February 11, 2014 |
AS TWILIGHT gathers on the horizon of his career, it is fascinating to consider what the legacy of Jimmy Rollins might become. Not since Richie Ashburn have the Phillies employed a player as charismatic, as universally appreciated . . . to a point. Rollins is poised at a critical point. His decreasing production and his increased salary have eroded his popularity, even though he finds himself a victim of circumstance and poor planning. Often, as stars begin to fade, replacements dovetail into the franchise's framework and either obscure or delay the fading: consider what Robinson Cano did for the Yankees.
February 6, 2014 |
CHARLIE MANUEL will be inducted into the Phillies' Wall of Fame on Aug. 9, according to the team. Manuel was the manager in 2008 as the Phillies won their second World Series title in history. "I am honored to be enshrined on the Wall of Fame with Phillies greats such as Mike Schmidt, Steve Carlton and, of course, my good friend, Dallas Green," Manuel said in a statement. "I want to thank David Montgomery and the entire Phillies organization. This would not be happening if not for the great players and coaches I had around me. The years I spent in Philadelphia were some of the best of my professional career, and I owe a lot of that to the fans.
February 6, 2014 |
The Phillies will induct Charlie Manuel to the team's wall of fame less than a year after firing the franchise's all-time winningest manager. Manuel will be honored before the Aug. 9 game against the New York Mets at Citizens Bank Park as a part of alumni weekend. In addition, the team will celebrate former pitcher Roy Halladay's career with a ceremony and bobblehead promotion Aug. 8. "It is only fitting that Charlie become the newest member of our wall of fame," Phillies president David Montgomery said in a statement.
January 27, 2014 |
As a Phillies fan, I never really expected my team to land Masahiro Tanaka, the latest Japanese phenom, or pull off a surprise blockbuster trade. If this isn't the year the old gang finally gets it all together - hey, Charlie Manuel is back! - then the most I can hope for is rebuilding, even with the promise of a new $2.5 billion TV pact with Comcast. But there was one deal I was counting on, and the home team sorely disappointed me. The Phils could have insisted that Comcast finally play ball with Dish Network and DirecTV, the satellite services that still can't show viewers the vast majority of home-team games telecast over Comcast's SportsNet channel.
January 23, 2014 |
The Phillies watched with great interest as Bobby Abreu unleashed a recent barrage of home runs in Venezuela. This is, after all, the winter of Phillies reunions - first Larry Bowa, then Marlon Byrd and Charlie Manuel. Abreu, who turns 40 in March, is the latest. He signed a minor-league deal Tuesday to attempt a most unlikely comeback with the Phillies. Abreu did not play in American professional baseball last season. He will compete for a spot as a bench player in spring training.
January 22, 2014 |
WILLIAMSPORT - Sitting on a dais last night in the grand ballroom of the Genetti Hotel in front of a throng of red-clad Phillies fans, Ryne Sandberg recalled his first major league postseason experience in 1984. It was a heartbreaker, as his Chicago Cubs lost the best-of-five NLCS to San Diego after winning the first two games. The Hall of Fame second baseman, preparing for his first full season as the Phillies' manager, took a moment, and a deep breath, and said that series is the reason he is still working in baseball.
January 21, 2014 |
ONCE THE PAIN of their two-point loss in the first round of playoffs begins to heal, it will be time for the Eagles to reflect on what could have been, what was and what will be. In October 2007, the Phillies were dealing with a similar pain. Charlie Manuel and the Phillies rallied to first NL East title since 1993 on the final game of the regular season, only to be swept in three games by the Colorado Rockies in the NLDS. The next season, the Phillies became world champions.
January 17, 2014
COMING BACK Reports: Charlie Manuel will be a senior adviser for the Philliess. D7.
January 17, 2014 |
LESS THAN 5 months after being the fall guy for the franchise's first losing season in 11 seasons, Charlie Manuel is returning to the Phillies. Manuel, fired as the team's manager in August, has accepted a front-office position with the team for the 2014 season, a source confirmed yesterday. Although no official announcement has come from the team, Manuel is expected to hold a role similar to the one he had when he first joined the organization in 2003, 2 years before his 9-year run as manager began.