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Rollins Has Retired From the Prediction Business

rollins is retired.JPGWe were talking to Jimmy Rollins on Wednesday about meeting President Barack Obama next week at the White House. Somebody asked him where that would rank compared to the celebration following Game 5 of the World Series, the parade down Broad Street and getting the World Series championship rings.

“I don’t know,” he said. “I can’t predict the future.”

Wait a second, yes he can. He predicted the Phillies would be the team to beat in 2007, and they were. He predicted 100 wins in 2008, and they won 103. So I reminded him that he is a prognosticator, and has predicted the future in the recent past.

That is when Rollins asked for the notebook in my hands and wrote down the following words:

“I am retired!!”

He actually had mentioned that during the first few days in Spring Training, but I guess I forgot. So just a reminder to everybody: Rollins is out of the prediction business. This is disappointing to me. It’s probably disappointing to the Mets, too. I mean, where are they going to get their offseason and Spring Training material from?

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The Free JC t-shirts sold at The 700 Level are a popular item in the Phillies clubhouse. Rollins, Clay Condrey and Scott Eyre were wearing them before today’s game against the Rockies.

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Paulino Traded to Giants for Taschner

taschner.jpgJust got word that the Phillies have traded Ronny Paulino to the San Francisco Giants for left-handed reliever Jack Taschner.

A few things about this trade:

  • It’s a lock. Chris Coste will open the season as Carlos Ruiz‘s backup.
  • Taschner will be the bullpen’s second left-hander while J.C. Romero serves his 50-game suspension. The other left-hander is Scott Eyre.
  • This could pave the way for J.A. Happ to open the season in the rotation and Chan Ho Park to open the season in the bullpen, although Ruben Amaro Jr. stressed that nothing had been decided. There had been some talk that Happ could open the season in the bullpen, if Park had a better spring than him. But both have pitched about the same, so I would be surprised at this point if Happ isn’t this team’s No. 5 starter.

Update: The Giants flipped Paulino to the Marlins for Minor League pitcher Hector Correra.

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Eyre Gets A Rooftop View

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It’s hard to tell because the camera on my Blackberry isn’t exactly top notch, but that is Scott Eyre catching a few innings on the roof of Bright House Field. Guess he got bored watching from the bullpen.

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Brett Myers, who might be starting Opening Day if Cole Hamels isn’t ready, threw 5 2/3 shutout innings against the Reds. He allowed just four hits and struck out seven. 

Welcome to Bradenton

Just settled into the press box at McKechnie Field in Bradenton. It’s actually pretty nice today. It seems no matter when we’re here during Spring Training, it’s always frigid and windy (relatively speaking, of course).

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Good news for Scott Eyre, whose assets have been frozen by federal regulators. The Phillies have agreed to advance him a bit of his $2 million salary so he can, you know, pay his bills and mortgage and stuff.

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