Site News - February 2008

 

February Update: Signs of spring: baseball has begun! In the last month I've included seven articles, all from the October 13, 1980 edition of the Doylestown Daily Intelligencer. The articles cover the Phils' win over the Houston Astros in the deciding Game Five of the 1980 NLCS. You can find the articles by title (the old article page), by month, the new articles page, and by game (the day-by-day boxscore pages).

 

Howard Wins Arbitration?: Ryan Howard won his arbitration hearing against the Phillies this week. Howard, who has hit 129 homers in his 410-game-long major league career, had asked for $10 million, with the Phils countering at $7 million. In 2007, Howard hit .268 with 47 home runs and 139 RBI.

 

Lidge Hurt: One of the Phils' big acquisitions of the winter was closer Brad Lidge. The trade for him allowed Brett Myers to be returned to the rotation... unfortunately, Lidge hurt his knee in spring training drills. He had surgery on the knee previously, and it is not presently known how badly the knee is hurt.

 

Opening Day Countdown: The Phillies will begin the season on Monday, March 31 against the Washington Nationals - a mere 37 days away!

 

Smack Talk: The Phils and Mets picked off where the left off last year. Carlos Beltran of the Mets, who bolstered their chances by acquiring Johan Santana from the Twins, said that the Mets were the team to beat, taking a line Jimmy Rollins used last year. As for the reigning MVP, Rollins has his goal set higher for the Phillies... 100 wins.

 

Newspaper Archive: The articles added to the website database this month come from newspaperarchive.com. This website has a large archive or newspapers from a variety of newspapers from around the world. I have found it helpful to work on this site. It is a pay site (just shy of $10 per month), but it does have some free features if you'd like to check it out.

 

Problems?: If there are any problems getting to a page on the site, please e-mail me at 1980phillies @swfla.rr.com (address obsolete). As of right now, there should be pages for every link on the site.

 

Wanted: Any and all articles that pertain to the 1980 Phillies, or any players on the roster from that year. If you have some to donate/lend/sell/steal please e-mail me. Copies are wonderful! I am particularly interested in getting articles during the season from the Philadelphia newspapers (unfortunately, newspaperarchive.com do not have any Philadelphia newspapers). Anyone that has copies of the Inquirer or the Daily News please contact me.

 

Future Updates: I've been able to maintain my momentum of adding at least 3-5 (and usually more) articles a month to the site database. If you have any ideas of what you would like to see on the website, please e-mail me. For next month I will probably work to add more articles on Game 5 of the NLCS.

 

Go Phillies!
Richard Summers