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Phillies, McCutchen agree to three-year contract

The Phillies and free-agent outfielder Andrew McCutchen have agreed to terms on a three-year contract, the club announced today. The deal includes a fourth-year club option for the 2022 season.

A five-time All-Star and the 2013 National League Most Valuable Player, McCutchen played in 155 games last season between the San Francisco Giants and New York Yankees and combined to slash .255/.368/.424 with 83 runs, 30 doubles, 20 home runs, 95 walks and 14 stolen bases. After being traded to the Yankees on Aug. 31, McCutchen posted an .892 OPS in 25 games for New York.

The Phillies and free-agent outfielder Andrew McCutchen have agreed to terms on a three-year contract, the club announced today. The deal includes a fourth-year club option for the 2022 season.

A five-time All-Star and the 2013 National League Most Valuable Player, McCutchen played in 155 games last season between the San Francisco Giants and New York Yankees and combined to slash .255/.368/.424 with 83 runs, 30 doubles, 20 home runs, 95 walks and 14 stolen bases. After being traded to the Yankees on Aug. 31, McCutchen posted an .892 OPS in 25 games for New York.

A four-time recipient of the Silver Slugger Award (2012-15), McCutchen owns a lifetime .287/.378/.481 slash line and has averaged 90 runs, 32 doubles, 22 home runs, 79 RBI, 78 walks and 19 steals per season during his 10-year career. Since his debut season in 2009, McCutchen has accrued 48.6 fWAR, which ranks fourth among all major league players in that span behind only Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels (64.7), Joey Votto of the Cincinnati Reds (52.4) and Robinson Cano of the New York Mets (48.9). His defensive play earned him a Rawlings Gold Glove Award in 2012.

Further, since 2009, he ranks second among major league hitters in runs scored (897) & times on base (2,460), fourth in walks (780) and fifth in hits (1,608). McCutchen is also one of just three players with 20 or more home runs in each of the last eight seasons, joining Giancarlo Stanton of the New York Yankees and free agent Nelson Cruz.

Off the field, McCutchen was honored with the 2015 Roberto Clemente Award, given annually to the player who demonstrates the values Clemente displayed in his commitment to community and understanding the value of helping others.

Originally selected in the first round (11th overall) of the June 2005 draft by the Pittsburgh Pirates, McCutchen has appeared in 1,501 games for the Pirates (2009-17), Giants (2018) and Yankees (2018). He ranks fourth in Pirates history in home runs, seventh in extra-base hits and walks, ninth in doubles and 10th in stolen bases.

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Phillies, McCutchen Agree to Three-Year Contract

The Phillies and free-agent outfielder Andrew McCutchen have agreed to terms on a three-year contract, the club announced today. The deal includes a fourth-year club option for the 2022 season.

A five-time All-Star and the 2013 National League Most Valuable Player, McCutchen played in 155 games last season between the San Francisco Giants and New York Yankees and combined to slash .255/.368/.424 with 83 runs, 30 doubles, 20 home runs, 95 walks and 14 stolen bases. After being traded to the Yankees on Aug. 31, McCutchen posted an .892 OPS in 25 games for New York.

The Phillies and free-agent outfielder Andrew McCutchen have agreed to terms on a three-year contract, the club announced today. The deal includes a fourth-year club option for the 2022 season.

A five-time All-Star and the 2013 National League Most Valuable Player, McCutchen played in 155 games last season between the San Francisco Giants and New York Yankees and combined to slash .255/.368/.424 with 83 runs, 30 doubles, 20 home runs, 95 walks and 14 stolen bases. After being traded to the Yankees on Aug. 31, McCutchen posted an .892 OPS in 25 games for New York.

A four-time recipient of the Silver Slugger Award (2012-15), McCutchen owns a lifetime .287/.378/.481 slash line and has averaged 90 runs, 32 doubles, 22 home runs, 79 RBI, 78 walks and 19 steals per season during his 10-year career. Since his debut season in 2009, McCutchen has accrued 48.6 fWAR, which ranks fourth among all major league players in that span behind only Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels (64.7), Joey Votto of the Cincinnati Reds (52.4) and Robinson Cano of the New York Mets (48.9). His defensive play earned him a Rawlings Gold Glove Award in 2012.

Further, since 2009, he ranks second among major league hitters in runs scored (897) & times on base (2,460), fourth in walks (780) and fifth in hits (1,608). McCutchen is also one of just three players with 20 or more home runs in each of the last eight seasons, joining Giancarlo Stanton of the New York Yankees and free agent Nelson Cruz.

Off the field, McCutchen was honored with the 2015 Roberto Clemente Award, given annually to the player who demonstrates the values Clemente displayed in his commitment to community and understanding the value of helping others.

Originally selected in the first round (11th overall) of the June 2005 draft by the Pittsburgh Pirates, McCutchen has appeared in 1,501 games for the Pirates (2009-17), Giants (2018) and Yankees (2018). He ranks fourth in Pirates history in home runs, seventh in extra-base hits and walks, ninth in doubles and 10th in stolen bases.

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Phillies acquire Jose Alvarez from Angels

The Phillies have acquired left-handed pitcher José Álvarez from the Los Angeles Angels in exchange for right-handed pitcher Luis García, the club announced tonight.

Álvarez, 29, appeared in 76 games for the Angels last season, posting a 2.71 ERA with 59 strikeouts in 63.0 innings pitched. He allowed only three home runs to the 261 batters he faced while holding left-handed hitters to a .206/.265/.338 slash line and right-handers to a .232/.321/.303 line.

The Phillies have acquired left-handed pitcher José Álvarez from the Los Angeles Angels in exchange for right-handed pitcher Luis García, the club announced tonight.

Álvarez, 29, appeared in 76 games for the Angels last season, posting a 2.71 ERA with 59 strikeouts in 63.0 innings pitched. He allowed only three home runs to the 261 batters he faced while holding left-handed hitters to a .206/.265/.338 slash line and right-handers to a .232/.321/.303 line.

He posted a career-best 1.4 bWAR, which ranked 10th-best among all left-handed relievers in the majors in 2018. Additionally, his 2.71 ERA ranked fourth among all left-handed American League relievers and his 3.09 FIP ranked eighth.

A veteran of six Major League seasons, Álvarez has a career 3.69 ERA over 284 combined appearances for the Detroit Tigers (2013) and Angels (2014-18). He was originally signed as an amateur free agent by the Boston Red Sox in 2005.

García, originally signed by the Phillies in 2013 as a Minor League free agent, appeared in 251 games for the Phillies over six seasons (2013-18) and posted a 4.12 ERA. He was the 2014 recipient of the Paul Owens Award, given annually to the best pitcher in the Phillies minor league system.

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Phillies Expand Frandsen's Radio Duties

The Phillies have expanded the role of radio broadcaster Kevin Frandsen, Executive Vice President David Buck announced today. He will now work 81 games alongside play-by-play announcer Scott Franzke, beginning in the 2019 season. Larry Andersen will also work 81 games with Franzke, as he did last season.

