Site News - January 2008

January Update: Somehow I managed to add a whopping 11 new articles to the site database. Most deal with the controversial fourth game of the 1980 NLCS, but I also found an additional few on game three as well. 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 to Arbitration?: Ryan Howard, the remarkable young Phils slugger, appears to be headed towards arbitration after the exchange of numbers left the two sides far apart. Howard, who has hit 129 homers in his 410-game-long major league career, has asked for $10 million, with the Phils countering at $7 million. In 2007, Howard hit .268 with 47 home runs and 139 RBI.

 

Other Signings: The Phils have avoided arbitration hearings with several other players. Relief pitcher Brad Lidge was signed to a one-year, $6.35 million contract, while relief pitcher Ryan Madsen was signed to a one-year, $1.4 million contract.

 

Spring Training Countdown: The Phillies will have pitchers and catchers report to their spring training complex in Clearwater, Florida, on February 14, just 19 days away!

 

Coste Writes Book: Phils back-up catcher Chris Coste will release a book about his long journey to the major leagues. Coste, who made his rookie debut with the Phils in 2006 at the age of 33. "The 33-Year Old Rookie" will be released through Random House on March 18.

 

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 articles on Game 5 of the NLCS.

 

Go Phillies!
Richard Summers