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Phillies, former players, fans and community remember team chairman David Montgomery, who dies at 72



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“I am deeply saddened on the passing of my dear friend David Montgomery. David was a first-class representative of his hometown team, the Philadelphia Phillies, for nearly half a century. He never forgot his days as a fan at Connie Mack Stadium, and he carried those lessons to Veterans Stadium and Citizens Bank Park. David’s approach to running the franchise and serving its fans was to treat everyone like family. He set an outstanding example in Philadelphia and throughout our game. David was one of my mentors in baseball and was universally regarded as an industry expert and leader. In recent years, I marveled at his courage as he battled cancer and through it all his amazing ability to think of others. I will remember David Montgomery as a gentleman and a man of great integrity. On behalf of Major League Baseball, I extend my deepest sympathy to David’s wife Lyn, their children and grandchildren and the entire Phillies organization.”

-Robert D. Manfred Jr., Commissioner, Major League Baseball

“David was one of Philadelphia’s most influential business and civic leaders in his generation. For 25 years, he has been an invaluable business partner and, more importantly, an invaluable friend. He was beloved by everyone at the Phillies. Leigh and I are saddened beyond words at David’s passing and extend our love and sympathy to Lyn, his children and grandchildren.”

-John Middleton, Phillies managing partner

“For past 38 years, the Buck family enjoyed a very special relationship with David. Beginning with Bill Buck, who was there at the inception of our partnership with our fathers, to our generation and our children’s, what started as a business venture transformed over the years into a deep friendship and a profound level of respect for David. His management style, his extensive knowledge and love of the game, and his overall care and compassion for everyone with whom he came in contact are just a few of the reasons why he captivated three generations of our family. Along with the entire baseball world, we are mourning this tremendous loss. We will miss David’s guidance, but we know that through the impact that he has made on so many in the Phillies family, his legacy will live on.”

-Jim & Pete Buck on behalf of the Buck family

“From the first time I met Dave years ago, I knew that he was destined to become a top executive in the baseball world. Little did I know that he someday would be the president of the Phillies. Stephanie and I pray for Lyn and his family during this time.”

-Ruly Carpenter, former Phillies owner

“David was truly a great man. I have never known a person with more integrity or who truly cared so much about everyone who worked for the Phillies. He and I worked hand-in-hand for over 30 years. During that time, I saw his unparalleled love for his family, the Phillies and the team’s fans, and of course, the City of Philadelphia. David was a big reason why the Phillies won 12 division championships, five National League championships and two World Series championships in that time. He was a fierce competitor in everything he did, including his battle to fight his illness. He will be tremendously missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him.”

-Bill Giles, Phillies chairman emeritus

“I was blessed to have had David as a dear friend for almost my entire life. As everyone who knew him knows, he was an extraordinary human being. In addition to his legendary kindness, warmth and integrity, he was just more fun to be with than anyone I’ve ever known. It was an absolute joy to be around him. My life has been incredibly enriched because of him. It has been recalled that when Harry Kalas died, David said that the Phillies had lost their voice. One could say that the Phillies have lost their heart and soul today, but because his impact is so great – his legacy is so enduring – we will really have that heart and soul forever.”

-Mike Stiles, former Phillies COO

“Today, everyone who knew David Montgomery is feeling a profound loss. He was a humble man whose management style was to treat all employees in the manner that you would like to be treated. He only wanted the best for everyone in the Phillies organization, for their families and for the team’s fans. I am honored to have worked closely with him during my time with the Phillies. Doris and I send our condolences to the Lyn and the entire Montgomery family.”

-Pat Gillick, Phillies senior advisor

“David Montgomery was a special man. I am very happy that we were fortunate enough to win the World Series in 2008 because I know what it meant to him and how much he cared about everyone that works in our organization. The last couple of years, he probably put up one of the biggest fights I’ve ever seen somebody put up. He was dedicated to this organization, the fans, our team and he loved what he did.”

-Charlie Manuel, Phillies senior advisor to the general manager

“David epitomized and represented all that was family for the Phillies. His humility and kindness was something he showed to everyone he touched. His love of the game of baseball came through with everything he did and his goal to keep making the game great was infectious. His impact on mine and my family’s life was both personal and professional and I owe so much to him. My family and I will miss him deeply but his impact on our lives will be everlasting. My thoughts and prayers go out to Lyn and the rest of his family as well as the entire Phillies family.”

-Ruben Amaro Jr., former Phillies general manager

“David led in a collegial manner, which made everyone feel he was ‘one of us.’ Whether interacting with the commissioner of baseball, an intern in the lunch room or a fan on the street who wanted to talk about the bullpen, David listened and cared. He loved his family, he loved his city, he loved his friends and he loved his Phillies.”

