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For The Girls…

I hear ya ladies…after I posted a photo of a Hooters girl yesterday at a Spring training game, I received many request from the ladies for some female entertainment.  So, here it is, Phillies-style:

First of all, no Phillie will ever top this photo of former-Phil, Pat Burrell:
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Although, Cole Hamels gave it the college try:

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And Shane Victorino jumped in on the action during the Phillies Cruise in January:

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But the rest of the team seems to be a bit modest.  So, I decided to help them along…meet the Phillie-Dales!  Chase Utley, Jimmy Rollins (with a new hair-do), Chad Durbin and Greg Dobbs:

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And the scary part is, they probably all look even hotter than that in real life :O)  *Sigh!*

Ok, back to reality!  The Elder, Jamie Moyer started the game today against the Rays; Moyer went 5 innings, giving up 2 runs on 4 hits and a walk.  Moyer has looked great all spring.  JA Happ took over in the 6th inning and after the first 2 batters were out, he suddenly gave up a solo home run and a single.  But Happ recovered quickly and got out of the inning with a ground ball.  Happ pitched 3 innings of 1 run ball.  To me, this has been the difference between Happ and Kyle Kendrick or Carlos Carrasco; Happ can make a mistake and move on.  The other two seem emotionally unable to cope.  Chan Ho Park is an experienced veteran who also does not seem shaken easily, so keep an eye on Park as well over these next few weeks.

In the poll I posted yesterday on who will be the Phillies 5th starter, Happ ran away with the contest, getting 100% of the votes.  After Kyle Kendrick’s horrible outing yesterday, this picture is becoming clearer.

The most exciting things that happened offensively for the Phillies in the first 6 innings were Jason Donald getting a walk and Miguel Cairo getting the only hit in those six innings.  After that, Ryan Howard came through with a sac fly with the bases loaded to score the Phillies first run.  The only other offense in the game was a 9th inning home run from Andy Tracy, and the Phils went on to lose 3-2.

WBC Highlights

Team USA lost to Team Venezuela yesterday, but the game really did not mean much; both teams will advance to Round 2 of the Classic.  The other teams who made the cut are Mexico, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Japan, Korea and the Netherlands.  Round 2 will begin on Saturday; Rollins and Victorino with Team USA take on JC Romero and Team Puerto Rico at 8pm in Miami.

 

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Phillies Win World Series Reunion

Well, don’t get too excited…it is only Spring Training.  But the Phillies did finally get over the Grapefruit League hump and won their first game today against World Series opponent, the Tampa Bay Rays by a score of 12-5.  Ryan Howard also got over his homer hump and slammed his first of 2009 in the 1st inning.  John Mayberry followed with one of his own and 2 batters later, 12-year MLB veteran Miguel Cairo joined the home run parade.  After a 5 run first inning, the Phils looked pretty relaxed.

The rookies tried to make good impressions; Mayberry and Jason Donald both played the entire game with Mayberry going 2 for 5 with 2 RBI, including the home run.  Donald went 1 for 4 with 1 RBI and made a spectacular over-the-wall grab on a foul ball.  He fell clear into the stands, disappearing from view, and still caught the ball.  Here is a photo of Donald being helped up by the fans; also shown:  Cairo sliding into home; Jimmy Rollins tags out a runner attempting to steal; rookie Ozzie Chavez gets a hit:

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Kyle Kendrick pitched the first 2 2/3 innings, allowing 4 hits, including 1 home run.  He pitched fairly well, but did pale in comparison to what we have seen from JA Happ and Carlos Carrasco thus far.  And so that battle continues…  Former Mariner Jake Woods continues to struggle, giving up 2 runs in his one inning of work; rookie Drew Naylor had a one run 2 1/3 innings; Mike Koplove looked great again, pitching a scoreless inning; and our only lefty in the pen so far, Scott Eyre, gave up one run in what looked like a bit of a shaky inning for him.  Eyre, having personal and financial issues right now, really needs to keep his head on straight.  It was reported earlier this week that, due to a bank fraud issue, his assets have been frozen and he is unable to pay bills.  It appears to have affected many people invested in this particular bank and may take a while before the issue is resolved, so let’s hope he can handle the stress.  The advance the Phillies gave him on his salary should help.  Read the article HERE.

