February 2, 2012
CHRISTINE Flowers: Your column about Joe Paterno said it all perfectly. I heard on the news that they immortalized Michael Jackson at Grauman's Chinese Theater, in Hollywood. His kids were there pushing their hands into the cement. Jackson was accused of many awful things over the years, just because he was different, but he was so big that it didn't matter, and he was never convicted of any of it. The people who loved and cherished him won't let media or anything else get in the way of what is rightfully due him. Joe Paterno was wrongfully accused of something that was not even proven yet. All hearsay.
January 13, 2012
THE SEA CHANGE is complete. The Phillies may not use the words "all in" the way another organization infamously did, but moves this offseason, combined with those made over the previous 12 months, suggest the days of protecting their future are officially over. No more talk of restocking from within. Ryan Madson was replaced by Jonathan Papelbon, a closer just as old. Freddy Galvis' path to the major leagues is still blocked after Jimmy Rollins was re-upped. Jim Thome and Laynce Nix will probably preclude any prospect from hitting his way onto the team this spring.
January 12, 2012
Here is Rich Hofmann's view on the Ryan Madson signing, posted yesterday on his blog, The Idle Rich, at www.philly.com/theidlerich . NOBODY WILL need to hold a benefit for Ryan Madson. If reports are accurate, he is in the process of doing a 1-year, $8.5 million deal with the Cincinnati Reds. He is safely in the 1 percent. Again, no tears. But how did this happen? How did he and agent Scott Boras miscalculate the market so badly? I still would love to know how the whole Phillies thing went down.
January 12, 2012
Forget about the plan to possibly keep Ryan Madson as the Phillies' setup man. Not that there was much of a chance before, and certainly not now, since it appears he will be closing in Cincinnati. But that doesn't mean Phillies fans should expect to see Kerry Wood wearing red pinstripes on the mound at Citizens Bank Park this year. Several reports had the 31-year-old Madson agreeing to terms with the Reds on a one-year deal worth $8.5 million to $10 million. Madson's agent, Scott Boras, was unavailable for comment.
January 12, 2012 |
THE PHILLIES WILL receive two draft picks in June's draft for losing reliever Ryan Madson to the Reds, but won't get a first-round pick in return, under terms of baseball's new collective bargaining agreement. The Phillies will get a sandwich pick between the first and second rounds, and the selection before the Reds' second-round pick. Those picks are currently Nos. 38 and No. 72. Madson is part of a special class of five players designated in the new CBA for the interim year before the new system fully goes into effect next offseason.
January 11, 2012 |
Forget about the plan to possibly keep Ryan Madson as the Phillies' setup man. Not that there was much of a chance before, and certainly not now, since it appears he will be closing in Cincinnati. But that doesn't mean Phillies fans should expect to see Kerry Wood wearing red pinstripes on the mound at Citizens Bank Park this year. Multiple reports had Madson agreeing to terms on a one-year deal totaling anywhere from $8.5 million to $10 million. Madson's agent Scott Boras was unavailable for comment.
January 8, 2012
This time a year ago, the names Vance Worley and Michael Stutes were barely on the Phillies' radar. Even by the end of spring training, Worley had long been ticketed for triple-A Lehigh Valley while Stutes was teased with a trip north to Citizens Bank Park merely for two exhibition games before he, too, was an IronPig. Then they combined for 1932/3 major-league innings in 2011, quickly gaining the trust of manager Charlie Manuel and pitching coach Rich Dubee. Vance became Vanimal and Michael became Mike.
January 6, 2012 |
IT SEEMS AS if the potential landing spots for closer Ryan Madson are continuing to dwindle. Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto told the Los Angeles Times that it is "very, very unlikely" that the team would acquire Madson. "What I'll say with some degree of certainty is that our most significant acquisitions have already been made," Dipoto said. "We're trying to add depth, and in a perfect world, we'd like to find another guy to join Jordan Walden, Scott Downs and LaTroy Hawkins to help with those last nine outs.
January 4, 2012 |
The thought of Ryan Madson ever accepting arbitration and returning to Philadelphia on a one-year contract was enough to elicit a hearty scoff from Scott Boras. "Ryan was always going to remain a free agent," Boras said last month at the winter meetings in Dallas. It's just that Madson probably never envisioned remaining a free agent this long. Once the closers carousel spun with the Phillies' signing of Jonathan Papelbon in November and (mostly) stopped with Boston's acquisition of Andrew Bailey in a trade last week, Madson was still without a spot.