September 23, 1994 |
Brenton, 2, enjoys working outdoors on the farm. His main job is bringing in tomatoes from the garden. He takes a bite out of each one before it's delivered, too, just to be sure it's as delicious as it looks. And he keeps life interesting for his foster family, no matter what activity is involved. They were feeding the horses and suddenly spotted Brenton with his head in the feed bucket. The horse went on chewing, much to their relief. He likes dogs, who seem to sense he's not a threat, and he tumbles wih a litter of puppies with joyful abandon.
April 22, 2005 |
Carlos Rodriguez, a talented but temperamental Phillies prospect, abruptly retired from the single-A Clearwater club yesterday. The 21-year-old Dominican shortstop was about to be suspended for an incident that occurred in a game Wednesday night. Instead of accepting the suspension, he told Mike Arbuckle, the Phillies' assistant general manager, that he was tired of baseball and was quitting. A switch-hitter with impressive all-around tools, Rodriguez was just 17 when he received a hefty $700,000 signing bonus in October 2000.
September 29, 1987 |
The best player in baseball this season does not care to publicly discuss his days as a Phillies farmhand. But then, Toronto Blue Jays leftfielder George Antonio Bell does not care to publicly discuss anything with those who dare to approach him with notebooks or tape recorders in their hands. "I'm sorry, but I don't have to talk to you," Bell told a would-be inquisitor before a recent Blue Jays game. Perhaps, if he were to share his thoughts with the outside world, the 27- year-old Dominican would speak of what it was like to be a prospect taking up space in a talent-rich organization that had produced four National League East championships in five years and was coming off a World Series victory at the time of his departure.
May 9, 2000 |
The Phillies received a glimpse of their future last night at Reading's GPU Stadium. His name is Brad Baisley. Baisley, standing an imposing 6-foot-9 and wearing No. 69, started on the mound for the Phils in a seven-inning exhibition game against the Reading Phillies. And although Baisley was tagged with the loss as the Phillies fell, 5-2, to their double-A farmhands, he was one of the main attractions on a night when the parent team made a brief stopover on its way to Montreal from Atlanta.
May 26, 2011
The Reds will send Homer Bailey, perhaps the most unfortunately named pitcher in the majors, against the Phillies in Thursday's series finale. Bailey has never had a huge problem allowing the long ball: A 0.9 home runs per nine innings rate over the last three seasons is about league average. So the name has not been prophetic. It does, however, rank up there with Bob Walk, Kevin Slowey, and Grant Balfour as the worst pitcher names. Josh Outman, the former Phillies farmhand recently recalled by Oakland, has to be the best.
September 14, 2004 |
The Blue Rocks failed to complete a sweep of the Kinston Indians, dropping Game 3 of the Mills Cup Carolina League Championship Series at Frawley Stadium, 3-1. The series continues tonight in Wilmington with the Blue Rocks up, two games to one, in the best-of-five series. Dusty Hughes (1-1) allowed just two runs and six hits in 6 2/3 innings, striking out a career-high 11 for the Blue Rocks. The Blue Rocks picked up their only run in the fourth inning when former Phillies farmhand Travis Chapman doubled home Shane Costa, who singled and stole second.
May 12, 2011
CLEARWATER, Fla. - A tall, attractive woman stood in the shade of a beach umbrella on the third-base side of Ashburn Field clapping her hands while Pirates farmhand Luis Heredia went through the top of the ExtendedPhils lineup like a buzz saw. "Did you see my son?" Maria Heredia gushed. "He is only 16 and he has yet to give up a run this spring. " The poised, 6-6 righthander looked closer to 20 than 16. Somebody asked the mother of Luis Heredia if she knew he had just retired the Phillies' World Series-tested catcher Carlos Ruiz on a soft infield popup.
November 16, 1997 |
When Major League Baseball held its last expansion draft in 1992, it wasn't difficult to find out which 15 players each team protected. That's because, in an effort to facilitate trades, baseball officials made sure the protection lists were leaked to the media. Five years later, with another expansion draft just two days away, there have been no such "official" leaks. Security has been tight at the desert resort where baseball's general managers have held their yearly meetings this week.
May 24, 1996 |
Kate Beckinsale of "Cold Comfort Farm" does not destroy farmhouses, she does not toss cows through the air, and she cost considerably less than $85 million to put on screen. Yet in her own beguiling way, she's as watchable as any of the funnel clouds in "Twister," at least to moviegoers of a certain age (if you wear a Nike baseball cap, count yourself out - especially if you wear it sideways or backwards). Beckinsale has one of the rare goof roles for women that also is good for men who like to watch women, and who are tiring of the cartoon femme fatale of, say, "Diabolique.
June 5, 2009 |
The emotions finally flowed for Randy Johnson when the final out was made. A hug for his son, who was serving as batboy. Hugs for every teammate, plus a really big one for his manager. The game ball presented to his wife as his three daughters beamed with pride. A news conference that lasted 30 minutes from a player who usually doesn't have much to say. Someone even spotted a smile. The Big Unit admits he can come across as surly, and he did his best over the past few weeks to downplay his pursuit of 300 wins.