June 18, 2015 |
From his office at Southern Methodist or from the road during a recruiting trip, Larry Brown still finds time to pick up the phone and make another plea on Allen Iverson's behalf, too blinded by loyalty and ego to understand what a laughable idea he's peddling. Through the team's part-owner David Blitzer and Iverson's longtime manager Gary Moore, Brown has spent months lobbying the 76ers to hire Iverson as an assistant general manager. It would be a terrible move, treating an NBA franchise as if it were a halfway house where Iverson could put the broken pieces of his life together again.
April 7, 2015 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Pat Gillick sat back in his chair and considered the hypothetical dilemma. You can have Cole Hamels on your team for as many as 5 more years, including this season. If you wanted to be able to compete as soon as, say, 2017, would you be in better shape with a 33-year-old Hamels on your roster, atop your rotation, or instead with the possible collection of prospects you might get back for him in a trade? "That's a hard question to answer - and I'm not trying to dodge it," Gillick said.
April 4, 2015 |
It's rarely the harbinger of a great baseball season when a general manager has to begin things by apologizing at the outset for insulting one of the best players in franchise history. That, however, is how the glorious 2015 season began for Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr. He privately told Ryan Howard he was sorry for saying the Phils would be better off without the big first baseman on the roster. The apology was sincere insofar as Amaro did truly wish he hadn't said that out loud, but the meat of the issue - that the GM would prefer Howard were somewhere else - is not as easy to deny.
March 26, 2015 |
PHOENIX - Asking the same question several times in different ways, to see whether the responses remain consistent, is a tactic used in police interrogations - at least the ones we see on TV cop shows. It also happens more or less by accident whenever a group of at least three dozen reporters encounters a subject willing to stand and talk for nearly 40 minutes. Jeffrey Lurie didn't say why he wasn't available to talk about the Eagles' front-office restructuring from the time of the Jan. 2 announcement that Eagles coach Chip Kelly was taking charge of personnel until lunchtime yesterday, outside the Arizona Biltmore hotel at the NFL meetings.
February 24, 2015 |
COLE HAMELS threw a bullpen session for the second time in 3 days at the Carpenter Complex in Clearwater, Fla., on Saturday morning. He repeated his mechanics perfectly like a veteran pitcher more than prepared for spring training. Hamels, however, did not repeat the statement he made earlier this week. Hamels, who has been baseball's human trade rumor this winter, made it clear in an interview with USA Today that he'd rather be reporting to a different team's camp. "I just want to win," Hamels told USA Today in an interview published Wednesday.
February 22, 2015 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Jonathan Papelbon insisted Friday he didn't pay attention to offseason trade speculation. Judging from his first public comments at spring training, it's also worth wondering how much he heard or read the front office's stated intentions to rebuild the Phillies. The 34-year-old closer said he's "not so sold on this entire rebuilding" mind-set. He and the team's other remaining veterans, he said, will seek more clarity from president Pat Gillick and general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. "I still think we can compete," Papelbon said.
February 20, 2015 |
INDIANAPOLIS - Ed Marynowitz's first seven months working for the Eagles overlapped with Andy Reid's final season in Philadelphia, giving Reid enough exposure to the team's new vice president of player personnel that the longtime coach praised Chip Kelly's decision to promote him. "Ed's on the rise, boy," Reid said Wednesday at the NFL's annual scouting combine. "He's a good one. I think it was a great choice by Chip. " In May 2012, the Eagles made seven front office transactions.
January 31, 2015 |
Chip Kelly spent 26 days searching for a personnel executive before promoting Ed Marynowitz, who was in the building all along. The Eagles named Marynowitz vice president of player personnel on Thursday, putting the 30-year-old Media native into the chief player evaluation role that opened after the front office shake-up in the week after the season ended. Marynowitz received a three-year contract. "Ed is someone who has really impressed me going back to my interview process with the Eagles two years ago," Kelly said in a statement.
January 30, 2015 |
Longtime Phillies president and CEO David Montgomery has new duties as he returns from a five-month medical leave of absence. Montgomery now will serve in the position of team chairman while Pat Gillick continues as president, the team said Wednesday. The front-office shake-up could pave the way for another new team president in the next year or two. Gillick, the architect of the 2008 world championship team, said Wednesday night in a telephone interview that he doesn't see himself in the position two or three years from now but "definitely" at least through this baseball season.
January 30, 2015 |
THE PHILLIES will hold their first workout of the 2015 season in Clearwater, Fla., 3 weeks from today. General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. would still like to make some changes before he descends to Florida. Perhaps it will be easier now that the uncertainty at the upper levels of the front office have been resolved. Yesterday afternoon, the Phillies announced that David Montgomery has returned from a 5-month medical leave - but not in his former role as club president. Montgomery, who had surgery to remove cancer from his jaw in May, will take over duties as chairman of the team.