March 4, 2015 |
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. - Turn to your right after entering the New York Mets spring-training clubhouse at Tradition Field and you'll see why, after six straight losing seasons and an eight-year postseason drought, there is a ray of hope. The reason is the row of hope. Lined up side by side at the far right end of the clubhouse are four of the best young starting pitching arms in baseball. From left to right you'll find the lockers of Matt Harvey, Jonathon Niese, Jacob deGrom and Zack Wheeler.
February 18, 2015 |
IF YOU'RE WALKING along the Las Vegas strip tomorrow night and the lights dim, don't panic. It's just a thoughtful tribute honoring the late Jerry Tarkanian, the former head coach of UNLV who died last Wednesday at age 84. According to the Associated Press, the tribute will take place at 10:30 following the Boise State at UNLV game. The gesture puts Tarkanian in good company. Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Dean Martin, Elvis Presley and Ronald Reagan are among those who have had lights dimmed on the Strip after their deaths.
February 13, 2015 |
Fourth in a series of NL East previews) Taking a look at the New York Mets: Manager: Terry Collins Last 5 years: 2014: 79-83, second place (tied); 2013: 74-88, third place; 2012: 74-88, fourth place; 2011: 77-85, fourth place; 2010: 79-83, fourth place Additions: OF Michael Cuddyer, OF John Mayberry Jr. Losses: RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka, OF Bobby Abreu What to expect: The Mets haven't been to the playoffs since their 2006 NLCS loss to the Cardinals and have posted six consecutive losing seasons.
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.
November 12, 2014 |
PHOENIX - A week ago, Ruben Amaro Jr. answered the phone inside his office at Citizens Bank Park and spoke candidly about his team's need to rebuild and the mindset a general manager has to have during that process. "We're keeping our thoughts and eyes open and not leaving anything off the table," Amaro said at the time. "We'll talk about any player. There are no untouchables. " So when a report surfaced yesterday, a week after Amaro's comments, that the New York Mets phoned their National League rivals and asked about trading for Jimmy Rollins, it wasn't too surprising.
August 13, 2014 |
As the losses mount for the Phillies, every move becomes more scrutinized. They certainly created more questions Monday in another rough outing at Citizens Bank Park against the New York Mets. With two sub-.200 hitters accounting for four seventh-inning runs, the Mets beat the Phillies, 5-3. The Phillies won just one of the four games in the series and are 5-11 this season against the Mets. They have lost 13 of their last 16 to the Mets at Citizens Bank Park - not what you'd call tasty home cooking.
August 10, 2014 |
On Thursday, the Phillies turned soon-to-be free agent Roberto Hernandez into two minor leaguers to be named later because a contending team was short a starting pitcher. The Los Angeles Dodgers pursued Hernandez after they realized Josh Beckett's hip injury was going to put him back on the disabled list. Another team's injury became the Phillies' gain, even it turns out to be minimal. Yesterday, another contending team may have lost a pitcher. Detroit's Anibal Sanchez left his start in Toronto with an apparent arm injury.
August 10, 2014 |
A.J. Burnett has had some good moments this year for the Phillies, but they certainly haven't come at the expense of the New York Mets. The Mets again contributed to Burnett's misery with a 5-4 win over the Phillies on Friday night at Citizens Bank Park. Trailing 5-1, the Phillies rallied for three runs in the ninth inning, but the game ended when reliever Jenrry Mejia struck out pinch-hitter Reid Brignac on a called third strike, with the tying run at third base. Not only did the loss snap the Phillies' three-game winning streak, but it also continued the Mets' dominance over both Burnett and his team.
August 1, 2014 |
NEW YORK - Four and a half years ago, the Phillies had a team chock-full of highly paid veterans but an organization lacking in near major league-ready talent on the farm. So coming off back-to-back World Series appearances, Ruben Amaro Jr., who had worked out a deal to bring Roy Halladay to Philadelphia, traded Cliff Lee to the Seattle Mariners for a package of three minor league prospects. Yesterday, nearly a half-decade later, the lessons from that trade, an unmitigated disaster, were briefly on display at Citi Field, where the Phillies were on the wrong end of a 11-2 drubbing at the hands of the New York Mets on the eve of Major League Baseball's trade deadline.
June 4, 2014 |
Before Monday's game against the New York Mets, Phillies relievers Justin De Fratus and Jake Diekman sat beside each other at their lockers. Diekman stared intently at his laptop while De Fratus listened to music. The pair had to cherish the time to relax; the bullpen hadn't had much time do that over the last four days. The team's bullpen racked up 25 innings in the series, the result of three extra-inning games. The relievers surrendered nine runs in those innings but just three before they allowed six in Monday's 11-2 loss.