April 17, 2013 |
CINCINNATI - The explosions at the Boston Marathon finish line and the horrific aftermath that followed were just playing out when most of the Phillies arrived at Great American Ball Park on Monday. Other than a few words spoken in hushed tones, the normally lively clubhouse was quiet. All eyes were glued to the TV screens as the anchorman from a cable station read aloud the latest reports. Jonathan Papelbon went up to one of the TVs and pointed. "I used to live right above where one of the bombs went off," the veteran closer said.
June 11, 2012 |
BALTIMORE - Jonathan Papelbon threw two pitches from about 40 feet in the visitors' bullpen at Camden Yards in the top of the 10th inning, and that represented a day's work Sunday. The Phillies lost, 5-4, to the Baltimore Orioles for their seventh walk-off loss of the season. Papelbon, the $50 million closer, has not pitched in any of those games. Charlie Manuel has played those situations by the book. Managers typically will not use their closer in a tie game on the road, instead opting to hold him back for a save situation.
April 30, 2015 |
THE LEGACY of Ruben Amaro Jr. will center not on the three playoff trips or on the Phillies' seventh World Series appearance. Instead, Amaro will be remembered for the crippling contracts given to veterans who failed to produce because of injury, ineptness or age. Some of those contracts went to future Hall of Famers in their twilights - Roy Halladay, Chase Utley, maybe Jimmy Rollins. Others went to unquestioned stars: Ryan Howard, Cliff Lee, streaky Cole Hamels, who has yet to earn a Cy Young Award or even win 20 games.
February 26, 2013 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Jonathan Papelbon has a job in the Phillies' bullpen, while Mike Stutes is trying to win his back this spring. Neither had encouraging starts in his Grapefruit League debut in the Phils' 10-1 loss Monday to the Detroit Tigers at Bright House Field. Papelbon couldn't even complete an inning. He allowed five hits and two walks to seven of the nine batters he faced in the fifth inning. Papelbon also served up close to 1,000 feet of home-run balls. After Detroit prospect Nick Castellanos turned a 1-0 deficit into a 2-1 Detroit lead with a blast to center, reigning Triple Crown winner and American League MVP Miguel Cabrera annihilated a pitch for a three-run shot.
August 2, 2013 |
Cliff Lee and Jonathan Papelbon were the two guys Ruben Amaro Jr. had to have when they became free agents, and the Phillies general manager spent $170 million to get them. No free agent from outside the organization has ever been paid more than Lee, and no closer in baseball history has ever received more than Papelbon. Both players, of course, said Philadelphia was the place they'd rather be when they joined the Phillies. "Here I am," Lee said upon his return to the franchise in December 2010.
February 19, 2013 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - It was a bold prediction on the final day of an unpleasant season. "If we're not the top bullpen in Major League Baseball [next season], we'll definitely be the top in the National League," Jonathan Papelbon said after the Phillies finished 2012 with a lackluster loss to Washington at Nationals Park. Nearly 20 weeks later, the Phillies closer was asked to explain his comment before Sunday's wind-chilled workout at the Carpenter Complex. "The only reason I said that is because I see a very eerily similar bullpen to the one I was in during the 2006 season," Papelbon said.
June 6, 2012 |
It is unknown whether D.J. Reyburn can read minds. It is fairly certain, though, that Bud Selig and his posse in the commissioner's office can read written words. So Jonathan Papelbon won't be fined for being the first player ejected because an umpire read his thoughts. But the Phillies closer probably can expect an involuntary payroll deduction for his comments after Monday night's 4-3 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers. "I thought he was terrible," Papelbon said of Reyburn's work behind the plate.
May 27, 2012 |
Jonathan Papelbon is sitting in the Phillies dugout at Citizens Bank Park, surrounded by a pack of reporters who have spent much of the previous decade chronicling his every pitch. The Red Sox are in town, and with them one of the major league's largest media contingents, the entirety of which is quizzing the veteran closer on the looming showdown with his former team. Reveling in the attention, Papelbon begins to refer himself as "Cinco Ocho," a label that began as a nickname coined by former teammate Alex Cora but has since morphed into an entity that he considers to be his alter-ego.
June 12, 2015 |
THE PHILLIES had the worst record in baseball (22-39) going into yesterday's docket of major league games. They have scored the fewest runs (194) and they have the lowest team OPS (.645). Their starting pitching had the highest staff ERA (4.83) and their relief corps had the highest WHIP (1.45) among baseball's 30 teams. None of this should be considered too surprising. What would be surprising would be a repeat of last July, when general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. shockingly held on to every single one of his veteran players at the trade deadline.
June 2, 2015 |
Freddy Galvis will enter the series opener Tuesday against the Cincinnati Reds in his biggest slump in an otherwise great first two months of the season. The Phillies' 25-year-old shortstop sat Sunday, his fifth day off in the season's first 52 games. A recent 12-game stretch dropped Galvis' batting average from .355 to .289 after the loss to the Colorado Rockies on Saturday. He had just seven hits in his last 52 at-bats and was hitless in his last 13. The ever-confident Galvis said he believes he is still hitting the ball well, just to the wrong spots on the field.