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Halladay Wins Cy Young

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Roy Halladay is the unanimous 2010 National League Cy Young Award winner.

There were 32 votes cast (two votes in each NL city), and Halladay received all 32 first-place votes. He is the 13th unanimous NL winner, receiving a perfect 224 points (seven points for first place, four for second, three for third, two for fourth and one for fifth). The BBWAA expanded the Cy Young Award ballot from three to five pitchers this year.

Halladay is the fifth pitcher in baseball history to win Cy Young awards in both leagues, joining Gaylord Perry, Pedro Martinez, Randy Johnson and Roger Clemens. Halladay previously won the 2003 American League Cy Young with the Toronto Blue Jays.


Gene Simmons Impression Distracted Werth

gene_simmons_kiss.jpgJayson Werth
sent Brett Myers a text message late last night following the Phillies’ 3-2 loss to the Astros:

“I was laughing at you as I got picked off. Thanks.”

Werth got picked off second base in the sixth inning just seconds after Myers intentionally walked Carlos Ruiz. Astros catcher Humberto Quintero fired a missile to second baseman Angel Sanchez, who applied the tag. So what the heck happened on the play? Well, a couple things. But certainly the most interesting thing is that just before Myers threw ball four to Ruiz, he looked back at Werth out of the stretch and stuck out his tongue a la Kiss’ Gene Simmons.

(Forgive me, but that is one of the funniest things I’ve heard while covering the Phillies over the last eight years.)

“That’s what put me on my heels,” Werth said. “But the big reason it happened was, while I still had a field of vision, Brett was in my direct line of the catcher and (Quintero) threw the ball. It was Brett, (Quintero) and Chooch, all in the same periphery. So I didn’t see anything. I did remember saying, ‘What’s that?’ and see the ball at the pitcher’s mound. I was dead at that point.

“The whole time I was thinking, after he threw the first pitch, if he doesn’t pay attention here I could probably steal third. I’m still thinking like that before that (fourth) pitch then he looks at me and … I was smiling as the ball was on its way. So between that and the little smokescreen where I got shielded on — and that was the main reason — it was terrible.”

Myers almost felt bad about the Simmons distraction.

“He’s one of my favorite players over there,” he said about Werth. “He keeps everybody loose.”

So does Myers, and it paid off last night.


Astors manager Brad Mills said Quintero’s throw surprised him, too.

“Caught me completely off guard,” he said. “If I would have been the base runner I would have been out, too.”



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Phillies Facing Some Friends This Week

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The Phillies face a couple former teammates this week at Citizens Bank Park.

They face Brett Myers (vs. Joe Blanton) tonight and J.A. Happ (vs. Roy Halladay) on Wednesday.

The Phillies told Myers after the ’09 season they would not bring him back. “Kenny Powers is officially a free agent,” he declared upon hearing the news. (That might have been one of my favorite quotes as Phillies beat writer because I love Eastbound & Down.) But Myers also said this the same day, “If I come across the Phillies, I’m going to try to make it hell on them. I’ve got friends on that team, but cross that white line and it’s game on, you know?” Sure. Myers is a competitor. And while he has fond memories of his time in Philadelphia, he still wants to pitch well against them.

The Phillies traded Happ to get Roy Oswalt on July 29. Oswalt is 3-1 with a 3.42 ERA in five starts with the Phillies. He has a 1.65 ERA in his last four after a shaky debut. Happ is 2-2 with a 4.62 ERA in five starts with the Astros.


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Charlie Misses Brett

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faces the Phillies tomorrow afternoon at Bright House Field, and Charlie Manuel said he expects the “same old Myers.”

“He’ll probably bring his big old white dog in the clubhouse,” he said. “I miss Myers. Really. I miss getting on him. I miss his mouth. Really. Seriously, I do miss him. I think in our camp this year we’ve been a little bit quieter without Myers.”

So Roy Halladay is more reserved than Myers?

“I’d say Halladay is more about his business than Brett,” Manuel said. “I’ll be getting on him tomorrow. He’ll be making gestures back at me and everything. He can’t help himself. Go home and sleep good tonight because you’ll get something to write about.”

The Phillies parted ways with Myers in the offseason because they felt both parties needed a fresh start.

“I wish Myers all the luck in the world as long as the Phillies whip him,” Manuel said. “I pull for Brett, but not when he pitches against the Phillies.”


All of this love reminds me of a scene in Anchorman.


