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Phillies Won’t Honor Pete Rose Next Weekend Due To ‘Recent Events’

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The Philadelphia Phillies, who was voted by fans to be inducted into the team’s Wall of Fame, won’t be taking part in the team’s Alumni Weekend festivities at Citizens Bank Park starting on August 10th.

The team made the announcement on Wednesday.

According to ESPN’s Outside the Lines, a sworn statement by an unidentified woman, contained in a motion filed in John Dowd’s (who oversaw the investigation that led to Rose’s ban from baseball in 1989) defense against Pete Rose’s defamation lawsuit, alleges that Rose had a sexual relationship with the woman for several years in the 1970s, beginning before she turned 16.

Rose did acknowledge that he had a sexual relationship with the woman, as outlined in court documents made public on Monday.

Rose said his information and believe was that the relationship started when she was 16, at which time (1975) Rose was 34 and married with 2 children.

Rose says he does not recall how long the relationship with the woman (referred to as “Jane Doe” in the filing) went on for.

“While I am truly honored that the Phillies fans voted for me to be this year’s Wall of Fame inductee, I am concerned that other matters will overshadow the goodwill associated with Alumni Weekend, and I agree with the decision not to participate,” Rose said in a statement.

This story in developing and ongoing, check out the latest at ESPN here.

 

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Phillies Sign Andrew McCutchen to 3-Year, $50M Contract

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The Philadelphia Phillies have agreed to terms with free agent veteran outfielder Andrew McCutchen on a 3-year, $50 million contract, according to The Athletic’s Matt Gelb.

McCutchen, 32, started the 2018 campaign with the San Francisco Giants before being traded to the New York Yankees ahead of the MLB trade deadline.

McCutchen performed well for the Yankees, and the Phillies are banking on that version of McCutchen moving forward.

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Marlins Outright Yadiel Rivera, Brett Graves

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The Miami Marlins have outrighted infielder Yadiel Rivera and right hander Brett Graves, according to the Sun-Sentinel’s Wells Dusenbury.

Rivera, 26, hit the majors this past season to the tune of a .173/.269/.216 batting line in 160 plate appearances.

Graves pitched for Miami this season, his first stint in the majors, and posted a 5.40 ERA.

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Diamondbacks Sign Merrill Kelly To Two-Year Deal

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The Arizona Diamondbacks have signed right hander Merrill Kelly to a two-year, $5.5 million contract, according to Yahoo Sports’ Jeff Passan.

Kelly’s new deal will pay him $2 million in 2019 and $3 million in 2020 and includes a pair of club options. The 30-year old has never pitched in the major leagues but had an impressive four-year stint in the Korea Baseball Organization.

Kelly was a former prospect in the Tampa Bay Rays organization.

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