July 18, 2013 |
NEW YORK - Pittsburgh Pirates closer and first-time all-star Jason Grilli had one thought during his brief stay with the Lehigh Valley IronPigs, the Phillies' triple-A affiliate, in 2011. "I was thinking that I wanted to get the heck out," Grilli said before Tuesday's 84th Major League Baseball All-Star Game at Citi Field. "Who wants to be an IronPig? Not me. " It's nothing against the IronPigs organization, he said, but Grilli believed he should have been pitching in the big leagues.
May 13, 2013 |
ALLENTOWN - Whether it's at this year's trade deadline or after the season, one of the most difficult decisions in franchise history is going to have to be made in the not-too-distant future. Chase Utley: stay or go? Much of that decision will be influenced by the play of the team and the play of the veteran second baseman who so far has been solid offensively and shaky at times defensively. Some of the decision will also be influenced by the play of Cesar Hernandez, the 22-year-old second baseman at triple-A Lehigh Valley.
March 24, 2013 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Darin Ruf's road to the big leagues took a detour Friday, but only after he showed once again why he was here in the first place. The 26-year-old slugger stepped to the plate in the bottom of the ninth inning and launched a long walk-off home run to left field, giving the Phillies a 7-6 victory over the Atlanta Braves. As he crossed home plate, Ruf was swarmed by his teammates in what was unquestionably the best moment of his often difficult spring training.
March 16, 2013 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - It came in the form of a text message from the team a couple of hours after the Phillies' 2-1 Grapefruit League victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates, and it was certainly not a surprise. Still, it's somewhat of a big deal to be named an opening-day starter in the big leagues for the first time in your career, and that's exactly what officially happened for Phillies lefthander Cole Hamels Thursday. Hamels, 29, will pitch against the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field on April 1. He was not available for comment, but he downplayed the honor earlier in spring training.
March 5, 2013 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Ender Inciarte, an athletic outfielder who is short on experience but high on talent, is making an impression on Charlie Manuel. At least better than the first impression the Rule 5 pick had on his new manager. "The first day we practiced I showed up at [4:45 a.m.]," Manuel said following Sunday's 13-5 win over the Toronto Blue Jays. "And he came in behind me and asked, 'Who do I see about getting a locker?' I said, 'What's your name?' And he told me, and I didn't recognize his name.
February 25, 2013 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Scott Proefrock walked through the Phillies clubhouse during the eighth inning of Saturday's Grapefruit League game with papers in his hand. The assistant general manager instructed a clubhouse attendant to find pitcher Michael Schwimer. Schwimer was in the Phillies bullpen, exactly where one is supposed to be when scheduled to pitch. Except Schwimer was no longer a Phillie. He had been traded during the game to Toronto for Art Charles, a minor-league first baseman.
February 16, 2013 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Somebody asked Domonic Brown Thursday whether this was his last chance to win a job with the Phillies. It's funny because the 25-year-old outfielder who was once considered the best minor-league prospect in the game by Baseball America has just over one year of big-league service time. He has stepped to home plate only 492 times in the big leagues. The numbers - a .236 batting average, 12 home runs, 58 RBIs, and a .703 OPS - have not translated to the superstardom expected from the hype he received earlier in his professional career.
February 4, 2013
1. Jesse Biddle LHP, Clearwater, High A, 10-6, 3.22 ERA The Philadelphia native has remained on a path to the big leagues since the Phillies made him their first-round draft choice (27th overall) in 2010. Jordan's comments: "He had a really good year developmentally. The numbers were really good, but he also got better with his fastball command, his curveball command, and with his change-up. It's all there. We just have to keep him healthy. " 2. Tommy Joseph C, Richmond, AA, .260, 8 HRs, 38 RBIs, .705 OPS Reading, AA, .250, 3 HRs, 10 RBIs, .747 OPS The Phillies gave up Hunter Pence to get Joseph, minor-league pitcher Seth Rosin, and outfielder Nate Schierholtz.
October 5, 2012
The first step toward Ryne Sandberg's becoming the next manager of the Philadelphia Phillies was put into motion Thursday when the Hall of Fame second baseman was named the team's third-base coach and infield instructor. General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. denied that was the intent after he recited the myriad changes to the coaching staff following the .500 season that ended the Phillies' run of five straight National League East titles. "We've made no promises to Ryne Sandberg," Amaro said.