August 13, 2012 |
Charlie Manuel talked about Vance Worley as if he hadn't expected much more than the righthander gave him Sunday during the Phillies' 8-7, 11-inning victory over the St. Louis Cardinals. "He battled," the Phillies manager said. "He stays in there and he usually gives us a chance to win the game. He usually takes you five or six innings. If you're going to be a fourth or fifth starter . . . in the major leagues, that ain't all bad. He definitely guts it out at times. " It could be argued that Worley has been gutting it out for some time.
August 29, 2012 |
When your team is either well on its way to a division title or at least still fighting for a playoff spot, the September call-ups from the minor leagues have a far different meaning. In that scenario, you call up the players who give you the best chance to win on a nightly basis even if they're not considered top prospects. A year ago, for example, outfielder Brandon Moss was among the September call-ups for the Phillies because he had the ability to provide left-handed power off the bench.
May 7, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - Sports fans love a phenom. They enjoy the buildup and want to see if the player can match the seemingly unbearable hype. That explains so much interest in Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper, who is now hitting .261 with no home runs, three RBIs, and a .378 on-base percentage in barely a week as a big-leaguer. Forget the small sample size of statistics. Harper has been in the public consciousness since appearing on the Sports Illustrated cover at the age of 16. Now just 19, the 6-foot-3, 215-pound Harper is a player people can't stop watching.
May 19, 2011 |
To Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. , the promotion of outfielder Domonic Brown is a matter of "when" and not "if. " Sometime this season, the Phils' top prospect will be in the majors, playing regularly, and given the chance to infuse his 23-year-old exuberance into an aging lineup. That time is nearing. It is not here yet. "We have to bring him at the right time for us," Amaro said Wednesday. "And we have to make sure it's the right time, so when he comes to the big leagues it's not a situation where we're questioning whether he should be in the big leagues or not. " Translation: When Brown is recalled, he will be here to stay.
August 15, 2012 |
SEATTLE - Jeff Datz, the Seattle Mariners third-base coach and a graduate of Clearview High in Gloucester County and Glassboro State College (now Rowan University) is completing his 11th season as a major-league coach, and he says he never takes a day for granted. Nor will Datz forget the person who opened the gate to the big leagues. "I will forever be grateful to Charlie Manuel," Datz said about the Phillies manager in an interview last month at Safeco Field. "He gave me the opportunity to coach in the big leagues.
April 15, 2012
If this season is anything like Ruben Amaro Jr.'s first three as Phillies general manager, there is going to come a time in July when he starts looking for help from another organization. You may not like the fact that the Phillies have failed to win a World Series since Amaro succeeded Hall of Famer Pat Gillick as the team's GM, but that does not change the reality that the current GM has significantly strengthened the team at the trade deadline every year since he took control.
May 21, 1996 |
It's as much a part of Baltimore as crabcakes and the Inner Harbor: Cal Ripken at shortstop for the Orioles. Ripken's streak of 2,168th consecutive games at shortstop could soon end because the former third baseman might be forced to return to his old position to fill in for two injured teammates. B.J. Surhoff is on the disabled list with a sprained ankle, and backup Bobby Bonilla is playing despite being hobbled by a similar injury. Because utility infielder Manny Alexander is better at shortstop than third base, manager Davey Johnson is considering moving Ripken to solidify the defense.
February 22, 2012
CLEARWATER, Fla. - A year ago, it seemed a seamless fit. Jayson Werth had vacated rightfield. Domonic Brown, the Phillies' top position prospect, was a rightfielder. A quick study with a swing likened to Darryl Strawberry's and one of those laser arms that make you beg for a play at the plate, Brown would make the Phillies look smart for not re-signing Werth, maybe even make them better. Twelve months and 1,200 doubts later, no one's quite sure where Domonic Brown fits, when he fits or even whether he fits.
May 16, 2012 |
They look like they could be brothers, a couple of 6-foot-4 towheads with high cheekbones and, on this afternoon, big country smiles. Hunter Pence and Jake Diekman went through a whirlwind of emotions on Tuesday afternoon. Pence drew boos for a costly error, his second defensive misadventure of this homestand, then cranked the game-winning home run in the 10th inning. The homer - which for added delight came at the expense of old pal Brett Myers - earned a victory for Diekman in the young lefthander's major-league debut.