Jim Buck Jr., one of the Phillies owners, died unexpectedly during the night on Tuesday.
Phillies president and CEO David Montgomery issued this statement: "We are very sorry to learn of Jim Buck’s passing. Jim had been a part of the Phillies ownership group, with his brothers Whip and Bill, since December of 1981. His strength of character and steady leadership have been very important factors in the success of the Phillies today. Jim provided direction and consistent support for many of us in this organization. His wise counsel and warm friendship will be sorely missed.
"Our heartfelt condolences are expressed to Elia, Jim’s loving wife, and to his son, Jim Buck, III, daughter-in-law, Lin Buck; to his daughter, Cackie Rogers, son-in-law, Joe Rogers; to his adored grandchildren and all of the Buck family. Jim’s death, along with the recent passing of Whip Buck last October, leaves the Phillies organization with a profound sense of loss.”
The Bucks formed Tri-Play Associates and were part of the group that purchased the Phillies in 1981 with Bill Giles. The Bucks remain among the minority owners of the team.
Today was a rare day off for the Phillies, but Roy Halladay pitched in a minor league game in order to stay on scheduled to start Opening Day.
Halladay pitched five innings, allowing seven hits and four runs (three earned) with a walk and three strikeouts.
Also, Brad Lidge, who was shut down earlier this week with bicep soreness, played catch this afternoon. No indication of any problems.
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