September 4, 2016 |
Philadelphia's national reputation in 2016 is closely linked to that of its famously boisterous sports fans. But for most of its existence, as a 1956 Rotarian magazine article described, the city was regarded as "quiet, conservative, staid and straight-laced. " Perhaps that historic desire for decorum explains why since the earliest days of American sports Philly has been a breeding ground for those charged with maintaining order - referees and umpires. In fact, the first umpire in Major League Baseball history was a Philadelphian.
July 25, 2013 |
LOS ANGELES Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp, who finished runner-up to Ryan Braun in voting for the 2011 National League Most Valuable Player award, thinks the suspended Milwaukee Brewers slugger should be stripped of the honor. Braun finished with 388 points and 20 first-place votes, to 332 and 10 for Kemp. Major League Baseball attempted to suspend Braun following a positive test that October for elevated testosterone, but the penalty was overturned by an arbitrator who ruled Braun's urine sample was handled improperly.
July 16, 2013 |
THIS WAS EXACTLY what the Phillies did not need right now. In the first game of Saturday's day-night doubleheader against the Chicago White Sox, centerfielder Ben Revere fouled a ball off of his right foot in the bottom of the 11th inning before grounding out into a game-ending doubleplay. The Phillies dropped the day game, 5-4, before defeating the White Sox, 2-1, in the 13th inning of the nightcap. "He told me that his foot was kind of sore and he thought he had a bruise, like a bone bruise or something because he fouled the ball down on it and he had twisted his foot, too, but he said it was bothering him so I said I'll give you a break and put [John]
July 3, 2013 |
A MAJOR LEAGUE Baseball umpire was recently dismissed for what was believed to be the first known drug ouster among umps, two people familiar with the situation have told the Associated Press . MLB announced on June 14 that Brian Runge was no longer on the staff and that a Triple A umpire had been promoted, but didn't give a reason. The two people said Runge failed at least one drug test, then reached an agreement so he could remain on the umpire roster. When he failed to comply with those terms, he was released.
April 29, 2013 |
Nowhere does the passion for baseball burn hotter than in Philadelphia. With 3.5 million people packing Citizens Bank Park last year - the game's biggest turnout - it seems incredible that big-league baseball once vanished from this city, and was in danger of collapsing everywhere. But, 130 years ago this season, Philadelphians helped bring the national pastime back to life with a show of affection unlike anything anyone had ever seen. Back then, Philadelphia was America's second-biggest city, a booming hub of trade and manufacturing.
April 1, 2013 |
Capital concerns Unburdened by expectations, the young Washington Nationals rolled to baseball's best record last season, arriving to prominence ahead of schedule. They won't get a free ride this time. A Washington newspaper ran a picture of the World Series trophy on the cover of its season preview, along with the words, "World Series or Bust. " The heat will be on phenom Bryce Harper to avoid a sophomore slump, and Stephen Strasburg's rebuilt right elbow will have to last an entire season, and maybe deep into October.
November 17, 2012 |
NEW YORK - Miguel Cabrera has a Most Valuable Player award to go with his Triple Crown, and Buster Posey has an MVP prize to put alongside his second World Series ring as both men won baseball's top individual honors Thursday by large margins. Cabrera, the first Triple Crown winner in 45 years, received 22 of 28 first-place votes and 362 points in AL MVP balloting by the Baseball Writers' Association of America. The Detroit third baseman easily beat Angels rookie centerfielder and Millville product Mike Trout, who had six firsts and 281 points.
October 21, 2012 |
The Giants sure are tough to eliminate this postseason. Barry Zito and the Giants gave themselves at least one more game in the NL Championship Series with a 5-0 victory Friday in St. Louis that forced Sunday's Game 6 back at AT&T Park. Just where the NL West winners want to be with their season on the line - in front of the raucous, orange-towel-waving sellout crowd. "It's great to be back in San Francisco. There is no tomorrow," Giants rightfielder and ex-Phillie Hunter Pence said.
July 4, 2012 |
He suffered the kind of freak incident that all too often turns tragic. When those two bullets ripped through Curtis Brinkley's shoulder, one lodging dangerously close to his heart, he easily could have become yet another homicide victim in 2009, one more black male whose life ended too soon. But if you know anything about Brinkley, you knew he wasn't going out like that. Hard work and sheer determination have always been big parts of Brinkley's repertoire, but his dream of playing in the NFL was never a sure thing.