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Signing Copies of The Rotation Monday in Clearwater!

Just a heads up: Jim Salisbury and I will be signing copies of The Rotation from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. today at Bright House Field in Clearwater.

Check out what some people have said about the book: Here. Here. Here. Here. Here. Here. Here.

Hope to see you there!


It wasn’t terrible news for Placido Polanco, but his sprained left ring finger shows just how shaky the Phillies’ infield situation is.


Jose Contreras pitched in his first Grapefruit League game today, Jim Thome played his second consecutive game at first base and more HERE


Jim Salisbury and I co-authored the book The Rotation, which is now available. Check it out here!
Here are our upcoming book signings:

  • March 19: Bright House Field in Clearwater, FL, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • April 2: Barnes & Noble in Plymouth Meeting, PA, 7 p.m.
  • April 3: Chester County Book Company in West Chester, PA, 7 p.m.
  • April 26: Barnes & Noble in Marlton, NJ, 7 p.m.

Orioles in Clearwater Today

I’m not at the ballpark today, but Paul Hagen is covering the team, so we’re in excellent shape.

Joe Blanton starts this afternoon’s game against the Orioles at Bright House Field. Scott Elarton follows him.

Elarton is an interesting story. He hasn’t pitched in the big leagues since 2008, but after a chance meeting with Ruben Amaro Jr. at Coors Field is trying to make a comeback.

Read the story here.


Jim Salisbury and I are signing copies of The Rotation before the March 19 game against the Detroit Tigers at Bright House Field. I’ll pass along the exact time when I have it. So far we’ve received tremendous response about it.So if you’re in Clearwater and attending that afternoon’s game, stop by, sell hello and pick up a copy!

Of course, if you’re not at that game, the book is available at the Bright House Field team store.


Here’s today’s lineup against Baltimore:

  1. Jimmy Rollins, SS
  2. Placido Polanco, 3B
  3. Shane Victorino, CF
  4. Jim Thome, DH
  5. Hunter Pence, RF
  6. Ty Wigginton, 1B
  7. John Mayberry Jr., LF
  8. Freddy Galvis, 2B
  9. Tuffy Gosewich, C

Now Available: The Rotation

Just a heads up: The Rotation is now available in Delaware Valley bookstores! So if you’re out and about and need a good book before heading to Clearwater (or you just need a book to get your ready for the baseball season), check it out. It’s also available on!

Coming Soon …

Coming soon …

Jim Salisbury and I are excited about our book The Rotation: A Season with the Phillies and One of the Greatest Pitching Staffs Ever Assembled , which is scheduled for release in late February/early March. It should be out just in time for that flight to Clearwater for spring training (or to get you thinking about baseball again after spending the last few months in the cold). We follow the 2010 season through The Rotation, which historically was one of the greatest in baseball history. Salisbury and I got lots of great inside information that hasn’t been read before and much more, so I’m sure you will enjoy it.

More information to come …

Need A Holiday Gift?

Looking for a gift for the holidays?

Well, today is your lucky day.

Head out to the Barnes & Noble across from the Willow Grove Mall at 7 p.m. tonight for the Sports Writers Extravaganza. Lots of sportswriters signing a bunch of different books. If you’re a baseball fan, I’ll be signing copies of my book. Other baseball related authors include Jayson Stark, Chris Wheeler and Steve Bucci. But there’s really a little something for everybody, so stop down!

It’s Lee or Losing Streak

The Phillies put their “Four Aces” theory to the test this afternoon — the theory being they won’t have many losing streaks — when Cliff Lee pitches against the Brewers. The Phillies must beat the Brewers today to avoid a sweep and a three-game losing streak.

Of course, it would make life easier on Lee with a little run support.

A few notes:

  • The Phillies have scored 23 runs from April 10-19, which ranks last in the National League. They have hit .204 with a .269 on-base percentage and a .270 slugging percentage. Each of those marks ranks last in the league.
  • They also have just 10 extra-base hits, which are the fewest in the league.
  • Elias Sports Bureau says: The 9-0 loss tied the largest margin of defeat in a Roy Halladay start in 11 seasons. The Blue Jays lost to the Rangers, 11-2, on July 16, 2004. The only larger margin of defeat came April 15, 2000, when the Mariners beat the Blue Jays, 17-6.
  • Paging Michael Stutes
  • The Phanatic has been named the best sports mascot in the country. You don’t realize how good the Phanatic is until you travel the country and see how bad other mascots are.
  • Did you know Shane Victorino has a book? It’s called Shane Victorino: The Flyin’ Hawaiian by Alan Maimon. Victorino said he will be signing books at the ballpark sometime in May. If I come across the date I’ll let you know.


Check out my Facebook page. Follow me on Twitter. Looking for a Phillies book to kick off the season? Try this one.

