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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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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
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It's a miserable looking Friday afternoon in Chicago but it's Opening Day as Wrigley Field kicks off it's 100th season. For those in search of a good baseball book, George Will's A Nice Little Place on the North Side: Wrigley Field a One Hundred is a very nice read. Their... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2014 at Philliedelphia
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As the rosters continue to slim up even more and the few battles left intensify, another spring training is winding down but not before another prime time contest against the Yankees at Steinbrenner Field in Tampa tonight. Jeff Manship takes the mound for the Phillies making what is probably his... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2014 at Philliedelphia
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"For a half an hour every day, I let the box scores have their way" The Baseball Project is comprised of R.E.M.'s Mike Mills and Peter Buck plus Scott McCaughney, Steve Wynn, and Linda Pitmon. Since 2007, they have put out a handful of albums which are strictly baseball themed... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2014 at Philliedelphia
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Matt Gelb along with the rest of the Phillies beats tweeted that the Phillies released Ronny Cedeno which shortens the back up SS battle to Cesar Hernandez and Reid Brignac. Hernandez hasn't made many appearances there over the years which may favor Brignac but Hernandez shows a better bat. It... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2014 at Philliedelphia
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The MLB Season Is Off and Running Down Under After much anticipation, the 2014 MLB Season is underway. After an hour delay, the action began at 5am ET at the Sydney Cricket Grounds between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Arizona Diamondbacks. Scott Van Slyke won the evening offensively going... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2014 at Philliedelphia
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The 2014 Tommy John Club Continues To Grow Tyler Kepner of The New York Times took a look at the pack of arms (in this case very quality arms) who are or are soon to be on the mend from Tommy John Surgery. Brandon Beachy, Kris Medlen, and now Jarrod... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2014 at Philliedelphia
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Wikipedia Commons Just because the Phillies were rained out this afternoon doesn't mean the hot stove can't flare up a bit. William Ladson from MLB.com was first with the scoop that the Phillies acquired veteran catcher Koyie Hill from the Nationals for cash or a player to be named. This... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2014 at Philliedelphia
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It was a game up hit batsmen between the Phillies and the Pirates this afternoon. Five batters were given first base the hard way which is enough for it to get tense enough where benches have to be warned. Pirates manager Clint Hurdle is known for not being one to... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2014 at Philliedelphia
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Rivera Honored/Yankees No-Hit in Panama City What began with great ceremony as the Yankees traveled to Mariano Rivera's hometown in Panama City to play with exhibition the Marlins, turned out to be an ugly day at the plate. The Marlins, who closed out their 2013 campaign with a no-hitter from... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2014 at Philliedelphia
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Two fairly big international signings get their first looks of the spring and in their stateside baseball careers this afternoon. The biggest being Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka who was one of the bigger stories of the offseason during the posting drama that unfolded. The other being Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez who... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2014 at Philliedelphia
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Kratz, Drabek Look to Win Spots on Toronto's Roster Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com has the lowdown on a pair of ex-Phillies in the Toronto Blue Jays organization. First off being catcher Erik Kratz who is battling Josh Thole for the backup catcher role. Dioner Navarro is not expected to catch... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2014 at Philliedelphia
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Mike Trout and Angles Talking Extension Mike DiGiovanna of The Los Angeles Times reports that the Angels are trying to extend star outfielder Mike Trout. It's the baseball question of it's time. How much is Mike Trout worth? 21.1 WAR so far in his career. His first two seasons fired... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2014 at Philliedelphia
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Mexico Repeats As Caribbean Series Champions In a 7-1 victory, Mexico defeated Puerto Rico to recapture the Caribbean Series crown on Saturday night. Former Phillies outfielder Chris Roberson took home the Series MVP, hitting .370 with two home runs and six RBIs. Phillies farmhand Sebastian Valle drove in four of... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2014 at Philliedelphia
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Not a huge surprise but per John Clark 2014's Phillies Wall of Fame inductee is none other than Charlie Manuel. This is the second time that the Wall of Fame vote went to someone from the organization that was not voted in. Harry Kalas was elected posthumously in 2009. Manuel... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2014 at Philliedelphia
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Per Ken Rosenthal Michael Young has chosen to end his 14 year career in MLB. While I have nearly forgotten most of the stuff that wasn't too heartbreaking about the 2013 Phillies, Young did a serviceable job the few months he was with the club before being cast off to... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2014 at Philliedelphia
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Reported by Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain-Dealer, the Cleveland Indians are set to unveil a statue of slugger Jim Thome on August 2nd at Progressive Field. As the case begins for Thome's Hall of Fame status, surely a statue is a great tribute to his legacy. Since leaving the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2014 at Philliedelphia
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The Phillies have announced the signing of pitcher Chad Gaudin to a minor league contract with a spring training invite. My guess is the starter/reliever has a pretty good shot at making the club. With a shaky rotation and bullpen, Gaudin could provide a nice insurance policy for both. In... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2014 at Philliedelphia
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Journeyman catcher Rod Barajas has announced his retirement. Many remember Barajas (or do they?) from his brief stint with the Phillies sharing time with Carlos Ruiz in the glorious '07 campaign. In 48 games in '07 he hit a rather unremarkable .230/.352/.393 and eventually lost his job to Chris Coste.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2014 at Philliedelphia
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Per Ken Rosenthal, the Phillies have signed well traveled shortstop Ronny Cedeno to a minor league deal which included an invite to Clearwater. His bat and his glove are pretty inconsistent and history shows us Cedeno is a replacement level infielder, maybe even a notch below replacement level. He's spent... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2014 at Philliedelphia
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It has been announced that Phillies pitching prospects Adam Morgan and Shane Watson have undergone shoulder surgery and will miss most of the 2014 season. Shoulder surgery is never something one should enjoy hearing about with a young pitcher. Tommy John surgery may carry longer a longer road to recovery... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2014 at Philliedelphia
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The Phillies have announced that former top 50 prospect (and top three prospect in the system) Lou Marson has been invited to spring training. Maron, who was traded to Cleveland in the deal that brought Cliff Lee to the Phillies in 2009, was once a highly regarded catching prospect in... Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2013 at Philliedelphia
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Jon Heyman tweeted that former Phillies pitcher Ryan Madson is working on the comeback after two seasons of being on the shelf (last season in Anaheim, the year before in Cincinnati). Madson hasn't thrown a pitch in the big leagues since the 9th inning of Game 5 of the 2011... Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2013 at Philliedelphia
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The Phillies officially announced the signing of pitcher Roberto Hernandez to a one year, $4.5 million contract plus incentives. Hernandez will wear number 27 so get those old Chris Coste jerseys altered. To make room the Phillies announced former catching prospect Sebastian Valle will be designated for assignment. Valle was... Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2013 at Philliedelphia
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As of right now, baseball executives and writers are on their way to Orlando, Florida (Good luck if you live in the Philadephia area) for the winter meetings. Jim Salisbury has already reported that Ruben Amaro has starting pitching on his mind and that the Phillies have already reached out... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2013 at Philliedelphia