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Philadelphia Phillies Notes, Quotes 2008-11-07


Philadelphia Phillies Notes, Quotes 2008-11-07
--LF Pat Burrell, the Phillies' longest-tenured player, rode at the head of the victory parade along Broad Street. But he is expected to file for free agency and could be playing elsewhere next season. Burrell, 32, has averaged 31 home runs and 98 RBIs over the past four seasons and is the primary right-handed hitter in the middle of the Phillies' lineup. But a foot injury has sapped him of his speed, making him better-suited to be a designated hitter. Burrell figures to get lucrative offers if he reaches the open market. Asked if the Phils will aggressively pursue re-signing Burrell, new GM Ruben Amaro Jr. said, "We haven't made a decision yet."

--CF Shane Victorino had big shoes to fill when he replaced departed free agent Aaron Rowand this season. But the Phillies were never concerned about a drop-off in defense, and Victorino was rewarded with his first career Gold Glove Award. Rowand won the Gold Glove in 2007. Victorino, a natural center fielder who played right field in 2007, made only two errors in 323 chances over 134 starts in center, and his .994 fielding percentage ranked third in the NL behind Pittsburgh's Nate McLouth and Milwaukee's Mike Cameron. "It's a tremendous honor," Victorino said. "You always want to do well offensively, but I take pride in my defense. There are times you're struggling at the plate. There's never a time when you should struggle on defense."

--SS Jimmy Rollins won his second consecutive Gold Glove Award after leading NL shortstops with a .988 fielding percentage and making seven errors, fewest among the league's shortstops. Rollins became the first Phillies player to win back-to-back Gold Gloves since 3B Scott Rolen in 2000 and 2001. He's also the first Phillies shortstop to win back-to-back Gold Gloves. Bobby Wine won the Gold Glove in 1963, followed by Ruben Amaro Sr. in 1964. Larry Bowa won Gold Gloves in 1972 and 1978.

--LHP Jamie Moyer, already the majors' oldest player, will turn 46 on Nov. 18. But, in early conversations with Moyer's agent, Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr. has been told that Moyer is seeking a multiyear contract. Moyer led the Phillies with 16 regular-season wins, and after struggling in his starts in the Division Series against Milwaukee and the League Championship Series against Los Angeles, he pitched well in Game 3 of the World Series. The Phillies want to retain Moyer, but it's not known if they'd be willing to guarantee him a multiyear contract. "He wants to pitch until he's 50, I think," Amaro said. "We'll have discussions about it."

--Former GM Pat Gillick, 71, has spent most of the past 30 years building baseball teams. He hasn't had time for hobbies. So, as he stepped aside as Phillies GM a few days after the World Sereis, Gillick agreed to remain with the club as a paid adviser to new GM Ruben Amaro Jr. Most of Gillick's input figures to come via telephone from his home in Seattle. "I've been on the road for 10 years," Gillick said. "It's difficult being away from my wife. The other day, she said to me, 'I don't know if I can take this.' I walk a lot. I work in the yard a lot. But I don't golf. I'm not technologically great on the computer. I think my wife is a little worried about it. I don't know what I'll do. I'm sure I'll find something."

BY THE NUMBERS: 2 -- World Series championships in the Phillies' 126-year history (1980, 2008).

QUOTE TO NOTE: "They didn't get a home run, Longoria and Upton, did they? Everyone was like, 'How are you shutting them down?' We shut them down because we had the reports and our guys executed. Our scouts, (Chuck) LaMar, (Jim) Fregosi (Jr.), (Gordon) Lakey, (Charley) Kerfeld and Hank (King), did a hell of job. I mean, a hell of a job." -- Retiring GM Pat Gillick on how the Phillies shut down Rays sluggers Evan Longoria and Carlos Pena during the World Series.


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Added: November 7, 2008

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