April 13, 1992 |
Phillies general manager Lee Thomas was shaking his head the other day, wondering about the string of injuries that already have rippled through major league rosters this spring. "I've never seen anything like it," Thomas said. "You're always going to have some injuries. But it has to make you wonder. Are we conditioning ourselves the proper way? Do weights really help? But something is wrong. There are just too many injuries to shoulders, elbows, legs and knees. It's disheartening.
February 20, 2013 |
AH, THOSE wacky Cubbies. While hunting quail last December, Cubs manager Dale Sveum was accidentally shot in the right ear and back by former major leaguer Robin Yount. Thankfully, they were using BBs and Sveum wasn't seriously injured. Fast-forward to Sunday in the Cubs' spring training clubhouse in Meza, Ariz. The second-year skipper was meeting with the team when the players sprung into action. "Halfway into the meeting they all took their jackets off and they all had bright orange hunting gear on, and hats," Sveum told the Associated Press.
February 7, 1992 |
It was a lot like a high school debate, except this contest had a prize of $345,000. Representatives of the Phillies spent 1 1/2 hours at a Los Angeles salary- arbitration hearing yesterday arguing their assigned topic: why Dale Sveum isn't worth $720,000 a year. "I thought we made a very strong presentation," said Ed Wade, the Phils' player-personnel administrator. Sveum's side got equal time to explain why its client deserves more than the $375,000 the Phils have offered.
February 9, 1992 |
Dale Sveum lost nearly two of the last three seasons to a broken leg. Now, the new Phillies infielder has started 1992 on the wrong foot. Yesterday, arbitrator Bill Gould ruled in favor of the Phillies in their salary-arbitration case with Sveum. That means the 29-year-old reserve infielder, acquired in an off-season trade with Milwaukee, must settle for the team's offer of $375,000 this season instead of the $720,000 he had requested. Sveum earned $335,000 last season when he hit .241 with four home runs and 43 RBIs for the Brewers.
August 11, 1992 |
Dale Sveum began his Phillies career by trying to persuade an arbitrator that the team ought to pay him $720,000 this season. Eight months later, his brief time with the Phils ended with his being traded for a much traveled double-A pitcher. The Phillies sent Sveum, who was hitting only .178 with 39 strikeouts in 135 at-bats, to the Chicago White Sox last night for minor-league reliever Keith Shepherd. Shepherd, 24, was 3-3 with a 2.14 ERA for double-A Birmingham this season.
March 25, 1992 |
There were two men on base as Dale Sveum cocked his bat and prepared to send Tim Belcher's two-strike fastball to some distant place. Just one problem: It wasn't a fastball, and Sveum's bat sliced the air several inches above the Cincinnati pitcher's breaking ball. Things are seldom as they appear in baseball. With what he's gone through in the last few years, you'd think Dale Sveum would know that. "It seems like since I broke my leg (in 1988) all these strange things have been happening," Sveum said yesterday, after going 0 for 4 in the Phils' 4-1 loss to the Reds.
June 11, 1992 |
Jim Fregosi wanted to take the bat out of Barry Bonds' hands whenever he had the chance. He did. Now he ought to do something about the Pittsburgh outfielder's eyes and legs. Bonds led off the 12th inning with a walk, and his speed forced Lenny Dykstra into the error that gave the Pirates a 2-1 victory over the Phillies last night at Veterans Stadium. "I was trying to make my pitch on him," said losing reliever Barry Jones (4-3). "I wasn't going to let him beat me. A couple of pitches could have gone either way, but he took them.
February 26, 1992 |
Newly acquired infielder Dale Sveum arrived at the Phillies' camp yesterday. And while he said his loss in an arbitration case earlier this month didn't bother him, the fact that he might be considered a utility infielder did. A shortstop-third baseman who came to the Phils from Milwaukee in the off- season deal for pitcher Bruce Ruffin, Sveum joins the swollen ranks of Phillies infielders. Mariano Duncan, Wally Backman, Kim Batiste, Dave Hollins and Rick Schu are all candidates for the positions Sveum plays.
September 3, 1992 |
Keith Shepherd, to borrow a line from Marlon Brando, coulda been a contender. But Shepherd, the latest edition to the Phillies' ever-changing roster, has decided to put a promising amateur boxing career to an end. Baseball is now his one and only sport. Promoted from double-A Reading on Tuesday, the 24-year-old righthanded reliever is with his fifth organization since he was selected by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 11th round of the 1986 draft. The Phils acquired him from the Chicago White Sox for Dale Sveum on Aug. 10. "If I didn't make it to the big leagues this year - I gave it seven years - I was going to turn pro (in boxing)
July 20, 1997 |
It was suggested to Mickey Morandini that the word ugly would best describe yesterday's activities at Veterans Stadium. "Not strong enough," the Phillies second baseman said without hesitation. "It was worse than ugly. " Morandini was probably right. On a day when even the sun was against them, the Phillies gave up 17 hits and stumbled to their 25th defeat in their last 31 games, losing to the Pittsburgh Pirates, 13-3, in front of 17,472. "We got outplayed, outpitched and outhit," manager Terry Francona said afterward.