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Dodgers acquire Chase Utley

As reported by usatoday.com, Chase Utley will join the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Chase Utley, whose 13-year career with the Philadelphia Phillies included five All-Star appearances and the club’s first World Series championship since 1980, agreed to a trade to the Los Angeles Dodgers, according to a baseball official with direct knowledge of the deal.

The person spoke to USA TODAY Sports on condition of anonymity because the trade has been agreed upon, but not finalized. The Phillies will receive a pair of mid-level prospects from the Dodgers, who will also receive $2 million to help offset the remainder of the $15 million Utley is paid this season.

MLB.com first reported that the Dodgers and Phillies were nearing a deal involving Utley.

Utley, 36, approved the trade to his native Southern California and had the right to veto any deal because he’s spent more than 10 years with the Phillies. He will provide an immediate option at second base while incumbent Howie Kendrick recovers from a left hamstring injury. Utley will also reunite with shortstop Jimmy Rollins, his double-play partner for 11 seasons before the Phillies traded Rollins to the Dodgers in December.

The trade leaves only first baseman Ryan Howard and catcher Carlos Ruiz from the core that won consecutive National League pennants in 2008-2009. Utley, who can be a free agent after this season, is batting a career-low .217. Last month, 2008 World Series MVP Cole Hamels was dealt to the Texas Rangers.

I couldn’t have said it better myself. Well done!

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Cole Hamels no-hitter is recognized by former players

Cole Hamels pitching 2010

Cole Hamels tosses an amazing no-hitter yesterday against the Cubs with 13 strikeouts. It’s been 50 years since anyone pitched a no-hitter against the Cubs. Could this be his last time in a Phillies uniform? Former players give praise on Twitter.

FirstEnergy Stadium Adds Vape Lounge

FirstEnergy Stadium located in Reading,PA will be adding a vape lounge provided by Sabor Vapors this season. FirstEnergy stadium is currently a smoke free stadium, as per a City of Reading Ordinance. I’d rather smell nothing at all, so maybe it’s a good idea. Although nothing could take me away from a game of baseball for vaping, unless they are giving away free beer.

While smoking has been prohibited inside FirstEnergy Stadium for several years, as per a City of Reading Ordinance, the Reading Fightin Phils have always felt it was important to provide smokers with a comfortable area to smoke. Because of this, the Fightins have had a comfortable smoking area outside the stadium for several years.

Recently, as vaporizers have become popular across the country, stadiums, including America’s Classic Ballpark, have tried to accommodate fans who enjoy vaporizers while respecting their need to not inhale tobacco smoke found in a smoking area.

Beginning with the current 2015 season, the Fightins have created the Vape Lounge presented by Sabor Vapors. The area, which has become a comfortable gathering spot for fans that enjoy vaping during games, is located near the previously existing smoking area, which is also sponsored by Sabor Vapors. The Vape Lounge is separate from the current smoking area and allows those in the lounge to avoid secondhand smoke. Throughout the season, the area will evolve as it has already added blue decorative lighting and plans to add Adirondack chairs.

The Vape Lounge presented by Sabor Vapors area is believed to be the first area in any baseball stadium specifically designated for fans to use vaporizers.

“The Vape Lounge presented by Sabor Vapors has been very successful since being installed prior to the start of the season,” said Fightins General Manager Scott Hunsicker. “It is often full of Fightins fans enjoying a break and meeting each other over a shared enjoyment of vaporizers. We look forward to a continued partnership with Sabor Vapors and hope to add some specific events for vaping in the near future.”

Sabor Vapors sponsorship of the previously existing smoking area also includes signage encouraging those that smoke nicotine cigarettes to quit smoking cigarettes and consider Sabor Vapors as an alternative.

“We are a tight family with busy lives like most in today’s world and we have always enjoyed the special moments we share at First Energy Stadium. It has been a dream come true to build a personal & business relationship with the Fightins,” said Amelia Rivera, owner of Sabor Vapors. “We are so very grateful for their support and understanding of the ever-changing times of the community around them to include us in this opportunity and to develop the oasis getaway of the first and only vape lounge in ballparks. We want to help inform, educate, and support those that struggle with the cigarette addiction and hope to build similar relationships with the Fightins fans while we are at the ballpark or store.”

On Saturday, June 20th, representatives from Sabor Vapors will be at a table in FirstEnergy Stadium selling vaporizer kits, e-juice, and exclusive flavors just for Fightins fans.

