February 23, 2016 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - This might be one of those things that only interests me - Lord knows there's enough of them - but the Phillies' approach to the closer position this year might be more emblematic of the organization's philosophical shift than any other spot on the roster. Sunday afternoon, a reporter asked Pete Mackanin for a synopsis of the criteria he will use to select the pitcher who gets the first crack at the ninth inning once the regular season starts, and he instead offered a verbal shrug.
November 11, 2015 |
BOCA RATON, Fla. - Former Phillies closer Billy Wagner was among 15 new candidates on the Hall of Fame ballot for next year that was released Monday. Ken Griffey Jr. and Trevor Hoffman highlight the new additions. Among those remaining on the ballot from previous years are former Phillies starter Curt Schilling, Mike Piazza, Barry Bonds, Mark McGwire, Roger Clemens, Jeff Bagwell, and Tim Raines. Wagner, 44, converted 422 saves over a 16-year major-league career spent predominantly with the Houston Astros, Phillies and New York Mets.
February 1, 2012 |
Third in a series YOU ALMOST have to feel sorry for the Mets. Almost. Remember the Mets that stole Tom Glavine from the Phillies in 2002? The Mets that snatched Billy Wagner in 2006? Remember how former Expos genius Omar Minaya and Yankees royalty Willie Randolph were going to unseat the Braves for the next 2 decades? Remember Carlos Beltran and Carlos Delgado and Francisco Rodriguez? All gone. They couldn't even afford to retain one of their own best players in decades: Shortstop Jose Reyes never was likely to extend with the Mets, and now he's a . . . Marlin?
November 10, 2011 |
Ryan Madson's future with the Phillies is once again in question after a deal that was in the works with his agent Scott Boras stalled before it reached the all-important signature stage. A baseball source said Wednesday that the Phillies closer was ready to sign a four-year, $44 million deal with a fifth-year option at $13 million. But before it could be completed general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. needed to seek approval from team president David Montgomery. The source indicated that the deal was still on the table awaiting Montgomery's approval.
March 24, 2011 |
No. 2 is No. 1 in jersey sales He may be fighting for his leadoff spot in Joe Girardi's lineup, but Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter still sells more replica jerseys that anyone in Major League Baseball. Twins catcher Joe Mauer, winner of three AL batting titles, is second. Then came a Philadelphia Murderer's Row: Roy Halladay, Chase Utley, and Cliff Lee. Ryan Howard was 18th. No other team had four players in the 20 best-sellers. To no one's surprise, the media darling Yankees and Red Sox were the top licensed merchandise sellers in 2010.
October 12, 2010 |
Phils give honest answer to cabbie CINCINNATI - Sometimes you get lucky. The most obvious question for any Phillies player or front-office official after Sunday's sweep of the Cincinnati Reds was this: Whom do you want to play in the National League Championship Series? Coming from a reporter, that question will always get the same dishonest answer: "Oh, it doesn't matter to us. They're both fine teams. " Apparently when a taxicab driver asks that question, he's far more likely to get an honest answer.
September 21, 2010 |
7:05 p.m., Citizens Bank Park. TV: Comcast SportsNet. Radio: WPHT (1210-AM); WUBA (1480-AM) Spanish TONIGHT'S PITCHERS RHP Roy Halladay (19-10, 2.49) vs. LHP Mike Minor (3-1, 5.64) WHO'S HOT Shane Victorino: The once-struggling center fielder has pushed his average to .265 and is three stolen bases shy of tying his career-high of 37. WHO'S NOT Roy Halladay: The veteran righthander has allowed at least three earned runs in each of his last five starts. He allowed 10 hits and three runs in his most recent outing, a 10-5 win in Floriday.
September 20, 2010 |
NEW YORK - As the Phillies played the final two innings of their game Sunday at Citizens Bank Park, the Atlanta Braves confidently checked out of the visiting clubhouse at Citi Field. The Braves had every reason to feel good as they prepared for their bus ride down the New Jersey Turnpike on their way to Philadelphia, where Monday night they'll begin the franchise's biggest September series in five years against the Phillies. Having completed a three-game weekend sweep of the New York Mets with a 6-3 win that came courtesy of a Derrek Lee grand slam in the top of the seventh inning, the Braves gathered some road momentum, a rarity for a team that is 34-41 away from Turner Field this season.
September 20, 2010 |
NEW YORK - Three-run lead for the Braves in the every-game-is-crucial portion of the schedule, bottom of the ninth at Citi Field. It was precisely the situation Billy Wagner is on the roster for, now more than ever, when the slightest slip can make the difference between making the playoffs and going home. So manager Bobby Cox went to the bullpen and called for ... rookie Craig Kimbrel. It worked, too. Three strikeouts later, sandwiched around a weak infield hit, the Braves were back in the clubhouse after a sweep of the woeful Mets and preparing to travel down the New Jersey Turnpike for a showdown series against the Phillies beginning tonight.
September 19, 2010 |
NEW YORK - As the Phillies played the final two innings of their game today at Citizens Bank Park, the Atlanta Braves confidently checked out of the visiting clubhouse at Citi Field. The Braves had every reason to feel good as they prepared for their bus ride down the New Jersey Turnpike on their way to Philadelphia, where Monday night they'll begin the franchise's biggest September series in five years against the Phillies. Having completed a three-game weekend sweep of the New York Mets with a 6-3 win that came courtesy of a Derek Lee grand slam in the top of the seventh inning, the Braves gathered some road momentum, a rarity for a team that is 34-41 away from Turner Field this season.