April 8, 2016
Around the Minor Leagues Here is a look at the Phillies' minor-league teams: Triple-A Lehigh Valley It is difficult to recall a triple-A team with the kind of young talent the IronPigs have. Triple A is typically a place for veterans, and there are some on this Lehigh Valley team. But the pitching prospects will draw the majority of attention. Jake Thompson, 22, Zach Eflin, 21, and Mark Appel, 24, are all touted. One or more of them could reach the majors by the end of the season.
April 3, 2016 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - The Phillies rode 140 miles south on two buses last Sunday as the Grapefruit League schedule slogged to its conclusion. Matt Klentak stayed behind. The 35-year-old general manager of the Phillies walked to the Carpenter Complex, where Phillies minor leaguers scrimmaged against each other in two games. Klentak watched from a perch above home plate. He chatted with a few player-development officials as he shifted his focus from one game to the other. During the weeks spent in Florida, his presence on the back fields was a common sight.
March 31, 2016 |
Longtime Haverford High baseball coach Paul Bogosian showed up at school Saturday afternoon and found infielders Nick Cerelli, Dylan Resnick, and Luke Marmer taking extra batting practice. That dedication paid off in the Central League opener Tuesday, with the trio combining for five of the Fords' eight hits in a 4-3 victory over top-notch hurler Mike Bechtold and Garnet Valley. "We have the bats to do well this year," Cerelli said. "Another thing is, we're real connected as a team.
March 22, 2016 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - On the big-boy field, Ken Giles was struggling to find his All-Star form against the team that drafted him, developed him and turned him into the coveted trade chip that returned a slew of Houston prospects in December. Far beyond the leftfield wall, one of the men brought in to replace him, Andrew Bailey, was quietly getting in some rain-delayed work at the minor league complex. For Giles, it was one inning, three hits, two runs allowed, a couple of strikeouts - and no worries.
March 22, 2016 |
Attention political junkies: Put down your smartphones, and head over to the Union League for a real-life lesson on every political convention held right in our backyard over a century-and-a-half. "Sweep the Country: Political Conventions in Philadelphia," a new exhibition on the ground floor of the Union League, debuts Monday and covers the 11 political conventions hosted by the city between 1848 and 2000. It will run until early 2017. "Philadelphia was a happening political town," said exhibition curator James Mundy.
March 14, 2016 |
FORT MYERS, Fla. - Pete Mackanin boarded the bus outside Bright House Field at 7:45 a.m. Tuesday for an unusual 140-mile trip with a split-squad Phillies team. He brought most of his coaching staff with him. Typically, when presented the chance to stay home with the other squad, the manager will do so. But Mackanin planned this. And he was rewarded, once he watched Jake Thompson, Zach Eflin, and Mark Appel for eight innings. Now, as he removed his black-rimmed glasses inside a bland office at Hammond Stadium, he beamed.
March 11, 2016 |
THE IVY LEAGUE was the last basketball postseason tournament holdout, calling its regular-season a "14-game tournament. " Now, after approving a four-team tournament for men and women starting next March at the Palestra with the automatic NCAA Tournament berth on the line, the league has joined the rest of college hoops. "I was calling former players both at Cornell and at Penn," said Penn men's coach Steve Donahue. "Something that stuck with me was what David Klatsky said, 'That the most exciting game of my life was the Yale playoff game' . . . At Cornell, we won championships and one time we won it at Brown.
March 10, 2016 |
PRINCETON, N.J. - The Princeton women's basketball team has lost seven Ivy League games in the last seven seasons. Penn won its second Ivy title in three seasons Wednesday night at Jadwin Gym, beating the Tigers, 62-60, in a game the Quakers led from late in the first quarter until the final two minutes. Penn gave up the lead for exactly 15 seconds, got it back on a three-point play from Anna Ross, the most skilled player on the court, and held it to the wire. "As I just told my players, you don't get these opportunities too many times in sports to celebrate something like this," Penn coach Mike McLaughlin said.
March 4, 2016 |
The Delaware 87ers are taking a look at Baron Davis. The former NBA all-star point guard signed and practiced with the 76ers' NBA Development League affiliate on Wednesday. Davis, 36, is expected to play for the Sevens on Friday in a home game against Iowa. Davis has not played since he tore the anterior cruciate ligament, medial collateral ligament, and patellar tendon in his right knee as a New York Knick in 2012. The two-time NBA all-star, who signed with the D-League in January, has been working on his fitness in an attempt to make a comeback.
February 29, 2016 |
For one bout, it seemed the entire crowd at the District 12 Class 3A tournament Saturday had chosen to root for the same side. Raucous cheers from teammates, fans, and coaches reverberated around the gymnasium at Archbishop Carroll High School for South Philadelphia's Miles Lee, who was competing in his first-ever district tournament. The junior transfer from Palumbo gave the Public League its most emphatic championship victory of the afternoon, a 6-3 decision in the 195-pound class over La Salle senior and three-time district champion Anthony Piscopo.