"Kevin demonstrated during the 2018 season that he brings the perfect blend of enthusiasm and knowledge for our listeners," said Buck. "In addition, he has a great rapport with Scott Franzke. We look forward to his continued contributions in 2019 and beyond."

The Phillies have expanded the role of radio broadcaster Kevin Frandsen, Executive Vice President David Buck announced today. He will now work 81 games alongside play-by-play announcer Scott Franzke, beginning in the 2019 season. Larry Andersen will also work 81 games with Franzke, as he did last season.

"Kevin demonstrated during the 2018 season that he brings the perfect blend of enthusiasm and knowledge for our listeners," said Buck. "In addition, he has a great rapport with Scott Franzke. We look forward to his continued contributions in 2019 and beyond."

"My family and I are beyond excited that the Phillies chose me to be part of a team with Scott and Larry," Frandsen said. "I have such an admiration for them both, and to have the opportunity to continue to broadcast Phillies games is very special."

A native of San Jose, Frandsen joined the Phillies broadcast team in January of 2018 and spent last season working select road games with Franzke on the Phillies Radio Network. During that time, he continued his role with KNBR 680 AM in the San Francisco Bay Area, co-hosting the evening show "KNBR Tonight." He also previously co-hosted KNBR 1050 AM's morning drive show, "The Audible."

Frandsen, a former infielder, played in 174 games for the Phillies after being signed by the club in March of 2011, batting .280 with a .333 on-base percentage. He spent parts of nine seasons in the major leagues with the Giants (2006-09, 2015), Angels (2010), Phillies (2012-13) and Nationals (2014) after originally being drafted by his hometown San Francisco club out of San Jose State University in 2004.

Phillies radio broadcasts can be heard on SportsRadio 94WIP and the Phillies Radio Network.

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Phillies Acquire Segura, Nicasio and Pazos

The Phillies have acquired infielder Jean Segura, right-handed pitcher Juan Nicasio and left-handed pitcher James Pazos from the Seattle Mariners in exchange for infielders J.P. Crawford and Carlos Santana, the club announced tonight.

A two-time All-Star (2013 & 2018), Segura, 28, slashed .304/.341/.415 with 91 runs, 29 doubles, and 20 stolen bases over 632 plate appearances for the Mariners in 2018. Winner of the American League Final Vote last year, Segura hit a three-run, pinch-hit, go-ahead home run off Milwaukee Brewers reliever Josh Hader in the eighth inning of the All-Star Game at Nationals Park.

The Phillies have acquired infielder Jean Segura, right-handed pitcher Juan Nicasio and left-handed pitcher James Pazos from the Seattle Mariners in exchange for infielders J.P. Crawford and Carlos Santana, the club announced tonight.

A two-time All-Star (2013 & 2018), Segura, 28, slashed .304/.341/.415 with 91 runs, 29 doubles, and 20 stolen bases over 632 plate appearances for the Mariners in 2018. Winner of the American League Final Vote last year, Segura hit a three-run, pinch-hit, go-ahead home run off Milwaukee Brewers reliever Josh Hader in the eighth inning of the All-Star Game at Nationals Park.

Last season marked Segura's third straight season with a batting average of .300 or better and his sixth consecutive year with at least 20 steals. He is one of only four players in the majors to hit .300 or better in each of the last three years, joining Jose Altuvé of the Houston Astros, Freddie Freeman of the Atlanta Braves and Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels. He ranked sixth in the American League in hits (178) and seventh in batting average last season, while also leading the majors in three-hit games (20). Defensively, Segura has appeared in 763 career games at shortstop and 142 games at second base.

In 2018, Segura took 1,080 swings, and missed on only 136 of them, posting a 12.6% whiff rate, the fourth-best mark among all qualified hitters in the majors. Conversely, of those 1,080 swings, 527 of them were put in play, resulting in the ninth-best contact rate in the majors (48.8%).

Since the start of the 2016 season, Segura has accrued 13.0 bWAR, which ranks fourth-best among all major league shortstops with at least 200 games at the position over that span, trailing only Francisco Lindor of the Cleveland Indians (19.3), Andrelton Simmons (17.4) of the Los Angeles Angels and Carlos Correa of the Houston Astros (14.0), per Baseball Reference's variation of the metric.

Originally signed by the Angels as an amateur free agent in 2007, Segura has appeared in 901 career games for the Angels (2012), Milwaukee Brewers (2012-15), Arizona Diamondbacks (2016) and Seattle (2017-18) and has combined to hit .287 with 154 doubles, 36 triples, 64 home runs, 316 RBI and 171 stolen bases over his seven-year career.

Nicasio, 32, made 46 relief appearances for the Mariners last season and tallied 53 strikeouts to only five walks in 42.0 innings pitched, as he posted the best strikeout-to-walk ratio among all American League relievers (10.60 SO/BB). He previously appeared in two games for the Phillies during the 2017 season after being claimed on waivers from the Pittsburgh Pirates on Sep. 6, 2017. Among all relievers with at least 100.0 innings pitched over the last two years, Nicasio's 2.98 FIP is 17th-best in the majors.

Pazos, 27, posted a 2.88 ERA over 60 relief appearances, 13th-best among all left-handed relievers in the majors last season. Over the last two seasons, Pazos has faced 175 left-handed hitters and struck out 48 of them (27.4%).

Crawford, selected by the Phillies in the first round (16th overall) of the June 2013 draft, appeared in 72 games for the Phillies over the last two seasons and slashed .214/.333/.358 over 225 plate appearances. Santana, signed by Philadelphia as a free agent in December of 2017, played in 161 games in his only year with the Phillies and ranked second in walks (110) among all National League players.

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In Honor of #GivingTuesday, Phillies Charities, Inc. Recognizes 2018 Community Heroes

Dozens of organizations to be honored on Thursday, December 6, for helping those in need; awarded more than $2 million in Phillies Charities, Inc. grants to ensure that community efforts continue

Ordinary people doing extraordinary things in their communities are getting some much-deserved recognition.

In honor of #GivingTuesday, Phillies Charities, Inc. is saluting dozens of local charities and organizations who are making an impact in the Phillies' major league and minor league communities. All of these community heroes (listed below) will be honored for their charitable efforts on Thursday, December 6, at the Phillies Charities, Inc. Holiday Giving Party at Citizens Bank Park. This special event will also recognize those who were selected to receive a 2018 Phillies Charities, Inc. grant, distributed so that their community efforts could continue.

Ordinary people doing extraordinary things in their communities are getting some much-deserved recognition.

In honor of #GivingTuesday, Phillies Charities, Inc. is saluting dozens of local charities and organizations who are making an impact in the Phillies' major league and minor league communities. All of these community heroes (listed below) will be honored for their charitable efforts on Thursday, December 6, at the Phillies Charities, Inc. Holiday Giving Party at Citizens Bank Park. This special event will also recognize those who were selected to receive a 2018 Phillies Charities, Inc. grant, distributed so that their community efforts could continue.

