May 5, 2013 |
Phillies pitcher Roy Halladay denounced critical comments about Phillies pitching coach Rich Dubee made by former Phillies reliever and current MLB Network analyst Mitch Williams. In a Friday radio interview on WIP-FM (94.1), Williams said the Phillies need a new pitching coach. "It is not personal," Williams said. "I think these pitchers have to hear something new. " The Phillies have struggled not only in pitching but all facets of the game. They entered Friday 26th in the major leagues with a 4.42 ERA. Halladay, one of the pitchers that Williams suggested hasn't been helped by Dubee, talked to reporters before Friday's game at Citizens Bank Park against the Miami Marlins.
April 6, 2013 |
ATLANTA - As Rich Dubee preached his optimism Thursday afternoon about Roy Halladay, the pitcher ran. Halladay donned a red beanie and black sweatpants. He paced the warning track at Turner Field in the 40-degree weather while a steady mist fell. Halladay was the only player on the field at 4 p.m. "I'm starting to see some results," Dubee said. "You think I'm going to take the ball away from this guy?" No one is saying the Phillies pitching coach should do that. Dubee reiterated his encouragement for Halladay despite a baffling, 95-pitch outing in which the erstwhile ace recorded 10 outs.
March 29, 2013 |
C LEARWATER, Fla. - Roy Halladay looked like a pitcher who made the most of his work-in-progress stuff. He also looked like a pitcher who has plenty of work to do before he arrives at the level he demands of himself. After allowing two runs on eight hits and two walks in 4 1/3 innings against the Blue Jays on Thursday afternoon, Halladay and his pitching coach chose to focus on the positives. "Physically, [it's] night and day, last year to this year, which was the goal this winter," said the soon-to-be 36-year-old-righthander, who battled back and lat problems throughout a disappointing 2012 season.
March 16, 2013 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - It was not just another bullpen session. It was something more, because of how much Roy Halladay struggled in his previous outing when he felt "lethargic" against the Detroit Tigers. "He looked wonderful, he looked fine," pitching coach Rich Dubee said Thursday after tutoring Halladay during the two-time Cy Young Award winner's 39-pitch session at Bright House Field. Dubee was perplexed by the questions about Halladay's side session, but he should not have been.
February 21, 2013 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - After eight days of drills that spawned an insatiable craving for actual baseball, creativity was required Wednesday. Phillies catching coach Mick Billmeyer dramatized a routine pop-up practice by forcing his catchers to spin in circles or do a forward roll before looking to the sky for the ball. Are the games here yet? Exhibition season starts Friday with an intrasquad game. Saturday marks the start of the Grapefruit League schedule, when the Houston Astros visit Bright House Field.
March 14, 2012 |
KISSIMMEE, Fla. - With 22 days until opening day, Rich Dubee is well aware Jose Contreras may not be ready. The Phillies pitching coach doesn't care. "If it's opening day, it's opening day," Dubee said. "There isn't any rush. " The 40-year-old Contreras appeared in a game Monday for the first time since September elbow surgery. He remains largely a wild card in the bullpen picture because the Phillies are taking a cautious approach with his pitching schedule. Dubee said Contreras would take two days off before throwing in another minor-league game Thursday.
February 28, 2012 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. — Everyone, from front-office types to members of the media to the guy collecting towels, calls the manager of the Philadelphia Phillies by his first name. To some he's Charlie and to others he's Chuck, but no one around here uses Manuel when referring to the skipper. The pitching coach? That's another story. No one, from front-office types to members of the media to the guy collecting towels, calls Rich Dubee by his first name. Unless, said Cole Hamels, you need to jab him the way he likes to jab everyone else.
September 20, 2011 |
POSTSEASON baseball has a funny way of messing with a manager's best-laid plans. Take the formula that the Phillies hope will carry them to a third World Series berth in four seasons. While Charlie Manuel is on record as saying he is counting on his starters to give him at least seven strong innings, he is well aware that he could have to deviate from that plan and put his faith in a bullpen that has hit a few rough patches lately. "You think of our starters and how good they are, but when you are losing a game in the seventh inning, more than likely you've got to try to win it," Manuel said.
September 19, 2011 |
What if we told you the Phillies had a guy in their bullpen who has converted 18 of his last 19 save opportunities and has a 0.89 ERA in his last 46 appearances? Would you want them to use him in the postseason? Would you trust him with the game on the line? Even if you knew his name was Brad Lidge? The Phillies insist that they trust their former closer, and there is no good reason not to. With Antonio Bastardo and Mike Stutes struggling as we approach the regular-season finish line, manager Charlie Manuel was asked last week how he'll line up his bullpen in front of closer Ryan Madson during the playoffs.
September 14, 2011
THERE ARE dirty jobs and dangerous jobs. The worst are both dirty and dangerous. Diamond miners . . . Oil-well wildcatters . . . Skyscraper window washers . . . Storm chasers . . . OK, those guys chasing tornadoes are also nuts. Dirty, dangerous and nuts ranks them just behind the NFL's special-teams gunners. Guys trolling for head-on collisions at 25 mph, usually in a double team. So what is the most demanding job in sports? You can interpret that to be the job most important to the health, welfare and success of a team.