After reports that Ryan Madson, under the advisement of agent Scott Boras, had turned down a 3-year 12+ million dollar deal, Madson did finally sign with the Phils. Maybe he read my blog and told Boras to stick it? Or maybe the report was just wrong. Either way, Madson is now locked up for 3 years to the tune of 12 million dollars. Madson has been injury prone the last few years, so hopefully he is back in top form now. He ended 2008 with a 3.05 ERA in 76 games winning 4 and losing 2. Madson excelled in the postseason with a record of 3-1 and a 2.13 ERA in 11 appearances.
This years’ World Baseball Classic will feature 13 current and prospective Phillies, representing 10 different countries. Topping the list for the USA team are Jimmy Rollins and Shane Victorino. JC Romero will pitch for Puerto Rico and Carlos Ruiz will catch for Panama. Here is the full roster of Phillies:
USA: shortstop Jimmy Rollins, outfielder Shane Victorino
Puerto Rico: lefthander J.C. Romero
Canada: outfielder Matt Stairs
Panama: catcher Carlos Ruiz
Dominican Republic: catcher Ronny Paulino
Italy: outfielder Michael Spidale
Mexico: infielder Oscar Robles
Netherlands: righthander Mike Bolsenbroek
Australia: righthander Drew Naylor, catcher Joel Naughton and infielder Brad Harman.
Venezuela: righthander Carlos Carrasco
In addition to those listed above, Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt will serve as bench coach for the USA team. Class A Clearwater manager Ernie Whitt will manage Team Canada, Gulf Coast League Phillies pitching coach Carlos Arroyo will serve as pitching coach for Team Puerto Rico and former bullpen coach Ramon Henderson will do the same for the Dominican Republic team.
The full schedule can be seen HERE. You can also catch a preview of the World Baseball Classic during Phillies Spring Training in Clearwater at Brighthouse Field. On March 4th, the Phillies will play an exhibition game against Team Canada and on March 5th, they will play Team USA. Rollins and Victorino will play against their own teammates! I will be at both games to bring you coverage.
And finally, I would like to congratulate our new Commander in Chief, President Barack Obama on his inauguration. My daughter went to the rally in Wilmington a few days ago and was especially excited about this dawning of a new era in US History. We all hope that president Obama will give new meaning to the phrase, “Team USA.” Please do us proud!
And for the football fans, I have also started a Miami Dolphins page, The Dolphin Pod! All Dol-Fans, and anyone else who wants to say hello is welcome!
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