September 4, 2008 |
DURING THE Phillies Alumni Weekend, there is a ceremony to honor living members of the team's Wall of Fame as well as to welcome the latest inductee. Last month at Citizens Bank Park, Hall of Famers Robin Roberts and Steve Carlton were among those who took one more bow. So did fan favorites Tony Taylor and Greg Luzinski. A no-hit pitcher, Jim Bunning. Dallas Green, the only manager to lead the Phillies to a World Series win. The sellout crowd saved its loudest and longest applause, though, for Michael Jack Schmidt.
October 5, 1986 |
Fourteen seasons, and this has been the best. Fourteen seasons bursting with two Most Valuable Player awards, nine Gold Gloves, 10 All-Star Game selections, a dozen 30-homer seasons and eight 100- RBI seasons. And this season has been better than any of them. "Yeah, if you take the total picture," Mike Schmidt agreed the other day, "I've been a consistently better player this year than I've ever been. " Age 37, and at the peak of his career. That is something very few men who have played the game of baseball can say. But now Mike Schmidt can. And that is why it's so strange that there is one other thing Schmidt can say these days: He can say that next season - almost certainly - will be his last.
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.
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.
May 30, 1989 |
In the final days, Mike Schmidt's mind wandered. At Dodger Stadium a week ago, where the Phillies began what would be his last road trip, he compared his fading skills to Kirk Gibson. When the action shifted to Candlestick Park, the measuring sticks were Will Clark and Kevin Mitchell. "I was wondering if I could compete with those guys anymore," Schmidt said yesterday. "I'm watching them and feeling like a shadow of the player I used to be. "And that was telling me it was time to turn the reins over to somebody else.
July 28, 1992 |
Market Street Live, the sprawling Center City sports-bar complex that included Phillies legend Mike Schmidt as an investor, closed for good last weekend. The Dallas-based company that had managed the complex since it opened in April 1990 said the bar fell victim to several factors, including the economy and the fact that popular summer-only bars and restaurants on the Delaware riverfront "pulled traffic out of the downtown area. " Market Street Live had encompassed five distinct places in the basement and street levels of the Mellon Independence Center - the former Lit Bros.
February 28, 2012 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - In 1983, Mike Schmidt finished third in National League MVP voting despite a .255 batting average and league-leading 148 strikeouts. Three years later, Schmidt won the MVP at age 36 with a .290 batting average and five more walks (89) than strikeouts (84). "I changed," Schmidt said, "and I was very stubborn throughout my career. I was in my 14th year and made major changes to my approach both mentally and physically. I became maybe the best hitter in my career in my last couple of years.
April 9, 1995 |
Charlie Hayes left the Phillies after the '91 season, a most unhappy fellow. He returned yesterday with a smile so big, an attitude so upbeat, you'd have thought he won the Florida lottery. "Of all the players we ever got, he's got to be the happiest," Phillies manager Jim Fregosi said about his old-new third baseman. "I'm just excited, man," Hayes said after donning the red and white uniform with the No. 13 on the back. "The last time I was here, I was immature. I took everything to heart.
July 29, 1995 |
Former Phillies third baseman Mike Schmidt works on his basketball game in Cooperstown, N.Y. Schmidt and announcer Rich Ashburn, the former Phillies centerfielder, will be inducted into the Hall of Fame tomorrow.
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.