June 23, 2011
ST. LOUIS - The tone was conversational, the posture casual. But if you listened to the words that Charlie Manuel said, really listened, there was more than just the usual afternoon banter. The Phillies manager doesn't call out his players in public. That doesn't work anymore, not with the security that comes with high salaries and long-term contracts. But his frustration with the team's sputtering, stuttering offense has been bubbling just below the surface for a while now. So as he sat in the dugout before last night's 4-0 win over the Cardinals at Busch Stadium, his core message was strikingly similar to the look-in-the-mirror challenge hurled so effectively by Dallas Green 30 years ago. Don't look at him. Don't look at hitting coach Greg Gross.
May 21, 2011 |
Former longtime Phillies scout Hank King has filed a federal age-discrimination lawsuit against the organization, alleging that it created an "intolerable" working environment and that the team ultimately fired him because of his age and a liver virus that caused him to take a medical leave in September 2009. King, 66, worked for the Phillies from 1976 through the 2009 season, starting out as a batting-practice pitcher before joining the scouting department in 1983. King was part of an advance scouting team that shadowed the Tampa Bay Rays before the Phillies' World Series victory in 2008.
May 2, 2011 |
No one had to tell John Kruk to make himself at home. It's been 17 years since he wore a Phillies uniform, but he said it feels like he never took it off. Before the Fightin's played the Mets on ESPN Sunday night, the Baseball Tonight analyst - who's also doing new segments for the network called "Best Seat in the House" and "Top Ballpark Food" - gripped and grinned with various people all over Citizens Bank Park. Some he knew. Others, such as the ticket staff, he met for the first time.
March 17, 2011 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - It was an otherwise routine South Atlantic League series, the Class A Lakewood BlueClaws visiting the Delmarva Shorebirds at Arthur Perdue Stadium. Except that the Phillies sent scout Dave Hollins and minor league hitting coordinator Steve Henderson to watch their Lakewood affiliate play the Orioles farm team last summer. Except that, back in Philadelphia, trade talks between the Phillies and Houston Astros regarding Roy Oswalt were heating up. The front office needed to find out something about BlueClaws first baseman Jonathan Singleton and they needed to find it out fast.
March 7, 2011
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Hook of Hamate . . . It has the same sinister ring as Horn of Africa. Straits of Hormuz. Golan Heights. Read any of them in print and bad news is sure to follow. This breaking news just in: Civil war is the typical Horn of Africa deal involving Sudan, Ethiopia and Somalia. Iran controls the entrance to the Straits of Hormuz, which surrounds the entrance to the Persian Gulf. Syria looks down into Israel from the Golan Heights. Hook of Hamate?
March 3, 2011 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Pete Orr and Josh Barfield sat in the far corner of the Phillies clubhouse, the one reserved for players wearing Nos. 60 and 61, contemplating the day's crossword. It's a daily ritual for the two non-roster players. "Put the two of us together and we can almost finish it," Barfield said. They came here this spring because the Phillies were the first team that showed a great deal of interest in their services. Neither played at the major-league level in 2010.
August 7, 2010 |
Throughout his 14-year career with the Phillies, Darren Daulton gave plenty of on-camera interviews. Those came easy. Speaking into a camera with no one on the other end, that comes difficult to him, which is why Friday's Wall of Fame induction came with plenty of jitters. Upon learning that he would be inducted with other Phillie greats, the three-time all-star grew anxious at the idea of having to prepare a speech. He jotted down a few points, nothing too fancy. He just wanted to make it "short and sweet.
February 25, 2009
A SK AND YOU shall receive. You asked: "You gave us your All-Time Phillies Good Guys team from the 1950s . . . Now, what about the bad guys?" It's a slippery slope when you assign arbitrary negative labels to athletes based on personalities, demeanors and the dissonance that becomes pink noise in any baseball clubhouse. So, with apologies to anybody who might take offense, here are Bill Conlin's All-Time Phillies You Might Not Want to Marry Your Daughter. Infield Pete Rose : I had mixed emotions naming him because we had a great relationship dating to his Reds days.
October 22, 2008 |
INQUIRER STAFF WRITER 1995: The Phillies from 1992 to 1995 were a collection of muscle-bound players who, when healthy and playing for something, could be a physically intimidating bunch. The cast of 1993's Macho Row - Darren Daulton, Dave Hollins, Pete Incaviglia, Lenny Dykstra - was starting to change in 1995, but the team's demeanor remained somewhere between cocky and nasty. Dykstra once said the team's physical presence alone was enough to beat some pitchers or some teams. "They look at us, and they say, 'This is a bunch we don't want to mess with,' " Dykstra said.
October 22, 2008 |
1993: The Phillies had plenty of villains to motivate them. A year earlier they had been the National League's dartboard. They were hit by 51 pitches, 19 of them plunking Dave Hollins. The fact that their pitchers didn't retaliate created a schism in the clubhouse and left the '93 team to vow it wouldn't happen again. There were whispers that spring they they'd get even with a lot of pitchers and teams, including Greg Maddux, who had broken Lenny Dykstra's hand on the '92 season's second pitch.