July 16, 2015 |
CINCINNATI - Mike Trout's first career All-Star Game at-bat, in 2012 at Kansas City's Kauffman Stadium, resulted in a single to center field. His first at-bats in each of his next two All-Star Games ended in a double and triple, respectively. So it was only fitting for baseball's best all-around player to complete his de facto All-Star Game cycle on Tuesday night at Great American Ball Park, sending the fourth pitch of the 86th midsummer classic the opposite way and over the right-field wall.
June 22, 2015 |
Before the pair of renaissances that yielded the Phillies their only two World Series titles and salvaged some pride for a franchise paralyzed by humiliation, Bucks County-born author James Michener was asked how he endured the ups and downs of being a baseball fan. "Ups?" Michener replied. "What ups? I'm from Philadelphia. " The Philadelphia Michener knew as a boy was a robust industrial hub, a city frequently referred to as "The Nation's Workshop. " But by the time the prolific writer died in 1997, most of the factories that had cranked out everything from locomotives to hats were shuttered.
June 6, 2015 |
When Tyler Phillips was in first grade, the teacher asked him and his classmates to write down their career ambition. "I wrote down that I wanted to play in the major leagues," said Phillips, a senior at Bishop Eustace Prep. "I wrote it down every year after that. " Phillips still is a long way from realizing his dream. But he could take a step closer if he is selected in the Major League Baseball first-year player draft next week. "He's got what the scouts are looking for," Bishop Eustace coach Sam Tropiano said.
January 5, 2015 |
Surrounded by Fishtown's redbrick sea, Palmer Cemetery is an eerie urban island. Neighbors of the 250-year-old burial grounds insist spirits of the Revolutionary and Civil War veterans interred there sometimes prowl its weathered headstones and foreboding maples. Meanwhile, just a block away, another more tangible neighborhood ghost is stirring to life. At the cramped corner of Tulip and Palmer Streets, a long-abandoned Industrial Age building that, in terms of its baseball pedigree, may now be the most significant structure in Philadelphia is being converted into 30 apartments.
December 15, 2014 |
As the concrete foundation of the new Comcast Innovation and Technology Center was being poured last week, the Phillies continued dismantling their own less-enduring underpinnings. Jimmy Rollins is going to the Dodgers. Cole Hamels is on the market. And if you phone now, Ryan Howard can be yours by Christmas. The baseball around here figures to be hellish at least for as long it takes Comcast's second Center City tower, a 1,121-foot edifice on Arch Street, to reach the heavens. For whatever reason, this phenomenon of simultaneous ascension and descent is more common here than you might imagine.
August 26, 2014 |
IN THE SPAN of exactly a month, Jerome Williams was released from one losing team and designated for assignment by another, so not much was expected when the Phillies claimed the righthander off waivers 2 weeks ago yesterday. But ever since joining the club, Williams has showcased stuff that could certainly find a home in the back end of Philadelphia's 2015 rotation. Williams, a jovial 32-year-old journeyman from Hawaii, threw eight innings of one-run baseball yesterday afternoon at Citizens Bank Park to help the last-place Phillies (58-72)
July 17, 2014 |
MINNEAPOLIS - When the American League's leadoff hitter came to the plate in the first inning, every National League fielder stashed his glove to take part in an extended standing ovation. Pitcher Adam Wainwright left his glove on the mound and didn't appear to be in any rush to get it, either. The applause continued for another minute. It was Derek Jeter's final All-Star Game, and, just as with Mariano Rivera last year, the game was going to celebrate the New York Yankees future Hall of Famer, who is retiring at season's end. Wainwright acknowledged later he grooved a couple of pitches for Jeter in the at-bat that followed.
July 14, 2014 |
ON AT LEAST three occasions during his briefing with the media before last night's game against the Nationals, manager Ryne Sandberg used the word "forward. " The message was clear: The Phillies might have been 10 games under .500, but they were undefeated in their previous four games, and he was not going to let the discussion drift to any of the ugliness that had occurred before their surprising sweep of the first-place Brewers. Sandberg is determined to make these next 3 months as productive as possible, and one item on his agenda is finding out whether Grady Sizemore can still fill a regular role in the majors.
July 11, 2014 |
OFFICIALLY, Jorge Posada walked twice in the 2009 World Series. But to anyone watching, the frequent strolls to the mound by the Yankees catcher to calm his pitchers, slow opposition momentum and silence a raucous Citizens Bank Park crowd were enough to move the numbers on a pedometer. In the pivotal Game 4, for example, Posada visited starting pitcher CC Sabathia eight times. In one inning. The Yankees won, 7-4, to take a three games to one series lead. Posada's liberal use - Phillies fans would argue misuse - of baseball's lax rules was so pronounced that commissioner Bud Selig pledged to form a committee to examine it and other pace-of-play matters during the offseason.
July 18, 2013 |
NEW YORK - Once, back in 2010, Domonic Brown was Baseball America's top minor league prospect, one place ahead of some South Jersey 18-year-old named Mike Trout. Trout, of course, sprinted his way through the minors and into the major leagues and wowed the baseball world with a record-making rookie year in 2012 - which included a hit, a walk and a stolen base in last summer's All-Star Game in Kansas City. At the time Brown was scuffling in the Phillies' minor league system, the holes in his swing scrutinized as if a crime scene, the premise of an All-Star appearance 12 months later ridiculous to even the most zealous Phillies fan. And any comparison with Trout a taunt more than a tout.