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Oswalt leaves Phillies as tornadoes hit hometown

Posted on: April 27, 2011 2:17 pm
Edited on: April 27, 2011 3:10 pm
 
By Matt Snyder

Phillies starting pitcher Roy Oswalt has left his team due to personal reasons, it was revealed early Wednesday afternoon. Amidst questions and speculation, the Phillies public relations department released a statement to let everyone know why Oswalt left. It reads as follows:

“There has been a tremendous amount of tornado activity near Roy’s home in Mississippi resulting in several tragic deaths and significant devastation to the area. Because of this, Roy is concerned about his family’s well-being. He has chosen to take time to make sure there wasn’t significant damage to his home, but more importantly, to make certain that his wife and children are okay. It is almost a year to the day that his parents’ home was destroyed by a tornado which has heightened his concern about the current situation. We are hopeful that he will rejoin the team for his next start, but will take that day by day.”

Oswalt may have been distracted during his Tuesday night outing, and it's hard to blame him. CSNPhilly.com is reporting that Oswalt was alone with his cell phone in the dugout for a "long period of time" and appeared to be "reading and sending messages" just hours before the game against Arizona began. Then, after the game, Oswalt left before the clubhouse was open to reporters, a rarity for a standup guy like Oswalt. He took his first loss of the 2011 season (3-1) with a three-inning outing. He lasted only three innings, allowing six hits, five earned runs and a walk with no strikeouts. It ballooned his ERA up to 3.33 from 1.88.

Oswalt, 33, is a three-time All-Star who went 7-1 with a 1.74 ERA for the Phillies last season after coming over in a trade from the Astros. He had previously spent his entire career with Houston. A few starts back, he left early with a back injury, but the Phillies have reiterated he's completely healthy and the leave is purely for family purposes.

General manager Ruben Amaro noted the Phillies expect Oswalt back before his next scheduled start, which is Tuesday. (CSNPhilly.com )

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Comments

Since: Sep 14, 2006
Posted on: April 27, 2011 5:21 pm
 

Oswalt leaves Phillies as tornadoes hit hometown

If family's going to get in the way of him doing his job he needs to be fired.
 
Your insensitivity aside, the article says that he'll be back in time for his next start so obviously his family's not going to get in the way of him doing his job...M-M-M-MORON!!!



Since: Jan 8, 2010
Posted on: April 27, 2011 5:18 pm
 

Oswalt leaves Phillies as tornadoes hit hometown

It must have been God's will



Since: Sep 14, 2006
Posted on: April 27, 2011 5:18 pm
 

Oswalt leaves Phillies as tornadoes hit hometown




Since: Feb 11, 2011
Posted on: April 27, 2011 5:12 pm
 

He's paid to do a job

He's paid to do a job.  

If family's going to get in the way of him doing his job he needs to be fired.



Since: Jan 18, 2008
Posted on: April 27, 2011 4:56 pm
 

Oswalt leaves Phillies as tornadoes hit hometown

So, is that what you would do if you had millions of dollars?  Use $$ to show your concern instead of going there tp support and help your family?  IDIOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



Since: Apr 27, 2011
Posted on: April 27, 2011 4:47 pm
 

Oswalt leaves Phillies as tornadoes hit hometown

Just in case you didn't read my earlier post, it was pure speculation BEFORE the tornado information came out, So to answer your question I'm neither stupid nor 6, just saw some similariries and speculated before the most important facts came out. I was obviously wrong, and I regret any apparent mental anguish it caused you. But I didn't think I crossed the line in speculating with current available information. My apologies to all



Since: Jan 28, 2007
Posted on: April 27, 2011 4:44 pm
 

Oswalt leaves Phillies as tornadoes hit hometown

nice state... the only reason I would move to mississippi is if jessica alba & eva longoria were my roommates and there was a clothing shortage...




Since: Apr 27, 2011
Posted on: April 27, 2011 4:40 pm
 

Oswalt leaves Phillies as tornadoes hit hometown

Yes I just read that, so my speculation was wrong, but I'm free to speculate. I don't feel I need to watch what I say or wait to say anything, this is still america. last I checked I'm free to go out on a limb before all the facts are in and be right or wrong at the end. I didn't write it as fact or launch into some tirade against the guy or call him names. This is just a message board to post thoughts in real time not a court proceeding where anything needs to be investigated or proved before commmenting. My post was pure speculation.

 

Signed "living for the next steroid scandal"




Since: Jul 19, 2007
Posted on: April 27, 2011 4:40 pm
 

Oswalt leaves Phillies as tornadoes hit hometown

What a bunch of dumb comments inclusing you Ashlville Steve.  Shame on all of you for questioning Oswalt putting his family first.



Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: April 27, 2011 4:35 pm
 

Oswalt leaves Phillies as tornadoes hit hometown

Instead of leaving his struggling team, let me offer Roy a few other options:
1.  Phone home and ask if everything is OK.2.  Spend a little of his millions and fly his family out to be with him, where it is safe.3.  Hire someone to stand there and watch his house during tornado season.  For whatever that would do.4.  Move his family to someplace safe.
I mean really...  What is he going to do when he gets there?  He won't scare away the tornados.


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