January 2, 2015 |
WITHIN a 2-week span before the end of 2014, Ruben Amaro Jr. has jettisoned two everyday players from the Phillies' lineup. A dozen days after Jimmy Rollins officially was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers, the general manager sent outfielder Marlon Byrd to the Cincinnati Reds in exchange for pitching prospect Ben Lively on Wednesday. The Phillies also sent cash to Cincinnati to complete the deal. Byrd, who turns 38 in August, hit a career-high 25 home runs in 2014. He also struck out a career-high 185 times; only Ryan Howard struck out more among major league hitters.
December 31, 2014
AMERICAN LEAGUE Most Valuable Player Mike Trout, of the Los Angeles Angels, a native of Millville, N.J., will be honored as the Outstanding Pro Athlete of the Year by the Philadelphia Sports Writers Association at its 111th annual banquet on Jan. 16 at Cherry Hill's Crowne Plaza Hotel. Trout, who has not yet confirmed his attendance, also won the award 2 years ago after he was named the AL's Rookie of the Year. The 23-year-old, who became the youngest unanimous MVP pick in major league history, was a huge crowd favorite in May when he played here against the Phillies.
October 18, 2014 |
Johnny Almaraz did not plan on taking off his baseball uniform and putting on a scout's hat in his early 20s. No, the plan was to pitch in the big leagues and, if that did not work out, he was going to return to Southwest Texas State and get his degree in health administration. Plan A, as it turned out, was stripped from Almaraz's control in his second minor-league season with the Cincinnati Reds, who had selected the righthanded pitcher in the 14th round of the 1988 draft. The Texas native pitched 14 times for Billings, Mont., in his rookie minor-league season and went 5-5 with a 5.04 ERA. He never pitched again.
May 23, 2014 |
MIAMI - On Friday, Kyle Kendrick pointed the finger at himself after giving up three first-inning runs in a loss to the Cincinnati Reds. But it was a little difficult to fault Kendrick that night, since they were the only runs he allowed and since the Phillies failed to score at all. The Phils had also been shut out the previous night, and in two of the last three times Kendrick took the mound. In his last 15 starts, the Phillies were averaging 2.36 runs per nine innings in games when Kendrick took the mound.
May 18, 2014 |
The Phillies position players have remained relatively healthy, but the offense has been inconsistent through a 17-21 start entering Friday's game at Citizens Bank Park against the Cincinnati Reds. The Phillies entered the weekend with a minus-34 run differential, the third worst in Major League Baseball. They were 29th in runners left in scoring position per game (4.11) and 26th in runners left on base per game (7.63). Before Friday's game, manager Ryne Sandberg was candid when asked if he was surprised at the offense's inconsistency, especially without many health issues in the first 38 games.
April 28, 2014 |
ALLENTOWN - Reliever Jeremy Horst seemed to turn his career around with a stellar closing to the 2012 season with the Phillies. After beginning 2013 in the major leagues, he saw his year end with an elbow injury. Now the lefthander is attempting to work his way back to the majors while pitching for triple-A Lehigh Valley. The 28-year-old Horst is still shaking off the rust during the first month. In eight relief appearances entering the weekend, he had a 3.38 ERA with 13 strikeouts and three walks over eight innings.
April 1, 2014 |
Pete Rose came to church Sunday morning wearing a silver blazer, a black mock turtleneck, black slacks, and white shoes, his hair set in a dyed-black halo atop his wide, flat head. He had come not as parishioner or penitent but as the star attraction, the focus of what was supposed to be a lesson in the power of redemption and self-forgiveness. He had come to Christ's Church of the Valley - an independent Christian church headquartered amid the hills and sleek modern homes of Royersford - at the invitation of its pastor, Brian Jones, and its leadership council.
October 6, 2013 |
The Cincinnati Reds added a surprise entry in the manager merry-go-round on Friday, firing skipper Dusty Baker. What might make it a shocker for fans of most of the other major-league teams is that Baker had just led the Redlegs to 90 wins and the playoffs for the third time in four seasons. (Heck, the Mets just extended Terry Collins for finishing third in the NL East.) But it appears a six-game losing streak, including dropping the wild-card playoff game, 6-2, to the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday, was just too much for Reds owner Bob Castellini and GM Walt Jocketty.
July 21, 2013 |
NEW YORK – The 2013 season is 110 days old and the Phillies have had a winning record on only two of those days. They won the first of a 10-game, three-city trip that began at Miller Park in Milwaukee on June 6 to improve to 31-30. Six weeks later, last night at Citi Field, the Phils annihilated the sad-sack Mets in a 13-8 victory. Another first game of a three-city trip, another winning record: the Phillies improved to 49-48 on the first day back from the All-Star break.
July 3, 2013 |
H OMER BAILEY threw his second no-hitter in 10 months and the first in the majors this season, pitching the Cincinnati Reds to a 3-0 victory over the visiting San Francisco Giants last night. Bailey (5-6) became the third Reds pitcher with more than one no-hitter, joining Jim Maloney and Johnny Vander Meer - still the only big-leaguer to toss two in a row. Bailey beat the Pirates, 1-0, in Pittsburgh last Sept. 28 and got another 17 starts later. "Every dog has its day twice, I guess," Bailey said.