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Pete Rose dismissed questions Sunday about his first appearance on the field in Philadelphia since the franchise scrapped 2017 plans to honor him because of a woman’s claim she had a sexual relationship with baseball’s hit king when she was a minor.

“It was 55 years ago, babe,” Rose told a female baseball writer for The Philadelphia Inquirer.

The 81-year-old Rose declined to answer any more questions in the dugout moments after a team photo in the outfield meant to celebrate the Phillies’ 1980 World Series championship team and other former players. The original 1980 anniversary celebration was postponed for two seasons because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Rose made his first appearance on the playing field in Philadelphia since receiving a lifetime ban from Major League Baseball in August 1989. He agreed to the ban after an investigation for MLB by lawyer John Dowd found that Rose placed numerous bets on the Cincinnati Reds to win from 1985-87 while playing for and managing the team.

The Phillies, however, planned to honor Rose in 2017 for his contributions to the World Series champions in 1980 and the 1983 National League pennant winners.

The woman, identified as Jane Doe in 2017, said Rose called her in 1973, when she was 14 or 15, and they began a sexual relationship in Cincinnati that lasted several years. She also alleged Rose met her in locations outside Ohio for sex.

Rose’s lawyer had said the woman’s claims are unverified.

Rose acknowledged in 2017 that he did have a relationship with the woman, but he said it started when she was 16. He also said they never had sex outside Ohio.

At the time, Rose was in his mid-30s and was married with two kids.

The Phillies were going to induct Rose into their Wall of Fame in an on-field ceremony. That ceremony was canceled and there were no other plans to celebrate Rose until this season. He was set to be introduced on the field before Sunday’s game alongside many former teammates from the 1980 World Series championship team.

Last month, the Phillies defended the decision to invite Rose to participate in the ceremony.

“In planning the 1980 reunion, we consulted with Pete’s teammates about his inclusion,” the Phillies said in a statement. “Everyone wants Pete to be part of the festivities since there would be no trophy in 1980 without him. In addition, the club received permission from the Commissioner’s Office to invite Pete as a member of the championship team.”

A 17-time All-Star, Rose got 826 of his 4,256 hits during his five years playing for the Phillies from 1979-83.

Rose has asked MLB to end his lifetime ban.

The Philadelphia Phillies acquired right-handed reliever David Robertson from the Chicago Cubs for right-handed pitching prospect Ben Brown, the teams announced Tuesday.

Robertson accrued a 2.23 ERA with 14 saves and 51 strikeouts over 36 appearances for the Cubs this season. The former All-Star is in his 14th major-league campaign.

Meanwhile, Brown owns a 3.08 ERA with 12.9 K/9 in Single-A this year. He’s the Phils’ No. 7 prospect, according to Baseball America.

The New York Mets were rumored to be interested in Robertson, who also played for the New York Yankees for nine seasons.

The Philadelphia Phillies are acquiring outfielder Brandon Marsh from the Los Angeles Angels for catching prospect Logan O’Hoppe, the clubs announced Thursday.

Marsh will finally shore up the Phillies’ center field, which has been their weakness for some time. The 24-year-old has split time between left and center in L.A. this year, tallying seven defensive runs saved in the corner spot and minus-four DRS in center.

Now in his second big-league season, Marsh is a lifetime .239/.299/.354 hitter with 10 homers and 56 RBIs across 163 games with the Halos.

Baseball America ranked O’Hoppe as the Phillies’ No. 3 prospect and top position player prospect in their organization. The 22-year-old owns a .269/.385/.492 slash line with 15 homers, 45 RBIs, and six stolen bases across 74 games this season at Double-A Reading.

In addition to acquiring Marsh, Philadelphia is designating outfielder Odubel Herrera for assignment, The Athletic’s Matt Gelb reports. The 30-year-old has disappointed as the Phillies’ primary center fielder this year, hitting .238/.279/.378 with five homers and 21 RBIs in 62 games.

The Phillies are also designating reliever Jeurys Familia for assignment, according to FanSided’s Robert Murray. The 32-year-old has struggled in his first season in Philadelphia, posting a 6.09 ERA with 33 strikeouts in 34 innings in 2022.

