December 24, 2007 |
The Phillies found more depth and versatility for their outfield yesterday, signing outfielder So Taguchi to a one-year contract. The deal is worth a guaranteed $1.05 million and includes a club option for 2009 and performance bonuses. Taguchi hit .290 with three home runs and 30 RBIs last season for the St. Louis Cardinals. He also hit .406 as a pinch-hitter. In his six-year career with the Cardinals, he hit .283 overall and .337 with runners in scoring position. Taguchi has played all three outfield positions and presumably would be Shane Victorino's replacement in center field should Victorino miss any significant period of time.
October 7, 2007 |
It's all over for the Phillies. A season that saw them overcome a slew of injuries to top players and win the National League East on the final day of the regular season ended last night with a 2-1 loss to the Colorado Rockies in Game 3 of the NL division series at Coors Field. The Rockies, who swept the best-of-five series, will move on to the NL Championship Series against the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Phillies' only run came on a solo home run by Shane Victorino in the seventh inning to tie the game at 1. The Rockies won it with three straight two-out hits in the bottom of the eighth against reliever J.C. Romero.
September 29, 2010 |
7:05 p.m., Nationals Park, Washington. TV: Comcast SportsNet. Radio: WPHT (1210-AM); WUBA (1480-AM) Spanish TONIGHT'S PITCHERS Phillies RHP Joe Blanton (8-6, 4.94) vs. Nationals LHP Ross Detwiler (1-2, 2.52) WHO'S HOT Raul Ibanez: The veteran leftfielder hit his 16th home run last night, his fourth against the Nationals this season. WHO'S NOT Shane Victorino, Jayson Werth and Carlos Ruiz: The three starters had the day off thanks to the Phillies' division-clinching win on Monday night.
December 19, 2009 |
An expected move by the Phillies yesterday served as a reminder that the team will soon face decisions on many important players. When the team made the announcement that it would exercise shortstop Jimmy Rollins' $8.5 million option for 2011, it locked in seven of eight position players through that season. (Jayson Werth will be a free agent after next year, unless he agrees to a contract extension, which is unlikely.) But as of now Rollins, Ryan Howard, Shane Victorino, Raul Ibanez, Ryan Madson and Brad Lidge all can be free agents after 2011.
August 19, 2011
Shane Victorino's suspension was trimmed from three games to two after his appeal to Major League Baseball. The Phillies centerfielder, who has been on a hitting tear, began his suspension Thursday night as he sat out the game against Arizona. He was replaced in center field by John Mayberry Jr. Victorino declined to comment on the suspension. He was suspended for his role in a bench-clearing brawl Aug. 5 against the Giants in San Francisco. After he was hit by a pitch from Ramon Ramirez in the sixth inning, Victorino took a couple of steps toward the mound.
October 28, 2009 |
Hot PHILLIES: Shane Victorino. The ultimate red-light player on a team filled with red-light players, Victorino has a .299 average in 26 career postseason games. He has an on-base percentage of .370 over that time with six home runs. Of those home runs, the biggest was a grand slam in last year's NLDS against CC Sabathia. YANKEES: Alex Rodriguez. Rodriguez has shown how to win a pennant, hitting .438 in nine postseason games. Even more impressive is his OBP of .548. No one knows his importance better than the Phillies.
September 21, 2011 |
Cliff Lee and Shane Victorino were named the Phillies' most valuable pitcher and player, respectively, in voting by the Philadelphia chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America. Lee beat Roy Halladay by two votes for the Steve Carlton Award. Lee leads the Phillies in ERA (2.38), strikeouts (232) and his six shutouts are the most in the majors in 13 years. He also has 16 wins, second to Halladay's 18. Victorino beat Ryan Howard by three votes for Mike Schmidt award.
October 22, 2008 |
2006: Bobby Abreu was one of the top hitters in Phillies history and a nice-enough guy. But when he was traded to the Yankees at the trade deadline, the dynamic of the clubhouse was reshaped. The laid-back demeanor and last-minute arrivals that characterized Abreu's stay vanished. Pat Burrell, who had been in the clubhouse shadows, took a step forward, as did others. A new sense of urgency arose as the team, counted out at the all-star break, made a strong second-half run and finished in second place.
August 11, 2010
Domonic Brown's arrival to Citizen Bank Park was moved up because of a string of injuries to Phillies regulars. Still, he might have to play his way back to the minors. Given his physical skills and the way he's succeeded at every level thus far, a return to the minors won't be a popular choice, but it might happen with the imminent return of centerfielder Shane Victorino from the disabled list. The Phillies haven't had a lot of potential five-tool players in their history, with perhaps Scott Rolen being the closest most recently, and before that Mike Schmidt and Dick Allen.