Posts Tagged ‘Tampa Bay Rays’

Aaron Nola Excels in MLB Debut

July 22nd, 2015 by Joe Buscemi | Comments Off on Aaron Nola Excels in MLB Debut | Filed in Baseball, General, Phillies, Sports, TalkSportsPhilly


Last night was all about Aaron Nola and the future of the Phillies.

The anticipation for the highly touted prospect had been ongoing since the organization first announced his debut start against the Rays. You could feel the excitement and energy all throughout Citizens Bank Park. The team store was already promoting tons of new Aaron Nola merchandise and prior to the start of the game, fans of all ages gathered around the bullpen to observe the 22 year old, during his warm-ups. The team also saw an increase in attendance as 28,703 showed up in support of Nola. To put it in perspective, it was the largest non-fireworks night crowd on a weekday since May 14th and an increase of a little over 8,000 since Monday night.

After giving up a lead-off double to Rays left-fielder John Jaso, Nola calmly retired the next three batters, including back to back strike-outs to Souza and Longoria. Nola was on cruise control for pretty much the rest of the game with the exception of the third inning. As luck would have it, he gave up his first MLB homerun to Ray’s pitcher, Nathan Karns. Home runs are a rare commodity by American League pitchers and Karns was the first to do so since Zach Britton of the Orioles hit one against the Braves back in 2011.

Apparently none of that phased Nola and yet again he would retire the remainder of the Rays in order.


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Deconstructing The Phillies: Corner Infield

October 25th, 2014 by Mike H. | Comments Off on Deconstructing The Phillies: Corner Infield | Filed in Baseball, Phillies

Next up in the series is the corner infield positions. What should the Phillies do at the hot corner? Can the Phillies do anything with Ryan Howard? There’s definitely depth at the major league level, but who is the right man for the job? I’m still playing GM and keeping a running tally of the moves and roster spots being taken both in my vision and my counterpart’s. If you’re even remotely intrigued and/or agree with my overhaul, click past the jump to see where I’m going this week. (more…)

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What Is Wrong With Kyle Hudson?

May 17th, 2012 by Mike H. | 1 Comment | Filed in Baseball, Phillies

If you don’t know who Kyle Hudson is, don’t feel bad. The Phillies made a trade on Wednesday with the Rays to acquire the outfielder in exchange for AAA outfielder Rich Thompson. Hudson, 25, is eight years younger than Thompson and both were playing at the same level. Thompson has spent the last five seasons playing for the Phillies AAA affiliate and has just one major league at bat. Now there are no aspirations of Hudson becoming the next superstar in the Phillies outfield, but he still has a higher ceiling than Thompson.

Rich is a guy whose key attribute is his speed, and he uses [his speed] extremely well, both offensively and defensively. We felt like profile-wise he fit in really well with us.

-Andrew Friedman, Rays executive vice president of baseball operations


Played in first major league game since 2004 Wednesday.


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