There was plenty of news in Phillies land on Monday. "Jay" Happ finished 2nd in NL Rookie of the Year voting, Eric Bruntlett will officially not return to the team next year and the Phils are reportedly a possibility for Pedro Martinez to return to next year.
MLB announced that Chris Coghlan of the Marlins was the 2009 National League Rookie of the Year. Phillies pitcher "Jay" Happ finished second and was the only candidate who appear on all 32 submitted ballots. Coghlan, in fact, did not appear on seven ballots. Coghlan led NL rookies in batting avg. (.321), runs (84), hits (162), on base percentage (.390) and total bases (232). Happ had a 12-4 record and a 2.93 ERA for the National League Champions.
Utility player Eric Bruntlett refused a minor league assignment from the Phillies and became a free agent on Monday. Bruntlett will forever have two claims to fame for the Phillies...1- scoring the winning run in the 2008 World Series...2- the unassisted game ending triple play against the Mets. Bruntlett batted .171 with a .462 OPS in 72 games for the Phillies in 2009.
According to Jon Paul Morosi of FoxSports.com, Pedro Martinez intends to pitch the entire 2010 season, and the Phillies are still in the mix to re-sign the former World Champion hurler. The article, found here, features quotes from Martinez's agent, Fern Cuza, who blames the poor outing that Pedro had in game 6 of the World Series on the flu that he was suffering through. Cuza said that Martinez lost 13 pounds, while sick. "I don't know how he took the mound that night. I didn't realize how sick he was", Cuza stated.
Martinez may appear in the Dominican Winter league, while he trains during the offseason and prepares for a full 2010 schedule.
Other news from Monday...
Harry Kalas statue a possibility at CBP. Link.
Read about the type of guy that got elected Rookie of the Year over "Jay" Happ. Link.
Cleveland has hired everyone's favorite ex-Phillies third base coach Steve Smith as a coach. Link.
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