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Archive: March, 2008

Blackley Headed to Lehigh Valley

Thursday, March 27, 2008, 2:22 PM
Lefthander Travis Blackley, a Rule 5 pick, cleared waivers and has been outrighted to triple-A Lehigh Valley. He accepted assignment. Blackley went 0-1 with a 7.27 ERA in five appearances this spring. * For anybody who is interested, Bill James will be on 60 Minutes this Sunday at 7 p.m. Eastern... Read more

Benson Is Still Here

Thursday, March 27, 2008, 12:07 PM
The Phillies reassigned righthander Kris Benson to minor-league camp, which means he's still with the team. That's not a surprise. The Phillies had to place Benson on the 40-man roster no later than Tuesday or he had 24 hours to opt out of his minor-league contract. Benson said Tuesday he would not... Read more

The Countdown Continues: Second Base

Thursday, March 27, 2008, 8:26 AM
The Inquirer's countdown to Opening Day continues. It's down to 4. Four as in ... four days before the season opener. Four as in ... second base. Chase Utley considers himself merely a trendy pick for National League Most Valuable Player. He is trendy for a few reasons: 1) He has incredible talent... Read more

Richie Ashburn: A Baseball Life

Wednesday, March 26, 2008, 2:26 PM
Richie Asbhurn: A Baseball Life will be released on DVD on April 22. Read more

While We're Talking About Third Base ...

Wednesday, March 26, 2008, 12:55 PM
The Inquirer takes a look at everything third base today, so I thought I'd post this SI photo of Mike Schmidt and George Brett. Read more

The Countdown Continues: Third Base

Wednesday, March 26, 2008, 8:48 AM
The Inquirer's countdown to Opening Day continues. It's down to 5. Five as in ... five days before the season opener. Five as in ... third base. Pedro Feliz has a reputation for being an impatient hitter. He is a career .252 hitter with a career .288 on-base percentage. He doesn't walk much. At... Read more

Life of a Rule 5 Draft Pick

Wednesday, March 26, 2008, 8:41 AM
Lefthander Travis Blackley, the team's Rule 5 pick from the San Francisco Giants, cleared out his locker at Bright House Field yesterday, but remained with the organization. Huh? How's that work? It's complicated, but it's interesting to know the process (if you're a baseball beat writer anyway)... Read more

Ruiz Could Have a Big 2008

Wednesday, March 26, 2008, 5:10 PM
Does spring training performance mean anything? John Dewan's Stat of the Week shows us one way spring training performance can predict future success. He found that almost 75 percent of players who had a slugging percentage at least 100 points higher than their career average performed better than... Read more

Roster Moves

Tuesday, March 25, 2008, 12:59 PM
The Phillies placed Rule 5 pick Travis Blackley on waivers and reassigned lefthander Vic Darensbourg and righthander Gary Knotts to minor-league camp. That leaves 27 healthy players in camp: Pitchers (11): Brett Myers, Cole Hamels, Jamie Moyer, Kyle Kendrick, Adam Eaton, Tom Gordon, J.C. Romero,... Read more

The Countdown Continues: Shortstop

Tuesday, March 25, 2008, 8:59 AM
The Inquirer's countdown to Opening Day continues. It's down to 6. Six as in ... six days before the season opener. Six as in ... shortstop. Frank Fitzpatrick writes that Jimmy Rollins is "not just their MVP shortstop, their leadoff hitter, their spark plug, their clubhouse keystone. He is... Read more
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