April 27, 2015 |
RYNE SANDBERG walked out of his office, through the tunnel to the dugout and right onto the field about a half-hour before the Phillies took regular pregame batting practice yesterday afternoon. Ryan Howard was peppering the catchers with strikes from the mound, letting them practice throwing down to second base. Outfielders were working on their throws into the infield. Later, Larry Bowa shot sharp ground balls with a fungo bat to infielders. "Basic fundamentals of catching the ball, throwing the ball, routine plays, hitting the cutoff men," Sandberg said shortly after the extra work - and after addressing his position players, too. "Not asking for any miracles, just make the routine plays and make it a priority.
April 26, 2015 |
The Phillies batboy plucked Freddy Galvis' batting helmet from the dirt near home plate as the team celebrated near first base. The helmet had been spiked by Galvis after he leaped to his feet following his slide into home for the winning run of Friday's 1-0, walk-off win over Atlanta. It was left behind as he sprinted to grab Ben Revere, who ignited the celebration with a grounder to first base. Galvis reached on a single and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Cesar Hernandez. With Revere batting, he moved to third on a passed ball.
April 7, 2015 |
AS THE CUBS were preparing to open the season with a nationally televised game against the Cardinals, the Braves were busy trading the best closer in baseball for a solid but unspectacular pitching prospect and salary relief. We like to talk about rebuilding as if it is something that can be achieved with an instruction manual and some elbow grease. A linear, mechanical process with easily identifiable steps. Yet, as the Phillies prepare to take on the Red Sox at Citizens Bank Park on one of the most anticlimactic Opening Days in their history, the Cubs and Braves remind us of just how varied the journey can be. Down in Atlanta, general manager John Hart spent the offseason deconstructing a roster that won 94 games in 2012 and 96 games in 2013 and had won at least 86 games five straight seasons.
April 4, 2015 |
Ross Micka says he has a "big mouth. " He also says that because he's a catcher, that's a good thing. "You have to be talking all the time as a catcher," Micka said after helping Williamstown to a 9-8 victory over Cherry Hill East on Thursday afternoon. Micka did more than talk a good game in the nonleague clash of South Jersey Group 4 baseball programs on a warm, windy afternoon at Williamstown's field. He also rapped a pair of RBI singles as Williamstown rallied for the victory over the Cougars.
March 5, 2015 |
NO ONE LANDED a knockout punch. No one stumbled badly. Thus, no one broke away from the pack. Instead, at last night's latest mayoral forum, six candidates seeking the Democratic nomination for Philadelphia mayor showed themselves to have quite similar views on a range of issues. Hosted by the Next Great City Coalition, which represents 130 community, faith, environmental, business and union organizations, the forum at the Pennsylvania Convention Center focused on the coalition's six key initiative areas: improving substandard housing, supporting small businesses, cleaning up public spaces, improving nutrition for children, creating more trails and bike lanes, and storm preparedness.
February 23, 2015 |
Protesters marched through Mayfair on Saturday and demanded to see surveillance video footage from the December shooting of Brandon Tate-Brown, which his mother said contradicted the police account of his death. Video footage shows that Tate-Brown was running away from police officers when he was shot, according to his mother, Tanya Brown-Dickerson, and her attorney. Their account differs from police statements that Tate-Brown was shot after he tried to retrieve a gun from inside his car Dec. 15. "How I feel is even more hurt [than]
February 16, 2015 |
For the first time in the seven years Goodwill Industries has held its annual blow-out, line-up-before-the-sun-rises bridal sale extravaganza in New Jersey, the event landed on Valentine's Day. This calendrical coincidence, this alignment of the stars and sweetheart necklines, this convergence of warm hearts and cold cash - oh, yes, oh, yes, it was meant to be. And so it was that four bitterly cold hours before the doors opened at 9 a.m., Pat...
February 11, 2015 |
TAKING A LOOK at the Atlanta Braves: Manager: Fredi Gonzalez Last 5 years: 2014: 79-83, second place; 2013: 96-66, first place; 2012: 94-68, second place; 2011: 89-73, second place; 2010: 91-71, second place Additions: RF Nick Markakis, OF Jonny Gomes, RHP Shelby Miller, 2B Alberto Callaspo Subtractions: RF Jason Heyward, C Evan Gattis, LF Justin Upton, LHP Jonny Venters, RHP Ervin Santana What to expect: ...
January 26, 2015 |
Teams of middle-school students from throughout the area Saturday displayed model cities they had built, presenting their ideas for feeding urban dwellers of the future. The messy snow and rain combo may have triggered cancellations across the area, but the weather could not dampen the spirits of those students who flocked to the Future City Competition at Archbishop John Carroll High School in Radnor. Organizers said 32 of the 42 teams that had registered from public, private, and parochial schools made it to the 20th annual regional contest.
January 20, 2015 |
Bryce Garrett gets her intelligence and interest in the medical field from her mother, Silina. The Bartram senior gets her basketball skills and passion for the game from her father, Joe, who is also her head coach. Whether the shooting guard is on the court for the Braves (9-2) or in her favorite class, Health Related Technology, she approaches it with the same mind-set. "Wherever I go, I always think: Strive for the best," Garrett said. "It just comes from experience and what I've seen.