October 26, 2007 |
Former Tampa Bay Devil Rays general manager Chuck LaMar was named the Phillies' director of professional scouting yesterday. LaMar spent last season with the Washington Nationals as special assistant to the general manager and national crosschecker. "Chuck brings a lot of experience in many different capacities to our club," general manager Pat Gillick said in a statement. "We're pleased we had the opportunity to bring someone with his background into the organization. " LaMar was with the Devil Rays from its inception in 1995 through the 2005 season.
October 22, 2008 |
2006: Bobby Abreu was one of the top hitters in Phillies history and a nice-enough guy. But when he was traded to the Yankees at the trade deadline, the dynamic of the clubhouse was reshaped. The laid-back demeanor and last-minute arrivals that characterized Abreu's stay vanished. Pat Burrell, who had been in the clubhouse shadows, took a step forward, as did others. A new sense of urgency arose as the team, counted out at the all-star break, made a strong second-half run and finished in second place.
July 10, 2013
Just one National League player began Monday with more home runs than Domonic Brown: Carlos Gonzalez of the Rockies. The 25-year-old Phillies leftfielder is headed to his first All-Star Game, and he had been looking forward to participating in the Home Run Derby. His 23 homers made him a sure bet to be selected. But he was not. David Wright (13 homers), Gonzalez (24), Michael Cuddyer (15), and Bryce Harper (13) will compete for the NL. Wright is the captain of the team, although Major League Baseball played a role in determining the teams.
October 22, 2008 |
1998: The rebuilding Phillies and fledgling Rays found themselves linked that year. Before that season, the Phils traded shortstop Kevin Stocker to Tampa Bay for young outfielder Bobby Abreu, whom the Rays had taken from Houston in the expansion draft. Entering the league as an expansion team, the Rays needed an established shortstop. The trade was a steal for the Phils. Abreu blossomed into a tremendous talent over his 81/2 seasons in Philadelphia, but never helped the Phils get to the postseason.
January 23, 2014 |
The Phillies watched with great interest as Bobby Abreu unleashed a recent barrage of home runs in Venezuela. This is, after all, the winter of Phillies reunions - first Larry Bowa, then Marlon Byrd and Charlie Manuel. Abreu, who turns 40 in March, is the latest. He signed a minor-league deal Tuesday to attempt a most unlikely comeback with the Phillies. Abreu did not play in American professional baseball last season. He will compete for a spot as a bench player in spring training.
January 26, 2014 |
The player who made the majority of starts for the Phillies in right field after the all-star break last season and the player the Phillies expect to make the majority of starts for them in right field this season were in attendance Thursday for one of the team's winter media sessions designed to drum up excitement about the impending start of spring training. Thoughts of palm trees, bright sun, and a cool beverage at the Bright House Field Tiki Bar in Clearwater, Fla., do provide some warm relief from this abnormally frigid winter, but even a rise in temperature cannot dissolve the cold reception that general manager Ruben Amaro Jr.'s player moves have received this offseason.
February 23, 2001 |
This was the moment Paul Byrd had been waiting for. He went to the mound of Mike Schmidt Field yesterday to pitch live batting practice. It was the first time he'd faced hitters since undergoing arthroscopic shoulder surgery last August. It didn't go well. In fact, Byrd indicated that he would not pitch BP when he's next scheduled to throw tomorrow. "I don't think throwing 70 miles an hour to hitters is going to help me at all," he said. "If I need to play long toss or whatever, I'll do that.
August 25, 1999 |
Here's one possible reason why nobody quite seems sure what exactly is going on with Curt Schilling's shoulder: Even Schilling isn't quite sure what's going on with his shoulder. "One day it feels one way, and the next day it feels completely different," he said after throwing in the bullpen yesterday. All that can be said for sure is that the shoulder inflammation that caused Schilling to miss his scheduled start July 28 has become a more serious problem than anybody admitted it could be in the beginning.
September 23, 1999 |
A year ago, Phillies pitchers set a club record by giving up 188 home runs. This year's staff has blown that record out of the water. Phillies pitchers have been touched up for 199 homers. One more and they will reach the not-so-magic 200 plateau. Three other teams - the Colorado Rockies, Chicago Cubs and Brewers - already have eclipsed the 200 mark. The club record was broken earlier on this road trip when Houston Astros pitcher Shane Reynolds took Paul Byrd deep in the Astrodome on Sept.
February 27, 1999 |
The first indication that something was wrong came when Terry Francona arrived at Jack Russell Stadium in the predawn hours. The Phillies manager found two players sick and sleeping in the trainers room. By the end of the day, Phillies Phlu had ravaged the clubhouse. A dozen players including much of the starting lineup - third baseman Scott Rolen, rightfielder Bobby Abreu, catcher Mike Lieberthal and first baseman Rico Brogna - never made it to the Carpenter Complex for yesterday's workout.