June 11, 2014 |
LAKEWOOD, N.J. - When Cole Hamels was drafted with the 17th pick in the 2002 draft by the Phillies, his only knowledge of life in the minor leagues came from Kevin Costner and the 1988 classic film "Bull Durham. " At age 18, he was a young pitcher, but the Phillies did not send anyone down to mentor him. They did not have to. He credits Lakewood, where his No. 19 was retired last night, in his all-important developmental process. "It introduced me to what minor league baseball is all about; the process of road trips and the process of being a team with a lot of different guys from all different areas and starting to schedule what you have to do in order to get to the next level," Hamels said.
June 9, 2014 |
Westtown By the Numbers Population: 10,827 (2010). Median income: $106,150 (2009). Area: 8.8 square miles. Settlements in the last three months: 29. Homes for sale: 21. Median days on market: 135. Median price (all homes): $385,000. Housing stock: Older homes, many dating from the 1970s and 1980s; some new construction. School district: West Chester Area. SOURCES: U.S. Census Bureau, City-Data.com; Kit Anstey, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Fox & Roach HomExpert Market Report
June 9, 2014 |
Friday's jobless figure - 6.3 percent - for May (same as April) means the economy is improving, but slowly, the experts say. Is this what an economic recovery is supposed to feel like? This month marks five years since the end of the Great Recession. Starting with a chart about the job numbers, CNN Money presents 17 visuals to illustrate the recovery. Unemployment has fallen from 10 percent in late 2009, gross domestic product has wobbled, stocks have soared, mortgage foreclosures have plummeted.
May 23, 2014
6 Challenges won by the Phillies this season on 10 video reviews. 9 of 10 The Phillies have allowed first-inning runs in 9 of the last 10 games. 4.53 Kyle Kendrick's ERA this season.
May 2, 2014 |
HERE'S SOMETHING to chew on: The Phillies currently rank 14th in baseball in average attendance, one slot ahead of the Nationals, who are in town this weekend to play a three-game series. The Phillies are drawing 28,987 per game, the Nationals, 28,906 per game. Trailing both teams are the first-place Braves, who are averaging just 28,425 per game. Last year, the Phillies averaged 37,190 fans per game, eighth most in the majors, three slots ahead of Washington, five ahead of Atlanta.
April 30, 2014 |
PHOENIX - Domonic Brown did not attempt to pull a J.P. Howell slider aimed for the outer part of the plate. He stayed back, lowered his black bat to meet the 79-m.p.h. pitch, and drove it to the opposite field. This was last Tuesday, when Brown smashed his most important hit of the Phillies' 10-game road trip, a go-ahead double in the 10th inning at Dodger Stadium. The ball landed in left field, emblematic of an April trend and the challenges Brown now combats. Through 25 games, Brown has a lower slugging percentage (.330)