July 6, 2015 |
ALLENTOWN - The Lehigh Valley IronPigs have worn jerseys that resemble the silks of a jockey and those that look like hockey sweaters. There have been Star Wars jerseys, Batman jerseys, and Halloween jerseys. They once suited up in police-themed uniforms while their opponents dressed as firefighters. Novelty jerseys have been a staple for the IronPigs since their 2008 inaugural season, which is also around the time that the whacky-jersey craze started sweeping through the minor leagues.
April 19, 2015 |
Coming soon to a minor-league ball game near you: Broccoli. Days after a national physicians group renewed its push to get the Phillies' triple-A affiliate, the Lehigh Valley IronPigs, to include vegetables on its pork-laden stadium menu, the team has agreed to add the green stalk. But there's a catch. Bacon is involved, and, it turns out, some national publicity as well for the IronPigs' response. The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM), a nonprofit based in Washington, asked the team Monday to go easy on the bacon and other processed meat, which the group said is unhealthy, and get some vegetables on fans' plates.
April 15, 2015 |
ALLENTOWN - Matt Caton maneuvered around the wood skewer impaling a thick slice of maple-coated bacon. He took a bite. "Awesome," he said, chewing happily Sunday on the newest offering at the Lehigh Valley IronPigs' stadium. Caton knows that a health-focused organization tried to get the team, the Phillies' triple-A affiliate, to ban bacon last year. He didn't know that the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) is back again this season. "Stop complaining and enjoy it with a baseball game," Caton said as the IronPigs battled the Pawtucket Red Sox. That's easy to do in a bacon-infused ballpark that features a mascot named Chris P. Bacon, and sells chocolate-covered bacon and bacon-scented T-shirts.
March 27, 2015 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Here's the best thing you can say about Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez, the Cuban import to whom the Phillies gave a 3-year, $12 million contract two Augusts ago: He's healthy. The first year of Gonzalez's deal wasn't a very productive one for the player or his new team. He had shoulder pain from the start in the spring, was shifted to the bullpen in the summer, and got virtually no experience that will aid his mission in becoming a pitcher in the Phillies' rotation sometime soon.
August 3, 2014 |
WASHINGTON - Lefthander Cliff Lee, who suffered a reoccurrence of his left elbow strain in Thursday's 10-4 win over the Washington Nationals, will be seen by Phillies team doctor Steve Cohen on Saturday in Washington. Before Friday's game, Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said he doesn't expect any scans or MRIs to be done on Lee until the team returns from this current road trip that ends Sunday. Lee spent more than two months on the disabled list with a left elbow strain before being activated on July 21. Thursday was his third start upon his return and he threw 22/3 scoreless innings before departing.
June 10, 2014 |
CINCINNATI - Ken Giles hadn't pitched in the previous 2 days. And then a save situation presented itself on Saturday afternoon at Coca Cola Park in Allentown, where the Lehigh Valley IronPigs held a 3-1 lead over Indianapolis. Luis Garcia, and not Giles, was called in for the ninth inning. The IronPigs won. Giles was called into manager Dave Brundage's office after the game. "I didn't know what was going on," Giles, 23, said. "I thought it was just a meeting. " And then, Brundage laid it on him. "We're getting you a flight to Cincinnati," he said.
June 6, 2014 |
ALLENTOWN - Tyson Gillies was just 4 years old when his parents noticed something different about him. They thought he was not focusing, and ignoring them when they spoke to him. He was tested, and it was learned that he has 50 percent hearing in one ear, and just 30 percent in the other. "I was reading lips when I was 2 and 3 and speaking perfectly, so nobody knew," Gillies said. "There was something different. I found myself getting lost in different situations. Finally, when they brought me in for my third or fourth hearing test, they closed the blinds and I couldn't read lips anymore.
May 25, 2014 |
With Cliff Lee on the 15-day disabled list due to a left elbow strain, Lehigh Valley IronPigs righthander David Buchanan will make his major-league debut for the Phillies in Saturday's 3:05 p.m. game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Citizens Bank Park. The Phillies will have to make a corresponding move before the game in order to add Buchanan to the roster. Buchanan was a nonroster invitee to spring training, who impressed the Phillies by posting a 2.25 ERA, while striking out 11 and walking two in 12 innings in five games.
April 3, 2014 |
READING - Jonathan Pettibone, vying for the Phillies' No. 5 starting spot, struggled to find his rhythm Tuesday night as he pitched for the Lehigh Valley IronPigs in an exhibition game. The 23-year-old righthander had his problems in the second inning of a 4-3 loss to Reading at FirstEnergy Stadium. Pettibone was lifted after he issued a leadoff walk to Zach Collier in the fifth inning. He allowed three runs, all earned, on five hits. Pettibone struck out three, walked one, and hit a batter.