May 18, 2015 |
BALTIMORE - Mike Trout leaped high at the wall to snatch an apparent home run in the 10th inning. He made a shoestring catch and threw out the potential go-ahead runner with a 200-foot strike to home plate in the 11th inning. But his most remarkable feat on Wednesday night in Southern California - although he accomplished it with typical big-league, superstar aplomb - might have been making the red-eye flight home to the East Coast to spend Thursday in his hometown of Millville.
May 15, 2015 |
BEN REVERE had been back in town from spring training for only a few days and was about to take the field for pregame batting practice on Opening Day when a reporter told him he was on the trade block. "Right before the first pitch," Revere recalled Wednesday afternoon. "I'm like, damn. OK. But that's the way it is. It happens to everybody. " Revere, 27, already has been traded once (by Minnesota to the Phils, for today's opposing starter, Vance Worley) and understands the sport he plays is also a business.
January 5, 2015 |
MIKE TROUT'S ascension from promising prospect to multitalented major league All-Star to the game's greatest current player took all of about 12 months. And the Millville Meteor's meteoric rise happened nearly 2 1/2 years ago. But baseball's award voters and the public relations machine that was The Official Retirement of Derek Jeter Throughout All of Major League Baseball meant Trout apparently had to wait his turn for validation. All Trout did in his first two full seasons was hit .324 with a 976 OPS, hit 57 home runs, steal 82 bases and score 238 runs.
December 31, 2014
AMERICAN LEAGUE Most Valuable Player Mike Trout, of the Los Angeles Angels, a native of Millville, N.J., will be honored as the Outstanding Pro Athlete of the Year by the Philadelphia Sports Writers Association at its 111th annual banquet on Jan. 16 at Cherry Hill's Crowne Plaza Hotel. Trout, who has not yet confirmed his attendance, also won the award 2 years ago after he was named the AL's Rookie of the Year. The 23-year-old, who became the youngest unanimous MVP pick in major league history, was a huge crowd favorite in May when he played here against the Phillies.
August 17, 2014 |
Mo'ne Davis entered Friday's game to considerable hype. Her dominant performance on the pitcher's mound justified the attention. After firing a shutout, Davis was the talk of Twitter Friday afternoon. Her name was trending on the site in Philadelphia, and one social media tracking site, TwazzUp, said Friday night that more than 4,000 tweets per hour mentioned her. The Phillies, who changed their Twitter logo to that of the Taney Dragons, wrote "Mo'ne Davis was dealing on the mound again today!
August 12, 2014 |
Two of the worst pitching staffs in baseball jettisoned Jerome Williams this season, but the veteran righthander has found a new home with the pitching-starved Phillies. On Sunday, they claimed Williams off waivers from Texas. The 32-year-old Hawaiian is expected to start Tuesday against one of his other former teams, the Los Angeles Angels. Sean O'Sullivan, the scheduled Tuesday starter, was designated for assignment to clear space for Williams. "We needed another arm," Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said, "and he's a guy who has pitched in the big leagues, so we want to take a look at him. " Williams made two starts for the Rangers and allowed 11 runs in 10 innings (a 9.90 ERA)
July 4, 2014 |
For those scoring at home, the Cleveland Indians pulled off the rarest triple play in baseball history late Tuesday night, 7-2-4, assisted by two instant-replay reviews. In the bottom of the fourth inning of the Indians' 10-4 rout of the Dodgers, Los Angeles had runners on first and third when Adrian Gonzalez slashed a liner to left field. The Indians' Michael Brantley raced in to make the catch, took two strides, and fired home to nail Dee Gordon tagging up from third. As catcher Yan Gomes showed plate umpire Adrian Johnson the ball, the Dodgers' always-aggressive Yasiel Puig took off for second.
June 28, 2014 |
Ryne Sandberg knows he has some issues with his outfield. The Phillies manager is trying to address the one in left field right now. Domonic Brown entered play Thursday with the lowest batting average (.217), slugging percentage (.322), and OPS (.593) among all leftfielders in baseball who have enough at-bats to qualify for a batting title. Brown also had a spot on Sandberg's bench Thursday for the second time in three games after misjudging a fourth-inning fly ball that led to three Miami runs in a 3-2 loss Wednesday at Citizens Bank Park.
June 16, 2014 |
PITCHER Joey Gatto ST. AUGUSTINE When Gatto took the mound this season, more than two dozen major-league scouts gathered behind the backstop to chart his every pitch. Gatto embraced that pressure, according to St. Augustine coach Mike Bylone. Gatto went 7-1 with a 0.94 ERA, and St. Augustine won the Cape-Atlantic League American Division title as well as the Joe Hartmann Diamond Classic. Gatto was at his best late in the season. In his last four outings, he was 4-0 with a 0.25 ERA, 28 strikeouts, and three walks.
June 8, 2014 |
Joey Gatto remembers the first time he saw Mike Trout on a baseball field. It was a Millville at Hammonton game in the Cape Atlantic League's American Division in 2009. "He hit a home run over the center-field fence," said Gatto, who lives in Hammonton. "I've been following his career ever since. " Gatto now hopes to follow in Trout's footsteps. Gatto, who just finished his senior year at St. Augustine Prep, on Thursday night was drafted by Trout's major-league team, the Los Angeles Angels.