September 21, 2013 |
It's been an up and down season for Jimmy Rollins, but the Phillies shortstop is finishing the year strong. Rollins entered Friday's game against the New York Mets at Citizens Bank Park hitting .433 (13 for 30) with eight runs scored and six walks in his previous eight games. Overall, he entered Friday batting .252 with 6 home runs, 38 RBIs, and 60 runs scored. "I would love for my season to have gone better, but it kind of went along with what the team did," Rollins said before the game.
April 16, 2013 |
It's a good time to reflect on what's great about sports and athletics - how we are lifted up and reminded of the better part of our nature. So runners can challenge themselves to run 26.2 miles and we gather to cheer their acomplishment - and no murderous act, for whatever addled motive, can do anything other than redouble our appreciation and strengthen the resolve to strive for our best. So a baseball player can change his society by playing the game at the highest athletic standard, while gracefully dealing with racist vitriol and disparagement.
April 27, 2012 |
FOR JUSTIN Turner and the New York Mets, this was a true walk-off win. Turner drew a bases-loaded walk in a sensational 13-pitch at-bat and Kirk Nieuwenhuis hit an RBI single with two outs in the ninth inning as the Mets rallied past Heath Bell and the Miami Marlins, 3-2, Thursday. Pitching for the first time in a week, and working in a steady drizzle, Bell (0-3) couldn't find the plate and sent the Marlins to their fifth straight loss. The All-Star closer walked four and threw a whopping 46 pitches.
December 1, 2012 |
David Wright and the New York Mets agreed Friday to a $138 million, eight-year contract, a person familiar with the negotiations told the Associated Press. The deal, the richest in franchise history, replaces Wright's $16 million salary for next season and includes $122 million in new money, the person said, speaking on condition of anonymity because the agreement was not yet final. A homegrown fan favorite and the face of the franchise, Wright is the club's career leader in several major offensive categories including hits, RBIs, runs and walks.
December 12, 2014 |
The implosion of arguably the greatest core in Phillies history is going to start in a fitting place. James Calvin Rollins, the homegrown triggerman for a franchise that won five straight division titles and the 2008 World Series, was the first of the talented ensemble to arrive in the big leagues at the turn of the century, and, according to multiple reports, he will become the first to go when he is traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers. The deal was not official Wednesday night, but nothing more than formalities was holding it up. Jimmy Rollins, 36, will not be the last fading star to be removed from the roster this offseason as general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. attempts to inject a youth movement that he hopes represents the foundation for the next great era in Phillies history.
July 29, 2011 |
FOR A TEAM that appeared "drained" to manager Terry Collins, the New York Mets look surprisingly spry. Lucas Duda and Jason Bay each drove in three runs with bases-loaded doubles and the visiting Mets held off the reeling Reds for a 10-9 victory yesterday that gave New York its first-ever four-game sweep in Cincinnati - the last two after slugger Carlos Beltran was traded to San Francisco. "The last two games speaks volumes about these guys," said Collins, who watched his team weather weeks of speculation about Beltran.
August 27, 2011 |
CHRIS CAPUANO pitched the game of his life, tossing a two-hitter and striking out a career-high 13 as the New York Mets beat the visiting Atlanta Braves, 6-0, last night, in their final matchup before taking a break because of Hurricane Irene. New flood gates were put in place outside Citi Field as a precaution, but Major League Baseball took no chances. The Braves-Mets games today and tomorrow were postponed, to be made up as a doubleheader on Sept. 8. The shutdown comes right after the Mets, at last, won the opener of a homestand.
March 12, 2012 |
JOHAN SANTANA AND the New York Mets were amply pleased with his latest outing. The lefthander who missed the entire major league season last year after shoulder surgery pitched 2 2/3 innings without allowing an earned run yesterday in the Mets' rain-shortened 4-2 loss to the Miami Marlins. The game was called after the fifth inning. Miami shortstop Jose Reyes, who left the Mets to sign with the Marlins in the offseason, did not make the trip. "We're still building up pitches," Santana said.
December 2, 2011 |
Bobby Valentine took over as manager of the Boston Red Sox on Thursday, promising to be hardworking, open-minded, and even humble as he tries to help the franchise return to the playoffs and forget the disappointment of this season's unprecedented September collapse. "It's more than a special day. It's the beginning of a life that's going to extend beyond anything I thought of doing," Valentine said. "The talent level of the players we have in this organization is a gift to anyone, and I think I'm a receiver of this gift.
August 30, 2011 |
DILLON GEE rebounded from a wretched start and the New York Mets, back on the field following a 2-day break because of Hurricane Irene, finished off a doubleheader sweep of the visiting Florida Marlins with a 5-1 victory last night. R.A. Dickey (6-1)) shut down the sluggish Marlins in the opener, pitching seven spotless innings in a 2-1 victory for his first win in more than a month. Mets starters had tossed 21 consecutive scoreless innings before Gee (12-5) gave up a home run to Greg Dobbs in the sixth.