January 26, 2014
The Atlanta Braves agreed to a minor-league contract with righthander Freddy Garcia and invited him to their big-league spring-training camp. A 37-year-old righthander, Garcia went 1-2 with a 1.65 in six games for the Braves, including three starts, after he was acquired from Baltimore last year. He also pitched six solid innings in Game 4 of the division series against the Dodgers. Atlanta wanted a veteran to bolster a talented but young group of starters, especially after Tim Hudson signed with San Francisco.
January 23, 2014 |
AFTER receiving little to no interest from any major league teams last winter, two former Phillies outfielders left the country to re-establish their playing careers. Marlon Byrd revived his bat in Mexico and received a contract with the New York Mets before spring training. After a bounce-back season between New York and Pittsburgh, Byrd signed a 2-year, $16 million contract with the Phillies 2 months ago. Bobby Abreu's journey was a bit longer, but he is also back in the major leagues - and back with the team where he will one day have a place on its Wall of Fame, too. The Phillies signed Abreu, who turns 40 in March, to a minor league contract yesterday afternoon with an invitation to big-league camp.
January 17, 2014 |
In addition to his goal of leading Westtown to a Friends Schools League championship, Jared Nickens is preparing for his future career at Maryland. "I want to become stronger, find more ways to create my own shot, get better at coming off screens, and get to the foul line more," the 6-foot-6, 180-pound senior wing said. With Nickens making all eight of his free-throw attempts en route to 16 points, the visiting Moose nipped Academy of the New Church, 42-40, in overtime in an FSL showdown Tuesday in Bryn Athyn.
January 10, 2014 |
THE PHILLIES' top hitting and pitching prospects will report to Clearwater with the major league team next month. Power-hitting third-base prospect Maikel Franco and locally bred lefthander Jesse Biddle were formally invited to major league camp by the team yesterday. Phillies pitchers and catchers officially report to camp on Feb. 12, while the first full-squad workout will be held on Feb. 18. In addition to Franco and Biddle, catcher Sebastian Valle, lefthanded pitcher Mario Hollands and righthander Ken Giles also received major league invites.
January 10, 2014 |
The Phillies' top position player and pitching prospects, Maikel Franco and Jesse Biddle, were invited to big-league spring training Wednesday, although neither may have a chance at winning a job. Franco will compete with Cody Asche at third base. Asche is the favorite in that competition given his decent production as a rookie in the final months of 2013. Franco is viewed as the future at the position; the 21-year-old Dominican solidified his top-prospect status with 31 homers last season.
December 19, 2013 |
A LITTLE unconventional thinking and a lot of Jamaal Charles made for a spectacular early Christmas gift for Larry Seigle, of Newtown. Seigle had two qualifying spots in the DraftStreet.com fantasy football championship over the weekend and captured the grand prize of $1 million, thanks largely to Charles' five-touchdown performance on Sunday. While all the other contestants took advantage of DraftStreet's offer to fly to Las Vegas for the weekend, Seigle, 25, declined. "I don't drink or party or anything like that," said the 25-year-old.
December 8, 2013 |
PHILADELPHIA The president and CEO of the Urban League of Philadelphia, Patricia A. Coulter, is stepping down in June after 13 years, a tenure in which she raised the organization's profile and oversaw the move of its headquarters from North Philadelphia to Center City. Coulter, who said she was leaving to be closer to her family, said Wednesday that she would serve through the end of 2014 as a consultant for the Philadelphia chapter of the national organization, founded in 1910 to promote civil rights and economic empowerment among African Americans.