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The Phillies like Josh Hamilton, but are they serious?

Dec 12, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

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The rumors of Josh Hamilton going to the Phillies seem kind of light. There was reportedly an offer — a three-year deal, reported by 94WIP’s Anthony Gargano — but there’s not a sense that it’s a game-changer or anything. At the moment the Rangers and the Mariners seem like the two teams most interested in Hamilton’s services.

Nevertheless,’s Jake Kaplan spoke with Phillies assistant general manager Scott Proefrock, and he sings a love song about Hamilton:

“I can still remember the first spring training that he was in major league camp,” Proefrock said. “I think he was 18 years old at the time and (then Devil Rays manager) Larry Rothschild was dying to keep him on the club. He’s the most talented player I’ve ever seen in my 25 years in the game. Any team would be better for having him on the club. Whether it’s a fit for us remains to be seen.”

Proefrock goes on to say that Hamilton could fit, but so too could a number of players.

In the room the assistant GMs go, talking of Ryan Theriot?

  1. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Dec 12, 2012 at 10:37 AM

    HI Phillies, it’s Josh. If you like me, check this box:

    If you LIKE like me, check this box:

  2. ryanrockzzz - Dec 12, 2012 at 10:37 AM

    Seems to be all assumption from everyone at this point. Rangers haven’t really seemed that hot for Hamilton…and the Phillies offer was reported by Gargano to be three years around 80 million…not exactly making them a darkhorse either. Still, probably ends up right back in Texas since Upton is going to be stuck with is best buddy Gibson for at least another year.

  3. Old Gator - Dec 12, 2012 at 10:38 AM

    Is the Feelies’ assistant GM really named….Proefrock????

    Let us go then you and I
    Where the stat freaks are prognosticating on the fly
    Like a season euthanized upon a schedule….

    (Sorry for butchering the scan, Tom….)

    • stex52 - Dec 12, 2012 at 12:05 PM

      We shall wear our trousers rolled?

      Clearly not many poetry fans here.

      • historiophiliac - Dec 12, 2012 at 2:32 PM

        It will pain you greatly, but my mind went first to Walking in a Winter Wonderland…and then to The Cure. Sorry.

      • Old Gator - Dec 12, 2012 at 2:40 PM

        They’re safer that way, too. Literacy hurts.

      • snowbirdgothic - Dec 12, 2012 at 3:08 PM

        It’s Philly. Barbaric yawps across rooftops come with the territory.

        And yes, I know that’s Whitman, but he’s got the Camden connection and Eliot’s from @#$#@ing St. Louis.

  4. Utley's Hair - Dec 12, 2012 at 10:41 AM

    Sure they like him…but do they LIKE him, like him? Ruben had a friend talk to a friend of Josh…

  5. illcomm - Dec 12, 2012 at 11:01 AM

    ah duh. yeah. Craig. just prewrite the article/blog on the signing already.

  6. irishphilly87 - Dec 12, 2012 at 11:26 AM

    Craig, just stop thinking about how he’s going to light up your Atlanta Braves and start being realistic! He’s not going to Seattle and not returning to Texas. He will be a Phillie.

  7. coloradogolfcoupons - Dec 12, 2012 at 11:29 AM

    As a fan of the Rangers from game 1 40 years ago, who has watched every game Hamilton has played, the fact is the Rangers don’t want a guy this talented…should tell you all you need to know, coming from a team that signed Steve Howe after his 6th Coke rehab and signed numerous players with troubled pasts. We got rid of our worst player to you, and I doubt he will still be on your team come July. Young will be booed by your fans after hitting 200 weak grounders to short, hitting into 10 double plays his first month, and butchering 3rd base so bad that you give Ray Charles a tryout. Hamilton is wanted even LESS than Young. He will live in his own little fantasy world talking to God, and himself, and lose interest in baseball like he did for the last 4 months of the season last year, looking more like Dr. Ruth at the plate than Babe Ruth.

  8. 1908wasnextyear - Dec 12, 2012 at 11:33 AM

    Did I just see a T. S. Eliot reference on a baseball blog? Proefrock/Prufrock–dang, I love this site. :-)

  9. illcomm - Dec 12, 2012 at 11:34 AM

    awe I feel for you rangers fans. not really. saying hami is not good makes u sound like an idiot.

  10. mdpickles - Dec 12, 2012 at 11:44 AM

    Aww shucks, if Nellie could’ve just caught that fly ball….things could be much different in Texas.

  11. papacrick - Dec 12, 2012 at 11:56 AM

    Everybody knows Detroit will sneak in and swoop him up last minute for 4 years and $100 milli

    • historiophiliac - Dec 12, 2012 at 2:27 PM


  12. andyreidisthegoat - Dec 12, 2012 at 12:22 PM

    It will either be the phillies or yankees. No way MLB let’s him go to seattle to hit <30 hr's in that monstrosity of a park.

    Does anyone else physically get sick when listening to gargano on 610 or is it just me. he used to be one of my favorites and now he is trying to go national and kissing everyones butt on the air. just saw his name up there and had to comment.

    • gerryb323 - Dec 12, 2012 at 12:42 PM

      They brought the walls in, right?

      • andyreidisthegoat - Dec 12, 2012 at 12:50 PM

        not sure. montero was limited there last year. he is not hamilton but he did not project to be the hr hitter they thought he would be. they should move it in. everyone loves the hr.

    • gallaghedj311 - Dec 12, 2012 at 1:33 PM

      Not at all. I love Cuz and Prof. I had to switch to 97.5 from 94.1 up until 1PM. Angelo is awful and so are Mike n Ike

  13. illcomm - Dec 12, 2012 at 12:29 PM

    610 is bad. stopped listening a few years back

  14. DelawarePhilliesFan - Dec 12, 2012 at 12:30 PM

    I guess this means the Phillies can not be the Mystery Team

  15. rjmarrella - Dec 12, 2012 at 2:40 PM

    love the TS Eliot quote from Prufrock!

  16. mojosmagic - Dec 12, 2012 at 3:22 PM

    “coloradogolfcoupons” What kind of stupid handle is that? Why so much hate for Young a standup guy, and 7 time All Star? You are obviously one those clueless fans who thinks they know the game. Maybe your upset that every deal your team has tried has gone sour or you have lost out to multiple free agents. As far as Halmilton his stats were awesome for a guy who checked out for 4 months.

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