Ronnie Brown the Latest Free Agent to Join Eagles

Ronnie Brown the Latest Free Agent to Join Eagles

Sooner or later, the Eagles will stop signing players. Tuesday is not that day.

The Eagles have come to terms with former Dolphins running back and second overall pick of the 2005 Draft Ronnie Brown on a one-year contract. He will presumably slide in as the number two back behind LeSean McCoy, and provide the team with a veteran presence in a relatively young backfield.

The former Auburn runner has had a pretty solid pro career, despite it being marred by injuries and much of it wasted with the hapless Dolphins. A Pro Bowler in 2008, Brown has rushed for 4,815 total yards and 36 touchdowns in his six-year career, with a very dependable 4.3 yards per carry. He has also tallied 184 receptions for 1,491 yards receiving.

Brown likely did not get much attention as a free agent in part due to his history of injuries. His '07 and '09 campaigns were cut short at seven and nine games respectively, and they may have finally taken their toll in 2010. Brown averaged a career low 3.7 YPC while rushing for 916 yards last season.

Of course, that could have something to do with the Dolphins having one of the most inept offenses in the league.

As a backup to Shady McCoy, it's yet another great addition for the Birds. The 6-0, 230 lbs. Brown has the rare combination of size and speed to double as both a power runner and a home run threat. He is also a versatile football player, as demonstrated by his receiving numbers and his participation in Miami's Wildcat scheme.

If something were to happen to McCoy, the only backs on the roster were Eldra Buckley, who is primarily a special teamer, and Dion Lewis, a rookie. Nothing against Lewis, who still has a bright future, but we'll take an experienced back as a little insurance for what is shaping up to be a special season for the Birds.

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