March 9, 2007 |
John Vukovich, 59, one of the most popular and respected coaches in Phillies history, died of brain cancer early yesterday at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. Mr. Vukovich, better known as "Vuke" to everyone in baseball, spent 41 years in professional baseball and 31 with the Phillies as a player, coach, interim manager and front-office adviser. Fiercely loyal to his family, friends and the Phillies, Mr. Vukovich had a tough exterior, but those who knew him also saw his considerable soft side.
October 5, 2000 |
The Phillies' quartet of general manager Ed Wade, adviser Dallas Green, assistant GM Ruben Amaro, and scouting director Mike Arbuckle formulated their first list of managerial candidates yesterday. By the end of the afternoon, they had a dozen names that interested them. The only candidates Wade revealed were longtime Phillies coach John Vukovich and former Phillies catcher Darren Daulton. "We've got a group of guys who have some level of experience in the major leagues, we have Darren who has no major-league staff experience, and we have guys with big-league managerial experience on the list," Wade said.
August 15, 2007
I take great exception to the letter titled "Phils' Pantheon" (letter, Aug. 7). It seems that the author has some agenda regarding the Phillies and their willingness to recognize the accomplishments of black and Hispanic players. He also seems to think that the Phillies organization has failed to recognize the 1980 World Championship Team, and claims that the club has placed too much emphasis on the 1993 National League Champions. He centers most of his argument on the Phillies Wall of Fame.
October 15, 2009
DODGERS President and CEO Dennis Mannion: Former Phillies front office executive. General manager Ned Colletti: Ex-Philadelphia Journal sports writer who became close friends with Phillies senior adviser Dallas Green and late coach John Vukovich when all worked for the Cubs. Vice president Tommy Lasorda: Proud native of Norristown. Third-base coach Larry Bowa: Former Phillies player, coach and manager. First-base coach Mariano Duncan: Played for Phillies' 1993 pennant-winning team.
November 12, 1988 |
Former major-league infielder Denis Menke became the sixth member of new manager Nick Leyva's Phillies coaching staff yesterday, joining the club as hitting coach. Menke, 48, has coached in the major leagues eight years, the last six with the Houston Astros, for which he has been third-base coach, first-base coach and hitting instructor. He also served two years as first-base coach for the Toronto Blue Jays. An infielder for 13 seasons with the Milwaukee and Atlanta Braves, Astros and Cincinnati Reds, Menke had a lifetime .250 average in 1,598 games.
June 16, 2001 |
If all goes well in two rehabilitation appearances at single-A Lakewood this weekend, Wayne Gomes will rejoin the Phillies' bullpen Tuesday in Pittsburgh. Without Gomes, the bullpen has struggled. "Setup men are just as valuable as closers," Phillies manager Larry Bowa said before last night's game against the Baltimore Orioles. "If you can't get to your closer, what good is it?" Gomes was a key setup man, compiling a 4-1 record with a 3.45 earned run average in 25 appearances before suffering a strained patella tendon in his right knee on May 29. At the time of the injury, it was estimated Gomes would miss eight to 10 weeks.
October 11, 2000 |
The Phillies officially began their managerial search yesterday when general manager Ed Wade met for nearly three hours with a man he has known for more than 20 years. "I thought it went very well," Wade said after his lengthy interview with John Vukovich, the longtime Phillies coach who had worked under four managers in Philadelphia. "We covered everything that needed to be covered," Wade said. "He did an outstanding job with the interview and I still consider him a solid candidate.
October 11, 1991 |
Less than a week after he was fired as the Phillies' dugout assistant, Hal Lanier has surfaced as a leading candidate to replace Stump Merrill as manager of the New York Yankees. "I hope so," Lanier said from his Florida home last night. "I'd like to get back into managing. I see people getting fired and people getting hired whose credentials aren't as good as mine. " Lanier managed the Houston Astros from 1986 through 1988, and won the National League West in his first year.
September 14, 1987 |
Lee Elia will be signed to a one-year contract as Phillies manager for 1988 sometime early this week, a high-level source within the organization said yesterday. At the same time, the source indicated, the Phils will announce that third- base coach Jim Davenport will not be back next season but that coaches Claude Osteen, Mike Ryan and Del Unser will return. Phils officials declined comment yesterday. Because the Phils did not fill Elia's spot on the coaching staff when he replaced John Felske as manager June 18, those moves would leave them with two coaching vacancies for next season.
March 29, 1990 |
The Phillies gave Tom Duffy, a 33-year-old laid-off postal worker from Norwood, Delaware County, a brief tryout yesterday. The righthanded would-be pitcher had sought the look-see for three years. After the Phillies' 6-1 loss to Toronto in the first game of a day-night doubleheader, Duffy headed out to the right-field bullpen to show the Phillies his stuff. On hand were Bill Giles, the Phillies' president; Lee Thomas, general manager; Nick Leyva, field manager; Darold Knowles, pitching coach; Hal Lanier, dugout coach; Larry Bowa, third-base coach; John Vukovich, first-base coach; Ray Shore, advance scout; Jerry Clothier, vice president for finance; Denis Menke, hitting instructor; Gus Hoefling, strength and flexibility instructor; Dan Stephenson, video operator; Randy Ready, utility infielder; Len Dykstra, centerfielder; Von Hayes, rightfielder, and Darren Daulton, catcher.