Lidge’s Career: Lights Out
Brad (Lights Out) Lidge has decided to end his 11-year big league career. According to a tweet from ESPN.com’s Jayson Stark Sunday night, Brad has informed his agents (Rex Gary and Jim Turner) he is retiring. Rex, Jim and Brad have one thing in common, classy gentlemen.
Brad, obviously, will be remembered in Philly as reverently as Tug McGraw. Each clinched a Phillies World Series title with a game-ending strikeout. Tug jumped, Brady fell to his knees. Pictures in our mind that will live forever.
Received an e-mail suggesting we should have a ceremony to let Brad retire as a Phillie as we have done with Pat Burrell, Mike Lieberthal and Doug Glanville. Don’t believe that will happen as Brad was drafted and signed by the Astros. Granted Glanville wasn’t originally drafted by the Phillies but he grew up a Phillies fan.
However, inviting Brad to throw out the ceremonial first ball next season is a distinct possibility. He will also be considered for Phantasy Camp. Not sure he will be included in Alumni Weekend in 2013 but certainly in the very near future. In 2013, Alumni Weekend will focus on the 1993 NL championship club.
Looking back at the 2008 championship season, 12 are no longer in the game: Lidge, Burrell, Eric Bruntlett, Clay Condrey, Chris Coste, Pedro Feliz, Greg Jenkins, Jamie Moyer, Matt Stairs, Tom Gordon, So Taguchi and J. C. Romero.
Currently underway in Nashville. Baseball has held winter meetings for years.
A lot of trades happen this month, partly because of the meetings. Check out Phillies Phlashback at www.phillies.com/alumni for day-by-day deals in Phillies history. You’ll see that on December 5, 1978, the Phillies signed Pete Rose to the highest contract in baseball at the time, four years, $3.2 million. Today, a utility player gets that much for one season.
Rule 5 Draft
Here are some of the Phillies selections you’ve heard of: Clay Dalrymple (1959), Jack Baldschun (1960), Dave Hollins (1989), Michael Mimbs (1994), Shane Victorino (2004), David Herndon (2009) and Michael Martinez (2010). Between 1960 and 1989, there must have been other Phillies selections but I’ve been unable to locate them. If you know, let me know so I can let everyone know.
Then, there are those selected by the Phillies who didn’t get past spring training. Among that group are Ed Crosby, Ed Olwine, Burke Suter, Jeff Tabaka, Jay Tibbs, Robert Mosebach, Travis Buckley, Lincoln Holdzkom, Adam Donachie, Jim Ed Warden, Ryan Buddie, Jay Chapman and David Miller. Probably many more, too.
Two Rule 5 draft notes of interest:
**2007: Mariners select R. A. Dickey from the Twins.
**2006: Cubs select Josh Hamilton from the Rays.
This week, Dickey, the current NL Cy Young Award winner, could be traded or signed to an extension by the Mets and Hamilton is a prize free agent who will get a lot of attention.
Rule 5 Draft will take place on Thursday morning. Phillies do have a roster spot open as of today. Stay tuned.
John Kruk is moving from the ESPN TV studio to join the ESPN’s Sunday Night broadcasting team. He’s replacing Terry Francona. Good move by ESPN.
The following Alumni are celebrating birthdays this week……… 3—Clay Dalrymple (76), Paul Byrd (42), Chad Durbin (35) . . . 6–Larry Bowa (67), Steve Bedrosian (55) . . . 7—Alex Johnson (70), Ozzie Virgil (56) . . . 8—Jeff Grotewold (47) . . . 9—Darold Knowles (71), Del Unser (68), Juan Samuel (52).
Who’s “Beauty” Bancroft?
Check out www.phillies.com/alumni for a past profile of this Phillies shortstop. Vintage photo shows a unique grip of his bat.