Cooperstown Has Philly Connection
Not so good news Sunday night was followed by great news Monday as baseball’s winter meeting began in Disney World, the world where everything seems like a fantasy.
Jayson got a fantasy contract from the Nationals which means he’ll face the Phillies 18 times a year now. That shocking announcement came Sunday night. His first appearance against the Phillies will be in DC on April 12. His return to Citizens Bank Park will be May 3rd. Sure he’ll receive a favorable fan response as did Pat Burrell.
Then, yesterday, the Hall of Fame announced that Pat Gillick was the newest member. What great news. Funny, Gillick picked Werth off the scrap heap three years ago after Jayson missed the entire 2006 season with a hand injury.
Best line on the enormous Werth contract came from Mets’ GM Sandy Alderson: “I thought they’re trying to reduce the deficit in Washington.”
Then, today, we learned that veteran Daily News columnist, Bill Conlin, will receive the J. G. Taylor Spink Award during the Hall of Fame induction weekend (July 22-25). The award, named after the founder of The Sporting News, is voted upon annually by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America since 1962 and honors a baseball writer for “meritorious contributions to baseball writing.”
Other Philadelphia media who have won this award include the late Allen Lewis (Inquirer), Ray Kelly (Evening Bulletin) and Bus Saidt (Trentonian and Trenton Times). Conlin began covering the Phillies in 1966.
Once again, Cooperstown will have Philly flavor.