February 4, 2015
AFTER a year off the field, Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt will rejoin a group of Phillies alumni as a spring training instructor in 2015. Schmidt leads a cast that includes former manager Charlie Manuel, Roy Halladay, Larry Andersen, Dave Hollins, Greg Luzinski, Dan Plesac and Aaron Rowand. This spring marks the first time both Plesac and Rowand will be in Phillies uniforms since their playing days. Plesac, an analyst on MLB Network, wrapped up his 18-year playing career as a member of the Phillies' bullpen in 2002 and 2003.
February 4, 2015 |
Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt and former manager Charlie Manuel will be joined by six other Phillies alumni serving as guest instructors during spring training, the team announced Monday. Aaron Rowand, the Phillies' centerfielder in 2006 and 2007, and Dan Plesac, a reliever with the team in 2002 and 2003, are first-time guests. Roy Halladay, Larry Andersen, Greg Luzinski and Dave Hollins will return as instructors for camp, which starts Feb. 19 with the first workout for pitchers and catchers.
January 30, 2015 |
A little more than nine years ago, Phillies president David Montgomery hired a general manager and a lot of people wondered if the man was too old for the job. Pat Gillick was 68 at the time, and his age, as it turned out, was a factor. It meant he had the patience and the wisdom to make the moves that took the Phillies from being a good team to a World Series champion. Gillick is 77 now, and Wednesday the Phillies asked him to fill an even more important role within their organization.
January 20, 2015 |
LAST YEAR, two 70-something, lifelong baseball men needed a respite from the unforgiving Florida summer sun. Former Phillies manager Charlie Manuel and longtime Phillies minor league coach Mike Compton took in a Gulf Coast League game in Tampa. They watched. They waited. They sweated. "It was 12 o'clock, it was about 100 degrees and the humidity was 98 [percent], with no shade," Manuel said. "Compton and I are sitting over there and it seemed like the first five, six innings, it was never going to get over.
January 18, 2015 |
Speaking 35 days from the first player workout in Clearwater, Fla., Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. deemed it "likely" Ryan Howard will still be with the team come spring training. That despite previously stating he told Howard that the Phillies, who are looking to get younger and rebuild, would be better off without the embattled first baseman. "There's always awkwardness when we're making transitions, I think," Amaro said Friday before the annual Philadelphia Sports Writers Association banquet.
November 21, 2014 |
RYAN HOWARD turned 35 yesterday. These should be the best years of his life. In 2010, Howard was almost as big as Jared, his Subway co-star. With Donovan McNabb out of Philadelphia, Howard was the biggest show in town; the Big Piece, as manager Charlie Manuel called him; the linchpin in a Phillies machine that had potential Hall of Fame players all over its well-heeled roster. No one's heels were as golden as Howard's. In late April 2010, Howard signed a 5-year, $125 million extension that would keep him in Philadelphia through 2017.
November 13, 2014 |
PHOENIX - Maikel Franco is off to a great start with his winter league team in the Dominican Republic, but general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. made it clear that he will need to do a lot more than that to earn a spot on the Phillies' opening-day roster. "It's important for us for him to play well," Amaro said Wednesday at the general managers meetings. "It's important for him to play the kind of baseball we need him to play to give himself a chance to be on our club next year. He's no slam dunk to make our club.
September 30, 2014 |
THE FIRST MAN to exit did so on a late July night. One could argue he was the same batting coach who helped give the Phillies the most successful offensive period they'd ever had: the most runs in the National League in 2006 and 2007. A World Series title in 2008. But on July 22, 2010, after an offseason in which they traded for Roy Halladay and traded away Cliff Lee and signed Danys Baez to a 2-year deal, the Phillies were a mere three games over .500 while averaging 4.6 runs per game.
September 26, 2014 |
MIAMI - When the Phillies summoned Kyle Kendrick from double-A Reading to replace Freddy Garcia in the rotation, the 22-year-old rookie was a stopgap and nothing more. That was 2007. Kendrick wore Curt Schilling's No. 38. "Kid" is how Charlie Manuel addressed him. "He actually did a little better than I probably thought he would," Manuel, then the manager, said after Kendrick's debut. "I said I would like five innings, and he gave us six. " For the next seven years, up until Wednesday's 2-1 win over the Marlins, the expectations were minimized.
August 13, 2014 |
You name a racehorse after a living person, you want it to be a nice horse. Name it after somebody a lot of people know, that ups the ante. Name the horse Charlie Manuel? "I didn't sleep last night," Carol Zacney said Sunday, a few minutes before Charlie Manuel raced for the first time at Parx Racing in Bensalem. Call it racing luck that Charlie Manuel the horse was in the gate for his debut on the same weekend Charlie Manuel the man was honored with a place on the Phillies Wall of Fame.