Under-the-radar features on the NL pennant winners.
-- Runners Gazette Magazine sits down with Phillies outfielder Shane Victorino, playoff hero and former track star who set Hawaii’s 100-meter record in 1999 and was once considered one of the top high school track stars in the country. [Link]
-- Wayne Graczyk, Japan Times columnist and Japanese baseball’s ambassador to the online Western world, recalls the career of Charlie Manuel, whose Japanese career started as a player with the Yakult Swallows in 1976. Graczyk recalls Manuel’s many ups and downs, the good being three-straight post-season appearances, being named Pacific League MVP in 1979 and hitting 48 homers in 1980. The bad, of course, was the vicious, jaw-shattering fastball he took in ’79. [Link]
-- The guys at the Reading Phillies look back at all the players and coaches from the 2008 pennant winners who passed through Baseballtown. The detailed report lists everything from development years to rehab assignments to winter tour stops. [Link]
Programming note: Tune into “The Voice” 830-AM this morning at 11:00 a.m. as I discuss the World Series on “Feedback” with Mike Faust.
Reading Eagle note: Writer Mike Urban is looking for Berks County residents who are making the trip to Tampa for an upcoming feature. If you’re interested in being interviewed, drop me an email.