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Gregory L. Vince
Somewhere near Philadelphia
"A hot dog at the ballgame beats roast beef at the Ritz." - Humphrey Bogart
Interests: Sports, music, classic cinema, books, newspapers, and most recently Words With Friends.
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We begin this edition of Around the Diamond remembering the life and career of Cuban outfielder Minnie Minoso who passed away over the weekend. Minoso played 12 seasons for the Chicago White Sox and was every bit a representative to the club as the late Ernie Banks was to the... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Philliedelphia
View image | Today, Jason Giambi announced his retirement to the New York Daily News. Giambi's career spanned 20 years which he played for Oakland, New York Yankees, Colorado, and Cleveland. The former first baseman/designated hitter's career line is .277/.399/.516 in which he recorded 2010 hits, 440 home runs,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2015 at Philliedelphia
View image | Yesterday, Jon Heyman reported the Phillies inked a minor league deal with 28 year old southpaw Anthony Vasquez. Vasquez was selected in the 18th round of the 2009 MLB Draft by the Seattle Mariners. In late August of 2011 he made his major league debut and... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2015 at Philliedelphia
View image | The Phillies have announced the signing of 30 year old pitcher Chad Billingsley to a 1 year, $1.5 million contract. Last week Jim Salisbury had reported that the Phillies had interest in Billingsley and as has been the case much of this off season, they add... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2015 at Philliedelphia
View image | Per Phillies Spanish commentator Angel Ibo Castillo, southpaw Wandy Rodriguez is on his way to Philadelphia for a physical after agreeing to terms with the club. There are few details right now but should it happen, it's a nice gamble on an arm that's been fairly... Continue reading
Posted Dec 26, 2014 at Philliedelphia
View image | Former Phillies pitcher Brett Myers just dropped his new single for the masses. That's right, Myers has turned his post pitching life to country music and for the holidays, put out a new single for us to enjoy. So if you so desire click here to... Continue reading
Posted Dec 24, 2014 at Philliedelphia
It's pretty normal this time of year for Baseball America and other baseball media to revise their rankings of prospects in MLB systems. This morning they published the ranking for the Phillies' top ten prospects and there's quite a lot to take in. I suppose the big story here is... Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2014 at Philliedelphia
Despite some offensive help from Ryan Howard, as is the story for most of the season, things did not go well for A.J. Burnett who made the final start of his season and possibly his career last night. It notched his 18th loss this season which is the worst season... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2014 at Philliedelphia
Jon Lester got the ball for Oakland in a somewhat dire situation for his new club as they are in a close Wild Card race with Kansas City. David Buchanan looked to continue a pretty decent stretch he's on right now. Domonic Brown was a late scratch with Grady Sizemore... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2014 at Philliedelphia
Kyle Kendrick, possibly making his final start as a Phillie in Citizens Bank Park, ended his home season on a really nice note tonight as the Phillies took the game and the series against Miami. He scattered seven hits and allowed only one run in 6.1 innings, striking out six... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2014 at Philliedelphia
Following another tough extra inning loss that went late into the night, the Phillies look to get back on track this afternoon against the Mets. Kyle Kendrick gets the ball in this conclusion to allumni weekend that has brought back many Phillies greats and added Charlie Manuel to the Wall... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2014 at Philliedelphia
Following last night's 11-0 defeat Phillippe Aumont, who was responsible for 6 of those runs, was optioned to Triple-A Lehigh Valley. David Murphy reported moments ago that pitcher Hector Neris has been recalled to fill the vacant roster spot. Between Reading and Lehigh Valley this season, Neris has logged 63.2... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2014 at Philliedelphia
Well Philadelphia, it was a good night to go see Billy Joel at Citizens Bank Park. It was a nice evening to see John Legend at the Mann. Hell, Miley Cyrus at Wells Fargo may have even been fun! Maybe you accidentally cut yourself with a kitchen knife and had... Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2014 at Philliedelphia
Cliff Lee made his return to the mound after a lengthy stay on the 60-Day DL. Lee went on the DL as the team was still struggling to stay in the race and comes off it to a team that is all but certain to start selling pieces in the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2014 at Philliedelphia
The Phillies have announced that they have selected the contract of outfielder Grady Sizemore from Triple-A Lehigh Valley, who could opt out if he was not called up this weekend. To make room on the 25 man roster, pitcher David Buchanan was optioned to Lehigh where he'll make a start... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2014 at Philliedelphia
Per Zach Links of MLB Trade Rumors the Phillies have signed pitcher Jo-Jo Reyes to a minor league deal. Reyes was once a pretty well thought of pitching prospect with the Braves who was slowed by injuries and just overall awful results when given time in the major leagues. He... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2014 at Philliedelphia
Dom Brown and his girlfriend, Steph Gayle, posted to her Instagram last month On a rather lengthy list of transactions this morning the Phillies announce that Domonic Brown has been placed on paternity leave. Aaron Altherr has been recalled from Double-A Reading to take his spot on the roster. Miguel... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2014 at Philliedelphia
Two of the more significant flyers the Phillies have added to their organization in recent weeks made their respected debuts last night for the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs against the Rochester Red Wings. Pitcher Jason Marquis was signed a few weeks ago and is on the mend from Tommy John... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2014 at Philliedelphia
The Phillies completed the sweep of the Braves with a rousing 10-5 win this afternoon. Thee Game: After a brutal first inning where Roberto Hernandez not only gave back the two runs the Phillies got off of Aaron Harang but gave up two more, he settled down and got through... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2014 at Philliedelphia
It's a battle of matching ERA's tonight as Kyle Kendrick and Ervin Santana bring their 4.09 to the mound at Turner Field to follow up a long extra inning game last night that found the Phillies delivering some clutch hits to start a tough series against the first place Braves.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2014 at Philliedelphia
The skid continues for the Phillies after losing their third straigh. After getting an extended break from the rotation, Roberto Hernandez pitched very effectively through 6.1 innings, allowing two runs and scattering seven hits. Clayton Kershaw pitched six shut out frames allowing just two hits but got into some trouble... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2014 at Philliedelphia
In place of the recently DL'd Cliff Lee, Todd Zolecki reports that Saturday's starting pitcher will be David Buchanan, who will be making his major league debut. Buchanan turned heads in Spring Training and was among the final cuts. Since then he has been pitching in Triple-A Lehigh Valley. In... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2014 at Philliedelphia
Aside from the homecoming of the pride of Millville, Mike Trout, plenty of other names with local ties are back in town. Angels manager Mike Scioscia is from Upper Darby. Raul Ibanez did a recent tour of duty with the home club and John McDonald who spent some time with... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2014 at Philliedelphia
After an impressive series win against the Dodgers, the Phillies head to Arizona to take on the struggling (putting it kindly) Diamondbacks. The Phillies at 11-11 have a golden opportunity to take on a team that could not have come out of the gate any worse at 7-18 though they... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2014 at Philliedelphia
With Stanton due up in the top of the 11th, I can't say I had the greatest feeling about the game that was running pretty long last night when Jimmy Rollins homered off Dan Jennings to spite a heckler but most importantly send the team and fans home with a... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2014 at Philliedelphia