-Ed Wade, former Phillies general manager

“David was a kind and thoughtful man with an abundance of integrity. Thinking about Lyn and his family during this time, they are all special people. I hope we can celebrate a life well-lived knowing that he is in a fairway that is greener on a golf course with no sand traps nor rough.”

-Terry Francona, Cleveland Indians manager

“David Montgomery exemplified all that was good. He was kind, thoughtful, compassionate and cared about people. He was never ‘Mr. Montgomery.’ He was simply David, the kid who grew up in a blue-collar family in Roxborough. He was my boss and we had our differences, but they always were civil and always had a resolution. He was the most honest, ethical person I’ve ever known. When David told you something, his word was all that was needed. He battled his illness the way he did everything. It never was about him and he wanted no sympathy. He just liked to see people smile and be happy. That will be his legacy to me – always try to find the good. He was the best man I’ve ever known and we had a friendship I’ll always cherish.”

-Chris Wheeler, former Phillies broadcaster

“David’s passing is not only felt by the entire Phillies family, but the city and the baseball industry. He was respected by everyone who encountered him and beloved by everyone, yes, everyone. That is rare. We have lost our very special friend.”

-Larry Shenk, former Phillies vice president of public relations

“David was like a fourth brother to me. My mom would say the same thing about him. He was kind, thoughtful and inclusive to everyone he touched. We worked together for 18 years, had our moments, but our relationship always trumped our disagreements. Just an amazing man.”

-Dennis Lehman, Cleveland Indians vice president, business and former Phillies executive

“David Montgomery was a giant of a man. Someone I considered a part of my extended family. When I think back to my years in Philadelphia, I think about his kindness, his openness, and ability to show the power in humility. He always took time out to share his grace, his sense of humor to break down any barriers between people. He was a true bridge between worlds, a diplomat who connected us all through the best of our humanity. I feel so fortunate to have known him and my heavy heart beats with his family at this difficult time.”

-Doug Glanville

“David epitomized what a true leader was and every day he showed the importance and the impact of what sports has on all of us. He was inclusive and treated everyone with the utmost respect. He always found a way to put in the time and effort with such sincerity to make sure everyone saw the bigger picture. David and Lyn helped me understand the platform I was on and what I could give every day to the community of Philadelphia and beyond. Heidi and I will forever be honored to be part of his extended family. He will be dearly missed, but always remembered.”

-Cole Hamels

“Our thoughts and prayers are with Lyn and the Montgomery family. David was an extraordinary man. He made those around him better. He always treated me and my family with the utmost respect. Always there to support us. He will be missed. Our hearts are heavy, but know that he is in a better place.”

-Ryan Howard

“I met David Montgomery in 1994. It was my first year with the Phillies and from day one, he made me feel like I was part of a family – the Phillies family. David was very influential in my career and I always respected how he treated all employees, including players. I loved talking Phillies baseball with David and even sharing the few rounds of golf I was able to enjoy with him. Over the next 20 years through retirement the support and love he showed for me and my family, I won’t forget. My love and prayers are with Lyn and her family.”

-Mike Lieberthal

“David was the backbone of what the Phillies organization was run on and that is family because he treated everyone with respect and love.”

-Brett Myers

“It’s a sad day for our Phillies family. Thank you, David, from the Rolens for your unwavering kindness. Our best to the Montgomery family, friends and fans across the country whose lives he has touched, which is undoubtedly a large number.”

-Scott Rolen

“If you’ve ever met David then you were fortunate enough to have met one of the best people you’d ever meet in life. His infectious smile and childlike giggle were always a favorite of mine when I knew I said something that would make him blush. He loved his Phillies more than anyone could and that only took second to the love he had for his wonderful family and beautiful wife, Lyn. He was relentless and passionate about making sure the fans and players knew they were family, and that, together, we were the thread that made this organization and this city so great! Rest easy, my friend. I love you.”

-Jimmy Rollins and the entire Rollins family

“David always provided encouragement for everyone in the Phillies organization whether you worked on or off the field. He would always find a way to lift your spirits when he felt it was necessary. He treated everyone like family, especially in times of need. I will miss seeing his smiling face when I visit Citizens Bank Park.”

-Juan Samuel

“The City of Philadelphia and all of baseball lost one of the most sincere, humble and family-oriented people I’ve ever met. David Montgomery led by example, hard work and his concept that everybody is important. My time with him was a pleasure and an honor. I gained so much knowledge about life from David, who I was fortunate enough to call a good friend.”

