June 8, 2010 |
Oil spill close to home for Romero J.C. Romero isn't planning a trip home until after the Phillies' season is over. He's dreading what he expects to see once he finally gets there. The lefthanded reliever lives in Fairhope, Ala., a mile away from Mobile Bay, one of the areas impacted by the April 20 Deepwater Horizon rig explosion that continues to spill oil into the Gulf of Mexico. "It's terrible," said Romero, who was born in Puerto Rico but has called coastal Alabama home since he went to the University of Mobile in 1995.
February 14, 2012 |
What we know: The bench is going to look a lot different than it did the last couple of years, when Ross Gload and Ben Francisco were the top two options off the bench. Gload, currently a free agent, battled a hip injury all year and was limited to 116 plate appearances. Francisco hit .244/.340/.364 with six home runs in 293 regular-season plate appearances, then contributed a game-winning homer off Jaime Garcia in Game 3 of the National League Division Series. The Phillies shipped him to Toronto after the season, and later parted ways with strong-armed utility man Wilson Valdez.