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Archive: December, 2008

Flyin' Hawaiian Still Flying High

Friday, December 26, 2008, 2:08 PM
Mele Kalikimaka is the thing to say on a bright Hawian Christmas Day ... It must have been a pretty good Christmas for Shane Victorino, although I imagine it was a pretty good Christmas for everybody who played a role in helping the Phillies win the World Series. Fortunately for us, Jim Salisbury... Read more

Merry Christmas!

Thursday, December 25, 2008, 2:01 PM
Merry Christmas, everybody! I'm guessing most people who check out this blog regularly received some sort of Phillies merchandise for the holidays. Phil Sheridan writes in today's paper that Christmas is a day to appreciate the gifts you've been given or wallow in misery over those that didn't come... Read more

Neal Is Excited

Sunday, December 21, 2008, 2:09 PM
Blaine Neal grew up a Phillies fan in South Jersey, where he was a star at Bishop Eustace Prep. He now has a chance to play in the Phillies' organization. Phil Anastasia caught up with Neal, who signed a minor-league contract with the Phillies and is a non-roster invitee to camp this spring. Like... Read more

Howard Won't Play in WBC

Saturday, December 20, 2008, 10:37 AM
Ryan Howard informed Team USA manager Davey Johnson that he won't compete in the World Baseball Classic this spring. "He feels like he needs to spend his time in the spring getting ready for the season so he gets off to a better start," Johnson said. Jimmy Rollins will play for Team USA... Read more

Minaya: Phils the Team to Beat

Thursday, December 18, 2008, 11:36 AM
Well, that's no fun. New York Mets general manager Omar Minaya had a chance to tell the whole world the Mets are better than the Phillies, but he didn't fan the flames. "We're not better than them, no," Minaya said. "Right now, they're world champions." Wait, what? What is this?... Read more

Phillies Invite 10 to Spring Training

Wednesday, December 17, 2008, 3:08 PM
Phillies press release: Ten players have been invited to Phillies spring training as non-roster invitees, Chuck LaMar, Phillies assistant general manager, player development & scouting announced today. · Dave Borkowski, RHP … Borkowski, 31, split last season between the Houston... Read more

Your '09 Phillies

Tuesday, December 16, 2008, 10:01 AM
The Phillies later today will introduce Raul Ibanez as their new leftfielder. It is expected to be their last "major" announcement before spring training in February. If you want to know how your 2009 Phillies will look, take a look at today's roster: - Catchers: Chris Coste, Ronny... Read more

Meet Raul Ibanez

Tuesday, December 16, 2008, 6:12 PM
The Phillies introduced Raul Ibanez this afternoon at Citizens Bank Park. Here is some of what he said: On being 36 years old and being able to maintain his productivity throughout the length of his contract: "I love hearing it. It's one of the things I enjoy because I know that I can continue... Read more

Park Agrees to Terms

Monday, December 15, 2008, 9:38 AM
The Phillies have reached a tentative agreement with free agent righthanded pitcher Chan Ho Park, Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. just confirmed. Park must pass a physical before the deal becomes official. The Korea Times reports it is a one-year, $2.5 million contract with performance bonuses... Read more

More from Moyer and Utley

Monday, December 15, 2008, 5:10 PM
Chase Utley held a news conference today at Citizens Bank Park to talk about his progress after surgery on his right hip. Jamie Moyer talked to reporters in a teleconference a couple hours later about the two-year contract extension he just signed with the Phillies. Here are some highlights: "Now... Read more
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