June 6, 2016 |
Because of its sports teams' futility in the early 1970s, Philadelphia was known as the City of Losers. Rick MacLeish and the Flyers helped change that image and started a renaissance on the Philly sports scene with their unexpected march to the 1974 Stanley Cup. MacLeish, 66, died Monday after battling numerous medical problems that hospitalized him for about nine weeks. In Flyers history, the magnitude of MacLeish's impact is not appreciated until you talk to his teammates.
March 6, 2015 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - The list of guest instructors the Phillies have invited to spring training in recent years includes Hall of Famers (Mike Schmidt), Wall of Famers (Charlie Manuel) and World Series heroes (Brad Lidge). Many others are Phillies-lifer types, like Larry Andersen and Dave Hollins. But during Alumni Weekend last August, general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. reached out to a former Phillies player who spent just two seasons with the team. Aaron Rowand accepted the invitation and arrived at camp on Sunday.
November 1, 2014
Brad Lidge had 48 saves in the Phillies' championship season of 2008 - 41 in the regular season and seven in the postseason. The wrong total was listed in a "Phlashback" item in Wednesday's editions.
May 5, 2014 |
The Phillies announced a change in their starting rotation because Cole Hamels has the flu. Hamels, who was supposed to start Sunday against Washington, has been pushed back to Tuesday, when he will face the visiting Toronto Blue Jays. Roberto Hernandez, who was slated to start Tuesday, will pitch Sunday. Kyle Kendrick will remain the starter Monday against Toronto. Manager Ryne Sandberg said Hamels reported that he didn't feel well Friday. At that time, Hernandez was available for relief duty, but the Phillies held him back.
March 16, 2014 |
BRADENTON, Fla. - Ken Giles wasn't on the bus headed for Pirate City yesterday morning. Instead, his locker in the home clubhouse at Bright House Field had been cleared of any personal possessions. When his spring training resumes, Giles will be in the cramped, less attractive confines of the minor league clubhouse at the Carpenter Complex in Clearwater. Giles, the relief pitching prospect with the 100-mph arm, was among the half-dozen Phillies players who saw their time in major league camp come to an end yesterday.
March 7, 2014 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Brad Lidge spends his retirement broadcasting a baseball radio show from his Colorado home and studying for his master's degree in Roman archaeology at the University of Leicester in England. For eight days, he will serve as a tutor to the many young relief arms in Phillies camp. "One of the biggest things I can help guys out with is talking about game plans," Lidge said. "When you're coming up, it can be a lot different than a guy who's already there and knows what he's doing.
March 7, 2014 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Brad Lidge was knee-deep in an ancient Roman bath last summer, about an hour north of Rome, when he uncovered a piece of history. "Probably 15 minutes into it," Lidge said, "I found this really cool ancient Roman coin. " Such is the retired life of Lidge, the team MVP of the 2008 world champions who bowed out of baseball after his right arm gave out in the seasons that followed his perfect, first season in Philadelphia. Lidge is getting his Master's degree in Roman archeology from the University of Leicester in England, taking online courses that also involve annual excavation excursions in Italy.
January 24, 2014 |
ROY HALLADAY and Brad Lidge, two recently retired former Phillies, will be in Clearwater, Fla., this spring to work as guest instructors at spring training. But the most famous, longtime guest instructor - and the best player in franchise history - will not be able to work on the field this spring. Phillies Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt will not take part in this year's camp while dealing with a health issue. Here's a statement from the team: "Mike is treating a health issue that requires him to remain near his doctors and will be unable to attend spring training as a field instructor this year.
January 10, 2014 |
IN THE 24 HOURS since Comcast SportsNet and the Phillies dismissed Chris Wheeler and Gary Matthews from the TV broadcast team, Brad Lidge's name was atop the list of new candidates rumored to be on Comcast's wish list. Lidge was first reported as a candidate by the Associated Press , which broke the changes in the broadcast booth story on Wednesday. USA Today reported yesterday that the former Phillies closer was a front-runner yesterday morning. Lidge's Philadelphia-based agent, Rex Gary, was well aware of the increasing whispers, so he gave his client a heads-up that he might have to answer to the queries.
September 9, 2013
CHECK OUT Jamie Moyer's fingernails when he signs a copy of the new book he co-authored with Larry Platt. If his fingernails are long and pointy, Moyer ain't retiring anytime soon, not until he's tried to come back one more time, this time as a knuckleballer. You can remind him he's 50, you can tell him that even though the pitch flutters, there is still serious strain on the arm to throw it, that most catchers can't catch it, that most managers dread its possible side effects. Tell him, but you'd be wasting your breath.