September 30, 2011 |
The best trades are the ones that help both teams. Here are the recent Phils' Traded Away All-Stars by position (asterisk denotes potential future All-Star): STARTERS: 1B:: Jonathan Singleton 3B:: Jason Donald SS:: Jonathan Villar 2B:: Adrian Cardenas LF:: Domingo Santana* CF:: Anthony Gose* RF:: Michael Taylor C:: Travis d'Arnaud* SP:: RHP Jarred Cosart SP:: LHP J.A. Happ Closer:: Josh Zeid BENCH: IF/OF:: Matt Spencer C:: Lou Marson OF:: Greg Golson DAMAGED GOODS: RHP:: Carlos Carrasco (Tommy John)
July 21, 2011 |
* Born in Philadelphia and raised in Brooklyn, N.Y. * Recipient of J.G. Taylor Spink Award, presented annually for meritorious contributions to baseball writing. * Graduated from Temple University in 1961. * Began his journalism career at Phildadelphia's Evening Bulletin before moving to the Daily News in 1965. * Took over as the Phillies' beat writer in 1966 and held that job for 21 seasons, also serving as NL columnist for The Sporting News. * In 1987 became a columnist for the Daily News, a position he still holds.
November 6, 2007
WANT TO clear a jammed Lincoln Financial Field in record time? Just unleash a one-man tornado warning named Terrell Owens on the Eagles' secondary. The joint was so empty by take-a-knee time the other night that NBC's John Madden observed, "There's not enough fans left in here for a boo. " T.O. is headed for another Pro Bowl, which could come shortly after he appears in his second Super Bowl. The Eagles are swirling downward in a bowl of a different kind. There is a deep-rooted Cycle of Stupid that has undermined the relationship of some of the town's professional sports franchises with a number of their best and brightest stars.
March 19, 2007
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Here's a scary thought to open my 15th annual post-St. Patrick's Day Phillies forecast column: What if Ryan Howard's 2007 home run output suffers a 25 percent drop from 58 to 44? What if he goes from a club record to a total that would merely be the fifth best in the 124-year history of the franchise? Will the phans phreak out? Will the media maul the big guy? This is Billy Wagner's Philly, after all. For what can happen when the expected performance levels of our superstars fail to match or exceed expectations, reference post-Super Bowl Donovan McNabb.
December 10, 2008
THE LAST PLACE Ruben Amaro needs to be at his first winter meetings as Phillies GM is over a barrel. But Jamie Moyer has Junior spreadeagled over a gilded container befitting the pagan glitter of the Bellagio, a sinfully plush Las Vegas palace where card-shark agents are going all in while cautious general managers try to maintain a poker face. As the new GM in town, Amaro needs to make a splash in a town where some fountains hold enough water to be reservoirs for medium-sized towns.
November 9, 2007
THINK "VERTIGO. " Think Alfred Hitchcock's height-challenged Scottie Ferguson (James Stewart) following gorgeous and suicidal scammer Madeleine Elster (Kim Novak) up the spiral staircase in that abbey bell-tower. Think the walls pressing in and the sudden, dizzying swirl of Scottie's psychological affliction . . . Think Brad Lidge. Think Pat Gillick's distance-challenged new closer coming in from the Money Pit bullpen the first time. Think the ballpark's dollhouse fences pressing in and the apparition closing in of . . . Albert Pujols . . . You expect brutal frankness here involving baseball matters of great pith and moment, right?
April 14, 2009
CLEARWATER, Fla. - On black-armband days like this, you think dark thoughts of loss, the sudden taking of comrades with whom you shared days, weeks, months, years, decades and generations, traveling with a ballclub as many intertwined lives were weathered like driftwood on a tropical beach that suddenly became storm-tossed and gray. Rich Ashburn was taken from us after a Phillies victory in Shea Stadium Sept. 9, 1997. We all know where we were and what we were doing when news of his death in a Manhattan hotel room broke on Angelo Cataldi's WIP morning show.
March 14, 2011
CLEARWATER, Fla. - On the field, there is the Grimfest. Chase Utley taking soft grounders while seated in a folding chair is viewed as progress. Jimmy Rollins continues to flirt with the Mendoza Line, but that is OK because he is healthy and just getting in his work. Brad Lidge is throwing 68? Oops, that's 86 . . . In the Phillies' dugout and front office, there is the Grinfest. Do the new contracts awarded by Ruben Amaro to Charlie Manuel and by Dave Montgomery to Ruben Amaro come with a disclaimer: "If any grin lasts more than 4 hours, immediately seek medical help . . . "?
June 9, 2010
DEAR BARRY, Last time we spoke you were on deck next to the batting cage in Three Rivers Stadium before Game 5 of the 1992 NLCS against the Braves. You were in your Clark Kent body then. Superman was still a year away. "Aren't you on that dumb-ass Sunday morning ESPN show?" you asked pleasantly. "Yeah," I replied as you eyeballed my press credential. I had a sinking feeling you remembered me picking the Braves in five. You confirmed it while jumping in to hit. "What a bunch of [bleeps]
July 16, 2010
IT WAS VINTAGE Ted Turner. In February of 1999, the Atlanta Braves owner and founder of the CNN cable network, addressed the National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association in Washington. In one withering salvo, major league baseball's loosest cannon trashed the Ten Commandments and mocked John Paul II, the Vatican's first Polish pope. "They're a little out of date," Ted said of the Commandments. "If you're only going to have 10 rules, I don't know if prohibiting adultery should be one of them . . . " He was asked to comment on the Polish pope and responded by lifting a leg and showing his foot.