May 29, 2014 |
WHEN THE Phillies reported to spring training a little over 3 months ago, the depth at third base was minimal. There was incumbent Cody Asche, who played 50 games as a rookie at the position last year. There was Kevin Frandsen, who was never known for his defense, which was one reason he wasn't even in camp anymore before camp broke in March. There was Freddy Galvis, a great option defensively but not really viewed as a starting candidate at third. And then there was Maikel Franco, the organization's top prospect, who hit 36 home runs between Class A Clearwater and Double A Reading last season.
May 23, 2014
RUBEN AMARO JR., from beleaguered general manager of the Phillies to commissioner of baseball? Amaro laughed a little at the thought. But a story on the New York Post's pagesix.com on Wednesday night listed Amaro as a candidate for the job of Major League Baseball commissioner, a job title being vacated in January when Bud Selig is expected to retire. The Post's story centered on Bob Iger, Disney's chairman and CEO, listing him as a favorite of MLB's succession committee.
May 15, 2014 |
THE PHILLIES entered the ninth inning of Sunday's game at Citi Field against the Mets armed with a three-run lead, but with three of their top relievers unavailable. Jake Diekman and Mike Adams had thrown 51 combined pitches on Saturday, and had pitched Friday, too. Closer Jonathan Papelbon threw 21 total pitches in those games, but was also unavailable, since he said he was dealing with soreness. Antonio Bastardo blew the three-run lead, the Phillies lost in extra innings and failed to complete a sweep.
May 6, 2014 |
Ryne Sandberg had not entered the Broad Street Run. In fact, his plan was to stay as far away from it as possible. Instead, the Phillies manager became an involuntary participant for an instant because it was the only way he could get to work Sunday morning. The sad story with a happy ending started at his rented home in Rittenhouse Square. "I jumped in an Uber car and said, 'By the way, Broad Street is closed.' " Sandberg said he told the driver of the city's upscale taxi service.
May 2, 2014 |
FOR THE THIRD TIME in the season's first month, rain pushed back a baseball game in South Philly. The Phillies' scheduled contest with the New York Mets last night was postponed; it will be played on Monday, June 2, at 7:05 p.m. As a result of the rainout, the first month of the season is in the books for the Phillies (13-13). And, for the first time in three seasons, they won't have a losing record on May 1. When made aware of the fact, general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. chuckled. His team was still in fourth place in a five-team division, of course.
April 29, 2014 |
PHOENIX - Although the slick-fielding infielder was hitless in his last 17 at-bats, Ryne Sandberg inserted Freddy Galvis into his starting lineup against the Diamondbacks on Saturday night. He wanted strong defense behind Cliff Lee and he obviously wanted to give Galvis a chance to get going offensively. Galvis went 0-for-5 with two strikeouts. He's hitless in his last 22 at-bats and hitting .033 (1-30) since returning from the disabled list more than 2 weeks ago. "He's struggling," general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said of Galvis, who was out of yesterday's starting lineup.
April 8, 2014 |
CHICAGO - The Phillies were on the wrong end of a lopsided loss yesterday, so closer Jonathan Papelbon kept his coat on and stayed in his seat in the visiting bullpen at Wrigley Field. The embattled closer's next save appearance will likely come this week at Citizens Bank Park. In his most recent appearance, a perfect ninth inning Saturday to record his first save of the season, Papelbon never threw a ball harder than 91 mph and saw nine of his 13 fastballs register at 90 or below on the ballpark radar gun. Coming off a first week when Papelbon was OK in one outing, awful in another and lacking velocity in the third, general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. remains confident in his $50 million closer.
March 21, 2014 |
DUNEDIN, Fla. - Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins was calm, cool, and composed. General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. couldn't have been more livid. Both were responding to an ESPN.com report claiming that some Phillies officials want Rollins to be a better leader through his work habits. Some in the organization want to trade him if he does not improve, the website said. After morning batting practice before Wednesday's game against the Toronto Blue Jays, Rollins said he had heard about the report.
March 3, 2014 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Ethan Martin finished an early-morning workout, and while his teammates checked in and put on their home uniforms, the pitcher changed out of his baseball uniform and into street clothes. Shortly after the 24-year-old Martin left the building, he was stopped by one of his bosses. General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. patted the pitcher on the back and wished him well. Martin was off to get an MRI on his ailing right shoulder. On his way to the parking lot Martin passed 23-year-old Jonathan Pettibone, who was throwing off the mound for the first time in nearly 2 weeks after his own bout with shoulder discomfort.