The Los Angeles Angels traded right-handed starter Noah Syndergaard to the Philadelphia Phillies in exchange for former first overall pick Mickey Moniak and outfield prospect Jadiel Sanchez, the teams announced.

The Toronto Blue Jays were considered the other finalist to land Syndergaard ahead of the 6 p.m. ET trade deadline, according to Jon Morosi of MLB Network.

In his first action back from Tommy John surgery, Syndergaard is authoring a 3.83 ERA and 3.96 FIP, though with a steep dip in velocity and strikeouts. The former All-Star agreed to a one-year, $21-million contract with the Angels this past winter after signing a qualifying offer with the Mets.

Syndergaard joins the best starting rotation in the National League by FanGraphs WAR, currently led by Aaron Nola and Zack Wheeler.

The Phillies, sitting third in the NL East, occupy the final NL wild-card spot at 55-47. They are 10 games back of the first-place New York Mets and six and a half behind the Atlanta Braves.

Moniak, 24, was surprisingly taken with the Phillies’ top selection at the 2016 MLB Draft. The outfielder has struggled with his development since, making his major-league debut in 2020 and hitting .129/.214/.172 with one homer in 47 games over parts of three seasons.

Sanchez, 21, is currently on the seven-day minor-league injured list. The outfielder has hit .239/.289/.437 with six homers and two stolen bases over two minor-league levels this year.

Philadelphia Phillies catcher J.T. Realmuto said he won’t let Canada’s restrictions on unvaccinated travelers change his stance on the COVID-19 vaccine.

“I’m a healthy 31-year-old professional athlete,” Realmuto said Monday, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Scott Lauber. “I’m not going to let Canada tell me what I do and don’t put in my body.”

Realmuto, who won’t play against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre on Tuesday and Wednesday after being placed on the restricted list, called the vaccination issue an “extremely unfortunate situation.”

The three-time All-Star added that he consulted doctors before deciding not to get the shot.

Realmuto will forfeit close to $260,000, which he called “a little bit of money,” by not playing in Toronto, according to Matt Gelb of The Athletic.

“It’s just not worth it,” the 31-year-old said.

Realmuto signed a five-year, $115.5-million contract with the Phillies in January 2021.

Alec BohmAaron Nola, and Kyle Gibson will also miss the series after landing on the restricted list.

The Philadelphia Phillies parted ways with manager Joe Girardi, the team announced Friday.

Philadelphia sits third in the NL East amid a disappointing 22-29 start to Girardi’s third season with the club. Bench coach Rob Thomson has been named the interim manager through the end of the year.

“It has been a frustrating season for us up until this point, as we feel that our club has not played up to its capabilities,” team president Dave Dombrowski said in a statement. “While all of us share the responsibilities for the shortcomings, I felt that a change was needed and that a new voice in the clubhouse would give us the best chance to turn things around.

“I believe we have a talented group that can get back on track, and I am confident that Rob, with his experience and familiarity with our club, is the right man to lead us going forward.”

Girardi, who previously managed the New York Yankees for 10 seasons from 2008-17, joined the Phillies as Gabe Kapler’s replacement ahead of the pandemic-shortened 2020 campaign. Philly posted a 28-32 record in his first year on the job before improving to 82-80 over a full schedule last season.

The Phillies were underwhelming to start the 2022 season despite having MLB’s fourth-highest payroll.

Being elevated to interim manager represents Thomson’s first opportunity to lead a clubhouse, but he brings plenty of big-league coaching experience. The 58-year-old has been the bench coach in Philadelphia since 2018. He previously spent 28 years in the Yankees organization, including 10 seasons on Girardi’s coaching staff.

Third baseman Alec Bohm apologized to Philadelphia Phillies fans for directing a rude comment toward those in attendance at Citizens Bank Park on Monday.

“Emotions got the best of me,” Bohm said following the Phillies’ 5-4 win over the Mets, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Scott Lauber. “I said it. Do I mean it? No. It’s a frustrating night for me. Made a few mistakes in the field. But these fans, they just want to win. … They’re great. I’m sorry to them. I don’t mean that.”

