Results tagged ‘ Scott Rolen ’

Victorino Wins Gold Glove


victorino catch.jpgShane Victorino
won his third consecutive Gold Glove today.

Victorino, the only Phillies player to win a Gold Glove this year, is the first Phillies outfielder to win three consecutive Gold Gloves since Garry Maddox won eight consecutive Gold Gloves from 1975-82.

Victorino tied for the league lead in assists (11) and finished fifth out of 37 qualifying outfielders in fielding percentage (.995) and range factor per game (2.59).

He is the sixth player in franchise history to win three or more Gold Gloves. Mike Schmidt (10), Maddox (eight), Manny Trillo (three), Scott Rolen (three) and Jimmy Rollins (three) are the others.

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The Phillies coaching search continues. Juan Samuel is the frontrunner to replace Davey Lopes. Ryne Sandberg is a candidate to manage in Triple-A. Mickey Morandini also is in the picture to coach in the minors.

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Roy Halladay Day

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A few highlights from Roy Halladay‘s news conference today:

On the inevitable comparisons to Cliff Lee this season: “I think that’s what baseball is. I think everybody is always comparing different players. I think that’s how they decide who is the better player. That’s always been the case, whether it’s guys on the team being compared to you or other teams. That’s part of it. It’s nothing that fortunately I have to pay attention to. My job is to obviously prepare and compete the best I can. I stay out of the papers and news. Not that those people don’t know what they’re talking about. It just doesn’t have a lot to do with how I should approach the game. Yeah, obviously that’s going to be there, but it’s not going to affect the way I prepare or pitch or anything else.”

On when he begins his daily workouts: “It varies. Normally, 5:45 I try to get here. There have been a few young kids that have been chasing me in, trying to beat me. So I have to start bumping it to 5:30 here soon.”

On Johan Santana’s comments that he is the best pitcher in the NL East: “No, I steer clear of that. I think it was a Lou Holtz quote, ‘Well done is always more important than well said.’ I’ve always tried to take that philosophy. I try to stay out of those things as much as possible.”

On what he is looking forward to most: “Postseason. For me that’s the ultimate. Obviously there’s no guarantee, but that’s the driving force for me right now and the biggest reason. It was never about changing teamamtes, changing environments, changing cities. It was about wanting to pitch in October. That’s what I look forward to here the most. Like I said there is no guarantees, but based on what they’ve done in the past and the guys who are in that clubhouse, I look forward to having that chance.”

On Scott Rolen giving him any advice on Philadelphia: “He actually said that I would love it. He said that you’re going to love being there. I know that was probably tough for him based on the past few times back to Philadelphia, but I know he really enjoyed his time there. He seemed to think that I would, too.”

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My new book is currently available online. It also will be available in Delaware Valley bookstores in late February/early March. I hope you check it out. But in the meantime, The Fightins is giving away a few copies.

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The Zo Zone is on Facebook and Twitter. His book “The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly: Philadelphia Phillies” is available online, and will be in bookstores in the Delaware Valley in late February/early March.

Rollins, Victorino Win Gold Gloves


rollins and victorino 1111.jpgJimmy Rollins
and Shane Victorino found themselves in rare company Wednesday when they picked up Gold Gloves.

Rollins is the first National League shortstop to win three consecutive Gold Gloves since Rey Ordonez in 1997-99, and the first Phillies player to win three consecutive Gold Gloves at any position since Mike Schmidt won nine consecutive at third base from 1976-84. He also is the fifth Phillies player to win at least three Gold Gloves, joining Schmidt (10), Garry Maddox (eight), Manny Trillo (three) and Scott Rolen (three).

Victorino is the first Phillies outfielder to win consecutive Gold Glove since Maddox won eight consecutive from 1975-82.

Rollins led the Majors with a .990 fielding percentage. He committed just six errors, which were fewest in baseball amongst qualifying players. He ranked second in the league in games (152) and innings (1364 2/3), fourth in putouts (212), sixth in total chances (607) and assists (389) and eighth in double plays (72). His career .983 fielding percentage is the second best in baseball history. Only Omar Vizquel is better with a .985 fielding percentage.

Victorino had a .997 fielding percentage, which was the second best in the National League amongst outfielders. He committed just one error. He ranked sixth with 336 putouts. He ranked tied for fifth amongst centerfielders with eight assists.

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It's a Doubleheader Day

b game.jpgThe Phillies are playing a “B” game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Bright House Field before they meet tonight for a Grapefruit League game tonight at Dunedin Stadium, which has the strangest smelling press box in Florida.

Here are a few highlights so far from the B game:

Jayson Werth struck out looking on six pitches in the first inning (he took all six pitches), but ripped a 2-1 pitch from B.J. Ryan through the hole into left field for a single in the third inning. He finished 1 for 4. He said he felt fine afterward, and expects to begin playing Grapefruit League games.

Brett Myers allowed six hits, five runs, two walks and two home runs in three innings. He struck out three. Scott Rolen hit a two-run homer against him in the first, and Kevin Millar hit a three-run homer against him in the third. What happened? Myers threw primarily fastballs and changeups, which is his fourth pitch. But the problem was that his changeup wasn’t good. He’s trying to develop his changeup into more of a weapon.

It’s a hitter’s day. Andy Tracy, Tuffy Gosewisch and Chris Walker have homered for the Phillies in a 12-7 loss.

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Pedro Feliz said his back felt fine after taking live BP yesterday. He said he’s doing everything except, you know, playing in games. He is hopeful it won’t be long before that happens. He also said he thinks he should be in the lineup Opening Day.

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