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Phillies Sign Bryce Harper

The Phillies have signed outfielder Bryce Harper to a 13-year contract, the team announced today.

 

The Phillies have signed outfielder Bryce Harper to a 13-year contract, the team announced today.

 

Harper, 26, is one of the premier players in Major League Baseball, having been selected to six All-Star teams and winning the 2012 National League Rookie of the Year and 2015 NL Most Valuable Player awards, all before his 26th birthday. In his rookie year of 2012, at 19 years old, he became the youngest player ever selected to a major league All-Star team.

 

Last season, Harper appeared in 159 games for the Washington Nationals and batted .249 with 34 doubles, 34 home runs, a career-best 100 RBI, a major league-leading 130 walks, a .393 on-base percentage and a .496 slugging percentage (.889 OPS). With runners in scoring position in 2018, Harper hit .290, which increased to .373 with two outs. In the second half of the season, he batted .300 with a .972 OPS, which ranked fourth-best among all NL players. Harper was voted to his sixth All-Star team and won the Home Run Derby at Nationals Park.

 

A multi-media star, Harper will serve as the face for Sony's MLB The Show 19 video game, which will launch in March for the PlayStation4 platform. Previously, Harper graced the covers of Sports Illustrated, ESPN the Magazine and Men's Health and appeared on "The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon."

 

Over the past four seasons (2015-18), Harper ranked second among all NL players in home runs (129), walks (430) and OPS (.952) and fourth in RBI (372) and runs (400). In 2015, he became the youngest player in NL history to unanimously win the MVP Award and only the seventh unanimous winner overall, joining Hall of Famers Orlando Cepeda, Mike Schmidt and Jeff Bagwell, along with Ken Caminiti, Barry Bonds and Albert Pujols. At age 22, he was the third-youngest MVP in NL history, behind only Hall of Famers Johnny Bench and Stan Musial. Also that season, Harper accrued 10.0 WAR per Baseball Reference's variation to become one of only three position players in major league history to accrue 10.0 or more wins in a single season at age 22 or younger, joining Hall of Famer Ted Williams (10.6 in 1941) and Mike Trout (10.5 in 2012).

 

Harper was the first overall selection in the 2010 MLB First-Year Player Draft after winning the Golden Spikes Award, presented annually to the best amateur baseball player. In seven major league seasons, he has hit .279 with 183 doubles, 184 home runs, 521 RBI, 585 walks, 610 runs scored, a .388 on-base percentage and a .512 slugging percentage (.900 OPS) in 927 games, all with the Nationals. In 19 postseason games, he has an .801 OPS with 10 extra-base hits and 11 walks. Harper's 184 home runs through his age-25 season are 12th-best in Major League Baseball history. He has five career walk-off home runs since his major league debut, which ranks tied for second among all major league players behind only Josh Donaldson's seven.

 

In 2013, Harper founded "Harper's Heroes," a foundation that assists families affected by childhood cancer. He and his wife, Kayla, reside in Las Vegas, Nevada.

 

Harper will wear No. 3.

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Phillies' Spring Training Home Opener on Saturday at Spectrum Field!

Pineapple Shack's Famous Dole Whips & More Foods with Florida Flavor to Debut; Plus St. Patrick's Day Game Details Announced

Baseball's back at Spectrum Field in Clearwater, Fla!

On Saturday, February 23, the Phillies will host their Grapefruit League home opener during a 1:05 p.m. game against the Pittsburgh Pirates. This will be the first chance for fans to get a glimpse of the 2019 Phillies, as well as what's new at the ballpark, including Spring Training food, fandom and fashion.

Baseball's back at Spectrum Field in Clearwater, Fla!

On Saturday, February 23, the Phillies will host their Grapefruit League home opener during a 1:05 p.m. game against the Pittsburgh Pirates. This will be the first chance for fans to get a glimpse of the 2019 Phillies, as well as what's new at the ballpark, including Spring Training food, fandom and fashion.

What to Know About Phillies Spring Training at Spectrum Field

 

1. Matchups and fan fun at Spectrum Field: The official Phillies Spring Training schedule features 16 home games, including matchups against the Detroit Tigers, Minnesota Twins, Baltimore Orioles, Pittsburgh Pirates, St. Louis Cardinals, New York Yankees, Toronto Blue Jays, Tampa Bay Rays and Houston Astros.

Other highlights include the annual St. Patrick's Day game against the Yankees on Sunday, March 17, a Spring Training tradition that features green attire - with all players wearing a new, on-field St. Patrick's Day hat. This game will also include the Phillies Charities Silent Auction & Wives Mystery Ball Sale. Fans will get the chance to bid on game-used and autographed memorabilia, as well as take part in a signed Mystery Ball Sale, all to benefit local charities in the City of Clearwater.>

The exclusive auction and mystery ball experience will also take place on Thursday, March 21, 1:05 p.m. vs. the Blue Jays.

The Club will play their final home Spring Training game on Monday, March 25, against the Rays. The full Spring Training schedule is available here.

2. Spectrum Field to offer tasty new foods indigenous to Florida and the Clearwater area, such as Pineapple Shack's famous Dole Whips! Food has always been a big part of the Phillies Spring Training experience - and this season is no different. The ballpark menu features a new lineup of "Florida's Phinest" foods. Offerings include:

 

  • Pineapple Shack's famous Dole Whips, the Aloha Colada Whips and Dole Pineapple Cones.
  • Orange juice ice cream, chocolate key lime pie on a stick, and homemade strawberry shortcake.
  • New seafood options, such as the grouper po'boy sandwich and the grouper meal, calamari and fried shrimp.
  • Giant root beer floats and creamsicle floats; soft service ice cream at the Westshore Pizza stand, also serving pizza and meatball sandwiches.
  • Fresh spun cotton candy.
  • New Pop Fusions gourmet popsicles made with only fresh ingredients like oranges, lemons and blueberries. Fans 21 and over can enjoy Pop Fusions gourmet popsicles infused with alcohol to dip in their drink from the Tiki Bar.
  • Other must-have foods include Delco's cheesesteaks, chicken cheesesteaks and cheesesteak nachos; Abe's Philly Fries, boneless wings and grouper bites; Pete and Shorty's famous Shorty Burgers; and tacos, bowls, chips with salsa, queso, or guacamole at Tijuana Flats. Also making its return is the Boar's Head Cuban Sandwich in right field. Fans can also enjoy Spectrum Field's specialty hot dog stand, as well as a new grill stand serving up jumbo Hatfield hot dogs, sausages and TNT hamburgers. Hampton Farms peanuts will be offered as well.

     

    3. The world-famous Frenchy's Tiki Bar returns to Spectrum Field! This popular area features everything from cold draft beer to rum buckets, to frozen drinks to margarita buckets and everything in between. Fans can also find many local craft beers throughout the ballpark.

    4. New Spring Training merchandise and on-field items will be available only at Diamond Outfitters, the Phillies Official Spring Training team store at Spectrum Field: Items include new Spring Training caps from New Era and '47 Brand, clothing with unique Florida designs for men, women and children, and jewelry and accessories galore.

    5. Be on the lookout for the Phillie Phanatic at every game at Spectrum Field. The best mascot in sports will be at every Spring Training game!

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Phillies, Nola Agree To Four-Year Contract

The Phillies and right-handed pitcher Aaron Nola have agreed to a four-year contract through the 2022 season, the club announced today. The deal also includes a club option for the 2023 season.

 

The Phillies and right-handed pitcher Aaron Nola have agreed to a four-year contract through the 2022 season, the club announced today. The deal also includes a club option for the 2023 season.

 

Nola, 25, went 17-6 with a 2.37 ERA, 0.97 WHIP, 25 quality starts and 224 strikeouts in 212.1 innings pitched over 33 total starts last season. He finished in the top 10 among all major league starters in ERA, starts, quality starts, innings, WHIP and strikeouts, earning a third-place finish in National League Cy Young Award voting and his first career All-Star selection.

 

Per Baseball Reference's valuation of WAR, his 10.5 bWAR in 2018 was the most by any pitcher in baseball since 2002 (Randy Johnson, 10.7) and most by any Phillies pitcher since 1972 (Steve Carlton, 12.1).

