Closed Door Meetings

With the trading deadline a week away, there are closed door meetings going on today in the baseball administration department.  GM Ruben Amaro Jr., who was in Clearwater earlier in the week checking out Pedro Martinez, is back in Philly.

It sure will be an interesting week coming up.  Stay tuned to and beat writer Todd Zolecki’s updates.

Home Cooking
After struggling at Citizens Bank Park the first half of the season, the Phillies have turned it around, winning 12 of their last 14 home games.  Back to good old home cooking.

During the 14 games, the team batting average is .290; team ERA, 2.91.

Triple Crown
Albert Pujols
is bidding to become the National League’s first triple crown (average, home runs, RBI) winner in 72 years.  Joe Medwick of the Cardinals did it in 1937. 

The slugging first baseman has put up some heavy numbers at Citizens Bank Park: .367 average (22-60), 9 homers and 19 RBI.

How do you get him out?  Let’s try rolling the ball to home plate.

Pedro’s Pitch
As noted, Pedro Martinez makes his first start for the Clearwater Threshers in a 4 p.m. game on Sunday at Bright House Field. The opponent?  Ironically, the St. Lucie Mets.

Here’s a commercial for that game: Sunday is the Threshers first Wet N’ Wacky day so remember to bring your squirt gun and bathing suit.  Plus, it’s a Bright House Networks Family Day where for only $25 you get 4 Premium Box tickets, 4 Hot dogs and 4 sodas (2 pack for $15).

Completing the commercial: to order tickets go online at

Wall of Fame
Two weeks from tonight is Toyota Wall of Fame Night.  Legendary Hall of Fame broadcaster Harry Kalas is being inducted posthumously during ceremonies that begin at 7 p.m.

Since the Phillies started the Wall of Fame in 1978, Harry was the voice of every induction ceremony.  This time he is the inductee.

Wall of Famers who will be here for the ceremonies: Robin Roberts (1978), Senator Jim Bunning (1984), Steve Carlton (1989), Mike Schmidt (1990), Dick Allen (1994), Greg Luzinski (1998), Garry Maddox (2001), Tony Taylor (2002), Bob Boone (2005), Dallas Green (2006) and Juan Samuel (2008).

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