April 2, 2013 |
SOMEBODY cue up Kenny Rogers' "Through The Years," while hoping the most successful era of Phillies baseball isn't quite over: 2007 Record: Went 89-73 and won the National League East for the first time since 1993. Synopsis: The season started with Jimmy Rollins' proclamation that the Phillies were the team to beat and closed with Rollins going 2-for-3 with a triple and two stolen bases as the Phils won the division on the final day of the season. Key additions: Jayson Werth, Greg Dobbs, Chad Durbin, J.C. Romero, Tadahito Iguchi, Kyle Lohse.
March 31, 2013 |
It's no joke: The Phillies are opening on April 1 this year. It will be the third time the season starts on April Fools' Day, and since that history is mostly recent, it's actually pretty good. Plus, because it's April 1, you certainly can prank the ones you love. First some history, then some foolishness to try at home: April 1, 2011, Phillies' home opener vs. Astros It was the baseball gods playing a prank. It had to be. The Phillies came into 2011 with great promise: The team, two years removed from a World Series win, shockingly reacquired Cliff Lee as a free agent in the offseason.
July 3, 2012 |
MIAMI - Fifteen years ago Monday, the Phillies lost for the 58th time in 81 games. Curt Schilling screamed at Mike Lieberthal, first-year manager Terry Francona lashed into his appalling team, and Ricky Bottalico threw a bad pitch. "I'm just stupid," Bottalico said that night. These Phillies are not nearly as dreadful as the 1997 edition, yet it's been 15 years since Philadelphia has seen a worse first half of baseball than this. There was no yelling or screaming Sunday after a 5-2 loss to Miami completed a Marlins sweep and dropped the Phillies to 36-45 and 11 games out of first place.
June 8, 2012 |
The Phillies again avoided the tumult that would have accompanied Curt Schilling's selection to the team's Wall of Fame. The Phillies announced that catcher Mike Lieberthal will be enshrined on Aug. 10. The announcement comes on the final day of a series with the Dodgers, the only other team that Lieberthal played for. He is the third catcher among the 34 members, joining Bob Boone and Darren Daulton. "What a tremendous honor it is to be added to the Wall of Fame along with some of the greatest players in Phillies history," Lieberthal, 40, said.
April 18, 2012 |
SAN FRANCISCO - Last November, Frank Coppenbarger sent a text message to Pat Burrell. Coppenbarger, the Phillies' longtime director of travel and clubhouse services, floated the idea of Burrell returning to Philadelphia sometime during the 2012 season for a retirement ceremony. Burrell had witnessed similar events for Doug Glanville and Mike Lieberthal. He was intrigued by the idea but unsure whether he wanted the added attention as he adapts to life without the daily routine of baseball.
February 26, 2012 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - The six catchers lined up on a back field at the Carpenter Complex and none of them wanted to leave. One by one, they stabbed the bouncing balls hit toward home plate, a drill designed to improve blocking and tagging. It was an elimination game: Last man standing wins. Mick Billmeyer, the team's bullpen coach and catching instructor, slapped a ball that took a wicked bounce over Sebastian Valle's glove. The youngest catcher was the first eliminated. "No!
February 9, 2012 |
THE PHILLIES HAVE revealed the 12 names on the Wall of Fame ballot, with Curt Schilling seeming to be the front-runner. Schilling was on the ballot last year in his first year of eligibility, but the selection committee of team executives and media members selected John Kruk. Schilling went 101-78 with a 3.35 ERA in nine seasons in Philadelphia before demanding a trade and winning World Series titles in Arizona and Boston. His numbers, however, are impressive: sixth in wins, eighth in innings (1,659 1/3)
August 11, 2011
IMAGINE A PHILLIES team with two star lefthanded starting pitchers, arguably the best righthanded starter in major league baseball, an emerging rookie ace, and a lineup capable of putting a crooked number on the board a couple of times a night. That's this team, right? Right. But it was a trade-deadline deal short of being the 1993 Phillies, John Kruk says, if the organization's current aggressive philosophy was the philosophy back then. "If you remember the trade deadline, we had a chance to get Randy Johnson and they didn't want to give up, I think, Mike Lieberthal," the Krukker was saying yesterday.
August 2, 2011 |
BOB STUMPO grew up cheering for names that are quite familiar in these parts. He mentions such favorite players as Chase Utley, Jim Thome, Mike Lieberthal . . . Hey, why not? Stumpo grew up in Wilmington. Mom and Dad got Phillies season tickets every year. He went to Salesianum High School and took his baseball talents to nearby West Chester University. He starred as a catcher for the Golden Rams and was good enough to get picked in the 33rd round of the 2010 draft by . . . you guessed it, the Phillies.
February 13, 2011 |
It is here. Finally. The most eagerly anticipated ride in the history of Philadelphia sports starts now, as the 2011 Phillies start reporting to work (officially) in Clearwater, Fla. Never has a Philly team begun its season with as much positive energy and pure enthusiasm as this one. If there's a trace of our historic sense of impending doom, good luck finding it. The city Murphy surely had in mind when formulating his infamous Law is all in with this club to an unprecedented degree.