The Philadelphia Phillies announced today they signed right-handed starting pitcher Aaron Harang to a one-year contract worth $5 million. He will wear 34, Roy Halladay’s old number.
“Aaron brings a wealth of experience and durability to our rotation,” General Manager Ruben Amaro said in a release. “He had a very solid season for the Braves last year and will complement the left-handers in our rotation nicely.”
Harang will be in his 14th season next year, having pitched previously for seven major league teams. With Atlanta last year, Harang went 12-12 with a 3.57 ERA. That put him at about league average, which he’s been for his career as well. In 358 games, he’s 122-128 with a 4.21 ERA.
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Yes, the former Phillies pitcher has put his area home on the market. (Jonathan Papelbon, by the way, also listed his home recently: a $6.9 million condo in Rittenhouse!) Check out the gallery below after we fill you in on the finer points of Halladay’s house:
- Living room with piano alcove
- Gourmet kitchen with appliances by Sub Zero, Wolf and Miele and an attached breakfast room surrounded by windows
- Library with fireplace and walnut cabinetry
- Master suite with vaulted ceiling and His & Her baths
- Pool, guest house and outdoor kitchen
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Retired ex-Phillies pitcher Roy Halladay has a Twitter account, and he’s finally letting on that he knows about a certain delightfully strange Philly sports website.
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With the announcement of Roy Halladay’s retirement yesterday, I was reminded of Robert Frost’s bittersweet poem, “Nothing Gold Can Stay.” If you watched the ace labor through every start last season, you saw the end was coming, and in this case, a walk into the sunset is merciful and just. But not everyone knows when it’s time to call it quits. In tribute to Doc, here’s a list of Philly-connected folks who would follow his lead if they knew what was good for them. Read more »
He came from Canada, and no one was sure what to make of him.
Okay, he wasn’t from Canada, but that’s where we knew of him, pitching for a team we’d like to forget about in Toronto. Sure, he had a good pedigree, but it was a strange situation: The Phillies had just been in the World Series for the second straight year, and they had traded one of the guys responsible for getting them back there. Sure, the Phillies lost this time. But Cliff Lee showed up the Yankees on national TV, and as a Philadelphian that’s worth a lot.
The Phillies traded away Cliff Lee so they could restock the farm system, they said, as they acquired a pitcher they promised us would be even better. Roy Halladay had spent 12 years in Toronto, compiling a 148-76 record and a 3.43 ERA. He won a Cy Young Award in 2003. Even the biggest Cliff Lee supporters had to admit he had a better pedigree.
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Roy Halladay returned to a major league mound yesterday for the first time since May, leading the Phils to a 9-5 win over the Diamondbacks. He pitched reasonably well, allowing two runs over six innings with the help of some timely defense. He is also–for now–defying expectations. Here was me, a few months ago, quoting some terrifying stats:
“Players over the age of 35 that went on the DL for any sort of shoulder injury only averaged 59 innings over the course of the rest of their career.” It gets worse. 32 of the 62 pitchers never pitched again. Only 6 ever pitched more than 100 innings again, and one of them was Tim Wakefield, a knuckleballer.
So either Roy has about 53 innings left in his career, or he’s going to add another chapter to the post-shoulder surgery history books. That said–I still don’t understand the rationale for bringing him back right now for a few meaningless starts (see: Mark Sanchez, Rex Ryan, debacle). If he re-injures himself, you look dumb. And if he pitches well, it costs more to resign him next year. [Inquirer]
Amid the lovefest that was last week’s sendoff to Charlie Manuel, at least one Phillies star didn’t seem to be shedding any tears.
I’ve exchanged texts with him and obviously I loved him — he was great,” Halladay said. “But from what I’ve seen, Ryne came in and made some changes and addressed some issues that I think were being overlooked…Just different things, guys being at places on time, being on the field on time, taking groundballs, taking extra BP, all those little things that nobody thinks makes a difference.
Like every single thing Ryne Sandberg says Jimmy Rollins does wrong? [Daily News]
Read Dan McQuade’s homage, Charlie Manuel, True Philadelphian.
The Phillies have told us that Roy Halladay’s surgery yesterday was a smashing success.
Roy had successful shoulder surgery yesterday. He had an arthroscopic evaluation and underwent debridement of his labrum and rotator cuff as well as removal of an inflamed bursa.
So it was successful in the sense that it happened. And then you remember that the surgery itself is horrible, horrible news.
He’ll begin a progressive rehabilitation program and if all goes well, he may possibly begin a throwing program in 6-8 weeks.”
Potentially. Maybe. We don’t know. I will now refer you to my recent post “Why Roy Halladay is Doomed, In One Stat.”
H/T 700 Level
Here’s the good news, Phillie fans. ESPN’s Jayson Stark asked a NL executive if he’d sign Roy Halladay post-surgery.
“Of course. Why not?” he said. “If there’s one guy like that you’re going to bet on, wouldn’t you bet on Roy Halladay?”
Here’s the bad news. Stark also flagged some numbers by FanGraphs, documenting the fate of the 62 pitchers older than 35 who have ever gone on the disabled list for a shoulder injury. (Let alone have surgery.) Halladay turns 36 next week.
Players over the age of 35 that went on the DL for any sort of shoulder injury only averaged 59 innings over the course of the rest of their career.
It gets worse. 32 of the 62 pitchers never pitched again. Only 6 ever pitched more than 100 innings again, and one of them was Tim Wakefield, a knuckleballer. [ESPN]
After getting shellacked yesterday for 9 earned runs in 2.1 innings, Roy Halladay has been sent to the Disabled List. Indefinitely. Dun dun dun. He reported pain in his right throwing shoulder, an ailment that has apparently bugged him since April 24th. We’re a little over a month into the baseball season, so it’s high time we get nervous about Doc, right?
A poll, per Philly.com:
And the results are in: Phillies fans have set a new record for apocalyptic fandom.