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Friday, January 19, 2018

Articles tagged: Philadelphia Phillies

Matt Imhof loses eye in freak pregame accident


Philadelphia Phillies pitching prospect Matt Imhof, a second-round draft pick in 2014, lost his right eye late last week in a freak accident during pregame warmups.

Imhof, who was in his second full season with the High A Clearwater Thrashers, was hit in the face with a large piece of metal before a game on Friday. ESPN reports that a piece of equipment malfunctioned and Imhof was struck in the right side of his face, leaving him with nose and orbital bone fractures and a total loss of vision in his right eye.

In a lengthy Instagram post on Thursday, Imhof explained that his eye was “crushed like a grape” and that he decided to have it removed when doctors said he would be unable to regain his vision.

As many of you know on Friday June 25th I had an accident. A large price of metal hit me in the head/eye resulting in a fractured nose, 2 fractured orbital bones, and most significantly, the loss of vision in my right eye. I was immediately taken to the ER and then transferred to Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, the #1 eye hospital in the world. That night, the doctors informed me that the damage to my eye was extreme and essentially that my eye had been crushed like a grape. The doctors told me they were going to do everything possible to reconstruct it but in all likelihood I would never regain sight in my right eye. The first surgery was somewhat a success but overall nothing had changed, so after discussions with my family and my doctors, it was decided that the best chance I had to live a normal life was to have my right eye removed and have a prosthetic one put in. This decision was not an easy one to make but to me it seemed like the right one so on Tuesday afternoon I went forward with the surgery. I'm currently still in Miami recovering from surgery but I'm doing well. This has been the hardest week of my life but I've had amazing support from my family and friends to help me get through it. For those who have been wishing me well, your support has not gone unnoticed and I appreciate everyone who has kept me in their thoughts and prayers. I had the best doctors in the world doing their best work on me and for that I am grateful as well. Although this injury has been tough it could have been much worse…I'm lucky to still have vision in my left eye…I'm lucky that i didn't have brain damage…and I'm lucky to be surrounded my the most loving and understanding people in the world. I just wanted to write this message to let everyone know that even though I suffered some bad luck, I'm not dead. I'm gonna be alright, I'm gonna persevere, and I'm gonna succeed. It takes more than this to bring me down. Again thanks to everyone for the support .

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The 22-year-old Imhof has a career ERA of 3.69 in 173 innings pitched. You have to admire his outlook after suffering such a devastating injury due to a freak incident. Here’s hoping he can one day return to pitch again.

Astros acquire Ken Giles in seven player blockbuster


The Houston Astros officially acquired closer Ken Giles from the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday in a deal that cost them a top prospect and a former first overall pick.

The Astros get Giles and a prospect, but the cost was steep, as they parted ways with starter Brett Oberholtzer, top prospect Vincent Velasquez, and 2013 first overall pick Mark Appel.

Giles was expendable for Philadelphia, as it’s going to be a few years before they contend again, and a high quality closer on a losing team isn’t really useful, especially when it can return a prospect haul like this. Appel, the former top pick, has not progressed as hoped, but still has the arm to make an impact at the big league level, while Velasquez has already made his Major League debut and struck out over a batter an inning at the age of 23.

It’s a win-win for both teams. The Phillies get some quality arms for their rebuilding project, and the Astros get the closer that they were hell-bent on acquiring.

Ruben Amaro’s five worst moves as Phillies GM

Ruben Amaro JrThe Philadelphia Phillies announced on Thursday that the contract of Ruben Amaro Jr. would not be renewed in a move long awaited by frustrated fans.

Amaro oversaw the team’s successful run from 2009-2011, but he also made several moves that contributed to the team’s nosedive to the bottom of the standings. Viewed as a GM who held on too tightly to the past, Amaro gave out multiple ill-advised big-money contracts and extensions that hurt the ballclub because he desperately believed the team was one of the best in the NL long after their peak had ended. It wasn’t until this season — after consecutive 73-89 seasons — that Amaro saw fit to endure a rebuild. So poorly regarded as a baseball executive, Amaro became a running joke among baseball fans, and it didn’t help when he showed a lack of understanding of statistics with comments like this.

In light of the Phillies finally parting ways with Amaro, we will revisit the GM’s five worst moves.

5. Jonathan Papelbon signing – Papelbon actually pitched well for the Phillies and more or less earned his money with the team, but few moves delineate Amaro’s blindness when it came to the state of his franchise more than this one.


