April 1, 2012 |
The Phillies needn't feel too badly, losing to the Toronto Blue Jays on Saturday. The Jays are 24-5, by far the best spring training record in either Florida or Arizona. In fact, they have the best winning percentage of any team since 1997, a spring that included two 10-game winning streaks. And here's what it gets them - a trip straight to fourth place in the highly competitive American League East. The Jays have been baseball's best fourth-place team each of the last four years - which, along with a buck-fifty, gets you a cup of coffee in any convenience store on either side of the Tacony-Palmyra Bridge.
March 17, 2012 |
BRADENTON, Fla. - It was one of those spring training moments that, 10 years from now, might exist only in oblivion. Who knows, though. Maybe Starling Marte's home run off Cliff Lee represented an early meeting of superstars future and current. Marte, a top-100 prospect who is expected to start the season in the minor leagues, blasted a first-inning pitch from Lee over the fence in left field to help the Pirates beat the Phillies, 3-2, at McKechnie Field on Friday. The 23-year-old centerfielder hit .332 with a .370 on-base percentage, .500 slugging percentage, and 12 home runs last year at double-A Altoona.
March 21, 2003 |
Joe Roa went to the mound last night against the Toronto Blue Jays as an insurance policy for the Phillies' starting rotation. He may have walked off the mound as something much more than that. Pitching in place of the injured Brandon Duckworth for the second straight start, Roa delivered a performance that was even more dominating than the five scoreless innings Vicente Padilla posted Wednesday afternoon in Fort Myers. Roa allowed just one hit and one walk in five innings and the Phillies beat the Blue Jays, 1-0, at Jack Russell Stadium.
March 13, 2012 |
Ozzie Guillen is in mid-season form, even though it's not yet the first day of spring. The new Miami Marlins manager was tossed out of a game against the Red Sox in Fort Myers, Fla., on Monday. While others are in Florida to work on their tans, their golf games and, occasionally, their baseball, Guillen was practicing irritating the umpires. "A little excitement, set the tone, protecting my players. That's it," Guillen said after getting run by Tim Timmons in the sixth inning.
February 28, 2003 |
Eleanore Balderston Hoeffel, 83, of Bryn Mawr, a community activist with managerial skills, died of a cerebral hemorrhage Tuesday at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. For more than 50 years, Mrs. Hoeffel was a volunteer and often an officer for charitable and cultural organizations. "She had good executive skills," her son, U.S. Rep. Joseph M. Hoeffel 3d, said. She was former president of the Huntingdon Valley Garden Club and of the Philadelphia committee of the Garden Clubs of America.
March 16, 2016 |
SARASOTA, Fla. - Maikel Franco said he did not notice how far his first home run traveled on Monday afternoon. Franco did not stop to watch the path of his rocket, which left Ed Smith Stadium in the first inning and continued the third baseman's hot spring. Franco, who entered this camp with no home runs in his last two springs, homered again in the third inning of the team's 8-7 loss to Baltimore, bringing his spring homer total to six. "I never see the ball," Franco said. "I just swing, hit the ball, put my head down, and walk.
July 28, 2006 |
Who knew that upscale would become the new mode in North Wildwood for mid-decade? After all, the place still has a lifesized statue of Cozy Morley, whose club, wrecked years ago, was nicknamed "The Toilet. " And the Boardwalk stores still sell T-shirts emblazoned with sayings not even the People Paper could print. Yet the signs are there. Moore's Inlet, where college crowds, and even their grandparents, snarfed down many a cheap Bud for several generations, will soon be a beachfront mid-rise.
November 17, 1992 |
So, whom are you going to believe - the National Park Service or the Church Universal and Triumphant? The National Park Service is part of the federal government. Its employees do wear uniforms. And they have been the guardians of Old Faithful at Yellowstone National Park since 1916. The Church Universal and Triumphant, on the other hand, does preach that the truth shall set you free. And it is headed by a "messenger for the Ascended Masters, each of whom has lived thousands of lifetimes on earth and has become one with God. " At issue?
November 10, 2006 |
A meditative little movie about two friends, slightly estranged by time and impending fatherhood, Old Joy begins and ends with the sounds of a car radio, broadcasting commentary about President Bush, the war in Iraq, the economic and social troubles at home. But Kelly Reichardt's peaceful reverie is less about politics and modern-day turmoil than it is about retreat and discovery: A retreat into the natural world, and the discovery that people change and grow apart. Shot in the ferny, rain-kissed forests of Oregon, Old Joy follows Kurt (Will Oldham)
April 5, 1999 |
Here's the inside pitch on third baseman Scott Rolen's hot spring. He started to turn on the inside pitch. "Scotty's getting to fastballs I haven't seen him get to before," said manager Terry Francona. "He's maturing. They've pounded him in the last couple years. Now, if they miss, he makes them pay. And he can really handle pitches out over the plate. So this all works in his favor. " Rolen played well enough in 1997 to be voted the National League's Rookie of the Year. Last year his stats took a giant step forward when he hit 31 homers and drove in 110 runs.