June 9, 2012 |
When the schedules came out and the Phillies were slated to visit the Baltimore Orioles for a weekend interleague series that begins Friday, this was supposed to be a matchup of teams at opposite ends of the standings. And that is exactly how it will be, only in reverse order of expectations. The five-time defending National League East champion Phillies are in last place. Meanwhile, an Orioles team that is looking to snap a streak of 14 consecutive losing seasons entered Thursday night's game at Boston on top of the highly competitive American League East.
May 3, 2012 |
TWENTY YEARS ago, Buck Showalter picked up his first managerial win in the majors as his New York Yankees beat the Boston Red Sox. Tuesday night, he got win No. 1,000, this time against the Yankees, as the visiting Baltimore Orioles beat the Yankees, 7-1. Chris Davis and J.J. Hardy homered off for the Orioles in their first win in five tries against the Yankees this year. Showalter improved to 1,000-958 in 14 seasons with the Yankees, Arizona, Texas and Baltimore. "I'm very appreciative of the players making me feel really young tonight, even though I'm an old goat," Showalter said.
August 3, 2010 |
Hey, skipper Promises, promises in the new beginning as Buck Showalter pledges to restore the luster to the Baltimore Orioles, a legacy franchise that has fallen on hard times. "All competitive people like the idea sometimes that people say it can't be done. . . . I love the town, the tradition, the people, the feeling," said the 54-year-old Showalter, introduced Monday as the Orioles' new manager. "It's a challenge, it's our challenge. " In his next breath, the new skipper pointed out: "I'm not naive.
October 19, 2007 |
Another man will lead the Yankees in 2008. Another manager will close Yankee Stadium, and open the new ballpark in 2009. Joe Torre rejected an incentive-laden offer yesterday to manage the Yankees next season, and ended a dynamic 12-year run that included six pennants and four world championships. Torre's decision came in a face-to-face meeting in Tampa, Fla., with club executives and ownership, including George Steinbrenner - who told The Record of Hackensack, N.J., prior to Division Series Game 3 that "I don't think we'll take [Torre]
July 3, 2004 |
The Arizona Diamondbacks fired manager Bob Brenly yesterday in the midst of their worst season since their expansion campaign of 1998. Third-base coach Al Pedrique was named manager for the remainder of the season. Hall of Famer Robin Yount, the team's bench coach, resigned out of loyalty to Brenly, general manager Joe Garagiola Jr. said. Pitching coach Chuck Kniffin also was fired. Pedrique, who played parts of four seasons with the Mets, was a manager in the minors for eight seasons.
October 2, 2002 |
It's not every day that a last-place team that finished 75-86 can steal some of the spotlight from a 103-win, division championship team on the day that team opened the playoffs. But the New York Mets managed to do that to the crosstown Yankees yesterday when they fired manager Bobby Valentine just two years after his team played in the World Series. Valentine now has something in common with Yankees manager Joe Torre. They have both been fired by the Mets. Torre had other things on his mind last night - his Yanks were hosting Game 1 of the American League division series against the Anaheim Angels - but he expressed confidence that Valentine would rebound.
March 25, 1999 |
New York Yankees interim manager Don Zimmer will miss today's exhibition game against the Detroit Tigers to see if a bleeding ulcer remains under control, the team said. The checkup is routine, and Zimmer probably will be back with the club tomorrow, a team spokesman said. Zimmer, 68, is filling in while Joe Torre recovers from prostate cancer surgery. Zimmer will be tested at a St. Petersburg hospital. Yankees batting coach Chris Chambliss will manage the team in Zimmer's absence, the team said.
May 5, 1998 |
For the first time as an opposing manager, Buck Showalter got to hear all the insults and feel all the passion a New York baseball crowd can muster. And as long as his team won, Showalter didn't mind being a target. Showalter, making his first visit back to the city where he managed the Yankees for four seasons, won his homecoming last night as the Arizona Diamondbacks snapped a six-game losing streak with a 4-2 win over the New York Mets. "I would have taken it in Montreal yesterday or the day before," Showalter said.
October 28, 1996 |
Joe Torre should have known better. He was a New Yorker. He had managed the Mets. If anyone ought to have realized that working for George Steinbrenner could be as maddening as Manhattan traffic, it was the bulbous-nosed Brooklynite. But there was Torre, on Nov. 2, 1995, the newly introduced Yankees manager, grinning for silly photos in a team cap and expensive suit, praising Steinbrenner, resembling some out-of-town bumpkin about to get fleeced in the Big Apple. "Clueless Joe," blared the back page of one New York tabloid the following day. Surely, Steinbrenner, having responded to intense criticism for firing Buck Showalter by selecting a manager with an 894-1,003 record, was already sharpening his ax. Three hundred and fifty nine days later, on a wild night when one Yankee took a victory lap on horseback and 56,375 fans screamed the words to "New York, New York," Torre was the manager of the World Series champions, who had beaten Atlanta in six games.
July 6, 1996 |
Not a word was uttered concerning Darryl Strawberry's past battles with drugs. Nor was anything mentioned about a child and spousal support hearing that was taking place in Los Angeles Municipal Court yesterday. And no one publicly questioned whether Strawberry's second tour of duty with the Yankees would be a tumultuous interruption of an otherwise stellar season in the Bronx. But the undercurrents were as deep as the Harlem River. "No comment," Mariano Duncan said in the clubhouse before last night's game with Milwaukee.