Eastern League All Star Game–batting practice

Batting practice has begun!

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Dusty Wathan is pitching. So far we have spotted Darrin Ruf, Troy Hanzawa, Sebastian Valle, Cesar Hernandez and leandro Castro.

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ETA: 5:50pm
Leandro Castro takes a ball yard!

ETA: 5:54
Cesar Hernandez takes one long!

ETA: 5:55

Leandro Castro sends one over the
fence.

ETA: 5:55
Sebastian Valle sends a ball over the billboards in left field!

ETA: 6:00
Castro sent one out again

ETA: watching Jordan Whatcott being interviewed after a picture of all the All Star R-Phils is taken…will post later…

Amarro denies “Shopping Hamels”

It was only yesterday and even earlier today when it seemed every major news source was reporting that the Phillies were burning up the phone lines looking to gauge interest in Cole Hamels. Heck, even CBS Sports reported that “Cole will not sign with the phillies”.

Today, Rabid Ruben claims that they plan to keep Hamels “in our uniform in the short term and long term” as reported in the Inquirer by Matt Gelb.

It makes me wonder what caused such a shift in 24 hours? Fan outrage? Since trading Hamels at this point would amount to a “rental” did they not find a good enough deal? Did people call can cancel season ticket orders for next year?

Who knows?

Hamels wants out?

CBS Sports is reporting that Cole Hamels has said that he will NOT resign with the Phillis and John Heyman of CBS also says that the Phillies have been making calls to shop him around.

The rats are fleeing the sinking ship!

Why can’t Rabid Ruben just do what Captain EJ Smith of the Titanic do and go into his cabin and wait for the flood?