 

Over the past two seasons, Nola has made 60 starts for the Phillies, going 29-17 with a 2.89 ERA and 408 strikeouts in 380.1 innings, holding opponents to a .217 batting average and .344 slugging percentage. He ranks fourth in the National League in ERA in that span, trailing only Clayton Kershaw, Max Scherzer and Jacob deGrom, and is fifth in strikeouts behind Scherzer, deGrom, Patrick Corbin and Zack Greinke. In four seasons with Philadelphia, Nola is 41-28 with a 3.35 ERA.

 

A native of Baton Rouge, La., Nola was selected by the Phillies in the first round (7th overall) of the June 2014 draft out of Louisiana State University.

 

 

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Baseball's Back! Phillies Single Game Tickets On Sale Wednesday

It's time to get ready for the return of Phillies baseball!

 

It's time to get ready for the return of Phillies baseball!

 

On Wednesday, February 13, Phillies single game tickets for all 81 regular season home games at Citizens Bank Park will go on sale at 9:00 a.m. on phillies.com. Fans can also call the Phillies Ticket Services Line at 215-463-1000 or visit the West Ticket Windows (on Wednesday only) at Citizens Bank Park. Note: Free parking in Lot S.

 

"This is an exciting time for Phillies fans," said John Weber, Phillies Senior Vice President of Ticket Operations & Projects. "Our baseball operations team has worked hard to improve our club by making great acquisitions, including J.T. Realmuto, the best catcher in baseball. On March 28, we look forward to welcoming the Phillies back to Citizens Bank Park."

 

To view the Phillies schedule, along with 2019 promotions, giveaways and Theme Nights, visit phillies.com/promotions. Among the many highlights:

 

  • Opening Weekend Festivities. The 2019 Phillies will take to the field for the first time on Nemours Opening Day (3/28). All fans receive an Opening Day Rally Towel during that day's 3:05 p.m. game against the Atlanta Braves. Pre-game festivities include the Budweiser Opening Day Block Party at the Third Base Plaza, as well as an on-field ceremony to officially celebrate the start of the season.

Opening Weekend continues with Cavity Busters Kids Opening Day (3/30) with a Hooded T-Shirt (children 14 and under), and McDonald's Opening Night (3/31) with Liberty Bell Logo T-Shirt (fans 15 and over), which also has a special ESPN Sunday Night Baseball start time of 7:05 p.m.

  • #TBT & McCutchen Retro T-Shirt; Plus, Dollar Dogs, Phanatic's Birthday & More! Baseball in April kicks off with a series against the Minnesota Twins (4/5-7), with giveaways including Johnson Controls Phillies Socks (4/6, all fans) and Nemours Knit Cap (4/7, children 14 and under). Games continue during the Washington Nationals series (4/8-10), featuring the first of four Hatfield Phillies Franks Dollar Dog Nights (4/9, 4/16, 4/30 and 5/14).

Next the New York Mets come to town (4/15-17), followed by the Miami Marlins (4/25-28), with the first #ThrowbackThursday of the season (4/25) with Veritiv Andrew McCutchen Retro T-Shirt (fans 15 and over). Other highlights include the Citizens Bank Phanatic Birthday (4/28) with Phanatic Hooded Towel (children 14 and under).

MORE PROMOTIONAL HIGHLIGHTS

 

  • Legends Series, featuring retirement ceremonies for three 2008 World Champion Phillies! Events include Coca-Cola Jimmy Rollins Retirement Night (5/4) with 2008 World Champions Replica Ring (fans 15 and over), Toyota Chase Utley Retirement Night (6/21) with Utley Bobble Figurine (all fans), and PECO Ryan Howard Retirement Day (7/14) with Howard Bobble Figurine (all fans).

 

  • Game of Thrones® Night (5/13), Star WarsTM Night (7/17) and more! The Phillies host a variety of theme nights throughout the season, with many that include a unique giveaway item, exclusively available to fans that purchase a Theme Night ticket. For a full list of Theme Nights, visit phillies.com/themenights.

 

  • The Avett Brothers & Brett Eldredge Headline Phillies Postgame Concerts; Plus, Weekend Fireworks & Photo Night Return! This season, the Phillies will host two postgame concerts (your game ticket is your concert ticket) featuring The Avett Brothers (6/8), and award-winning, platinum-selling, country artist Brett Eldredge (6/22). Other highlights include the ultimate Xfinity Fireworks Shows following two games in July (7/12 and 7/13 versus Washington), and Photo Night (7/27), where fans can go onto the field and take photos of players prior to the game.

To view the full list of Phillies promotions and Theme Nights for the season, visit phillies.com/promotions.

 

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Phillies Announce 2019 Player Development Field Staffs

The Phillies have finalized their player development field staff for the 2019 season, Josh Bonifay, Director, Player Development, announced today. Chris Truby, who most recently served as minor league infield coordinator (2014-18) has been promoted to minor league field coordinator. The 2019 season will mark Truby's 11th year with the Phillies after previously serving as manager at single-A Williamsport (2009-10), single-A Lakewood (2011) and single-A Clearwater (2012-13).

At triple-A Lehigh Valley, Gary Jones, the reigning International League Manager of the Year, will return for his second year at the helm after leading the IronPigs to a North Division championship in his first year as manager. Darryl Robinson joins Jones' staff as hitting coach after spending the last 10 seasons with the Houston Astros, including the past two as hitting coach for triple-A Fresno. Steve Schrenk (pitching coach) and Greg Legg (coach) will also join Jones' staff after spending last season with double-A Reading, where Legg served as manager and Schrenk as pitching coach.

The Phillies have finalized their player development field staff for the 2019 season, Josh Bonifay, Director, Player Development, announced today. Chris Truby, who most recently served as minor league infield coordinator (2014-18) has been promoted to minor league field coordinator. The 2019 season will mark Truby's 11th year with the Phillies after previously serving as manager at single-A Williamsport (2009-10), single-A Lakewood (2011) and single-A Clearwater (2012-13).

At triple-A Lehigh Valley, Gary Jones, the reigning International League Manager of the Year, will return for his second year at the helm after leading the IronPigs to a North Division championship in his first year as manager. Darryl Robinson joins Jones' staff as hitting coach after spending the last 10 seasons with the Houston Astros, including the past two as hitting coach for triple-A Fresno. Steve Schrenk (pitching coach) and Greg Legg (coach) will also join Jones' staff after spending last season with double-A Reading, where Legg served as manager and Schrenk as pitching coach.

Shawn Williams will take over as manager for double-A Reading after spending the past two seasons guiding single-A Clearwater in the same role. The 2019 season will mark Williams' sixth season in the Phillies' player development staff after previously serving as manager for single-A Williamsport (2014), single-A Lakewood (2015-16) and Clearwater. Kevin Riggs returns for his second season as hitting coach after guiding the Fightins to an Eastern League-leading 141 home runs in 2018. Aaron Fultz will follow Williams from Clearwater to Reading as pitching coach after spending the last three seasons in that same role with the Threshers (2016-18). Nelson Prada will round out Williams' staff as a coach following his stint last season as manager for the Gulf Coast League Phillies West squad.

At Clearwater, Marty Malloy takes over as manager following a two-year run as manager with Lakewood where he was named South Atlantic League Manager of the Year in 2018. Malloy guided the BlueClaws to a 160-117 record and .578 winning percentage in his two years at the helm. Rubén Gotay returns for his second season as a coach with the Threshers following a 17-year playing career from 2001-17. Tyler Henson will join Malloy's staff as hitting coach, his second stint with the Threshers following a one-year run as player-coach in 2016. Henson spent last season as hitting coach for Lakewood. Brad Bergesen will join the Threshers staff as pitching coach after spending last season in the same role for Lakewood.

Lakewood welcomes manager Mike Micucci, who takes the helm after spending last season with the Seattle Mariners as coordinator of organization instruction. Joining Micucci will be Christian Marrero, who served as Williamsport's hitting coach in 2018 and will hold the same title this season with the BlueClaws. Joining Lakewood as a positional coach will be Adam Godwin, a former outfielder. He was a member of Pittsburgh's player development staff over the previous four years. Former Phillies minor league pitcher Matt Hockenberry, who made his coaching debut last season with Gulf Coast League Phillies West, will serve as Lakewood's pitching coach.

