September 23, 2011 |
1. Cliff Lee: The guy is a big-game pitcher, maybe the best big-game pitcher in baseball. He has taken the last two teams he's pitched for to the World Series. And he probably won't even start Game 1. 2. Experience: No team has played more big postseason games than the Phillies over the last 3 years. That counts. 3 . Benefit of the doubt: They've earned it. This will go down as the most talented team in Phillies history. Anything can happen in the postseason.
July 1, 2011
IN TRYING TO LINE UP a beach escape for the Fourth of July, we noticed that on Monday the Phillies will get their first look at the Marlins since Jack McKeon took over as Florida's manager. At the risk of disrespecting our elders, the Daily News has learned that McKeon is old. One way to illustrate this is by pointing out that he turns 81 in November. Another is to take a look at his first game as a major league manager. It was April 6, 1973 and the designated hitter had just been born.
April 21, 2011 |
Most major league managers try to find the right moment to give their bench players an occasional start, the better to keep them sharp and ready to contribute as the need arises. The fact that Phillies skipper Charlie Manuel gave reserve outfielder John Mayberry Jr. consecutive starts Tuesday and yesterday against the Milwaukee Brewers might be simply a case of Manuel performing due diligence. Or it might be a signal that the lanky outfielder, son of former Kansas City Royals slugger John Mayberry, could be looking at an expanded role.
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.
September 8, 2011
IS PHILLIE John Mayberry Jr. fishing for a mermaid? The New York Post seems to think so. The Post 's Page Six gossip column (like Tattle, only not as charming) obtained a letter from an agent in Creative Artists Agency's baseball division sent to rival agency Innovative Artists, asking for a set-up with Albanian-born model/actress Antoinette Nikprelaj . She's best known for playing one of the mermaids who seduced (then attacked) Johnny Depp this summer in "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.
June 3, 2010 |
TOLEDO, Ohio - Neil Sellers and John Mayberry homered Wednesday to lift the Lehigh Valley IronPigs to an 11-6 victory over the Toledo Mud Hens in an International League game. READING - The Fisher Cats hit six home runs in beating the Phils in the Eastern League. TRENTON - The Sea Dogs could not turn a double play on Daniel Brewer's grounder in the ninth, allowing the Thunder to score the game's only run. HAGERSTOWN, Md. - A bases-loaded triple by Adam Buschini in the ninth propelled the BlueClaws.
August 10, 2010 |
J.C. Romero has a new partner. Looking for another lefthanded reliever to help combat the dangerous Dodgers duo of James Loney and Andre Ethier, the Phillies have called up 24-year-old Antonio Bastardo from Triple A Lehigh Valley. Bastardo was on the Phils' Opening Day roster, but was used sparingly during the first two-and-a-half months of the season. After allowing two runs and hitting two batters in two-thirds of an inning against the Yankees on June 15, the Phillies placed him on the disabled list with elbow inflammation.
April 28, 2009 |
ALLENTOWN - Paul Hoover's single drove in John Mayberry Jr. with the winning run in the bottom of the 12th last night as the Lehigh Valley IronPigs beat the Pawtucket Red Sox, 2-1, in the International League. Mayberry hit a solo homer in the fifth inning. Lehigh Valley starter Andrew Carpenter gave up just three hits and one run in 7 1/3 innings but did not get a decision. Cedrick Bowers, Gary Majewski, and Tyler Walker provided 4 2/3 innings of shutout relief, with Walker throwing three hitless innings for the victory.
August 19, 2011
Shane Victorino's suspension was trimmed from three games to two after his appeal to Major League Baseball. The Phillies centerfielder, who has been on a hitting tear, began his suspension Thursday night as he sat out the game against Arizona. He was replaced in center field by John Mayberry Jr. Victorino declined to comment on the suspension. He was suspended for his role in a bench-clearing brawl Aug. 5 against the Giants in San Francisco. After he was hit by a pitch from Ramon Ramirez in the sixth inning, Victorino took a couple of steps toward the mound.
September 27, 2010 |
Rookie hazing At least there was one reason for the Phillies to laugh after a missed opportunity to clinch their fourth straight division title at home. Costumes hung in seven players' lockers, meaning it was time for the annual rookie hazing. Pitchers Vance Worley and Antonio Bastardo sat at their lockers, staring at the scandalous police outfits they had to put on. "Delaying the inevitable, gentlemen," Ryan Howard said as he walked by. Domonic Brown, John Mayberry Jr., Brian Bocock, Mike Zagurski, and David Herndon also donned costumes.