The other story of the day was the return of Pat Burrell.  Burrell got a very warm reception from the Phillies fans, who cheered him when he came up to bat, and even before the game during batting practice.  It seems like we are not the only ones who are missing Pat; Greg Dobbs and Ryan Howard had a nice reunion with him before the game:

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Burrell later told beat writer Todd Zolecki, “The response I got was very special,” Burrell said. “It’s something I won’t forget.”  And some thing we all won’t forget?  The Burrell Butt; oh, how we’ll miss it!

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Phillies take on the Braves tomorrow at 1:05pm.

 

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Eaton’s Outta Here

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Dumb Luck

The Phillies released Adam Eaton today, still owing him $9.15 million dollars.  No other teams will likely be dumb enough to sign him before he clears waivers, avoiding having to pay his huge, ridiculous contract.  If anyone does pick him up after that, they will only be required to pay the Phillies $400,000.  Ouch.  But what would be more painful, is having to keep Eaton around any longer.

Eaton has got to be the luckiest idiot on the planet; he’s a millionaire, he gets a World Series ring and what did he do for it all?  Nothing.  Perhaps he could teach that trick to a few of us?  It’s the least he can do for the two years of pathetic baseball he pitched for the Phillies fans.  Glad as we are to end the Eaton-era, my question is, who will we pick on now?? :O)

Team USA

A Blue Jays fan asked me at the game on Thursday if Shane Victorino was going to play for Team Hawaii.  No kidding; he was very serious.  I calmly explained to him that Hawaii was part of the United States and that, at that time, only Jimmy Rollins was scheduled to play for Team USA.  I was tempted to see if he had ever heard of the state of Delaware, but was afraid I’d get the “Dela-where?” question.  Canadians are fun.  Anyway, it was announced today that Victorino would play for Team USA after all, replacing Grady Sizemore who is nursing an injury.  Nice of them to include Shane as a real American :O)

Phillies Lose To Reds

The Phils went down to the Reds today, 10-3.  However, the bats are beginning to wake up; Victorino went 2 for 3; Raul Ibanez and Greg Dobbs each went 1 for 2 with 1 RBI apiece; and former LA Dodger, Pablo Ozuna went 2 for 3 with 1 RBI.  JC Romero pitched 2 solid innings and Ryan Madson pitched 1 scoreless.  The loss went to rookie Andrew Carpenter who gave up 4 runs on 3 hits and 3 walks to start the game without recording an out.

The Phillies take on the Tampa Bay Rays tomorrow at 1:05pm in a World Series reunion.  Pat Burrell has chosen to make the trip to see his old teammates.  Pictures to come!  The game is sold out and should be the highlight of 2009 Spring Training to date.

 

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Tales From The Strange Side…

Pajama Party

The highlight of today’s final Spring Training practice came when the players dressed in front of the crowd.  Each fielder donned a black or blue pair of Slip-N-Slide-type nylon pants and tossed their cleats aside, wandering about in only their red socks.  It looked like they were all wearing footy pajamas and having a sleep-over.  Here is a look featuring Eric Bruntlett pulling up his pants:

The outfits, as it turns out, were part of a base sliding drill.  Interesting as it was to see them sliding around, the socks and baggy pants were the real entertainment.

Utley’s Rehab

Prior to the sliding drill, players worked with Davey Lopes on base running techniques, running from home to 3rd, 1st to 2nd, 1st to 3rd, etc…  Chase Utley participated in the runs at full speed and looked very comfortable.  He is turning corners without hesitation, running through the bases and seems to have gotten most of his flexibility back.  Good news for Phillies fans!

Photo Highlights

Utley and the rest if the group were in high spirits again; here are a few highlights from the day during batting practice and fielding with Utley, Shane Victorino and Ryan Howard:

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And a few shots of the pitchers; Chan Ho Park, Chad Durbin and Brett Myers, who appears to be measuring something??  You decide:

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A Tall Tale?

