January 22, 2015 |
READING - It's a complicated time to rebuild a baseball franchise. Take, for instance, the case of a player who, by all accounts, has a very good chance to become the kind of star who can anchor such an effort. According to people who cover amateur baseball for a living, Cuban prospect Yoan Moncada would be in the running to be the top pick in the 2015 draft if he were eligible. Those same people say he is a 19-year-old infielder with good power, an impressive frame, and plus-plus speed.
January 4, 2015 |
Chip Kelly is now in charge of the Eagles' personnel department, the result of an organizational restructuring announced by owner Jeffrey Lurie on Friday night that gives Kelly more power and leaves Howie Roseman with a new role but without control of the players on the roster. Roseman, who had been the team's general manager, is now executive vice president of football operations. He will direct contract negotiations, salary cap management, and NFL strategic matters. He will oversee the team's medical and equipment staffs.
January 3, 2015 |
What Howie wants, Howie gets. There is no other conclusion to draw from the Eagles' dismissal of Tom Gamble, formerly their vice president of player personnel, formerly the man in the franchise's front office whom Chip Kelly respected most, formerly a thorn who apparently pricked general manager Howie Roseman one too many times. For years now, there really has been no other conclusion to draw about the power structure within the Eagles organization. Roseman has owner Jeffrey Lurie's ear. Lurie trusts him. Lurie puts him first.
January 2, 2015 |
TUESDAY EVENING, Eagles security officials escorted Tom Gamble out of the NovaCare complex, as is protocol for fired employees, and the team's future got a whole lot more complicated. Gamble, now 51, arrived 23 months ago from San Francisco to give general manager Howie Roseman the seasoned NFL personnel perspective many observers thought Roseman needed. Roseman had risen through the front-office ranks on the business side, though Roseman, now 39, has always seen himself as a personnel guy. Wednesday, the Eagles announced that the team and Gamble had "agreed to part ways.
December 4, 2014
WITH LESS than 90 minutes until last night's deadline, the Phillies still had not announced whether they had tendered contracts to their trio of arbitration-eligible players: lefthander Antonio Bastardo and outfielders Ben Revere and Domonic Brown. The move was expected to be nothing more than a formality; players who are nontendered automatically become free agents, and all three of those players are young and have value - even if it's not to the Phillies. Even if the front office did tender contracts to Bastardo, Revere and Brown before midnight, it doesn't necessarily guarantee all of them will remain with the team in the coming months.
November 21, 2014 |
WILL HE stay or will he go? Ryan Howard celebrated a birthday yesterday, joining Chase Utley, Jimmy Rollins, Carlos Ruiz and Marlon Byrd as Phillies regulars who are 35 years old or older. But Howard, despite being the youngest of that group and due to his massive contract and declining health and production in the last 3 years, is the face of a Phillies franchise in decline. Howard was benched briefly in July, when reports surfaced that the front office was ready to move on from the 2006 National League MVP. While a front office that's finally embraced a rebuilding mode could move anyone on this roster, Howard remains the most likely to go among the Phillies' core of former All-Star players.
November 16, 2014 |
The cornerstone of the Union's strategy, owner Jay Sugarman said, is to internally develop their talent instead of buying it on the market. That strategy was strengthened Friday as the team announced the hiring of Rene Meulensteen as a consultant. Meulensteen, 50, will advise the Union on all soccer operations. The Dutchman spent 12 years with Manchester United and was most recently the manager of English club Fulham. He spent five years as an academy coach for United and will bring his experience with player development to the Union.
November 12, 2014 |
PHOENIX - If Ryan Howard is going to have any chance to revitalize his fading big-league career, he'll have a better chance of doing so with an American League team, which can use him as a designated hitter. So why shouldn't the Phillies try shipping Howard to the reigning AL champs, who happen to play in the former MVP's home state? Ryan Howard, Kansas City Royal? Probably not. Yesterday, a baseball source with knowledge of the situation shot down a USA Today report that Kansas City's front office had discussions about trading for Howard.
October 23, 2014 |
MYCHAL KENDRICKS, Darren Sproles, Jason Kelce and Chris Polk all practiced for the Eagles yesterday. Of course they did. Consider it a triumph of culture. Like no other sport, vetted football veterans tend to lean toward gradual reinsertion with an eye toward good health down the road. Not all of the aforementioned are vetted veterans - Kendricks and Polk are playing for longevity and a big payday - but the absence of apathy is remarkable. Nobody's milking their money.
October 16, 2014 |
PERHAPS BECAUSE he was (and still is) the greatest player in franchise history, the question of who would take over the reins for Mike Schmidt at third base became an easy story with each passing year since the Hall of Famer retired. With the exception of Scott Rolen, whose own tenure in Philly and ugly exit out only adds to the story line, third base really has been a black hole for the quarter century since Schmidt's retirement. While Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley and Ryan Howard filled the rest of the infield for the last decade, third base has been a revolving door.