October 17, 2015 |
NEW YORK - When Sandy Alderson hired him to lead the New York Mets in November 2010, Terry Collins hadn't managed in the major leagues in 11 years. His last such gig, leading the Anaheim Angels, had ended miserably, Collins resigning with 29 games left and his team, overrun by injuries and a volatile clubhouse, 28 games out of first place. Then-Angels general manager Bill Bavasi tabbed Collins' bench coach of three years as the team's interim manager. That bench coach was Joe Maddon, the eccentric Chicago Cubs skipper whose team will face Collins' in the National League Championship Series that begins Saturday night at Citi Field.
July 26, 2015 |
CHICAGO - The trade deadline can make people a little nutty, including overheated sports writers, so Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon wore a catcher's mask to his pregame news conference yesterday afternoon at Wrigley Field. "I heard things got a little testy today," Maddon said. That might also be the best adjective to describe the feelings of Cole Hamels (and Jonathan Papelbon) if they're still on the Phillies roster a week from today. The trade deadline (finally) arrives at 4 p.m. Friday.
November 11, 2014 |
THE NEW YORK Mets made baseball's first splash of the offseason, agreeing yesterday to a 2-year contract with two-time All-Star outfielder Michael Cuddyer worth about $21 million. Cuddyer became the first top free agent to switch teams since the World Series. Cuddyer, who turns 36 in March, had until later in the day to decide whether to accept a $15.3 million qualifying offer from Colorado. Cuddyer hit .332 with 10 home runs and 31 RBI this year in a season interrupted by injuries.
June 11, 2014 |
THE PHILLIES ARE in an awful slump, have dropped 11 games below .500 and have the worst record in the National League. The Tampa Bay Rays are 24-41 and have the worst record in the majors. So what are the teams doing about it? The Phillies appear to be standing pat, waiting for a hot streak, waiting for their .210, .220 and .230 hitters to catch fire and for their starting pitchers to find the strike zone. The Rays have a different approach, which is nothing new for Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon.
July 2, 2013 |
Things got testy at Tampa Bay on Sunday during the Rays' 3-1 win over the Detroit Tigers - and even the real rays that live at Tropicana Field got involved. Both benches were warned by umpire Vic Carapazza after Detroit's Rick Porcello plunked Ben Zobrist in the first inning. It was a spillover from Saturday's 4-3 Rays extra-inning win over the Tigers, in which Detroit slugger Miguel Cabrera yelled at the Tampa Bay dugout after striking out in the 10th inning. Seems he didn't take kindly to a high-and-tight Fernando Rodney fastball.
June 16, 2013
Tampa Bay righthander Alex Cobb was taken off the field on a stretcher after he was hit on the right ear by a line drive clocked at 102 m.p.h. off the bat of Kansas City's Eric Hosmer in the fifth inning of Saturday's game. Cobb put a hand on his head after being struck, and trainers from both teams and other medical staff ran onto the field. He could be seen kicking his legs while being examined on the mound. Players on both teams had hands on their heads as a stunned silence overtook the crowd at Tropicana Field.
June 12, 2013 |
Tampa Bay skipper Joe Maddon went to the tape after the Rays' 14-inning, rugbyesque 10-8 loss to the Boston Red Sox on Monday night. He's still convinced that Boston's John Lackey hit Rays leadoff hitter Matt Joyce intentionally in the center of the back in the sixth inning. It touched off a bench-clearing scrum. "I saw the replay and absolutely validated my thoughts," Maddon said before Tuesday night's game with the Red Sox. Joyce had homered earlier and lined a 3-0 pitch foul into the right-field stands.
August 16, 2012
AS THE Phillies play out 2 months worth of games that are more about pride than playoff implications, the discussion of Charlie Manuel's future crops up almost daily. Even in the best of times, and that includes a 102-victory season and two consecutive World Series appearances, Manuel has received constant criticism for game management, lineup decisions and his unwavering faith in veterans like Jimmy Rollins - even as that faith seems, at times, to go unappreciated and unrewarded. Now, though, amid a season sabotaged by injuries, faulty roster construction and a traded-out minor league system, there is a daily drumbeat that sounds something like this: He is too easy on players; his in-game decisions cost his team games; he is not as smart as the managers he goes up against, particularly in the playoffs.
June 26, 2012
It was a #badloss, and the line of questioning afterward appealed to Charlie Manuel about as much as his late-inning bullpen bridge to closer Jonathan Papelbon. Already grumpy after watching Antonio Bastardo turn seven shutout innings from Cole Hamels into a 3-1 deficit in the top of the eighth inning, Manuel also had to answer for his own handling of the bench Sunday as the Phillies tried to rally in the bottom of the eighth in the first game of a doubleheader. "You guys ought to sit in the dugout with me and give me all the scenarios if you don't think I know them," the manager told reporters, mixing his Southern drawl with biting sarcasm.
June 21, 2012 |
Wow. Don't invite Davey Johnson and Joe Maddon to the same Fourth of July picnic. The Nationals' Johnson called out the Rays' Joel Peralta on Tuesday night, asking umpires to inspect the pitcher's glove. When they found "a significant amount of pine tar," according to umpire Tim Tschida, Peralta was thumbed. In most circumstances, that would be regarded as cagey managing by a veteran skipper. But Peralta had played last season with Washington, and to Maddon using such insider info crossed the line.