Prior to tonight’s game against the Diamondbacks, the Phillies unveiled a bronze statue in tribute to longtime broadcaster Harry Kalas, who passed away on April 13, 2009 at the age of 73.
The statue stands in section 141 on the main concourse at Citizens Bank Park just outside the entrance to Harry the K’s, the restaurant named in his honor.
Steve Carlton and Jimmy Rollins participated in the ceremony, which was also attended by Harry’s son, Kane Kalas.
“It’s perfect,” Kane Kalas told MLB.com. “It speaks perfection with the loafers and the sport jacket. He’s wearing the ring. The detail, the precision in it. When they unveiled it, I could not believe it.”
Kalas was the familiar baritone voice of the Phillies from 1971 until his death. He was inducted into the broadcaster’s wing of the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2002.
Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Angels and reliever Cody Allen are in agreement on a one-year contract, pending a physical. The value of the contract is not yet known.
Allen, 30, was looking for an opportunity to close and the Angels can certainly provide that. He will likely be the favorite to break camp as the closer. 2018 was the roughest year of his career, however, as he finished with a 4.70 ERA, 27 saves, and a 80/33 K/BB ratio in 67 innings. Among Allen’s six full seasons, his 27.7 strikeout rate and 11.4 percent walk rate represented career-worsts. FanGraphs also shows him losing nearly a full MPH on his average fastball velocity.
The Angels lost closer Keynan Middleton to Tommy John surgery early last season and he likely won’t return until the second half of the 2019 season. Blake Parker, who handled save situations in Middleton’s place, was non-tendered by the Angels in November and ended up signing with the Twins. The closer’s role is Allen’s to lose, it seems.