April 9, 2016 |
CINCINNATI - Emmanuel Burriss pulled a chair up to Cesar Hernandez' locker on Thursday morning before the series finale at Great American Ball Park. The Phillies teammates chatted for a few minutes in Spanish, the native tongue of Hernandez and the language that Burriss works to master. Burriss, who grew up in Washington, did not start learning Spanish until he was 14. His first words came via family members from the Dominican Republic. He took some courses in high school and college, but most of his study came outside the classroom.
March 23, 2016 |
Carnival Corp. said it won Cuban government approval to begin sailing to the Caribbean island nation, allowing its Fathom division to become the first U.S. cruise line to dock there in more than 50 years. Carnival and officials from various Cuban agencies signed the agreements authorizing the trips, according to a statement Monday. The world's largest cruise operator is now cleared to take the 704-passenger MV Adonia to Cuba through its newest brand, Fathom. The action opens a new territory for Carnival in the Caribbean, the world's biggest geographic market for cruises.
March 2, 2016 |
U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez continued to fight federal corruption charges Monday, as a three-judge appeals panel sharply questioned his attorney's defense that the senator was protected by a clause in the Constitution intended to shield members of Congress from executive overreach. Menendez (D., N.J.) is charged with using the power of his office to advance the personal and financial interests of a prominent donor, in exchange for campaign contributions and gifts such as flights on a private jet and vacations at a luxury resort in the Dominican Republic.
February 25, 2016 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - The Phillies gathered Tuesday morning inside a back building of the Carpenter Complex before the first full-squad workout of spring training. General manager Matt Klentak and manager Pete Mackanin addressed the team. The manager introduced his coaching staff and one key player. "Last but not least, Maikel Franco, our third baseman," Mackanin said. The room erupted into laughter as the manager made light of Franco's being the last player to arrive in camp. "Oh, man, I knew he was going to do it," Franco said.
December 12, 2015 |
Federal authorities arrested four Dominican nationals and one U.S. citizen Thursday and charged them with running a large-scale drug-distribution network that controlled several Kensington corners. Three others were being sought. Prosecutors say Jorge "Hansel" Balbuena, 29, oversaw the operation, obtaining large quantities of heroin, crack, and powder cocaine from South America via contacts in the Dominican Republic and selling them wholesale to street-level dealers. Others charged - including Ysidro "Pisa Pie" Garcia, 67, and his 35-year-old twin sons, Luis and Jose - are accused of controlling distribution at the corners, some near Elkin School on the 3100 block of D Street, and McKinley Playground at C and Westmoreland Streets.
December 7, 2015 |
What could you do with $217? It is certainly not an insignificant amount of money, but would it change your life? That's what I intended to find out during my trip to the Dominican Republic with Women International Leaders (WIL) of Greater Philadelphia. WIL members contribute time, knowledge, and money to raise women's economic and social status, promote self-determination, and help them become community leaders. Early in the week, we toured the lush region of Monte Plata, the future site of Schools for Sustainability, which will teach and model green technology.
November 13, 2015 |
BOCA RATON, Fla. -- An obvious perk of finishing a season with the worst record in baseball is collecting the No. 1 overall pick in the draft the following June. The Phillies own that distinction and already have sent Pat Gillick to get a look at University of Florida lefthander A.J. Puk in action. They also invited Barnegat, N.J., High lefthander Jason Groome to Citizens Bank Park this week. But another advantage to owning baseball's worst record, something that first-year general manager Matt Klentak made sure to mention in his introductory news conference last month: The Phillies also have the largest international bonus pool at their disposal for next summer's signing period.
November 13, 2015 |
BOCA RATON, Fla. - The list of ways to acquire talent has dwindled in recent years as teams lock up their star position players to long-term deals earlier in their careers. Free agency, as new Phillies general manager Matt Klentak has said, is not the best place to invest when looking to acquire surplus value. Drafting effectively on a consistent basis is crucial to sustained success. But so is funneling talent into your farm system through the international market. "I think it's critical to any operation," Klentak said on Wednesday, the final full day of the GM meetings.
November 12, 2015 |
BOCA RATON, Fla. - The summer development of Andrew Knapp and the July acquisition of Jorge Alfaro prompt the obvious questions regarding which player will be the Phillies' catcher of the future. It doesn't sound as if Matt Klentak has gotten that far yet. The Phillies' new general manager said Tuesday that the organization still views both Alfaro and Knapp as catchers and that each will continue to be developed as such. Both are offensive-oriented players. There exists a school of thought in the industry that Alfaro, given his athleticism and cannon of an arm, could end up in right field.