It's still hard to believe he's gone. Sometimes it just seems he's taking a break and at any minute he'll decide to return and start calling homeruns for the good guys.
I have to get that book! Watch the video, it's worth the 5 minutes.
From MLBTR-Chalk one up for the Spanish-speaking side of the Bristol office. Phillies General Manager Ruben Amaro, Jr., gave an interview in Spanish to ESPN Deportes' Will Gonzalez yesterday, noting that the defending NL champions are currently negotiating with Pedro Martinez in regard to another midseason return to Philadelphia (link and audio in Spanish).Pedro reportedly started throwing just last week, and Amaro insists there is no rush to sign on either side. "Right now he's trying to train, still not ready to pitch," he explains, though Pedro insisted recently that he doesn't need long to be in game shape. Amaro said earlier this month that Joe Blanton's oblique injury wouldn't be enough to spur the team into signing Pedro, but noted to Gonzalez that "we're going to continue to communicate openly" with Martinez as the season unfolds and the team's needs become clear. This winter, Pedro floated the number of $5MM for his full-season services, the same number he stuck to, in prorated form, in negotiations through June of last season. Amaro dismisses any idea that the team was about to bite at that figure during the offseason when he recalls, "We talked two or three times (this winter). In those moments, he had other ideas of how he would like to be paid." With the season now underway, the general manager puts the ball in Pedro's court, potentially setting the stage for another late spring saga of public negotiations. "The doors are open," Amaro says. "But as in all negotiations, things depend on both sides. It not only has to do with the team, (it's also) the player."*I wouldn't mind seeing Pedro back as insurance for the rotation.
"Swing and a long drive..." remain, for me, the sweetest words in baseball. As a child listening to west coast games after my bed time (on a school night of course) nothing could pull me out of near sleep like hearing Harry's call.I'll never forget the day he died, because I was settling on my first house. The lawyer left the room for a moment, came back in and said, "I've got some bad news..."What a shock.
Nor will I ever forget Franzke's call of the game that day. The anguish and emotion hung in the air and poured across the radio. I can still hear LA choking back tears throughout the game.Remember when Victorino pointed to the press box after his HR? It gives me goose bumps just thinking about it.
NO PEDRO MARTINEZ
No Pedro Dr Steve? Why? Just because he fell flat in that World Series game (still think he was ill, not injured). The guy gave us some quality starts when we needed it down the stretch last year. Ruben's not going to sign the guy for a full year. The season is long, people get injured, and the minors don't hold a lot of major league ready arms at the moment.
Rumblings that J-Roll may be DL bound.
I don't doubt for a second we don't see Rollins again until May. That kind of injury sounds too serious to play through. Hopefully, he can fully recover and only be gone 2-3 weeks.Only question is who fills in at SS? Castro for 3 more weeks?
Maybe the Phils pick up Ramon Vazquez who was released by the Pirates.Dobbs and Vic suffered similar injuries the past 2 seasons and missed time. A J-Roll-less offense often equals lifeless (despite yesterday's explosion).
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