January 8, 2016 |
Mike Piazza's election to baseball's Hall of Fame Wednesday completes a curiously connected trinity of locally born Dodgers. He now joins Roy Campanella and Tommy Lasorda as the last link in a chain that began more than a half-century ago in Brooklyn. Like Piazza, the manager who had a brief mid-'50s career as a pitcher was born in Norristown. One of his closest friends was Vince Piazza, his future catcher's father and another Norristown native. It's that Norristown connection, as much as anything, that Piazza can credit for his big-league career, not to mention his Hall of Fame selection.
October 12, 2015 |
The mind-blowing summer of 1969 taught Americans a lot about themselves. But mostly it taught them geography. Until astronauts landed there and altered our view of the universe, few knew where the Sea of Tranquility was. Fewer still had heard of Woodstock, Stonewall, or Chappaquiddick. On the other hand, surrounded by this revolutionary expansion of boundaries and consciousness, but sadly not impacted by it, the 1969 Phillies took us on a journey to an all-too-familiar location.
August 17, 2015 |
I have been a baseball fan since I was big enough to sit in a seat at Veterans Stadium. My dad and I have been to hundreds of games together. So I was excited about my trip to Cuba. I fervently hoped to have some baseball interaction along the way of our controlled, guided tour. As we rode along in our bus, manufactured in China, we saw lots of grass fields with children practicing, lots of stadiums for the national teams, lots of statues of interesting mascots. Baseballs and bats were for sale in almost every craft market.
July 17, 2015 |
LAST MONTH'S gruesome injury from a broken maple bat to a woman at Fenway Park has renewed dialogue about improving ballpark safety. Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred said during his annual luncheon with baseball writers at the All-Star Game that MLB was evaluating ballpark safety features, but any changes will not be implemented until next season. Once at the Hall of Fame I was lucky enough to handle a bat used by Babe Ruth and another by Mike Schmidt. Ruth's bat, its handle as thick as a fist, would have burned longer than a Yule log. Schmidt's, built more than four decades later, was thinner and lighter, but it was still a heavy, thick piece of wood by today's standards.
June 30, 2015 |
MIKE SCHMIDT does not like Maikel Franco's game. He loves it. "We've got the start of something really exciting with this kid," Schmidt said. Everybody sees Franco's early hitting. Schmidt also sees a Gold Glove in his future. He likes Franco's approach to the game, calling it "cockiness in a good way . . . the way he carries himself like he knows he's good. " The Phillies' Hall of Fame third baseman, a television analyst for the team's Saturday and Sunday home games, was speaking in the Citizens Bank Park press box before yesterday's doubleheader with the Nationals.
June 15, 2015 |
MO'NE DAVIS was looking around her closet in search of her blue-and-maroon Taney Dragons jersey. At first, she, like many of her teammates, had no idea what the John Wanamaker Athletic Award was for. "I just knew that there was a Taney award and I needed to find my jersey," Davis said Friday at the awards ceremony. "That's all I knew at first. " The award is given annually by the Philadelphia Sports Congresss to the athlete, team or organization that has done the most to reflect credit upon Philadelphia and to the team or sport in which they excel.
May 12, 2015 |
When Mike and Alyssa Capko got to their seats at Citizens Bank Park on Sunday for a Mother's Day outing to a Phillies game, their first thoughts were: Great seats. Foul-ball territory. We'd better be careful. Mike had their 7-month-old son, Kolton, strapped to his chest. For three innings, everything was fine - the Phillies were even leading the Mets at that point. Kolton sucked on a blue pacifier as his parents enjoyed the game with friends who also brought a young child.
April 4, 2015 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Cody Asche first heard of Mike Schmidt in the summer of 2000, when Mark McGwire passed the former Phillies third baseman on the all-time home run list. Asche was a 10-year-old Cardinals fan, who grew up 30 miles northwest of St. Louis. Schmidt was just another Hall of Fame name on a list full of them. This spring, Asche built a relationship with that name. The team's third baseman worked in Schmidt's hitting group throughout spring training. In a new initiative rolled out by manager Ryne Sandberg, each player was assigned a personal hitting coach.
February 27, 2015 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - The greatest hitter in Phillies history gripped a red bat Wednesday afternoon. He had just finished overseeing batting practice for his hitting group and was demonstrating for an observer the focus of his work with his most-scrutinized student. Mike Schmidt is trying to rid Domonic Brown of his tendency to fall back and release an uppercut swing. The Hall of Fame third baseman wants the Phillies' oft-maligned rightfielder to "think top half of the ball, line drive, stay in the middle of the field.
November 6, 2014 |
All will be the same in 2015 in terms of leadership in Burlington, Camden, and Gloucester Counties following Tuesday's general election. For Camden and Gloucester Counties, that means the all-Democratic freeholder boards will retain their current makeup. In Burlington County, on the other hand, a tense race with the potential to end nearly four decades of GOP control once again ended in another victory for Republicans as an incumbent and a former freeholder were returned to office.