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While Phillies write checks to players, Jamie Moyer banks on fans to do same for Haiti


The Philadelphia Phillies spent the best part of the day, Thursday, writing out checks, and inking Shane Victorino and Joe Blanton to new deals, securing them in the team's future, at least for the next couple of years.

Victorino, the fleet-footed, Golden Glove center fielder, is reportedly locked up for three years at $22 million, while Blanton, the 29-year-old bulldog of the pitching staff, also signed a three-year deal, said to be worth $24 million.

Both players were major contributors for the Phillies' back-to-back National League Pennants in '08 and '09. Victorino hit .292 with 62 RBIs and 25 SBs last season, while Blanton, a right hander, was 16-8 with a 4.09 ERA, since joining the team in '08. He has averaged close to 200 innings a year over the last three seasons.

Blanton, a Kentucky native, gave an interview on Sirius/XM's Major League Home Plate Thursday, and reiterated how happy he was to be in Phillies pinstripes, after being traded from the Oakland Athletics roughly a year-and-a-half ago.

Meanwhile, 47-year-old left hander, Jamie Moyer, was also a guest on Major League Home Plate on Friday, and his main concern, in addition to getting ready for the 2010 season, was to raise $50,000 to help those in need in Haiti through his Moyer Foundation.

The Moyer Foundation (www.MoyerFoundation.org), founded by the Phillies' pitcher, Jamie Moyer and his wife, Karen, announced that the organization will match up to $50,000 in donations through their “Helping Hearts Campaign” that was created to support emergency relief efforts specifically targeted to helping child victims of the devastating earthquake in Haiti.

In a statement released by the non-profit organization, Moyer noted, "We are all human beings with compassion, and we need to end the suffering."

MLBs winningest active pitcher and Co-founder of The Moyer Foundation, continued, saying, “As an athlete, I hope that my fans, Phillies fans, Moyer Foundation fans and anyone who supports our mission will team up with us on this effort to help children in Haiti.”

The Moyer Foundation was established 10 years ago to help children in distress, and its mission statement further notes that the organization's purpose is to offer encouragement, comfort and support to children enduring a time of profound emotional, physical or financial distress.

In the meantime, the ageless veteran prepares for another baseball season, with 258 victories under his belt, and he can only guess whether his career will take him to age 50.

Jamie Moyer apparently, is up for the challenge. For the sake of the children in earthquake-ravaged Haiti, he hopes that Phillies fans are, too! - Tom Schalata

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