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.
June 24, 2011
NEW YORK - It's a safe guess that online, in print, or both, Josh Willingham's name has been mentioned at least once a day in the last 3 weeks. As in righthanded power, manageable salary, yada yada yada. "Three weeks?" he said in front of his locker the other day. "How about the last 3 years?" Fair point. Willingham's hustle, team-first attitude and relative low cost has made him seem like a perfect Phillie for a long time. Even amid a season in which his average has dipped and injuries cropped up - he's currently on the disabled list with a cranky left Achilles' tendon - the leftfielder leads the Oakland Athletics with 10 home runs.
July 31, 2010 |
WASHINGTON - Roy Oswalt's flight from Houston arrived here at 11 p.m. Thursday. He settled into the team hotel about two hours before the rest of the Phillies and went to bed knowing he would pitch Friday night in a pennant race for the first time since 2006. He was excited, probably too excited, he said, after losing his Phillies debut, 8-1, at Nationals Park. "It's hard to gain 30 games overnight," Oswalt said. He spoke in hyperbole, but it had to feel that way, going from the fifth-place Astros to Philadelphia.
April 17, 2009 |
Not just an afterthought When the Florida Marlins traded arbitration-eligible players Scott Olsen and Josh Willingham to Washington for three young players in November, many thought the Nationals' inclusion of infielder Emilio Bonifacio in the deal was as a throw-in. But Bonifacio has been one of the keys to the Marlins' 8-1 start, matching their best ever. He leads the team with a .386 batting average, 12 runs, 17 hits, and four stolen bases. He began the season with five mult-hit games.
March 26, 2009 |
JUPITER, Fla. - No big-league team has a can't-tell-the-players-without-a-scorecard history quite like the Florida Marlins. They've built world championship clubs, then torn them apart. Twice. Plenty of big-name stars have worn the teal-and-black. Most have just been passing through town. The Fish are on an upswing again, surprising most observers by staying in contention much of last season and ending up with 84 wins, just 7 1/2 games behind the eventual world champion Phillies.
November 12, 2008 |
Tim Lincecum won the National League Cy Young Award by a comfortable margin yesterday, taking home pitching's highest honor in his second major league season. The slender kid with the whirling windup joined Mike McCormick (1967) as the only San Francisco Giants pitchers to win a Cy Young. Lincecum received 23 of 32 first-place votes and 137 points in balloting by the Baseball Writers' Association of America. "I was definitely surprised. I thought it was going to be a lot closer," Lincecum said on a conference call.
September 21, 2008 |
J.C. Romero is the noted chest-pounder and fist-pumper in the Phillies' bullpen. He loves big outs in big moments and celebrates accordingly. Ryan Madson enjoyed a big moment last night at Dolphin Stadium, but he walked off the mound in the eighth inning without a pound, pump or thump. Nobody would have minded if he had celebrated. He had just struck out Cody Ross to get out of a self-inflicted jam in a 3-2 victory over the Florida Marlins that moved the Phillies back into first place in the National League East.
July 31, 2008 |
Even without Manny Ramirez, the Florida Marlins' offense is pretty potent. With talk heating up about Florida trading for Ramirez, the Marlins roughed up Mike Pelfrey last night and tightened the NL East race by beating the visiting New York Mets, 7-5. The win tied the Marlins with the the Phillies for the division lead and knocked the Mets out of first place. Josh Willingham and Jeremy Hermida, both mentioned as part of a possible deal, had two hits apiece for Florida.
June 11, 2008 |
Phillies at Marlins, 7:10, Dolphin Stadium, Miami. TV: Comcast SportsNet. Radio: WPHT (1210-AM); WUBA (1480-AM) Spanish. Phillies LHP Cole Hamels (6-4, 3.36) vs. Marlins LHP Andrew Miller (4-5, 5.65). Phillies update: They are 23-3 when they lead after six innings ... Hamels has held an opponent scoreless in four of his 13 starts, including a complete game Thursday ... Righthanders are hitting .208 against Hamels; lefties are hitting .225 against him ... Hamels is 0-2 with a 6.30 ERA in two career starts at Dolphin Stadium and is 2-3 with a 5.46 ERA lifetime against the Marlins ... Chase Utley is 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBI off Andrew Miller ... Lefties are hitting .246 against Miller in his career, while righties have hit .302.
August 11, 2007 |
Billy Wagner barely got out of trouble in his previous outing. Not this time. Hanley Ramirez hit a go-ahead, two-run double off Wagner in the ninth inning last night and visiting Florida rallied past the New York Mets, 4-3. "Just one of those nights where I didn't make the pitches," Wagner said. "I was trying to go up and in. It was probably more middle. I'm just not locating very well. " Carlos Beltran hit a three-run homer in his return from the disabled list, giving the Mets the 3-2 lead they handed to Wagner (1-1)