Halladay told CSNPhilly.com's Jim Salisbury that he was in the process of reinventing himself and that the electric stuff he had just a few years ago has diminished. Coming from a pro athlete, that's pretty heady stuff.
As Halladay told Salisbury:
“I don’t know of any guys who were throwing harder as they got older,” Halladay said after making a less than impressive minor-league start Saturday. “You’re always trying to evolve with the game and your body.
“To me, it’s a competition, not a boxing match. It’s not a strength-vs.-strength. It’s a chess match. It’s competition of the mind, and execution, and being smarter, and being more prepared. To me, that’s what I’ve enjoyed. That’s what I’ve liked about baseball.
“You look at a Jamie Moyer. He could compete with the best of them. He would’ve gotten knocked out in the first round if he was a boxer. It’s just a different mentality. It’s not about the strength and throwing harder and overpowering guys. It’s about outsmarting and being more prepared and being more consistent. That to me is a challenge.”
It takes a lot for an athlete to admit that his skills are no longer what they were. Some guys can never admit it and fail to make certain adjustments. Often times, when a player fails to make adjustments that's usually when he finds himself halfway out the door.
We should give Halladay credit for understanding that he has to evolve and make some changes. Or, perhaps Halladay might have ahd a conversation with Jamie Moyer. A few years ago Moyer said the one element that fueled him to pitch into his late 40s was desire. If someone has the desire to succeed or pitch in the big leagues, they will do whatever it takes.
So does this mean Halladay is entering the Jamie Moyer phase of his career?
An interesting side note: in some circles it's gaining traction that Halladay hasn't been the same since Game 5 of the NLCS against the Cardinals where he threw eight innings in the 1-0 loss. Interesting ...
Young, Galvis, etc. ...
Elsewhere, there were a few interesting developments in Florida with the Phillies. For one, rehabbing outfielder Delmon Young homered off reigning NL Cy Young Award winner, R.A. Dickey in a minor league game in Dunedin. It was Young's second at-bat in his first live-action.
Additionally, infielder Freddy Galvis played some right field in Saturday's game against the Orioles in Sarasota. According to manager Charlie Manuel, Galvis played the outfield on one of his managerial whims.
"I just wanted to put him there," Manuel told Philly.com. "I put him there because I wanted to see him play it. I watch him in practice every day and he always catches fly balls in practice. I like the way he runs after the ball, so I put him out there and we'll see."
The Phillies host the Red Sox in Clearwater on Sunday. It's also the deadline day for Yuniesky Betancourt to opt out of his deal if he is not on the 25-man roster.
Phillies trade Julio Rodriguez
The Phils and Orioles have agreed to swap minor-leaguers Julio Rodriguez and Ronnie Welty. The Phils receive Welty, a 25-year-old outfielder who hasn't yet reached Triple-A. A 20th round pick in 2008, Welty hit .333 with a 1.035 OPS last season in four stops in the Rookie League, Low-A, High-A and Double-A.
Rodriguez, an 8th round pick of the Phillies in '08, has a 3.29 ERA in 441 innings in the minors. His career K/9 is 10.1.
As pointed out by Matt Gelb, the trade of Rodriguez spells the official end of the "Baby Aces" era. Rodriguez, Trevor May and Jarred Cosart have each been traded and Brody Colvin hasn't progressed as planned.
Phillies' lineup1.) Ben Revere, cf
2.) Jimmy Rollins, ss
3.) Chase Utley, 2b
4.) Ryan Howard, 1b
5.) Michael Young, 3b
6.) Dom Brown, rf
7.) Laynce Nix, lf
8.) Humberto Quintero, c
9.) Cliff Lee, p