Pat Borders returns to Williamsport for his fifth season as manager. Also returning to the Crosscutters will be pitching coach Héctor Berrios, who enters his fourth year in that role and 22nd overall as a minor league pitching coach and positional coach Greg Brodzinski, who returns to the Cutters after spending a majority of last season with Reading. Joel McKeithan, a former infielder, will hold the title of Crosscutters hitting coach in his first season as a professional coach. McKeithan played collegiately at Vanderbilt and most recently served as a hitting instructor at Driveline Baseball.

Manager Roly DeArmas and his entire staff, Charlie Hayes (coach), Rafael DeLima (hitting coach) and Héctor Mercado (pitching coach) will all return to rookie-level Gulf Coast League Phillies East with the addition of Kevin Martir (development coach). For Gulf Coast League Phillies West, Milver Reyes will join the club as manager following a one-year stint as coach with Lakewood. Chris Heintz will return as hitting coach for his second season while Bruce Billings (pitching coach), Harold Garcia (development coach) and Bobby Wernes (coach) will join the staff for their first respective seasons. Billings was originally selected by the Phillies in the 31st round of the June 2006 draft, Garcia played in the Phillies minor league system from 2005-11 and Wernes played last season for double-A Hartford in the Colorado Rockies organization.

Finally, the respective staffs for both the rookie-level Dominican Summer League Phillies Red, led by manager Waner Santana and rookie-level Dominican Summer League Phillies White, led by manager Orlando Muñoz will return in full for 2019.

In addition to the changes on the respective team staffs, Jason Ochart has been hired as hitting coordinator, as previously announced. Further, Russ Steinhorn has been named assistant hitting coordinator following a one-year run as the director of player development at Clemson University. Juan Castro, a former Phillies infielder who fielded the final out in Roy Halladay's perfect game on May 29, 2010, has been hired as infield coordinator. Additionally, Ed Lucas and Rob Segedin have both been hired as player information assistants. Lucas played collegiately at Dartmouth before a 13-year professional career with Kansas City Royals (2004-10), Atlanta Braves (2011), Los Angeles Angels (2012), Miami Marlins (2013-14), Texas Rangers (2015), Arizona Diamondbacks (2016) and Seattle Mariners (2016) organizations. Segedin, who recently earned a master's degree in business analytics from Indiana University, recently completed a nine-year professional career with the New York Yankees (2010-15) and Los Angeles Dodgers (2016-18).

Finally, Rafael Chaves was promoted to director, pitching development, after spending the last four seasons as pitching coordinator. Also, Carlos Arroyo (roving pitching coach), Andy Abad (outfield coordinator), Ernie Whitt (catching coordinator), Rob Ducey (baserunning and bunting coordinator), Joe Rauch (athletic training & rehabilitation coordinator), Furey Leva (strength and conditioning coordinator), Ben Werthan (minor league information coordinator), Josh Lipman (video coordinator), Hannah Huesman (mental skills coach) and Ray Burris (rehab pitching coach) will all return for the 2019 season.

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Phillies Acquire Realmuto

The Phillies have announced that they have acquired All-Star catcher J.T. Realmuto from the Miami Marlins in exchange for catcher Jorge Alfaro, right-hander Sixto Sánchez, left-hander Will Stewart and international bonus pool money.

Realmuto, 27, was selected to his first National League All-Star team last season and won the Silver Slugger Award. He played in 125 games (111 starts) with the Marlins and batted .277 with 30 doubles, 21 home runs, 74 RBI and an .825 OPS. He led all major league catchers in total bases (206) and his 49 extra-base hits were tied for the most (Yasmani Grandal). Defensively, Realmuto threw out 14 runners attempting to steal in 48 opportunities.

The Phillies have announced that they have acquired All-Star catcher J.T. Realmuto from the Miami Marlins in exchange for catcher Jorge Alfaro, right-hander Sixto Sánchez, left-hander Will Stewart and international bonus pool money.

Realmuto, 27, was selected to his first National League All-Star team last season and won the Silver Slugger Award. He played in 125 games (111 starts) with the Marlins and batted .277 with 30 doubles, 21 home runs, 74 RBI and an .825 OPS. He led all major league catchers in total bases (206) and his 49 extra-base hits were tied for the most (Yasmani Grandal). Defensively, Realmuto threw out 14 runners attempting to steal in 48 opportunities.

Per FanGraphs valuation of WAR, Realmuto led all major league catchers with 4.8 fWAR last season (next: Grandal, 3.6), which was the highest by a catcher since Buster Posey posted a 5.5 fWAR in 2015. Further, having played last season at age 27, Realmuto's 4.8 fWAR was the seventh-highest of any catcher, age 27 or younger, over the last 10 seasons, trailing only Joe Mauer (7.6 in 2009 and 5.0 in 2010), Buster Posey (7.6 in 2012, 5.5 in 2014 and 4.9 in 2013) and Brian McCann (4.9 in 2010).

Originally selected by Miami in the third round of the June 2010 draft, Realmuto is a career .279 hitter with 114 doubles, 59 home runs, 243 RBI and a .768 OPS. His 92 doubles since 2016 are more than any other catcher in baseball and his .286 average is the second-highest among all catchers in that span. With at least 35 extra-base hits in each of his first four full seasons in the majors (2015-18), Realmuto joined Johnny Bench and Mike Piazza as the only catchers to do so in major league history. He is under team control through the 2020 season.

Realmuto was the Marlins' nominee for both the 2017 and 2018 Major League Baseball Players Association Heart and Hustle Award. The award is presented annually to an active player who demonstrates a passion for the game of baseball and best embodies the values, spirit and traditions of the game.

Alfaro, 25, played his first full major league season last year and hit .262 with 10 home runs and 37 RBI in 108 games. He tied for the NL lead among catchers with 21 runners thrown out attempting to steal. The 20-year-old Sánchez made eight starts for single-A Clearwater and went 4-3 with a 2.51 ERA, allowing just one home run in 46.2 innings and a .224 batting average to opposing hitters. In 20 starts for single-A Lakewood, Stewart went 8-1 with a 2.06 ERA. Stewart tied for the South Atlantic League lead in shutouts (two) and finished second in ERA.

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Phillies Announce Spring Training Guest Instructors

The Phillies have invited eight alumni to participate in spring training as guest instructors, the club announced today. The group consists of members of the 1980 and 2008 World Champion teams, along with the 1993 National League champs.

Manager Gabe Kapler and his coaching staff will intermittently be assisted by Bobby Abreu, Chad Durbin, Jim Eisenreich, Dan Plesac, Jimmy Rollins and Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt. Current Phillies front office executives Larry Bowa and Charlie Manuel will also be in uniform for the entirety of spring training.

The Phillies have invited eight alumni to participate in spring training as guest instructors, the club announced today. The group consists of members of the 1980 and 2008 World Champion teams, along with the 1993 National League champs.

Manager Gabe Kapler and his coaching staff will intermittently be assisted by Bobby Abreu, Chad Durbin, Jim Eisenreich, Dan Plesac, Jimmy Rollins and Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt. Current Phillies front office executives Larry Bowa and Charlie Manuel will also be in uniform for the entirety of spring training.

Bowa and Manuel both work on the Phillies' baseball operations staff as senior advisors to General Manager Matt Klentak, while Schmidt has been a member of the broadcast team for the past five seasons. All three are enshrined on the Phillies Wall of Fame.

For Plesac, a 10-year veteran of MLB Network, the 2019 spring will mark his third as an instructor with the team (2015 and 2018). Abreu returns for his second consecutive spring. A member of the 1993 NL champions, Eisenreich will take part in his first spring with the club since his four-year stint as a player from 1993-96. A .324 hitter with the Phillies with a .381 on-base percentage, Eisenreich remains one of the more popular players of the Phillies' recent past.

Rollins will make his coaching debut with the team after recently being named a special advisor to the club. He played 15 years (2000-14) with the Phillies and is the franchise's all-time leader in hits (2,306), doubles (479) and at-bats (8,628) and ranks second in games (2,090), extra-base hits (806), total bases (3,655) and stolen bases (453). He was the 2007 National League Most Valuable Player, a three-time NL All-Star (2001-02, 2005), won four NL Gold Gloves at shortstop (2007-09, 2012) and one Silver Slugger (2007).

