Phantoms Formally Break Ground on New Allentown Arena with Use of Ceremonial Shovels

Phantoms Formally Break Ground on New Allentown Arena with Use of Ceremonial Shovels

The Phantoms, Flyers, state and local officials staged the formal groundbreaking ceremony for  Lehigh Valley's new minor league hockey arena in Allentown on Thursday.

Of course, as The Morning Call points out in the first two graphs of its writeup:

In reality, ground was broken for the Lehigh Valley Phantoms' new hockey arena months ago.

Many tons of earth have already been hauled away in clattering dump trucks, creating a muddy 30-foot-deep hole at Seventh and Hamilton streets from which Allentown's $272 million arena complex will soon rise.

Still, nothing like a good photo op with some shovel that appear to resemble hockey sticks. I want one of these.

The article further states that 1,700 season tickets have already been sold for the 8,500-seat venue set to open for the 2014 season.

Both pictures above come the MCall, who we imagine we'll be relying on heavily over the next couple years for all your minor league hockey architectural updates.

Check out their full write up, gallery and video of the ceremony here:

>> Phantoms, Allentown formally launch arena construction

Former Phillies pitcher, Hall of Famer Jim Bunning dies at 85

Former Phillies pitcher, Hall of Famer Jim Bunning dies at 85

LOUISVILLE, Ky.-- Hall of Fame pitcher Jim Bunning, who pitched six seasons with the Phillies and went on to serve in Congress, has died. He was 85.

Bunning's death was confirmed by Jon Deuser, who served as chief of staff when Bunning was in the Senate. Deuser said he was notified about the death by Bunning's family.

Bunning won 224 games in a 17-year major-league career and pitched the first perfect game in modern National League history. It came with the Phillies on June 21, 1964.

He became the first pitcher after 1900 to throw no-hitters in both the American and National Leagues.

He belonged to a rare group of major league pitchers to throw a perfect game in the modern era.

A Kentucky Republican, he was the only member of the Baseball Hall of Fame to serve in Congress. He served in both the House and Senate.

Today's Lineup: Cesar Hernandez (groin) returns

Today's Lineup: Cesar Hernandez (groin) returns

Cesar Hernandez returns to the Phillies' punchless lineup Saturday afternoon against the Reds (4 p.m./TCN).

Hernandez, who missed Friday night's 5-2 loss with a groin injury, is back at second base and leading off. Hernandez has led off in all 44 games he's started this season. The fifth-year pro has struggled after getting off to a torrid start. He's hitting just .185 (10 for 54) over his last 14 games.

After bouncing around the lineup, centerfielder Odubel Herrera returns to his customary spot in the two-hole. Herrera's season is a microcosm of the Phils' woeful offense. An All-Star in 2016, Herrera is hitting just .227 this season. Manager Pete Mackanin hopes the Venezuelan will hit his way out of it soon (see story).

Here is the rest of today's lineup:

1. Cesar Hernandez, 2B
2. Odubel Herrera, CF
3. Aaron Altherr, LF
4. Tommy Joseph, 1B
5. Michael Saunders, RF
6. Maikel Franco, 3B
7. Cameron Rupp, C
8. Freddy Galvis, SS
9. Jerad Eickhoff, P