would each contribute a hit in the Phils’ 11-hit attack. Besides Giles, Rollins, Dobbs, and Stairs would each get an RBI, while Ruiz would knock in two runs. Giles would also steal two bases, while Bruntlett and Mayberry would each steal one.

Park would be the winning pitcher, with a Spring Training record of 1-0 with a 3.00 ERA. The losing pitcher for the Braves would be Jeff Ridgway, with a Spring Training record of 0-1 with a 40.50 ERA.

In today’s games, J.A. Happ and Carlos Carrasco would start things off for the Phils. Happ would give up a two-run home run to Adam Lind in the first inning, giving Toronto the lead, before settling down. He would pitch three strong innings, giving up just two runs on three hits and a walk. Carrasco would take over and have a 1-2-3 fourth, before being hit around in the fifth, giving up five runs, including a three-run homer to Kevin Millar and a solo shot to Bradley Emaus, giving the Blue Jays a 5-2 lead. He would then come back and keep the Blue Jays scoreless in the sixth. Carrasco, in three innings, would give up five runs on three hits and a walk, while striking out three. Gary Majewski would then come in and pitch two strong innings, giving up no runs on two hits and a walk, while striking out one. Yoman Bazardo would follow him with a strong inning of relief.

Batting wise, after scoring single runs in both the first and fifth innings, the Phils would explode for six runs in the sixth, and then score two runs apiece in both the seventh and eighth innings. In an eleven-hit attack, Raul Ibanez and Slayden would lead the team with two hits each, while Bruntlett, Miguel Cairo, Ryan Howard, Mayberry, Pablo Ozuna, Jason Donald and Ronny Paulino would each get a hit. Bruntlett, Ibanez, Howard, Mayberry and Slayden would each knock in two runs, while Cairo and Ozuna would both knock in one run each. Howard would hit a two-run home run, while Slayden would hit a solo shot. After being quiet in the first three games, the bats have come alive, knocking in thirty-one runs in three games.

The winning pitcher, in spite of the five runs that he would give up in the fifth, is Carrasco, now with a Spring Training record of 1-0 and an ERA of 5.40. The losing pitcher for the Blue Jays is Jeremy Accardo, with a Spring Training record of 0-1 and an 15.75 ERA.

The Phillies’ Grapefruit League record is now 3-3 after six games. 

The Phillies have tomorrow off. Their next game will be an Exhibition Game on Wednesday afternoon against Team Canada, with Cole Hamels on the mound. The game will begin at 1:05 pm Eastern from Bright House Field in Clearwater, Florida. 

The Phillies have signed catchers Chris Coste and Ronny Paulino to split contracts.

Phillies.com has just announced that the Phillies have just signed catchers Chris Coste and Ronny Paulino to split contracts for the present season.

If either man makes the main team, Coste would receive $460,000, while Paulino would get $420,000. If either man is sent down to the minors, they would instead receive $249,000 and $201,330 respectively. This leaves only catcher Carlos Ruiz and lefthander Mike Zagurski, who is still recovering from Tommy John surgery on his elbow as the only men on the Phils 40-men roster who are presently unsigned.

With this move, the Phils could increase their payroll up to $132.5 million for Opening Day, including the $3 million still owed Jim Thome of the Chicago White Sox, J.C. Romero, as he will be serving his 50-game suspension and Adam Eaton, whom the Phils will surely drop before spring training is over.

Not too bad. Hopefully the Phillies can leave Clearwater in late March with all of their players happy and well paid.

I knew it, I just knew it: Phillies signs Joe Blanton to a one-year, $5.475 million contract.

Yesterday, when I’d made a reply to Julia of Julia’s Rants about the Phils’ signing of Shane Victorino, I’d mentioned that when Phillies.com talked about what Ryan Howard was asking for and what the Phils said they were willing to give him, the article also mentioned the differences in pay amounts between Chad Durbin and Jayson Werth and the Phils, I told her that I’d noticed that there was not one word said about Joe Blanton, and I’d figured that something was going on, and I’d figured that it meant that the two sides were close to a deal. And, boy was I right, as Joe Blanton have signed an one-year, $5.475 million dollars deal with the Phils.

Blanton, whom the Phils got in a mid-season trade with the Oakland Athletics, had a record of 4-0, 4.20 ERA, in 13 starts for the Phillies, with a combined record of 9-12 with a 4.69 ERA for both the Phils and the A’s, while having a record of 2-0, with a 3.18 ERA in the post-season.

That means five down, with three to go, and I get the feeling that Werth and Durbin will be signing contracts in the next few days since there is very little difference in money amounts between the Phils and the two players. As for Howard, I see him going to arbitration. I just hope that I’m wrong.

Breaking news: Shane Victorino, the Flyin’ Hawaiian, has just signed a one-year deal with the Phillies for $3.125 million dollars.

News has just come in from Phillies.com announcing that Phillies’ centerfielder and 2008 post-season star, Shane Victorino, has just signed a one-year deal with the Phillies for $3.125 million dollars, thus becoming the fourth member of the arbitration eighth among the World Series Champions Phils to avoid the prospect of going to arbitration. Victorino, who became the Phillies’ everyday centerfielder, after Aaron Rowand has left the team, via free agency, to join the San Francisco Giants, hit .293 last season, becoming the team’s batting leader, while also having a .447 slugging percentage and a .352 on-base percentage, as he got 167 total hits, including 30 2Bs, 8 3Bs, 14 HRs, and knocking in 58 RBIs while scoring 102 times, as well as stealing 36 bases. Career-wise, in four seasons with the Phils, he has a .281 batting average, a .421 slugging percentage and a .342 on-base percentage, the Flyin’ Hawaiian has also collected 430 hits, including 74 2Bs, 19 3Bs and 34 HRs, as well as knocking in 162 RBIs, while crossing the plate 263 times, and stealing 84 bases.

With Victorino’s signing, the Phils now have only four more players left to sign: Joe Blanton, Chad Durbin, Jayson Werth and Ryan Howard. Congrats front office, keep knocking them down.

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