September 30, 2013 |
Money, money, money The Phillies have invested $70.5 million (as calculated by average annual value) in five pitchers for next season. That is more than what five teams spent in 2013 on their entire opening-day payrolls. Even with Roy Halladay's $20 million yearly salary off the books, their pitching investment is significant. Kyle Kendrick's expected $7 million salary through arbitration could push the number even higher before free agency opens. PLAYER 2014 SALARY (AAV)
September 24, 2013
.285 Ryne Sandberg's career average in 15 Hall of Fame seasons with the Cubs. .167 His average in 13 games as a 21-year-old with the 1981 Phillies. 9 All-Star Game appearances.
September 20, 2013 |
WITH BIG RED and No. 5 making an appearance at the Linc tonight, it's only fair to bring up the best decision of the Andy Reid era, drafting Donovan McNabb with the second pick in 1999. Of course, the booing of the choice up in New York has been played up just as much as those damn snowballs we tossed at Santa Claus, but history and stats tell us that Reid and the Eagles made the best pick. McNabb went on to win 98 regular-season games, reached five NFC Championships, a Super Bowl and was selected to six Pro Bowls.
September 10, 2013 |
STATE COLLEGE - Not long after John Cappelletti had his jersey retired in a halftime ceremony, his famed No. 22 willed its way into the end zone. Saturday was a memorable afternoon for the double deuce at Beaver Stadium. Cappelletti, the only Heisman Trophy winner in Penn State history, became the first player in the program to have his number retired. And Akeel Lynch, who wears No. 22, ran for 108 yards and a touchdown in his collegiate debut. Cappelletti spoke to the Nittany Lions after their 45-7 win over Eastern Michigan, and had a special message for Lynch.
August 30, 2013 |
PENNSYLVANIA governors typically encounter trouble in their first terms and the polls reflect that with dipping popularity. It happened to Gov. Tom Ridge, a Republican, in the late 1990s. It happened to Gov. Ed Rendell, a Democrat, in the mid-2000s. Ridge and Rendell recovered, posting popularity numbers above 50 percent by the time they ran successfully for re-election. A Daily News /Franklin & Marshall College Poll being released today tells a different story for Gov. Corbett, a Republican up for re-election next year.
August 13, 2013 |
It is a regional hub for taking in stray dogs and cats, but the Chester County SPCA shelter has become a "kill factory," say SPCA volunteers, a former board member, and ex-staff members. They blame ineffective board leadership, unfilled senior management positions, and a clash of ideologies for a significant rise in euthanasia numbers. Though shelter management does not dispute that euthanasia numbers are rising, it says it is battling the realities of dealing with a tremendous volume of unwanted dogs and cats, many of whom are not adoptable.
July 31, 2013 |
Donovan McNabb knew what was coming. He had unofficially retired from football a year ago, had arranged with owner Jeffrey Lurie that he would retire as an Eagle, and even knew that the organization had planned to announce that his No. 5 would be retired as well. But on Monday he watched a stirring five-minute video that highlighted his 11 seasons in Philadelphia. After he heard Lurie and former teammates Brian Dawkins and Brian Westbrook recount how much he had meant to the Eagles and to them, McNabb started to cry. "I'm not one for emotion," McNabb said, pausing frequently, "but this is pretty tough.
July 25, 2013 |
The DuPont Co. reported a decline of nearly 12 percent in second-quarter earnings Tuesday, partly because of lower prices for titanium dioxide, a widely used whitening pigment, and said it was considering selling or spinning off its performance-chemicals unit. The chemical giant is a global leader in production of titanium dioxide, or TiO2, but has wrestled for more than a year with sluggish demand for the whitener, used in a broad range of products, from automotive and house paints to toothpaste.
July 23, 2013 |
Insidious helmer James Wan 's lil' $20 mil demon-infested house shocker The Conjuring beat the big-budget boys at the box office, earning $41.5 mil in its opening weekend, according to studio estimates. Starring Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga , the picture even earned critical acclaim with an 85 percent positive rating among critics on rottentomatoes.com . The Steve Carell -voiced animated sequel Despicable Me 2 is at No. 2 with $25.1 mil. The family pic has earned almost $585 mil since its July 3 release.
July 9, 2013 |
I HATE THE Phillies . . . well, more specifically, I hate what the Phillies do to you. This team is the definition of frustration. By now everyone should know that they are not good enough to make a legitimate run at the National League playoffs. But on the other hand, they aren't quite bad enough for you to feel completely comfortable with writing them off. Just when I thought I was out . . . they pull me back in. Frankly speaking, it would be less complicated had the Phillies lost to the Atlanta Braves yesterday instead of winning, 7-3. The Phillies took two of three from NL East-leading Atlanta and moved to 7 1/2 games out. Once again they offer a shiny tray of fool's gold for anyone who still wants to believe.