Quote of the Day: Plaschke on Manny's slam

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Watching all this from the press box, I’ll admit, I got chills, and
this doesn’t mean I’ve suddenly become a big Manny Ramirez fan, because
I haven’t. No, I didn’t accept the team’s offer of a bobblehead doll.
And yes, I still believe he is a cheat who has never truly admitted or
shown remorse for his drug-policy violations.

But until proven otherwise, Wednesday’s moment was created cleanly,
and one should be able to appreciate it without buying into the man who
created it.

Bill Plaschke of the Los Angeles Times,
grudgingly — and admirably, I might add — admitting that Manny’s
grand slam on Wednesday night was a special moment despite all of the
disapprobation he has thrown on Ramirez and the people who enjoy his
play in recent weeks.

Former major league pitcher Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez dies in traffic accident

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Former Phillies right-hander Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez died in a traffic accident in Havana on Thursday, per reports from the El Nuevo Herald and CiberCuba. No other deaths or injuries have been reported in connection to the accident. Gonzalez was 34 years old.

The Cuban righty defected from his home country in 2013 and signed a three-year, $12 million contract with the Phillies. A bout of right shoulder tendinitis compromised his bid for a major league role, but he finally broke through to the big leagues at the tail end of the 2014 season and turned in a 6.75 ERA, 5.1 BB/9 and 8.4 SO/9 in just six outings. Another case of shoulder inflammation derailed any progress he might have made in 2015, however, and he recorded just five innings in Triple-A Lehigh Valley before the team officially released him prior to the 2016 season.

The Phillies released a statement following news of Gonzalez’s death: