August 29, 1988 |
There has been, at least, a strange sort of consistency to the course the Phillies have charted this season. If there's a banana peel, they slip on it. If there's a pothole, they drive smack over it. If there's a way to lose, they unearth it. If anything can go wrong, in short, it assuredly will. And so it came to pass yesterday that the Phillies announced catcher Darren Daulton will miss the rest of the season with a broken right hand. It seems that, after being called out on strikes in the bottom of the ninth Saturday night, Daulton disagreed with home plate umpire John Kibler.
May 24, 1996 |
A step back from baseball may turn out to be Darren Daulton's first step toward returning to the game. Although he has been in Clearwater, Fla., working with rehab trainer Hap Hudson since mid-April, Daulton began hitting and throwing only in the past week. The results have been encouraging enough to start talk that Daulton could be back sometime after the all-star break. "I would say that's accurate," Hudson said yesterday. "That's almost two months from now. I would say the next three weeks are going to tell us a lot more.
February 2, 1994 |
Darren Daulton has split from Lynne Austin-Daulton, his wife of less than five years. In an interview in yesterday's Daily News, she didn't give a reason but said the couple hasn't filed for divorce and indicated that it was a trial separation. The Phillies catcher couldn't be reached for comment yesterday. His agent confirmed the split calling it "amicable," but said neither he nor Daulton would have anything further to say about it for at least a week. A source inside the Phillies organization said Daulton had recently spoken of trouble in the marriage but the source refused to be specific, citing confidentiality.
July 1, 2013 |
Darren Daulton could have been just another pretty face. No work would have been needed, and a lot of people did not expect much more from a 25th-round draft pick anyway. Richie Ashburn, the late broadcaster with the wry sense of humor, once described Daulton as not much of a ballplayer, but a great guy to be seen with in the lobby. That was in the mid-1980s, when Daulton struggled to keep his batting average above .200 and yearned to be the Phillies' starting catcher. When Daulton's first child, Zach, made a spring-training clubhouse appearance as an infant in the early '90s, pitcher Jason Grimsley took one look at the kid and confidently predicted: "That kid has zero percent chance of being ugly.
June 16, 1993 |
One of the curious things about the Phillies' 45-17 start, and there are many, is the fact that they've compiled baseball's best record on just an average payroll. Next year, however, that $27 million salary figure will rise substantially. Darren Daulton's new contract kicks in and that will raise his salary by more than $1 million in the first year of his back-loaded four-year, $18 million deal. Dave Hollins' pay will increase by almost $2 million. More significant in inflationary terms, nine and possibly 10 Phils, including Terry Mulholland, Tommy Greene and Curt Schilling, will be eligible for arbitration between seasons.
September 28, 1997 |
After watching rookie sensation Scott Rolen's umpteenth spectacular performance of the year, Phillies manager Terry Francona made a prediction last night. "Pretty soon, people aren't just going to be talking about the rookie of the year," Francona said of Rolen. "They're going to be talking about the MVP. That's how special this kid is. " Rolen, 22, thrilled a Veterans Stadium crowd of 17,664 with an electrifying two-homer performance in leading the Phils to a dramatic 8-7 win over the Florida Marlins.
October 22, 1993 |
A catcher earns his paycheck by what he does behind the plate. If he can catch the ball, throw the ball and call pitches, he can win a job in the majors. If he can hit, too, that's nice. Darren Daulton can hit. He proved that all season long. But in the playoffs and the postseason, he has struggled with the bat. He's 2 for 14 with runners in scoring position in the postseason. He's batting .211 in the World Series. Nobody's complaining - not now. Last night, when the Phillies most needed it, the veteran catcher coaxed a great game from Curt Schilling.
October 5, 2000 |
The Phillies' quartet of general manager Ed Wade, adviser Dallas Green, assistant GM Ruben Amaro, and scouting director Mike Arbuckle formulated their first list of managerial candidates yesterday. By the end of the afternoon, they had a dozen names that interested them. The only candidates Wade revealed were longtime Phillies coach John Vukovich and former Phillies catcher Darren Daulton. "We've got a group of guys who have some level of experience in the major leagues, we have Darren who has no major-league staff experience, and we have guys with big-league managerial experience on the list," Wade said.
April 1, 1997 |
Bill Giles had hoped today would come and he'd don his favorite straw hat and sit in the sunshine and enjoy nine innings of opening-day baseball in sold-out Dodger Stadium. He'd hoped the two hot-copy issues that dogged his Phillies like a stalker throughout spring training would be resolved by now. They are not. Curt Schilling is still unsigned beyond this season, and Darren Daulton is still a Phillie. Giles, the club president, had hoped to complete Schilling's proposed three-year contract extension yesterday, the day the pitcher had set as his deadline.
July 29, 1992 |
The Phillies led, 5-4, in the eighth. No one, least of all the vocal Mets fans, was leaving Veterans Stadium. The tiny lead, after all, was in the bullpen's hands. And few would mistake those awkward paws for Allstate's. Most of the Phils' relievers are quickly moving past hope, their ERAs past respectability. Not surprisingly, the lead quickly became past tense. By the time manager Jim Fregosi popped out of the dugout with a belated hook for Barry Jones, the Mets had scored a pair of eighth-inning runs off the battered reliever.