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Three Phillies Named All Stars

Three Phillies were named to the 2010 All Star team.  Chase Utley, Roy Halladay and Ryan Howard will represent the National League in Los Angeles in next week’s annual All Star Game.

Fans voted Chase Utley to be the starting second baseman.  Unfortunately, Atlanta’s Martin Prado replaced Utley due to his recent injury.  This would have been Utley’s fifth straight year starting the All Star Game.  Utley was batting .277 with 11 home runs before having surgery on his thumb.

Roy Halladay will be making his seventh All Star appearance.  Halladay currently leads the Major Leagues in innings pitched (130 IP).  He is 9-7, although most of those losses are due to a lack of run support.  Halladay has a 2.42 earned run average and 1.10 WHIP.  There is a chance that Halladay could start the All Star game, but Josh Johnson and Ubaldo Jiminez are also strong possible candidates.

Ryan Howard was named a National League reserve.  Charlie Manuel gave the edge to his own player, as Howard was chosen over the likes of Joey Votto (Votto can still make the roster via the “Final Vote”).  This will be Howard’s third All Star Game.  Howard, who won the 2006 Home Run Derby, will not participate in this year’s contest.  Howard currently has 15 home runs and a .297 average.

There is still a very, very slight chance that Jayson Werth makes the roster.  Werth was a late addition to last year’s All Star roster, and could be again if Jason Heyward is not ready to return from his injury.   The chances are very slim though.

Placido Polanco led NL third basemen in the voting for quite some time, but David Wright ended up surpassing him.  Polanco, who remains on the disabled list, might not have been able to play anyway.

Congratulations to the three Phillies All Stars.  At the beginning of the season, we may have expected a few more, but injuries have held this team back.



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  2. Andrew from Waldorf

    July 5, 2010 at 1:54 am

    Charlie names the 25 million dollar man but not Moyer.
    Gotta look out for the organization I guess.
    To me the only one who really deserves it is halladay and Ruiz. The injury hurts me thinking Ruiz got short changed.

    I knew when I was voting for Polanco that last day that somehow the NY player would make it. Just so happens he is more deserving too.

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  4. NickFromGermantown

    July 5, 2010 at 7:31 am

    They should name Werth to up his trade value, whatever that would be worth.

    Hopefully Joey Votto won’t be playing with a chip on his shoulder. He’s already done considerable damage.

  5. david

    July 5, 2010 at 10:42 am

    Manuel and fans got it right for the most part. Votto deserves to be on the team more than Howard and Fielder though and Manuel really screwed that choice up.

  6. Don M

    July 5, 2010 at 12:28 pm

    “They should name Werth to up his trade value, whatever that would be worth.”


    That isn’t worth anything… stats, salary, and projections are what drives a players value, not being named to an All-Star team, hand selected by your own coach, or being voted for an award by baseball writers


    July 5, 2010 at 12:33 pm

    I think Placido Polanco could have been named if he were not hurt. He has been one Philly that has done a more-than-respectable job for us.

  8. Manny

    July 5, 2010 at 12:35 pm

    Can’t believe JOEY VOTTO wasn’t chosen by Charlie and his crew! Instead he’s going to go on the final Fan Vote Ballot (the one Shane won last year). I’ll be voting for him.

  9. Ted Bell

    July 5, 2010 at 12:58 pm

    Bart, there are at least a half dozen thirdbasemen having better years than Polanco. You know that as well as I do. As far as Votto, he will make it on the fan ballot and all will be well.

    I’m Ted Bell.

  10. Bruce

    July 5, 2010 at 1:17 pm

    Curiously, there is a Cy Young award candidate left off the All Star roster. Mike Pelfrey has a 10-2 record with a 2.97 ERA. Just wondering without looking at the finalized roster for pitchers.

  11. jeff

    July 5, 2010 at 2:17 pm

    Does anybody really watch this horrible event called an all star game. its a joke. to let it give home field advantage for the world series is a joke. in that regard it should be taken away from the fans and only the best of the best. howard does not deserve to be the limo driver for votto. yes he is batting a high average but has done nothing. votto deserves it more then 125 waste. i will be you some way s.strausberg will find his way on the team. they want him there. Anyway ruin tomorrow jr get BROWN up already. stop worrying about his service time. are you just jealous he is better then you.