-Ryne Sandberg

“A sad morning to hear of the passing of my good friend Dave Montgomery. Dave probably had an influence on more of our Phillies family than we knew. He will truly be missed. Donna and I pray for Lyn and his family during this time of need.”

-Mike Schmidt

“David Montgomery was one of the kindest and most genuine people I had the honor of knowing in the game. He treated everyone he met with the same respect, regardless of whether they worked in the front office or behind the scenes at the ballpark. He was a true gentleman and knowing him made me a better person. Andrea and I are so saddened to hear of his passing and we send our love and prayers to Lyn, his children and all who loved him.”

-Jim Thome

“Dave Montgomery is one of those rare men who you can’t help but love and admire the moment you meet him. Dave’s ‘family first’ approach resonated throughout the entire Phillies organization and was, in my opinion, a huge reason for our success. The news of his passing is a tragic loss not only for anyone that knew him but for the entire city of his beloved Philadelphia. I pass along my most sincere love and thoughts to his wife Lyn and their family.”

-Chase Utley

“I am beyond crushed by this news. David Montgomery gave a little boy growing up in Maui a chance to live out my dreams. He instilled hard work, dedication and passion into me and every other player who had the privilege to know him. He also showed us the importance of giving back to the community unlike anyone else I have known. He was truly one of a kind and I am blessed to have had a special man like David in my life.”

-Shane Victorino

“Very sad to hear about David, he was a very good man. One of the best individuals I met in baseball.”

-Randy Wolf

“I join all Philadelphians in mourning the loss of Dave Montgomery, who helped build the Phillies into one of the preeminent sports franchises in the nation. Dave was a true local success story, a Philly native who worked his way up from the team’s sales department to become president, co-owner, and later, chairman. I had the pleasure of knowing Dave, and I know that in the past few years he fought his health battle with the same vigor and courage with which he ran the team. Dave left his mark not just on the Phillies but on all of Philadelphia, particularly in his countless contributions to our city’s youth. My heartfelt condolences go out to his family, his friends and the millions of Phillies fans who supported the team during his long tenure.”

-Jim Kenney, Mayor of Philadelphia

“Dave Montgomery embodied everything great about baseball and sport. He loved and cared about people and their lives, as well as the players and fans. David wanted the Phillies and the ballpark to be the melting pot of our city, bringing all kinds of people from all walks of life to sit together, be together and enjoy each other just as we are. David is Mr. Baseball in Philadelphia, but more importantly, he was the kindest, most gentle and caring man I’ve ever worked with. God bless you, David, rest in peace.”

-Michael Nutter, former Mayor of Philadelphia

“Philadelphia Parks & Recreation is deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Phillies chairman Dave Montgomery. Mr. Montgomery was a champion for our city and a longtime partner who played a key role in bringing sports and enriching activities to countless Philadelphia youth. He was a driving force behind the creation of the Phillies MLB Urban Youth Academy. This partnership enhances the quality of baseball and softball throughout Philadelphia while creating dynamic youth development opportunities. Last fall, to celebrate Mr. Montgomery’s lifelong contributions to the City of Philadelphia, Daisy Field in Wissahickon Valley Park, where he played baseball in his youth, was renamed David P. Montgomery Field. Last week, he was honored by the Fairmount Park Conservancy as the recipient of the Centennial Award for Civic Leadership. We are deeply appreciative of his leadership and his numerous philanthropic contributions to bring meaningful experiences and spaces to Philadelphians.”

-Ott Lovell, Commissioner, Philadelphia Parks & Recreation

“My heart is so very heavy over the loss of one my best friends. David was the model of dignity and courage. David had a special way with people. There are no words to describe his ‘way,’ but for all who knew him, you knew what that way felt like. I’m not sure I’ve known anyone who cared more than David – about everything and everyone. We’re all better for having had him in our lives. He will be missed beyond words.”

-Fran Dunphy, former Temple University men’s basketball coach

“David is among the most recognized, respected, remarkable and loved people in Philadelphia and Major League Baseball over the last 45 years. His heart reached out to all he encountered. He was truly an impact player – he touched thousands in his work and deeds. Truly a man for and with others! Every fan was family to David.”

-Don DiJulia, former Saint Joseph’s University athletic director

“David was a pillar of our community and a friend. He always led by example and his impact on the sport of baseball, the Phillies and on the City of Philadelphia will be felt for a very long time. He will be missed not just for what he did, but for who he was – a leader, a gentleman and genuine in everything he did… Our heartfelt condolences go out to his family and the entire Phillies organization.”