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Major League Baseball eliminated the off day between Games 4 and 5 of the League Championship Series. There will be an extra day between the NLCS and World Series instead.

“Does it matter to me?” Manuel said. “It depends what kind of pitching we’ve got when we get there. It depends how we can swing our pitching. If we can still stay strong with our pitching, yeah. If not, god damn I don’t think so.”


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Lidge Has Surgery

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for lidge knee.jpgThe Phillies announced Brad Lidge had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee at the Rothman Institute at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital yesterday. Team physician Michael Ciccotti performed the surgery, which consisted of the removal of loose bodies and meniscal debridement.

“The surgery went well and Brad is expected to begin his throwing program in 10 days,” head athletic trainer Scott Sheridan said in a statement. “We’re not sure if he’ll be ready by Opening Day, but we don’t expect that he’ll be too far behind. This surgery was not directly related to any previous surgeries.”

Update: Here is what Ruben Amaro Jr. said before he hopped on a plane this afternoon: “He was working out this offseason, continuing his rehab on his elbow. His elbow is doing extremely well. We’re very encouraged by that. He had some discomfort in his right knee during the course of those workouts, so we decided to take a look at it.”

Lidge had a MRI. Amaro said the Phillies decided to do “expoloratory surgery on the knee.” He said Ciccotti found nothing dramatic inside it. He said he trimmed some cartilage and took out a loose body or two.

“It was not a particularly invasive procedure,” Amaro said. “We think the recovery time is two to three weeks. He should be throwing a baseball shortly. For us it really doesn’t dramatically change the start time on his clock. We’re not sure if he’ll be ready by Opening Day. Again, if it’s just after Opening Day that’s fine. As long as he’s 100 percent healthy that’s the goal. But if he’s not available by Opening Day, he’ll be available soon thereafter.”


Brett Myers said during his introductory news conference with the Astros that he wants to “stick it” to the Phillies when he faces him. He basically said the same thing the day the Phillies told him that he wouldn’t be back in 2010, but he said it in a joking kind of way. He also said that day that he hopes Phillies fans get on him the way they got on other former Phillies when they returned to town.

Funny, but I thought Tomas “Pie Man” Perez got a warm reception his first time back in Philly.


Details of Danys Baez‘s two-year, $5.25 million contract:

He will make $2.5 million in 2010 and $2.75 million in 2011. He gets $50,000 for 45 games pitched; $50,000 for 50 games; $50,000 for 55 games; $50,000 for 60 games; and $50,000 for 65 games. He gets $100,000 for 30 games finished; $150,000 for 35 games finished; $150,000 for 40 games finished; $150,000 for 45 games finished; $200,000 for 50 games finished; $250,000 for 55 games finished; and $500,000 for 60 games finished. Plus: $50,000 for All Star; $100,000 for World Series MVP; $50,000 for League Championship Series MVP; $100,000 for Rolaids Relief Man Award($75,000-2nd; $50,000-3rd); $25,000 for Gold Glove; $25,000 for Silver Slugger.


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Amaro's Next Move

The Phillies have signed Danys Baez to a two-year, $5.25 million contract, and it could be their final move this offseason.

But Ruben Amaro Jr. said today that he still has a left-handed reliever and another starter on his wish list:

Amaro said the Phillies “probably have finished the negotiations” with Scott Eyre, whom they offered a Minor League deal. Eyre was 5-1 with a 1.61 ERA in 61 appearances since he joined the Phillies in Aug. 2008, but he also is coming off elbow surgery. Amaro said the Phillies offered Eyre the Minor League deal for protection from the surgery.

“I don’t believe he’ll be a Phillie next year,” Amaro said.

But Amaro said he still will explore opportunities for left-handed relievers because there is some question whether or not J.C. Romero will be ready to start the season. He had elbow surgery in October. He could begin throwing in the middle of the month, but Amaro said Romero is behind closer Brad Lidge, who also had elbow surgery and also might not be ready to start the season.

Free agent left-handers Joe Biemel and Will Ohman are possibilities to take Eyre’s place.

“There is not a lot to choose from,” Amaro said.

There is not much the Phillies can afford, either. Baez will make $2.5 million in 2010 and $2.75 million in 2011. That pushes their 2010 payroll to $118.45 million, and that does not include salaries for Shane Victorino, Joe Blanton, Carlos Ruiz, Chad Durbin, Ben Francisco, J.A. Happ and others.

