For the first time since a Sunday afternoon in 1989 at Veterans Stadium, the Phillies pulled off two major trades in one day.
On June 18 of that year, GM Lee Thomas picked up Lenny Dykstra and Roger McDowell from the Mets for Juan Samuel and sent Steve Bedrosian to the Giants for Dennis Cook, Terry Mulholland and Charlie Hayes.
Yesterday, Shane and Hunter woke up in DC as teammates. Before the team bus left for Nationals Park, they were enemies on different west coast teams.
Shane will be remembered for his hustle, great defense, enthusiasm, community caring, personality and smile. Hunter was here only a year and was popular, but not to the degree of Shane.
When you look back at the greatest Phillies teams, each had something in common, a go-getter in centerfield who was a fan favorite: Richie Ashburn (1950 NL champs), Garry Maddox (1980 World Champs) and Lenny Dykstra (1993 NL champs).
Someday Shane will be back as a member of the Phillies Alumni. He and the fans will love it. He’s a shoo-in to be a Wall of Famer. Heck, he’s a potential free agent this winter so who knows what will happen.
We wish both Shane and Hunter well with their new teams.
Cliff looked like his old self and the Phillies unloaded on Strasburg last night, eight hits, six runs in four innings.
From Elias Sports Bureau: J-Roll’s inside-the-park home run was his fourth, most among active players. Also, the most since Dick Allen had five, 1964-66.
Down On The Farm
Lehigh Valley won, 8-6, at Syracuse. LF Jason Pridie, 3rd homer. Winner: Tom Cochran (6-4), allowing all 6 runs in 5 innings. 13th save for Phillippe Aumont.
Reading was a 6-4 winner at Richmond, the Phillies sixth straight win. 3B Cody Asche, 4-5, 2 doubles. RHS Brad Colvin made his AA debut, 3 runs, 5 innings. RHR Kyle Simon, up from Clearwater, got his 1st AA save. C Tommy Joseph, picked up in the Pence trade, was on the Richmond club, so he just changed clubhouses prior to the game.
Clearwater lost, 3-2, to St. Lucie, the third straight loss. RHR Kenny Giles, just up from Lakewood, walked 2 in 1.2 innings but all 5 outs were strikeouts.
Lakewood won at Delmarva, 9-1. SS Tim Carver, 3 doubles. 3B Maikel Franco, 11th homer, 2 RBI, boosting his season total to 63. RF Kelly Dugan, 10th homer.
Williamsport wasn’t scheduled.
Gulf Coast League Phillies beat the Pirates, 8-6. C Willian Astudillo, 3 hits, 4 RBI. RF Andrew Pullin, 2-3, boosting average to .338, tops on the club. RH Mitch Gueller, in relief, picked up his first pro win.
Alumni News, Notes and Photos
Hall of Fame outfielder Ed Delahanty is featured in a “Profile from the Past” just posted on www.phillies.com/alumni. A great hitter with the Phillies, he died tragically at 35 years of age. Check it out.