-Brian Monihan, president, NBC Sports Philadelphia


Rays trade for veteran catcher Travis d’Arnaud in deal with Dodgers



Travis d’Arnaud

May 10, 2019


ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.—The Tampa Bay Rays have acquired catcher Travis d’Arnaud (dahr-NOH) from the Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for cash considerations. To make room on the 40-man roster, infielder Matt Duffy (left hamstring tightness) was transferred from the 10-day to the 60-day injured list. A corresponding move to the active roster will be announced later.

d’Arnaud, 30, began the season with the New York Mets, returning from Tommy John surgery, and was designated for assignment on April 28 after a 2-for-23 start through 10 games (five starts). On May 5, he was signed to a major league contract by the Dodgers and grounded out in his only at-bat with the club, as a pinch-hitter last night against the Washington Nationals. His season debut this year marked his first game in the majors since April 8, 2018 at Washington, when he suffered a partial tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow.

In 2017, d’Arnaud hit .244/.293/.443 (85-for-348) with 16 home runs and 57 RBI in 112 games (90 starts). His 16 home runs were the most by a Mets catcher since Mike Piazza (19) in 2005, and they tied for sixth among National League catchers.

d’Arnaud was selected by the Philadelphia Phillies in the first round (37th overall) of the 2007 June Draft out of Lakewood High School in 2007. Before reaching the majors, he was part of two major trades, being sent from the Phillies to the Toronto Blue Jays in December 2009 in the Roy Halladay trade and from Blue Jays to the Mets in December 2012 in the R.A. Dickey trade. He made his major league debut on August 17, 2013, and in his first six seasons in the majors (2013-18), all with the Mets, hit .245/.306/.406 (327-for-1,337) with 65 doubles, five triples, 47 HR and 162 RBI in 397 games (362 starts).

As a minor leaguer, d’Arnaud was ranked by Baseball America as a Top 100 prospect in baseball for five consecutive seasons (2009-13), including No. 17 entering the 2012 season. He is a career .290/.351/.481 (611-for-2,109) hitter with 162 doubles, seven triples, 76 home runs and 341 RBI over parts of 12 minor league seasons.

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Former Browns All-Pro tackle Joe Thomas joining NFL Network in 2019




Joe Thomas with Browns 2015 photo By Erik Drost, CC BY 2.0, https

10-Time Pro Bowl Tackle to Appear on Pregame & Postgame Shows for All ‘Thursday Night Football’ Broadcasts in 2019 ​

Former All-Pro offensive tackle with the Cleveland Browns, Joe Thomas, has joined NFL Network, it was announced today.

In his new role, Thomas (@joethomas73) joins NFL Network’s on-location pregame and postgame shows for the 13 Thursday Night Football games during the 2019 season, which kicks off Thursday, September 12 with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers visiting the Carolina Panthers. Additionally, Thomas will appear on NFL Network’s expansive coverage of such events as Super Bowl LIV, the NFL Scouting Combine and the NFL Draft, as well as various NFL Network programs such as NFL Total Access and NFL GameDay Morning.

“I am thrilled to join NFL Network and Thursday Night Football,” Thomas said. “Throughout my playing career, I quickly realized there are few events which can rival the excitement and action of primetime NFL games, and having the chance to be a part of that atmosphere each week is something I greatly look forward to.”

A 10-time Pro Bowl offensive tackle, Thomas played 11 seasons with the Browns after being selected with the third overall pick in the 2007 NFL Draft. During his first 10 seasons with the Browns, Thomas played in every game and never missed a snap, having earned the starting left tackle job as a rookie. In his final season, Thomas’ streak of consecutive snaps played ended at 10,363, which is the longest streak recorded since snaps played were counted. Thomas announced his retirement following the 2017 NFL season. During the 2018 season, the Browns added the number 10,363 to the Ring of Honor, commemorating Thomas’ milestone consecutive snaps played streak.

A Wisconsin native, Thomas played four seasons at the University of Wisconsin from 2003-06. During his time at the University of Wisconsin, Thomas earned first-team All-American honors in 2006 and won the Outland Trophy as college football’s top interior lineman.

Currently, Thomas hosts The ThomaHawk Show podcast along with former NFL wide receiver Andrew Hawkins.



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Daily Almanac for Saturday, May 11, 2019




May 11, 12, and 13 are the feast days of Saints Mamertus, Pancras, and Gervais. These three are known as the Three Chilly Saints not because they were cold during their lifetimes, but because these days are traditionally the coldest of the month. English and French folklore (and later American) held that these days would bring a late frost. In Germany, they were called the Icemanner, or Icemen Days, and people believed it was never safe to plant until the Icemen were gone. Another bit of folklore claimed, “Who shears his sheep before St. Gervatius’s Day loves more his wool than his sheep.”


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