Jamie Moyer will undergo Tommy John surgery tomorrow to repair his damaged left arm. It's believed he will become the oldest baseball player to undergo the surgery, and the 12 to 18 month recovery period could mean he's ready for Spring Training 2012, when he'll be 49 years young.
I sincerely envy Moyer. He's found his calling in life and he doesn't want to let it go, no matter how many trials and tribulations come his way. Personally, I sometimes feel as if I'd like to go back in time and call "do-over" when it came time for choosing my profession. Recent decisions made by the powers that be and the generally craptastic attitude around my place of employ have me wondering if the grass truly is greener anywhere else. And if I needed to have a ligament replaced in my elbow just to keep on doing what I do on a daily basis, I would definitely just take my pencil and my calculator and go home.
Best of luck to Jamie, and perhaps by the time he's back on a big league mound, I'll have also found a new office door on which to hang my nameplate.
Wild Thing: MLB Home Plate on XM 175 broadcasts the MLB Network's nightly programming. On my drive home tonight, I caught Moyer's visit to the studio during which he discussed his upcoming surgery. During the segment, Mitch Williams, now working for the MLB Network, pointed out that he and Moyer were traded for each other 22 years ago this coming Sunday. On December 5, 1988, the Cubs sent Moyer, Drew Hall and Rafael Palmeiro to the Texas Rangers for Williams, Luis Benitez, Pablo Delgado, Paul Kilgus, Curt Wilkerson and Steve Wilson. And now you know.
Monday, November 29, 2010
|1987 Topps #PR4|
My Phillies scrapbooks from the mid-'80s and early-'90s suffered the same fate. I'd have a few pages detailing the Postseason and then there would be a large gap in time between the naming of the league's MVPs and the date when pitchers and catchers reported to Clearwater. (The one exception being the 1991 off-season, when I painfully chronicled the courting of and ultimate rejection by free agent Bobby Bonilla.)
And the slow off-season continues.
24 Years Later: Little did I know as I clipped out the pictures of Easler and Charles Hudson back on 12th Street in 1986 that my first son, Doug, would be born exactly 24 years after this trade was made. That event has worked out much, much better than the Easler trade. No contest.
Thursday, November 25, 2010
Monday, November 22, 2010
|1992 Fleer Update #U-109|
In retrospect, not signing Bonilla was one of the best moves the Phillies made in the early '90s. With Bonilla officially a Met, the Phillies turned their attention to other free agents, eventually signing Mariano Duncan and re-signing Wild Thing. They freed up enough money to cobble together several role players without homes following the '92 season, and an unexpected trip to the play-offs resulted in 1993.
Saturday, November 20, 2010
|2005 Chachi #50|
|2007 Chachi #59|
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
|1981 TCMA Oklahoma |
City '89ers #5
I didn't realize until the rookie card hysteria of the mid-80's that I held this coveted Sandberg card in my collection. I believe the card was featured in an article in the old Baseball Cards magazine, at which point I rediscovered the card and treated it as if it could disintegrate at any given moment. I think at one point I carefully inserted the card into a screw-down holder, only to come to my senses and eventually move the card into a binder with the rest of my 1981 Phillies cards.
|1981 TCMA Oklahoma |
City '89ers #26
Sunday, November 14, 2010
|1986 Topps #PR13|
In 165 games with the Phillies, Roenicke hit just .229 with six home runes and 46 RBIs. He started 57 games in center field for the Phils in 1986, platooning at that position with Milt Thompson, following the May retirement of long-time center fielder Garry Maddox. His playing time decreased significantly in 1987 and the Phillies released him in October.
Surprisingly, Roenicke is now the only ex-Phillies player managing in the Major Leagues as of this writing.
Saturday, November 13, 2010
Juan Samuel to the Mets for Lenny Dykstra, Roger McDowell and a player to be named later. A few days ago, over 21 years later, Sammy returned to his original organization as the Phillies' new third base coach. (Sam Perlozzo, the Phillies' third base coach for the past two years, will move over to first to accommodate Samuel.) Sammy was always popular here in Philly, and it was a sad day back in 1989 when then GM Lee Thomas executed back-to-back trades to unload fan favorites Samuel and Steve Bedrosian. The Phillies have a habit of bringing back their old alumni, and if the past is any indication, I predict an influx of ex-Phillies from the '80s and '90s making their way back into the fold in the coming years. Speaking of which . . . Rumored to be In: It looks as if another former Phillie, Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg, could be returning to the organization as well. Sandberg recently parted ways with the Cubs when they decided to go with Mike Quade as their new manager instead of him. Sandberg has been mentioned as the possible new manager for the Phillies' AAA team in Lehigh Valley. Mickey Morandini's name has also come up recently as it's possible the former second baseman could join the Phils in some sort of player development capacity.
Three former Phillies also became minor league free agents - catcher Paul Hoover, first baseman Andy Tracy and infielder Cody Ransom. Of these ten players, it seems as if Durbin and Contreras have the best shot at re-joining the team. Werth seems headed for big money (probably with the Red Sox), although there are indications this weekend that the Phillies are still trying to work out something with him. Moyer recently left a game in the Dominican Winter League with elbow issues, so sadly 2011 isn't looking that promising for the soon-to-be 48 year-old.
|2010 Topps Update #US-95|
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Sunday, November 7, 2010
Manager Charlie Manuel named Ryan Howard his starting designated hitter and batted his slugger fourth in the National League line-up. (American League ballpark meant the teams used the American League rules.) This was Howard's third All-Star appearance, as he had previously appeared in the 2006 and 2009 games. In the second inning, Howard struck out swinging against American League starting pitcher David Price. In the fourth, he grounded to second against former teammate Cliff Lee. The Reds' Joey Votto pinch-hit for Howard in the seventh, and his night was done.
Roy Halladay's first All-Star appearance with the National League squad, and it was his seventh appearance overall. Halladay relieved Hong-Chih Kuo to start the bottom of the sixth inning. Derek Jeter led off with a single and was replaced by pinch-runner Elvis Andrus. A double play followed as Halladay struck out Paul Konerko and Brian McCann (the game's eventual MVP) threw out Andrus attempting to steal second. Halladay allowed another single to Josh Hamilton, and Manuel summoned Matt Capps from the bullpen to record the final out of the sixth.
It wasn't a banner night for the Phillies' All-Stars, but at least they were on the winning side for the first time since 1996.
Thursday, November 4, 2010
Sparky's brief career with the Phillies produced three baseball cards. He was featured in the 1959 and 1960 Topps sets, as well as the 1960 Leaf set - all of which I have yet to add to my collection. The best I could do for this post was to feature Sparky's 1978 Topps card, which includes a photo from his brief tenure with the Phillies.
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
For the backs of these All-Star cards, I opted to pay homage to the originals by featuring a small puzzle of the Phillies actually in attendance for the game. When placed together, the backs of the original nine 1974 Topps All-Star cards featured 1973 All-Star Game MVP Bobby Bonds. Granted, the backs of my All-Star cards don't form much of a puzzle, since there are only two cards, but I thought it was cool nevertheless.
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
|2001 Ultra #68|
|2001 Topps #523 (No Gold)|
|2001 Upper Deck Vintage #302|
Finally, Ron included a quick note in the package, written on the back of what used to be a full score card. The score card was from a Phillies-Red Sox game in which Nomar Garciaparra hit his 100th career home run, as noted by Ron in the "Game Notes" section. With the help of Baseball Reference, I determined the partial scorecard was from June 3, 2000, when Nomar connected for his 100th career home run off Wolf in the 6th inning. The Phillies would eventually win the game, 9-3, led by Lieberthal's two home runs and five RBIs.