May 30, 2015 |
NEW YORK - The Phillies can only hope that Cody Asche's move from third base to left field works as well as it has for another former University of Nebraska star. Alex Gordon of the Kansas City Royals made the switch in 2010. Gordon, the second overall pick in the 2005 draft out of Nebraska, has become a two-time all-star and has won four consecutive Gold Gloves since moving full-time to left field in 2011. "It is tough, but he will deal with it," Gordon said Tuesday before a 5-1 loss to the Yankees.
May 28, 2015 |
NEW YORK - The impressive comeback for former Phillies reliever Ryan Madson began with him in catcher's gear, throwing on a mound in an attempt to demonstrate proper technique to a high school pitcher. That was last June in Temecula, Calif., about an hour north of San Diego. But after three years in which he threw just one minor-league inning, Madson is indeed back. The Kansas City Royals righthander has added significantly to what already was considered baseball's deepest bullpen.
May 18, 2015 |
The Phillies' double-A Reading affiliate has a rotation of top prospects as well as centerfielder Roman Quinn on the roster, and Inquirer columnist Bob Brookover was on the recently completed road trip with the team. This is the third in a series of stories about the Fightin Phils. ERIE Pa. - Being a baseball lifer in the big leagues is one thing. Being a baseball lifer in the minor leagues is something else entirely. Just ask Dusty Wathan and Dave Lundquist, the primary caretakers of the Phillies' prospects playing this season at double-A Reading.
April 2, 2015 |
SURPRISE, Ariz. - Ryan Madson says he watched Phillies footage from 2007 to 2009 and witnessed the mechanics that eluded him in the next two seasons. Even when Madson was an integral part of the Phillies bullpen in 2010 and 2011, his pitching motion relied too much on his arm and not enough on his legs. Success obscured the problems. He pitched on borrowed time. The right arm that made him one of baseball's top relievers finally failed him after he left Philadelphia, causing three years of rehab and restarts.
November 4, 2014 |
This year's World Series was a real nail-biter, with the Kansas City Royals losing a dramatic Game 7 to San Francisco. But for Eric Foss, 56, chief executive of Aramark Corp., the real baseball triumph happened Sept. 16, when the Royals' top minor-league franchise, the Omaha Storm Chasers, won the Class AAA title. Foss is a part-owner of the Storm Chasers. "Obviously I'm a big sports fan," Foss said in Aramark's box at Lincoln Financial Field, where the food service giant handles catering.
October 22, 2014 |
The perennial bottom-feeding Kansas City Royals have run the table through the playoffs thus far in their first postseason appearance since 1985. They start the World Series tonight at home against the San Francisco Giants, who are on a quest to win their third World Series in 5 years and become the defining team of the decade. Take a look at how the teams match up in terms of hitting, pitching, fielding, running and managing: HITTING Royals: Timely hitting and small ball have fueled KC's underdog run to the American League pennant, but the Royals ranged from mediocre to poor offensively in the regular season (23rd in OPS+, which adjusts for ballpark differences)
October 22, 2014 |
Vince Gennaro is a smart man. He's a consultant to several franchises around Major League Baseball, advising them on how to remain relevant and competitive and financially responsible. He wrote a book years ago called Diamond Dollars: The Economics of Winning in Baseball , and in the late 1970s, before the acronyms WAR and FIP had become part of mainstream baseball lexicon, he created his own player-valuation system. Again, Gennaro's sharp. He answered his phone Monday, on the eve of the World Series, to field a couple of seemingly simple questions: What can the Phillies learn from the San Francisco Giants and the Kansas City Royals?
October 8, 2014 |
Mike Arbuckle, the man who did not get the job as Phillies general manager, is only four wins away from the World Series. So, too, is Lee Thomas, the former Phillies general manager who brought Arbuckle to Philadelphia in October 1992. One of them is going to get to the Fall Classic because their teams are playing each other in the American League Championship Series that begins Friday in Baltimore. After 16 years as the central figure in the scouting and player development departments, Arbuckle left the Phillies just days after the team won the 2008 World Series and it has never been a secret why. Pat Gillick, the outgoing GM of the World Series champs, had two assistant general managers in Arbuckle and Ruben Amaro Jr. Only one could replace him and the Phillies chose Amaro.
June 11, 2014 |
IT IS JUNE 2014 and the Kansas City Royals are sitting right around .500. Not good, not bad, and, as I write this, only four games behind the Detroit Tigers in the American League Central, an opportunity for hope. Just don't use that word to the majority of Royals fans who haven't seen their team in the postseason since KC won the 1985 World Series over the St. Louis Cardinals, four games to three. Hope is what they've been sold since, through frugal times and foolish ones, through years and years of picking high in the Major League Baseball amateur draft.
March 16, 2014
Closer Glen Perkins and the Minnesota Twins agreed Friday to a four-year contract that guarantees the lefthander $22,175,000. Perkins had been due $4,975,000 this year and $3.75 million in 2015 under his previous deal, which included a $4.5 million team option for 2016 with a $300,000 buyout. His new contract calls for him to earn $4,025,000 this year, $4.65 million in 2015, $6.3 million in 2016 and $6.5 million in 2017. The Twins have a $6.5 million option for 2018 with a $700,000 buyout.