July 20, 2016 |
PATIENCE. It permeates virtually any and every conversation about sports in this town, from Aaron Nola and the Phillies down on the farm to Ron Hextall's elaborate plan of future dominance to the debate over whether the new coach and both quarterbacks of the latest Eagles refurbish have been overvalued or simply need time to prove the genius of Jeffrey Lurie and Howie Roseman. And then there is "The Process," the professional sports version of the Mel Brooks' classic, The Producers, whereby a franchise could end up winning big by losing big, provided it had enough - you guessed it - patience.
June 19, 2015 |
WE'D REACHED the part of the process where we were supposed to ask the manager solemn questions about his future, and Ryne Sandberg seemed to understand that as he sat in the dugout at Citizens Bank Park yesterday. The Phillies were coming off an embarrassment that had been brewing for months, a 19-3 loss in which a starting pitcher strained a hamstring covering home, a reliever gave up five home runs, a rightfielder threw 48 pitches, and a pitching coach was forced to wave the white towel - literally - because the bullpen phone was off the hook.
April 10, 2014 |
WASHINGTON TWP. Just like the baseball pros, 14-year-old Nadiir King was bracing himself for the season ahead. The Washington Township teen had spent the winter training under former Phillies hitting coach Milt Thompson. The two met about twice a month - a commitment that exemplified what was, by all accounts, King's genuine love for a game that he played for half his life. On Friday night, the day before the first game of the season for King's traveling baseball team, the eighth grader was found unconscious during a walk to a friend's house - a familiar route not far from the family's Sewell home.
March 7, 2014 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - That's the part of golf you have to enjoy, Dave Cash was saying. Every bad shot brings a chance to make up for it, to hit one better than was previously possible. Sitting next to him was Robert Person, finishing off a paper plate of food. "You guys weren't even born when I started playing," Cash said. The former second baseman laughed. It was 1969 when he broke icnto the big leagues. Sept. 13, Forbes Field, 10,440 Pittsburghers in the stands. He was 21 years old. Person was born 3 weeks later in Lowell, Mass.
February 16, 2014 |
Jim Fregosi, 71, a baseball lifer who guided an eccentric Phillies team from last place to National League champions in 1993 and parlayed an all-star playing career into four managerial jobs and an influential scouting position, died Friday morning. Mr. Fregosi suffered multiple strokes last week during a Major League Baseball alumni cruise and was airlifted from the Cayman Islands to a Miami hospital, where he was taken off life support Thursday. "He had that special gift as a manager that made you want to get to the field and play your [butt]
August 2, 2013 |
THE 1993 PHILLIES had a bottle of beer in one hand and a bottle of lightning in the other. They were unshaven and not particularly hygienic, but boy could they play baseball. The season ended with Joe Carter's walkoff home run, but the legacy is the dirt on Lenny Dykstra's chest, John Kruk's ripped pants and Mitch Williams' high-wire acts from the bullpen. "Who's Ugly Now," the Daily News headline wondered after the Phillies had taken care of the pretty-boy Braves to reach the World Series.
October 18, 2012 |
Charlie Manuel bemoaned his hitters' tendency to press in tense situations more than once during an anemic 2012 season. The message will not change when the Phillies employ their third different hitting coach in four seasons, but Steve Henderson believes he is the man to deliver it. "I feel like I can bring a little more relaxation to the players," Henderson said in a phone interview Tuesday. "Most of them know me. I'm the type of guy who likes to be aggressive at the plate but also selective.
October 13, 2011 |
On the big scoreboard in left field at Citizens Bank Park, the line score from the final game of the year was still posted Wednesday afternoon, with the zeros on the home half of the line stretching from first pitch to the last, dying light of the season. Charlie Manuel didn't need the reminder. He had seen the game, and seen all the games in the last two years as the Phillies went from a slugging team that didn't need many hits to score runs to a team that needs to rely on a smarter approach at the plate.
February 8, 2011 |
First in a series WHEN GREG GROSS began poring over video of Domonic Brown's at-bats during the outfielder's 2-month stint with the Phillies at the end of last season, he immediately noticed something out of whack. "A lot of times, it's not that obvious," said the hitting coach, who is entering his first full season on manager Charlie Manuel's staff after replacing Milt Thompson last July. "This one was obvious. " The problem centered on the height at which Brown, the 23-year-old uberprospect and contender to replace Jayson Werth, held his hands in his stance.
October 21, 2010 |
SAN FRANCISCO - The way Charlie Manuel sees it, some of the puzzlement surrounding the state of the Phillies' offense could be solved with a simple lowering of expectations. Don't get him wrong. He wants to fix it. And, he says, he believes that it can be fixed. But he also admits their current offensive woes really aren't all that unusual. "Basically, what do I see that you don't see? You see our hitting from 2 years ago. I see our hitting today," Manuel said yesterday, before the start of Game 4 between the Phillies and the Giants at AT & T Park.