The remaining members of the spring training instructional staff are the major league coaching staff of Bobby Dickerson (infield), Paco Figueroa (first base/outfield), Jim Gott (bullpen), Pedro Guerrero (assistant hitting), Dave Lundquist (assistant pitching), John Mallee (hitting), Rob Thomson (bench), Dusty Wathan (third base), Chris Young (pitching), Craig Driver (bullpen catcher/receiving) and Bob Stumpo (bullpen catcher/catching); the triple-A staff of Gary Jones (manager), Darryl Robinson (hitting coach), Greg Legg (coach) and Steve Schrenk (pitching coach); minor league coordinators Andy Abad (outfield), Carlos Arroyo (roving pitching), Juan Castro (infield), Rafael Chaves (director, pitching development), Rob Ducey (bunting/baserunning), Jason Ochart (hitting), Russ Steinhorn (assistant hitting), Chris Truby (infield), Ben Werthan (information) and Ernie Whitt (catching); double-A manager Shawn Williams; and baseball operations staff members Mike Calitri and Sam Fuld.

The first workout for pitchers and catchers at the Phillies' spring training complex in Clearwater, Fla., is scheduled for February 13 with full-squad workouts slated to begin on February 18.

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Phillies Announce Voting Ballot For Next Toyota Wall Of Famer

It's time to bestow a Phillies legend with the team's highest honor.

 

It's time to bestow a Phillies legend with the team's highest honor.

 

Voting for the 2019 Toyota Phillies Wall of Fame inductee is officially underway on www.phillies.com/wof, now through Thursday, Feb. 28, at 5:00 p.m. ET.

 

Fans can select their top three choices to become a Phillies Wall of Famer from a 10-man ballot of Phillies alumni. A first-place vote is worth five points, second place three points and third place one point. The top five fan consensus choices as determined by total points will serve as the official ballot for a special Wall of Fame Selection Committee that will choose this year's inductee.

 

In alphabetical order by last name, the Phillies Wall of Fame candidates under consideration are:

  • Bobby Abreu, OF, 1998-2006
  • Steve Bedrosian, RHP, 1986-89
  • Rich Dubee, CH, 2005-13
  • Jim Fregosi, MGR, 1991-96
  • Gene Garber, RHP, 1974-78
  • Doug Glanville, OF, 1998-2002, 2004
  • Bake McBride, OF, 1977-81
  • Placido Polanco, INF, 2002-05, 2010-12
  • Scott Rolen, 3B, 1996-2002
  • Manny Trillo, 2B, 1979-82

 

The winning candidate will be the 41st inductee into the Toyota Phillies Wall of Fame, a tradition that began in 1978. Last year, Pat Gillick was enshrined into the Wall of Fame, and Roy Halladay, who was recently posthumously elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame, was also honored as a Phillies Wall of Famer. Click here to see a full listing of Phillies Wall of Famers.

 

PHILLIES WALL OF FAME INDUCTION CEREMONY

The 2019 Wall of Fame inductee will be honored during Toyota Wall of Fame Night on Saturday, Aug. 3, prior to the 7:05 p.m. game against the Chicago White Sox at Citizens Bank Park. Several Phillies Wall of Famers are expected to participate in the on-field ceremony. Additionally, a 14" by 20" cast bronze plaque of this year's honoree will be added to the Toyota Wall of Fame display located in the Left Field Plaza behind the scoreboard building.

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#TruckDay Is Here! New Partner 'Old Dominion Freight Line' to Move the Phillies to Clearwater with Spring Training Sendoff on February 8

The Phillies are moving to their home away from home for the start of spring training - thanks to new team partner Old Dominion Freight Line, the Official Freight Carrier of The Philadelphia Phillies

On Friday, February 8, Old Dominion Freight Line is packing up Citizens Bank Park - and heading south - as they move the Philadelphia Phillies to Spring Training at Spectrum Field in Clearwater, Fla.

The extensive undertaking will start early that morning when a custom-designed Old Dominion Phillies Spring Training Truck - featuring two 28-foot trailers - will skillfully maneuver its way down the Phillies truck ramp toward the team's Clubhouse, where dozens of employees will pack and load up the trailer with thousands of much-needed items for Spring Training.

On Friday, February 8, Old Dominion Freight Line is packing up Citizens Bank Park - and heading south - as they move the Philadelphia Phillies to Spring Training at Spectrum Field in Clearwater, Fla.

The extensive undertaking will start early that morning when a custom-designed Old Dominion Phillies Spring Training Truck - featuring two 28-foot trailers - will skillfully maneuver its way down the Phillies truck ramp toward the team's Clubhouse, where dozens of employees will pack and load up the trailer with thousands of much-needed items for Spring Training.

Items from the Phillies Clubhouse that will be loaded onto the trailer include: 10,000 POWERADE cups; 2,400 baseballs; 2,000 short and long sleeve shirts; 1,200 bats; 900 socks; 600 pairs of pants; 600 batting practice hats; 350 pairs of shorts; 300 batting gloves; 250 batting practice tops; 200 fleeces; 200 light jackets; 140 batting helmets; 125 leather and elastic belts; 75 pairs of assorted spike, plastic and turf shoes; 40 heavy jackets; 20 coolers and a half pallet of POWERADE mix; 12 sets of golf clubs; six bikes and one Phanatic hot dog launcher.

Once the final item is loaded, the team's mascot - the Phillie Phanatic - will escort the Old Dominion Phillies Spring Training Truck onto Phillies Drive for a fun Spring Training Sendoff, before it embarks to Clearwater, Fla. via 95 South.

The truck will then then travel 1,058 miles, passing through eight states, before being unloaded at its final destination of Spectrum Field on Sunday, February 10 - just three days before the first official workout for Phillies pitchers and catchers on Wednesday, February 13.

For some social media fun, fans will be encouraged to tag @Phillies and @ODFL_Inc in photos of their truck sightings, using the team's popular hashtag #RingTheBell. *While we encourage you to share photos, for safety purposes do not take pictures while driving a moving vehicle.

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Phillies Hire Rollins As Special Advisor

Jimmy Rollins, one of the greatest players in Phillies history, has returned to the organization as a special advisor, Executive Vice President David Buck announced today.

 

Jimmy Rollins, one of the greatest players in Phillies history, has returned to the organization as a special advisor, Executive Vice President David Buck announced today.

 

The franchise's all-time leader in hits (2,306) and doubles (479), Rollins will have a variety of duties on both the baseball and business sides of the organization, including - but not limited to - spring training coaching, meeting with sponsors and suite holders, fan engagement and community outreach.

 

"It goes without saying that Jimmy was a huge part of the team's success during the five-year run of division titles and he is one of the greatest players to wear our uniform," said Buck. "His acumen for both business and baseball makes this a natural fit. We are excited to have him back."

 

Rollins played parts of 17 seasons in the major leagues, 15 of them with the Phillies. He was the 2007 National League Most Valuable Player, was selected to three NL All-Star teams, won four Gold Glove Awards, one Silver Slugger Award and was the co-winner of the prestigious Roberto Clemente Award. Rollins finished his career with a .264 batting average, 511 doubles, 115 triples, 231 home runs, 936 RBI and 470 stolen bases. In addition to his previously mentioned Phillies rankings in hits and doubles, he also is first in at-bats (8,628), second in games (2,090), extra-base hits (806), total bases (3,655) & stolen bases (453), third in triples (111) & runs scored (1,325) and sixth in RBI (887).

 

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Honoring Roy Halladay

"Being inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame is every boy's dream. To stand on that stage in Cooperstown and deliver your acceptance speech in front of baseball's most enthusiastic fans is something that every baseball player aspires to achieve, and Roy was no exception. But that was not Roy's goal. It was not his goal to have those three letters after his signature. His goal was to be successful every single day of his 16-year career. Tonight's announcement is the end result of that effort. If only Roy were here to personally express his gratitude for this honor, what an even more amazing day this would be. I would like to extend special thanks to the baseball writers for the overwhelming percentage of votes that Roy received in his first year on the ballot. It means so much to me, Braden and Ryan."                                                         

- Brandy Halladay

"Being inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame is every boy's dream. To stand on that stage in Cooperstown and deliver your acceptance speech in front of baseball's most enthusiastic fans is something that every baseball player aspires to achieve, and Roy was no exception. But that was not Roy's goal. It was not his goal to have those three letters after his signature. His goal was to be successful every single day of his 16-year career. Tonight's announcement is the end result of that effort. If only Roy were here to personally express his gratitude for this honor, what an even more amazing day this would be. I would like to extend special thanks to the baseball writers for the overwhelming percentage of votes that Roy received in his first year on the ballot. It means so much to me, Braden and Ryan."                                                         

- Brandy Halladay

"Roy Halladay made an indelible, unforgettable mark on Phillies history during his time with us. From his perfect game to his postseason no-hitter to his Cy Young Award, his accomplishments in red pinstripes are nothing short of legendary, and his placement in the Hall of Fame is well deserved. Even more impressive was the way Roy carried himself off the field, always giving back not just to his teammates, but more so to his community, whether it was here in Philadelphia or in the Pinellas County area. For all he accomplished as a player and everything he stood for as a person, Doc will forever remain in the hearts of Phillies fans everywhere. My heartfelt congratulations go out to Brandy, Braden and Ryan."