"There are many charities in our communities doing commendable work to improve the lives of others," said John Weber, President, Phillies Charities, Inc. "Through the support of our fans, Phillies Charities is able to enhance the efforts of these charitable organizations providing vital services to individuals and families in need."

In the past year, Phillies Charities, Inc. awarded more than $2 million to charitable organizations in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and in areas near the Phillies minor league affiliates as well as in the hometowns of uniformed personnel. Phillies Charities, Inc. serves as the fundraising arm of the Phillies organization and awards grants to a variety of charitable organizations each year. For more information on Phillies Charities, Inc. please visit www.phillies.com/community.

2018 Phillies Charities, Inc. Honorees & Grant Recipients

Adoption Center

Philadelphia, PA

The Adoption Center expands adoption opportunities for children living in foster care and is a resource to families and agencies that seek the permanency of caring homes for children. For additional information, visit www.adopt.org.

 

The ALS Association, Greater Philadelphia Area &

Louisiana-Mississippi Chapter

Philadelphia, PA Baton Rouge, LA

The ALS Association is leading the fight to treat and cure amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) through global research and nationwide advocacy while also empowering people with Lou Gehrig's Disease and their families to live fuller lives by providing them with compassionate care and support. For more information, visit www.alsphiladelphia.org.

 

Athletes with Disabilities Network Northeast Chapter

Moorestown, NJ

The Athletes with Disabilities Network North East Chapter promotes a better quality of life for veterans and people with physical disabilities by creating awareness and opportunities to get involved with athletic, recreational, and educational activities. For additional information, visit www.adnnec.org.

 

Barnstone Art for Kids

Phoenixville, PA

Barnstone Art for Kids pairs children who have suffered multiple adverse childhood experiences with compassionate mentors in small groups to deliver a trauma informed resilience program, The Power of Art. For additional information, visit www.barnstoneartforkids.org.

 

Bethesda Project

Philadelphia, PA

Bethesda Project operates 14 sites throughout Center City Philadelphia for individual adults experiencing homelessness. These sites range from emergency shelter to supportive housing to independent living spaces, including Our Brother's Place. For more information, visit www.bethesdaproject.org.

 

Bringing Hope Home, Inc.

Malvern, PA

Bringing Hope Home provides Unexpected Amazingness to local Families with cancer through financial and emotional support. For more information, visit www.bringinghopehome.org.

 

Caregiver Volunteers of Central Jersey (CVCJ)

Toms River, NJ

CVCJ is an interfaith nonprofit agency dedicated to providing supportive services to seniors, veterans, the elderly disabled, individuals with dementia, and caregivers of loved ones with chronic illness, enabling them to live independently and with dignity in their own homes. For additional iformation, visit www.caregivervolunteers.org.

 

Daemion Counseling Center Inc

Berwyn, PA

Daemion Counseling Center is a grass-roots, community-based mental health counseling center, serving clients in southeastern Pennsylvania. For additional information, visit www.daemioncounseling.org.

 

Danny's Farm Foundation

Altadena, CA

Danny's Farm offers a safe and nurturing petting farm and social environment for children and adults with autism and other developmental disabilities. They also provide meaningful employment opportunities for adults with developmental disabilities to help them reach their fullest potential by developing special skills through their work and mentoring. For more information, visit www.dannysfarm.org.

 

The Delaware Valley Children's Charity

West Chester, PA

The Delaware Valley Children's Charity is dedicated to bringing relief and assistance to children and families in need throughout the Delaware Valley. For additional information, visit www.dvcconline.org.

 

Destined for A Dream Foundation, Inc.

Bristol, PA

The Destined for A Dream Foundation works closely with disadvantaged youth to teach and build leadership, discipline, self-esteem, teamwork, healthy lifestyles and professional development through workshops, seminars, camps, literacy awareness and other activites. For more information, visit www.destinedforadream.com.

 

ESF Dream Camp Foundation

Bryn Mawr, PA

The ESF Dream Camp Foundation transforms the lives of underserved youth through innovative year-long programs that teach children to create successful pathways for themselves. For additional information, visit www.esfdreamcamp.org.

 

Expressive Path

Norristown, PA

Expressive Path provides free creative art workshops for at-risk adolescents in schools and centers where there are no existing programs or a shortage of help due to cuts in the arts. For additional information, visit www.expressivepath.org.

 

Family Promise of Lycoming County

Williamsport, PA

In response to homelessness, Family Promise of Lycoming County brings the faith community together to help families regain their housing, their independence, and their dignity. For more information, visit www.familypromiselycoming.org.

 

The Fiaria Project

Doylestown, PA

The Fiara Project supports foster families in need with "transition kits," providing foster children with essential clothing, toiletries and other basic items. For more information, visit www.fiaria.org.

 

Four Chaplains Memorial Foundation

Philadelphia, PA

The Four Chaplains Memorial Foundation focuses on four programs: The Legion of Honor Award Program, The Dr. Fred K. Honigman Annual National Student Scholarship Competition for students, The Veterans Outreach Program and The Emergency Chaplain & First Responder Chaplain Programs. For more information, visit www.fourchaplains.org.

 

Funny Farm Rescue Animal Sanctuary

Mays Landing, NJ

Funny Farm is a 15-acre privately owned farm that provides food, shelter, medical care, compassion and love to over 500 unwanted farm animals, domesticated animals and animals with special needs for the rest of their natural lives in a permanent, safe and healthy environment. For more information, visit www.funnyfarmrescue.org.

 

Helping Hand Rescue Mission (Philly Restart)

Philadelphia, PA

Philly Restart is under the umbrella of the Helping Hand Rescue Mission. Philly Restart serves meals to the homeless on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway and helps them to obtain proper state identification. For more information, visit www.helpinghandphilly.org.

 

Judith Creed Horizons for Achieving Independence (JCHAI)

Bryn Mawr, PA

JCHAI encourages and assists individuals with disabilities to develop their independence, work skills and daily living skills, while their lives are enriched with an array of opportunities to be active within the greater community. For more information, visit www.jchai.org.

 

Kelly Anne Dolan Memorial Fund

Fort Washington, PA

The Kelly Anne Dolan Memorial Fund lightens the burdens and lifts the spirits of families caring for children with serious illnesses, disabilities, and injuries, while respecting the pride and dignity of families in need. For additional information, visit www.dolanfund.org.

 

Laurel House

Norristown, PA

Laurel House is a comprehensive domestic violence agency, providing supportive and preventative services throughout Montgomery County, committed to ending domestic violence in each life, home and community. For additional information, visit www.laurel-house.org.

 

LiveConnections

Philadelphia, PA

LiveConnections specializes in music education, arts accessibility and collaborative concerts for over 38,000 participants through educational Bridge Sessions and in-school residencies. For more information, visit www.liveconnections.org.

 

Mercy Neighborhood Ministries of Philadelphia Inc.

