2012 Year In Review: Philadelphia Phillies

Many fans thought that the 2012 season would be one to remember, that it would be a marker of Phillies success, instead they received the opposite. The 2012 season was not what Philly fans were expecting, and many would say it was a disaster. Many blamed the outcome of the 2012 season on manager Charlie Manuel, while others would blame it on GM Ruben Amaro JR. Either way, the Phillies would need to change before the 2013 season.

January 27th -  Sign Left Fielder Juan Pierre

The Phillies picked up veteran left fielder Juan Pierre. Pierre earned his name for his consistent career Batting Average of .297, but he is also well-known for his 452 career stolen bases in his 12 year career. Pierre was a major pickup for the Phillies, and he contributed in the 2012 season immensely.

April – Ryan Howard and Chase Utley put on disabled list

During spring training in April, the Phillies placed both Ryan Howard and Chase Utley on the disabled list. Utley was put on the DL for recent surgery on his knees, while Howard also had surgery on his Achilles tendon. Their absences greatly contributed to the bad outcome of the season.

May 2nd – Erik Kratz recalled

Kratz hit over .320 during the first half of the season.

Erik Kratz got called back up to replace Brian Schneider as Chuch’s primary backup. Kratz stepped up and showed tremendous skill whenever Carlos Ruiz needed a day off or spent time on the DL. Kratz showed great power with the bat, hitting above .300 for most of the season before dropping to .248 in a late season slump. Besides Kratz’s hitting, he also showed talent behind the plate, catching over 45 games.

June 19th – Freddy Galvis put on the Restricted list

Substitute 2nd basemen Freddy Galvis, filling in for injured Chase Utley, gets put on the restricted list for performance enhancing drugs. He was suspended fifty games for this violation.

June 27th – 2nd Basemen Chase Utley activated from the disabled list

2nd baseman all-star Chase Utley gets activated from the DL. This was just in time, since his substitute recently got suspended. Utley went 3-5 with a home run in his first game back. He hit a mediocre .256 batting average for the rest of the season.

July 1st – Jim Thome Traded to Baltimore Orioles

Jim Thome was traded to the Baltimore Orioles for minor leaguers Kyle Simon and Gabriel Lino. Amaro stated that Baltimore would be a good fit for Thome, because he could play everyday as their DH. Thome hit seven home runs and drove in 30 runs for the Phillies before departing for Baltimore.

July 24th – Cole Hamels Signed to 6-Year Contract Extension

Cole went 17-6 with a 3.05 ERA in 2012.

Many Phillies fans were anxious about what would happen to ace starter Cole Hamels. Some thought he might get traded mid-season, that he would get traded, while others thought Amaro would either try to re-sign him in the 2012-2013 offseason or offer him a contract extension. On July 24th, many Philly fans were relieved when they heard that Cole Hamels had signed a 6-year, 144 million dollar contract. Many felt this was Amaro’s best move of the season.

July 31st – Shane Victorino Traded to LA Dodgers

The Phillies traded center-fielder Shane Victorino to the Los Angeles Dodgers for reliever Josh Lindblom right before the trade deadline. Victorino led the team to five NL East Championships and to a Word Series, but this season Victorino hit a mere .261, and was not shining as he usually did. Amaro decided it was best to let him go in order to get reliever Josh Lindblom, who pitched a good 3.02 ERA while with the Dodgers.

July 31st – Hunter Pence Traded to San Francisco Giants

Pence appeared in 155 games for the Phils.

Along with fellow outfielder Shane Victorino, Hunter Pence was traded right before the trade deadline, a last-minute move for the Phillies who were hoping to transform their team for a chance at a playoff spot. While Victorino was sent to Los Angeles, Pence went to San Fransisco in return for right fielder Nate Schierholtz. The Phillies also received minor leaguers Tommy Joseph (catcher) and Seth Rosin (pitcher).

August 3rd – Joe Blanton traded to Los Angeles Dodgers

The Dodgers claimed Joe Blanton off Waivers, shortly after the trade deadline. Blanton will join teammate Shane Victorino in LA. While Blanton said he was shocked and would have liked to stay in Philadelphia, he was quoted saying that this would be a new adventure.

October 3rd – Phillies fire Sam Perlozzo, Greg Gross, Pete Mackanin after losing final game

Immediately after the final game of the season, the Phillies fired 1st base coach Sam Perlozzo, Hitting Coach Greg Gross, and Bench Coach Pete Mackanin. All three coaches have been with the team for a number of years, and will be missed by a number of fans.

October 4th – Ryne Sandberg  promoted to third base coach and infield instructor

Shortly after the firing of Sam Perlozzo, the Phillies promoted Triple-A manager Ryne Sandberg to be the new 3rd base coach, with Juan Samuel most likely to be moved to 1st base.

November 27th – Carlos Ruiz Suspended

After a stunning 2012 season, Carlos Ruiz tested positive on a prohibited stimulant, an amphetamine. Carlos Ruiz will be suspended for 25 games, so he will miss the beginning of the season. Back-up Eric Kratz will most likely fill in.

December 6th – Acquire Ben Revere, Deal Vance Worley

In a trade with Minnesota, the Phillies sent away starter Vance Worley and Trevor May for Center-Fielder Ben Revere. Revere will play center-field, and will hopefully be the leadoff player in Charlie’s lineup.

December 9th – Trade for Veteran 3B Michael Young

Young fills the 3B hole.

Shortly after the Phillies acquired Ben Revere, they sent away reliever Josh Lindblom and minor league Lisalverto Bonilla to the Texas Rangers. In return, they received veteran 3rd basemen Michael Young. Young is a great hit among Phillies fans, as his career BA is .301, the only concern among people is his age.

December 18th – Phillies Sign Free-Agent John Lannan

After Vance Worley was sent to the Twins, Amaro has been scouting for somebody to take his place. He found John Lannan, a free agent who had previously pitched for the Nationals. His ERA has always hovered around 4.00 his whole career, and he should stay consistent in 2013.

December 20th – Phillies Sign Reliever Mike Adams

2 days after the Phillies signed starter John Lannan, Ruben Amaro JR. signed reliever Mike Adams, who was a free agent. Adams’ career ERA is a stunning 2.28 and he will make a great fit and will improve the Phillies current struggling bullpen immensely.

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