Site News - June 2007

June Update: I have begun working on a few varieties of re-organizing the articles on my website. I'm probably about half-way done with at least a simple addition (articles by month to go along with the articles by publication and the daily boxscore pages). I have also added six articles on the first game of the Phils-Expos series. You can find the new articles by themselves, or browse the extensive articles page.


Injury Woes: The Phils have run into a bit of bad luck with their pitching health this season. Reliever Tom Gordon has been injured pretty much all season, and has been unavailable. Three pitchers - Freddy Garcia, Brett Myers and Jon Lieber - have begun or are currently on a lengthy stay on the disabled list. These injuries are not the only reason for the Phils' inconsistent play, but they haven't helped.


Phils Hovering at.500: It seems like it's been two steps forward, two steps back for the Phillies this season. After a 3-10 start to the season, the Phils played well to get back at .500. Since then, the Phils have basically been treading water, staying a few games above or below .500 ever since. It beats 3-10, but if the Phils want to have a prayer of seeing the post-season, they had better get in a groove soon.


Howard Warms Up: After a very slow start, then a stint on the disabled list, reigning MVP Ryan Howard has finally begun to warm up and hit something like he did all of last season. Howard also hit is 100th home run against the Reds on June 27.


Newspaper Archive: The articles added to the website database this month come from This website has a large archive or newspapers from a variety of newspapers from around the world. I have found it helpful to work on this site. It is a pay site (just shy of $10 per month), but it does have some free features if you'd like to check it out.


Problems?: If there are any problems getting to a page on the site, please e-mail me at 1980phillies (address obsolete). As of right now, there should be pages for every link on the site.


Wanted: Any and all articles that pertain to the 1980 Phillies, or any players on the roster from that year. If you have some to donate/lend/sell/steal please e-mail me. Copies are wonderful! I am particularly interested in getting articles during the season from the Philadelphia newspapers (unfortunately, do not have any Philadelphia newspapers). Anyone that has copies of the Inquirer or the Daily News please contact me.


Future Updates: I am hoping to get the new articles pages up next month - or at least temporary ones to function until I can creat better ones. I will continue to attempt to add at least 3-5 new articles each month. If you have any ideas of what you would like to see on the website, please e-mail me.


Go Phillies!
Richard Summers