You thought the Phillies had some swagger before? The vibe on this team just went through the roof now that
Hamels is in far better shape than he was at this time last year, when he showed up flipping fastballs at 81 mph after he shut down his offseason throwing because of his huge innings jump in 2008. Hamels said he talked with buddy and fellow
One thing you notice in camp is that Philadelphia has deep talent in its front office, not just on the field. The Phillies have collected one of the biggest, smartest and most experienced front offices in baseball, including
The quickest way to get under the skin of GM
Well, the GM is tired of explaining. One day Lee said on television that the Phillies traded him on the same day his agent presented the club with a counteroffer toward an extension. Asked about Lee's account of that timing, Amaro snapped, "Incorrect. And I'm done talking about it."
Ohh-kay then. Thing is, Lee's name will be heard in Philadelphia all year. The Phillies did have a chance to blow the doors off the National League with Halladay, Lee and Hamels at the top of their rotation, then pocketed the draft picks when Lee left as a free agent. Amaro may be proven right over time by taking the longer view, but fans of the two-time pennant winners are all about the opportunity now.
What? You say Werth isn't a new face? Well, then you haven't seen him in Clearwater this spring. The right fielder always worked the low-maintenance, skatepark dude look, with his soul patch and lack of regard for razor and comb. But this spring the guy looks like something that washed ashore on "Lost." His hair is longer and even more unkempt and his beard recalls House of David baseball. Said Phillies advisor and former GM Pat Gillick, "Look at him. He's our Grizzly Adams."