April 10, 2016 |
NEW YORK - For 22 minutes on a bitter Friday afternoon, the Phillies stood on the third-base line at Citi Field as more than 44,000 people feted the National League champions. This is a cyclical game, and no one knows better than these rebuilding Phillies. The orange-and-blue clad Mets fans wanted to boo someone, but as the obscure Phillies' names were announced, the response was tepid. They roared when deGrom, Harvey, Syndergaard and Matz - the names that could torture the Phillies for the immediate future - were introduced.
April 6, 2016
CINCINNATI - They began trickling into the business district more than three hours before the parade. They were walking across intersections, standing in lines, sitting in cubicles inside offices: jerseys, T-shirts, caps, everybody dressed in all-Reds everything. Turns out Opening Day is a bit of a thing here in the Queen City, and as Joey Votto stepped into the box in the bottom of the eighth inning with the bases loaded, the home crowd finally had somewhere to channel all of that energy.
April 5, 2016
By Matt Gelb Here is a position-by-position preview of the 2016 Phillies and projections for the 2018 Phillies. SHORTSTOP NOW: Freddy Galvis He's a placeholder at short, but 2016 is all about Galvis' improving his glove work. He made more mistakes in 2015 on the routine plays. Defense is what will keep him in a big-league lineup because his offensive ceiling is low. LATER: J.P. Crawford He oozes confidence, the sort of swagger not often found in a 21-year-old prospect.
April 5, 2016 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - The bus rolled for nearly five hours across the northern part of Venezuela, hugging the coastline as it took Freddy Galvis and his teammates on a baseball adventure. The boys from Falcon trekked once a summer to Valencia, where they would spend a week playing games against three or four other teams from the baseball-crazed nation. And it was one of those trips that a friendship - and future Phillies double-play tandem - was forged. Each Falcon player was assigned to stay at the home of a player from Valencia.
March 20, 2016 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - A year ago Sunday, Maikel Franco stuffed a red duffel bag with his baseball belongings. He walked to the Carpenter Complex as a minor-league player, the result of overswinging to impress Phillies officials in spring training. His time, they told him, would come. Franco became Sal Rende's pupil once again. The hitting coach at triple-A Lehigh Valley met with Franco and outlined his goals. Better pitch selection. More patience. Knowing the situation , a word Franco constantly repeats from his established corner of the clubhouse at Bright House Field.
March 12, 2016 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Freddy Galvis thought the Phillies clubhouse was too quiet when he arrived last month at spring training. So Galvis went to a nearby electronics store and purchased an oversize speaker to stash in the empty locker next to his stall. The second baseman plays the role of DJ, controlling the music as the team arrives in the morning or eats lunch before games. "It was something that I tried to do to have a good clubhouse," Galvis said. "I think the music is good for that.
March 6, 2016 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Maikel Franco ended last spring training by packing his equipment into a red duffel bag and walking across the Phillies complex to join the other minor-leaguers. Franco was quiet during his four weeks in big-league camp. He was the team's top prospect. But he was just a kid. A season later, Franco, 23, has emerged to become a large presence in a clubhouse filled with young talent. His personality was evident Friday afternoon as he danced while his teammates ate a pregame meal in the clubhouse.
March 3, 2016 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - David Hernandez entered spring training as the favorite to leave as the Phillies closer. The righthander was the only relief pitcher the team signed this offseason, and his arrival came just three days before the departure of Ken Giles. But the pitcher's effectiveness this season may hinge on the development of a change-up, which is Hernandez's third pitch. The 30-year-old showcased the offering Tuesday as he worked an easy fourth inning in a 5-3 loss to Toronto. Hernandez threw just 12 pitches, mixing the change-up with his fastball and curveball.
January 15, 2016 |
The Phillies avoided arbitration with Freddy Galvis by signing him Wednesday to a one-year, $2 million deal, according to multiple reports. Galvis, who made $513,500 in 2015, was arbitration-eligible for the first time in his career. The 26-year-old shortstop is widely viewed as a placeholder for the team's top prospect, J.P. Crawford, who could assume the starting job by 2017. Galvis posted a .645 OPS last season in a career-high 603 plate appearances. The Phillies have two remaining players - Jeremy Hellickson and Jeanmar Gomez - eligible for arbitration.
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.