- John Middleton, Phillies Managing Partner

"Roy's accomplishments speak for themselves, but what I will always remember is talking to him following his perfect game and how anxious he was to give Chooch all the credit for his performance and that was so typical of how he carried himself during his four years with us. And, of course, we all treasure the watches he gave us. Everyone associated with the team was given a very special memento that said 'We did it together,' which was symbolic of not just Roy the pitcher but also Roy the man."

- David Montgomery, Phillies Chairman

"As a fellow Hall of Famer, it is my privilege to welcome Roy as a 2019 inductee. He was always a great competitor and made significant contributions both on and off the field. In retirement, he was an inspiration to Phillies minor leaguers. He made a lasting impact on so many young men. He was a caring husband, father and teammate and this honor is so well-deserved."

- Pat Gillick, Hall of Famer

"People like to throw the word 'ace' around a lot, but Roy Halladay was a true 'ace.' In his time with the Phillies, he completed more games than anyone else in baseball, because his mindset was to pitch at least 9.0 innings. He was one of the most prepared guys I've ever been around and put more work into preparing for his next start than anyone I'd ever seen. Roy had great control with a tremendous arsenal of pitches and even if he didn't have his best stuff on a particular day, he'd still find a way for his team to win. He was an unquestioned leader on our team because with Roy it was never about him, but always about the people around him. We all miss Roy every day and I'm so thankful to have called him a friend. Congratulations to his whole family, especially Brandy, Braden and Ryan, on an honor that is very well deserved."

- Charlie Manuel

"Roy, much like another Phillies icon, Chase Utley, held himself to the highest standard an athlete could ever hold himself to. His dedication and commitment to the excellence of his craft was second to none. He was a quiet leader who chose to lead by example. Shortly after he retired, we had an opportunity to include Roy as a consultant and his impact, while short-lived, was significant. He was a special man who achieved so much in a relatively short period of time."

- Ruben Amaro Jr.

"Not only was Doc a great pitcher and teammate, he was an even greater person and a tremendous ambassador for the game of baseball. He loved being in the clubhouse with his sons and having them experience the feeling of being a member of the team. Brandy played such a big role in helping Doc find his way to fame and it will be such a great day for her and the boys, filled with so many different emotions."

- Rich Dubee

"Roy was such a great family man and teammate, beloved by Phillies fans. His teammates watched him train and I believe that pushed them to be better. He studied the game, its mechanics and mental side and was always willing to share his wealth of knowledge with anyone interested. Roy was indeed a 'man for all seasons.' After retiring, he established an office at the minor league complex to mentor young Phillies, which was his secret love. I could go on and on, but I'll end by thanking the baseball writers who recognized Roy Halladay as a first-ballot member. His family, friends and teammates only wish he could be here."

- Mike Schmidt, Phillies Hall of Famer

"I enjoyed my short time playing alongside Roy. He was a great competitor who had an impressive work ethic. I'm sure it means so much to his family to have him honored in this way. Welcome to the Hall, Roy."

- Jim Thome, Hall of Famer

"One of the great pleasures of my career was being able to play behind a man like Roy Halladay. He was fierce. He was competitive. He was focused. But, most of all, he was great. Not just a great player but also a great teammate and a great friend. On the field, Roy wanted nothing more than to bring another championship to Philadelphia. Off the field, he wanted nothing more than to be the best husband and father he could be. He was someone I admired then and still do today. Jen and I send not just our congratulations to Brandy, Braden and Ryan, but also our thanks for sharing Roy with us and the city of Philadelphia."

- Chase Utley

"Congratulations to Roy and the Halladay family on Roy's induction into baseball's Hall of Fame, a place you knew he was destined for if you ever had the opportunity to witness his dominance! The days Doc would take the ball you knew you had to be your very best because there was zero doubt in anyone's mind that you would receive anything less from him! When Roy decided to come to Philadelphia, it was for one reason, to win a championship, and we wanted nothing more than to share in that moment of glory with him. Although we never accomplished that with him, it doesn't take away from all that he was able to accomplish during his career. Anyone that has ever heard the name Roy Halladay wishes he were here for us all to celebrate this moment of greatness and give thanks for the many memories he gave us on the playing field but even more importantly the ones we all got to create when he took off his Superman cape, gave that big ol' cheesy smile and made you feel like you had known him all your life! Congrats Doc, you are forever enshrined in baseball greatness!!"

- Jimmy Rollins

"I consider myself very fortunate to have played alongside Roy. He defined work ethic and how to prepare yourself to win. He wasn't about the spotlight and never wanted to take credit away from his teammates. He now finally gets the credit he deserves. He completely reinvented himself in order to succeed at the major league level and in a game of failure he didn't lose much. If you did beat him, he would make sure you never did again. There's a part of him that I take with me every time I prepare for my games and step out onto that mound. I congratulate Brandy, Braden and Ryan on Roy Halladay's election to the Baseball Hall of Fame. He had such an amazing impact on so many baseball players and future stars."

- Cole Hamels

"There is not another name on the ballot that deserves his place in the Hall of Fame more than Doc! He set the bar for every other starter in the league."

- Roy Oswalt

"Roy was one of the greatest teammates I have had the pleasure of taking the field with. He was always the professional and he was always the most prepared player on the field, which came from a work ethic off the field that was the best I have ever seen. Roy was one of the fiercest competitors there has ever been."

- Joe Blanton

"Roy Halladay is a definite first-ballot Hall of Famer. His impact on the game, his teammates, and his craft was undeniable. His peers would tell you that his preparation, execution, desire and commitment to excellence were the best they had ever seen. As a teammate, it was a privilege to participate in and bear witness to his tenacity, competitiveness, execution and all-around greatness. As an opponent, it was an honor to have competed against him regardless of the outcome. Off the field, Doc was a devoted husband, father, friend, teammate and philanthropist, who lent a helping hand to any community he was part of. He embodied everything that is beautiful about baseball and life and everything about him was so authentic. Congratulations to Brandy, Braden, Ryan and the entire Halladay family."

- Raúl Ibañez

"A well-deserved honor for the fiercest competitor I ever had the honor to take the field with. Roy is deeply missed but remembered forever."

- Jayson Werth

"Roy's numbers speak for themselves, but for me it was his work ethic in between starts and the way he treated and respected the game. I know Roy is smiling down on Brandy and the boys today."

- Kyle Kendrick

"Roy was the ultimate competitor and workhorse. He (along with Chase) defined what it meant to be the first to show up and the last to leave. His work ethic was only topped by how brilliant his command was and how nasty his pitches were. He went through the best hitters like a hot knife through butter and did it with ideal efficiency. He rose up on the biggest occasions of his career and he always gave you every ounce of energy he had."

- Brad Lidge

"Congratulations to the Halladay family on an honor bestowed only to those careers that are worthy of Hall of Fame acknowledgment! Roy's work ethic was uncanny and he competed with his teammates over everything, whether it was training physically or mentally. What some may not realize about Roy was how big his heart was. It was an honor to have played with and against a man who I can call a friend."

- Jamie Moyer

"What a day when a guy who is the epitome of a Hall of Famer actually becomes a Hall of Famer! I couldn't be happier for him and his family. I was fortunate enough to play with someone who was considered larger than life (which he was), but found out he was an even bigger competitor than I thought. On a personal level, Doc treated me like I was someone. I may have just been a utility guy, but Doc saw me as more because he saw me prepare. He was a superstar who had his finger on the pulse of the clubhouse and he knew who prepared to win and who prepared just to prepare. He respected the game more than anything and he respected everything about being a great pitcher who was part of a legacy in Philadelphia!"

