As Todd Zolecki of MLB.com points out, the Phillies celebrated the 100th consecutive sellout of Citizens Bank Park on Thursday night before their game against the Giants.
The stadium has a capacity of 43,651 and 42,900 non-standing room tickets must be sold for a game to be considered a sellout. Since July 9, 2009, that has not been a problem, which is truly quite a feat.
“We’ve averaged over 3.1 million in the seven years at Citizens Bank
Park,” Phillies vice president of sales and ticket operations John Weber told MLB.com. “It’s always been about the ballpark, our homegrown
winning team and the fans. Those three components make our job so much
Phillies manager Charlie Manuel acknowledged the great fan support before Thursday’s game.
“I’d just like to say you’re the best fans I’ve ever seen in baseball,”
he said. “And your energy and the fact you pull for us every night is
going to help us get to the World Series again.”
The Phillies currently boast a 68-51 record and sit only two games back of the Braves in the National League East. They lead the hunt for the NL Wild Card.
Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the Rangers have signed outfielder Carlos Gomez to a one-year deal. Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that Gomez will earn $11.5 million next season.
Gomez, 31, struggled with the Astros to a .594 OPS before the club released him in mid-August. The Rangers signed him shortly thereafter and were immediately rewarded. Gomez hit .284/.362/.543 with eight home runs and 24 RBI in 130 plate appearances through the end of the regular season.
As presently constructed, Gomez would likely take over in center field with Nomar Mazara handling left and Shin-Soo Choo in right.
Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Diamondbacks are close to signing free agent reliever Fernando Rodney.
Rodney, 39, has been inconsistent over the past two seasons. This past season, he was lights-out with the Padres, posting a 0.31 ERA in 28 appearances. After the Marlins acquired him at the end of June, he struggled to a 5.89 ERA in 39 appearances.
Brad Ziegler, who closed for the Diamondbacks in the first half last season, went to the Red Sox in a midseason trade and is now a free agent. The Diamondbacks had six other relievers register a save, but only Daniel Hudson and Jake Barrett recorded more than one. Adding Rodney will give the club some stability in the ninth inning.