July 14, 2016 |
IN A DIFFERENT time, when I was more naïve about the dramatic effects of performance-enhancing drugs, I guess I would have been impressed by the spectacular display by Miami Marlins rightfielder Giancarlo Stanton during Monday's Home Run Derby. I might have even believed the 61 home runs Stanton smashed out of Petco Park were "spectacular. " Even though the purpose of the contest is to intentionally deliver pitches that batters can blast out of ballpark, the fact Stanton destroyed the previous single-night mark of 41 set by then-Phillie Bobby Abreu in 2005 was amazing in terms of record-breaking margins for any event.
May 20, 2016 |
Go ahead, try. Try to explain how the Phillies, now one quarter into this season, are on the verge of first place, just a half-game behind. Try to understand how just about every win follows the same formula, the familiar late-inning drama powered by proficient pitching and well-timed hitting. The Phillies beat the Miami Marlins, 4-2, Wednesday without their best hitter. They fielded an outfield that had combined for zero home runs and batted a bench player third. The manager's strategy when he assembles his lineup is "Why not?"
April 8, 2016 |
Born in Ecuador, Lizardo Ortiz has been a legal permanent resident of the United States since 2008. A welder with the strong hands to show for it, he lives in Downingtown with his wife, Rosa. Ortiz, 61, has been eligible to become an American citizen for the last three years. But only now has he decided to apply. Did the harsh immigration rhetoric of the presidential campaign spur him to act? Was he moved by the hard lines of some GOP candidates, chiefly Donald Trump, who this week said he would block remittances to families in Mexico to pay for his "beautiful" border wall?
October 6, 2015 |
According to CSNPhilly.com, the Phillies have granted bench coach Larry Bowa permission to speak to the Miami Marlins about their managerial job. Dan Jennings, the Marlins' general-manager-turned-manager, is reportedly set to return to the front office. Bowa, who turns 70 in December, is expected to interview with the Marlins on Monday, according to MLB.com. He was one of four coaches the Phillies asked to return for next season. Pitching coach Bob McClure, hitting coach Steve Henderson, and first-base coach Juan Samuel were the others.
September 24, 2015 |
MIAMI - Cody Asche launched two home runs-including an upper-deck shot - and Aaron Harang delivered what was only his second quality start since May as the Phillies snapped a six-game losing skid with a 6-2 win over the Miami Marlins last night. Asche, who lost his third base job a month into the season and was losing his grip on a starting job, period, entering the season's final month, enjoyed the first multi-home run game of his career in the victory. He has homered four times in his last eight games.
August 26, 2015 |
DARNELL SWEENEY'S first session of batting practice as a Phillie was somewhat unassuming by interim manager Pete Mackanin's standards. Sweeney was making contact, his swing looked clean, but Mackanin didn't hear that "pop" that he looks for in a major league hitter. "I was just talking to [coaches] Larry Bowa and Steve Henderson about the first time he took batting practice, and we kind of agreed that the ball wasn't coming off his bat in batting practice very well and he wasn't really popping the ball," Mackanin said.
August 25, 2015 |
MIAMI - The day after he made his first major-league hit a pinch-hit home run, Darnell Sweeney started his first big-league game. The Phillies' newest position player manned center field and batted sixth in the team's 2-0 win against the Miami Marlins on Sunday afternoon. He did not manage a hit, but drew walks in three of his four plate appearances in the finale of the four-game series at Marlins Park. The start capped a memorable first weekend for Sweeney, whose first series as a big-leaguer came about a 20-minute drive from his childhood home in Hollywood, Fla. It also was against one of his good friends in Dee Gordon, the Marlins' two-time all-star second baseman whose .335 batting average is the best in baseball.
August 24, 2015 |
MIAMI - The nature of Darnell Sweeney's first major-league hit was especially fitting, given the player he was traded for just three nights before. Although it wasn't a grand slam like Chase Utley's first hit in April 2003, Sweeney's pinch-hit solo shot sparked the Phillies' come-from-behind, 4-2 win against the Miami Marlins on Saturday night. The estimated 445-foot home run at Marlins Park accounted for the first of the team's two, two-out runs that tied the game in the eighth inning.
August 21, 2015 |
MIAMI - The odes to and appreciations of Chase Utley - and the reminiscing of his greatest hits and quotes and plays - can go only so far in the 24-hour period after the seismic trade was completed. Eventually, the focus returns to the product on the field. Thankfully for the good folks who put in deposits on season- ticket orders last winter, the Utley hangover took place about 1,200 miles away from South Philly and closer to the South Beach, where no one gives a darn about baseball.
April 24, 2015 |
FIRST, the good news. Cole Hamels did not allow a home run and Chase Utley ended his weeklong drought without a hit last night against the Miami Marlins. Hamels had entered the night leading the major leagues with seven home runs allowed through three starts, already halfway to his 2014 total. Utley was flirting with breaking whatever they call the line that is 100 points lower than the Mendoza line - the Michael Martinez line? Utley got his hit out of the way early and Hamels labored through six innings, but pitched well enough to put the Phillies in position to collect their third win in their last four games.