Philadelphia, PA

Mercy Neighborhood Ministries of Philadelphia Inc. creates services that respond to the needs of those who are poor in the North Philadelphia community, especially women, children and persons with special needs. For more information, visit www.mercyneighbors.org.

 

Metropolitan Area Neighborhood Nutrition Alliance (MANNA)

Philadelphia, PA

MANNA uses nutrition to improve health and quality of life for people with serious illnesses by providing medically tailored meals and education. For more information, visit www.mannapa.org.

 

Muscular Dystrophy Association Greater Philadelphia (MDA)

Philadelphia, PA

MDA is leading the fight to free individuals - and the families who love them - from the harm of muscular dystrophy, ALS and related muscle-debilitating diseases that take away physical strength, independence and life. For more information, visit www.mda.org.

 

Natural Lands

Media, PA

Natural Lands saves open space, cares for nature and connects people to the outdoors in eastern Pennsylvania and southern New Jersey. For more information, visit www.natlands.org.

 

New Hope Philly

Philadelphia, PA

New Hope Philly assists men that have successfully completed a recovery program by providing free life skills workshops that teach budgeting skills, resume writing, job interview preparation and studying for GED exams. For additional information, visit www.newhopephilly.com.

 

North Light Community Center

Philadelphia, PA

The North Light Community Center enables people of all ages and abilities in the community to reach their full potential as productive and responsible citizens through initiatives that support and enrich children, teens and families. For additional information, visit www.northlightcommunitycenter.org.

 

Open Door Clinic at St. Wilfrid's Church

East Camden, NJ

The Open Door Clinic at St. Wilfrid's Church is an all-volunteer effort with no state, federal or reimbursement funding, directly serving the destitute in East Camden, NJ. For additional information, visit www.opendoorcliniccamden.org.

 

Our Lady of Angels Regional Catholic School

Morton, PA

After rebuilding from a devastating fire, Our Lady of Angels Regional School continues its academic excellence which rigorously prepares students to be contributing members of the global community. For more information, visit www.ourladyofangelsmorton.org.

 

The Pennsylvania SPCA (PSPCA)

Philadelphia, PA 

The PSPCA rescues animals from cruelty and neglect, rehabilitates them medically and behaviorally and places them with new, loving families. For more information, visit www.pspca.org.

 

Philabundance

Philadelphia, PA 

Philabundance provides food to approximately 90,000 people per week - of which 30 percent are children and 15 percent are senior citizens - through a network of nearly 350-member agencies including food cupboards, shelters, emergency kitchens and more. For more information, visit www.philabundance.org.

 

Philadelphia Orchard Project

Philadelphia, PA

Philadelphia Orchard Project works with community-based groups and volunteers to plan and plant orchards filled with useful and edible plants. For additional information, visit www.phillyorchards.org.

 

Philadelphia Robotics Coalition

Philadelphia, PA

The Philadelphia Robotics Coalition connects public high school's with financial resources and mentors to start and sustain robotics programs. For additional information, visit www.roboticscoalition.org.

 

Philadelphia Youth Sports Collaborative

Philadelphia, PA

The Philadelphia Youth Sports Collaborative enhances the capacity of youth-serving organizations in Philadelphia to provide high quality, sports-based youth development programs to children in every community. For additional information, visit www.pysc.org.

 

Police Athletic League of Philadelphia

Philadelphia, PA 

The Police Athletic League of Philadelphia aspires to be the premier youth-serving organization in the city, by reducing crime, promoting character development, and improving educational outcomes. Philadelphia Police Officers, supported by civilians, offer sports and other programs to youth in 17 centers in some of the city's highest crime and lowest income neighborhoods. The Phillies have adopted "Ford PAL Center." For more information, visit www.phillypal.org.

 

The Richie Ashburn-Harry Kalas Foundation

Blue Bell, PA

The Richie Ashburn-Harry Kalas Baseball Foundation gives children in the city and suburbs of Philadelphia the opportunity to learn the art of baseball by offering free camps throughout the area. For more information, visit www.ashburnkalasfoundation.org.

 

Shockers Youth Sports Development, Inc.

Schererville, IN

Shockers Youth Sports Development, Inc. is a baseball program focused on providing a positive learning environment that encourages sportsmanship, teamwork and quality training to the youth of Northwest Indiana. For more information, visit www.indianashockers.com.

 

SLAMT1D, Inc.

Williston, VT

SLAMT1D is committed to helping those affected by Type 1 diabetes (T1D) to live life in full by empowering, educating and connecting through backyard team sports played with a big-time vibe. For additional information, visit www.slamt1d.org.

 

Supportive Older Women's Network (SOWN)

Philadelphia, PA

SOWN provides innovative solutions for adults 50+ to lead independent, healthy lives and age in place in their homes and communities. For more information, visit www.sown.org.

 

Team Foster

Philadelphia, PA

Team Foster raises money to partner service dogs with tri-state area veterans suffering from combat-related disabilities including post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury. For more information, visit www.teamfoster.org.

 

Tug McGraw Foundation

Yountville, CA

The Tug McGraw Foundation provides resources and hands-on support, fosters understanding, promotes awareness, and stimulates research and scientific collaboration to improve quality of life for people with brain-related trauma and tumors. For more information, visit www.tugmcgraw.org.

 

Worthwhile Wear

Pipersville, PA

Worthwhile Wear exists to reach and restore women affected by human trafficking, both internationally and in the U.S., and to help prevent girls from ever entering it. For more information, visit www.worthwhilewear.org.

 

 

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New Major League Fun at Phillies Holiday Sale & Tree Lighting on Saturday, December 1

For the first time, make your own holiday ornament with game-used dirt! Plus, last-chance photos with Phanta Claus and his reindeer; meet and greets with Scott Kingery and broadcasters, signed and game-used items for gifts, and more at the Phillies' biggest holiday event of the year!

Phanta Claus is coming to town - with his reindeer - and he's bringing lots of holiday cheer to the Phillies Holiday Sale & Tree Lighting on Saturday, December 1, at the Majestic Clubhouse Store at Citizens Bank Park.

The festivities include special appearances by infielder Scott Kingery, Phillies Charities, Inc. Memorabilia Sale and last-chance photos with Phanta Claus. The all-day event culminates with the team's annual Phillies Christmas Tree and Ballpark Lighting, taking place, for the first time, outside at the First Base Gate.

Phanta Claus is coming to town - with his reindeer - and he's bringing lots of holiday cheer to the Phillies Holiday Sale & Tree Lighting on Saturday, December 1, at the Majestic Clubhouse Store at Citizens Bank Park.

The festivities include special appearances by infielder Scott Kingery, Phillies Charities, Inc. Memorabilia Sale and last-chance photos with Phanta Claus. The all-day event culminates with the team's annual Phillies Christmas Tree and Ballpark Lighting, taking place, for the first time, outside at the First Base Gate.

