July 29, 2014 |
There is little doubt Cliff Lee will step onto the Nationals Park mound in Washington on Thursday, just three hours after the non-waiver trade deadline strikes. He has pitched 102/3 innings in two starts and permitted nine runs on 21 hits since his return from a strained left elbow. No contender will add Lee, not until the ace recaptures some dominance. The Phillies could benefit from the short-term uncertainty that surrounds Lee. They will expose him to waivers next month - just as most teams do with their players - and Lee should go unclaimed.
July 14, 2014 |
IT SPEAKS VOLUMES about this all-over-but-the-retching Phillies season that the biggest news the team generated during the winter had absolutely nothing to do with what happens on the field. Instead, the buzz was generated by the out-of-the-blue sacking of Phillies TV analysts Chris Wheeler and Gary Matthews and their replacement by three former players, Jamie Moyer, Matt Stairs and Mike Schmidt. "Wheels," who had provided color commentary for the Fightin's since 1977, and "Sarge," a member of the 1983 Wheeze Kids squad that won the National League pennant, were victims of the blockbuster 25-year, $2.5 billion deal the team cut with Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia right after New Year's.
June 16, 2014 |
Hall of Fame third baseman Mike Schmidt stood at first base and lifted the arm of the man who had just broken his longtime Phillies record. Schmidt stood with Jimmy Rollins after the shortstop surpassed Schmidt as the Phillies' all-time hit king on Saturday at Citizens Bank Park. It was difficult to tell who was more excited, Schmidt, the proud former record-holder, or Rollins, the new one. With a fifth-inning single off Chicago Cubs righthander Edwin Jackson, Rollins stood on top of the Phillies hit list with 2,235.
May 21, 2014 |
A QUARTER CENTURY ago, Mike Schmidt hit a one-out double off David Cone in the top of the eighth inning at Shea Stadium. Later in the inning, he scored the go-ahead run. In between, the ball Schmidt hit for a double was scooped up and sent into the visiting dugout. Schmidt and then-broadcaster Richie Ashburn, who would one day go into the Hall of Fame together, autographed the ball and it was auctioned off at the Phillies Wives ALS auction. A day after that hit, on April 20, 1989, Schmidt hit another double in his first at-bat in Pittsburgh to pass Ashburn and claim the Phillies' all-time hit record.
May 15, 2014 |
NICK PANTS, aka Luke Dill, is the Picasso of Photoshop. You can check him out on Twitter at @Nick_Pants. The accompanying "photo" of Donald Sterling as the Cowardly Lion may be his best work to date. It is perfect because it makes you laugh at Sterling, not with him. The Clippers' owner, like the character in the "Wizard of Oz," is a sniveling loudmouth. Donald Sterling and the Cowardly Lion. Perfect together. RGIII gets his man Robert Griffin III called an audible during the NFL draft.
April 23, 2014 |
LOS ANGELES - Since the Phillies' lineup was matched up against lefthander Paul Maholm, who has seen righthanded hitters hit nearly 70 points higher than lefthanders in his career, it was hardly surprising that Cody Asche was out of last night's starting nine at Dodger Stadium. Asche also gave way to a pinch-hitter a day earlier in Denver, in another right-lefty matchup. And since Freddy Galvis returned from the disabled list 10 days earlier, Asche has been out of the lineup in four of the last 10 games.
March 18, 2014 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Phillies Hall of Fame third baseman Mike Schmidt revealed Sunday that he had been diagnosed with stage-3 melanoma last summer. Though Schmidt said that he is now cancer-free, the melanoma forced him to undergo radiation and chemotherapy treatments and surgery to remove his lymph nodes. "I'm a lucky man," he said outside the team's training complex. Schmidt, 64, who will join the Phillies' TV broadcast team on Comcast SportsNet for 13 Sunday home games this season, had noticed a discolored blotch of skin on his hand one day in August and, on the spur of the moment, decided to visit his dermatologist.
February 28, 2014 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Mike Schmidt, the Hall of Fame third baseman, will broadcast 13 Phillies games for Comcast SportsNet this season, as the network continues to overhaul its announcing talent. Schmidt, 64, will work every Sunday home game. He will team with Tom McCarthy and either Jamie Moyer or Matt Stairs in a three-man booth. Comcast replaced Chris Wheeler and Gary Matthews in January when it agreed to a TV rights deal with the Phillies worth more than $2.5 billion. "Michael Jack Schmidt is one of the iconic names in Philadelphia Phillies history," Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia president Brian Monihan said in a statement.
February 27, 2014 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Jamie Moyer and Matt Stairs were introduced on Monday as Comcast SportsNet's new color commentary team for Phillies television broadcasts. But they aren't the only voices being added to the network for the 2014 season. Consider them the table setters for the Hall of Fame cleanup hitter set to join the broadcast. Mike Schmidt will join CSN's broadcast team this season for all 13 Sunday home games at Citizens Bank Park, the Daily News has learned. Schmidt, a 12-time All-Star with the Phillies, will join play-by-play man Tom McCarthy and either Stairs or Moyer in a three-man booth for the home Sunday broadcasts.
January 24, 2014 |
The Phillies announced their coaching staff for spring training next month in Clearwater, Fla., and as interesting as some of the names were on that long, long list, the one that was missing jumped out even more. Hall of Fame third baseman Mike Schmidt will not be a spring-training instructor for the first time in a long, long time, and the reason is an illness that is serious enough to keep him from doing one of the things he truly loves. "Mike is treating a health issue that requires him to remain near his doctors and will be unable to attend spring training as a field instructor this year," Phillies vice president for communications Bonnie Clark said.