November 14, 2014 |
PHOENIX - The first major act of baseball's offseason came and went Thursday morning, and it proved to be nothing more than a feeling-out process for Phillies acting team president Pat Gillick and embattled general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. The team made some minor news on the final day of the general managers meetings by announcing the signing of eight players to minor-league contracts. The list included outfielder Jeff Francoeur, a former first-round pick of the Atlanta Braves who once upon a time was capable of driving in 100 runs.
November 13, 2014
ISSUE | VOTING Blurred lines One of the reasons voter turnout is so low is because of the disenfranchisement created by redistricting. Noncompetitive races, or candidates running unopposed, are not in the true spirit of a democratic political process. But the only solution is for Pennsylvania to adopt objective criteria for drawing legislative districts, including contiguity and compactness, that will limit somewhat the ability of the political parties to play games. Bipartisan commissions should be given a significant role in drawing districts, with the goal to make it possible for most people to vote in an election that matters.
November 12, 2014 |
PHOENIX - A week ago, Ruben Amaro Jr. answered the phone inside his office at Citizens Bank Park and spoke candidly about his team's need to rebuild and the mindset a general manager has to have during that process. "We're keeping our thoughts and eyes open and not leaving anything off the table," Amaro said at the time. "We'll talk about any player. There are no untouchables. " So when a report surfaced yesterday, a week after Amaro's comments, that the New York Mets phoned their National League rivals and asked about trading for Jimmy Rollins, it wasn't too surprising.
November 10, 2014 |
LOOKING for a safe bet? Put your money on there being significant community backlash when the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board later this month announces the winner of the race for the city's second casino license. The board said yesterday that it will hold a public meeting at 1 p.m. on Nov. 18 in Room 201 of the Pennsylvania Convention Center "for the purpose of considering an award" of the license. But the scuttlebutt around town is that the decision has already been made, that the license will be awarded to the Cordish Companies and Greenwood Racing, Inc., which wants to build the Live!
November 10, 2014 |
PHOENIX - Whether by striking early or by reeling in an pre-Christmas gift, the Phillies under general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. have never lacked for drama during baseball's hot-stove season. In an attempt to extend (and later, pry open) the window of contending in the National League, Amaro has often gone all-in, whether it was pulling off the Roy Halladay trade, surprising the industry by swiping Cliff Lee off the free-agent market or wasting no time awarding Jonathan Papelbon with the richest contract for a reliever in baseball history.
November 4, 2014 |
This year's World Series was a real nail-biter, with the Kansas City Royals losing a dramatic Game 7 to San Francisco. But for Eric Foss, 56, chief executive of Aramark Corp., the real baseball triumph happened Sept. 16, when the Royals' top minor-league franchise, the Omaha Storm Chasers, won the Class AAA title. Foss is a part-owner of the Storm Chasers. "Obviously I'm a big sports fan," Foss said in Aramark's box at Lincoln Financial Field, where the food service giant handles catering.
November 1, 2014 |
THE REC LEAGUE basketball season hasn't started yet in Monkton, Md., so neighbors A.J. Burnett and Scott Proefrock haven't worked on the coaching sidelines together since the Phillies season ended a month ago. Proefrock, the assistant general manager, hasn't even seen Burnett, the veteran pitcher, in October. "I've been up here [Philadelphia] and in Florida," said Proefrock, who coached with Burnett on their sons' basketball team last winter. "I know he went away for his wife's birthday last weekend.
October 22, 2014
THE KANSAS City Royals and San Francisco Giants take the field for Game 1 of the World Series tonight. The Phillies' next game is in March against a college team. The Phillies' tentative spring training schedule was posted on the team's website yesterday. The 33-game slate begins on Sunday, March 1, when the Phillies host the University of Tampa at Bright House Field in Clearwater, Fla. The Phillies open Grapefruit League play 2 days later, on Tuesday, March 3, when they host the New York Yankees in the first of two straight games against their spring training neighbors from Tampa.
October 15, 2014 |
Sonny Forriest Jr. leaned back in his recliner, stretched out his prosthetic leg, and let out a booming laugh at the sight of his own face on the television. He was running on just a few hours of sleep. His phone kept buzzing with calls. And he was still wearing the Eagles jersey he had sported Sunday night when, he says, a drunk woman fell into his lap at a tailgate party, grabbed his $2,000 prosthetic leg from the armrest of his motorized scooter, and ran off. Despite his predicament, Forriest had sung, laughed, and hugged other tailgaters as he recounted the story to reporters - and captured national attention.
October 10, 2014 |
Marti Wolever thought his job was safe when he was stopped outside the press box at Citizens Bank Park a few days before he made LSU pitcher Aaron Nola his final first-round selection for the Phillies in June. There had been some rumblings that the assistant general manager in charge of amateur scouting could be in trouble because, after years of hitting in the draft, and sometimes big (Cole Hamels, Ryan Howard, Chase Utley), the Phillies found their draft well running dry. Too many Anthony Hewitts, Joe Saverys, and Larry Greenes.