March 5, 2013 |
SARASOTA, Fla. - For the first time, John Mayberry Jr. had his chance. Only Jimmy Rollins batted more times (699) for the Phillies last season than Mayberry (479). Mayberry started 107 games as a fixture in the lineup for a .500 team. When asked earlier this spring to describe Mayberry's season, Charlie Manuel needed six words. "I learned what I've always learned," the manager said. Mayberry started abysmally, was energized at the trade deadline, and sputtered to a finish.
February 27, 2012 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - The best verbal pitches for John Mayberry Jr.'s succeeding as an everyday player in the majors won't come from the 6-foot-6 outfielder. He was a political science major at Stanford University and does some of the heaviest reading of any Phillies player. But he's typically succinct and modest. So Mayberry will let Shane Victorino, his outfield mate, do most of the talking. "He's pretty close to what I would consider a five-tool athlete," Victorino said.
April 1, 2011
Here is who plays where for the Phillies: ROTATION Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee, Roy Oswalt, Cole Hamels, Joe Blanton CATCHER Carlos Ruiz, Brian Schneider FIRST BASE Ryan Howard, Ross Gload SECOND BASE Wilson Valdez, Michael Martinez, Pete Orr THIRD BASE Placido Polanco, Wilson Valdez, Michael Martinez, Pete Orr SHORTSTOP Jimmy Rollins, Wilson Valdez, Michael Martinez LEFT FIELD ...
May 18, 2010 |
Relief pitcher Alex Concepcion hit three batters then gave up a sacrifice fly to Brian Bocock as the Lehigh Valley IronPigs outlasted the Gwinnett Braves, 8-7, in 15 innings. John Mayberry Jr. was 4 for 6 with a double, a homer, and three RBIs for Lehigh Valley.
September 9, 2011
MILWAUKEE - The Phillies have had trouble finding effective bats off the bench all season, but they can at least claim their pinch-hitters are clutch when needed. Ross Gload's game-winning, pinch-hit single Wednesday made him the third Phillies pinch-hitter this season to contribute a walk-off hit. John Mayberry Jr. did it on opening day, and Ben Francisco did it June 24. The last time the Phillies had three walk-off hits by pinch-hitters in one season? That would be 1984, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
May 15, 2011
ATLANTA - Before Saturday's game, Jimmy Rollins, Ryan Howard, John Mayberry Jr., Ben Francisco, and Jason Heyward posed for photographs. The five African American players from both teams were wearing Negro League uniforms from the Philadelphia Stars and Atlanta Black Crackers. The baggy uniforms required everyone to cuff their pants high. On Sunday, both teams will wear throwbacks from 1974. Manuel is hoping for better luck. "They're terrible," Manuel jokingly said of Saturday's threads.
February 20, 2013 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Monday was Day 6 of spring training when, for the first time, hitters faced pitchers in live batting practice sessions. The exercise sounds a lot cooler on paper than in practice. Many of the hitters did not swing the bat, instead using the session to stand in the box and get acclimated to recognizing and timing pitches. The younger guys tend to be less patient. Throughout the spring, we'll take a stab at projecting what the 25-man Opening Day roster will look like.
April 16, 2010 |
ALLENTOWN - The Lehigh Valley IronPigs rode three home runs Thursday night to a 4-1 victory over the Rochester Red Wings in the International League. Cody Ransom's two-run shot in the second inning provided all the runs starter Nate Bump would need. Scott Mathieson pitched two shutout innings for the save. Dewayne Wise and John Mayberry both hit solo homers in the fourth. Trenton 4, Portland 2 PORTLAND, Maine - Damon Sublett stroked a two-run homer in the top of the 11th to give the Thunder the Eastern League win. Eric Wordekemper struck out the side in the bottom of the inning to get the save.
June 26, 2012 |
Chase Utley's rehab assignment appearance for Triple A Lehigh Valley on Tuesday is sold out. The remaining standing-room only tickets were purchased by midday Monday. The IronPigs host the Rochester Red Wings at 7:05 at Coca-Cola Park in Allentown. Utley, sidelined all season with knee issues, could be back in the Phillies lineup Wednesday, according to CSNPhilly.com. In nine rehab games with Class A Clearwater, beginning June 12, Utley was 5-for-32 (.156) with one home run and five RBI. He played consecutive games at second base for the first time Friday and Saturday.
September 30, 2011 |
After some debate, the Phillies have decided to carry 11 pitchers for the National League Division Series against the Cardinals. The Phillies announced their roster this afternoon. Manager Charlie Manuel would not definitively say that was the plan at his news conference earlier today, but gave that indication. The 11 pitchers are righthanders Joe Blanton, Roy Halladay, Kyle Kendrick, Brad Lidge, Ryan Madson, Roy Oswalt, Michael Stutes, Vance Worley and lefthanders Antonio Bastardo, Cole Hamels and Cliff Lee. The Phillies will carry six infielders in Ryan Howard, Michael Martinez, Placido Polanco, Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley and Wilson Valdez; six outfielders in Ben Francisco, Ross Gload, Raúl Ibañez, John Mayberry Jr., Hunter Pence and Shane Victorino; and catchers Carlos Ruiz and Brian Schneider.