With the trade deadline at 4 Friday afternoon (EDT) following trade rumors on twitter became addictive. Local baseball writers as well as key national writers are on my follow list.
Who wanted Hamels? It kept changing. Then TR Sullivan, who covers the Texas Rangers, tweeted that the Rangers were still in and talks were fluid. Citing “sources” various reports were tweeted that the Phillies and Rangers agreed to a deal. One writer would tweet a couple of names, another would add another name or two.
Finally, it was reported that Hamels, Diekman and cash were going to Texas for 29-year-old LHP Matt Harrison and five prospects, 21-year-old RHP Jake Thompson listed as the Rangers’ #4 prospect by MLB.com pipeline, OF Nick Williams, 21, listed as #5, C Jorge Alfaro, 22, #6, RHP Jake Eichhoff, 25, #17 and RHP Alex Asher, 23, #29.
Neither team has confirmed the deal as physicals need to be reviewed. I don’t recall a deal involving eight players. When the Phillies got Lee from Cleveland, that deal had six.
Early this morning Sullivan tweeted:
Stay tuned. Will post again once the deal is finalized.
Toyota Alumni Weekend
It all starts at noon today with the sold-out Alumni Luncheon featuring Wall of Fame inductee Pat Burrell as the guest. Seven Alumni will make surprise appearances. Burrell gets inducted on Friday night at 7 with the Braves-Phillies game to follow. All fans will receive a commemorative print of Burrell, courtesy of Toyota.
Phillies Alumni will be signing autographs at various ballpark locations from 5:45 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. on Saturday. The John Vukovich Award will be presented to Clearwater pitching coach Steve Schrenk prior to the introduction of some 50 former Phillies players.
Earlier Saturday a 3,750 square-foot mural featuring 34 prominent players and icons depicting Phillies historical moments will be unveiled. Festivities begin at 11 a.m. The mural towers eight stories high on the side of a building at 24th and Walnut Streets. Some of the Phillies greats in the mural will be in attendance.
On Sunday, a special taping of the Phillies Behind the Pinstripes with host Scott Palmer will start at 12 noon in Ashburn Alley. Several Phillies Alumni will be involved. All fans will receive a Toyota Phillies Alumni Fathead featuring five Wall of Famers, Steve Carlton, Darren Daulton, Dick Allen, Mike Schmidt and Burrell.
19-year-old centerfielder with Clearwater is riding a 9-game hitting streak (15-37, .405), boosting his average from .283 to .313. For July, .355. Began the season at Lakewood were he was hitting .321 when promoted to Clearwater on June 16. Was selected to All-Star Game at Lakewood. He was signed 8/23/11 out of Venezuela.
Lehigh Valley IronPigs (47-58, 4th place, North Division)
Lost, 9-4, to visiting Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. 2B Tyler Henson had 2 of LV’s 3 singles.
Next: TBD 7:05 tonight vs. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
Reading Fightin’ Phils (56-48, 3rd place, Eastern Division)
For the second straight game, Reading won on a walk-off hit, this one by CF Destin Hood in the ninth inning for a 9-8 decision over Erie. SS Angelo Mora, 1B, 2B, 3B, 2 RBI. LF Cam Perkins, HR (11), 2 RBI. 1B Brock Stassi, 2 RBI, boosting league-leading total to 68. ND: Ben Lively, 5-10-7-6-0-6, 3 HR. WP: Stephen Shackleford (3-1). Bused to Manchester, NH, following the morning game.
Next: Mark Leiter (2-5) 7:05 tonight in New Hampshire.
Clearwater Threshers (22-12, 1st place, North Division)
Posted 6-3 in Bradenton behind Brandon Leibrandt (7-2), 5-3-2-2-2-0. SV: Miguel Nunez (2). DH Dylan Cozens, 1B, 2 2B, HR (5) in 4 AB, 2 RBI. Hitting .522 since returning from a foot injury on July 22. LF Andrew Pullin, HR (11).
Next: Ricardo Pinto (3-2) 6:30 tonight in St. Lucie.
Lakewood BlueClaws (19-13, 2nd place, Northern Division)
Rode bus to Charleston, WV, for a four-game series against the first-place Power. Lakewood is 3 games behind.
Next: Austin Davis (2-3) 7:05 tonight in West Virginia.
Williamsport Crosscutters (25-13, 1st place, Pinckney Division)
Gave up 3 in the top of the ninth in a 10-7 loss to Lowell. 3 hits: LF Mark Laird, 2B Josh Tobias. 1B Jesus Posso, HR (3), 2 RBI. ND: Franklyn Kilome, 3.1-3-3-2-3-4.
Next: Jose Taveras (4-1) 7:05 tonight vs. Lowell.
Gulf Coast League Phillies (20-11, 2nd place, Northwest Division)
Suffered a 2-1 walk-off loss at the Tigers extending the losing streak to 5 games. 1B Luis Encarnacion, 2 of their 5 hits.
Next: 12 noon today vs. Tigers.
From Dennis, “Where is Tommy Joseph now that he is switching to first base?”
Tommy is at Carpenter Complex working out at the new position.