May 24, 2011
Playing at: Reading (AA) Position: First base/DH Height: 6-1 Weight: 200 Age: 24 Born: June 5, 1986, in Effingham, Ill. Bats: Right Throws: Right How obtained: Drafted in the ninth round (No. 286 overall) in 2008 This season: Is hitting .276 and leading the Eastern League (and the Phillies' farm system) with 12 homers and 33 RBI . . . Is also getting some time in leftfield. Career at a glance: Led the 2008 New York-Penn (A) League in RBI (57) in his first season as a pro . . . He was a 2010 Florida State League (A)
October 12, 2007
There are an uncommon number of connections between the Phillies and this year's American League Championship Series. Red Sox manager Terry Francona managed the Phillies from 1997 through 2000. Criticized then, he has taken the Red Sox to the playoffs in 3 of his 4 years in Boston, including the franchise's first world championship since 1918 in 2004. Indians manager Eric Wedge finished his playing career at Triple A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, then a Phillies affiliate, in 1997.
December 3, 2006 |
The Cleveland Indians added experience and depth to their young bullpen yesterday, agreeing to one-year contracts with former Phillies Roberto Hernandez and Aaron Fultz. Hernandez, a 42-year-old righthander, is guaranteed $3.5 million. Fultz, a 33-year-old lefty, got a $1.65 million deal. Hernandez went 0-3 with two saves and a 3.11 ERA in 68 appearances for Pittsburgh and the New York Mets last season. He was 3-5 in 63 appearances for the Phillies in 2004. Hernandez has 326 career saves, 10th most in major-league history.
June 17, 2006 |
The Phillies are finding out that nothing kills momentum more than allowing the other team to score first. Teams have been jumping all over the Phillies early, and keeping them buried late. That was the pattern again last night as the Tampa Bay Devil Rays continued their interleague mastery over the Phillies with a 10-4 win, rocking rookie Cole Hamels in his Citizens Bank Park debut. The Devil Rays (28-40) might be last in the American League East, but they became yet another team to score first on the Phils.
March 24, 2006 |
Chris Booker tried to pack three weeks of lost time into one inning. It would have been better if he hadn't. "I had some adrenaline out there," the Phillies righthander said after he struggled yesterday in a 8-7 loss in 10 innings to the Detroit Tigers at Joker Marchant Stadium. "I had a whole lot. It was my first time throwing in a major-league game all spring, so I was pumped. I guess I was trying to do too much with my pitches, and I left them up. " Booker, acquired by the Phils in a trade with Detroit in December via the Rule 5 draft, made his Grapefruit League debut after missing the first three weeks after a setback from left knee surgery.
July 10, 2005 |
Evelyn "Tootie" Yeager couldn't sleep at all Friday night. She was just too excited. At age 101, she was going to her first Phillies game - ever. She finally got out of bed at 4 a.m. yesterday and fried an egg, what she calls "a dippy egg," over easy with toast. Then she waited five hours, with her new Phillies cap and walker, for her great-grandson to pick her up. Tootie, as she has been called since birth, Feb. 19, 1904, lives by herself in a mobile home in Walnutport in the Lehigh Valley.
June 22, 2005 |
The Phillies packed their bags Sunday in Oakland and talked about how much they would welcome their return to cozy Citizens Bank Park. They had been 12-1 in their previous homestand, the best in franchise history. And they knew they needed to return to their winning ways after an uninspired 2-4 trip through Seattle and Oakland. But their fortune didn't return last night in an 8-5 loss to the New York Mets. "I go back out there in five days," said righthander Brett Myers, who suffered his worst outing of the season.
June 10, 2005 |
Ramon Martinez, the newly acquired Phillies infielder, is coming home - in a roundabout way. Martinez, acquired Wednesday from the Detroit Tigers along with reliever Ugueth Urbina for infielder Placido Polanco, was born in Philadelphia. Although he moved to Puerto Rico at the age of 4, Martinez used to spend a few weeks in Philadelphia during the summers of his youth. He still has relatives here. Martinez, 32, who listed Mike Schmidt as his favorite Phillie, used to watch the team at Veterans Stadium.
April 9, 2005 |
Three days. Three meltdowns. But yesterday's looked like Three Mile Island compared with the previous two. The Phillies' bullpen took another lead and quickly turned it into a 6-5 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium. "I'm kind of stunned," manager Charlie Manuel said. Lefthander Aaron Fultz walked in the tying run on four pitches in the bottom of the eighth inning with two outs. He walked in the winning run on five pitches. Meanwhile, closer Billy Wagner just sat in the bullpen, waiting.
March 22, 2005 |
Phillies lefthander Aaron Fultz has been in this situation before, often enough to know better than to obsess about it. In the past, he said he would keep himself up at night. Does he have a shot? Is he headed to the minors? Fultz is fighting for a bullpen job. One or two spots seem to be available, depending on whether the Phillies keep 11 or 12 pitchers. If the team carries 11, five of six jobs already seem secure with Billy Wagner, Tim Worrell, Rheal Cormier, Ryan Madson and Terry Adams.