Chase Utley Named Starting 2nd Baseman on NL All-Star Team

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While the Phillies were swept by the Pirates in Pittsburgh, there was some good news out of this weekend: Chase Utley will start his sixth MLB All-Star Game this year. It’s his first All-Star Game nod since 2010.

Fans vote for the starters in baseball’s All-Star Game. Utley received about 800,000 more votes than the second-place vote getter, Dodgers second baseman Dee Gordon. He won the player’s vote, too, over Gordon.

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Phillies Look Likely to Start Fire Sale

Do you like Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley, Cole Hamels, Cliff Lee, Ryan Howard, Carlos Ruiz and other stars of the recent Phillies? Watch them while you can! The Phillies are getting ready to sell.

Before the team’s recently completed eight-game homestand, general manager Ruben Amaro said he’d make a decision on whether the team would attempt to contend this year based on their results. The Phillies lost 6 of 8 and were swept by the Braves in a four-game series for the first time since 1964.

The Phillies almost certainly aren’t going to get rid of all of those players. Lee is hurt and would need to show he can contribute this year to get traded (again). Howard’s trade value is incredibly limited — he’s only slugging .410, and while an AL team might take a shot on him as a DH, his contract is huge and the Phillies would have to eat a lot of money. Closer Jonathan Papelbon is another case of a player whose contract the Phillies would likely have to pay part or most of in order to get anything in return.

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Phillies Fans Give Tony Gwynn Jr. Standing Ovation in First Game Back

Tony Gwynn Jr. returned to the Phillies Tuesday night, eight days after he went on bereavement leave. Gywnn’s dad, the legendary San Diego Padres hitter, died last week at 54.

When Gwynn Jr. pinch-hit for Phillies pitcher Jake Diekman in the eighth inning, Phillies fans gave him a standing ovation. (Fans, spurred on by CSN’s Amy Fadool, attempted to organize this on Twitter during the day.) Marlins catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia stepped to the mound during the ovation so it could continue for longer.

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Phillies Fans Boo Video of Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett

Photos | Jeff Fusco

Photos | Jeff Fusco

Last night, the Phillies honored Jimmy Rollins for passing Mike Schmidt to become the team’s all-time hits leader. The team gave Rollins and his wife matching Gucci luggage and an all-expenses-paid trip to Italy. (No, not to play baseball there.) They also showed congratulatory messages from Nick Foles, Bernie Parent, Rickey Henderson (who talked a bit about himself), Derek Jeter (which reminded me it’s really a shame how infrequently the Phillies play the Yankees), Jill Biden, and Mayor Michael Nutter.

Also, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett, who was booed by the fans. There wasn’t even a reason to boo, as it was a recorded message. He wasn’t there to hear the boos!

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Amaro Open to Trading Hamels to Rebuild Phillies

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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Phillies Introduce Phone Charging Station at Citizens Bank Park

Photo courtesy of the Phillies.

Photo courtesy of the Phillies.

Monday night, the Phillies will honor Jimmy Rollins for setting the team record for hits. They’ll also be introducing a new feature to Citizens Bank Park: A phone charging station. No longer will you have to turn off your phone or put it in airplane mode in order to save your battery while at the ballpark. The Phillies will also be providing cords.

The charging station sits on the rooftop outside the TV booth in center field. (If you’re facing the skyline while on the rooftop, it will be on the left side.) What’s nice about the Phillies’ charging station is you’ll still be able to watch the game while your phone charges. And the rooftop is the perfect place for people-watching at CBP as well (if you’re into checking out thousands of people in t-shirts).

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The Next Statue at Citizens Bank Park Should Be of Jimmy Rollins

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The Phillies hadn’t been to the postseason since 1993. They had finished 12 games back in the NL East the year before. And Jimmy Rollins told the Associated Press he thought the Phillies should be the favorites heading into next season.

“I think we are the team to beat in the NL East — finally,” he said in January 2007. J-Roll was just 27, a three-time All-Star who hadn’t yet been to the playoffs in his career. But he had been around for a while. He was entering his prime, and he started talking like a team leader.

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