Phillies Updates: News wrap from a busy Tuesday for Philly

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Phillies catcher Tim McCarver
FILE – New York Mets’ Tim Foli of the slides across home plate to score in the first inning of a baseball game as the ball gets away from Philadelphia Phillies’ catcher Tim McCarver on July 5, 1978, the Shea Stadium in New York. McCarver, the All-Star catcher and Hall of Fame broadcaster who during 60 years in baseball won two World Series titles with the St. Louis Cardinals and had a long run as the one of the country’s most recognized, incisive and talkative television commentators, died Thursday morning, Feb. 16, 2023, in Memphis, Tenn., due to heart failure, baseball Hall of Fame announced. He was 81. (AP Photo/Ray Stubblebine, File)

Several news-worthy Phillies-related tidbits dropped on Tuesday. Here’s everything you might have missed.

RIP former Phillies catcher, Tim McCarver

One of the all-time baseball personalities passed away on Tuesday. Former Phillies’ catcher and broadcaster Tim McCarver passed away at age 81. At one point in his career, McCarver was the personal catcher of Phillies’ legend Steve Carlton. He had a streak of catching 110 straight “Lefty” starts.

McCarver would quip that when both men died they’d be buried 60 feet 6 inches from each other.

Other Phillies highlights include catching Rick Wise’s 1971 no-hitter.

Tim McCarver would win the highest honor for a broadcaster in 2012, winning the Ford C. Frick award. He got his start as a broadcaster with WPHL17.

Seranthony gets extended to stabilize Phillies bullpen

Before the possibility of heading to arbitration, the Phillies extended closer Seranthony Dominguez to a 2-year deal with a 3rd-year club option.

The deal buys out Seranthony’s last 2 years of arbitration. The club option would keep Dominguez through the 2025 season. He would’ve become a free agent after the 2024 season.

Seranthony seemed excited to stay with the Phillies.

Dominguez had a 3.00 ERA in 2022 with 9 saves. He shined in the postseason with a 1.69 ERA in 10.2 IP.

Cole Hamels, San Diego Padre

For years, Phillies fans wondered if the team would ever reunite with the 2008 World Series MVP, Cole Hamels. That dream seems further away as he’s signed a minor league deal with his hometown San Diego Padres.

Hamels hasn’t pitched an entire season since 2019 with the Cubs. We at PSN wish him luck in his attempted MLB return and hope he doesn’t have to get lit up by the 2023 Phillies’ offense.

Painter and Falter have some support

Today, Todd Zoleki noticed something interesting. Andrew Painter (No. 76) and Bailey Falter (No. 70) weren’t in numerical order as usual for Spring Training. Instead, they were right next to perennial Cy Young candidate Zack Wheeler.

Seeing the 2 young starters have Wheeler in their corner could be great for their development. Also, it’s wholesome as heck.

Alec Bohm, muscle man

About a week ago, the rumor coming down the pipe was that Alec Bohm had come into camp with an extra 15 lbs of muscle. While it wasn’t 15, today Bohm confirmed he’s put on 10 lbs of muscle.

A surprise 10 lbs of muscle? Sounds like Bohm might be a future pioneer of a trendy diet.

Hopefully, extra meat means a few more home runs from the 6’5 3B.

Photo Credit: AP Photo/Ray Stubblebine, File