Speaking of Utley, I received some information today from a fellow fan about the “World F*@ Champions” debacle after the World Series parade.  Keep in mind that this is third party information and not confirmed; according to fan accounts, Pat Burrell has been sharing his Parade tale while at Rays camp with anyone who cares to listen.  Rumor has it, Pat told fans that prior to the Parade speeches, Utley asked him if he thought he should let the F-Bomb fly or not.  Utley was under the impression that it would not be live TV and tried to confirm that through Burrell.  Burrell claimed ignorance, and the fun ensued.  If you watch the tape back, you will see that right before Utley blurted out the cuss word, it appears that he turned and looked directly at Pat Burrell.  True or not, I cannot be positive; but either way, an interesting story.  Utley is the only one who really knows what happened.  I do still think it was very funny, whether planned or not :O)  Anyway, this one will get filed with the myth of the Chupacabra for now – no one knows for sure if it really existed ;O)

 

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Phillies Players – Strange, Fun & Unique Nicknames

It has always been a tradition in baseball to assign players a nickname.  Whether that be a descriptive one, a play on words, or just plain weird, most guys seem to get one at some point that winds up sticking with them.  I have compiled a list of nicknames for the 2008 Phillies that I could find and then other Phillies from years past.  I tried to avoid any media-given names and just stick to the stuff the players use amongst themselves.  I also put years by some of the older or more obscure player names.  Hope you enjoy it…have a Happy Holiday!!!

2008 Phillies Players

Brad “Light’s Out” Lidge

Carlos Ruiz – Chooch

Charlie Manuel – Chuck

Chase “The Man” Utley or The Model (given to him by J-Roll) or Chutley (ya know, like my Chutley Smurf :O)PA260205 Smurf.jpg

Chris Coste - Chris Clutch

Cole Hamels – Hollywood Hamels

Geoff Jenkins – Jenks or Brett Favre (he is his long-lost twin :o)

Greg Dobbs – Dober (he actually doesn’t like it, but everyone calls him this anyway!)

Jamie Moyer – Grand Pappy or Dyno (for Dinosaur – given to him by J-Roll)

Jayson Werth – J-Dub or Werewolf

Jimmy Rollins – J-Roll or Papa Smurf (I know this one is accurate because Jimmy told me himself that this is what he was called “back in the day.”)

Juan Carlos Romero – JC (did anyone even know his real name was Juan Carlos or did you read this and go, who is this guy??)

Milt Thompson – Uncle Milty

Pat “The Bat” Burrell

Pedro Feliz – Pete Happy (literal translation of his name)

Rudy Seanez – Action Traction (I have NO idea what this is about)

Ryan Howard - The Big Man or Rhino

Ryan Madson – Mad Dog

Shane Victorino – The Flyin’ Hawaiian

Previous Phillies Players:

Antonio Alfonseca – El Pulpo or The Octopus (because he has 6 fingers on each hand….seriously…I have photos)

Bake McBride (1973-83) – Shake n’ Bake

Bobby Abreu – El Comedulce – The Candy Eater

Chuck Klein (1928-44) – The Hoosier Hammerer

Curt Schilling – Schill

Darren Daulton (1983-97) – Dutch

Garry Maddox – The Secretary of Defense

Gary “Sarge” Matthews

Greg Luzinski - The Bull

John Titus – Silent John

Juan Samuel (1983-98) – Sammy

Kevin Saucier – Hot Sauce

Larry Bowa – Gnat (does this mean he is annoying?)

Lenny Dykstra – Nails

Mickey Doolan (1905-18) – Doc

Mickey Morandini – Dandy Little Glove Man (Is it just me, or is this like the gayest nickname ever?)

