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Posts tagged ‘Shane Victorino’

Welcome to December, Goodbye Free Agents!

Okay, so it’s tough to actually draw a line and say, “from now on, we’re talking about 2009” during the offseason, since we have free agents, WBRL free agents, arb-eligibles, and protected lists all happening at various times.  For the purposes of, we’ll use December 1st.

While I’ll be posting individual wrap ups for each player later this offseason, as of December first, the Current Roster has been updated, and the following players are no longer active Atomic Roadrunners:

WBRL Contracts Expired:

  • P Brandon Webb
  • P John Maine
  • 1B Prince Fielder
  • SS Jose Reyes
  • OF Shane Victorino
  • OF Corey Hart
  • OF Lastings Milledge

Traded to an AL Team in 2008:

  • 1B Mark Teixeira

Traded from an AL Team in 2008:

  • 3B Casey Blake
  • OF Brandon Moss
  • P Joe Blanton

Signed after the August 19, 2008 protection deadline:

  • C Pablo Sandoval
  • P Luis Ayala
  • P Jason Motte

Golden! Victorino, Phillips Awarded NL Gold Gloves

The National League Roster for the Gold Glove team was announced yesterday, and it included two Roadrunners. Second baseman Brandon Phillips and center fielder Shane Victorino were each honored with their first career award.

Victorino . . . strives to be a well-rounded player. Philadelphia pitchers had a sense of comfort with Victorino roaming the outfield.

“Of course, you want to do well offensively, but I always take pride in my defense,” Victorino said.

Cincinnati’s Phillips led NL second basemen in fielding percentage, committing just seven errors in 706 total chances. He had a 78-game errorless streak from April 10 through July 8.

Phillips becomes the first Reds player to win a Gold Glove since second baseman Pokey Reese in 2000.

The Full Squad:
C: Yadier Molina, STL
1B: Adrian Gonzalez, SD
2B: Brandon Phillips, CIN
3B: David Wright, NYM
SS: Jimmy Rollins, PHI
OF: Nate McLouth, PIT
OF: Carlos Beltran, NYM
OF: Shane Victorino, PHI
P: Greg Maddux, LAD (his 18th gold glove!)

Jones Finishes Sixth in Internet Baseball Awards MVP Race

Baseball Prospectus recently released the results of the 17th Annual Internet Baseball Awards, and Chipper Jones finished sixth in the balloting for National League MVP. 2008 IBA Cy Young Tim Lincecum placed ninth overall. Below are the results:

Rnk Name                   1    2    3    4    5    6    7    8    9   10       B       P
  1. Albert Pujols       1233   97   38   17    5    7    4    2    2    1    1406   18650
  2. Hanley Ramirez        26  454  191  164  105   76   46   38   14   15    1129    8477
  3. Lance Berkman         14  223  195  167  159   89   74   46   31   26    1024    6853
  4. Chase Utley           21  105  196  155  149  101   85   54   45   16     927    5899
  5. David Wright          10   93  163  152  171  118  104   63   50   28     952    5694
  6. Chipper Jones         14   70  131  128  133  115   81   68   47   28     815    4793
  7. Ryan Howard           53  116   75   80   64   44   38   28   35   24     557    3880
  8. Manny Ramirez         32   63   72   65   79   50   40   42   49   51     543    3205
  9. Tim Lincecum           5   33   61   77   94   61   70   50   44   22     517    2803
 10. Ryan Braun             7   49   61   94   55   53   56   44   37   22     478    2732
 12. Jose Reyes             3   12   35   38   63   68   59   72   58   45     453    2027
 23. Prince Fielder         0    1    5    7    9    9   10    7    4    2      54     268
 24. Brandon Webb           0    1    2    4    6    5    7    8    8    6      47     188
 39. Mark Teixeira          0    0    0    3    1    1    0    0    1    1       7      35
 42. Shane Victorino        0    1    0    1    0    3    0    0    1    0       6      33
 62. Brandon Phillips       0    0    0    0    0    1    1    0    1    2       5      13
 74. Corey Hart             0    0    0    0    1    0    0    0    1    0       2       8
 88. Chris Iannetta         0    0    0    0    0    1    0    0    0    0       1       5
 95. Brandon Lyon           0    0    0    0    0    0    1    0    0    0       1       4
104. Ryan Theriot           0    0    0    0    0    0    0    0    0    1       1       1

It seems that I may have placed the vote for Theriot . . .

World Series Starts Today – Four Roadrunners In

(From left, Shane Victorino, Brett Myers, Joe Blanton, Chris Coste) The World Series begins today in Tampa Bay with the Phillies facing the Rays. Brett Myers will be starting Game Two, and Joe Blanton may start Game Four, unless the Phillies need Cole Hamels to pitch on short rest. Victorino will start in center field, and bat either second or seventh, depending on who’s pitching. Coste hasn’t seen much action in the playoffs thus far, sitting to former Roadrunner Carlos Ruiz.

Update: Chris Coste will be the Phillies’ DH for Game 1 against the Rays, the Philly Inquirer reports. Coste will probably only get this start. The Phillies are facing lefty Scott Kazmir, but that’s the only lefty slated to start for the Rays at home. (Rotowire)

Victorino Attacked by PETA for Pig Slaughtering

Seemingly mild-mannered Flyin’ Hawaiian Shane Victorino has been attacked by PETA (who were clearly Dodgers fans) for allegedly slaughtering pigs. Sports by Brooks has the full story:

In between hitting line drive homers and almost getting beaned in the dome, the Phillies’ Shane Victorino enjoys himself a Spam musubi every once in a while. And, of course, PETA is all bent out of shape over it.

