July 9, 2009
We know much of the country has been distracted by Larry King's marathon coverage of all things Michael Jackson, but a local election needs your very brief attention. The race involves the final spot for the National League All-Star Team. Unlike most elections that drag on forever, this one began Sunday and ends at 4 p.m. today. Five players are vying for the final NL All-Star spot, including Phillies outfielder Shane Victorino. In a first, The Inquirer Editorial Board endorses SHANE VICTORINO as the final NL All-Star.
October 13, 2008 |
TALKING POINTS What we're talking about following the Phillies' loss to the Dodgers: -- Apparently the Dodgers think the pitch that Phillies righthander Brett Myers sailed behind Manny Ramirez in Game 2 wasn't an accident. In the top of the third last night, Los Angeles starter Hiroki Kuroda threw a pitch over Shane Victorino's helmet and the Phillies centerfielder immediately pointed, gesturing that if Kuroda wanted to throw at him he should aim for his body, not his head. And after Victorino grounded out to end the inning, both benches emptied and a brief scuffle ensued.
November 4, 2008 |
After his introductory news conference yesterday, Ruben Amaro left for the general managers' meetings in Dana Point, Calif. Those meetings were the site of one of the best trades of the Pat Gillick era. You could even argue that it worked out perfectly. A year ago, the Phillies acquired Brad Lidge and Eric Bruntlett from Houston for Michael Bourn, Geoff Geary and prospect Mike Costanzo. Along with any potential trades, Amaro has a number of issues with the current roster to address.
July 13, 2009
Philadelphia has been found guilty of Major League ballot stuffing. But in a good way. With the rallying cry, "Vote early, vote often," Mayor Nutter and Gov. Rendell led a four-day campaign last week to drum up Internet votes to elect Phillies' outfielder Shane Victorino to this year's National League All-Star Team. Victorino got 15.2 million votes, a record for the 8-year-old Final Vote competition. He will be on the roster for tomorrow night's All-Star game in St. Louis.
January 22, 2010
All signs point to the Phillies wrapping up their arbitration cases well before hearings are set to begin on Feb. 1. Last night, according to the team's Web site, the Phils agreed to a 3-year deal for $22 million with centerfielder Shane Victorino, leaving catcher Carlos Ruiz as the lone unsigned arbitration-eligible player. Ruiz asked for $2.5 million and was offered $1.7 million. Victorino, general manager Ruben Amaro and assistant GM Scott Proefrock could not be reached for comment last night, but Proefrock sounded optimistic earlier in the day. "The negotiations are continuing," he said.
August 1, 2007 |
CHICAGO - Charlie Manuel, sitting on the bench, peered warily to his right. "I keep looking at those dugout steps, afraid somebody is going to fall going up or down them and get hurt," the Phillies manager said. He was only half-kidding. The Phillies had been crossing their fingers, hoping that outfielders Shane Victorino (strained right calf) and Michael Bourn (sprained left ankle) wouldn't need to be placed on the 15-day disabled list after each was injured during Monday night's game at Wrigley Field.
May 15, 2009 |
After batting fifth in back-to-back games, Jimmy Rollins returned to his customary role as leadoff hitter yesterday in the Phillies' 5-3, 10-inning loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers. If the Phillies shortstop was pleased about it, he didn't say so. In fact, he said nothing because he brushed off reporters for the second time this week. Anyway, the day couldn't have started much better for Rollins, who ripped Chad Billingsley's first pitch for a double, went to third on Shane Victorino's sacrifice bunt, and scored on Ryan Howard's sacrifice fly. In that at-bat, Rollins was the leadoff hitter that manager Charlie Manuel has come to expect.
July 8, 2011 |
The fans have voted Shane Victorino into the All-Star Game, but it remains to be seen if he'll actually play for the National League in the 82d midsummer event in Phoenix. Victorino has missed the last three games with a Grade 1 sprain of his right thumb, an injury that prompted him to leave the team for an appointment with a hand specialist. The Phillies have offered no update on Victorino's injury status. If Victorino does not play at all this weekend against the Braves, it's unlikely he goes to Arizona to play in the All-Star Game.
May 21, 2010 |
7:05 Citizens Bank Park. TV: Comcast SportsNet. Radio: WPHT (1210-AM); WUBA (1480-AM) Spanish. Tonight's pitchers Red Sox RHP John Lackey (4-2, 4.86) vs. Phillies LHP Cole Hamels (4-2, 4.29) Three key matchups Phillies vs. interleague play: The Phillies have scuffled over the past few seasons against the American League during the regular season and are 96-121 all-time. Cole Hamels vs. Red Sox: Hamels last faced Boston in 2008, when he allowed two runs in seven innings of an 8-2 win. John Lackey vs. Phillies: The Phillies haven't faced Lackey since 2003, when he held them to one run and struck out eight in 6 1/3 innings.