Chooch & Charities

All-Star voting is here.  Fans can vote right here on

You name the position and the Phillies have had someone there over the last 10 years, first base, second base, shortstop, third base, three outfield positions, a closer and plenty of starting pitching.

Doesn’t take a genius to figure out what is missing….a catcher.   Folks, it is time to end that drought.  VOTE for Carlos Ruiz.  Oh, just don’t vote for him because he hasn’t been there.  Vote because he deserves it.  Timely hitting, durability, handling a pitching staff, defense, leadership….each is of All-Star caliber.

Oh, toss in the fact he’s hitting .302 this season.

Is Chooch one of the best catchers in Phillies history?  Don’t believe there’s any doubt.  So, he deserves to join other Phillies catchers who have played in All-Star games:

Jimmy Wilson (1935)
Andy Seminick (1949)
Smoky Burgess (1954)
Stan Lopata (1955-56)
Bob Boone (1976, 1978-79)
Ozzie Virgil (1985)
Lance Parrish (1988)
Darren Daulton (1992-93, 1995)
Mike Lieberthal (1999-2000)

Phillies In the Community
Once again, the players are pitching in in the community. Ten players involved in charitable ticket programs.

Returning programs:
**Chase’s Champs – CHOP and St. Christopher’s Hospital.
**J-Roll’s Aces – disadvantaged students excelling in classroom.
**Doc’s Box — a variety of children’s charities.
**Hamels Heroes – military/veterans.
**Lee’s VIP’s – changed program to cover former Lidge’s Legion’s CHOP ticket donation and a few additional children’s charities.
**Flyin’ Hawaiian All-Stars — a variety of children’s charities.

New programs:
**Chooch’s Chicos — local Latino organizations (former Romero’s Rookies).
**Papelbon’s Pen – foster/orphaned children’s groups.
**Charlie Manuel (name TBA) – homeless teens (Covenant House Pennsylvania).
**Howard (name TBA) – PAL of Philadelphia.

In addition eight players will be hosting charitable events:
April 29–Chooch bowling event – Get in the Game
May 10–Utley All-Stars
May 31–Pence Let’s Go Eat Food and Fun Set
June 18–Victorino Fashion Show
July 19–Howard Celebrity Waiters event
August 9–Rollins Basebowl event
August 27–Hamels Diamonds and Denim event
Sept 6–Halladay Family Foundation Fundraiser

Down On The Farm
**Lehigh Valley was at home but was the visiting team against Scranton Wilkes-Barre.  SWB’s ballpark is under renovation construction.  Every game SWB plays will be on the road.  They will be the home team in five IL cities, including Allentown.  LV won, 6-4, as C Eric Kratz hit his second homer and OF Domonic Brown drove in two runs.  Dave Bush (2-2) was the winner, 1 runs, 6 innings.  Third save for Jacob Diekman but it wasn’t a cake walk: single, double putting the tying run on second base and no out; strikeout, strikeout, grounder to first.

**Reading dropped a 2-1 decision to Richmond.  No decision for David Buchanan, 1 run, 6 innings.

**Clearwater won 5-3 in 10 innings over Daytona on RF Anthony Hewitt’s homer (#2).  RHR Lisalverto Bonilla blew a save by allowing a run on 1 hits 2 innings.  He fanned 5.

**Lakewood lost to Ashville for the second straight night by the same score, 4-3. Stolen bases by CF Gauntlett Eldemire (#12), RF Kyrell Hudson (9) and DH Aaron Altherr (8).

On The Air
Phillies Alumni are sprinkled throughout the baseball universe as broadcasters.  Check it out on

(PLEASE NOTE:  Phillies Insider will take a short break and will return May 2).


Phillies at LA on July 19. If Howard is planning to have an event in Philly that day doesn’t bode well for his return. Assume the date is wrong.

Oops–never mind. Listed as game on google calendar because the July 18 game in LA spills over into July 19 EDT. Figure they will be tired waiters after West Coast trip.

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