A video camera caught Bohm telling teammate Didi Gregorius “I fucking hate this place” after Monday’s crowd gave the third baseman an ovation for making a routine throw in the second inning.

Bohm had made two errors right before the play.

The 25-year-old wound up making three errors on three throws during Monday’s contest.

Bohm tied for the third-most errors among third basemen with at least 800 innings played in the majors last season, and he’s coming off a miserable 2021 campaign where he posted a .647 OPS in 115 games.

The former third overall pick finished second in National League Rookie of the Year voting in 2020.

The Philadelphia Phillies and outfielder Nick Castellanos have agreed to a five-year, $100-million contract, sources told MLB Network’s Jon Heyman.

The 2021 All-Star and Silver Slugger posted a picture of himself in Philadelphia on Instagram Friday night.

Castellanos, 30, spent the previous two seasons with the Cincinnati Reds, hitting .284/.343/.550 with 48 homers and 134 RBIs over 198 games.

The nine-year veteran has also played for the Chicago Cubs and Detroit Tigers and possesses a career .814 OPS with 168 home runs.

Castellanos will likely stay in the outfield alongside reigning NL MVP Bryce Harper. However, he could also split time at designated hitter with new recruit Kyle Schwarber, who signed a four-year, $79-million contract with the team earlier this week.

The Dave Dombrowski-run Detroit Tigers originally drafted Castellanos in the first round of the 2010 draft. Dombrowski now serves as the Phillies’ president of baseball operations, joining the club before the 2021 campaign.

The Philadelphia Phillies already added one big bat to their lineup this offseason when they signed Kyle Schwarber, and it looks like they’re eyeing a second one.

Philadelphia is in serious pursuit of outfielder Nick Castellanos, sources told The Athletic’s Jayson Stark.

Castellanos’ addition would put the Phillies well over the luxury-tax threshold, but the club views him as a big enough difference-maker to justify the payroll taxes, Stark adds.

The two sides are progressing in contract talks, according to MLB Network’s Jon Morosi.

Adding Castellanos would also likely push Schwarber into more of a permanent designated hitter role.

The Phillies have been on the hunt for outfield additions and impact bats for most of the offseason to help fortify an offense led by National League MVP Bryce Harper, All-Star catcher J.T. Realmuto, and first baseman Rhys Hoskins.

Castellanos fits the Phillies’ needs. The 30-year-old had the best season of his career with the Cincinnati Reds last year, hitting .309/.362/.576 with 34 home runs, 38 doubles, and 100 RBIs in 138 games.

The Florida native has been an offensive force throughout his career, amassing a .278/.329/.486 slash line with 168 homers, 594 RBIs, and 278 doubles in nine seasons with the Reds, Chicago Cubs, and Detroit Tigers.

The Miami MarlinsBoston Red Sox, and San Diego Padres have also been connected to Castellanos this offseason.

Philadelphia’s front office has also talked with the Tampa Bay Rays about potentially acquiring outfielder Austin Meadows, a source told the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Scott Lauber.

The Philadelphia Phillies and slugging outfielder Kyle Schwarber agreed to a four-year, $79-million contract, according to Jon Heyman of MLB Network.

The 29-year-old joins Bryce Harper in Philadelphia’s outfield after a terrific 2021 campaign.

Schwarber hit .266/.374/.554 with 32 home runs and 71 RBIs in 113 games split between the Washington Nationals and Boston Red Sox. He went on an absolute tear last June, hitting 16 homers in 18 games.

Over the course of his seven-year career, the Ohio native owns a .237/.343/.493 slash line with 153 homers and 350 RBIs. Most of his big-league playing time came with the Chicago Cubs from 2015-2020.

Schwarber reunites with hitting coach Kevin Long in Philadelphia. Long helped the slugger rediscover his hitting form last year with the Nationals before being hired by the Phillies in October.

Schwarber’s signing is expected to open up the outfield market for both free agents and trades, according to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal.