July 29, 2015 |
TORONTO - Throughout the months of speculation regarding where Cole Hamels will pitch the final three-plus guaranteed years of his contract, the Los Angeles Dodgers have often been mentioned as an apt trading partner for the Phillies. That remains the case in the final days leading to the highly anticipated trade deadline. But with the days passing until 4 p.m. Friday, the Texas Rangers - reportedly along with the Dodgers the front-runners to land Hamels - might be the ideal team for the Phillies to trade their 31-year-old ace. Despite entering the week 47-50, 7.5 games behind the American League West-leading Los Angeles Angels and 4.5 games back of the Minnesota Twins in the crowded wild-card race, the Rangers could acquire Hamels with an eye toward next season.
July 10, 2015 |
LOS ANGELES — Clayton Kershaw is one of five National League players in the running to win the final vote for Tuesday's All-Star Game in Cincinnati. On Wednesday night, the Los Angeles Dodgers ace and reigning National League MVP used the Phillies to boost his campaign. Kershaw, a three-time Cy Young Award winner, dominated baseball's worst team with his first complete game shutout of the season. The Phillies' 5-0 loss at Dodger Stadium marked their ninth shutout defeat through 87 games.
July 9, 2015 |
LOS ANGELES - For the first 11 years of his professional baseball career, Chad Billingsley was a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers organization. The righthander was the Dodgers' first-round draft pick in 2003. He represented them in the All-Star Game in 2009. He has won more games at Dodger Stadium than any active pitcher not named Clayton Kershaw. On the heels of consecutive seasons lost to elbow surgeries, Billingsley returned to his former home mound Tuesday night as a member of the Phillies.
July 8, 2015 |
LOS ANGELES - As the Phillies began their stretching lines Monday at Dodger Stadium, the sea of red uniforms was interrupted by one player in blue. Phillies players took turns embracing Jimmy Rollins as they readied for batting practice. For the first time, the franchise's all-time hits king was the opponent. "I haven't thought about it, honestly," the Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop said earlier about facing his longtime team. "There's enough going on around here to keep me occupied.
June 11, 2015 |
When someone is doing things the way Tommy Bergjans has for the last four years, good things are bound to happen. For the Haverford College righthander, the best possible scenario played itself out Tuesday in Day 2 of the Major League Baseball first-year player draft when the Los Angeles Dodgers selected the Manhattan Beach, Calif., native with their eighth-round pick (252d overall). "This has always been my dream," said Bergjans, who graduated with a degree in economics. "It's an incredible feeling.
April 16, 2015 |
IN OCTOBER, hockey great Gordie Howe was so debilitated by a stroke he wanted to die. "He was saying, 'Take me out back and shoot me,' " son Murray Howe told the Associated Press. "He was serious. It wasn't like a joke. I said, 'Dad, let's just see if we can help you first.' " Howe was 86 when he suffered the stroke, which caused slurred speech and loss of use of his right arm and leg. Murray, a diagnostic radiologist, and Howe's other three children, took the Hall of Famer to Mexico where he was injected with donor stem-cells.
March 30, 2015 |
PHOENIX - Jimmy Rollins sat at his corner locker stall and nodded toward one locker designated for Yasiel Puig and another belonging to Clayton Kershaw. "You've got 66 and 22. Those are the stars," Rollins said, referring to the players by their uniform numbers. "Everybody else falls in behind them. And that's quite OK. You just do your job, and if they do their jobs, they get the headlines. " If there was ever an indication of Rollins' new life with the Los Angeles Dodgers, it's this admission.
February 20, 2015 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - It will be difficult to have a handle on just how far Cliff Lee has come from his injury-riddled 2014 season until he takes the mound regularly in games every 5 days. But after throwing a bullpen session on Day 1 of camp yesterday, when pitchers and catchers took part in the first official workout of the spring, Lee said he was back to his "normal" self. "I feel normal," Lee said. "I don't know if that's good or what. But that's what I feel like. " The 36-year-old lefthander hasn't taken the mound in a big-league game since last July 31. If he's able to stay healthy this season, he could be gone before that date - Major League Baseball's trade-deadline day - comes back around this summer.
January 7, 2015 |
JIMMY ROLLINS is relocating to the West Coast for the 2015 season, but his foundation is staying put in Philadelphia. The Rollins Family Foundation announced yesterday that it will stay active in the Delaware Valley despite the shortstop's trade to the Los Angeles Dodgers last month. The foundation plans to expand and partner with Los Angeles-based organizations, too. "Over the years the foundation has helped to improve the lives of children in the tri-state area but we feel our new mission is our most important work thus far. We made great progress in 2014 and look to continue to build on that momentum," Rollins said in a press release from the Rollins Family Foundation.
December 22, 2014 |
FOR 9 DAYS, Jimmy Rollins, like everyone else in the baseball world, sat and waited. He tried to keep himself busy. He fended off questions from family members, who wondered if they needed to trade in their red pinstriped jerseys for Dodger blue. Yesterday morning, Rollins had just wrapped up a Pilates session when the phone call he was waiting for finally came through. It was Andrew Friedman, the Los Angeles Dodgers' team president of baseball operations. For the first time since he was 17, Rollins was no longer a Philadelphia Phillie.