- Kevin Frandsen

 

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Phillies, Aramark Team Up to Announce Pass and Stow Featuring Outdoor Beer Garden & Family-Friendly Sports Pub at Citizens Bank Park; Plus, Shake Shack to Make Its Debut!

New fan destination areas - along with the iconic Liberty Bell from Veterans Stadium - to be ready for Opening Day

The Phillies and Aramark, Citizens Bank Park's exclusive food and beverage provider, are currently transforming 24,500 square feet of space adjacent to the Third Base Plaza into Pass and Stow, a new area that features an outdoor beer garden and bar, Foundry Pizza serving brick-oven pizza, a family-friendly sports pub, 44 TVs to catch game action, and more. The offseason upgrades also include a 120-seat Shake Shack.

"We are always striving to make the Phillies fan experience the best in baseball," said David Buck, Phillies Executive Vice President. "With this, we are excited to partner with Aramark to bring an outdoor beer garden to the ballpark, complete with an open-patio concept and backyard type feel. Pass and Stow's sports pub and Shake Shack are also great additions for our fans. Not only will these social spaces feature a wide array of food options, but also fun design elements that tie into Phillies history and Philadelphia's iconic Liberty Bell."

The Phillies and Aramark, Citizens Bank Park's exclusive food and beverage provider, are currently transforming 24,500 square feet of space adjacent to the Third Base Plaza into Pass and Stow, a new area that features an outdoor beer garden and bar, Foundry Pizza serving brick-oven pizza, a family-friendly sports pub, 44 TVs to catch game action, and more. The offseason upgrades also include a 120-seat Shake Shack.

"We are always striving to make the Phillies fan experience the best in baseball," said David Buck, Phillies Executive Vice President. "With this, we are excited to partner with Aramark to bring an outdoor beer garden to the ballpark, complete with an open-patio concept and backyard type feel. Pass and Stow's sports pub and Shake Shack are also great additions for our fans. Not only will these social spaces feature a wide array of food options, but also fun design elements that tie into Phillies history and Philadelphia's iconic Liberty Bell."

Pass and Stow is an historic nod to the Liberty Bell, which has been part of the Phillies brand and logo for many years. The name is derived from the two Philadelphia foundry workers, John Pass and John Stow, who recast the original bell in 1753, and whose names are inscribed on this important piece of American history.

• Immediately upon entering the Third Base Gate, fans will experience the outdoor beer garden, bar with local craft and draft beers, and Foundry Pizza of Pass and Stow. The first of its kind at Citizens Bank Park, this open-air, food and drink destination will span 11,500 square feet, seat 250 fans, and have ample standing room. Additional features include fire pits, picnic tables, a 30' x 50' pergola adorned with lights, and a Phillies-etched water feature. 

• Pass and Stow will also include a 7,000-square foot, family-friendly sports pub with seating for 150 fans. Other highlights: garage doors that open and a split-flap board (similar to Amtrak's board at 30th Street Station) that shows game updates.

• Continuing with the Liberty Bell theme, the Phillies are bringing back the iconic 19-foot high Liberty Bell that was once located atop Veterans Stadium. The newly refurbished bell will be prominently displayed as fans approach the ballpark, providing yet another photo opportunity.

• For the first time, Shake Shack is bringing its sit-down restaurant experience to a sports venue, with seating for 120 fans. This popular modern-day "roadside" burger stand will now serve its classic burgers, crinkle-cut fries, hand-spun shakes and more at the ballpark. More than 6,000 square feet, Shake Shack will be adjacent to Pass and Stow.

"We're continually working with the Philadelphia Phillies to deliver new and innovative ways to enhance the food experience for fans at Citizens Bank Park," said Brent Hardin, Vice President, East Region, Aramark's Sports and Entertainment division. "We're confident these upgrades will further add to an already robust lineup of offerings and give fans even more to cheer about this season at Phillies games and other ballpark events."

These new enhancements follow last year's successful additions of The Yard, an interactive major league kids experience in right field, and Boardwalk Eats, a boardwalk-themed concession area in left field.

All of these new attractions will be ready for fans to enjoy, starting with the home opener against the Atlanta Braves on Thursday, March 28. Pass and Stow will be open two hours before the start of each home game, and will remain open until post-game. Shake Shack will be open during normal home game hours.

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Phillies Back in Town for First Time in 2019 for Winter Tour Fan Events, January 21-25

MLK Day of Service to kick off week of player appearances throughout the Delaware Valley; Phillies' Gabe Kapler, Rhys Hoskins and Aaron Nola among lineup

Starting on Monday, January 21, the Phillies are back in town to take part in a fan-fueled week of events, including player selfie opportunities, Minor League banquets, a free baseball clinic, a Shred Hate anti-bullying school event, the Phillies College Winter Summit and more.

Among those participating are Phillies manager Gabe Kapler, outfielder Dylan Cozens, first baseman Rhys Hoskins, catcher Andrew Knapp, pitcher Hector Neris, pitcher Aaron Nola, pitcher Nick Pivetta, outfielder Nick Williams and other special guests including the Phillie Phanatic and Phillies broadcasters.

Starting on Monday, January 21, the Phillies are back in town to take part in a fan-fueled week of events, including player selfie opportunities, Minor League banquets, a free baseball clinic, a Shred Hate anti-bullying school event, the Phillies College Winter Summit and more.

Among those participating are Phillies manager Gabe Kapler, outfielder Dylan Cozens, first baseman Rhys Hoskins, catcher Andrew Knapp, pitcher Hector Neris, pitcher Aaron Nola, pitcher Nick Pivetta, outfielder Nick Williams and other special guests including the Phillie Phanatic and Phillies broadcasters.

This annual offseason visit to the Delaware Valley takes place with less than one month until pitchers and catchers report for spring training in Clearwater, Fla. For the most up-to-date event listings, please visit www.phillies.com/events.

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Monday, January 21

MLK Day of Service Events:

24th Annual Greater Philadelphia Martin Luther King Day of Service; 9 a.m., Girard College, 2101 S. College Avenue, Philadelphia, Pa. The Phillie Phanatic will join an expected 150,000 volunteers to help out on service projects throughout the region, organized by Global Citizen. One of these service projects will take place at the Franklin S. Edmonds Elementary School, 8025 Thouron Ave., Philadelphia, Pa., at 9:30 a.m. Volunteers from the Phillies front office will join YouthBuild Philadelphia to create murals inside the school and work on a construction project.

MLK Weekend Celebration Sponsored by Citizens Bank: Photos with Nick Williams; Plus the Phillie Phanatic! 10:30 a.m., African American Museum, 701 Arch St., Philadelphia, Pa. Nick Williams and the Phillie Phanatic will be at the African American Museum in Philadelphia to take part in MLK Day activities. Williams will take selfies with fans, while the Phanatic will make a special appearance. For more details, visit aampmuseum.org.

Nick Williams, Phillies Ambassador Mickey Morandini and Phillies Alumni Milt Thompson to Pitch-In at MLK RBI Baseball Clinic at the Phillies UYA sponsored by your local Chevy dealers; 12 p.m., Phillies MLB Urban Youth Academy Indoor Training Center, located at the Marian Anderson Recreation Center, 740 South 17th St., Philadelphia, Pa. Phillies RBI players will be treated to a free baseball clinic with guest instructors: Nick Williams, Mickey Morandini, Milt Thompson and RBI alumni!

Tuesday, January 22

Reading Fightin' Phils 2019 Phillies Winter Banquet, Media Session: 5:30 p.m., Banquet: 7:00 p.m., The Crowne Plaza Reading Hotel, Reading, Pa. Benefits Baseballtown Charities. Special guests include Gabe Kapler, Dylan Cozens, Andrew Knapp, Hector Neris, Nick Pivetta and Phillies broadcaster Tom McCarthy. For more information or tickets, visit www.fightins.com.

Wednesday, January 23

Aaron Nola to Help Shred Hate at Anti-Bullying School Visit, 10 a.m., Hopkinson Elementary School, 4001 L St., Philadelphia, Pa. Aaron Nola, along with MLB Vice President & Special Assistant to the Commissioner Billy Bean, Phillies broadcaster Tom McCarthy, and the Phillie Phanatic, will surprise over 400 students with a special Shred Hate assembly and share tips on how they can spread kindness at their school. For more information on the Shred Hate program, visit www.mlb.com/shredhate.

