November 23, 2015 |
MATT KLENTAK added yet another pitcher and also moved three minor league prospects onto the 40-man roster Friday in anticipation for next month's Rule 5 draft. The Phillies claimed righthander A.J. Achter off waivers from the Minnesota Twins and added righthanders Jimmy Cordero, Edubray Ramos and outfielder Roman Quinn to the 40-man roster. Achter is the fourth pitcher Klentak has added to the Phillies' inventory since he became the team's general manager last month. Achter joins veteran starter Jeremy Hellickson (trade)
September 14, 2015 |
No date has been set for when Andy MacPhail will officially take over for Pat Gillick as Phillies president. The passing of the baton, as MacPhail referred to it Thursday, will occur when Gillick is ready, MacPhail said. Gillick said minutes later he will hand off to MacPhail probably in the next "45 days or so," which means the official change should happen, at latest, just before the annual organizational meetings, which begin Oct. 26 in Clearwater, Fla. But regardless of when the formal transfer of power occurs, the Andy MacPhail era of Phillies baseball, for all intents and purposes, began Thursday at 12:14 p.m., when the team announced via a news release that it would not renew the contract of oft-maligned general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. The decision, while not unexpected, set the stage for an intriguing six weeks during which MacPhail's GM search will be the biggest story line surrounding this rebuilding team.
August 7, 2015 |
IT MIGHT BE hard to believe, but Pete Mackanin wasn't always the mild-mannered, player-friendly manager he is today. Eight years after finishing his big-league playing career in 1981 with the Minnesota Twins, Mackanin, then 38, found himself storming back to his hotel room in a fit of rage one night after a tough loss as the manager of Aguilas del Zulia, a team in the Venezuelan Winter League. "I was just really going off and I was losing it, and my wife said to me, 'Are you going to have a heart attack over this?
June 17, 2015 |
BALTIMORE - Citing club policy, the Phillies declined to comment Monday on a CSNPhilly.com report that the organization is targeting longtime baseball executive Andy MacPhail for a front-office position. The report indicated it is unclear what role MacPhail would assume if he joined the team. Pat Gillick became the Phillies' president on a permanent basis in January but has said he doesn't envision himself in the role in two or three years. Gillick, 77, is in charge of baseball operations.
March 4, 2015 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - The baseball bounced off home plate and hopped three times down the first-base line. Ben Revere crouched and followed the ball's path. "Hey, hey, hey," he hollered after ending his first hitting session of Monday morning with a perfect bunt. The Phillies' leadoff hitter finished last season with career bests in batting average, hits, and stolen bases. He is working this spring on his ability to bunt for hits, which could result in spikes of all three statistics.
July 7, 2014 |
PITTSBURGH - While a gaggle of media (more than a dozen) surrounded former Pirates pitcher and current Phillies righthander A.J. Burnett in the visiting dugout at PNC Park, a current Pirate and former Phillies pitcher, who had a longer career in Philly than Burnett had in Pittsburgh, talked to a much smaller group across the diamond. Vance Worley, traded with pitching prospect Trevor May for Ben Revere two Decembers ago, is back in the big leagues. And even though he's been on the Pirates roster for only 20 days, Worley has a poster adorned outside the picturesque, downtown Pittsburgh ballpark.
March 25, 2014 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Here's the great part about Jimmy Rollins occasionally holding a metal bat atop City Hall during a lightning storm: The flash it produces often blinds us, temporarily at least, to some of the Phillies' other concerns of this enigmatic spring. Ryan Howard hit just his second home run the other day. Chase Utley is batting .196 with just one extra-base hit. And then there's Dom Brown. Until he doubled twice yesterday in the 5-1 victory over the Minnesota Twins, Brown had just six hits in 38 at-bats and had whiffed 13 times.
March 16, 2014
Closer Glen Perkins and the Minnesota Twins agreed Friday to a four-year contract that guarantees the lefthander $22,175,000. Perkins had been due $4,975,000 this year and $3.75 million in 2015 under his previous deal, which included a $4.5 million team option for 2016 with a $300,000 buyout. His new contract calls for him to earn $4,025,000 this year, $4.65 million in 2015, $6.3 million in 2016 and $6.5 million in 2017. The Twins have a $6.5 million option for 2018 with a $700,000 buyout.
March 12, 2014 |
Sandy Koufax, the great Dodgers pitcher, took his religion seriously. Maybe he didn't attend services regularly, but he was infused with Jewish culture and tradition. When the first game of the 1965 World Series against the Minnesota Twins fell on Yom Kippur, Koufax was stricken - he never pitched on the holiest of days. He made the difficult decision to continue this observance, World Series or not. Besides, his fellow ace, Don Drysdale, was ready and able to carry the Dodgers.
January 17, 2014 |
A DAY BEFORE the process that would involve publicly exchanging numbers, Kyle Kendrick and the Phillies avoided arbitration altogether by coming to terms on a 1-year, $7.675 million deal last night. The contract includes award bonuses. Kendrick, 29, who can become a free agent after the 2014 season, was 10-13 with a 4.70 ERA in 30 starts in 2013. "I'm glad we got something worked out," said Kendrick, who already has begun working out regularly at the Phillies' facilities in Clearwater, Fla. "I'm looking forward to getting the season underway.