Site News - February 2009
February Update: Working harder for less money - that's the story of the current economy, and maybe the story of my life right now. I did manage to find time to get six new articles into the site database. This month the articles come from the October 16, 1980 editions of the Annapolis Capital and the Chicago Daily Herald. You can find the articles by title (the old article page), by month, the new articles page, and by game (the day-by-day boxscore pages).
Spring Training!: And the quest to defend the World Champions title now begins in earnest. The Phils have reported to camp (and some have left for the World Baseball Classic), nearly all intact, and hopefully can give us another year to remember. But, before I retire this to bring in the new season, I must put in one more ode for the 2008 edition of the Fightin' Phils:
- FINAL Standings: 92-70, first place, 3 games ahead of the New York Mets.
- NLDS: Phils beat the Milwaukee Brewers, 3 games to 1.
- NLCS: Phils beat the Los Angeles Dodgers, 4 games to 1.
- World Series: Phils beat the Tampa Bay Rays, 4 games to 1.
Possible Move: Like most of you, my family is feeling the pinch in these trying economic times. While we are still blessed with our jobs, my wife and I are both facing possible pay cuts in our jobs. As part of trying to streamline our budget, I may have to forego the monthly fee for the website. I'm looking at alternatives now. There will still be a website... somewhere.
Howard Signs: The Phils' and first baseman Ryan Howard have agreed to a three-year contract, worth a reported $54 million. Howard, who finished 2nd in the MVP voting, already has one MVP, a rookie of the year crown and, of course, a world championship trophy to his credit. The contract allows the two sides to avoid the rest of Howard's arbitration years. In 3½ seasons, Howard has 177 home runs.
Eaton Contracts: The Phillies have cut ties to starting pitcher Adam Eaton, paying off the rest of the contract and releasing the pitcher unconditionally. Eaton, who was signed prior to the 2007 season, has gone 14-18, but has an ERA around 6.00. He was demoted to the minors last year, and was not on the playoff roster.
NO-mah: The Phillies were not able to sign oft-injured infielder Nomar Garciaparra. The former Red Sox star, who played last season with the Dodgers, was a target for the Phils' bench, giving some power from the right side. Ultimately, Garciaparra went with the possibility of more plying time from the Oakland Athletics..
World Baseball Classic: Eight Phillies players will represent their home countries in the 2nd World Baseball Classic. The Classic, which occurs during an elongated spring training, is an international tournament that features some of the best players in the major leagues, as well as the Japanese leagues and other professional leagues from around the world. Phillies slated to play include Jimmy Rollins and injury replacement Shane Victorino (USA), Matt Stairs (Canada), Carlos Ruiz (Panama), and J.C. Romero (Puerto Rico).
Newspaper Archive: The articles added to the website database this month come from newspaperarchive.com. 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.
New E-Mail: If there are any problems getting to a page on the site, please e-mail. The e-mail has changed, and is embedded in the graphic below for security purposes. (Note: For new website, click on “contact.”)
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, newspaperarchive.com do not have any Philadelphia newspapers). Anyone that has copies of the Inquirer or the Daily News please contact me.
Future Updates: Now that school is back in session, the updates will continue to be about 5 or so articles per month. If you have any ideas of what you would like to see on the website, please e-mail me. For next month I will probably work to add articles from the actual Game 2 of the World Series.