Mike Lieberthal - Lieby

Mike Schmidt – Iron Mike or Schmidty

Mitch Williams - Wild Thing and Mitchy-Poo (Harry Kalas coined that one)

Otto Knabe (1905-16) – Dutch

Pete Rose – Charlie Hustle

Plácido Polanco – Polly

Steve Bedrosian (1981-95) – Bedrock

Steve Carlton – Lefty

Todd Jones – Roller Coaster

Von Hayes (1981-92) – Five-for-One

Willie Jones – Puddin’ Head

 

And as always, feel free to add your own here in the comments :o)

Top 10 Reasons Why Ibanez Replacing Burrell Is A Good Thing

The Phillies announced yesterday that Raul Ibanez has “officially” been signed to a 3-year, $31.5 million dollar contract.  Ibanez stated that he was encouraged by former teammate Jamie Moyer to come to Philadelphia.  Ibanez replaces 9-year veteran Pat Burrell in left field.  Here are just a few reasons why this change may be a good thing:

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- Ibanez will waste less time in front of the mirror than Burrell did.

- Jamie Moyer now has someone his own age (almost) to play with.

- Elvis the dog will no longer be able to pee on the field at Citizens Bank Park.

- Women love the Latinos J

- Ibanez and Moyer can join the AARP together and get everyone discounts at I-Hop.

- We will all be entertained by Gary “Sarge” Matthews attempting to pronounce the name “Ibanez.”  (Should be pronounced EE-bahn-yez.)

- Ruben Amaro Jr. has almost completed his quest to turn the entire Phillies line-up to the left side of the plate!  Maybe Ibanez can help Jayson Werth with the switch? JP2240810 Burrell.jpg

- Ibanez will hit fewer home runs than Burrell – maybe now people will shut-up about Philly being so “home run friendly!”  Take that people!

- Think of all the money the Phillies are going to save on hair gel and body oil!

- And finally, no more Pat Burrell wedgies!

 

And totally off topic, Happy Birthday Chase Utley!  Utley turns the big 30 today J

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Still Working on Moyer / More Thoughts On Ibanez

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It is taking an awfully long time, but it seems the Phillies are serious about trying to re-sign Jamie Moyer.  Rumor has it that Moyer wants a 2 year deal worth around 15 million dollars.  It would be great to have Jamie back, especially in light of what someone like Derek Lowe is going to cost.  The delay appears to be an effort to work out the smaller details; contract wording and such.  Or, maybe Moyer just needs a nap between negotiations – you know how old people get.  They need their rest. J

I have also been thinking about the Pat Burrell issue and the signing of Raul Ibanez.  The more I think about it, the sadder it becomes.  This really seems to be a case of the Phillies just NOT wanting to sign Burrell, more than them thinking Ibanez would be a better fit.  The Phillies really, really needed a big right-handed bat if they were going to replace Burrell; but Ibanez is a lefty.  And Ibanez is also four years older than Burrell, making a three-year contract seem very, very strange.  Why sign a 36 year-old lefty AND give him Ryan Howard-type money unless you are just dead set on NOT having Burrell return?  Poor Pat; it does seem like they just wanted him gone. L

As for the age of Ibanez, I know we’ve seen Moyer for the last two years defy Mother Nature, but perhaps Moyer is simply a freak of nature?  Who’s to say that Ibanez will age as gracefully?  Most Major Leaguers do not do well in the later 30′s and early 40′s.  Odds are certainly against them on this pick.  Ibanez is a very solid, very consistent player right now, but what will happen down the road at his age?  The Phillies were totally sold on Geoff Jenkins when they signed him last year and look how that turned out.  I said it was the wrong move from the start because his numbers had begun declining in 2006 and 2007.  But as we all know, no one listens to me L  The 34-year old Jenkins batted only .246 with 9 homers and only 29 RBI for the Phillies in 2008.  Is this where I say “Told ya so”?  Sure, we still won the big game, but that was because we had Jayson Werth to pick up the slack.

I am more hopeful about Ibanez than I was last year about Jenkins because his numbers have been steady and he has not yet shown signs of slowing down.  So for 2009, I think he will be productive for the Phillies, but what happens after that, as the body begins to age?  Was Burrell the better choice?  Maybe not; he seems to always be fighting off an injury of some sort.  But he was very consistent this year and a good, veteran leader in the clubhouse.  As for Ibanez, were there right handed bats and younger guys out there they could have gone after instead?  Yes.  So still, this move is puzzling to me.