The entrance is through the Majestic Clubhouse Store at Citizens Bank Park, with free parking located at Lot S, off Pattison Avenue between Broad Street and Citizens Bank Way (must mention Phillies event to get free parking).

In addition to the Phillies Holiday Sale, fans will also be treated to Daily Holiday Deals from December 1-31 at the Majestic Clubhouse Store.

Holiday lineup is subject to change. Visit phillies.com/holidays or call the Majestic Clubhouse Store at 267-570-2333 for the most up-to-date schedule.  Each attraction is limited and weather permitting. 

Saturday, December 1, Phillies Holiday Sale & Tree Lighting with special appearances by Scott Kingery & Phanta Claus!

  • 30% off all youth headwear, youth apparel and Phanatic merchandise at the Majestic Clubhouse Store, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Holiday crafts and activities presented by the Phillies Kids Clubs in the Media Room, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
  • Reindeer on the Main Concourse, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Holiday photos in the Phillies Clubhouse, on the field and in the dugouts, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Phillies Charities, Inc. Memorabilia Sale in the Visiting Clubhouse: signed and game-used items available for gifts, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Meet & greet with the Phillies broadcasters in the Majestic Clubhouse Store, 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
  • Holiday photos with the Phillie Phanatic as Phanta Claus in the Group Tour Room, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • Make your own holiday ornament with game-used dirt from Citizens Bank Park in the Majestic Clubhouse Store, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
  • Book signing with The Phillie Phanatic Children's Book Series' illustrator Len Epstein, 12 p.m. - 1 p.m.
  • SportsRadio WIP live broadcast in the Majestic Clubhouse Store, 1 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
  • Meet & greet with Scott Kingery in the decorated Group Tour Room, 3 p.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Phillies Christmas Tree & Ballpark Lighting with Phanta Claus & Scott Kingery outside the ballpark at the First Base Gate, 5 p.m.

Saturday, December 1 - Monday, December 31, Phillies Daily Holiday Deals. Fans are invited to enjoy daily deals on select Phillies merchandise in the Majestic Clubhouse Store throughout December. For holiday hours, contact the Majestic Clubhouse Store at 267-570-2333.

  • Every Sunday: Free personalization; plus, 30% off personalized bats
  • Every Monday: 30% off Player Clubhouse on-field merchandise (jackets, hoods, caps, jerseys and t-shirts)
  • Every Tuesday: 30% off all ladies' merchandise (including jewelry and handbags)
  • Every Wednesday: 30% off all toys, games, bobbleheads, drinkware and more
  • Every Thursday: 30% off all outerwear and knit caps
  • Every Friday: 30% off all Big & Tall merchandise
  • Every Saturday: 30% off all youth apparel and headwear; plus, 30% off all Phanatic merchandise
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Phillies Add Three to 40-Man Roster

The Phillies have selected the contracts of the following three players to the 40-man roster, the club announced today:

Arquímedes Gamboa, SS - The 21-year-old switch-hitter played for single-A Clearwater in 2018, batting .214 with 20 extra-base hits, 37 RBI and 53 walks. Defensively, Gamboa led all Florida State League shortstops with a .971 fielding percentage and his 46 double plays turned were tied for third-most. He was selected as the starting shortstop for the North Team in the FSL All-Star Game. Prior to the 2018 season, the Venezuela native was named the 92nd-best prospect in baseball by Baseball Prospectus. He was originally signed by the Phillies as an amateur free agent in July 2014.

The Phillies have selected the contracts of the following three players to the 40-man roster, the club announced today:

Arquímedes Gamboa, SS - The 21-year-old switch-hitter played for single-A Clearwater in 2018, batting .214 with 20 extra-base hits, 37 RBI and 53 walks. Defensively, Gamboa led all Florida State League shortstops with a .971 fielding percentage and his 46 double plays turned were tied for third-most. He was selected as the starting shortstop for the North Team in the FSL All-Star Game. Prior to the 2018 season, the Venezuela native was named the 92nd-best prospect in baseball by Baseball Prospectus. He was originally signed by the Phillies as an amateur free agent in July 2014.

Édgar García, RHP - Garcia, 22, split the 2018 season between double-A Reading and triple-A Lehigh Valley, combining to go 7-3 with a 3.64 ERA, eight saves and a 1.18 WHIP in 52 games, all in relief. He struck out 72 batters in 64.1 innings of work, held opponents to a .206 batting average and was named to the Eastern League midseason All-Star team. García was signed by the Phillies as an amateur free agent from his native Dominican Republic in May 2014.

Adonis Medina, RHP - Medina, 21, was named the fourth-best prospect in the Phillies system, and 84th-best in baseball, by Baseball America prior to last season. Pitching for Clearwater in 2018, the righthander went 10-4 with a 4.12 ERA in 22 games (21 starts), striking out 123 batters in 111.1 innings. He posted a 3.54 ERA from May through the end of the season and was selected to pitch for the World Team in the All-Star Futures Game in July. A native of the Dominican Republic, Medina was signed by the Phillies as an amateur free agent in May 2014.

With the additions of Gamboa, García and Medina, the Phillies 40-man roster currently stands at 38 players.

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Phillies to Celebrate Careers of Rollins, Utley and Howard

Retirement ceremonies will serve as a prelude to the 10-year reunion of the 2009 NL champs

Throughout the summer of 2019, the Phillies will celebrate the careers of three of the greatest players to ever don red pinstripes - 2008 World Series champions Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley and Ryan Howard - with retirement ceremonies, the club announced today.

Fittingly, Rollins will lead off the festivities on Saturday, May 4, when the Phillies take on the Washington Nationals at 7:05 p.m. Rollins spent 15 of his 17 major league seasons with the Phillies after being drafted by the club in 1996. A three-time All-Star, four-time Gold Glove Award winner, Silver Slugger and the 2007 National League MVP, Rollins is the Phillies' all-time hits leader with 2,306. He also ranks first in Phillies history in at-bats (8,628) and doubles (479) and second in total bases (3,655), extra-base hits (806) and stolen bases (453). Additionally, Rollins' 38-game hitting streak is the longest in franchise history.

Throughout the summer of 2019, the Phillies will celebrate the careers of three of the greatest players to ever don red pinstripes - 2008 World Series champions Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley and Ryan Howard - with retirement ceremonies, the club announced today.

Fittingly, Rollins will lead off the festivities on Saturday, May 4, when the Phillies take on the Washington Nationals at 7:05 p.m. Rollins spent 15 of his 17 major league seasons with the Phillies after being drafted by the club in 1996. A three-time All-Star, four-time Gold Glove Award winner, Silver Slugger and the 2007 National League MVP, Rollins is the Phillies' all-time hits leader with 2,306. He also ranks first in Phillies history in at-bats (8,628) and doubles (479) and second in total bases (3,655), extra-base hits (806) and stolen bases (453). Additionally, Rollins' 38-game hitting streak is the longest in franchise history.

