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.
January 19, 2015 |
If I've learned anything since the downturn, it's that you cannot predict the future of the real estate market, either in the short term or the long. When paired with "all real estate is local," predictability goes out the window, because what is happening nationally or regionally may not be the Hi-Nella experience. Yet each year, housing economists make a stab at predictions. I'm not singling out Jed Kolko at Trulia for any reason other than I have his prediction. Consumers, Kolko said, are upbeat, and they think 2015 will be a better year than 2014 to buy, to rent, and especially to sell.
January 15, 2015 |
YOU CAN cross one reclamation project off the list of potential Phillies starters this season. According to multiple reports, veteran lefthander Wandy Rodriguez has agreed to a minor league deal with the Braves after a similar one with the Phillies was scuttled due to a failed physical. Rodriguez, once one of the most consistent starters in the National League, has battled injuries in recent years, including a forearm strain that limited him to 12 starts in 2013 and a knee injury that preceded his being designated for assignment 2 months into last season.
November 26, 2014 |
WHEN JALEEL Benton awoke in his North Philadelphia home in early October, he had an uncomfortable feeling in his chest. Once a shy and socially anxious youngster, Benton had found a measure of confidence on the football field. The 6-5, 375-pound nose guard for Prep Charter hadn't grown up immersed in the game. In fact, he didn't play high school ball at all until his junior year. Nevertheless, a passion developed quickly. However, on that morning, Benton, now a senior, had no idea the game he loved would be taken away forever.
October 10, 2014 |
The Phillies named Johnny Almaraz as their amateur scouting director on Wednesday. Almaraz was the international scouting director for the Atlanta Braves. Almaraz, 49, replaces Marti Wolever, whose contract was not renewed last month. Wolever had been with the Phillies since November 1992 and served as the team's director of scouting since October 2001. During his time with the Braves, Almaraz signed righthander Julio Teheran and catcher Christian Bethancourt, among others. "In scouting, your track record speaks for itself, and it's a production business and he has signed a lot of big-leaguers, whether international or domestic," said Benny Looper, the Phillies' assistant general manager for player personnel.
September 30, 2014 |
Jimmy Rollins grabbed a microphone Sunday, minutes before the start of a 2-1 Phillies loss to Atlanta, and scanned Citizens Bank Park. He saw a stadium emptier than usual for a season finale. He saw his teammates, who were paid more than any Phillies team ever. Yet they slogged to a 73-89 season, the team's identical record from last season. The shortstop had to say something at this burial. "Before we're done this year, we'd like to say thank you for showing up," Rollins told the fans.
September 29, 2014 |
There is $12.75 million reserved for A.J. Burnett, a 37-year-old whose career wages top $135 million, and all he must do is play one more season. That is the stipulation to the contract Burnett signed last February, when the Phillies believed he was the final piece to a contending team. Ryne Sandberg, when asked before a 4-2 loss to Atlanta Saturday night whether he knew anyone who would reject that sort of money, shrugged and smiled. But there was Burnett, motionless during the seventh inning after Justin Upton smashed a pivotal two-run homer, enduring another miserable moment that could force his retirement.
September 28, 2014 |
The boos began as he trotted out from center field to take the mound in the ninth inning. Phillies righthander Jonathan Papelbon was making his first appearance at Citizens Bank Park since the crotch-grabbing incident on Sept. 14 and the fans showed their displeasure. He received a seven-game suspension and fine and since then, Papelbon had rejoined the Phillies, earned one save, but that was on the road. Now he was back home and he turned the boos to cheers by earning the save with a scoreless ninth inning during Friday's 5-4 win over the Atlanta Braves.