  12. NickFromGermantown

    July 5, 2010 at 2:28 pm

    Don M, stop thinking logically and rationally. There are plenty of cases where those two things obviously did not have their place. Howard’s deal comes to mind. Raul Ibanez. Brad Lidge. Want me keep going?

    Look at the Cliff Lee deal last summer. We won on that one and maybe we can win again. I don’t think that’s too much to ask for…

  13. NJ

    July 5, 2010 at 3:41 pm

    All-Star appearances etc aid a players agent not his club trying to get rid…

  14. Brooks

    July 5, 2010 at 3:43 pm

    Jeff you actually had a point until you started trashing Howard.

  15. NJ

    July 5, 2010 at 3:46 pm

    Howard is going to minimum hit 40 Dingers, 130 RBI’s and probably wont drop below .280 but the trashing will go on…

  16. DuffyDyer

    July 5, 2010 at 3:55 pm

    Omar Infante? The NL starting staff is awesome. Add Latos, Pelf etc. and it’s obvious the NL has much better pitching and young to boot.

  17. Brooks

    July 5, 2010 at 4:02 pm

    The NFL All Pro game is a “Home Run Derby” – all show, nothing else.

    The AS game does not hold the same appeal it used to but, at least it seems there is a competitiveness about it. And, it is baseball after all.

    I am having trouble voting though. Yes, I did spend some time on the internet this year placing probably 25 votes or so but nothing like in years past. #1, I really don’t think some of our star players are that deserving of an all start berth and #2, it really is a matter of a popularity contest now than it ever was.

    Part of the excitement (this will sound weird) to me about baseball and its history are the players. If you look at the great players that you grew up with and see they played in 8 or 9 consecutive AS games, well, that really did mean they were the best or close to it in the game during that era at that position (Note, Brooks Robinson, 19 AS games!). But looking at the AS voting now, its really not about who is best, its who gets the most votes.

  18. jeff

    July 5, 2010 at 4:14 pm

    Sorry brooks just really down on Howard and that contract. This was Gilicks teams and Jr. is slowly killing it. I understand we have injuries and we are not hitting. Gillick brought guys like Werth in, Victorino, JC R, Jr brings in Raul, Contreas, Banez, Castro, ETC. Lee would of made 9 million this year. Look what we gave Blanton. With all do respect to Joe there are twenty guys out there that our Joe Blantons that we could of had. Put that money towards Lee. I like most of you fell in love with Lee’s energy. That catch in the world series. Guy was a machine. Hamels did have a great 08. Nothing since. He has not pitched bad at all this year but he is no longer a 1 or 2 starter. A very solid 3 on most teams. Cant stand is Cali laid back thing. Yes Howard is batting .295 but we are paying him to hit homers. He is on pace for 30. Not good enough. 50 is what we need. He on base is nothing to write home about. Raul is just become a pinch hitter. A very expensive one, thanks mr. Amaro. Bring up Brown already. He should of been the leadoff guy when Jroll when down. We need this guys energy. What do we have to lose at this point in the season. He has shown what he is about. You cant trade Werth. We need his bat to come alive down the stretch.

  19. Brooks

    July 5, 2010 at 4:48 pm

    Jeff, I thought what Gillick did was put us over the top as well. I am not going to blame Ruben however for the team not hitting. Who knows what is going on with Werth? Raul, he is done for – there is no getting around it, there is nothing that he can do to come close to his production last year. Vic’s inconsistency is unexplainable. Howard – I have to reserve my final thoughts after September, he does have a history of putting the league on its heals in August – lets see what happens and Jeff – regardless the season is at the halfway point..
    Yes, bring up Brown, now. He has plenty of plate appearances in the minors, plenty. After all, can he do worse than what Raul is producing?

  20. George

    July 5, 2010 at 5:40 pm

    Jeff–It was Gillick who signed Adam Eaton and also gave Jenkins a TWO YEAR contract when nobody else really appeared to want him. I believe he also signed Bruntlett, Alex Gonzales, and a few other duds. Eaton was signed for almost as much as Blanton, and for the same number of years. Maybe Amaro could have done even more than just getting Halladay if he hadn’t been hamstrung by those two multi-million dollar mistakes.

    Also, when in h—will you learn that it’s could HAVE?

