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Posted on: June 10, 2010 4:54 pm

A real California affair

The All-Star game on July 13 will take place at Angel Stadium in Anaheim. Apparently somewhere there is a Major League Baseball memo dictating that the coaching staffs have to carpool.

All of the coaches appointed by National League manager Charlie Manuel of the Phillies and American League manager Joe Girardi of the Yankees are from California. Manuel tapped San Diego manager Bud Black and San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy, and Girardi selected the Angels' Mike Scioscia and Oakland's Bob Geren.

It's not uncommon for people to be offered All-Star coaching spots and turn down the opportunity, wanting the time off instead. So it might be that managers from elsewhere simply opted not to spend their break traveling to and from the West Coast. One would certainly think Manuel extended an offer to Braves manager Bobby Cox, who is retiring after this season, his 30th as a manager.

-- Davd Andriesen

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Posted on: June 9, 2010 7:16 pm
Edited on: June 9, 2010 7:20 pm

Marlins-Phillies postponed

The Marlins-Phillies game in Philadelphia tonight was postponed and will be made up during the Marlins' trip to Philadelphia in September .

The Marlins' Josh Johnson and Phillies' Roy Halladay will both be pushed back to Thursday night's game.

It is the second rainout of the season for the Marlins, who also had a game against the Rockies rained out in April that was made up the next day as part of a doubleheader.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: June 9, 2010 11:58 am

Phillies sign top pick

Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Enquirer reports via Twitter that the Phillies have come to terms with first-round pick Jesse Biddle, a high school left-hander from Philadelphia. Biddle will join the Phillies' Gulf Coast League team immediately.

-- David Andriesen
Category: MLB
Posted on: June 9, 2010 9:46 am

Halladay's tax hit

Phillies right-hander Roy Halladay must have been bummed when he learned that the June 25-27 series between Philadelphia and Toronto would be relocated to Philly to avoid the G-20 summit in Toronto. Halladay spent 12 years pitching in Toronto and is a legend there. See some old friends, eat at his favorite restaurants, bask in adoration ... would have been a nice weekend.

But Halladay must have really been bummed when his accountant informed him that the relocation of the series would add $75,000 to his tax bill. According to the Wall Street Journal , Halladay had accumulated "excess foreign tax credits" from his time in the Great White North and now won't be able to use them to reduce his tax bill.

Fortunately, Halladay gets to sleep in his own bed that weekend, and that bed might well be stuffed with cash. He's scheduled to make $15.75 million this season.

-- David Andriesen

Category: MLB
Posted on: June 8, 2010 10:34 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 11:30 am

Stanton finishes 3 for 5

Marlins rookie Mike Stanton is known for his power, but he showed his speed in his big-league debut on Tuesday. Stanton had three hits, including two infield singles, the second of which came off Phillies closer Brad Lidge with two on and two outs and the Marlins down two in the ninth.

Stanton kept the Marlins alive with a grounder up the middle that hit Lidge's glove, fielded by Chase Utley who flipped it to Wilson Valdez to try to force Cody Ross at second, but Ross was called safe. It appeared second base umpire Brian Gorman missed the call, and it was ruled an infield single for Stanton, loading the bases for Ronny Paulino.

However, Paulino popped up to Utley to end the game and give Lidge his second save since returning to the Phillies a week ago and third overall.

Hanley Ramierez led off the inning with a single before Lidge got Jorge Cantu and Dan Uggla to go down swinging and Ross walked to bring up Stanton.

Stanton went 3 for 5 in his debut with three singles and a strikeout. Stanton had 21 homers at Double-A Jacksonville and slugged .726.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

Posted on: June 8, 2010 9:49 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 11:30 am

Stanton's OK, too

Stephen Strasburg showed why his debut was a big deal and the other rookie making his debut Tuesday night hasn't had too bad of a game, either.

Marlins right fielder Mike Stanton has two hits as the Marlins lead the Phillies 8-7 in the middle of the eighth. Stanton reached on an infield single in his first at-bat and then single again in his fourth. Stanton led off the eighth inning with a liner to right and then scored on Wes Helms' triple.

Stanton has a reputation for his amazing power, but went the other way off of Phillies reliever Jose Contreras for his second hit of the night. Stanton also struck out once. Along with his 21 minor league homers at Double-A Jacksonville, Stanton also struck out 53 times in 190 at-bats.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

Posted on: June 8, 2010 7:32 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 11:26 am

Stanton singles, scores in debut

While Mike Stanton is known for his prodigous power, his first at-bat in the big leagues resulted in an infield single off the Phillies' Kyle Kendrick.

Facing a full count, Stanton hit a chopper of Kendrick's head and the 6-foot-5, 240-pound Stanton busted down the line.

Known for his 500-foot homers, Stanton was recruited by USC as a wide receiver and cornerback, so he does have speed, which he showed scoring from first on Ronnie Paulino's double.

The Marlins lead 2-0 in the top of the second.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

Posted on: June 7, 2010 1:52 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 11:21 am

Time for Ibanez to go in Philly?

Raul Ibanez arrived in Philadelphia with a bang last season, rejuvenating his career and becoming a popular figure on a team that reached the World Series. But it looks like the dew is off the rose, at least for some fans.

The blog is calling for the Phillies, who have lost 10 of their past 14, to release the outfielder. And author Corey Seidman makes a compelling argument.

Since his huge first two months of 2009, when Ibanez batted .332 and locked up his first All-Star start, he has batted .234, including a .229 average and three homers in 2010. At age 38 with bad knees, he's also a poor defensive outfielder.

Meanwhile, the Phillies' top prospect, who happens to be an outfielder, is looking increasingly ready for the majors. Domonic Brown is batting .313 at Double-A Reading and leading the Eastern League with a .969 OPS.

It's tough to see the Phillies eating Ibanez's contract -- he's in the second year of a three-year, $31.5 million deal on which he is still owed roughly $17.5 million. And he has a full no-trade clause. As Seidman points out, however, there is precedent for Phillies GM Ruben Amaro cutting loose big contracts. The Phillies ate more than $17 million last season in releasing Geoff Jenkins and Adam Eaton.

Ibanez is the prototype "veteran clubhouse leader" and a popular figure in Philadelphia after the team's 2009 ride. But if the Phillies continue to underperform, they are going to face a difficult decision.

-- Evan Brunell
Category: MLB
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