March 29, 1998 |
Dressing in the same Florida clubhouse where Phillies players with names like Puddin' Head and Putsy and Nails and Bubba have laced their spikes for a half-century, talking about little else but baseball, women and beer, Doug Glanville is a curiosity. When he was a Penn engineering student, playing college baseball at Bower Field, where the clamor of passing trains often halted games, Glanville wrote a 120-page senior thesis on the transportation changes that a 30th Street stadium would necessitate.
September 30, 1999 |
As another losing Phillies season trickles down to the last few days, the prevailing sentiment is that there's nothing left to play for. Don't tell that to Doug Glanville. Or Carlton Loewer. Or Marlon Anderson. Or Billy Brewer. They had plenty riding on last night's game. All four made strong contributions as the Phillies upended the Chicago Cubs, 5-0, at Veterans Stadium. With four games remaining, the Phillies have matched last season's win total of 75. Ultimately, the night belonged to Glanville.
December 6, 2001 |
Jose Santiago, a righthanded reliever for the Phillies, avoided arbitration yesterday by agreeing to a one-year contract for $700,000, the team said. Santiago, acquired from Kansas City in a trade for Paul Byrd on June 5, was 2-4 with a 3.61 earned run average in 53 games with the Phillies. He was 2-2 with a 6.75 ERA in 20 games with the Royals. Santiago's combined total of 91 2/3 innings was the fifth-highest among relievers in the major leagues. He is 17-18 with a 4.43 ERA and four saves in his career.
May 20, 1998 |
Phillies utility player Rex Hudler has one at-bat in the last two weeks. He hasn't started a game since April 19. He's played so little that it's difficult to imagine he wouldn't be pretty rusty if manager Terry Francona ever decided he needed to put him in a game. "That's a tough one," the manager said. "And I know it's tough on him. Bobby [Abreu] is swinging the bat so well. When we decide to give Mark Lewis a rest at second, that's usually KJ [Kevin Jordan]. Doug Glanville has hit in [31 of his last 32]
March 10, 1998 |
It sometimes seems that the person least concerned with l'affaire Dykstra that has gripped the Phillies spring training base the last two days is the guy it most directly affects: Doug Glanville. One will be the Phillies regular centerfielder. One will not. For Glanville, this is nothing new. "When I was in the Cubs system, it was always somebody," he pointed out. "First it was Scott Bullett. Then Brian McRae. Then Brooks Kieschnick. Then Lance Johnson. After a while, you realize that it doesn't matter.
December 14, 1999 |
The man who usually orchestrates Phillies transactions found himself the subject of one yesterday. General manager Ed Wade was given a two-year contract extension through 2002. On Nov. 1, Wade will reach the rollover date, and his contract will automatically be extended through 2003. Wade, 43, has been in charge of the Phillies' baseball operations for two years. He took over for Lee Thomas on Dec. 9, 1997, as acting general manager. He was named vice president and general manager three months later.
May 21, 1997 |
Ricky Bottalico struck out the side in the bottom of the ninth to earn his first career save at Wrigley Field. But considering the strikeouts were scattered amid three hits, an intentional walk, a wild pitch and a run, it was a save only Mitch "Wild Thing" Williams could love. "I just need to make a couple of adjustments," said Bottalico, who corrected a tendency to fall to the first-base side of the mound in time to end the game by striking out pinch-hitters Brooks Kieschnick and Mike Hubbard.
October 22, 2008 |
1999: If SAT scores mattered, these Phillies might have won more than 77 games. Penn grad Doug Glanville joined the team the season before. In 1999, he stroked hits from line to line. By the time the season was over, he had 204 hits, the second most in the league. Glanville's 149 singles were the most in the NL, but the Phils still finished 26 games back in the standings. 2008: These Phils are known around the league as a smart team. Jamie Moyer is one of the game's most cerebral pitchers, And if you're looking to bring the GPA up, there's always utility man Eric Bruntlett, who has a degree in economics from Stanford.
February 23, 2001 |
This was the moment Paul Byrd had been waiting for. He went to the mound of Mike Schmidt Field yesterday to pitch live batting practice. It was the first time he'd faced hitters since undergoing arthroscopic shoulder surgery last August. It didn't go well. In fact, Byrd indicated that he would not pitch BP when he's next scheduled to throw tomorrow. "I don't think throwing 70 miles an hour to hitters is going to help me at all," he said. "If I need to play long toss or whatever, I'll do that.
August 22, 2000 |
Mike Lieberthal squatted behind the plate at Cinergy Field. He hoped the batter, Ken Griffey Jr., would hit a home run. And that was fine. Because then the moviemakers could wrap up the scene for "Summer Catch" they were filming yesterday afternoon and Lieberthal could go to the clubhouse and rest. The movie, starring Brian Dennehy, Jessica Biel and Freddie Prinze Jr., is scheduled to be released next spring. Lieberthal, centerfielder Doug Glanville and Pat Burrell, who moved back to first base for the sake of his art, had bit parts.