Site News - March 2009

March Update: I hope that everyone is looking forward to the beginning of baseball season as much as I am. My spring break just happens to coincide with the season's opening week, so I'll be killing my satellite dish and television watching baseball games until my wife drags me to do something else. This month I've added seven new articles to the site database. This month the articles come from the October 16, 1980 editions of the Frederick Post and Huntingdon Daily News. 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).

 

One week left!: The Phils begin their defense of their world championship next Sunday night against the Atlanta Braves. Right now it looks like the Phils will go with Brett Myers to start the opener (slated to be shown on ESPN). Before we wipe the slate clean, let me post last season's results just ONE MORE TIME:

  • FINAL Standings: 92-70, first place, 3 games ahead of the New York Mets.
  • NLDS: Phils beat the Milwaukee Brewers, 3 games to 1.
  • NLCS: Phils beat the Los Angeles Dodgers, 4 games to 1.
  • World Series: Phils beat the Tampa Bay Rays, 4 games to 1.

 

Phils Trade For : Ronny Paulino, we hardly knew you. The catcher, acquired over the winter from the Pittburgh Pirates for minor league catching prospect Jason Jaramillo, was moved to the San Francisco Giants in return for left handed reliever Jack Taschner. The 30-year-old was 3-2 with a 4.88 ERA in pitcher-friendly SBC Park.

 

Hamels OK: The Phils' ace lefty Cole Hamels put a little scare in Phillies fans (and I'm sure Charlie Manuel) when flew back to Philly to get an MRI on his left elbow. Fortunately, the tests showed no structural damage on his arm, and he is slated to take the hill on April 10.

 

Spring Records: The Phillies have been struggling in their Grapefruit League schedule, going 10-16, currently 15th in the 16-team Florida circuit. Carlos Ruiz has been the leading hitter among the regulars with a .385 average, while Ryan Howard leads with 8 homers and 19 RBI. Among the pitchers, Joe Blanton and possible 5th starters J.A. Happ and Chan Ho Park have pitched well, as has Brett Myers.

 

Utley, Feliz Ready: The Phillies' walking wounded are prepared to start the season where they belong, on the field. Chase Utley, arguable the Phils' MVP last year, had hip surgery over the winter and was possibly going to be out until June. Third baseman Pedro Feliz had back surgery, and was hoped, but not certain, to be ready for the first bell. Both, though, will be in the lineup next Sunday against the Braves.

 

World Baseball Classic: Congratulation to the team from Japan for winning the World Baseball Classic. Team USA made the semi-finals before losing to the eventual champions. Red Sox pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka was named the MVP of the tournament.

 

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.

 

New E-Mail: If there are any problems getting to a page on the site, please e-mail. The e-mail has changed, and is embedded in the graphic below for security purposes. (Note: For new website, click on “contact.”)

 

 

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: Now that school is back in session, the updates will continue to be about 5 or so articles per month. 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 from the actual Game 2 of the World Series.

 

Go Phillies!
Richard Summers