Roy Halladay was one of four elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame on Jan. 22. While he only had four seasons in a Phillies uniform, he certainly left his mark … a Cy Young Award, a perfect game, and baseball’s second postseason no-hitter.
He and catcher Carlos Ruiz had a special bond. It was only fitting that Halladay became a Hall of Famer on Ruiz’s 40th birthday.
Last season saw four 2008 World Champion Phillies announce their retirements: Jayson Werth, Chase Utley, Shane Victorino and Ryan Howard. Three are still active: pitchers Cole Hamels, J.A. Happ and Ryan Madson.
Victorino kicked off the annual Toyota Alumni Weekend by ceremoniously retiring as a Phillie prior to the Friday night game. He joined Doug Glanville (2005), Mike Lieberthal (2008), Pat Burrell (2012) and “Polly” — Placido Polanco (2016) — in similar pregame ceremonies.
Jamie Moyer, Gavvy Cravath and Danny Murtaugh were 2018 inductees into the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame … Victorino was inducted into the Hawaii Sports Hall of Fame, the highest honor given to an athlete from that state … Charlie Manuel was listed among 10 candidates eligible on the “Today’s Game Era” ballot for the Baseball Hall of Fame … Larry Bowa was inducted into the LaSalle Club Baseball HOF in his hometown, Sacramento, Calif. … Jim Lonborg received the Baseball Legacy Award from The Sports Museum in Boston.
Kevin Frandsen will be on 81 radio broadcasts with Scott Franzke this season … David Bell (Reds) becomes the third alumnus to be a current Major League manager, joining Terry Francona (Indians) and A.J. Hinch (Astros). Turner Ward joined Bell’s coaching staff … Rod Barajas the bench coach for the Padres and Steve Scarsone is third-base coach for the A’s … Ruben Amaro Jr. is a member of the Mets’ baseball operations front-office staff (Mets) … C Daulton Varsho is one of the Diamondbacks’ top prospects. He’s the son of Gary Varsho and was named after Darren Daulton … Darin Ruf, Tommy Joseph and Jake Thompson are playing pro ball in Korea … John Russell is the technical director of baseball at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. … Larry Christenson, Doug Clemens, Tommy Hutton, Jim Poole, Desi Relaford and Brad Mills attended the Legends of Youth Dinner in New York.
Larry Shenk is author/editor of the Phillies.com Alumni section. Articles re-printed at Phillies Nation by permission of MLB and the Philadephia Phillies.
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