Report: Phillies Trade Ben Revere to Blue Jays

Ben Revere gives a hand signal to shortstop Andres Blanco (not pictured) after his home run during the eighth inning against the San Francisco Giants at Citizens Bank Park. | Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Ben Revere gives a hand signal to shortstop Andres Blanco (not pictured) after his home run during the eighth inning against the San Francisco Giants at Citizens Bank Park. | Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

According to MLB.com Phillies beat guy Todd Zolecki, the Phillies have traded centerfielder Ben Revere to the Toronto Blue Jays. The Phillies’ return has not yet been reported.

Revere came to the Phillies as part of a trade with the Minnesota Twins in the 2013 offseason. The Phillies sent Vance Worley (who was just designated for assignment by the Pirates) and Trevor May to the Twins to get Revere.

Revere played just 88 games in his first season with the Phillies, due to injuries, including a fractured food midway through the year that sidelined him for the remainder of the season. He hit .306 in his second season with the Phillies and stole 49 bases; he also hit his first major league home run last season. Read more »

Meek Mill Drops Drake Diss Track

Many people thought the Meek Mill/Drake feud was over when Drake dropped “Back to Back” earlier this week. The track — which featured a photo of Joe Carter celebrating his walkoff home run to beat the Phillies in 1993, which hurt — was generally regarded as excellent by the online commentariat. And of course it was! Drake is a huge pop star with an army of ghostwriters!

It also referenced a Tootsie’s, which unfortunately was not the South Street restaurant but a strip club in Miami. (It would’ve been so perfect if it were Ms. Tootsie’s!)

Anyway, last night Meek Mill released his response. He got a local heavyweight to produce it, too: Chester, Pennsylvania’s own Jahlil Beats (who produced “Ima Boss” — Meek’s hit with Rick Ross — and the classic “Tony Story”). It also samples The Undertaker’s theme music? As usual, Jahlil Beats is great. Read more »

Police: Girl, 5, Abducted From Home Was Sexually Assaulted

Philadelphia police now say the 5-year-old girl abducted from a North Philadelphia home by an intruder was also sexually assaulted.

The incident happened Tuesday morning in the Hartranft section of the city. Cops say a man entered a home on N. Hutchinson Street through a window and took the girl. The victim told police the man took her by the hand, led her outside and began kicking and punching her in the home’s backyard. Read more »

Jon Stewart on Donald Trump: “A Rich, Crazy, Egotistical Monster”

It is a sad time for all of us in the media game: We are just one week away from the end of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. Whose bits will we aggregate now? (Okay, John Oliver, but he’s only once a week.)

It’s actually kind of sad. Stewart is leaving just as the 2016 presidential race is heating up. And this year’s primary has already been hilarious thanks to the antics of one Donald Trump. Fortunately, Stewart — who has had some great Philadelphia jokes over the years — last night weighed in on Atlantic City’s most famous casino mogul. Read more »

A Cole Hamels Career Timeline

Cole Hamels, left, answers questions alongside Mike Arbuckle, then the Phillies' assistant general manager for scouting and player development, during a news conference Wednesday, May 10, 2006, in Philadelphia. Hamels was about to be called up and would make his Major League debut two days later.

Cole Hamels, left, answers questions alongside Mike Arbuckle, then the Phillies’ assistant general manager for scouting and player development, during a news conference Wednesday, May 10, 2006, in Philadelphia. Hamels was about to be called up and would make his Major League debut two days later.

Here’s a look at some of the highlights and lowlights of Cole Hamels‘ career in Philadelphia.

2002

June 4th: Hamels was picked by the Phillies with the 17th overall selection in the first round of the MLB Draft. Zack Greinke and Prince Fielder are the two most notable names taken before him; behind him in the first round, only Matt Cain made an All-Star team. (Future Phillies Joe Blanton and John Mayberry Jr. were also picked behind Hamels in the first round.)

