June 28, 2015 |
After the surprising resignation of manager Ryne Sandberg on Friday, the Phillies' Pete Mackanin finds himself in a familiar role: interim manager. Mackanin, who had been the third base coach, is now in Sandberg's seat. This is the third time that the 63-year-old has been an interim manager. "We are trying to make this as seamless as possible," Mackanin said. No one has a timetable on how long Mackanin will hold the job. "Right now we will allow Pete to take over and move forward from there," Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said.
June 28, 2015 |
A stoic, old-school manager, Ryne Sandberg showed some emotion Friday in his last day with the Phillies. Sandberg, 55, arrived at Citizens Bank Park at 10 a.m. and then dropped a bombshell on his bosses: He was walking away from this season of endless frustration and consistent losing. Third base coach Pete Mackanin was named the interim manager, the third time he has been in the position. With a 26-48 record entering Friday, the Phillies had the worst mark in Major League Baseball, and the pain from managing a team that last produced a winning season in 2011 was clearly evident.
June 27, 2015 |
The SEPTA board on Thursday approved, without discussion, changes to the pension plan for SEPTA's 1,800 nonunion workers. The changes will require management and administrative employees, who now pay 1 percent of theirannual salary toward their pension fund, to contribute 2.5 percent starting in December and 3.5 percent starting in December 2016. Also, the formula for determining the pension pay-out will be changed, to increase the value of a future pension for employees who remain with SEPTA for many years.
June 19, 2015 |
WE'D REACHED the part of the process where we were supposed to ask the manager solemn questions about his future, and Ryne Sandberg seemed to understand that as he sat in the dugout at Citizens Bank Park yesterday. The Phillies were coming off an embarrassment that had been brewing for months, a 19-3 loss in which a starting pitcher strained a hamstring covering home, a reliever gave up five home runs, a rightfielder threw 48 pitches, and a pitching coach was forced to wave the white towel - literally - because the bullpen phone was off the hook.
June 18, 2015 |
Elizabeth Anne Anderson, 42, of Elverson, a management consultant in the pharmaceutical industry, died Wednesday, June 10, of lung cancer at Paoli Hospital. Known to friends as "Beth," Mrs. Anderson was ill for three months, and during that time, family members were her constant companions. She was the wife of Timothy L. Anderson. The couple would have celebrated 19 years of marriage July 13. The executive director of sales operations practice for TGaS Advisors in East Norriton for the last five years, Mrs. Anderson specialized in providing "custom benchmarking and advisory services" to big drug companies and biotech firms.
June 14, 2015
PITTSBURGH - The Phillies flew in town on Wednesday night and spent a day off in the City of Bridges. But when manager Ryne Sandberg filled out his lineup card for Friday's game against the Pirates, several names were missing. One day off turned into two for Ryan Howard, Chase Utley, Freddy Galvis, and Carlos Ruiz. "I've got some guys in there that's swinging the bat," Sandberg said. "Rupp is one of them, Blanco is another one. Basically, just some other guys that needed at-bats. " Darin Ruf replaced Howard at first.
June 11, 2015 |
SOON AFTER he was hired to run the Chicago Cubs in the fall of 2011, Theo Epstein named Dale Sveum to be his manager. As the Brewers' hitting coach, Sveum had a reputation not just for developing young hitters, but for being a tough, no-nonsense type and requiring accountability from those who played for him. The Cubs needed that discipline as their organizational philosophy veered toward perennial restocking and patience, much as the Phillies have...
June 9, 2015 |
Charles H. Schuster, 84, of Moorestown, a former Mid-Atlantic regional sales manager for Nestlé, the food-production firm, died Thursday, June 4, of heart disease at the Evergreens in Moorestown. Born in Pennsauken, Mr. Schuster graduated from Moorestown High School and saw combat as a Marine Corps rifleman during the Korean War in the early 1950s. Mr. Schuster was a salesman for a coffee firm in South Jersey before working for Nestlé from the 1960s into the 1980s. After leaving Nestlé, he retired as a regional sales manager for another food firm.
June 3, 2015 |
The Department of Veterans Affairs removed two ranking managers Monday from its embattled Philadelphia office, days after an internal report cited both for their roles in a party where workers were encouraged to pay one manager's wife, a self-described medium, to contact the dead. In a brief statement, the agency said Lucy Filipov, the office's assistant director, and Gary Hodge, director of its pension management center, had been "temporarily relieved" while it investigates the allegations.
May 28, 2015 |
Federal prosecutors Tuesday accused two employees of a campus hotel at the University of Pennsylvania of stealing more than $3 million over four years. Kenneth Kapikian, the hotel's former general manager, and Dennis Gagliardi, who was chief engineer, allegedly took more than $710,000 in kickbacks paid to them by contractors who overbilled for services at the Sheraton University City Hotel, according to government court filings. Federal authorities also accused the pair of submitting nearly $2.5 million in false invoices to the hotel from a washing-machine company they co-owned.