March 23, 2012
Atlanta Braves third baseman Chipper Jones choked up a bit and delivered the news that's been looming for years: It's time to call it a career. This time, he means it. With his 40th birthday approaching and a long string of injuries slowing him down, Jones announced Thursday that he will retire at season's end. "I have fulfilled everything," Jones, flanked by his family and teammates, said during a news conference at the Braves' training camp...
December 14, 2011
PAT GILLICK is not working for the Cubs and he's not with the Dodgers, either. There was a report that he went to the Dominican Republic last month to meet with Aramis Ramirez and to Cuba to scout Yeonnis Cespedes - which means, if you're any kind of student of the man, that he is still an important part of the Phillies' brain trust. So fret not over Dontrelle Willis, whose late-day tweet - "I'm fired up be with the fighting phillies and looking forward to this season" - confirmed his status as the newest Phillies free-agent signee, pending a physical scheduled for today.
February 15, 2011 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - At times they looked bemused, at times they looked defiant. Atop a platform, in front of a horde of media, the four starters surveyed the hyperbole that their unification had sprung. As the video rolled and the cameras flashed, they reminded the viewing public that they had yet to throw a pitch, that they had yet to play a game, that they had yet to reach the legendary status that everyone seems so eager to bestow. But most striking of all were the occasions when they reminded the viewing public about starter No. 5. First came Cole Hamels, who was informed by a reporter that he was the only pitcher in the news conference who owned a World Series ring.
February 13, 2011 |
It is here. Finally. The most eagerly anticipated ride in the history of Philadelphia sports starts now, as the 2011 Phillies start reporting to work (officially) in Clearwater, Fla. Never has a Philly team begun its season with as much positive energy and pure enthusiasm as this one. If there's a trace of our historic sense of impending doom, good luck finding it. The city Murphy surely had in mind when formulating his infamous Law is all in with this club to an unprecedented degree.
February 11, 2011 |
The Phillies kicked off the most successful epoch in their largely undistinguished franchise history by winning the National League East title in 2007. Return with us now to those glorious days of yesteryear when the projected starters going into spring training were ... Brett Myers, Freddy Garcia, Jon Lieber, Cole Hamels, Jamie Moyer and Adam Eaton. This didn't exactly move the baseball poets to compose paeans celebrating what was in store. Rightly, as it turned out. Myers became the closer at midseason.
October 18, 2010
San Francisco's Cody Ross owns the Phillies. He hit his third homer of the NLCS Sunday night against Roy Oswalt in the fifth inning to break up his shot at a no-hitter. On Saturday, Ross hit two homers off Roy Halladay, also breaking up his postseason no-hit streak over two games. Ross' 16 career homers against the Phillies are the most he's hit against any team. Here are the other Phillies he has taken deep: Cole Hamels, 4 HRs Jamie Moyer, 2 HRs Adam Eaton, 2 HRs Joe Blanton, 1 HR Antonio Alfonseca, 1 HR J.C. Romero, 1 HR J.A. Happ, 1 HR Brett Myers, 1 HR
July 28, 2010
Welcome back to Summertime Talkin', where the lineup changes but the entertainment remains remarkably consistent. Fitzpatrick is off researching a "Where are they now?" piece on the 1912 Phillies. Gonzo will be along shortly, but he is moving this week and it just dawned on him that moving involves such things as packing. This may be the most important week of the season for the Phillies. The past couple of years, they were able to pull off a midseason trade for a pitcher who won games in the postseason.
May 12, 2010 |
While wondering how long until the Postal Service honors Page 2, it's time to empty out the mailbag: - Chris Chris, My apologies. You're right. That was a gross oversight. I've checked with the United States Postal Service and it is, in fact, planning an Eaton stamp. Here's a preview: "Philadelphia has a long tradition of bold athletes who have done completely unexpected things. With this Adam Eaton stamp, the USPS honors just that sort of man. The portrait shows Eaton at Citizens Bank Park during the Phillies championship ring ceremony (even though Eaton was left off the World Series roster after pitching so poorly during his second stint in town that the Phils were forced to release him)
June 10, 2009 |
First-round draft picks are tricky. LeBron James worked out. Kwame Brown didn't. That's the way it goes. For every Peyton Manning there's a Todd Marinovich. Yesterday, the Washington Nationals took San Diego State phenom Stephen Strasburg with the first pick in the Major League Baseball draft. Considering everything that's been written about the hard-throwing righty, Strasburg is destined to do great things and win many awards. Unless, of course, he doesn't. Many years ago, the Yankees drafted Brien Taylor, a pitcher with as much hype as Strasburg.
May 14, 2009
WHEN IT all went kerflooey for Brett Myers in the first half of last season, the Phillies crafted what turned out to be an inspired solution. They convinced the headstrong righthander that a brief tour of their minor league system was just what he needed. And it turned out they were right. It's hard to imagine that would help Jamie Moyer, though. He relies on pinpoint location and hitters down there swing at just about anything. So do the Florida Marlins, which helps explain his career domination of the Fish.