Jonathan Papelbon wants trade, tells Phillies to ‘s— or get off the pot’

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Jonathan Papelbon has seemingly wanted out of Philadelphia since the day he signed a four-year, $50 million contract with the team after the 2011 season. While speaking at the site of the MLB All-Star Game on Monday, the 34-year-old reiterated that he wants to be traded.

When Papelbon was asked about wanting to play for another team, he indicated that he is tired of rumors swirling with nothing happening. Only, he didn’t exactly use those words.

Papelbon openly admitted last week that he wanted to be dealt to a winning team.

“Some guys want to stay on a losing team?” he asked reporters, per Ryan Lawrence of the Philadelphia Daily News. “That’s mind-boggling to me. I think that’s a no-brainer (to want to leave and go to a contender).”

The Phillies know Papelbon wants to be traded, so he doesn’t need to keep trying to embarrass them publicly. They have probably tried to find a suitor for the closer on numerous occasions, but there aren’t many teams that want to pay a 34-year-old reliever $13 million per season — especially one who is going to create headlines the second something goes wrong.

Papelbon is still pitching at a high level (1.60 ERA, 14 saves, no blown saves), but teams were probably turned off by his crotch grab antics late last season. It’s also not a good look that he bashes the Phillies every chance he gets. He’d have a better chance of being traded if he kept quiet.

Phillies reportedly willing to eat $50 million to trade Ryan Howard


The Philadelphia Phillies are reportedly so desperate to trade first baseman Ryan Howard that they are willing to eat almost his entire salary.

Howard currently has two years and $50 million remaining on the five-year, $125 million contract he signed back in 2010. He also has a $23 million team option for 2017 that can be bought out for $10 million. That means Howard has about $60 million in total remaining on his deal.

According to MLB.com’s Anthony Castrovince, the Phillies are willing to eat somewhere in the range of $50 million to unload Howard. They’re likely desperate to get something in return for the 2006 NL MVP, but is any team even interested in a 35-year-old slugger with a .223 batting average at $5 million per year?

Howard struck out an MLB-leading 190 times last season and posted career lows in slugging percentage and OPS. That said, he still managed to drive in 95 runs and hit 23 home runs. Surely there are players making around $5 million who are less productive than that, right?

Maybe not. Most teams would probably rather develop a young player than plug Howard into their lineup. Heck, Phillies GM Ruben Amaro told Howard the team would be better off without him, though he later apologized and admitted that was a lousy thing to say publicly. That still wasn’t as bad as what these Atlanta Braves fans said about Howard.

The reality is no team is willing to give up something of value for Howard, whether his salary is cheap or not. If the Phillies are willing to eat almost his entire contract, they might as well just release him.

H/T Hardball Talk

Phillies also screwed up and gave away a Mets truck

Phillies Mets truck

Remember how we all had laughs at the Mets’ expense a few days ago when they screwed up a toy truck giveaway by giving away at least one W.B. Mason truck that had a Phillies logo on it?

Looks like they were not alone.

The Phillies are also sponsored by W.B. Mason and had a similar collectible truck giveaway on July 26. And as one person pointed out on Twitter, at least one Mets truck accidentally ended up in the Phillies batch of giveaways.

This joke was a lot funnier when it made the Mets look incompetent. Maybe we’ll just say Ruben Amaro placed this order.

Previously: Mets accidentally give out souvenir with Phillies logo on it

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Photo: Twitter/Rgallagher1025

Report: Phillies accidentally traded prospect to Astros in Hunter Pence deal

Domingo-Santana-AstrosIf the Philadelphia Phillies knew they would be this terrible for the past few years, they likely never would have traded a handful of prospects to the Houston Astros for Hunter Pence in 2011. According to Jose de Jesus Ortiz of the Houston Chronicle, they most definitely would not have traded outfielder Domingo Santana.

Santana, 22, is currently batting .292 in Triple-A. He had a .498 slugging percentage with 20 home runs in Double-A last year, so he obviously has tremendous potential. Considering they supposedly traded him by mistake, I’m sure the Phillies would love to have Santana back.

Less than two months after they picked George Springer from the University of Connecticut, the Astros sent Pence and cash to the Phillies on July 29, 2011, for Cosart, Singleton, Zeid and a player to be named, which ended up being Santana. In spring training, a Phillies official admitted that Santana wasn’t actually supposed to be on the list that was given to the Astros to pick from to satisfy the final piece on Aug. 15, 2011.

The Phillies held onto Pence for less than two seasons before shipping him off to the San Francisco Giants. To make matters worse, their trade with the Astros also included Jon Singleton. We all saw how his MLB debut went earlier this week. Simply put, it’s not a fun time to be a Phillies fan.

H/T Eye on Baseball

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