February 25, 2015 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Ryan Howard was the can't-miss at-bat. When the Phillies first baseman stepped to the plate, you had to watch because his power potential was so intoxicating. You never knew when a baseball might crash into the bricks in center field at Citizens Bank Park. Now he is the guy nobody wants. You would not have known that Monday at Bright House Field. The television news cameras all focused on the Big Piece's every movement as he reported for work the day before the Phillies' first full-squad workout of spring training.
February 10, 2015 |
Charlie Vogel is a familiar face - a celebrity of sorts - in the Hershey's Mill retirement community in East Goshen, Chester County. In a dozen years or so, he has done more than 100 interviews for the community's Channel 20 TV station, which reaches 1,700 homes. Among his most memorable guests were former Phillies manager Charlie Manuel, Phillies second baseman Chase Utley, Phillies' Hall of Famer Richie Ashburn, and TV weather forecasters Herb Clarke and Cecily Tynan. Vogel also interviewed Bill Campbell, the famed Philadelphia sports broadcaster who called Wilt Chamberlain's 100-point game in 1962.
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.