Amaro added that Jamie Moyer, who is slated as the team’s fifth starter, also might not be ready to start the season. He is having the meniscus repaired in his right knee Monday. If he is not ready, Amaro said Kyle Kendrick, Andrew Carpenter and Ryan Vogelsong, who pitched last season in Japan, would be candidates for the fifth starter’s job. And because of the uncertainty surrounding Moyer, Amaro would like to add more depth to the rotation. He said he has talked with the agents for Ben Sheets, Chien-Ming Wang and others, but they seem unlikely to sign unless their asking prices drop significantly. Amaro said he also has spoken to Brett Myers‘ agent, which is noteworthy because Amaro said immediately after the season that Myers would not return.

That said, Amaro said he doesn’t see much likelihood that Myers will be back.

“If we had our druthers, we’ll try to perhaps sign somebody else – one or two pitchers who could fight for one of those jobs,” Amaro said. “Probably a Minor League deal at this point. A player who is anticipating getting a Major League deal and quite frankly the market isn’t out there for them.”

The Phillies have had interest in right-hander Miguel Batista in the past, although it is unclear what the market is for him. Amaro also said he will leave the lines of communication open with Pedro Martinez, although it seems their prices are far apart.


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A Hot Stove Refresher

Let’s catch up with where the Phillies stand as teams can sign free agents beginning Friday.

First, some important dates to know:

  • The Phillies have until Dec. 1 to offer salary arbitration to their own free agents.
  • Free agents offered arbitration have until Dec. 7 to accept.
  • The Phillies have until Dec. 12 to tender contracts to their remaining unsigned players.

Everybody knows the Phillies are looking for a new third baseman. They would love Chone Figgins, but they are not expected to be in the running because he is seeking a reported five-year, $50 million deal. The Phillies already have $106.75 million committed to just 12 players next season, which does not include significant raises to salary arbitration eligible players Shane Victorino, Joe Blanton and Carlos Ruiz, plus upgrades to the bullpen and bench. The Phillies are going to look for a shorter, more affordable contract to fill their void at third. More likely targets are Placido Polanco, Adrian Beltre and Mark DeRosa. The Phillies have had interest in Miguel Tejada in the past, but he also might command too big a contract.

The Phillies reportedly have expressed interest in right-hander Fernando Rodney, but if he can close elsewhere, I imagine that is where he would go.

The Phillies have nine free agents: catcher Paul Bako, infielder Miguel Cairo, left-hander Scott Eyre, third baseman Pedro Feliz, right-hander Pedro Martinez, right-hander Brett Myers, right-hander Chan Ho Park, outfielder Matt Stairs and left-hander Jack Taschner.

Park and Eyre, who are Type B free agents, seem to be the most likely players to return. Ruben Amaro Jr. said he has contacted Park’s agent about bringing him back. Eyre, who had elbow surgery last Monday, said he will play for the Phillies or retire. If he decides to play, the Phillies seem interested. He is 5-1 with a 1.62 ERA in 61 games since he joined the Phillies in Aug. 2008.

The Phillies have told Myers that he will not be back. If Stairs returns, it would on a Minor League deal.

If Feliz returns it means the Phillies’ plans to upgrade at third base did not go as intended. Amaro said last week that he has told Martinez that they have not closed the door on his return, but are focusing their attention elsewhere. It seems unlikely Martinez will be back.

Amaro hasn’t ruled out Bako’s return, but he also said finding a backup catcher is a priority, which indicates they will be looking elsewhere. Taschner is expected to sign elsewhere. It is difficult to picture the Phillies signing Cairo to anything other than a Minor League deal.

The Phillies have seven players eligible for salary arbitration: Blanton, infielder Eric Bruntlett, right-hander Clay Condrey, right-hander Chad Durbin, Ruiz, Victorino and right-hander Tyler Walker. The Phillies are expected to tender contracts to Blanton, Ruiz and Victorino. Durbin is a good bet, depending on how the Phillies rebuild their bullpen. The futures for Bruntlett, Condrey and Walker seem less certain.


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Four More Phillies File for Free Agency

It is a formality, but Chan Ho Park, Pedro Feliz, Matt Stairs and Paul Bako filed for free agency today.

They joined Pedro Martinez, Brett Myers and Miguel Cairo, who filed Friday.

The Phillies have contacted Park’s agent about returning next season, which makes sense at the right price. He pitched effectively in the bullpen, going 2-2 with a 2.52 ERA in 38 relief appearances. The Phillies have told Myers that he will not be back. They have declined Feliz’s $5.5 million club option, which means they are exploring other options at third base. Stairs seems unlikely to return, unless they bring him back on a minor-league deal. It sounds like the Phillies will look elsewhere for a backup catcher. Martinez also seems unlikely to return because the Phillies already have Cliff Lee, Cole Hamels, Joe Blanton, J.A. Happ, Jamie Moyer, Kyle Kendrick and others signed or under their control.


