WOF Final 5
Over 8,400 fans have cast their votes and the final five candidates for the Toyota Wall of Fame have been determined. In alphabetical order: RHP Jim Konstanty, C Mike Lieberthal, RHP Curt Schilling, C Jimmy Wilson and RHP Rick Wise.
The final five will be presented to a Special Wall of Fame Selection Committee to select the 2012 inductee. The committee consists of seven writers, two broadcasters, five club executives and one historian/author.
Induction ceremonies will take place on Friday night, August 10, prior to the game against the Cardinals. John Kruk, 2011 inductee, will present the 2012 winner.
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It is no secret the Phillies aren’t hitting in the early portion of this season. Larry Bowa often said, check the back of baseball cards for the numbers.
So, here are the numbers (current average, back of baseball card numbers):
Rollins (.250/.272), Polanco (.154/.301), Pence (.267/.292), Nix (.000/.244), Mayberry (.250.,265), Pierre (.222/.296) and Wigginton (.111/.265). Notice the two missing pieces are Victorino and Ruiz. They are the only ones with higher career numbers.
Rounding The Bases
MLB released the top selling player jerseys last week and the Phillies have four in the top dozen, Lee (#2), Halladay (#5), Pence (#9) and Utley (#11). #1 is Jeter . . . March rankings of the MLB pro bloggers has Phillies Insider in 12th place, up from 14 in February . . . After Harry Kalas died, the Phillies displayed a mural on the left field wall and after winning the division that season, many of the players trotted out there to touch the mural. It is now on display again permanently in Harry The K’s restaurant . . . MLB Network did its top 100 player rankings last week and Cole is #67. Hard to believe, Harry.
Down On The Farm
**Lehigh Valley was blanked on 4 singles, 8-0. RHP Dave Bush (0-1), 1 unearned run in 5 innings.
**Reading was nipped by New Hampshire, 3-2. Runs came on solo homers by LF Jiwan James and DH Steve Susdorf. RHP Jonathan Pettibone (0-1), 3 runs, 5.2 innings.
**Clearwater lost to Tampa, 5-4. C Cameron Rupp, 2 RBI. RHP Perci Garner (0-1), 2 earned runs, 5 innings.
**Lakewood ended a 3-game losing streak with a 10-6 decision at Greensboro. LF Brian Pointer hit his 3rd HR; SS Tyler Greene, an 11-round pick out of high school last year, hit his 1st pro homer. LHP Lino Martinez (1-0), 3 runs, 5 innings. RHR Ryan Duke, 1st save.