Mar 052011
Ryan Howard, Wilson Valdez lead Phillies to 7-4 victory over Pirates

By Justin Adkins: On Friday, the Phillies defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates 7-4.  The victory brought the Phillies spring record to 4-3. Slugger Ryan Howard picked up his first spring home run as well as a couple RBIs.  Starter Joe Blanton gave up two runs on four hits over 3 2/3 innings.  His most impressive accomplishment of the day was [More…]

Sep 242010
Utility man Valdez is feather in Phillies' cap

September 24 Philadelphia Daily News columnist Bill Conlin: “NO, GENE, CHARLIE is not going to throw Hamels, Halladay and Oswalt on 3 days’ rest so they can wrap this thing up over the weekend. Don’t even think about it. I know, I know, bleep happens. Guys steal home with Hall of Famers at-bat. Certain players [More…]

Sep 182010
Oswalt helps himself as Phillies rout Nationals

September 18 Philadelphia Inquirer: “Just about everyone in the Phillies‘ organization has extolled the value of Wilson Valdez. Here, they say, is a career minor-leaguer who has stepped in with the smallest of expectations and proved he is capable of playing every day without hurting the team.Yes, there is that one caveat. Valdez, in all [More…]

Sep 132010
Valdez has been valuable for Phillies

September 13 Philadelphia Daily News: “The less Jimmy Rollins plays, the more Charlie Manuel appreciates utility man Wilson Valdez. “Valdez might be our MVP,” Manuel said. Hyperbolic, sure, what with an 18-game winner in his rotation and an RBI-and-home run-machine hitting cleanup, but, without Valdez, Manuel would have found himself without a viable option at [More…]

Sep 052010
Halladay Gives Up Four Homers But Phillies Edge Brewers, 5-4

September 5 Philadelphia Inquirer “Roy Halladay chose to sign with the Phillies so he could pitch meaningful games in September, experience the heat of a pennant race, and have the chance to get fitted for a World Series ring. He was also well aware the Phillies were quite capable of sprucing up his occasional blotchy [More…]

Aug 232010
Phillies' Valdez gives Utley a rest, gets key hit

August 23 Camden Courier-Post “Charlie Manuel has used his regular lineup just seven times this season because of injuries, but could have united his starters once again Sunday with his top eight field players healthy. But the Phillies manager decided to give second baseman Chase Utley a day off. Wilson Valdez, his replacement, made sure [More…]

Aug 022010
Bunt single by Wilson Valdez fuels Phillies' 11th-inning win against Nationals

August 2 Philadelphia Daily News “With one of the highest-paid cheering galleries in the majors watching from the bench, Wilson Valdez knew what he needed to do. Ten innings earlier, Ryan Howard had become the latest casualty in a hard-luck season when he stepped on second base, rolled his ankle and limped off the field. [More…]