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Myers Won't Be Back in 2010

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will not be back with the Phillies in 2010.

He said this afternoon that Ruben Amaro Jr. informed him that he would not be re-signed. Myers, who the Phillies drafted in the first round of the 1999 First-Year Player Draft, said he first saw it coming when the Phillies acquired left-hander Cliff Lee in July and when he rarely pitched in the postseason. But he also knew with the salaries the Phillies already had committed that he was unlikely to return.

“Kenny Powers is officially a free agent,” he joked in a telephone interview.

Myers went 73-63 with a 4.40 ERA in 240 games (183) starts in his Phillies career. He went 4-3 with a 4.84 ERA this season, which was derailed in May with an injured right hip that required surgery in June. Myers rejoined the team in September as a relief pitcher, but strained his right latissimus dorsi muscle that sidelined him for a couple more weeks.

“I’ll be fine,” Myers said. “I’ve got friends and family up here, but there’s always a time when change has to happen. If I don’t fit their plans that’s fine with me. There’s nothing I can do about it. I can’t sit here and be sad about it. It’s been great playing here. I’ve had ups and downs here. It’s always tough when you have to leave your family behind, and I consider the Phillies family. I’ve been with them for 10 years. But like I said, there’s always a time when you want to go.”

“We decided to go in a different direction,” Amaro said.

Myers said he would have been willing to sign a one-year, incentive laden deal to remain with the Phillies, but the Phillies weren’t interested. He also said he has no preference regarding starting or relieving with his new team. He said he would like to pitch closer to his Jacksonville, Fla., home. If he starts, he would like to start in the National League. If he is a reliever, he would pitch in either league.

“I just need to keep pitching and be myself,” he said. “There’s nothing I can change about myself and there’s nothing I’m going to change about myself. It’s me. It’s who I am. I’m going to compete just as hard for another team. If I come across the Phillies, I’m going to try to make it hell on them. I’ve got friends on my time, but cross that white line and it’s game on, you know?”


The Phillies have contacted Chan Ho Park‘s agent about returning. … The Phillies will wait for results on Scott Eyre‘s elbow surgery before they decide whether or not they want to bring him back. … If Matt Stairs is back in 2010 at all, it will be on a Minor League deal.


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Little Red Machine Can't Repeat

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Jimmy Rollins said in Philadelphia last month when the Phillies clinched their third consecutive National League East championship that he wanted to wear Harry Kalas‘ jacket and shoes during another parade down Broad Street. He said in Denver when the Phillies clinched the NL Division Series that he hoped the Phillies could be known as the Little Red Machine, referring to the 1975-76 Cincinnati Reds, the last team to win consecutive World Series.

Neither came true when the Yankees beat the Phillies in Game 6 of the World Series last night, 7-3.

A few things from the clubhouse before the Ny-Quil kicks in and I pass out:

  • Pedro Martinez left the ballpark almost immediately after the game. A few reporters got him before he jumped on an elevator, which would have been fine except an obnoxious and perhaps drunk Yankees fan stood next to him and harrassed him. No security jumped in. Martinez indicated he was sick during his start. He left before he could be asked about his future. Rich Dubee said he thinks Martinez could pitch effectively through an entire season. We’ll see what his future is with the Phillies, but I tend to think another team will offer him more money than the Phillies would be willing to commit.
  • Brett Myers and Scott Eyre both said they would like to be back. Both are free agents. Eyre, who is considering retirement, said he would play only for the Phillies. Myers, who could be a starter or reliever elsewhere, said he likes both roles.
  • Asked how he felt about his performance, Ryan Howard said, “I feel cool. I feel cool. I think the only thing you can do now is go home and relax and come back for Spring Training.”
  • “Are they better than we are? For this series they were,” Charlie Manuel said of the Yankees. “They’ve got the trophy. We don’t. We gave it up, but we’re going to get it back.”
  • Manuel, on if he considered replacing Martinez with J.A. Happ to face Hideki Matsui in the third inning: “Pedro, he knows how to pitch. He’s got experience. I had to let him face that guy. We can go down 4-1 and we can definitely rebound there. But I had to let him – it wasn’t the time for me to take him out.”


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