June 6, 2014 |
THERE IS a good chance that, at some point over the next few months, you will find yourself in a conversation with a Phillies fan who attempts to downplay the ugliness that awaits this organization in the coming seasons. That fan will invoke the mighty dollar, regurgitating the numbers that he or she has heard or read during the last year or so. Franchises like the Phillies do not rebuild. They blow up the roster, clear the debris, and start writing checks all over again. Look at the Red Sox. Look at the Yankees.
May 8, 2014 |
It wasn't April and it wasn't raining. The tendinitis and flu symptoms were gone and the grip on the baseball was fine. The performance, however, remained intolerable for Cole Hamels, the Phillies lefthander who is trying to avoid the deplorable start that helped destroy his own and his team's 2013 season. Remember Hamels' 2013 season? Remember the 2-11 record and 4.58 ERA through his first 17 starts? Remember how he'd pitch well in some outings and the team wouldn't score and then in others the team would pile up the runs and he'd pitch poorly?
March 4, 2014
Reliever Guillermo Mota has announced he is retiring after 14 seasons in the major leagues. Mota was a non-roster invitee to the Kansas City Royals camp and did not pitch last season. The 40-year-old righthander made 743 career relief appearances with a 3.94 ERA for the Montreal Expos, Los Angeles Dodgers, Florida Marlins, Cleveland Indians, New York Mets, Milwaukee Brewers and San Francisco Giants. He was part of San Francisco's World Series championship teams in 2010 and 2012.
January 19, 2014
American League Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer agreed Friday to a one-year contract with the Detroit Tigers for $15,525,000, avoiding arbitration with free agency less than a year away. Scherzer could have an even bigger payday coming soon - one way or another. He is eligible to go on the market after the season, although the Tigers would love to avoid that by signing him to a long-term contract. Mets. Closer Bobby Parnell has agreed to a $3.7 million, one-year contract, and leftfielder Eric Young Jr. has settled for a $1.85 million, one-year deal.
January 16, 2013
Oakland's Bob Melvin , 51, received his reward for leading the Athletics to the American League West Division title last season. On Monday, the AL manager of the year received a two-year contract extension that takes him through the 2016 season. Toronto outfielder Colby Rasmus , Baltimore pitcher Tommy Hunter , and Oakland catcher George Kottara s agreed to one-year contracts, leaving 133 players eligible to file for salary arbitration Tuesday. Righthanded reliever J.J. Putz , 35, agreed to a $13.5 million, two-year contract with Arizona.
April 20, 2012
WHEN IS the time? It wasn't in 2008, when the Phillies gave Raul Ibanez a third year on his contract to ensure that they would land his services. It wasn't in 2009, when they included blue-chip catcher Travis D'Arnaud in a deal for Roy Halladay. It wasn't in 2010, when they parted with a prized centerfield prospect in order to obtain Roy Oswalt. And it certainly wasn't in 2011, when they dealt highly touted first-base prospect Jonathon Singleton in a package for Hunter Pence, then demoted outfield prospect Domonic Brown to the minor leagues to learn a new position.
April 8, 2012 |
In case you missed it while mowing your lawn or washing the car, Saturday was National Beer Day. And in a perfect relationship no marketing exec could have invented, it was the first full weekend of baseball. As best-selling author Peter Richmond once noted: "Beer needs baseball, and baseball needs beer - it has always been thus. " Age is just a number Former Phillie fave Jamie Moyer gave up the 512th home run of his career, the most all time. The slugger was Jordan Schafer, who had not been born when the Souderton native, 49, made his MLB debut in June 1986.
June 10, 2011
Marlins fire their hitting coach The Florida Marlins, who after Thursday's defeat to the visiting Atlanta Braves have lost eight straight, fired hitting coach John Mallee and replaced him with ESPN analyst Eduardo Perez , whose father is Hall of Famer Tony Perez . What does the younger Perez, who joined the team Thursday, bring to the table besides being an on-air analyst for Baseball Tonight ...
May 30, 2011 |
DENVER - Kyle Lohse pitched six solid innings to match a major-league high with his seventh win and Jon Jay hit a two-run homer, helping the St. Louis Cardinals hold off the Colorado Rockies, 4-3, on Sunday. Colby Rasmus added a solo shot and Yadier Molina chipped in a run-scoring single as the Cardinals finished up a nine-game road trip with a 6-3 mark. The Rockies struggled to get anything going early against Lohse (7-2) a night after scoring a season-high 15 runs. The righty scattered six hits and struck out six before running out of steam in the seventh.
May 1, 2011 |
ATLANTA - Gerald Laird's ninth-inning RBI triple capped a late rally to give the St. Louis Cardinals a 3-2 win over the Atlanta Braves on Saturday. Backed by rookie Brandon Beachy's seven scoreless innings to start the game, the Braves led 2-0 before St. Louis began its comeback. David Freese tied the game with a two-run single in the eighth before Laird's go-ahead triple drove in Matt Holliday. Closer Craig Kimbrel (0-1), who had a blown save in the Braves' 5-3 loss to the Cardinals in 11 innings on Friday night, couldn't hold a 2-2 tie in the ninth.