June 26, 2011 |
On Thursday, the same day the Flyers traded Mike Richards to Los Angeles and Jeff Carter to Columbus - while the team's fans swapped their calcified loyalty for shock and, in some cases, open anger - a different and even more compelling drama was developing south of Philadelphia. How fitting that the saga unfolded in our nation's capital. There, in Washington, on a soupy summer day, an American hero was born. Until recently, Jim Riggleman was merely the manager of the Washington Nationals.
April 1, 2014 |
ON DAY 1 OF CAMP, when all his pitchers, catchers, infielders, outfielders, coaches and other staff members were in the same room for the first time, Ryne Sandberg spoke. He was anxious, not unlike a new kid on his first day of school, but he was excited, too. A believer in team unity - when he took over for Charlie Manuel late last summer, Sandberg implemented a rule that everyone in uniform had to stand outside the dugout during the pregame national anthem - Sandberg had all of the new players in camp introduce themselves in the middle of the room.
April 5, 2014 |
CHICAGO - There are only 30 big-league managing jobs, and everybody agrees that Ryne Sandberg paid his dues and then some to get one. Right around the time he was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame as a tribute to his playing career with the Chicago Cubs, Sandberg decided he wanted back in as a big-league manager, and he was more than willing to take all the long bus rides and climb through each rung of the minor leagues to do it. ...
March 6, 2011 |
BRADENTON, Fla. - For all we know, John Felske (1985-87) was somewhere in the ballpark, maybe working the corn-dog stand behind the first-base bleachers. The Phillies' least well-known manager of the last quarter-century may well have been at McKechnie Field on Friday. There, sitting with some other scouts, was Jim Fregosi (1991-96). And over there, wearing a bright yellow Pirates jersey and hitting fungoes, was Nick Leyva ('89-91). Behind the plate, sitting with the rest of the Phillies brass, was one Dallas Green ('79-81)
July 17, 2012 |
THE MIGHTY Oz was at it again on Sunday. Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen reportedly threw more than a few f-bombs in the direction of Nationals rookie rightfielder Bryce Harper during the fourth inning of the Washington's 4-0 win. In the first inning, Guillen had mentioned to the third-base umpire that he thought Harper had too much pine tar on his bat. But Guillen didn't call for a ruling so nothing came of it. When Harper came to the...
August 15, 2012 |
SEATTLE - Jeff Datz, the Seattle Mariners third-base coach and a graduate of Clearview High in Gloucester County and Glassboro State College (now Rowan University) is completing his 11th season as a major-league coach, and he says he never takes a day for granted. Nor will Datz forget the person who opened the gate to the big leagues. "I will forever be grateful to Charlie Manuel," Datz said about the Phillies manager in an interview last month at Safeco Field. "He gave me the opportunity to coach in the big leagues.
July 11, 2012 |
Commissioners in affluent Lower Merion met Wednesday night to discuss awarding a pay package worth $275,000 to the township's manager this year and next. The predominantly Democratic panel talked well into the night about what to pay Douglas Cleland, the municipal manager since 2002. The deal on the table called for a base wage of $202,989, rising to $207,049 in 2013, according to the contract document released before the meeting. The package includes longevity pay of 8.1 percent and a township contribution of 8 percent towards deferred compensation, a company car plus fuel, and other perks.
February 14, 2013 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - It starts anew for Charlie Manuel and the Phillies on Wednesday morning when pitchers and catchers go through the first official workout of spring training at the Carpenter Complex. Perhaps this is the beginning of the end for the 69-year-old Manuel and his aging core of players, many of whom are working on the final year of their contracts, just like the manager. Or maybe this is the beginning of something special, which is the word that best describes the most of the Manuel era. Only fools would say they know for sure.
October 15, 2014 |
THE UNION pulled an astounding choke on Saturday night. In a span of 5 minutes, it blew a 2-0 lead late against the Columbus Crew to lose, 3-2, and got eliminated from the Major League Soccer playoff race. You decide which of the following statements sounds closer to the truth: In June, when he fired manager John Hackworth and replaced him with current interim manager Jim Curtin, Union CEO Nick Sakiewicz said: "I think we have a lot of quality in our team. We're a good team; we have quality in the locker room.
February 12, 2012 |
Question: I recently rented an SUV from Enterprise in Tenafly, N.J. A manager and I walked around the car before I left the lot. Neither of us saw any damage. A week later, when I returned the car, a regional manager, who was taller than both myself and the store manager, noticed two outward-facing dings in the roof of the vehicle. He even asked if anyone had gotten mad and punched the roof, or carried any cargo that could have caused the damage. The store manager who had missed the damage on the first inspection had to climb up into the car to get a look at the top; at that point, he said he never could have missed it. Enterprise wants us to pay for the damage.