March 3, 2014 |
TAMPA, Fla. - The moment arrived Saturday at 1:36 p.m., when Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez threw his final practice pitches. The announcer at Steinbrenner Field unveiled the unknown with a fitting blunder: "Now pitching for the Phillies, No. 75, Alfredo Gonzalez. " The baseball world waited for a different mystery pitcher. Masahiro Tanaka, the $155 million import from Japan, stirred in the Yankees bullpen. Three Japanese TV stations broadcast his every movement to a sleepy country. But this, finally, was Gonzalez's chance, 218 days after initial reports of his signing with the Phillies.
June 6, 2014 |
THERE IS a good chance that, at some point over the next few months, you will find yourself in a conversation with a Phillies fan who attempts to downplay the ugliness that awaits this organization in the coming seasons. That fan will invoke the mighty dollar, regurgitating the numbers that he or she has heard or read during the last year or so. Franchises like the Phillies do not rebuild. They blow up the roster, clear the debris, and start writing checks all over again. Look at the Red Sox. Look at the Yankees.
September 18, 1986 |
As her team prepares to seek its fourth consecutive Tri-County Royal Division championship, Pennsville coach Carol Penn plans to prevent expectation from overwhelming reason. "We look like we are ready to start playing, but you try to be positive and know, at the same time, that the team might not be as good as it can be," she said. "I go through this every year. " Opposing teams, sorting out their own dilemmas, have found that a common problem is figuring out how to score on the Eagles.
October 15, 2014 |
THERE IS a glaring flaw in the logic that the Phillies must "get younger. " The four most productive hitters in the lineup in 2014 were also the four oldest. Marlon Byrd, who turned 37 on Aug. 30, led the team in OPS (.757), OPS+ (110), home runs (25) and slugging percentage (.445). Chase Utley, who turns 36 on Dec. 17, finished second in OPS, OPS+, on-base and slugging percentage (.746, 109, .339 and .407). Carlos Ruiz, who turns 36 on Jan. 22, finished third in OPS and OPS+ (.717 and 102)
July 27, 2007 |
WHEN THE GAVEL comes down Tuesday afternoon, signaling the end of trading without waivers, deals will have been made, the pennant races will have been altered and it will be pretty easy to figure out - on paper - which teams have helped themselves the most. What can be more difficult to decipher is how moves, or lack of moves, will impact the clubhouse psyche. Just the seductive whisper that they could be close to getting Mark Teixeira from the Rangers for uberprospect Jarrod Saltalamacchia , shortstop prospect Elvis Andrus and a minor league pitcher was a pick-me-up for the Braves.
April 29, 2013
When Jimmy Johnson ran his first few NFL drafts, he used his institutional knowledge of the college game to select the building blocks for Cowboys teams that eventually won back-to-back Super Bowls. The league has changed significantly in the 25-plus years since Johnson made the jump to the NFL, and Chip Kelly is a long way from being mentioned in the same breath. But there are parallels between how the new Eagles coach and former Dallas coach approached their first drafts. Heading into the process, Kelly said he did not do any research on how successful college-to-NFL coaches such as Johnson approached the draft.
July 24, 2013 |
AS PLAYERS seeped into the NovaCare Complex yesterday for physicals and paperwork, the questions from last winter, spring and early summer repeated themselves. Who would be the quarterback? The tight ends? Was Chip Kelly's fast-paced offense difficult to learn? Has it been embraced? Will it work in the NFL? Big-sized free-agent prospects like Ifeanyi Momah and Michael Bamiro were asked about their choices and their chances, veterans like Jason Kelce were asked about adjusting.
September 10, 2010
George Washington (0-1) vs. Frankford (0-1), 6 p.m. Saturday at Northeast The key in the renewal of this heated series is how the Pioneers' defense fares against quarterback Tony Smith and the newly pass-happy Eagles. Smith threw 30 passes, completing 13, in a 36-25 loss to St. Joseph's Prep. Tackle/linebacker Brandon Russell and ends Troy Clark and Anthony Graham need to keep steady pressure on the strong-armed senior. Frankford's wing-T offense is ignited by tailback Jeffione Thomas, quarterback Mike McGroarty, fullbacks Kelly Johnson and Keone Berry, and tight end Aaron Allison.
May 12, 2015 |
THE NUMBERS may have looked similar, but to Chad Billingsley, yesterday's 7-4 loss to the Mets felt like progress. Five days earlier, the 30-year-old righthander made his first start in nearly 2 calendar years, a layoff necessitated by a pair of elbow surgeries that ended his career with the Dodgers. In his first game back, he allowed six runs (five earned) in five innings against the Braves, including home runs by Freddie Freeman and Kelly Johnson. Yesterday, the big blast came from Curtis Granderson, who crushed a fastball off a billboard between the first and second seating decks in right-centerfield for a two-run home run that gave the Mets a 3-2 lead in the fifth inning.