Phillies say little on club’s role in NCAA probe (Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia)

CLEARWATER, Fla. The Phillies have received much criticism for their role in the NCAA investigation of former draft pick Ben Wetzler, but general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. is not worried that the perception of the club has been hurt in the baseball industry. Wetzler, a pitcher from Oregon State, was the Phillies fifth-round draft pick last June. According to sources, the Phillies believed they had a handshake agreement to sign…

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Henderson will not manage Class A Clearwater

The Phillies announced Saturday that Ramon Henderson, whose return to the organization in 2013 was an inspirational tale of redemption, will not manage Class A Advanced Clearwater this season as previously announced for personal reasons. Henderson will not manage Class A Clearwater Author: Paul Hagen From Feed: http://partner.mlb.com/partnerxml/gen/news/rss/phi.xml Powered by WPeMatico

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Amaro: Phillies' reputation is very good

Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr. said he doesn’t believe the club’s reputation has been harmed after Baseball America reported that it was the Phils who reported 2013 Draft picks Ben Wetzler and Jason Monda for using an agent to help them negotiate. Wetzler was suspended 11 games by the NCAA. Amaro: Phillies' reputation is very good Author: Paul Hagen From Feed: http://partner.mlb.com/partnerxml/gen/news/rss/phi.xml Powered by WPeMatico

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Abreu, Galvis thinking of family in Venezuela

The ripple effect of violent political unrest in Venezuela is being felt in the Phillies’ clubhouse at Bright House Field. The Phils have several Venezuelan natives in camp and, naturally, they are thinking about their family and friends back home. Abreu, Galvis thinking of family in Venezuela Author: Paul Hagen From Feed: http://partner.mlb.com/partnerxml/gen/news/rss/phi.xml Powered by WPeMatico

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Texas has only 2 position players from 2010 Series (The Associated Press)

Mitch Moreland started thinking about the Texas Rangers roster during his 25-hour drive to Arizona for spring training. Moreland, who as a rookie was the Rangers’ top hitter in their first World Series, realized he was one of the most tenured players in Texas. Moreland and shortstop Elvis Andrus are the only two position players remaining who played in that 2010 series against San Francisco. Adrian Beltre joined them the…

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NCAA suspends Oregon State pitcher Ben Wetzler for 20 percent of the season, Phillies issue statement (Big League Stew)

The other shoe has dropped in the Ben Wetzler case. Last week, the NCAA announced the Oregon St. left-hander was suspended indefinitely while they investigated him for inappropriate use of a financial advisor in dealing with the Philadelphia Phillies following the 2013 draft. On Friday, it was announced Wetzler will be suspended for 20 percent of the season, with time already missed included. That means he’ll be eligible to return…

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Ben Wetzler suspension: Philadelphia Phillies acknowledge role in NCAA … – The Oregonian

ESPN (blog) Ben Wetzler suspension: Philadelphia Phillies acknowledge role in NCAA …The OregonianThe Philadelphia Phillies have released a statement regarding their role in the NCAA’s investigation of Ben Wetzler that resulted in him being suspended for 20 percent of the Oregon State baseball season. MLBPA exec dir Tony Clark on Phillies/Wetzler …Phillies hurt long-term by informing NCAAESPN (blog)Philadelphia Phillies turn Jason Monda, Ben Wetzler in to NCAACougCenterReport: Phillies turn in…

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Phillies RHP Miguel Gonzalez struggling early on (Comcast SportsNet Mid Atlantic)

The Philadelphia Phillies are expected to once again have two of the best pitchers in baseball anchoring their rotation. Cole Hamels and Cliff Lee are as good as any No. 1 and No. 2 combination in the majors. Throw in A.J. Burnett, and the Phillies have a significant strength, at least at the top. Starter Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez is not off to a great start at Phillies camp in Clearwater,…

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An Apology to Joecatz of The Good Phight

Earlier today, Michael Baumann posted Crash Bag #94. I thought it was entertaining and informative as usual, but in discussing the Ben Wetzler issue, Baumann targeted The Good Phight contributor Joecatz. Some unflattering terms were used to describe Joe and the way he arrived at his viewpoint. Correctly, this received some criticism. When I started this blog back in 2007, I wanted to bring an objective, level-headed perspective to the…

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Franco, Gonzalez trending in opposite directions

Ryne Sandberg and Larry Bowa have been very impressed by Maikel Franco early in camp, and the Phillies’ manager maintains that Franco will compete with Cody Asche for the Phils’ third base job. Sandberg is impressed with Franco’s ability to drive the ball to all fields, reports Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com. Bowa is taken by his defensive skills at first and third base. "It seems the harder the ball is…

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