The Lee Contract

I know much of Cliff Lee‘s $120 million contract has been written and dissected, but here are the complete details, including performance bonuses, if you’re interested:

  • 2011: $11 million
  • 2012: $21.5 million
  • 2013: $25 million
  • 2014: $25 million
  • 2015: $25 million

The Phillies have a $27.5 million club option for 2016, or a $12.5 million buyout. The option vests if Lee is NOT on the disabled list at the end of the 2015 season with either a left shoulder or left elbow injury AND either (a) 200 innings pitched in 2015 or (b) 400 innings pitched in 2014-15. Lee also has awards bonuses: $50,000 for All-Star appearances; $100,000 for World Series MVP; $50,000 for LCS MVP; $100,000 for Cy Young ($75,000 for second; $50,000 for third); $50,000 for Gold Glove; and $50,000 for Silver Slugger.


Don’t forget about the 4th annual Philadelphia Sports Book Signing Extravaganza on Wednesday night beginning at 7 p.m. at the Barnes & Noble at the Willow Grove Mall.


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Need A Last Minute Christmas Gift?

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for GBUPhillies_Final.jpgHeads up! We’ve got the 4th annual Philadelphia Sports Book Signing Extravaganza tomorrow night (Wednesday night) beginning at 7 p.m. at the Barnes & Noble at the Willow Grove Mall.

Who will be there?

Glad I asked.

The lineup includes Merrill Reese, Chris Wheeler, Ray Didinger, Anthony Gargano, Glen Macnow, Jayson Stark, Mike Missanelli, Reuben FrankSal Paolantonio, Randy Miller, Greg Cosell, Mark Eckel, myself and others.

If you’re looking for my book, I’ve been told by several people it’s near impossible to find in local bookstores. I like to tell myself it’s because we can’t keep the book in stock, and not because the ball has been dropped. Regardless, hope you can stop by. We had a tremendous turnout earlier this month at the Barnes & Noble at the Oxford Valley Mall, so we’re hoping for the same.

Click the link above for more information.


Check the blog a little later today. I’m sure you’ve seen the video of the country music song about the boy wishing for Roy Halladay‘s baseball glove for Christmas. If you haven’t, here it is. I talked to the singer and songwriter Gord Bamford last Friday. I’ll post some of what he said here. The story (with thoughts from Halladay) will appear on on Christmas Eve Day.


If you haven’t seen it, I’ve got a new Facebook page. Check it out here. I’m trying to get a million friends by Christmas Day. Follow me on Twitter.

The Mad Dog Sushi Roll

You know you’ve made it when you’re a sandwich or a sushi roll.

Sadly, I’m not either, but Ryan Madson is a sushi roll at Zama.

(Been to Zama. It’s good.)

A part of the proceeds go to a children’s charity.

If I had a sushi roll, I might put grouper on top. There was a place on Clearwater Beach that had garlic grouper on top of a California roll. It was very, very good. Sadly, it has closed and is now a hot dog joint. Now that I think about it, maybe it wasn’t so good.


Dallas Green is being enshrined tonight in the Delaware Legends Basketball Hall of Fame.


Crossing Broad has a look at last night’s episode of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, which featured cameos from Ryan Howard and Chase Utley. … Yes, still plugging my book signings tonight and tomorrow. Come one, come all! … I’ve got a new Facebook page, where I’ll post stories, blogs, thoughts, etc. Check it out here. (If you’re a friend on my other Facebook page make sure to switch over because the other one is closing its doors soon. … Follow me on Twitter.

A Quiet Winter for the Phillies?

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If everything is happening like it seems to be happening, the Phillies’ offseason checklist looks like this:

  1. Improve the bullpen.
  2. Resign Jayson Werth (or find his replacement).
  3. Find a replacement on the bench for Greg Dobbs.
  4. Acquire starting pitching depth.

Nowhere on that list are the words, “Shake up the lineup,” or, “Move some pieces around.” No, if everybody is to be believed, the Phillies could be relatively quiet the remainder of the offseason, certainly compared to winters past when they acquired Roy Halladay, Raul Ibanez, Brad Lidge, etc.

“Right now, I’m actually pretty pleased with what we have,” Ruben Amaro Jr. said yesterday. “That doesn’t mean that I’m satisfied with where we’re at. We do need to try to improve our bullpen and give ourselves more depth and such, but if we were to open the season today I would feel very confident with what kind of team we would be fielding. I still think it’s a championship-caliber type of club.”

Based on e-mails, tweets and Facebook messages, some fans think the Phillies need to make a big move. I don’t get the sense they will. It sounds like the only big move they might make is resigning Werth, although nearly nobody in baseball expects that to happen. (Disclaimer: Amaro said before, during and after last year’s Winter Meetings they were not in the hunt for Halladay and a few days later they made one of the biggest trades in franchise history — not only trading for Halladay, but trading away Cliff Lee. In other words, just because the Phillies said it could be quiet doesn’t mean it will be quiet.)