Archive for March, 2011

Phillies ink Belliard

Thursday, the Phillies signed veteran infielder Ronnie Belliard to a minor league contract. The 35-year-old will report to Triple-A Lehigh Valley. He was released by the Yankees yesterday after hitting .136 with six strikeouts in spring training. Last season Belliard played with the Los Angeles Dodgers. While there, he played in 82 games and hit […]

Analyzing: Roy Halladay as the Opening Day starter

With Opening Day tomorrow, the Phillies begin one of thier most highly anticipated season in a while, and with arguably the best starting rotation in the game the Phillies will send Roy Halladay to the bump for Friday’s season opener against Houston. Halladay will take the mound for the Phillies on Opening Day for the […]

Moyer to join ESPN

Ex-Phillie Jamie Moyer, 48, is sitting out the 2011 season due to the Tommy John surgery he had back in December, but Moyer will stay active within the game of baseball after ESPN announced Wednesday that the lefty would join their “Baseball Tonight” crew. Moyer will first appear on ESPN Thursday for MLB Opening Day. […]

Analyzing: Sports Illustrated’s predictions for 2011

Another Wednesday means another Sports Illustrated in the mailbox. This week’s edition featured a cover sporting the Phillies new look starting rotation, but inside was their “Baseball Preview” for this upcoming season. S.I. predicts that the Phillies will finish the season with a 93-69 record, yet again atop of the NL East. The wins column […]

Castillo gets released, Martinez makes team

Wednesday, the Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr. announced that the team had cut ties with infielder Luis Castillo who was believed to have been the replacement for injured second baseman Chase Utley. According to Charlie Manuel, Castillo lost the battle against time, “Basically, we had a short time in Spring Training to watch [Castillo].” Manuel also said, “He’s […]

Francisco to start in right field

According to David Murphy of the Philadelphia Daily News Phils’ manager Charlie Manuel “strongly hinted” that Ben Francisco would be the Phillies starting right fielder on opening day. “When we start the season, Francisco’s going to get a chance to play, in our organization, people think he can hit. I think he can hit, too. He’s going to […]

Lidge out, Contreras in

After sending closer Brad Lidge for an MRI on Tuesday on his sore shoulder, the Phillies got back bad news about their 34-year-old closer. He will be completely shut down for the next 3-6 weeks according to MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki. According to an article from News Journal by Martin Frank Lidge said he had a partial tear […]

Heyman on Castillo: “He’ll start”

By Kyle Phillippi It may not be what Phillies fans expected, or wanted to hear, for that matter, but it’s becoming a more and more likely possibility that Luis Castillo will be the Opening Day starter at second base. According to Jon Heyman’s Twitter account, “Early belief seems to be Castillo’s 9/10 day tryout will […]