August 18, 2005 |
Davey Johnson, who led the New York Mets to a 1986 World Series victory, was named manager of a U.S. baseball team that will compete in baseball's World Cup next month. Johnson, 62, has a career managerial record of 1,148-888 during 14 seasons with the Mets, Cincinnati Reds, Baltimore Orioles and Los Angeles Dodgers. He last managed a major-league club five years ago. Major-league players are not eligible to compete in the event, sponsored by the International Baseball Federation.
December 22, 2013
The Arizona Diamondbacks have avoided arbitration with closer Brad Ziegler by agreeing to a two-year, $10.5 million contract with the righty reliever. Ziegler revealed the agreement via Twitter, saying he's "really excited to stay in Arizona for a couple more years, at least. " Under the contract, the sidearm pitcher gets $4.5 million for 2014 and $5 million for 2015 with a $5.5 million option for 2016 that includes a $1 million buyout. Baltimore Orioles relief pitcher Troy Patton has been suspended for the first 25 games of next season after a positive test for a banned amphetamine.
June 17, 2015 |
BALTIMORE - Citing club policy, the Phillies declined to comment Monday on a CSNPhilly.com report that the organization is targeting longtime baseball executive Andy MacPhail for a front-office position. The report indicated it is unclear what role MacPhail would assume if he joined the team. Pat Gillick became the Phillies' president on a permanent basis in January but has said he doesn't envision himself in the role in two or three years. Gillick, 77, is in charge of baseball operations.
October 5, 2015 |
Three-plus years of travel and books couldn't sever a lifetime's bonds, so last June, lured by the Humpty Dumpty challenge of reassembling the Phillies, Andy MacPhail came back to the family business. Yet as eager as the reeling franchise's new president is to tackle this daunting task, there is first, he knows, a nightmare to confront. Early on Feb. 18, 1969, MacPhail's oldest brother, Lee III, the Reading Phillies' new general manager, was returning home after speaking at a Wyomissing banquet.
October 15, 2003 |
Baseball once again looks like the national pastime on television. For the first time ever, a baseball league championship game drew more television viewers than "Monday Night Football" head-to-head. Game 4 of the AL Championship Series between the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox got an 11.6 rating and 18 share on Fox on Monday night, 38 percent higher than the 8.4 rating for ABC's coverage of the Atlanta Falcons against the St. Louis Rams. The rating for the Rams' 36-0 victory was the lowest ever in the 34-year history of "Monday Night Football.
September 20, 2006 |
Syd Thrift, a former general manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates who spent nearly a half century in baseball, died at 77. He underwent knee replacement surgery Monday in Milford, Del., and died that night, said the Baltimore Orioles, one of many teams for whom he worked. An autopsy will determine the cause of death. "He was a great baseball man - both on and off the field - who dedicated his life to the game," commissioner Bud Selig said. "He was a personal friend of mine and I will miss him. " Thrift became GM of the Pirates in 1985 and gave Jim Leyland his start as a major league manager.
September 18, 2014 |
BALTIMORE Orioles slugger Chris Davis is currently sitting out a 25-game suspension for using Adderall, a banned substance. Usually a drug that helps people with attention deficit disorder improve their focus, it is categorized by Major League Baseball as a stimulant, thus the suspension. Maybe Davis can use what happened Monday on a Maryland highway as Exhibit A that, indeed, the drug has made him more alert and focused. Traveling on I-295 on his way to pick up friends at Baltimore-Washington Thurgood Marshall Airport, Davis saw a tire blow out on a big pickup truck, causing the vehicle to flip and pin a man underneath it. Davis, whose nickname just happens to be "Crash," was the first to arrive at the accident scene and began waving to passers-by to stop and help.
June 19, 2015 |
The Phillies' best run output in eight games was still not enough to snap their skid. Their losing streak reached nine, the franchise's longest since 1999, with a 6-4 defeat Wednesday night against the Baltimore Orioles at Citizens Bank Park. Kevin Correia was charged with all six Baltimore runs, although only two were earned. Freddy Galvis' 10th fielding error of the season kick-started the Orioles' crucial four-run fourth inning. "I don't think he's a guy that should have 10 errors at this stage of the game," Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said.
June 18, 2015 |
BALTIMORE - Jerome Williams tumbled over in a heap, facedown, just outside the batter's box. An awkward leg split while covering home plate left the Phillies' struggling righthander in agony, ending a miserable 30-pitch outing that gave up six Baltimore Orioles runs. But that was just the beginning of the Phillies' most embarrassing performance of a dismal season. Baseball's worst team hit rock bottom Tuesday night in a 19-3 defeat at Oriole Park at Camden Yards, in 3 hours, 11 minutes redefining the meaning of the oft-used sports term "rebuilding.
November 28, 1995 |
Pat Gillick returned to baseball yesterday as general manager of the Baltimore Orioles, one of the few jobs that could prod him out of retirement. Gillick was general manager of the Toronto Blue Jays from their initial season in 1977 through 1994, producing World Series champions in 1992 and 1993. He was elevated to executive vice president in September 1994, serving in an advisory capacity. "When I backed off 14 months ago, I kind of figured I had enough," he said. "But I was kind of idle, not really doing too much, and my wife gave me a major league, 'Yes, you did retire too early.