March 5, 2014 |
First in a series BOSTON - Baseball's first in-ballpark advance to change the way the game was consumed by fans was made here 80 years ago, when Fenway Park installed lights to indicate balls and strikes in the Green Monster scoreboard in 1934. The lights, green to depict balls and red to display strikes, were considered high technology at the time. Yankee Stadium later added the game's first electronic scoreboard in 1950. The Astrodome dazzled fans with the first video scoreboard in 1965.
March 4, 2014 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - The scoreboard at Bright House Field said 3-0 and the closer trudged toward the mound. But Jonathan Papelbon's team was losing and it wasn't the ninth inning, it was the fifth. It was also March 2 in the Grapefruit League schedule and not, say, May 2 at Citizens Bank Park against the Nationals. But Papelbon popped in a few fastballs that touched 93 mph on the radar gun en route to a 1-2-3 inning in the Phillies' exhibition game against the Pirates yesterday.
February 28, 2014 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - The first pitch of Phillies spring training was reserved for Cole Hamels, an honor bestowed on the franchise's highest-paid player and cornerstone. But while Roberto Hernandez christened the exhibition season with a fastball at 1:08 p.m. Wednesday at Bright House Field, Hamels relaxed. He had passed an important test five hours earlier. There was no pomp and circumstance for Hamels' first bullpen session Wednesday morning. The team and its pitcher brimmed with optimism.
February 26, 2014 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - It was at the tail end of an uninspiring season, when most baseball people begin walking through the motions, when Chris Wheeler showed up at Citizens Bank Park with his dutifully kept notebooks and his well-worn scorebook. He was prepared for the last weekend of the 2013 regular season at Citizens Bank Park. It was a Saturday. Tyler Cloyd was scheduled to pitch against Dillon Gee of the New York Mets. Phillies team president David Montgomery found Wheeler before the game.
February 24, 2014 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - It was last June, the sting of baseball's first rejection still fresh, when Bobby Abreu resolved to find a better conclusion to his career. He trained in Venezuela and did not watch much of the game that unceremoniously dumped him after 22 years. He embraced rest with the hope of proving his worth come winter. "The word on the street," Jorge Velandia said, "was that he was trying to come back. " Velandia, a Phillies special assistant, is also the general manager for Tiburones de La Guaira, a Venezuelan winter-ball team.
February 20, 2014 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - There is job security in 27 home runs, a luxury Domonic Brown is only beginning to understand. This spring's Grapefruit League games are not an audition, rather an opportunity for Brown to stress the details. The all-star outfielder can relax. Or not. "I still have my same mind-set, man," Brown said. "I don't know if that will really change. I'm busting my butt every day just to improve. I was telling a lot of the guys, 'I want to be the best defensive outfielder in the game.' That's one of my big goals.
February 19, 2014 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - On the first day of workouts at the Carpenter Complex last week, Jonathan Papelbon found the television remote and turned up the volume loud enough to grab the attention of the entire home clubhouse at Bright House Field. It was 8:19 a.m. Most players were just arriving for a day's work or eating breakfast. Yesterday, the fifth day of camp, Papelbon was back in the same place, getting ready for his own breakfast snack, when he yelled out to no one in particular that they needed to clean up their mess.
February 18, 2014 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Three weeks ago, Ryne Sandberg was anxious and hopeful. Sandberg was less than a week away from moving to Clearwater to prepare for his first spring as a major league manager and the last three spots in his starting rotation were filled with uncertainty. It was Cole Hamels, Cliff Lee and . . . question marks. "We'll see what happens," Sandberg said before the Philadelphia Sports Writers Dinner last month. "Something could still be done. " Less than 24 hours later, veteran starting pitcher A.J. Burnett announced that he was forgoing retirement and ready to pitch in 2014.
February 7, 2014 |
WITH A BITTER cold wind blowing outside of Citizens Bank Park, the Phillies' equipment truck departed yesterday for a 1,058-mile trip to Clearwater, Fla., where temperatures are expected to be in the high 60s upon arrival tomorrow. The 53-foot equipment truck carrying the team's spring training supplies left Philadelphia yesterday after nearly a dozen workers helped to load thousands of items packed tight en route to Bright House Field. "This process started right when the season was over," Dan O'Rourke, manager of Phillies equipment and umpire services, said while loading the truck yesterday morning.
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.