Phillies College Winter Summit, 4-7 p.m., Phillies Diamond Club at Citizens Bank Park. College students and professors are invited to attend this off-season Phillies event, giving students the great experience to go behind-the-scenes in the business of baseball with major league leaders including Gabe Kapler, Dylan Cozens, Andrew Knapp, Hector Neris, Nick Pivetta, General Manager Matt Klentak, Assistant General Manager Ned Rice, Baseball Research & Development Director Andy Galdi, Phillies broadcaster Tom McCarthy and more. Event also features a Networking Hour with executives from the Phillies front office. To register, go to www.phillies.com/collegesummit.

Thursday, January 24

Lehigh Valley IronPigs 2019 Phillies Winter Banquet, Media Session: 5:30 p.m., Banquet: 6:30 p.m. The Sands Event Center, Bethlehem, Pa. Benefits IronPigs Charities. Special guests include Gabe Kapler, Dylan Cozens, Andrew Knapp, Hector Neris, Nick Pivetta and Phillies broadcaster Ben Davis. For more information or tickets, go to www.ironpigsbaseball.com.

Friday, January 25

Nemours Lunch with the Phanatic; Plus, special guests Gabe Kapler, Dylan Cozens, Rhys Hoskins, Andrew Knapp, Aaron Nola and Nick Pivetta, 11:30 a.m. Anthony N. Fusco, Sr. Atrium at the Nemours/duPont Hospital for Children, 1600 Rockland Rd., Wilmington, De. Pediatric patients will be treated to fun major league activities with Gabe Kapler, Dylan Cozens, Rhys Hoskins, Andrew Knapp, Aaron Nola, Nick Pivetta and Phillies broadcaster Ben Davis. In addition to lunch provided by Papa John's, activities include crafts, a photo booth and prize wheel. The event will conclude with a Phanatic Dance Party with all family members, with music provided by DJ Timmy DeMoss.

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The Who Announce 2019 North American Moving On! Tour

29 Dates Set for Summer and Autumn Live Treks; Iconic Band Also Set to Release their First Album of New Songs in Thirteen Years

For WHO fans everywhere, the announcement of a brand new tour means only one thing: the world's most untameable rock band is about to deliver the goods once again. Never ones for nostalgia, singer Roger Daltrey and guitarist and songwriter Pete Townshend will be unleashing the combustible force that is The Who, with symphonic accompaniment this summer and fall in 2019. Produced by Live Nation, The Who's North American MOVING ON! TOUR will bring their indelible brand of powerhouse rock to 29 cities beginning in May (see tour itinerary below). The kickoff date is May 7 in Grand Rapids, MI with the band wrapping up the first leg of the tour June 1 in Toronto, ON. A much-anticipated series of fall dates will launch on September 6 in St. Paul, MN and conclude on October 23 in Edmonton, AB. Tickets go on sale to the general public beginning Friday, January 18 at LiveNation.com.  

The Who will also be releasing their first album of new songs in thirteen years later this year. On stage, the line-up will be rounded out by familiar WHO players featuring guitarist/backup singer Simon Townshend, keyboardist Loren Gold, bassist Jon Button and drummer Zak Starkey, and complemented by some of the best orchestras in the U.S. and Canada.

For WHO fans everywhere, the announcement of a brand new tour means only one thing: the world's most untameable rock band is about to deliver the goods once again. Never ones for nostalgia, singer Roger Daltrey and guitarist and songwriter Pete Townshend will be unleashing the combustible force that is The Who, with symphonic accompaniment this summer and fall in 2019. Produced by Live Nation, The Who's North American MOVING ON! TOUR will bring their indelible brand of powerhouse rock to 29 cities beginning in May (see tour itinerary below). The kickoff date is May 7 in Grand Rapids, MI with the band wrapping up the first leg of the tour June 1 in Toronto, ON. A much-anticipated series of fall dates will launch on September 6 in St. Paul, MN and conclude on October 23 in Edmonton, AB. Tickets go on sale to the general public beginning Friday, January 18 at LiveNation.com.  

The Who will also be releasing their first album of new songs in thirteen years later this year. On stage, the line-up will be rounded out by familiar WHO players featuring guitarist/backup singer Simon Townshend, keyboardist Loren Gold, bassist Jon Button and drummer Zak Starkey, and complemented by some of the best orchestras in the U.S. and Canada.

The Who's fan club presale starts Wednesday, January 16 at 10am local time and runs through Thursday, January 17 at 10pm local time. Every pair of tickets purchased online includes a redeemable code for a CD copy of The Who's forthcoming album when it's released. This offer is available to US and Canada customers only and not valid for tickets purchased via resale. In addition, $1 from each ticket sold for the MOVING ON! TOUR will benefit Teen Cancer America (www.teencanceramerica.org.)

The tour is their first return to the states since their 2017 Las Vegas residency. That same year they did a limited run of shows following 2016's rescheduled leg of their acclaimed 50th anniversary celebration. The band also drew praise for their extended 2012-2013 North American run, a 36 city Quadrophenia tour with the band performing their 1973 rock opera in its entirety. 

Commenting on what WHO fans can expect on the 2019 MOVING ON! tour, Pete Townshend stated: "The Who are touring again in 2019. Roger christened this tour Moving On! I love it. It is what both of us want to do. Move on, with new music, classic WHO music, all performed in new and exciting ways. Taking risks, nothing to lose. Looking forward to seeing you all. Are you ready?"  

Commented Roger Daltrey: "Be aware Who fans! Just because it's The Who with an orchestra, in no way will it compromise the way Pete and I deliver our music. This will be full throttle WHO with horns and bells on."

The Who are one of the top three greatest rock legacies in music history. Their music provoked explosive change and spanned what many critics declare is rock's most elastic creative spectrum, with Pete Townshend's songwriting moving between raw, prosaic, conceptual, and expressively literate. Their visionary sense of stagecraft headed by Roger Daltrey's soaring vocal prowess is topped off by the band's blistering rhythm section. With both Roger and Pete delivering their own memoirs in recent years (Pete's Who I Am was released to much acclaim in 2012, and Roger's autobiography, Thanks A Lot Mr. Kibblewhite; My Story, was embraced by critics in 2018) it's fitting that the two remaining WHO members have shared their incredible legacy in literary fashion, for few bands have had a more lasting impact on the rock era and the reverberating pop culture than The Who

Emerging in the mid-1960s as a new and incendiary force in rock n' roll, their brash style and poignant storytelling garnered them one of music's most passionate followings, with the legendary foursome blazing a searing new template for rock, punk, and everything after. Inducted into the Rock n' Roll Hall Of Fame in 1990, the band has sold more than 100 million records worldwide, placing 27 top-forty singles in the United States and United Kingdom and earning 17 Top Ten albums, including the 1969 groundbreaking rock opera Tommy, 1971's pummeling Live At Leeds, 1973's Quadrophenia and 1978's Who Are You.  The Who debuted in 1964 with a trio of anthems "I Can't Explain," "The Kids Are Alright" and "My Generation." Since then they have delivered to the world hits such as "Baba O'Riley," "Won't Get Fooled Again," "Pinball Wizard," Who Are You," and," You Better You Bet."

In 2008, they became the first rock band ever to be awarded the prestigious Kennedy Center Honors. The Who has performed all over the world including global music events for the Super Bowl XLIV Halftime Show in 2010 and closing the London 2012 Summer Olympics. The Who continued their charity work by playing a concert in January 2011 to raise money for trials of a new cancer treatment called PDT. In December 2012 they performed at the Hurricane Sandy Benefit in New York. In January 2014 they played a set on the U.S. television special to support the charity Stand Up To Cancer. In November 2012 Daltrey, with Townshend at his side, launched Teen Cancer America. The charity is now established in the USA, with offices in Los Angeles and devoted Teen Cancer units being opened in hospitals all over the U.S. TCA's work has impacted over 5,000 young people and their families nationwide during the last six years.

