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  • philliesfiend55
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    Sunday, November 4 will be ex-Phillies shortstop, Dick Groat's 88th birthday. Groat was an all-star with the Pittsburgh Pirates in his prime, five years in a six year period (1959-1964) and won the National League's 1960 Most Valuable Player Award, during the Pirates' World Championship year. Groat was a Phillie in 1966 and 1967. As a Phillie on May 18, 1966, he collected his 2,000th MLB career hit as part of a game winning rally, in a game the Phillies won 4-3 in Philadelphia's Connie Mack Stadium over the St. Louis Cardinals. The victim of his milestone 2000th hit was none other than future Hall Of Famer and 3,000 plus strikeouts pitcher, Bob Gibson.
    Last edited by philliesfiend55; 11-02-2018, 09:05 AM.

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  • philliesfiend55
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    - Bob Ross (1956 Phillies) a LHP, who had pitched for the Washington Senators earlier in his career, turns 90 this week. (Friday, November 2). There are Topps 1952 and 1954 baseball cards of him. He missed two seasons due to military service during The Korean War (1952 & 1953)..
    Last edited by philliesfiend55; 10-31-2018, 01:29 AM.

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  • philliesfiend55
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    Ryan Madson, 38, all-time Phillies franchise relief appearances leader (473) , one of the first Phillies stars of Citizens Bank Park when it was brand new in 2004, and a Phillie for nearly a decade (2003-2011), looks like he's getting close of the end of his career with some notable failures in the postseason with the LA Dodgers this year..
    Last edited by philliesfiend55; 10-25-2018, 05:23 AM.

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  • bluesky5
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    Originally posted by philliesfiend55 View Post

    Even a lesser star like Moose Moustakas or Denard Span or Shin-Soo Choo would have helped instead of opting for an injured Wilson Ramos, who they couldn't even activate from the DL for over two weeks. The Front Office were not sentimentalists, so that meant that Cole Hamels would not be returning to Philly either.
    Yea I didn't like the Ramos move or Bour for that matter. I liked the Cabrera acquisition. Didn't think Hamels was necessary. Giving up one or multiple young arms for him. I like the Phil's young arms and that they got experience down the stretch. They didn't succeed in making the playoffs. But it's experience in a pennant race deep in the season.

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  • philliesfiend55
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    Originally posted by bluesky5 View Post
    The Phillies were Manny Machado away from making the playoffs.
    Even a lesser star like Moose Moustakas or Denard Span or Shin-Soo Choo would have helped instead of opting for an injured Wilson Ramos, who they couldn't even activate from the DL for over two weeks. The Front Office were not sentimentalists, so that meant that Cole Hamels would not be returning to Philly either.

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  • philliesfiend55
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    Today kicks off the 10th anniversary "week and a half" of the Phillies 2008 World Series victory over the Tampa Bay Rays...with the series beginning on October 22 and ending on October 29, followed by the amazing victory parade on Halloween. Ironically, Phillies star outfielder Pat Burrell found himself on the Rays the following year (2009) where he had his worst season, but he rebounded with another good year on another World's title team, when the San Francisco Giants won their first world series in 2010. (I still think they were better than the Yankees in 1962). ..
    Last edited by philliesfiend55; 10-20-2018, 04:40 AM.

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  • philliesfiend55
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    October 20: 1954 & 1955 Phillies Infielder, Bob "Mickey" Micelotta turns 90 TODAY! Topps issued a 1954 card of him. Another player who played briefly for the Phillies (1956), Bob Ross is due to turn 90 shortly (November 2).
    Oct. 20 is also reliever, Rudy Seanez's 50th birthday.. He made over 40 relief appearances for the 2008 Phillies going 5-4 and although that year's world seies-winning Phillies did not use Seanez in the postseason Rudy's pitching definitely helped get them there. The 2008 Phils were the last stop in Rudy's baseball odyssey. Seanez went 41-30, with a 4.10 earned average in 17 MLB seasons over 20 years: 1989-2008....ages 20-39, playing for 10 franchises, some of them with more than one term of service..
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  • philliesfiend55
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    1954 & 1955 Phillies infielder, Mickey Micelotta is about to turn 90 in about a week (October 20). It's Too bad that Mickey's playing days didn't overlap with Harry Kalas' broadcasting days.
    I would have loved to hear "MIC-KEY_MI-CEL-OTTA" roll off Kalas' tongue.
    Last edited by philliesfiend55; 10-20-2018, 05:04 AM.

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  • philliesfiend55
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    Originally posted by Phils V. Pirates View Post
    I can still recall Harry Kalas' voice saying his name!
    Just Checked Jose Cardenal's stats and he was seriously underrated, because he never made a major league all-star team. He was very effective as a leadoff man or in the #2 slot of the batting order. ...…...His career stats include: all or Parts of 18 Seasons (1963-1980) Over 2,000 games played, over 1,900 hits and in his half dozen best seasons as a regular with at least 520 at bats per year he hit .317, .303, .299, .293, .293 and .291 The World Series loss as a Kansas City Royal to the Phillies in the 1980 World Series actually ended his professional baseball career. (at age 37). (Made his major league debut in 1963 a little bit before his 20th birthday).
    Last edited by philliesfiend55; 10-08-2018, 07:49 AM.

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  • philliesfiend55
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    Sept. 27: Dick Hall, a notable Phillies reliever (1967-1968) and a Baltimore Orioles bullpen stalwart (1961-1966 and 1969-1971), a key member of the Orioles 1966 and 1970 Worlds Championship teams, turned 88.

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  • Phils V. Pirates
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    Originally posted by philliesfiend55 View Post
    Jose Cardenal turns 75 this Sunday, October 7. Cardenal was a strong contributor to the Phillies 1978 & 1979 teams and he became the next-to-last out (via a Tug McGraw strikeout )as a KC Royal in the final game of the 1980 World Series Vs. The Phillies. Cardenal hit in the .270s in a not-insignificant total of 2,017 games played in a 17 year MLB career. Cardenal would be the 105th living member of the Phillies Alumni Three-Quarters Of A Century Club: (Age 75 or more).
    I can still recall Harry Kalas' voice saying his name!

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  • philliesfiend55
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    Jose Cardenal turns 75 this Sunday, October 7. Cardenal was a strong contributor to the Phillies 1978 & 1979 teams and he became the next-to-last out (via a Tug McGraw strikeout )as a KC Royal in the final game of the 1980 World Series Vs. The Phillies. Cardenal hit in the .270s in a not-insignificant total of 2,017 games played in a 17 year MLB career. Cardenal would be the 105th living member of the Phillies Alumni Three-Quarters Of A Century Club: (Age 75 or more).

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  • philliesfiend55
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    The Phillies finish at 80-82, under .500 once again. It's a 14 win improvement over their 2017 finish at 66-96, but still a marred season when you consider that through the two-thirds of a season mark they were 18 games over .500 (63-45), but they went a horrendous 17-37 in the last third to finish with another losing season.

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  • bluesky5
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    The Phillies were Manny Machado away from making the playoffs.

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  • philliesfiend55
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    The Seven Week Horror Show (August 6 through September 23):
    After having a half-game lead over Atlanta on August 5, the Phillies have gone 15-29 and now are just one game over .500 at 78-77, with seven to play: Four games in Colorado (Monday 9/24 through Thursday 9/27 and then finishing with Three games back home against the NL East champion Braves, Friday 9/28 through Sunday, 9/30. They may finish under .500 and they may not even be able to hold on to second-place in their division as they could be passed by the 78-78, Washington Nationals.

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