An assortment of notes……
Lead-off note is a musical one…..Happy Birthday today to Wall of Famer Pat Burrell, 41 candles on the cake.
His last hit with the Phillies led to the winning run when the Phillies beat Tampa Bay, 4–3, in Game 5 to win the World Championship, 10/27/08. In a 3–3 game, Burrell doubled to begin the Phillies seventh. Eric Bruntlett pinch-ran and scored the winning run one out later on a single by Pedro Feliz.
Pat also had the last hit, ninth-inning single, at Veterans Stadium, 9/28/03, and the final hit, also a ninth-inning single, in the final spring training game at Jack Russell Memorial Stadium, 3/28/03.
Mickey Morandini is headed for left hip replacement next week . . . Bob Boone and Granny Hamner (posthumously) are being inducted into the Philadelphia Sports Hal of Fame next week . . . Where is Kevin Jordan? Paul Hagen has the story at www.phillies.com/alumni . . . Condolences to the families of two Alumni who have passed away recently, OF Mickey Harrington, 9/20/17 in Hattiesburg, MS, 82 years old; played one game with Phillies in 1963 and INF Solly Hemus, 10/2/17 in Houston, TX, 94 years old; Phillies, 1956–57–68.
Two former Phillies might meet in the American League Championship Series, managers A.J. Hinch (Houston) and Terry Francona (Cleveland). Hinch’s seven-year big league career as a catcher ended in 2004 with the Phillies, .182 in four games after 77 games at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. He spent 2005 also at SWB, his final pro season. Francona began his major league managerial career with the Phillies, 1997–2000. His dad, Tito, played for the Phillies in 1967.
Work is underway at upgrading Citizens Bank Park….removing and replacing the main concourse and pavilion concourse coating, installing new lights in the light towers, replacing the original public address speakers, painting the steel and replacing the playing field sod.
Around the Game
**While there have been only three managerial changes (so far), the most volatile job this postseason involves pitching coaches. Openings include the Phillies, Mets, Royals, Cardinals, Tigers and Rays. Two former Phillies were part of the changes in Detroit, pitching coach Rich Dubee and bullpen coach Mick Billmeyer.
**For the 10th straight season, hitters set a record for strikeouts, 40,104. Last year, 38,982.
**Big leaguers laid down 925 sacrifice bunts, the fewest in modern history. Old mark: 1,025 last year.
**There were 59 complete games in the majors, fewest in history. A year ago the total was under 100 for the first time (83). Chances are there will be zero complete games in this year’s postseason. The game has changed.