August 25, 2015 |
MIAMI - The day after he made his first major-league hit a pinch-hit home run, Darnell Sweeney started his first big-league game. The Phillies' newest position player manned center field and batted sixth in the team's 2-0 win against the Miami Marlins on Sunday afternoon. He did not manage a hit, but drew walks in three of his four plate appearances in the finale of the four-game series at Marlins Park. The start capped a memorable first weekend for Sweeney, whose first series as a big-leaguer came about a 20-minute drive from his childhood home in Hollywood, Fla. It also was against one of his good friends in Dee Gordon, the Marlins' two-time all-star second baseman whose .335 batting average is the best in baseball.
August 23, 2015 |
MIAMI - Darnell Sweeney was getting ready to lead off and play center field in Oklahoma City on Wednesday night when he learned he was scratched from the lineup of the Dodgers' triple-A club. It didn't take much more than a scroll through Twitter to learn the reason. Sweeney's manager later officially alerted him that he had been traded to the Phillies. If that wasn't enough news, Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. called 20 minutes later and told Sweeney he was getting his first major-league promotion.
May 16, 2015 |
Ryne Sandberg considers 100 at-bats a benchmark in a season. One hundred and nineteen at-bats into his first year as the Phillies' everyday shortstop, Freddy Galvis continues to hit. Three more base knocks Thursday in a 4-2 win against the Pittsburgh Pirates raised Galvis' batting average to .353. Entering Thursday night's games, only the Miami Marlins' Dee Gordon (.426) and Los Angeles Dodgers' Adrian Gonzalez (.360) boasted better averages among National League players. "He's just sticking with what's working for him and being real patient up there," Sandberg said of Galvis, the only Phillies regular hitting .275 or better.
May 15, 2015 |
FREDDY GALVIS led off the bottom of the third inning of yesterday afternoon's game by hitting a routine ground ball to second base. Galvis arrived safely at first, however, because no one was there to take the throw from Pittsburgh second baseman Neil Walker. When you're hitting over .350, good fortune finds you. "For sure," Galvis said after Phillies' 4-2 win over the Pirates. "I just feel good. " The 25-year-old Galvis, who entered the 2015 season with a .218 average in 171 games, went 3-for-3 with a walk, a stolen base and two runs.
May 7, 2015 |
ATLANTA - Chase Utley, whose .103 batting average ranked 180th of 180 qualifying big-league hitters entering play yesterday, was out of the Phillies' starting lineup and there's a "pretty good possibility" he won't play again until the team returns home Friday. "That's the way I'm leaning right now," manager Ryne Sandberg said. Sandberg saw the benefits of a break with one of his other hitters in the previous 24 hours. Jeff Francoeur, mired in an 0-for-19 funk, sat out in three games in Miami and returned on Monday night with a four-hit game.
April 3, 2015
Speaking directly about the topic for the first time since gambling-related tweets appeared on his Twitter account last week, Miami pitcher Jarred Cosart denied ever betting on baseball. "I never have, never will bet on baseball," Cosart said Wednesday. Tweets that appeared on Cosart's account discussed gambling advice received from a gambling expert. They did not appear to involve baseball bets. Cosart briefly addressed the situation last week, stating he was cooperating with Major League Baseball's investigation.
December 12, 2014 |
THE FIRST instinct is to call it sad, but there is nothing sadder than what we would have witnessed next year if the players who ushered in the greatest era of Phillies baseball had been forced to endure its worst. Make no mistake, that's what these next 2 or 3 years will be, and if you wish to argue otherwise by pointing to the 10,000-plus losses that preceded them, well, you've never stepped from the warmth of a well-lit living room into a cold, moonless night. Yesterday, Jimmy Rollins did what the majority of us would do when he OK'd a trade that will send him back to his home state of California and the hallowed ground of Chavez Ravine (hallowed, that is, unless you happened to live there before Dodger Stadium was built)
July 10, 2014 |
It sure has changed the game. That much we can say definitively about the first season of expanded replay reviews in Major League Baseball. We used to watch heated arguments among umpires, managers, and players. Now, we mostly have mellow conversations. "Gee whiz, Mr. Umpire, I think you might have missed that one, but I still think you are a real swell guy," Mr. Manager says after his slow walk from the dugout to the field while Mr. Bench Coach calls Mr. Video Review Man. The signal comes from the dugout and, depending on which way Mr. Bench Coach turns his thumbs, either Mr. Umpire walks toward the replay headset or Mr. Manager peacefully returns to the dugout.
May 25, 2014 |
ALTHOUGH PLAYERS are still occasionally suspended for PEDs, the steroid era is long over. Home runs have been down, speed has been up. Players such as Ben Revere are welcomed in today's game. Elite speedsters such as Cincinnati rookie Billy Hamilton and Dodgers second baseman Dee Gordon are celebrated. Gordon worked his magic right off the bat last night, leading off the game against the Phillies with a single, then stealing both second and third and scoring on a Yasiel Puig single.
April 24, 2014 |
LOS ANGELES — Two Dodgers tracked a lazy fly ball, stumbled into one another, and opened the door to an extra-inning Phillies victory. Domonic Brown smashed through it. For two years, these Phillies watched opposing teams benefit from their mistakes. They did not waste a gift-wrapped runner in Tuesday's 3-2 win over Los Angeles. Carlos Ruiz skied one to left in the 10th inning. Carl Crawford and Hanley Ramirez convened there, and neither caught the ball. Ruiz stood on second because he hustled from the moment he swung.