Friday, November 16, 2012

Toronto Blue Jays' Sign Melky Cabrera + Hurricane Sandy Charity Hockey Game

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Headline Topic: Blue Jays Sign Cabrera + Hockey Charity Game

1. After that massive Blue Jays - Marlins' trade Toronto signs Melky Cabrera to a two-year deal. It will be interesting to see how he performs in his post-PED year, as many players have floundered after they stopped using steroids.

*As a side-note and a topic for a full column in the future: I believe that PED's will be fully regulated and used by athletes across the world at some point in the not-too-distant future. 

2. "Operation Hat Trick" is a great idea. This charitable effort, which includes a variety of current and former Flyers and other NHL players, should raise a lot of money for the victims of Hurricane Sandy.
Recent Headline Topic:  Phillies + Free Agents

I hope that the Phillies are taking a comprehensive approach to their offseason decisions. 

A few years ago, Pat Gillick mentioned that Ruben Amaro Jr. liked the big-ticket players. I, along with all seasoned baseball fans, knew what Pat was getting at. 

Amaro has reached a roster crossroad. His available payroll space is more limited than it ever has been, but he has a variety of needs to fill. 

I would like to see Ruf in LF, Brown and Mayberry in RF, a new player in CF and a modestly-priced veteran option at 3B. Two (not just one) veteran middle-inning relievers must be obtained as well. 

Regarding free agency specifically:  I assume that a high-priced option(s) would only be obtained if other current players are going to be let go after next season. (Possibly, one could be dealt this winter as well.) 

Smart trades and small targeted (Pat Gillick-type) moves will give the Phillies a chance to rebound into playoff contention next season.
Baseball cards

For those of us who are old enough to remember
When Baseball Cards were King, the spring is always a special time of year.

Bygone days spent with elementary school days and family members opening packs of Topps cardboard gold never truly fade away.

Classic Headline Topic: The Best Phillies of the Current Era

-->>Due to the volume of interest generated in this specific article, it has been re-posted. If you have read it, or choose to open this link now, I hope that you enjoy:  
The 10 Best Philadelphia Phillies of This Era

Classic Headline Topic: Pete Rose's date with history.

Pete broke Ty Cobb's hit record on 9/11/85. The man was unique in the annals of baseball history. 

For those who are interested, my recent feature comments on Rose's time with the Phillies and the complex feelings that many of us have about his gambling issues:
Phillies' great Mike Schmidt, Pete Rose, and baseball justice

Recent Headline Topic: Bernie Parent interview

Based upon strong response, I'm re-posting the links to my series about interviewing Bernie Parent. 

Here is a link to Part 1 in my series about that interview: 
Philadelphia Flyers' Bernie Parent: Meeting a Legend  

Here is a link to Part 2 in my series about that interview: 
Philadelphia Flyers' Bernie Parent: Pregame Preparations

Here is a link to Part 3 in my series about that interview:
Philadelphia Flyers' Bernie Parent: Postgame Reflections

Classic Headline: Three Flyers' Legends

Each of these Flyers' legends (Brian Propp, Dave Poulin and Tim Kerr) deserved their own feature article:

Here is a link to the story about Propp: 

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