February 26, 2016 |
Cliff Lee will not pitch in the major leagues anymore. You are excused if you had forgotten that it was (technically) possible he might. After Lee had missed the entire 2015 season with a torn tendon in his left elbow, the Phillies had declined, in November, to pick up his option for 2016, paying $12.5 million to buy out his contract's final year. No other team signed him. He is 37 and has an unreliable arm, and 37-year-olds with unreliable arms don't often sign with major-league teams, even if they are left-handed and were once among the best pitchers in baseball.
February 24, 2016 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - If you did not know any better and you had the ability to narrow your peripheral vision to the batting cage inside Bright House Field Monday morning, you could have mistaken the scene that unfolded as being a flashback to the good old days. There was Ryan Howard at home plate, back at work and taking his first batting-practice swings of spring training. There was Charlie Manuel, arms folded as he perched behind the cage and watched his most treasured slugger. Pan back and you could see the cluster of cameras still focused on the team's highest paid player, the former National League MVP who helped the Phillies win the 2008 World Series.
November 6, 2015 |
SIXTY MILES northwest of Philadelphia, Mike Clay projects your fantasy football fate on Sunday afternoons from his home in Blandon, Pa. Chances are, you either love him or you hate him for it. But you can't really blame him, because projections are like the weather: They're prone to wild swings and they generally don't land right on the money. Yet over the last few years, Clay, 30, has at least come close. And that's what matters in this business, where having the best data and the most accurate projections potentially could earn you a salary that compares with Wall Street traders.
October 14, 2015 |
None of the promising package that is Gerald Washington frightens Wilmington heavyweight Amir Mansour. Not the undefeated record (16-0, 11 knockouts), not the hype surrounding the fighter, and definitely not Washington's height advantage, which is about five inches. "I've been fighting bigger guys than me my entire life," said Mansour, who says he's slightly taller than 6-foot-1. "I'm not intimidated by height. For me, as long as I can reach your jaw or your head, you're just right.
September 10, 2015 |
'View' co-host wants civility Yes, she will disagree with many of the views shared by some of her fellow The View cohosts, but conservative cohost Candace Cameron Bure says she wants the gals to remain civil. On Tuesday, after wrapping up the new season's first episode, the Full House alumna told the New York Daily News, "We can have disagreements without it turning into argument. You can express different ideas without becoming distasteful or hurtful. " The talk show also features Whoopi Goldberg , Paula Faris , and Joy Behar . Sam Smith to croon for 007 British vocalist Sam Smith , 23, has confirmed that he has the rare honor of singing the theme song for the next James Bond picture, Spectre , which will feature Daniel Craig , Naomi Watts , Lea Seydoux , and the incomparable Monica Bellucci . The song, "Writing's on the Wall," will be available to buy Sept.
August 1, 2015 |
The Phillies already cashed in by far their biggest trade chip in Cole Hamels, but they could still make a lesser move or two before the trade deadline at 4 p.m. Friday. Ben Revere is the most likely candidate to find a new home on the final day for non-waiver trades. The 27-year-old outfielder entered Thursday night's series opener against the Atlanta Braves hitting a team-best .298, and a contending club might find him valuable as a complementary piece for the stretch run. Speaking before Thursday's game at Citizens Bank Park, Revere said he hadn't heard any news of a trade involving him. He has heard his name mentioned as a possible trade chip since the beginning of the season.
July 30, 2015 |
TORONTO - Twenty-four Phillies players bided their time in the Rogers Centre visitors clubhouse Tuesday afternoon until it was time to take the field for the 5:20 stretch. All the while, the uniform-filled locker stall for Jonathan Papelbon remained untouched. The veteran closer will no longer need his No. 58 Phillies jersey. On Tuesday, the team traded Papelbon and cash to the division-leading Washington Nationals for double-A starting pitcher Nick Pivetta. "We didn't want to just get rid of him. He had an extraordinary career with us," Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said in Philadelphia.
June 19, 2015 |
TWO FOX SPORTS reporters have connections with the Philadelphia area. Andrew Doud is a Holy Ghost Prep graduate who interned with the Eagles Television Network. Alan Cavanna worked his first race at Dover International Speedway. "I was a temporary PA [production assistant]," Cavanna said. "My job was to keep the food bowl filled [for the Fox announcers]. " Some people start in the mailroom and work their up. Cavanna kept the food flowing for Mike Joy, Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds.
May 1, 2015 |
IT WILL BE a four-day homage to the day that lives in infamy. And Philly will be well-represented. Fox Sports is staging a salute to the troops commemorating the 74th anniversary of Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor from Dec. 4-7. Among the nationally televised events will be games featuring the Eagles and the Villanova men's basketball team. On Sunday, Dec. 6, Fox will air an NFL doubleheader, culminating with the Eagles at Patriots at 4:25 p.m. The next day - the actual anniversary of the 1941 attack - Villanova will take on Oklahoma at 7 p.m. on Fox Sports 1 in the opening game of a doubleheader at Bloch Arena in Honolulu.
January 10, 2015 |
Considering the success Bob Shoop enjoyed in his first season as Penn State's defensive coordinator, it seemed only natural that a program with deep pockets, such as Louisiana State, would reach out and try to persuade him to go south. Shoop said he was "flattered" by the attention, but he decided Wednesday night that he would stay at Penn State, and informed his followers on Twitter. Fox Sports reported Thursday that Shoop, who is originally from Oakmont, Pa., a suburb of Pittsburgh, had a good incentive for staying - a new three-year deal worth about $1 million annually.