The Phillies ended their 9-game losing streak today with a 2-1 win over Baltimore, with both runs coming on a Ryan Howard sixth-inning homer. (The Orioles actually led off the game with a homer.)
Earlier in the day, the Phillies announced Cole Hamels would skip his next start with a mild hamstring tear in his right leg. Phillippe Aumont, who came to the Phillies in the first Cliff Lee trade, will start instead. After the game, however, someone had removed Cole Hamels’ nameplate and emptied out his locker.
AP sports reporter (and reality star) Rob Maaddi noticed.
Had Hamels been traded? Speculation swirled on Twitter… for five minutes, until the team said he was still a Phillie. Read more »
Phillies starting pitcher Cole Hamels. Photo | Eileen Blass-USA TODAY Sports
They call it the hot stove league. “They” meaning “baseball media and fans.” As Wikipedia helpfully notes in delightfully awkward prose, “The phrase does not denote an actual league, but instead calls up images of baseball fans gathering around a hot stove during the cold winter months, discussing their favorite baseball teams and players.”
And fans in Philadelphia are dealing with chilly temperatures by gathering around the hot stove and talking about Cole Hamels. Phillies fans with weak hearts may want to stop reading now if they don’t already know: The Phillies are trying to trade Hamels.
In a report on CSN Philly, longtime Phillies beat writer Jim Salisbury says they are in “staredowns” with several clubs, naming the Cardinals, Padres, Rangers and Red Sox. He adds he doesn’t expect the trade to come soon, saying it will be delayed until the “warmer months.”
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Longtime baseball scribe Bob Nightengale of USA Today has a new report saying Cole Hamels would like to be traded. “Yet, if his world could possibly be a little more perfect, he’d love to be traded this winter,” Nightengale writes of Hamels. Right. Of course!
Hamels signed a $144 million deal with the Phillies in July of 2012. The day Hamels signed his contract, the Phillies were 45-54 — but they had won five straight NL East titles, two pennants, a World Series (and would finish the season at a 36-27 clip).
The contract was the largest in Philadelphia sports history. The Phillies have been awful since.
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These are the saddest of possible words:
“Rollins to Utley to Howard”
Trio of Phillies, all in their thirties,
Rollins and Utley and Howard.
An NL East dynasty turned into rubble
If they’re all back next year, problems may double
Words that are heavy with nothing but trouble:
“Rollins and Utley and Howard”
With apologies to Franklin Pierce Adams
The Philadelphia Phillies finished up their season yesterday the same way they finished the last three: Out of the playoffs. The Phils finished with a 73-89 record for the second consecutive year. In yesterday’s finale, Cole Hamels pitched well and took the loss — an event that happened far too often for a pitcher that posted a 2.46 ERA in 30 starts but finished with just a 9-9 record.
With the Phillies out of the playoffs, I thought I’d share some of my favorite animated GIFs I made of Phillies games this season.
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The Phillies got a bright spot in their lost season.
Four Phillies pitchers — Cole Hamels, Jake Diekman, Ken Giles and Jonathan Papelbon — held the Atlanta Braves hitless for nine innings in the Phils’ 7–0 win. It was the first combined no-hitter in the Phillies’ history, and the team’s first since Roy Halladay threw one against the Reds in the 2010 National League Division Series.
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Is Cole Hamels following in Ryan Howard’s footsteps? Seems he and wife Heidi — who are not building a palatial Florida estate with doorknobs that cost thousands of dollars — are planning a move.
The Phillies pitcher moved to Newtown Square (a significant hike from his former Two Liberty Place residence) in 2009, as philly.com’s Lauren Mennen noted, into a home they bought for $1.53 million. Now they’re selling it for $1.55 million. Amenities include a three-car attached garage; finished basement with second kitchen, bar, game room and play room; and (not surprisingly) a security system with motion detectors and cameras.
Other general highlights are visible in the gallery of TREND real estate photos below, but the generic quality of the rooms make me think the photos must be of the model home in the development and not of the family home itself. Also, the address is slightly different on the deed. So: grain of salt.
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Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr. said on his show this morning that he’d be willing to trade pitcher Cole Hamels to rebuild the team … but would prefer not to.
“I have to keep my mind open on everything,” Amaro Jr. told Angelo Cataldi and the WIP Morning Show on Monday. “Again, some of these guys have limited no-trade clauses. Clearly, we’d like to keep Cole Hamels because I think he’s going to be a part of any transition we might have to make.”
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Last night at the Union League the Jimmy Rollins Family Foundation held its fourth annual bash which always has an exciting city theme to it. In the past they created Havana Nights, Harlem Nights and A Night in Paris. Last night it was Taste of the World: Bollywood Bash 2014.
The Rollins event is always fun and lively; his teammates are good sports and always dress for the theme, and last night they didn’t disappoint, as you’ll see in the photos. As with all the Rollins events I’ve attended, it was a laid back fun evening for the players, supporters and fans.
The evening started with cocktail party held in the Lincoln Hall. There were food stations by various local restaurants including Sbraga, Dandelion and Davio’s, music was by CTO’s Tribeca band who had the dance floor packed all evening, and when they weren’t playing, CTO’s DJ Ravi Jackson was mixing up Michael Jackson and current favorites. Down the hall there was an entire room devoted to sweet desserts, including a gorgeous four-tied Bollywood inspired cake created by Cakes & Candies by MaryEllen. Proceeds from the event will benefit local charities dedicated to making healthy food available to children and families most in need including at risk youth in the Philadelphia area.
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Cliff Lee. Photo | Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports
The white board in the Phillies’ locker room — across from the tubs where the players dump their dirty clothes — was the spring training communications center.
It’s where the daily lineup and travel rosters were posted, along with reminders for players to get their visas and announcements about who had to show up for which practice.
One by one every morning, guys walked over to see if there was anything pertaining to them.
On the last Sunday of spring training, a message was written in green marker.
“Walking Dead Night Sunday,” the message read. “(See AJ about details).”
I never was able to pin down A.J. about the details, but I am guessing he wasn’t referring to the potential disaster which general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. hath wrought.
Still, Burnett may just have well been forecasting 2014.
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Ruben Amaro Jr.
Sitting in “Whale Beach,” an outdoor section of stands at Bright House Field reserved for media and VIPs, Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr., talks to Philadelphia magazine about the Jimmy Rollins controversy, Freddy Galvis’s health scare, and whether he is feeling the heat going into his sixth year at the helm after two straight seasons without reaching the playoffs.
Philadelphia magazine: Given super-sub Freddy Galvis’s bout with MRSA and the ceaseless chatter about the need to dump Jimmy Rollins and the team being too old, is this spring crazier than usual?
Ruben Amaro Jr.: No. Every year is a challenge. We always have to deal with DLs and issues that pop up. Like (former GM) Dallas Green told me from the very beginning, we are firemen. We have to try and put out fires and this is just another set of them, and we have to deal and go from there.
Philadelphia magazine: How is Galvis (who contracted Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus after suffering a scrape on his left knee)?
Ruben Amaro Jr.: Galvis is doing just fine. We were concerned about the severity of the infection. I don’t know how long it is going to take him to be ready but I’m more concerned about his overall health and so far he’s doing a lot better.
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