Ethan Martin to the Bullpen as Phils Welcome Braves to Town

Ethan Martin to the Bullpen as Phils Welcome Braves to Town

The Phillies kick off a series with the Atlanta Braves this evening at Citizens Bank Park, the outcome of which not many of you likely care about. But the team did do something today that could play an interesting roll with future teams you will hopefully care more about: they moved Ethan Martin to the bullpen.

Rich Dubee announced the decision to reporters prior to this evenings game. Martin (2-4, 6.90 in 7 starts) pitched to mixed results as a starter this season, at times showing impressive stuff while also having some issues with his command and also pointing out he hit something of a wall around the 60 pitch mark (starters need to throw more than 60 pitches if you didn't know).

But that mid-90s stuff is awfully intriguing as demonstrated in his August 29th start against the Mets when he struck out 9 batters in just four innings of work. Some guessed that stuff would make for a real nice back-end of the bullpen type, but again, command issues certainly don't fit in well there. What works best there is a guy who can strike guys out, not give them free passes.

Today we learn that Dubee and co. want to see if he can be a better fit in the pen. How his stuff fits in there will be another worthwhile storyline to follow over the next three weeks.

Martin will be replaced by Tyler Cloyd in the rotation.

7:05 from the Bank tonight with Clifton Phifer Lee (11-6, 3.09) on the hill taking on Zach Minor (13-5, 3.08). It's little princess night at CBP or something so bring your tiara, I guess. Each child that attends the "Royal Tea Party at the Tent" will get one of these snazzy wands and tiaras too! So, Phillies baseball.

Manute Bol's 7-foot, 17-year-old son dominates in HS season debut

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Manute Bol's 7-foot, 17-year-old son dominates in HS season debut

Bol Bol, the 17-year-old son of the late Manute Bol, is a top high school basketball prospect with offers from schools like Arizona, Kansas and Creighton. This highlight tape should give you an idea why.
 
Bol, whose father played in the NBA for parts of 12 seasons, including 215 games for the Sixers, now attends the famed Mater Dei High School in California and played in his first game of the season this past weekend. Listed as the No. 16 overall prospect in the 2018 recruiting class by Scout, Bol started his season off with a big 21-point, 10-rebound effort.
 
Take a look at the highlight tape from the 6-foot-11 Bol and expect to see him carry on his father’s legacy on the court at a major NCAA college basketball program soon.
 

Flyers president Paul Holmgren opens up in powerful Players' Tribune story

Flyers president Paul Holmgren opens up in powerful Players' Tribune story

Much of the younger generation knows Paul Holmgren as the stone-faced GM of the Flyers for a good portion of this millennium. He built a team that made a Stanley Cup Final appearance in 2010 and was also known for a crazy signing or trade or two (or many) during that time.

Back in his playing days, though, Holmgren was one of the toughest dudes on ice and was not to be crossed. He racked up 1,600 penalty minutes in his eight-plus seasons in Philadelphia back in the 70s and 80s. He added on 84 more in his seasons and a half with the old Minnesota North Stars for a career total of 1,684 penalty minutes, good for 94th most in NHL history.

Now the Flyers' team president, Holmgren opened up and displayed a side of himself many never see when he told a powerful, touching and heartbreaking personal story on The Players' Tribune site earlier this week.

In his story, Holmgren talked about how his parents couldn't afford to send him to a hockey camp in his native Minnesota when he was growing up, but his older brother, Dave, stepped in and gave Paul the $110 needed for the camp.

But Dave was never able to see his donation to his brother pay off as he went blind as the result of a severe complication to Diabetes. Dave's condition would worsen as he became gravely ill in the following years and died in 1970 at the young age of 23.

Holmgren opens up in great detail about how deeply Dave's condition and illness struck both he and his family and the events and details that still stick with him to this day.

It's an all-too-real reminder that no matter the aura we give pro athletes and sports executives and the pedestal we place them on (for better or worse), at the end of the day, they are still real people just like us and have real-life issues to deal with, too.

Check out Holmgren's story out when you get a chance.