June 21, 2016 |
It was important, Zach Eflin said, to forget his agonizing major-league debut from five days earlier. But the 22-year-old rookie righthander watched video from that afternoon in Toronto when a potent Blue Jays lineup smoked him for nine runs in less than three innings. He found some lessons applied Sunday in a 5-1 loss to Arizona. "I looked at a lot of different things," Eflin said. "I was kind of rushing that day. And I was just really focusing on getting back in my load, and really staying down in the zone, working quick and getting extension.
June 21, 2016 |
THE NBA DOES NOT have a problem with the way its draft system works. It does, however, have a problem with player development. For decades, the league rode the gravy train of having college-basketball programs handle the task of player development at no cost to the NBA. That worked fine when players spent four, three or even two years in college. NBA teams could evaluate their development and get a solid read on a player before making a financial commitment. That's not the case anymore.
June 19, 2016 |
Triple-A Lehigh Valley Ben Lively entered Friday night's start against Buffalo with a 2.08 ERA in his first four starts at triple A. The righthander has been a pleasant surprise for the Phillies this season. He has a 1.94 ERA in 13 starts between double A and triple A. The 24-year-old has struck out 69 batters and walked 23 in 79 innings. He looks to be pushing for a promotion. . . . Brock Stassi entered Friday with 19 hits in his last 55 at-bats. The 15-game stretch has raised his batting average to .266 - a 43-point increase - and his on-base percentage by 22 points to .374.
June 9, 2016 |
That man on the Golden State Warriors' bench, the one they sometimes see Warriors head coach Steve Kerr talking to - they recognize that guy, even almost two decades later. In his eighth NBA stop, Ron Adams is acknowledged as an NBA defensive guru, an assistant coach to be trusted with a vital part of the game. For a group of guys around Philadelphia in their late 20s, Adams isn't just any assistant coach - he also was their assistant coach, when they were a little band of third graders at Valley Forge Elementary School, playing in the Malvern Summer League.
June 2, 2016 |
Dan Karlyn could have turned to one of two other hurlers instead of going with ace Cesar Loya on three days' rest. But the Olney Charter manager knew that having Loya on the mound Tuesday afternoon would give the Trojans their best shot at claiming their first Public League baseball crown in nearly five decades. "He's just a gamer," Karlyn said. "He wants the ball, wants the spotlight. He's been our best pitcher all year. " Sticking with Loya was the right move as Olney leaned on the senior righthander to beat Frankford, 4-1, for top honors at Richie Ashburn Field in FDR Park.
May 30, 2016 |
Aidan Baur hesitated for a moment when he saw the ball bounce away from the catcher and start rolling at a decent pace toward the backstop. "Then I heard my coach [Kevin Schneider] screaming, 'Go, go, go,' " he said. "Once I took off, I knew I had it. " Baur easily scored from third base on a wild pitch, giving Neumann-Goretti a dramatic, 3-2, walk-off victory over St. Joseph's Prep in Saturday afternoon's Catholic League baseball final at sun-splashed Immaculata University. N-G's fifth crown in eight seasons came in highly improbable fashion.
May 30, 2016
On May 11, the Youth Work Foundation of the Union League of Philadelphia celebrated its 70th annual Good Citizen Day. More than 300 high school juniors, selected from nominations by 50 youth-serving organizations in the Philadelphia region, joined in an all-day event that recognized students who have demonstrated good citizenship. The students enjoyed special programs at the federal courthouse, seeing the different branches of government in action and learning about the roles and responsibilities of each, and were encouraged to become leaders of tomorrow.
May 27, 2016 |
Kate Ostaszewski yelled, "Dive. " So Vicki Black did. Black, the centerfielder for the Archbishop Ryan softball team, came charging in on a line drive in the bottom of the seventh inning Wednesday at Arcadia University. With runners at the corners, Cardinal O'Hara was looking to tie the score in the Catholic League softball title game. That's when she heard Ostaszewski, who wasn't too far away, from left field. The senior didn't hesitate. "I knew it was a straight line drive," Black said.