On Friday, June 21, against the Miami Marlins at 7:05 p.m., Utley will be honored for his 13 years with the Phillies. The club's first-round selection in the 2000 draft, Utley was selected to six All-Star teams (all as a starter) and won four Silver Slugger Awards. He holds the Phillies all-time records among second basemen for games played (1,453) and nearly every offensive category, including home runs (226), hits (1,580), RBI (883) and extra-base hits (616).

Howard's ceremony will take place on Sunday, July 14, when the Phillies host the Nationals at 1:05 p.m. Howard is one of nine players in franchise history to have played his entire major league career with the club (minimum seven years) and the first since Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt retired in 1989. The club's all-time single-season home run leader with 58 in 2006, Howard made three All-Star Games, won a Silver Slugger Award and won Rookie of the Year (2005) and MVP (2006) in consecutive seasons. He ranks second in Phillies history in both home runs (382) and RBI (1,194), trailing only Schmidt in both categories.

To commemorate these milestones, the team has created a six-game Phillies Legends Ticket Pack. Through this special offer, fans can secure tickets to the three retirement ceremony games and also choose three additional games to complete their six-game package before individual tickets go on sale to the public in February. Fans can purchase the Phillies Legends Ticket Pack by going to www.phillies.com/legends. Promotional giveaways for each of the retirement ceremony games will be announced at a later date.

Rollins, Utley and Howard started every playoff game for the Phillies during the club's run of five straight NL East Division titles from 2007-11 and Utley tied a major league record with five home runs during the 2009 World Series.

The 2019 ceremonies will culminate with a 10-year reunion of the 2009 NL Champions, which will take place during Toyota Phillies Alumni Weekend, August 2-4. The Phillies will also honor the 2019 Wall of Fame inductee during that interleague series with the Chicago White Sox.

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Phillies 2019 Opening Weekend game selected for ESPN Sunday Night Baseball

For the first time since 2009, the Phillies have been selected to lead off ESPN's Sunday Night Baseball schedule.

This exclusive, national MLB game of the week will take place on Sunday, March 31, 2019, as the Phillies host their long time division rivals, the Atlanta Braves, at Citizens Bank Park. There will be a special ESPN Sunday Night Baseball start time of 7:00 p.m.

For the first time since 2009, the Phillies have been selected to lead off ESPN's Sunday Night Baseball schedule.

This exclusive, national MLB game of the week will take place on Sunday, March 31, 2019, as the Phillies host their long time division rivals, the Atlanta Braves, at Citizens Bank Park. There will be a special ESPN Sunday Night Baseball start time of 7:00 p.m.

"This is a great way to kick off our season in Philadelphia," said John Weber, Phillies Senior Vice President of Ticket Operations & Projects. "We are excited that the Phillies were selected to be part of ESPN's Sunday Night Baseball starting lineup, and look forward to showcasing Citizens Bank Park and our players to fans in Philadelphia and across the nation."

This is also McDonald's Opening Night, with all fans 15 & over receiving a McDonald's Opening Night T-shirt. For the most up-to-date Phillies schedule, visit phillies.com.

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Phillies finalize 2019 coaching staff

The Phillies have finalized their coaching staff for the 2019 season, the club announced today:

Chris Young has been elevated to the position of pitching coach after having previously served as assistant pitching coach on manager Gabe Kapler's staff for the 2018 season. Prior to joining the Phillies, Young, 37, spent three years with the Houston Astros, first as a pro scout from 2015-16 and then as MLB scouting supervisor during the 2017 season. Prior to his three seasons with the Astros, Young was a pro scout for the San Diego Padres for five seasons from 2010-14. A former pitcher, Young was selected in the 18th round of the 2002 draft by the Colorado Rockies out of Mississippi State University. In six minor league seasons, Young posted a 3.54 ERA in 266 games (6 starts). He finished his professional career in 2008 as a member of the Camden Riversharks of the independent Atlantic League.

The Phillies have finalized their coaching staff for the 2019 season, the club announced today:

Chris Young has been elevated to the position of pitching coach after having previously served as assistant pitching coach on manager Gabe Kapler's staff for the 2018 season. Prior to joining the Phillies, Young, 37, spent three years with the Houston Astros, first as a pro scout from 2015-16 and then as MLB scouting supervisor during the 2017 season. Prior to his three seasons with the Astros, Young was a pro scout for the San Diego Padres for five seasons from 2010-14. A former pitcher, Young was selected in the 18th round of the 2002 draft by the Colorado Rockies out of Mississippi State University. In six minor league seasons, Young posted a 3.54 ERA in 266 games (6 starts). He finished his professional career in 2008 as a member of the Camden Riversharks of the independent Atlantic League.

Dave Lundquist has been named assistant pitching coach. 2018 marked Lundquist's 11th season with the Phillies and his third with triple-A Lehigh Valley where he most recently served as pitching coach. He previously coached for double-A Reading for three years (2013-15), single-A Clearwater for four (2009-12) and single-A Lakewood for one (2008). Originally selected in the fifth round of the June 1993 draft by the Chicago White Sox, Lundquist, 45, pitched professionally for 12 seasons from 1993-2004, including major league stints with the White Sox (1999) and San Diego Padres (2001-02).

Paco Figueroa has been named major league outfield/baserunning coach, as announced previously. Figueroa had most recently served as the minor league hitting coordinator for the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The rest of Kapler's 2019 coaching staff is as follows: Rob Thomson (bench coach), John Mallee (hitting coach), Pedro Guerrero (assistant hitting coach), José David Flores (first base coach), Dusty Wathan (third base coach), Jim Gott (bullpen coach), Bob Stumpo (bullpen catcher/catching coach) and Craig Driver (bullpen catcher/receiving coach).

Additionally, Rick Kranitz will not return to the coaching staff for the 2019 season. Kranitz served the Phillies for three seasons as bullpen coach (2016), assistant pitching coach (2017) and pitching coach (2018).

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City Officials and Philadelphia Phillies Celebrated Phillies Chairman David P. Montgomery by Renaming a Roxborough Baseball Field in His Honor

David P. Montgomery, Chairman of the Philadelphia Phillies, has devoted 48 years of his life to the Phillies and the City of Philadelphia 
 

PHILADELPHIA - City officials and Philadelphia Phillies former players were joined by youth baseball and softball teams, community members, and family and friends to celebrate the lifelong accomplishments of Phillies Chairman, David P. Montgomery. Daisy Field in Roxborough, where Montgomery played baseball in his youth, was renamed "David P. Montgomery Field," in recognition of his extraordinary contributions to the City of Philadelphia.
 
"David Montgomery is undoubtedly an icon in the Philadelphia sports world and in the local community," said Mayor Jim Kenney. "I am sure that by reading about his accomplishments on the signage at this field, generations of Philadelphians will be inspired by him and his passion for our city."
 
The newly-named David P. Montgomery Field was also recently renovated.   Upgrades to the site include: new asphalt paving around the dugout and backstop; staircases; new player benches; an aerated, seeded, and fertilized infield; new concrete seat walls; and an improved drainage system. 
 
