August 26, 2012 |
The cruelty of a lost season in Philadelphia has benefited Erik Kratz, a journeyman catcher almost elevated to cult status. Now, for the first time in his career, Kratz is an everyday player in the majors. The Phillies placed Brian Schneider on the disabled list Friday with a strained hamstring, ending a platoon behind the plate. It's Kratz's job for the foreseeable future. "I think it's good for Kratzy," manager Charlie Manuel said. "I think he can handle that. I think that he can do it. I said before that we can beat him up. " To replace Schneider on the roster, the Phillies dipped into double-A Reading for Steven Lerud, a 27-year-old with only nine career triple-A games and zero time in the majors.
June 7, 2012 |
IT WAS THERE. For two innings, it was there: the crowd roaring with each pitch, the rightfielder gunning down a baserunner, the starting pitcher throwing out the lead runner on a sacrifice attempt. Cliff Lee was dominating and the Phillies were winning and for one of the few times this season, Citizens Bank Park was alive with the kind of energy that used to come standard with each home game. And then it was gone. A hanging curve, a saucer-eyed swing, a 5-11 leftfielder crashing into the wall, and that was that.
May 17, 2012 |
Reserve catcher Brian Schneider had been showing signs of increased offensive production even before his first home run in more than a year during Tuesday's 4-3 Phillies win in 10 innings over the Houston Astros at Citizens Bank Park. Schneider, now hitting .303, began the season 0 for 8, but he was 8 for his last 21 at-bats entering the game and then went 2 for 4 with a two-run home run in the win. That was his first home run in 145 at-bats since April 21, 2011, against the San Diego Padres.
April 21, 2012 |
SAN DIEGO — An offensive outburst commenced Friday with Freddy Galvis at the plate, asked to bunt two runners over for Brian Schneider in the seventh inning. "Baseball is a weird game," Charlie Manuel said. He still wore his red Phillies jacket and could recline in his office as electronic dance music blasted in the clubhouse. They'll take it. The Phillies are back at .500 after a 4-1 victory over San Diego. They scored all four runs in the game's final three innings to finally support Cole Hamels.
March 9, 2012 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - The starting catcher was the subject of a video game commercial, a magazine cover star, and once again netted a National League MVP vote. Life as Carlos Ruiz's backup isn't so glamorous, but Brian Schneider preferred anonymity during a rather forgettable 2011. He spent 43 days on the disabled list, batted a paltry .176 in the same amount of at-bats as 2010, and posted a slugging percentage 26 points lower than that of utility infielder Michael Martinez. And the Phillies still re-signed him. "I wanted to come here," Schneider said.
March 6, 2012 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Three rows of scouts seated behind home plate at Bright House Field took notes as Joe Blanton fired his 30 pitches on Monday. Each time, five raised radar guns, looked down, and scribbled the number. This was Blanton's first outing of the spring; hardly a time for judgments. But when you're a pitcher who prided himself on an uncanny ability to take the ball every fifth day without fail, every milestone is important. That Blanton tossed two scoreless innings in a 9-3 victory over the Yankees was secondary to his declaration that his right elbow didn't hurt one bit. As far as he is concerned, there is no need to even think about the nebulous elbow condition that limited his 2011 season to 11 games.
January 19, 2012 |
TOP PHILLIES pitching prospect Trevor May is ready to take the next step - even if it means a lot of lying down. May, a 6-5, 215-pound bulldog of a righthanded pitcher, last season received this counsel from Phillies backup catcher Brian Schneider: Get bendy. Schneider and Carl Pavano played together in Montreal a decade ago. May's body type and temperament reminded Schneider of Pavano, another burly, 6-5 righthander who, in his early 20s, lacked flexibility. Pavano kept getting hurt.
November 18, 2011 |
THE PHILLIES AND backup catcher Brian Schneider put the finishing touches on a 1-year, $800,000 contract yesterday, keeping the soon-to-be 35-year-old veteran in the fold for a third season. Schneider, a Lehigh Valley native, made 36 starts for the Phillies last season and the team went 28-8 (.777), including 27-3 (.900) in his first 30 starts. From May 7 through Sept. 6, the Phillies went 19-0 in Schneider's starts. Schneider hit just .176 with a .246 on-base percentage and .256 slugging percentage last season, but the Phillies still managed to win almost 80 percent of those games.
November 18, 2011 |
For the third year in a row, Brian Schneider will back up Carlos Ruiz behind the plate. The Phillies agreed Thursday to a one-year, $800,000 contract with Schneider, 34. With $200,000 in incentives tied to games played, Schneider can earn as much as $1 million in 2012. Still, his salary will be reduced from the $1.5 million he made in 2011. That's because of Schneider's paltry offensive numbers. He hit .176 with a .502 OPS in the worst offensive season of his 12-year career.
August 24, 2011 |
1:05 p.m., Citizens Bank Park. TV: Comcast SportsNet. Radio: WPHT (1210-AM), WUBA (1480) Spanish. Pitching matcup: RHP Kyle Kendrick (7-5, 3.24) vs. RHP Mike Pelfrey (6-9, 4.58) KENDRICK vs. METS: Kendrick started against the Mets on July 17, allowing one run in seven innings of an 8-5 win. Last season, he faced them in four starts, allowing 11 runs in 23 innings. The righthander has come into his own this season as a swing man, bouncing between the rotation and the bullpen as needed.