Site News - January 2010

January Update: I was able to finish the boxscores for the World Series!  As is typical of my personality, I went into a lot more detail than I had originally planned – great fun for me, but also extremely time consuming, hence the reasoning that it took a lot longer than originally planned.  Along with the boxscores of the World Series (and NLCS) games is a photo gallery of photos (digitally clipped from and scanned from The World Champion Phillies and the Road To Victory).  It’s the process of finding the photos on the archives that takes the most time, especially when the history teacher sees an article of interests, which only happened about every newspaper I looked at!  I also added some articles to the database.  I’m still going through the articles I had on the original database, and hopefully will have the whole original database caught up in a few months.


Avoiding Arbitration: The Phils added new members to their team last month, and this month was time to take care of their own.  Signing multi-year deals since the New Year are Joe Blanton (three years), Shane Victorino (three years) and Carlos Ruiz (three years – seeing a pattern?).  For all three, it means avoiding arbitration, and also giving some long term stability to the team and to the players finances.


Bullpen Help:  The Phillies made a move to bolster their bullpen, signing Jose Contreras to a one-year contract.  Contreras, who started 21 games for the Chicago White Sox before relieving for Colorado in the pennant drive, is likely to be a member of the Phils’ re-tooled bullpen.


Danys Baez!:  The Phils finalized a two-year contract with Denys Baez on January 5.  Baez, who pitched for the Orioles last year, had 41 saves for the Tampa Bay Rays in 2005.


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, but it does have some free features if you'd like to check it out.


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.  I am also looking for any youtube videos from the 1980 season, as Jimdo allows easy connection to these videos.


Future Updates: I’m still trying to keep up with a lot from “real life,” so updates are coming slower than I had hoped.  I will more than likely continue to divide my time between adding boxscore descriptions and articles from the 1980 season.


Go Phillies!

Richard Summers