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Sam Fuld retires, joins Phillies’ front office


Outfielder Sam Fuld announced his retirement from baseball on Friday. The Phillies announced shortly thereafter that Fuld joined the club’s baseball operations as a major league player information coordinator.

Fuld, 35, hadn’t played since 2015 due to a rotator cuff injury for which he underwent surgery in May 2016. Across parts of eight seasons with the Cubs, Rays, Athletics, and Twins, Fuld hit .227/.307/.325. While he struggled to hit, Fuld did provide value on the bases, stealing 67 bases. He was also well-regarded for his defense whether he was in center field or in a corner.

Video: Braden Halladay pays homage to Roy Halladay in spring game

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While newly-acquired talent Danny Espinosa was off collecting hits for the Blue Jays against the Orioles, Marcus Stroman led a youth-filled roster against the Canadian Junior National Team in a split-squad game on Saturday. In the eighth inning, 17-year-old Canadian pitcher Braden Halladay took the mound to honor his late father’s memory against his former team.

Halladay accomplished just that, wielding a fastball that topped out in the low-80s and setting down a perfect 1-2-3 inning against the top of the lineup. No one batter saw more than a single pitch from the right-hander: Mc Gregory Contreras and Mattingly Romanin flew out to the outfield corners and Bo Bichette laid down a ground ball for an easy third out.

MLB.com’s Gregor Chisholm has a fantastic profile of the high school junior, including his approach to the game and his attempt to do Roy Halladay proud while carving out his own path to the majors. “From a pitching standpoint, it was everything I could have asked for and more,” Halladay told reporters. “Especially now, every time I make mistakes, I still hear him drilling me about them in my head, just because he’s done it so many times before. From a mind-set standpoint, I don’t think with any bias that I could have had a better teacher.”