In March, 1977 disgruntled Texas Rangers second baseman Lenny Randle pummeled manager Frank Lucchesi before an exhibition game in Orlando. Lucchesi had barely been admitted to the hospital before owner Brad Corbett said Randle would never play another game for the team. In June, 2006 Phillies ace Brett Myers was arrested in Boston after witnesses observed him scuffling with his wife, Kim, outside the team hotel. The next night the righthander made his scheduled start against the Red Sox. How the Phillies ultimately handle the news that outfielder Odubel Herrera was arrested and charged with domestic abuse of his 20-year-old girlfriend Monday night in Atlantic City will certainly fall somewhere between those extremes. And it would be really dumb to form any opinions on what should be done without having all the facts. Herrera was wrong. A man should never assault a woman, period, under any circumstances. He put himself in an indefensible situation. That much is beyond dispute. … [Read more...] about Paul Hagen: What should the Phillies do with Odubel Herrera?
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PHILADELPHIA — Bryce Harper swag is going, going and just about gone before he takes a swing in Philadelphia. Phillies merchandise stores and ticket vendors are certainly getting their hefty cuts thanks to Harper hype. Harper has Phillies fans spending stupid money on his No. 3 jerseys, tees and caps, and the franchise has set records with ticket sales headed into the March 28 opener. Billboards welcoming Harper to Philly line the interstate headed to Citizens Bank Park — and it's Harper driving retail traffic at a record clip. No. 3 gear is No. 1 in Philadelphia. "I can't wait to be a part of the Phillies for a long period of time," Harper said. "I've grown to love playing in Philly, love playing in Citizens Bank Park." When Harper looks in the stands on opening day — and over the remainder of his record $330 million, 13-year deal — he'll see thousands of fans wearing his jersey. Fanatics said Harper's No. 3 Phillies jersey was the all-time best-seller for any … [Read more...] about Bryce Gouging: Harper makes Phillies hottest ticket in town
DENVER — Nolan Arenado likes where he's at and the direction the Colorado Rockies are headed.So he's staying put. For possibly a long, long time. And for a chance to finish what this team has been brewing.The All-Star third baseman agreed to a $260 million, eight-year contract on Tuesday, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal has not been finalized.Arenado's agreement includes a provision that allows him to opt out after three years and become a free agent. Paul Klee: 2019 Colorado Rockies filled with what ifs. One player could be the big answer.If the deal is finalized, Arenado's $32.5 million average annual value would be the second-highest in baseball history behind the $34.42 million for pitcher Zack Greinke in a $206.5 million contract with Arizona that began in 2016. Arenado's deal would replace a $26 million, one-year contract he agreed to Jan. 31.Arenado, who turns 28 on April 16, … [Read more...] about Nolan Arenado, Rockies to agree on massive 8-year contract
By now, you likely know that the Phillies acquired arguably the best catcher in baseball on Thursday when they traded away top prospect Sixto Sanchez, catcher Jorge Alfaro and more to the Marlins in exchange for J.T. Realmuto.It wasn't the move that Phillies fans have been on the edge of their seats waiting for — it's true, Bryce Harper and Manny Machado still remain unsigned — but it's a huge deal nonetheless, one that could have a longterm impact on the organization. The soon-to-be 28-year-old All-Star certainly makes the Phillies lineup better, but at what cost? In giving away Sanchez and Alfaro, did Matt Klentak and Co. pay too big of a price for that upgrade? And what does it mean for the Phillies going forward?Here's a look at what the local and national media are saying about the Phillies a day after the trade went down.Worth the riskAs Corey points out, there's been a fair amount of debate following the Realmuto trade, most of it revolving around top prospect … [Read more...] about What they’re saying: Was the J.T. Realmuto trade worth it or did the Phillies get fleeced?