August 15, 2015 |
The San Francisco Giants have made an offer for Phillies second baseman Chase Utley, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. Columnist Bruce Jenkins posted the news on Twitter Thursday night, quoting Giants general manager Bobby Evans as saying he was "just waiting to hear" from the Phillies. "He doubts a deal goes down tonight," Jenkins said. Several teams have made offers for Utley, sources told MLB.com, but no deal is imminent. The Giants expect all-star Joe Panik to return in the coming weeks from a back injury.
January 25, 2015 |
SIX MONTHS AGO, Jonathan Papelbon sat in his locker stall in the visiting clubhouse at Milwaukee's Miller Park and held court with reporters. The subject: the upcoming July 31 trade deadline. The summary of Papelbon's stance: Get me the heck out of here. Perhaps Papelbon finally will get his wish, and, coincidentally, find a new home in the city where he voiced his opinion last summer. Yahoo Sports reported early yesterday morning that the Phillies and Milwaukee Brewers have had "serious discussions" about a Papelbon trade.
March 28, 2014 |
CAME ACROSS a story that the Milwaukee Brewers were having a bobblehead night for Hank. Being a bobblehead collector, I naturally thought "Milwaukee . . . Hank . . . How cool is that? A bobblehead night for Hank Aaron. " Wrong! Hank is a dog that wandered into Maryvale Baseball Park, the Brewers' spring-training site in Phoenix, last month and soon after was taken to the vet by Brewers staff members. After Hank was treated for lacerations on his underside, staffers bought him a bed, set him up in the office and took turns taking him home at night.
August 19, 2013 |
WHENEVER anyone asks me to tell a Charlie Manuel story, this is the story I will tell: It was October 2008. The Phillies had just beaten the Milwaukee Brewers in the National League Division Series. The Champagne spraying had ceased, for the most part. Manuel was hiding out in the visiting manager's office at Miller Park. I poked my head in. "Close the door," he said. We talked for about 10 minutes, give or take. The standard black phone sat on the standard metal desk and rang almost constantly, but Manuel ignored it. His own cellphone, one of those old clamshells, also was blowing up, vibrating and dancing across the desktop.
July 28, 2013
Even when he's not at Miller Park, disgraced Brewers slugger Ryan Braun is causing trouble. Take what happened to Milwaukee fan Karen Eidem on Wednesday night. She decided to show her frustration with the team and its star's cheating by wearing a Ryan Braun jersey she had modified to read: "FRAUD. " And just like that, security tapped her on the shoulder and told her the shirt violated the fan code of conduct and that she would have to change or leave the ballpark. Eidem turned the shirt inside out and stayed for the game.
May 29, 2013 |
BOSTON - The boos were meant for the closer in his New England homecoming, but they could have just as easily been directed to the manager in the visiting dugout at Fenway Park last night had they been sounded off by the healthy flock of Phillies fans in town. Jonathan Papelbon, who spent his first eight major league seasons in Boston, was called on by Charlie Manuel to take the ball in a two-run game in the ninth inning. Cliff Lee, who spent the first eight innings making the Red Sox bats look limp, was told to take a seat.
July 3, 2012 |
Maybe he doesn't like avocado, or prefers pizza with pepperoni instead of pineapple. But whatever the reason, first baseman Carlos Lee would not accept a trade from bottom-feeding Houston to the contending Los Angeles Dodgers. Lee has a limited no-trade clause and his permission was needed to complete the deal. ESPN The Magazine said Lee, who is the final season of a six-year contract, told the Astros on Sunday that he would not allow the trade. The injury-depleted Dodgers were shut out for the sixth time in 12 games on Saturday and have produced only two runs in their last 57 innings.
April 24, 2012 |
JOE MATHER'S two-run single with two outs in the ninth inning lifted the Chicago Cubs to a 3-2 comeback win over the visiting St. Louis Cardinals on Monday night. St. Louis closer Jason Motte (1-1) had the Cubs down to their final strike when Mather, a former Cardinal, grounded a 2-2 slider up the middle, scoring Bryan LaHair and Geovany Soto. LaHair battled Motte for 12 pitches before drawing a one-out walk. Motte then walked Soto, before Steve Clevenger's grounder moved the runners up to set the plate for Mather.
October 16, 2011 |
MILWAUKEE - Shaun Marcum thinks people really want to see two aces face off in Game 7 with the NL pennant on the line. He can go a long way to forcing that matchup with a strong effort Sunday. Marcum will get the ball for Milwaukee when it faces Edwin Jackson and St. Louis in Game 6 of the National League Championship Series, with the Brewers trailing, three games to two, in the best-of-seven series. If the Brewers win, Yovani Gallardo would pitch against Chris Carpenter on Monday night.
October 9, 2011 |
MILWAUKEE - The Brewers are so hot in Milwaukee this fall that they've obscured the Super Bowl-champion Packers' 4-0 start. Their tickets are being scalped. Their hats and jerseys are ubiquitous. Their players can't go anywhere without being mobbed. Ron Roenicke doesn't have that problem. Thursday night, on the eve of one of the biggest games in franchise history, as the city buzzed with Brewers talk, Milwaukee's first-year manager stopped his car when, on his way home, he noticed a man fishing near the team's Miller Park parking lot. "I saw a guy fly-fishing out there," he said before his Brewers beat the Diamondbacks in Friday's Game 5 and advanced to the NL Championship Series.