May 5, 2013 |
Phillies pitcher Roy Halladay denounced critical comments about Phillies pitching coach Rich Dubee made by former Phillies reliever and current MLB Network analyst Mitch Williams. In a Friday radio interview on WIP-FM (94.1), Williams said the Phillies need a new pitching coach. "It is not personal," Williams said. "I think these pitchers have to hear something new. " The Phillies have struggled not only in pitching but all facets of the game. They entered Friday 26th in the major leagues with a 4.42 ERA. Halladay, one of the pitchers that Williams suggested hasn't been helped by Dubee, talked to reporters before Friday's game at Citizens Bank Park against the Miami Marlins.
August 26, 2011 |
Ryan Howard sometimes only gets 1 day off each month during the regular season, but yesterday afternoon, the Phillies slugger made good use of it. Despite some inclement weather, Howard made a special guest appearance at Glen Mills High School to participate in Powerade's Coach for a Day program hosted by the All-Star Baseball Academy, a private traveling team for local boys. The All-Star first baseman spent the afternoon speaking to kids about how to achieve their childhood aspirations, on and off the field.
July 7, 2011 |
With his Lugz work boots and T-shirt with the sleeves cut off, Mitch Williams looked like a construction guy. Turns out he is. "My father taught me, you never pay someone to do something you can do yourself," the legendary Phillies closer said. Hard to believe, but one of the living symbols of Philadelphia sports history was only a small part of the package when cable's DIY channel came to town to shoot an episode of House Crashers that will be seen in the fall. As crazy construction and reality television swirled all around last week, Wild Thing was anything but. He lent a hand wherever needed, working to transform part of the home of Johnny McDonald, whom the show had decided was one of the world's biggest Phillies fans, into the ultimate baseball spectator environment.
June 17, 2011
START WITH THIS: Baseball nut John Shiffert, a native Philadelphian, Society for American Baseball Research member and author of three baseball books, set about earlier this season to identify the best Phillie of all time at each position. His conclusion: Ryan Howard by a nose over . . . John Kruk. So this week's announcement that the Krukker will become the latest to have a plaque hung on the Wall of Honor in Ashburn Alley is clearly based on solid, on-the-field achievements.
June 16, 2011
For the second year in a row, the Phillies will induct a member of the 1993 National League champions into the team's Wall of Fame. John Kruk is the newest member, the team announced Wednesday. He will be honored before the Aug. 12 game against Washington. He follows Darren Daulton, who was honored last season. They are the only two players from the '93 team to make the wall. So which other players from that beloved squad will be honored? There's Curt Schilling, who is all but a shoo-in.
February 5, 2011 |
SEACAUCUS, N.J. - More than 17 years after he gave up the home run that ended an improbable 1993 season, along with his Phillies career, lefthander Mitch Williams has a major regret - the slide step. Williams ensured his spot in baseball history - and his exit from Philadelphia - after surrendering the Series-clinching three-run home run to Joe Carter that earned the Blue Jays their second consecutive World Series title. According to Williams, the first time he used the slide step while pitching out of the stretch came after Rickey Henderson led off that fateful ninth inning with a walk.
October 3, 2010 |
So yet another Phillies postseason gets started this week. (Raise your hand if you never expected to read that phrase in your lifetime.) And to paraphrase Roy Halladay, who will be participating in his first, they get "funner" every year. Anyway, before the drama gets gripping, the remotes stop flipping, the hearts start skipping, and the fans start sipping, it might be a good time to take a "funner" look at the Phillies' October (and last year, November) history. Phils postseason trivia 1. Who was the first Phils pitcher on the mound in Game 3 of the 2008 World Series?
August 25, 2010 |
DARREN Daulton's induction into the Phillies' Hall of Fame a couple of Fridays ago brought back some wonderful memories of the 1993 pennant-winners and their long-haired, trash-talking Macho Row. Daulton, Lenny Dykstra, John Kruk, Mitch Williams and Dave Hollins were the swaggering nucleus of the '93 Phillies. Cut from the same blue-collar mold as the fans, they were diehards who functioned in a black-and-white world of heroes and bums. While those players weren't nearly as talented as either the 1980 or 2008 world champions, they were beloved because they were throwbacks who hung out with the fans after games and showed their humanity - warts and all. That's why I'm glad some of them are back in town.
August 10, 2010 |
Retired Phillies Mike Lieberthal and Kevin Stocker , visiting for the Phillies alumni weekend, went bowling Sunday night at Lucky Strike, the alley on Chestnut Street near Broad. Stocker and his wife, Brooke , who live in Spokane, Wash., got the urge to sing karaoke, and they moved the party to the nearby McGillin's Olde Ale House. The Stockers performed a fine version of "Wild Thing" - perhaps in tribute to pitcher Mitch Williams , who played with Stocker on the 1993 World Series team.
July 21, 2010
A book review Tuesday of Straight Talk From Wild Thing had the wrong name for one of pitcher Mitch Williams' managers, Don Zimmer. The Inquirer wants its news report to be fair and correct in every respect, and regrets when it is not. If you have a question or comment about news coverage, contact assistant managing editor David Sullivan (215-854-2357) at The Inquirer, Box 8263, Philadelphia 19101, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org .