2019 North American Tour Dates

Summer Dates

May 7 / Van Andel Arena / Grand Rapids, MI

May 9 / KeyBank Center / Buffalo, NY

May 11 / Jiffy Lube Live / Bristow, VA

May 13 / Madison Square Garden / New York, NY

May 16 / Bridgestone Arena / Nashville, TN

May 18 / Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center / Noblesville, IN

May 21 / Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre / Chicago, IL

May 23 / Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre St. Louis / Maryland Heights, MO

May 25 / Citizens Bank Park / Philadelphia, PA

May 28 / Little Caesars Arena / Detroit, MI

May 30 / PPG Paints Arena / Pittsburgh, PA

June 1 / Scotiabank Arena / Toronto, ON

Fall Dates

Sept 6 / Xcel Energy Center / St. Paul, MN

Sept 8 / Alpine Valley Music Theatre / Alpine Valley, WI

Sept 10 / Blossom Music Center / Cuyahoga Falls, OH

Sept 13 / Fenway Park / Boston, MA

Sept 15 / Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater / Wantagh, NY

Sept 18 / State Farm Arena / Atlanta, GA

Sept 20 / BB&T Center / Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Sept 22 / Amalie Arena / Tampa, FL

Sept 25 / Toyota Center / Houston, TX

Sept 27 / American Airlines Center / Dallas, TX

Sept 29 / Pepsi Center / Denver, CO

Oct 11 / Hollywood Bowl / Los Angeles, CA

Oct 13 / Hollywood Bowl / Los Angeles, CA

Oct 16 / Viejas Arena at Aztec Bowl San Diego State University / San Diego, CA

Oct 19 / T-Mobile Park / Home of the Seattle Mariners / Seattle, WA

Oct 21 / Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena / Vancouver, BC

Oct 23 / Rogers Place / Edmonton, AB

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Phillies announce additional Spring Training non-roster invitees

The Phillies have signed the following three players to Minor League contracts with invitations to attend Major League Spring Training as non-roster invitees:

•   Gift Ngoepe, INF - Ngoepe, who turns 29 on Jan. 18, spent most of 2018 with triple-A Buffalo in the Toronto Blue Jays organization, appearing at shortstop, second base and third base over 48 games with the club. He batted .168 with three doubles, two home runs, eight RBI and 25 walks. Ngoepe, who also appeared in 13 games with the Blue Jays during the 2018 season, has played in 41 major league games with the Blue Jays and Pittsburgh Pirates (2017), making no errors in 206.0 innings in the field while batting .181 in 72 at-bats. Originally from South Africa, Ngoepe became the first native of continental Africa to appear in a major league game. He was signed by the Pittsburgh Pirates as an amateur free agent in 2008.

The Phillies have signed the following three players to Minor League contracts with invitations to attend Major League Spring Training as non-roster invitees:

•   Gift Ngoepe, INF - Ngoepe, who turns 29 on Jan. 18, spent most of 2018 with triple-A Buffalo in the Toronto Blue Jays organization, appearing at shortstop, second base and third base over 48 games with the club. He batted .168 with three doubles, two home runs, eight RBI and 25 walks. Ngoepe, who also appeared in 13 games with the Blue Jays during the 2018 season, has played in 41 major league games with the Blue Jays and Pittsburgh Pirates (2017), making no errors in 206.0 innings in the field while batting .181 in 72 at-bats. Originally from South Africa, Ngoepe became the first native of continental Africa to appear in a major league game. He was signed by the Pittsburgh Pirates as an amateur free agent in 2008.

•   Edward Paredes, LHP - The 32-year-old reliever went 3-2 with a 3.79 ERA, two saves and 41 strikeouts in 35.2 innings with triple-A Oklahoma City in the Los Angeles Dodgers organization in 2018. He also appeared in 15 games for the Dodgers (7.2 IP), holding opponents scoreless in his first 10 outings. In 10 minor league seasons, Paredes has posted a 4.28 ERA in 324 appearances (46 starts), and since 2017 has appeared in 25 major league games with the Dodgers, going 3-0 with a 4.50 ERA and 1.06 WHIP. Paredes, a Dominican Republic native, was originally signed by the Seattle Mariners as an amateur free agent in 2005.

•   Andrew Romine, INF - A veteran of parts of nine major league seasons, Romine has appeared at all nine positions in his career, playing in more than 40 games each at shortstop (188), third base (160), second base (87), first base (75) and center field (48). The 33-year-old is a career .235 hitter with 38 doubles, 10 home runs, 81 RBI and 40 stolen bases for the Los Angeles Angels (2010-13), Detroit Tigers (2014-17) and Seattle Mariners (2018). He batted .210 in 72 games for the Mariners last season. Romine was originally selected by the Angels in the fifth round of the 2007 draft out of Arizona State University.

Additionally, the Phillies have extended invitations to the following eight internal players to attend Major League Spring Training:

•   Malquin Canelo, INF - Canelo, 24, spent the entire 2018 season with double-A Reading, batting .251 with 15 doubles, six triples, nine home runs and 24 stolen bases in 128 games. A native of the Dominican Republic, Canelo has batted .244 with 108 doubles, 20 triples, 29 home runs and 90 stolen bases across seven minor league seasons. He was signed by the Phillies as an amateur free agent in April of 2012.

•   Tyler Gilbert, LHP - A 25-year-old California native, Gilbert pitched in 48 games in 2018 between Reading and triple-A Lehigh Valley, all in relief. He went 7-2 with a 3.25 ERA, 1.00 WHIP and 69 strikeouts in 69.1 innings, while holding opponents to a .211 batting average. He has posted a 3.44 ERA in 116 minor league appearances (32 starts) over four seasons. Gilbert was selected by the Phillies in the sixth round of the June 2015 draft.

•   Deivi Grullón, C - Grullón, 22, batted .273 with a .515 slugging percentage in 2018, collecting 14 doubles and 21 home runs in 90 games with Reading. His 21 home runs were tied for the fourth-most in the Eastern League. Grullón caught 28 of 85 attempted base stealers (32.9 %) in 87 games at catcher. Originally signed by Philadelphia as an amateur free agent in July of 2012, the Dominican Republic native has batted .247 with 92 doubles, 49 home runs and 231 RBI in six minor league seasons.

•   Adam Haseley, OF - Selected by Baseball America as the Phillies' No. 5 prospect heading into 2019, the left-handed-hitting Haseley was a .305 hitter with 17 doubles, 11 home runs, 55 RBI, 77 runs scored and a .361 on-base percentage between single-A Clearwater and Reading last season. The 22-year-old native of Orlando, Fla., has batted .298 with a .360 on-base percentage in his first two professional seasons, recording 203 hits in 176 games. Haseley was selected by the Phillies in the first round (8th overall) of the June 2017 draft out of the University of Virginia.

•   Cole Irvin, LHP - The 24-year-old southpaw spent 2018 with Lehigh Valley, where he led the International League in ERA (2.57), WHIP (1.05) and wins (14), was second in innings (161.1), third in strikeouts (131) and tied for fourth in starts (25). He was selected as the league's Most Valuable Pitcher. Irvin, a fifth-round selection by the Phillies in the June 2016 draft, has a 2.84 ERA, 1.09 WHIP and 286 strikeouts in 61 minor league games (56 starts). This is Irvin's second straight year in major league camp.

•   Austin Listi, INF/OF - Listi, the Phillies 2018 recipient of the Paul Owens Award for the organization's top minor league position player, combined to bat .312 with 25 doubles, 18 home runs, 84 RBI, 62 walks, a .412 on-base percentage and .502 slugging percentage between Clearwater and Reading last season. He was the first Phillies minor leaguer in 11 years to slash at least .310/.410/.500 in at least 500 plate appearances. In his first two professional seasons after being selected by the Phillies in the 17th round of the 2017 draft, the 25-year-old has batted .296 with a .383 on-base percentage and 65 extra-base hits in 176 games.

•   Mickey Moniak, OF - Moniak, 20, played the 2018 season with Clearwater, batting .270 with 28 doubles, three triples, five home runs and 50 runs scored in 114 games. He played 110 of those games in center field, recording six outfield assists while making just one error. The first overall selection by Philadelphia in the June 2016 draft, Moniak has batted .258 with 61 doubles, 13 triples and 127 RBI over his first three professional seasons.

JoJo Romero, LHP - Romero, a 22-year-old left-hander, made 18 starts for Reading in 2018, going 7-6 with a 3.80 ERA and 100 strikeouts in 106.2 innings. In three minor league seasons, the Camarillo, Calif., native has posted a 2.85 ERA in 51 starts, surrendering only 245 hits in 281.1 innings. He was selected by the Phillies in the fourth round of the June 2016 draft.

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