August 27, 2015 |
When Darin Ruf looked up to get ready for Hansel Robles' first pitch, it was already en route to home plate. Umpire Dan Bellino called timeout and ruled the pitch would not count, but the Phillies dugout was already incensed. Larry Bowa was at the heart of the benches-clearing commotion in the seventh inning of the Phillies' 6-5 loss to the first-place New York Mets on Tuesday night at Citizens Bank Park. The Phillies bench coach was ejected by Bellino, who warned both teams. Robles, the Phillies thought, had done the same thing the night before on a two-strike pitch to Cameron Rupp.
August 25, 2015 |
MIAMI - For the second straight day, third time in four games in Miami, and fifth time in the last six games, Ryan Howard was held out of the starting lineup yesterday. Cole Hamels and Jimmy Rollins are gone. Chase Utley was traded away, too, last week. Of the 2008 World Series roster, only Howard and catcher Carlos Ruiz remain. Ruiz has been splitting time as the starting catcher with Cameron Rupp for the last three months. In the last week Howard has started just once as the rebuilding Phillies go full bore with their youth movement.
August 22, 2015 |
MIAMI - The most apparent reminder that Chase Utley no longer plays for the Phillies was found Thursday inside the visiting team's video room at Marlins Park. This room lined with computer monitors - and the other stations like it across major-league baseball - was typically where one would find Utley, poring over immeasurable amounts of film of that night's starting pitcher or of his at-bats from the previous games. The iconic Phillies second baseman's absence was almost eerie. "It is weird," admitted Kevin Camiscioli, the team's longtime manager of video coaching services.
August 21, 2015 |
One last time, Chase Utley emerged on the field and walked through the handshake line with his teammates after a 7-4 victory over Toronto. When it ended and he approached the steps leading to the tunnel, the Phillies icon offered a casual tip of the cap to the fans gathered behind the dugout at Citizens Bank Park. This was the final act of a storied Phillies career. Late Wednesday, the rebuilding team finalized a trade to send Utley, one of the city's most beloved athletes, to the Los Angeles Dodgers for infielder/outfielder Darnell Sweeney and minor-league righthander John Richy.
August 19, 2015 |
The essential parts of the Phillies' demolition will be complete soon. All that is left is for Chase Utley to make up his mind about where he wants to finish this season. It would be both mind-boggling and debilitating for the Phillies if he did not soon select one of the attractive options that reportedly are in front of him. You want to go back to your childhood home in Southern California? That can be done. You want to go to your current winter home in San Francisco? Also possible.
August 13, 2015 |
PHOENIX - When the Cole Hamels blockbuster trade was agreed upon two weeks ago today, it was easy to sit back and label Jorge Alfaro the Phillies' catcher of the future. And that still might very well be true, since the athletic, 22-year-old prospect acquired in the deal has real raw power and what one scout recently labeled a "90 arm" on the 20-80 grading scale. But Alfaro has played only 70 games above Class A ball, including only 49 this season after suffering an ankle injury in early June.
August 11, 2015 |
SAN DIEGO - A smiling Freddy Galvis stepped to the top step of the visitors' dugout late in the Phillies' 5-3 win Sunday, emphatically motioning to second base, where Chase Utley stood after lacing a game-breaking, pinch-hit double. Galvis prodded Utley to make the bull horns gesture many of the Phillies have taken to this season. Rookie Odubel Herrera, whose "El Torito" nickname translates to "the little bull," brought it to the team in spring training. The typically stoic and undemonstrative Utley obliged, if only raising his hands halfway to his head, and flashed a seldom-seen smile.
August 6, 2015 |
They began to rise even before longtime Phillies public address announcer Dan Baker offered his introduction, and they remained on their feet for the better part of the next minute. Jimmy Rollins twice stepped out of the batter's box and lifted his blue Los Angeles Dodgers batting helmet to thank the Citizens Bank Park crowd of 28,733 before the first at-bat of a 6-2 Phillies win Tuesday night. A standing ovation lasting about 45 seconds greeted the Phillies' all-time hits leader for his first game as a visitor.
August 2, 2015 |
AS HIS TWO young toddlers tried to wrestle each other out of their first row seats, Cole Hamels sat at the dais in the media room in Citizens Bank Park and looked at ease, free of any worries. It's difficult to remember the last time he looked that way. Less than 48 hours earlier, a year's worth of trade rumors ended. He received word that he was headed to Texas. "It's a long process," Hamels said of reaching finality in the Phillies quest to trade him in an effort to expedite their rebuilding project.
August 2, 2015 |
Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz had developed a special bond with Cole Hamels, so on the day the Hamels trade to the Texas Rangers was made official, Ruiz said he will truly miss catching the lefthander. "When you are around a friend who you play with a lot of years and you see him walk away, you feel sad," Ruiz said before Friday's game at Citizens Bank Park against the Atlanta Braves. "This is part of baseball, and I wish him the best of luck. " Ruiz caught Hamels for 207 games. According to ESPN, that is the most starts by any active pitcher- catcher combination.