December 1, 2012 |
Outfielder Nate Schierholtz became a free agent when the Phillies declined to offer him a contract before Friday's deadline for salary arbitration-eligible players. The Phillies acquired Schierholtz from the San Francisco Giants as part of the Hunter Pence deal at last season's trade deadline. Schierholtz, 28, had hoped the move to Philadelphia would serve as an opportunity to become an everyday player. Instead, he suffered a fractured big toe two weeks into his brief tenure with the Phillies and the opportunity he was hoping for never materialized.
November 20, 2012 |
EVEN BEFORE Juan Pierre agreed to a 1-year deal with the Miami Marlins over the weekend, there were plenty of reasons why the veteran outfielder was not going to be a member of the Phillies in 2013. Now, that list is one line longer. According to the Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel , Pierre's deal is worth $1.6 million, a significant raise for a player who made the Phillies' Opening Day roster after signing a minor league deal that ended up paying him $800,000 for the season. Without a doubt, Pierre was one of the few pleasant surprises that Charlie Manuel and Ruben Amaro Jr. enjoyed during their trying 2012 campaign.
November 9, 2012 |
INDIAN WELLS, Calif. - The general managers and their assistants filed through the lobby en route to lunch at the Hyatt Regency in this small California desert town, where it was hotter outside than in. Action in baseball's offseason, officially five days old, is deliberate. These general managers meetings represent a first chance at face-to-face interaction. Ruben Amaro Jr. engaged in such Tuesday, saying he participated in a "significant amount" of dialogue with other teams and player agents.
October 31, 2012
First in a series examining the Phillies' potential offseason moves. A shocked Hunter Pence left the visitors' clubhouse at Nationals Park after being traded from the Phillies to the San Francisco Giants on the final day of July. "I don't think anyone really anticipated the season that has gone on this year," he said during his final interview with the Philadelphia media. "It was just the perfect storm of injuries, and things didn't go right for us. " It all ended up perfect for Pence, who celebrated a World Series title with his Giants teammates Sunday night after they completed a four-game sweep of the Tigers in chilly Detroit.
October 15, 2012
NEW YORK - What made Philadelphia such a special place for Raul Ibanez? It was the hairs on his arms standing up. "They were some of the best times of my baseball career," he said last winter while waiting to see if the Phillies would re-sign him for a fourth season. "I remember after hitting a home run early in that first season, all the fans stood up in left field and started chanting my name at the same time. I remember the hairs on my arms stood up. I had the hair of my arms stand up more in the last three years than I did during the rest of my career.
October 12, 2012 |
IT'S THE TOP of the ninth inning on Monday, April 1, in Atlanta and the Phillies trail by a run. With no one on base and his team down to its last out, Freddy Galvis singles to right. The pitcher's spot is due up. Charlie Manuel looks down at the row of reserves ready for the chance. But whom does he turn to? The composition of a major league bench isn't as vital as putting together a starting rotation or regular, everyday batting order. But it often shows up in critical junctures of a game at least a few times a week in the course of a 6-month season.
September 26, 2012
JOHN MAYBERRY is hitting at a .300 clip again. Domonic Brown is turning on balls again, hitting ropes that bang off the rightfield wall or over it. If you've been thrilled by the Phillies' second-half rise from their self-made ashes, you have been thrilled, as well, at times, by each man's exploits. With 13 runs batted in over his last 26 at-bats with runners in scoring position, Mayberry is again suggesting he is more than the 28-year-old journeyman he has been to this point.
September 17, 2012
The final 21/2 weeks of this Phillies season were supposed to be an audition for next season. Shockingly, they have become an improbable push for the postseason. The Phillies remain a long shot to complete their surprising run as they close out a series Sunday with the Houston Astros, but much has changed because of this late-season charge. So what has the impact been? It all depends on the person and the player. Here's a look at the seven people the run has affected most.
September 14, 2012 |
PHILLIPPE AUMONT following Cliff Lee in a game? Just another day in the life of your 2012 Phillies, who hope that the strangest chapter of this peculiar season has yet to be written. Aumont, who joined the Phillies in December 2009 in the trade that shipped Lee to Seattle, has quickly developed a significant role in the comeback attempt as one of Charlie Manuel's top options in the late innings of tight games. In a 3-1 win over the Marlins on Wednesday, the hulking righthander pitched a scoreless eighth to set up Jonathan Papelbon for his 34th save.
September 13, 2012 |
DARIN RUF arrived at Citizens Bank Park on Monday. For his first 2 days as a big leaguer, Ruf sat on the bench. He was joined by Nate Schierholtz. Although Schierholtz was activated off the disabled list on Sept. 1 and labeled himself as "100 percent" before Tuesday's game, he has started two games since Aug. 11. He played rightfield for the final two innings of the Phillies' 9-7 victory over Miami. As the Phillies begin to make things interesting in the standings - they entered play Tuesday five games back of St. Louis in the race for the National League's second wild card - Charlie Manuel appears to be in the mode of riding the proverbial hot hands.