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.
July 13, 2012 |
After more than six hours of debate, the Lower Merion Township commissioners voted late Wednesday to approve a $275,000 pay package for township manager Douglas Cleland. A minority of Republicans led by commissioner Jenny Brown tried without success to amend the two-year pact, which would have caused it to be tabled under Roberts Rules of Order. The vote was 8 to 5, with one member of the 14-member panel absent. The yes votes all came from Democrats; the no votes came from three Republicans and two Democrats who broke with party lines.
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)
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. ...
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...
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.