August 8, 2013 |
IF THERE IS one thing that we have learned about the Phillies over the past couple of weeks, it is that they are a missing a lot more than Nate Schierholtz. So maybe their decision to non-tender the veteran rightfielder is a case of all being well that ends well. At this point, all he would be doing is threatening the top-10 pick in next year's draft that they seem destined to earn, or perhaps clogging the lineup spot now occupied by Darin Ruf, who homered and doubled in the Phillies' 9-8 win over the Cubs last night.
June 12, 2013 |
CHICAGO - His opportunity was supposed to come last July, when the Phillies traded away two All-Star outfielders, but he didn't truly get his first chance to be an everyday major league player until April. On Saturday, he took a quick glance at the starting lineup, saw his name in the fifth spot in the batting order and jogged onto the field for pregame batting practice. "He's been consistent everyday," Chicago Cubs manager Dale Sveum said. "He's done a great job . . . He's a two-way player who can run, play defense.
August 15, 2012 |
MIAMI - Another road trip, another backup on his way. This time, it was Hector Luna, scheduled to arrive at Miami International sometime around 3:30 p.m. Back in Philadelphia, Nate Schierholtz was having his fractured big right toe examined by a team doctor. At Marlins Park, Charlie Manuel prepared to continue his seasonlong game of musical outfielders. "Play 'em all," the manager said when asked how he would deal with his latest personnel hiccup. With Schierholtz expected to miss 3 to 4 weeks, the plan at the moment calls for Domonic Brown to get most of his repetitions in rightfield.
December 2, 2012 |
Nate Schierholtz's short stay in Philadelphia is likely over. According to an ESPN.com report, the Phillies informed Schierholtz that he would not be offered a contract for 2013. All major league teams have until 11:59 p.m. Friday to decide whether to tender a contract to arbitration-eligible players. The only other Phillies player who is arbitration eligible is reliever Antonio Bastardo, who will be tendered a contract for 2013. After coming over in the July 31 trade that sent Hunter Pence to San Francisco, the 28-year-old Schierholtz hit .273 with one home run in 37 games with the Phillies.
July 24, 2009 |
Barry Zito earned the win in the box score and the save from his manager. Zito gave up only three hits in seven innings yesterday and San Francisco beat host Atlanta, 5-1, to avoid a four-game sweep. "He saved us," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said of Zito. "It would have been tough to come in here and get swept. " The Giants improved to 2-5 on their 10-game road trip. "It's definitely nice to get the team back on the right track," Zito said. Zito (6-10) walked five but gave up only one run, on Yunel Escobar's second-inning homer.
November 1, 2010 |
ARLINGTON, Texas - After Game 3 of the World Series, the possibility of being benched was posed to Pat Burrell. The San Francisco Giants leftfielder had struck out four times and admitted what poor timing it was for a slump. So he'd understand any move his manager, Bruce Bochy, decided to make. "I'd be disappointed, of course," Burrell said. "Could I blame him? Probably not. " Bochy slept on it and came to Rangers Ballpark on Sunday morning with his choice: It was time to bench Burrell, for at least one day. "He's a big reason why we're here," Bochy said, "but he also understands and he admits that his timing is off a little bit. " That might be an understatement.
December 22, 2012
The Chicago Cubs said they have agreed to a one-year contract with outfielder Nate Schierholtz . The team announced the agreement Friday. The deal calls for Schierholtz to earn $2.25 million plus an additional $500,000 in performance bonuses. Schierholtz was traded from San Francisco to the Phillies last season in the deal that sent Hunter Pence to the Giants. He batted .257 with six homers in 114 games. The Phillies declined to tender Schierholtz a 2013 contract offer, making him a free agent.
August 19, 2012 |
MILWAUKEE - There are no guarantees in the Phillies outfield, a fact not lost on Nate Schierholtz, and that is why he played catch Friday at Miller Park with a metal plate inserted into his right sneaker. Schierholtz begged for a chance at everyday playing time in San Francisco and thought he had received at least two months of it with a trade to Philadelphia. Then he fouled two balls off his right big toe and landed on the disabled list. He is determined to not make it the last impression for 2012.
August 12, 2012 |
Confirmation came when Nate Schierholtz traversed the streets of Beijing four summers ago. As a member of the U.S. Olympic baseball team, Schierholtz barreled into China's catcher during a preliminary game to score on a sacrifice fly. The players in the two dugouts almost brawled, and China's manager was ejected. "There was a little bit of an uproar in China for a few days," Schierholtz said. "I was out in the city and a couple of people came up to me and said, 'You know, every person in this country hates you right now.' " He knew it then.
September 1, 2013 |
CHICAGO - Two former stars took center stage on Friday afternoon at the National League's oldest ballpark. Ryne Sandberg, the Phillies interim manager who spent most of his Hall of Fame career thrilling the masses at Wrigley Field, returned home and received the red-carpet treatment seldom afforded an opposing figure here. Most in the crowd stood and applauded as Sandberg, in a road gray Phillies uniform with that familiar No. 23, emerged from the visiting dugout to exchange his lineup card at home plate.