Early August: The Phillies took a while to sign him, with the pitcher wanting a signing bonus the same as Scott Kazmir (who was picked two spots ahead of him). Hamels, then 18, met with the Phillies at a game in his hometown of San Diego. “I got to see some places and some faces I haven’t seen before,” he told the Inquirer. “It was fun to go onto the field and meet some of the players.”

August 23rd: Hamels and the Phillies agreed to terms for a $2 million signing bonus. Read more »

GOP Candidate Hates Rap So Much He Tossed a Roots CD Out His Car Window

Photo by Marc Nozell / Flickr

Photo by Marc Nozell / Flickr

John Kasich is the governor of Ohio. Last week, he joined the enormous, Donald Trump-dominated field for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination.

And he really hates The Roots.

Via the Cincinnati Enquirer comes the story that Kasich, 63, wrote in his 2006 book Stand for Something: The Battle for America’s Soul. According to Think Progress, he wrote he wanted to “give hip-hop a fair shake,” but quickly determined The Roots were not for him: Read more »

Cole Hamels’ Final Gift to the Phillies

Cole Hamels waves to fans during batting practice before a game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Citizens Bank Park on July 22nd.

Cole Hamels waves to fans during batting practice before a game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Citizens Bank Park on July 22nd.

Cole Hamels may be headed to the Texas Rangers in a massive deal. But he gave Phillies fans a hell of a gift before he left.

On Saturday, Hamels pitched a no-hitter against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field — a notoriously fickle place to throw a no-hitter. Indeed, a no-hitter hadn’t been thrown there since 1972, and the visitors hadn’t thrown one since 1965.

Hamels dominated. He struck out 13, walked just two and, once he finished off the no-hitter got teams to increase their offers to the Phillies. After a career of dominant pitching performances for the Phillies, he ended his career by helping the team get more in return for him. (He also vetoed a trade to the Astros, so maybe the Phillies could have gotten more. But that’s minor.)

It’s only the second time a pitcher has thrown a no-hitter in his final start for a club, and then been traded, according to Dan Mallon, and the first time in-season. Hamels made the ultimate last start for a team not in contention: He had one more signature moment in a Phillies uniform, and helped the club get more for him in a trade. Read more »

A Gritty Little Women Reboot Set in Philadelphia Could Be A TV Show

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It’s been a longstanding literary truth that Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy would be much more interesting characters if they were eating cheesesteaks in a gritty, dystopian future.

The longstanding wish may soon become a reality.

Deadline reported yesterday writer Alexis Jolly and NCIS star Michael Weatherly are developing a reboot of Little Women set on “the dystopic streets of Philadelphia” for The CW.

The original 1860s Louisa May Alcott novel (adapting old works is desirable, because you don’t have to pay the author or her descendants royalties) is essentially a bildungsroman about four women growing up during the Civil War and its aftermath. The show is reportedly very early in development, so I have some suggestions as to how the story should be updated: Read more »

5 Coolest Things About the Cape May County Zoo

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A toco toucan at the Cape May County Park & Zoo (Photo: Dan McQuade)

Trip Advisor recently released its annual list of the best zoos in the world, based on average user ratings. The San Diego Zoo ranked first overall, unsurprisingly. Number two was Loro Parque, on the Canary Islands. Zoos from places like the United Kingdom, Singapore, Vienna and Prague were in the top 10. And 13th? The Cape May County Park & Zoo, in Cape May Court House, New Jersey.

Yes, really! The little zoo in Cape May is rated the 13th best by Trip Advisor readers. In the United States, it’s the fifth best. The Philadelphia Zoo did not rank in the top 25 in the U.S. rankings.

“On behalf of the Board of Chosen Freeholders, we are very proud of all of you,” Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders director Gerald Thornton actually said in a release “Really WELL DONE! You make our small County SHINE!”

With support like that, I had to check this place out. Here are the five coolest things about the Cape May County Zoo. Read more »

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