October 2, 2013 |
On Monday, Cleveland manager Terry Francona let the world in on the secret he used to direct a 24-game turnaround to 92 wins and the AL Central flag for the Indians in his first year at the helm. "We stayed away from chicken and beer," a jovial Francona said of the Tribe's 10-0 run to end the regular season. "That helped. " Tito was alluding to the end of the 2011 season when the Red Sox collapsed with a 7-20 record in the last month. That was followed by accusations that Francona had allowed the Boston clubhouse to become an Animal House, with players drinking beer, eating chicken, and playing Donkey Kong during games.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
June 13, 2012 |
Jeff Trout tries never to miss a Los Angeles Angels game since his son, Mike, is a fixture in the outfield. And Jeff Trout enjoys seeing his old manager, Charlie Manuel, guide the Phillies, a team the elder Trout has been following his entire life. Jeff Trout is a former minor-leaguer who reached as high as double A. After finishing second in the nation in batting at Delaware in 1983, he was drafted in the fifth round by the Minnesota Twins. He began his pro career with the single-A Wisconsin Rapids, where his manager was Manuel.
June 17, 2014 |
Had the Phillies shown up on Father's Day and played like men intent on having some say in the National League East race, this would have been a good time to point out that they are about to begin a brutal sequence of games against a lot of good teams and some great pitchers. There is no reason to do that, however. None whatsoever, because it was obvious after the offense's latest disappearing act that this team has no chance to be anything but dead and buried by the end of the 35-game stretch that begins Monday night against the first-place Atlanta Braves.