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Phillies’ #9 Prospect Tyson Gillies, Photo- Jay Floyd
Phillies outfield prospect Tyson Gillies is a very skilled player that has had some well documented ups and downs in recent years. Being traded, bouncing back from several injuries and a return from a suspension have induced plenty of emotion from the lefty batter, but an opportunity to play for his home country of Canada in the World Baseball Classic has the Vancouver native more excited about the game than he’s been in some time.
“It’s always a dream come true to represent your country, doing something you love,” Gillies said from Team Canada’s training facility this week. “The excitement level has been through the roof for everyone out here in Arizona.”
The 24-year-old, who plays with a hearing impairment, has experienced some considerable injury issues since the Phillies acquired him in the 2009 trade that sent Cliff Lee to Seattle. A recurring left hamstring ailment, a troublesome foot problem and a concussion that forced...
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Minnesota Twins vs Philadelphia Phillies
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Cliff Lee takes the hill against the Twins today. Darin Ruf, who may see some time in Triple-A according to Ruben Amaro Jr. if he is not ready for the Majors, is in the line-up, hitting seventh as the DH.
Well, there's plenty to discuss today. Darin Ruf had an awful day yesterday, and I think his roster spot is in real jeopardy. This is probably the biggest worry I have right now about this team, as I'm genuinely worried about Mayberry and Nix even in a platoon. I'm also...
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The overall concept of the World Baseball Classic is intriguing. But despite the positives that accompany the global tournament, there are other factors that are both unavoidable and detrimental to its growth.
First, there is an inherent uneasiness that comes with a major leaguer leaving his big league ballclub in order to join his native country for the tourney.