Shane Victorino loves Spam

A musubi is a piece of Spam and a small block of rice wrapped in seaweed and is one of the most popular food items in Victorino’s home state of Hawaii. To the calm, rational folks at PETA, though, if you eat one you might as well be jamming a fork into a pig’s face. They’re looking for Victorino to condemn the treatment of pigs at a farm that supplies meat to Spam-maker Hormel. Thus far, he’s doing what most people do when PETA’s badgering them — ignoring them.

The HONOLULU STAR-BULLETIN has fallen for the PR stunt, if only because it gives them another excuse to write about the Flyin’ Hawaiian.

Dan Shannon, PETA’s assistant director, wrote an email to Victorino explaining that some pigs were treated poorly before they were killed and turned into a tasty treat:

“While Spam might be a popular foodstuff in your native Hawaii, before you take another cholesterol-packed bite, let me tell you about the horrific abuse of animals at the hands of Spam’s pork suppliers,” he wrote.

In an interview, Shannon said he decided to write Victorino a letter after learning the player had listed Spam musubi – featuring a slice of meat wrapped with seaweed on top of rice – as one of his favorite dishes in a TV sports show.

“We found some hideous cruelty to animals,” Shannon said of the video, which showed multiple pigs being beaten with metal gate rods and two men jabbing clothespins into pigs’ eyes and faces.

While Victorino in’t particularly well-known outside of Philly on the mainland, he’s a major celebrity in Hawaii, where the newspapers have run articles about him nearly every day since the beginning of the MLB playoffs. The islands haven’t been this baseball-mad since Benny Agbayani went to the World Series with the Mets in 2000.

Shannon said that he’s calling on Victorino to publicly decry the conditions at the farm and/or give up eating Spam. But in a state where jamming a stick through an entire pig and letting it rotate for a while is considered a “party,” PETA might be fighting a losing battle here. Of the 61 comments left in response to the STAR-BULLETIN’s story, about 58 of them ended with “I’m gonna go eat some Spam now.”

Victorino Blasts Tying Homer in 8th Inning

Shane Victorino belted a two-run homer for Philadelphia in the eighth inning to tie Game 4 up in what was eventually a Phillies win. Victorino now has a league-high 11 postseason RBI. Regardless of where Charlie Manuel places him in the lineup, he’s swinging one of the most dangerous bats at the moment. (Rotowire)

Victorino Will Play Through Grandmother’s Death

Shane Victorino was told of his grandmother’s death after Friday night’s Game 2 victory. It’s yet another blow to the Phillies’ family, but Victorino is expected to play through the tragedy. “It’s an emotional time,” he said. “But it’s all about baseball right now. That’s what we’re focused on.” (Rotoworld)

Victorino Launches Grand Slam to Defeat Brewers

Shane Victorino had a grand slam, two doubles and two steals to lead the Phillies past the Brewers 5-2 on Thursday. The Phillies will head to Milwaukee up 2-0 in advance of Saturday’s Game 3. Victorino’s first career slam came off CC Sabathia and gave the Phillies a 5-1 lead in the second. He never crossed home plate again, even though he three times put himself into scoring position, but thanks to fine work from Brett Myers, the Phillies didn’t need any additional runs. They’ll try to close the series out when they send Jamie Moyer to the mound against Dave Bush. (Rotoworld)

Victorino Gets Start, RBI After Weekend Injury

Phillies outfielder Shane Victorino (shin) was able to play in Game 1 of the NLDS, going 0-for-2 with an RBI. Victorino is among the top 30 outfielders to target on Draft Day, according to our initial rankings for 2009. (CBS Sports)

Victorino Profiled in Baseball Prospectus

Phillies OF Shane Victorino is profiled today in Baseball Prospectus as part of their playoff coverage:

With the departure of Aaron Rowand as a free agent last winter, the Phillies needed to find themselves a new center fielder. Rather than pick through the offerings in a thin free agent market—one that would result in Rowand’s being overpaid significantly by the San Francisco Giants—they instead found their new center fielder in-house, shifting Shane Victorino from right field to center. As the Phillies were also lucky enough to get a quality season out of Jayson Werth (Victorino’s replacement in right), they were able to replace a big part of their 2007 offense and still make it into the playoffs. Let’s take a look at how Victorino ended up where he is today, the starting center fielder for the NL East Divisional champions.

Shane Patrick Victorino was selected by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the sixth round of the amateur entry draft. The 194th overall pick signed soon after, and was shipped off to the Great Falls Dodgers of the Pioneer League. His early years weren’t impressive, at least at the plate: he hit .280/.335/.391 as an outfielder in Rookie League, and just .246/.310/.318 the next year in short-season A-ball, but he did go 20-for-25 and 21-for-30 in stolen-base attempt those two years. The latter season featured an attempt to make him a second baseman. His lack of production at the plate and failure at the keystone didn’t stop the Dodgers from promoting him the next year, as the 20-year-old Victorino would start his first full-season campaign in 2001 at Wilmington in the Sally League, and as an outfielder once again. Baseball America rated Victorino the 17th-best prospect in the Dodgers’ organization, saying that “Those who like him compare Victorino to Lenny Dykstra…” and “Those who aren’t impressed labeled Victorino as a one-tool talent who has a long way to go in order to develop another average tool.”