"I would like to thank Mayor Kenney, Councilman Curtis Jones Jr. and all who were involved in making this special honor happen," said Montgomery. "Roxborough means a great deal to me. In May 1957, as a 10-year-old boy, Daisy Field was my 'Field of Dreams.' I got to play Junior League Baseball there and, coincidentally, it was also the same year that Daisy Field opened. I was able to participate in, and benefit from, numerous youth sports opportunities during my childhood. My hope remains that young people today, not just in Roxborough but throughout our great City, will have that same opportunity as I did. Again, I am very thankful for this incredible honor. It means so much to me."

David P. Montgomery, Chairman of the Philadelphia Phillies, has devoted 48 years of his life to the Phillies and the City of Philadelphia 
 

PHILADELPHIA - City officials and Philadelphia Phillies former players were joined by youth baseball and softball teams, community members, and family and friends to celebrate the lifelong accomplishments of Phillies Chairman, David P. Montgomery. Daisy Field in Roxborough, where Montgomery played baseball in his youth, was renamed "David P. Montgomery Field," in recognition of his extraordinary contributions to the City of Philadelphia.
 
"David Montgomery is undoubtedly an icon in the Philadelphia sports world and in the local community," said Mayor Jim Kenney. "I am sure that by reading about his accomplishments on the signage at this field, generations of Philadelphians will be inspired by him and his passion for our city."
 
The newly-named David P. Montgomery Field was also recently renovated.   Upgrades to the site include: new asphalt paving around the dugout and backstop; staircases; new player benches; an aerated, seeded, and fertilized infield; new concrete seat walls; and an improved drainage system. 
 
"I would like to thank Mayor Kenney, Councilman Curtis Jones Jr. and all who were involved in making this special honor happen," said Montgomery. "Roxborough means a great deal to me. In May 1957, as a 10-year-old boy, Daisy Field was my 'Field of Dreams.' I got to play Junior League Baseball there and, coincidentally, it was also the same year that Daisy Field opened. I was able to participate in, and benefit from, numerous youth sports opportunities during my childhood. My hope remains that young people today, not just in Roxborough but throughout our great City, will have that same opportunity as I did. Again, I am very thankful for this incredible honor. It means so much to me."

Joining the Phillies in 1971 at an entry level, Montgomery went on to become one of the most successful and respected executives in Philadelphia sports history. He served as president of the club during one of the greatest eras in franchise history, including construction of a world class ballpark that opened in 2004 and its second World Series championship in 2008. Aside from his success as an executive, his philanthropic spirit is a fine example of the importance of giving back to the community. His efforts in this regard also influenced players, including Cole Hamels, Ryan Howard, Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley and Shane Victorino, to make very significant charitable contributions to Philadelphia neighborhoods.
 
"Mr. Montgomery is a champion for our City who has played a key role in bringing accessible sports-based activities to Philadelphia's youth," said Philadelphia Parks & Recreation Commissioner Kathryn Ott Lovell. "We are so honored to have dedicated and renamed his childhood baseball field after him in recognition of his numerous philanthropic contributions to the city."
 
Montgomery was also one of the driving forces behind the creation of a Major League Baseball Urban Youth Academy in Philadelphia. The Philadelphia Phillies MLB Urban Youth Academy is a strategic relationship between the Philadelphia Phillies, Major League Baseball and City of Philadelphia that enhances the quality of baseball and softball throughout Philadelphia while directly addressing other Philadelphia Parks & Recreation youth development objectives. It has created a dynamic youth program that utilizes baseball and softball to develop the athletic and social potential of participants. The Philadelphia Urban Youth Academy includes outdoor and indoor baseball and softball facilities which were opened in 2015 and 2016. The facilities provide free, year-round baseball and softball training opportunities for over 8,000 players in the Phillies Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) program.
 
In addition to his work with the Phillies, Montgomery's involvement in sports extends to his current role as chairman of PHL Sports, a division of the Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau.  
 

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Phillies Name Josh Bonifay Director of Player Development

The Phillies have hired Josh Bonifay as director, player development, the club announced today. Bonifay, 40, joins the Phillies after spending the 2018 season as the minor league field coordinator for the reigning World Series champion Houston Astros. 

"Over the past several weeks, we interviewed an impressive group of candidates for this position," said Phillies General Manager Matt Klentak. "Josh really stood out with his combination of leadership, experience and passion for developing players. We believe he is the ideal person to lead our player development efforts, and we are thrilled to welcome him to Philadelphia."

The Phillies have hired Josh Bonifay as director, player development, the club announced today. Bonifay, 40, joins the Phillies after spending the 2018 season as the minor league field coordinator for the reigning World Series champion Houston Astros. 

"Over the past several weeks, we interviewed an impressive group of candidates for this position," said Phillies General Manager Matt Klentak. "Josh really stood out with his combination of leadership, experience and passion for developing players. We believe he is the ideal person to lead our player development efforts, and we are thrilled to welcome him to Philadelphia."

Last season marked Bonifay's second stint with Houston after previously spending six seasons as a minor league manager and hitting coach. Bonifay managed the Greeneville Astros for three seasons from 2013-14 and 2016 and also spent a season as manager of the Quad Cities River Bandits in 2015. He was twice selected as his respective league's Manager of the Year, first in 2013 in the Appalachian League and later in 2015 in the Midwest League. Prior to his minor league managing career, he served as a minor league hitting coach in 2011 and 2012.

"My family and I are extremely excited about joining an organization with a rich history of producing homegrown major league players and I hope to continue the great tradition," said Bonifay. "The Phillies are a tremendous organization with phenomenal people and I am thrilled to be a part of the family."

In between his two stints with the Astros, Bonifay spent the 2017 season with the Texas Rangers as major league field coordinator. He started his coaching career with the Pittsburgh Pirates in their minor league system as a player/coach from 2008-11.

Originally selected by Pittsburgh in the 24th round of the June 1999 draft out of UNC-Wilmington, Bonifay played eight seasons in the minor leagues with the Pirates (1999-2005) and Astros (2006). In 812 minor league games, he hit .284 with an .842 OPS and played every position except catcher and shortstop.

Bonifay is the son of Cam Bonifay, who was general manager of the Pirates from 1993-2001 and currently serves as special assistant to the general manager for the Cincinnati Reds.  

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Fan Appreciation Weekend: Top Things to Know for Final Phillies Series of the Season, September 28-30 vs. Atlanta Braves

This weekend, the Phillies will host the Atlanta Braves at Citizens Bank Park (September 28-30), during the final series of the season. Below are the top things to know.

  1. Let the bidding begin! Final Phillies Charities, Inc. Ballpark App auction features phantastic items. Plus, Paul Owens Award presentation to top Phillies minor league pitcher and player on Friday.

Every day of the Phillies series, fans can bid on signed, new and game-used items in the Phillies Charities, Inc. auction through the Ballpark app until Monday, October 1. Items will be on display throughout the series at the First Base Gate Plaza starting on Friday, September 28.