The Phillies still have time to find a right-handed bat, but where will he go?  Assuming Utley gets well and returns within the first 2 months, there is nowhere to put him.  The starters are set.  I also think this Ibanez deal is going to be a strain on the payroll; not his 30 million, but the salaries they are going to have to pay everyone else with this signing as a jumping off point.  Howard is not going to settle for the 10 million he got in 2008 if Ibanez is making the same amount.  He’s going to want 20 million. 

And those players whose contracts were just tendered by the Phils, making them signed players for 2009, are going to use the Ibanez signing as a basis for what they think they are worth as well.  This includes Cole Hamels, Joe Blanton, Jayson Werth, Shane Victorino, Chad Durbin, Ryan Madson and Greg Dobbs.  These players can now negotiate their salaries or go to arbitration.  And coming off a World Championship to which they contributed, these guys are more likely to win in arbitration.  I think Ruben Amaro Jr. may have just opened Pandora’s Box.  Then again, I have often been told that I think WAY too much J  Guess I will just relax, continue to enjoy the off-season, and hope for the best.

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Phillies Sign Ibanez & Hamels Taunts The Mets


Ibanez.jpgThe Phillies have announced that outfielder Raul Ibanez has been signed to a 3 year, 30 million dollar contract.  This means that Pat Burrell’s days in Philly are done.  No word yet on where Burrell will land, but it won’t be with the Phillies.  In Ruben Amaro Jr.’s quest to make the face of the Phillies older & homelier, here is just one more step in that direction!  Just kidding
J  Although you have to wonder how many female Phillies fans were crying in their Cheerios this morning?  Pat will be missed L

As for Ibanez, he is a very consistent hitter and hopefully, will produce like he did last season.  With the Mariners he hit .293 with 23 homers and 110 RBI.  He is a lifetime .286 hitter and a 12 year veteran.  Ibanez is also 36 years old.  This begs the question, huh???  We wouldn’t give three years, or even two apparently, to Burrell and he is only 32 years old.  Ibanez is also left-handed.  This leaves only Jayson Werth and Shane Victorino (switch-hitter) as right-handed bats in the starting line-up.  That makes things a lot easier on opponents facing the Phillies.  You have to hope there is a master plan at work here and that Amaro has more in the works.

In other news, Cole Hamels was caught running his mouth yesterday on the WFAN radio show.  The announcer baited him into calling the Mets “choke artists” and told a very amusing story about Shane Victorino.  Hamels said he and teammates chastised Victorino for showboating after he hit the Grand Slam against the Brewers.  They hung a sign in his locker that said “J.Reyes?” comparing him to Jose Reyes who is notorious for showing up opposing teams on the base paths.  Listen to the interview HERE.

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Nothing But Air

Much like the winter season, the Winter Meetings in Las Vegas are creeping along slowly for the Phillies.  A whole lot of hot air and that’s about all.  GM Ruben Amaro Jr. has disclosed that he and his team have met with Derek Lowe and his agent.  That’s the good news.  That bad news is that the other leading suitor for Lowe is the NY Yankees, who have already signed CC Sabathia for 7 years, but seem to still be interested in Lowe.  With the Yankees seemingly unlimited payroll, the Phillies will likely be outbid if this is the case.  Sabathia AND Lowe – that’s just plain greedy!

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In other news, Pat Burrell’s agent came out and told the Courier Post that he believes the Phillies are not at all interested in retaining Burrell.  Agent Ed Hayes was quoted as saying, “I’m hopeful but I’m also a realist, and I’d be surprised…I have not heard anything that would lead me to believe the club wants to have him back.”  Sad news there for Phillies fans everywhere – the GQ Handsome quotient of the team is about to be significantly lowered.  Nothing has been decided yet, but reports are that Burrell wants three years and there is no way Amaro is going to offer that.  Unless Burrell settles for a 1 or 2 year deal, it looks like he’ll be telling the Phils to stick it and move on.