Located in Hamburg, Sabor Vapors provides an alternative to smoking in a flavorful, fun, and socially acceptable way through the sales of vaporizers, flavored e-juice, and more. Sabor Vapors storefront also features a newly-designed vapor lounge feature comfy leather seating. For more information, you can go to SaborVapors.com.

via fightins.com

A-Rod won’t play in exhibition vs. Phillies today

According to Foxsports.com, Alex Rodriguez will skip the Yankee’s exhibition opener against the Phillies on Tuesday in Clearwater, Florida. Rodriguez is back from suspension violations of baseball’s drug agreement and labor contract. A-Rod is expected to return on Wednesday as a DH, who went 0-2 in a intrasquad game on Monday.

The Phillies need this win after being embarrassed on Sunday. They lost 6-2 to the University of Tampa, a Division II college team, by a score of 6-2 in their first game of the spring.

Cole Hamels: “I’m a Phillie”

Cole Hamels pitching 2010
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The trade rumors on Cole Hamels are sky rocketing. Hamels had a news conference Saturday afternoon in Clearwater, Florida.

“You can’t count us out. We do have a lot of guys who like to go out and compete at the highest level and expect to do so and expect their teammates to do so.”

Hamels commented to USA Today earlier this week about wanting to be traded from a “continuation of a conversation from January.”

“I’m a Phillie”, said Hamels.

Hamels signed a 6 years/$144M contract back in 2012. He will earn $22.5M each season for next 4 seasons with a 2019 option for $20M club option ($6M buy out). The option guaranteed if Hamels has 400 IP in 2017-18 (including 200 IP in 2018) and is not on the DL with shoulder or elbow injury at the end of the 2018 season. The deal includes $6 million signing bonus.

Ben Davis will join the Phillies broadcast team in 2015

Former MLB catcher Ben Davis is joining the Phillies broadcast team this season. Davis is replacing Jamie Moyer, who left last season with Comcast SportsNet. CSN announced the hiring on Thursday. Davis will be joining Tom McCarthy, Matt Stairs, Gregg Murphy and Mike Schmidt on the broadcasts.

Ben Davis’s statement to CSN:

“Growing up a Philadelphia Phillies fan, this is a dream come true,” Davis said. “I look forward to working with Mike, Matt, Tom and Gregg in the booth, and I thank Comcast SportsNet and the Phillies for this opportunity.”

Five Phillies go into spring training at 180 years of age

The Phillies officially began spring training today in Clearwater, Florida. Today, the pitchers and catchers reported. The teams first season workout will be held on Thursday. They are projected to have the worst season in history. The Sabermetrics system predicts the Phillies will finish with a 69-93 record. And to make matters worst, there are five players on the current roster that are 36 years of age.

Mike Adams – 36
Aaron Harang – 36
Cliff Lee – 36
Carlos Ruiz – 36
Chase Utley – 36

Philly Sports Weekend Roundup

I’m going to try and do weekend roundups for everyone. I’ll do my best to keep up weekly. As you may know, having two kids takes up most of the day. Enjoy!

Flyers:

The Flyers get the win 2-1 against the Sabres on Sunday. Matt Read gets the first goal in the first period at 3:19. The second goal was by Michael Raffl at 12:45 in the third period. The Flyers are 23-22-10, 5th in Metropolitan Division.

Phillies:

According to The Boston Globe, The Boston Red Sox made an offer for Cole Hamels.

1. Cole Hamels, LHP, Phillies — General manager Ruben Amaro said last week that four teams had made offers for Hamels. One of them, according to a major league source, was the Red Sox. But what we’ve been able to piece together through various sources is that the package Boston offered was heavy on the major league side, trying to avoid giving up any of their top prospects. Suffice it to say, that won’t get you Hamels. The Phillies are insistent on prospects, and if they don’t get them now they’ll wait until the trade deadline when there might be more desperation by teams seeking to win.

Eagles:

The epic Riley Cooper calender controversy. The Eagles released this following statement: “We do not oversee the production of the annual team calendar,” the Eagles said in a statement. “We do not provide any input about the players who are featured or where those pictures appear in the calendar. The NFL licenses the production of that calendar to a third party and we do not have an opportunity to review the material.”

The Co-Host/Co-Producer of War Room Sports had his own opinion:

Sixers:

Julius Erving said he thinks the mascots are why the dunk contest lost popularity, according to a report from ESPN’s Darren Rovell.

From the Report:

“The mascots messed it up,” Erving said, referring to the stunts pulled during regular-season games as part of crowd entertainment. “It was great seeing regular human beings, even though they were 6-foot-6, 250 pounds, running and dunking a basketball. When mascots started doing it with all the trampolines and all the crazy stuff and falling on the floor, then it became more like the X Games. The players can’t live up to that.”

Report: Many Teams Are Still After Cole Hamels

According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, Five or Six teams are interested in Cole Hamels. Hamels is owed $22.5 million for each of the next four seasons.

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