  21. Nunzio Scholeri

    July 5, 2010 at 6:05 pm

    And would HAVE and should HAVE and so forth. Thank you, George – that had been bothering me from a couple of people for a while now.

  22. jeff

    July 5, 2010 at 6:19 pm

    your right george. gm’s live and die with how the player performs. just hate that howard deal but i realize you have to lock him up. look halladay and howard have a few good years left in both. thats why it so critical that jr. makes some moves. we cant just sit back. we have to surround these guys with some help here. i love roy. he has always been a favorite of mine. im happy we made the trade for him. he is a money pitcher. just wish we had lee by his side for this season. would of been a fun season to watch. getting beat 3 of 4 in pits is a joke. this guys have to get a little angry about that. they are a minor league club. now you have the big bad braves tonight. we have our ace. we have the man we brought here to win games like tonight. we win 2 of 3 and we are back in. tonight is a MUST WIN. Lets get a little revenge.

  23. Brian Sr. of CO

    July 6, 2010 at 2:23 am

    Enough with “Ruin Tomorrow Jr.” Unless you can prove he personally injured all of the players we have on the DL, and unless you can prove that he went to Werth and told him to stop hitting the ball and drop his Avg by about 60 points, Ruben is NOT to blame. Ruben has kept about 90% of a WS team together.

    I hate to say it, but this really is the definition of “front runners”. Last season when he didnt get Halladay “Ruben must go” because “Lee is a bum”. Lee was MASTERFUL going 4-0 with a sub 1 ERA and Lee is AWESOME. Lee then has a streak of 3 or 4 games of 5 plus ER’s in each of those games towards the end of the season, and “If we got Halladay this wouldnt have happened”, and “why put Lee as the 1st starter in the Playoffs, Hamels should Definately be the 1st starter.” After Lee shut EVERYONE down in the playoffs, “Lee is the best pitcher in the league”. We got Halladay AND signed him to an extension, and let Lee go because Lee’s agent was NOT entertaining offers of what we signed Halladay to, and Ruben is a bum again. Think people. I am NOT saying Lee is not a great pitcher, but Lee’s agent balked at the Phillies talk of contracts. He never even told Lee about it. I think Lee’s agent is more to blame than Ruben or Lee. Sorry folks, but Halladay has the most amount of Complete Games since 2002, and most amount of wins since 2002, all while playing in Toronto who hadnt always given him run support. Even in Philly, if Halladay had 3 runs a game, he would only have 3 losses. Lee is a great pitcher, but seeing how BAD the offense is, and getting shut out, or only scoring 1 or 2 runs I doubt Lee would really make a difference here right now.

    I 100% agree it would have been nice to have Lee here. But Im not certain anything would have been better. Not to mention, what would we have done in 2011? Blanton got a 3 year contract, Lee’s agent wouldnt even listen to what the Phillies were saying about locking him up. Would have been more than Blanton rightfully so, but also less than Halladay, again rightfully so. If the Offense was playing mediocre as opposed to HORRIBLE and the starting Pitching was screwing it all up, and I would say the only reason we are not in first is Lee is gone. But honestly, the Starting Pitching has not been the problem OVERALL. The OFFENSE is the problem. Sure Ruben made mistakes, he is human, but come on people.

    As for my comments of “front runners”. Well my family is from St Louis, and I CONSTANTLY hear about 10 World Series, and after 2006, WOW, they were bad (I really rubbed it in their faces after 2008, LOL). But look at that team. After they won the World Series in 2006, they missed the playoffs COMPLETELY in 2007 and 2008, and left early in 2009. Not a single Cardinals fan I know (sadly I know alot because of family) EVER ONCE blamed their General Manager. You know who the Cardinals fans blamed? The PLAYERS. Because they PLAY. When you have a team like the Phillies who are still close to 90% intact from winning the World Series, I cant see blaming the GM. I completely disagree.

    Listen, if Ruben didnt get Lee in the first place, or never went to get Halladay (still a better pitcher overall than Lee, but Lee is still a great pitcher) I would understand it, but he has done what is necessary to what SHOULD be a competitive team for the next 3-4 years rather than having 2 GREAT pitchers lose alot of their games because the Offense is doing NOTHING. Its not like RAJ traded Lee for money, and didnt get someone in return. RAJ sent Lee to Seattle so he can get Halladay.

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