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Phillies Breakfast Links, July 24, 2009: Mark Buehrle's Perfect Game, The Pursuit of Roy Halladay, Trusting Amaro

Phillies continue hot pursuit of Halladay

Todd Zolecki speaks, you listen.  This Roy Halladay affair is taking about a dozen years off my life.


Teams step up pursuit of Roy Halladay, Matt Holliday, Victor Martinez and Cliff Lee - Jon Heyman

The Jays are said to be aiming for a package that includes one of two top young pitchers, Kyle Drabek or J.A. Happ, plus one of two top outfielders, either Michael Taylor or Dominic Brown, plus a couple other highly regarded prospects. Shortstop Jason Donald and pitcher Carlos Carrasco are among other young prospects who are believed to have been discussed.


If they can get this done with Happ, Taylor, Donald, and Carrasco, I'd be very happy.


Phillies' Rollins and pals create major memories for kids

Jimmy Rollins, along with Ryan Howard, Shane Victorino, and Milt Thompson, hold a clinic for kids at FDR Park. - Why I Have Faith in Amaro

One blogger's look back at the Phillies recent trades.


The Complex 7: Jimmy Rollins | Complex Blog


Jimmy Rollins says: I’ll probably go to the Caribbean somewhere. Jump on some jet skis, play some golf, make sure I line up some nice dinners, and have a couple Caribbean drinks…If I could go diving or swimming with some dolphins that’ll be cool. I’m a nature man myself.

Nature man?  Dolphins?


Sam Donnellon: With Phillies, baseball sure is a hard game to figure
The Phillies have benefited from the ineptitude of their rivals, but they've played pretty good baseball regardless.


Bill Conlin: In baseball, I'll take a five-tooler over a Cy Young Award winner

As great as Roy Halladay may be, the righthander of our affection comes to work only 34 games a year. And with an inferior cast behind him, a Cy Young-caliber ace can lead the league in most of the major categories and still lose more games than he wins. Which is what happened to 16-game loser Nolan Ryan the season the closer for a fourth-place team won the Cy Young Award. 

Not. mutually. exclusive.


Paul Hagen: Hall-or-nothing idea for Steroid Era stars
Again, this whole "sanctity of the Hall of Fame" thing really kills me. Just stop it.


Mark Buehrle ought to buy DeWayne Wise a very expensive car.


The Fightins - The Phillies Clubhouse Reacts To Mark Buehrle’s Perfect Game
I think I loved John Mayberry, Jr.'s reaction the best.  h/t The Fightins for the clip.

Perfecto (via TheFightins)