This weekend, the Phillies will host the Atlanta Braves at Citizens Bank Park (September 28-30), during the final series of the season. Below are the top things to know.

  1. Let the bidding begin! Final Phillies Charities, Inc. Ballpark App auction features phantastic items. Plus, Paul Owens Award presentation to top Phillies minor league pitcher and player on Friday.

Every day of the Phillies series, fans can bid on signed, new and game-used items in the Phillies Charities, Inc. auction through the Ballpark app until Monday, October 1. Items will be on display throughout the series at the First Base Gate Plaza starting on Friday, September 28.

Also on Friday, the Phillies will present the 2018 Paul Owens Awards to position player Austin Listi and left-handed pitcher David Parkinson before the 7:05 p.m. Phillies game. This award was established in 1986 to honor the top player and pitcher in the minor league system and named in honor of Paul Owens, who spent 48 years in the Phillies organization as a scout, farm director, general manager, manager and senior advisor. Presenting the award will be Paul Owens' grandchildren joined by Matt Klentak, Phillies Vice President and General Manager.

  1. Students and teachers invited to Phillies #HighSchoolSeries on Friday!

Friday is also the Phillies final #HighSchoolSeries. High school students - and their parents and teachers - are invited to go behind-the-scenes prior to the game and learn from Phillies executives. Other highlights include:

  • Hear from a Phillies player about his high school and major league experience.
  • Take photos with the 1980 & 2008 World Series Trophies and meet Mickey Morandini, 1993 National League Champion Phillie and Club Ambassador, and the Phillies Ballgirls.

Visit phillies.com for a full list of speakers, as well as register for the event.

  1. Players honored for their community service at Saturday's Phillies Major and Minor League Service Awards presentation. Plus, the top Phillies scout to be presented with Dallas Green Award.

Prior to the 7:05 p.m. Phillies game on Saturday, September 29, the Phillies Major and Minor League Service Awards will be presented on-field. The Phillies Major League Community Service Award will be presented to Rhys Hoskins in recognition of his work with the Muscular Dystrophy Association of Philadelphia. Presenting the award will be John Weber, President of Phillies Charities, Inc.

Players in the Phillies minor league system volunteered nearly 900 hours during the 2018 season as part of the Step Up program. The Phillies Minor League Community Service Awards will be presented to the players with the highest number of volunteer hours for each minor league team:

  • Lehigh Valley IronPigs: Cole Irvin
  • Reading Fightin Phils: Damek Tomscha
  • Clearwater Threshers: Luke Williams
  • Lakewood BlueClaws: Zach Warren
  • Williamsport Crosscutters: Danny Mayer

Lee McDaniel, Phillies Director, Minor League Operations, will present the awards.

Also on Saturday, the Dallas Green Award will be presented to Phillies International Coordinator, Jesús Méndez. This award is presented annually to an amateur or professional scout who best exemplifies the Phillies' standard for scouting while demonstrating the same loyalty, work ethic and dedication as Dallas Green. Matt Klentak and Sal Agostinelli, Director, International Scouting, will present the award.

  1. Prizes and surprises in store for Fan Appreciation Day on Sunday!

Fans are invited to join the Phillies for the final game of the season on Sunday, September 30, at 3:05 p.m., featuring prizes and surprises throughout the entire game. Plus, all fans will be given a PGW 2019 Schedule Fathead featuring Aaron Nola at the entrance gates.

  1. Phillies' Lee McDaniel to receive team's highest honor: The Richie Ashburn & David Montgomery Special Achievement Award, presented by Montgomery and Jean Ashburn on Sunday.

Also on-field prior to Sunday's Phillies game, David Montgomery, Phillies Chairman, and Jean Ashburn, daughter of the late Phillies' Hall of Famer and broadcaster Richie Ashburn, will present Lee McDaniel with the newly-renamed Richie Ashburn & David Montgomery Special Achievement Award, presented annually to an employee who demonstrates the same loyalty, dedication and passion for baseball as the award's namesake.

Gate Openings: Ashburn Alley opens two hours prior to game time; all other gates open one and a half hours prior to game time.

Fandom: Check in using Ballpark, Citizens Bank Park's official mobile app, to receive special offers for retail, concessions and more. Also, follow the action via @Phillies on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and Snapchat.

Broadcast: For the most up-to-date TV and radio broadcast schedule, please go to Phillies.com. MLB.TV will carry all games during the season.

Traffic Alert: There will be two events taking place in the Sports Complex on September 28 at Citizens Bank Park and the Wells Fargo Center. Please be aware that some parking lots may be unavailable or fill quicker than normal. Fans are encouraged to plan ahead and seek alternate areas to park if your usual lot of choice is full. Log on to www.511pa.com, www.511nj.org or call 511 from any phone to check traffic conditions. Transit services are also available, for a SEPTA schedule please visit www.septa.org.

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Jesús Méndez Selected as 2018 Dallas Green Award Winner

Phillies International Coordinator Jesús "Chalao" Méndez has been selected as the 2018 recipient of the Dallas Green Award, the club announced today.

Méndez, a native of Caracas, Venezuela, is in his second year as the international coordinator, and his 22nd as a member of the Phillies' international scouting department. He was hired by the club in 1997 as the Venezuela scouting supervisor, a title he held until his promotion to Latin American crosschecker in 2010. He was named to his current position in 2017.

Phillies International Coordinator Jesús "Chalao" Méndez has been selected as the 2018 recipient of the Dallas Green Award, the club announced today.

Méndez, a native of Caracas, Venezuela, is in his second year as the international coordinator, and his 22nd as a member of the Phillies' international scouting department. He was hired by the club in 1997 as the Venezuela scouting supervisor, a title he held until his promotion to Latin American crosschecker in 2010. He was named to his current position in 2017.

A former first baseman and outfielder, Méndez played professionally for 10 seasons in the St. Louis Cardinals organization (1986-92) and with three different teams in the Mexican League (1994-96).   

"This really is an honor for me to receive this award," Méndez said. "I never could have imagined it. We have so many people that work so hard for this organization, and for me to be the recipient of the Dallas Green Award is incredibly special to myself and my family."

The 2018 Dallas Green Award will be presented on the field on Saturday, Sept. 29, prior to the 7:05 p.m. game against the Atlanta Braves. The award was established in 2011 to honor the accomplishments of Green, who spent 62 years in professional baseball, 46 of which were with the Phillies. Green passed away in March 2017 at the age of 82.

The award is presented annually to an amateur or professional scout who best exemplifies the Phillies' standard for scouting while demonstrating the same loyalty, work ethic, dedication and passion as the award's namesake. It is also recognition of the scout's ability to judge not only a player's talent, but also his character and heart.

Past winners of the Dallas Green Award have been Dick Lawlor (2011), Bill Harper (2012), Eddie Bockman (2013), Gordon Lakey (2014), Sal Agostinelli (2015), Roy Tanner (2016) and Joey Davis (2017).

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