March 22, 1990 |
Keith Miller had decided not to report to the Carpenter Complex with the rest of the Phillies' minor leaguers a couple of weeks ago. He was all set to become the best-hitting commodities dealer on the Chicago Board of Trade, earning three times the money he could make this season in baseball. Even though he made the International League All-Star team last year, he was 27 and, after six years of bouncing around the minors, he was fed up. Then he changed his mind. "I guess it's because I love to play baseball," he said.
June 29, 2011
THIS WAS never going to be about the ground ball on which Domonic Brown failed to run hard on Saturday against the Oakland Athletics. He is too good a young player, with too good a reputation as a person, to let a single, thoughtless moment define him in any significant way. It was never going to be about that one play. It was always going to be about the next play, and the next day, and the day after that. The reaction was always going to be more important than the action. And so far?
June 12, 2012 |
THE GOAL of every major league umpire is to be as inconspicuous as possible. That will no longer be easy for Brian Runge. On Friday, Runge was behind the plate for his second no-hitter of the season as six Mariners pitchers combined on a 1-0 victory over the Dodgers. He was also the home plate ump when White Sox hurler Philip Humber pitched a perfect game against the Mariners on April 21. "It's an amazing story, just to be a part of it and be on the field, but then to be behind the plate both games," Runge told the Associated Press on Sunday.
April 26, 2006 |
Two days earlier, umpire Dan Iassogna was blowing a call at first base and tossing Chase Utley and Charlie Manuel out of the Phillies' win over Florida. Yesterday morning, Iassogna carried a picket sign and chanted in unison with 24 other umpires outside rickety Municipal Stadium in Hagerstown, Md., shortly before a Class A game between the Hagerstown Suns and Lake County Captains. "Being here is something I want to do, something I have to do," he said. Major league umpires Iassogna, Dale Scott, Ron Kulpa and Jeff Nelson joined striking minor league umps on the picket line in a joint demonstration, "the first of its kind in 100 years of baseball," according to Andy Roberts, president of the Association of Minor League Umpires.
May 6, 1994 |
One and done. Such was the major league career, to use that phrase in its loosest possible definition, of Leroy Reams. Twenty-five years ago tomorrow, in the Phillies' penultimate season at Connie Mack Stadium, Reams, an outfielder, pinch-hit for reliever Barry Lersch in the eighth inning of a 6-1 loss to the Houston Astros. He struck out, trudged back to the dugout and watched the rest of the game. Two days earlier, he had been summoned from Eugene, of the Triple A Pacific Coast League.
July 12, 2011
Playing at: Reading (AA) Position: Catcher Height: 5-11. Weight: 181. Age: 27. Born: Aug. 17, 1983, in Freeport, Ill. Bats: Right. Throws: Right. How obtained: Selected in the 11th round in 2005. This season: Is hitting a career-best .282 (through Sunday) and is likely to set personal bests for home runs and RBI. He has eight homers and 42 RBI . . . Has hit two of Reading's four grand slams . . . Had a career-high six RBI against Akron on June 1. Career notes: Has been a non-roster invitee to Phillies' spring training each of the last four seasons . . . Was named the best defensive catcher in the Eastern League in 2010 . . . Hit .200 in 16 games at Triple A Lehigh Valley in 2009, the highest level he's reached.
June 8, 2013 |
In the days leading up to this week's Major League Baseball first-year player draft, Malvern Prep graduate Leon Stimpson has noticed many of his summer-league teammates and predraft workout comrades endlessly staring at their cellphones. They're waiting for a phone call, a text message, an e-mail - any clue from a major-league club or scout - about where their immediate future lies. So it goes for hundreds of prospects across the country, especially for those such as Stimpson - a product of Division III Alvernia College - who aren't wasting time pondering how to spend the multimillion-dollar signing bonuses they likely won't receive.
May 5, 1992 |
Horace L. "Butch" Walker, 77, a veteran bowler who was inducted into the Greater Philadelphia Bowling Association Hall of Fame, died Saturday of a heart attack at his home in Jamison, Bucks County. Mr. Walker was a 43-year veteran of major league and tournament bowling in the area, winning numerous titles and maintaining a lifetime average of 216. He is credited with two sanctioned games in which he bowled 300. Born June 24, 1914, in Greentree, Pa., Mr. Walker was orphaned at an early age, said his stepson, Peter W. Brunner.
April 29, 2015 |
ALLENTOWN - We have reached a point where there is very little that can distinguish the best-case and worse-case scenarios for this Phillies team, so whatever the Phillies decide to do with Domonic Brown, the result is unlikely to be anything other than a season of soul-sucking ineptitude followed by at least two or three more. I suppose that qualifies as solace. Still, we are paid to write about sports, and the Phillies play sports, and thus we would be remiss if we did not spend a bit of time on the apparent disconnect between player and organization that has been revealed over the last 48 hours.
May 4, 2011 |
CHICAGO - Francisco Liriano pitched the major league's first no-hitter of the season, throwing his first career complete game in the Minnesota Twins' 1-0 victory over the White Sox last night. Liriano (2-4), who has played all six of his major league seasons with the Twins, struck out two and tied his career high with six walks. The 27-year-old lefthander threw 123 pitches in his 95th major league start. He survived a rocky ninth inning that began when Brent Morel grounded to shortstop and Matt Tolbert made a one-hop throw that first baseman Justin Morneau scooped.