As for an additional infielder, the Jake Peavy / Mark DeRosa rumors have progressed.  The MLB Hot Stove reports that the trade may involve moving Phillies prospects JA Happ, Jason Donald and/or Carlos Carrasco.  Any combination of these players would wind up going to the Cubs, the moved to the Padres with a few other Cubs in exchange for Peavy.  Is your head spinning yet?  I really do not like the idea of losing young players with big potential.  Is DeRosa worth it?  Last year he hit 20 homers with an average of .285 and 87 RBI’s.  He has a lifetime .976% fielding percentage.  Knowing Burrell was going to be a free agent this year, if they intend to sign DeRosa, based on these numbers, the Phillies may as well have kept Aaron Rowand.  They may have saved some money.  DeRosa will not be cheap and may cost us some great young talent.  I’ll be keeping an ear to the ground to see where this goes.

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What Happens In Vegas…

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…will be written here for all to see!  So much for things “staying” in Vegas.  Ruben Amaro Jr. in his new GM role has all eyes on him at the Bellagio in Las Vegas, waiting for him to make his mark on the 2009 Phillies team.  Rumors abound, as they usually do this during the Winter Meetings, but so far, nothing has transpired.  Talks with pitcher Jamie Moyer are slowing down to a near halt…it looks like he is asking for 2 years at about 10 million a year.  The Phillies simply aren’t going to pay that for a guy in his mid-forties.  It is too big a risk.  And as much as we all love Jamie and would like to believe that age is never a factor, it can be.  He showed signs of slowing down towards the end of 2008, but still remained on the active roster all year without an injury.  But if you placing bets on whether this will remain the case for one or maybe two more years, those are odds even the nuttiest Vegas gambler wouldn’t bet on.

The Phillies have been looking at options, in case Moyer decides to go elsewhere.  Randy Wolf, ex-Phillie and Geoff Jenkins look-a-like, has been mentioned.  It is also rumored that an offer has been made to Derek Lowe.  Amaro also mentioned he’d like to add one more arm to an already outstanding bullpen.  Scott Eyre has already been signed to a one-year, $2 million contract extension, so we know he’ll be back, giving us one more lefty to play with in addition to JC Romero.  Ryan Madson may be signed, rather than allow him to go to arbitration, but nothing specific has been mentioned on that one.   Chad Durbin and Clay Condrey are also eligible for arbitration.

Arbitration is going to play a huge part in moves this offseason.  With TEN Phillies eligible, including those mentioned plus Ryan Howard, Jayson Werth, Shane Victorino, Greg Dobbs, Cole Hamels, Eric Bruntlett and Joe Blanton, salaries for any new additions are going to be at a premium.  Amaro knows he has big money due to some of these guys and has to plan accordingly.  I am hoping none of them will end up being trade bait, so as to keep the core of this team intact.  But you know what sometimes happens with a new GM; they try to make changes, even if they don’t have to, just to put their own personal stamp on the team and separate themselves from the previous GM.  I am really hoping Amaro does not fall into this trap.  It is a mind game and one that is likely to produce bad results.  He needs to do what is best for the team, not for his ego or reputation.

As for a utility infielder, there have been rumors of bringing 31 year-old Nick Punto back to Philly.  With the Twins since 2004, he has played every infield position, except first base, and even some outfield.  Punto has a lifetime average of .252, with a .284 average in 2008, having played in 99 games.  His career fielding percentage is .976 with 49 total errors in 8 seasons.  Honestly, for a guy that does not play every day, that is not so great.  So, I am hoping this rumor goes away…

As for Pat Burrell, that train has come to a stop, at least for now.  It appears Burrell is fielding offers from other teams and so this becomes another case of wait and see.  Even manager Charlie Manuel is asking for a contract extension so he can retire as a Phillie.  Nothing solid on this, other than most expect this deal to be done this week sometime.  So we will wait and see.  And I will keep you posted as things progress this week.

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