September 24, 2015 |
MIAMI - Before everyone made their way for home or a mini-vacation or even just a much-needed break from a stressful and borderline disastrous first half of the 2015 season, Pete Mackanin got his players together in the visiting clubhouse at AT & T Park in San Francisco and delivered a pre-All-Star break message to his players. Mackanin, who had taken over the managing job on an interim basis only 2 1/2 weeks earlier, demanded to see a better effort from his last-place Phillies when they reconvened at the end of the week.
September 11, 2015 |
AFTER A WAIT of an hour and 57 minutes last night, the Phillies' game against the Chicago Cubs was postponed by rain. The teams will play a doubleheader at Citizens Bank Park tonight. Phillies rookie pitchers Adam Morgan and Alec Asher will start in the first game and in the nightcap, respectively. Anyone who waited nearly two hours last night only to race back to their cars through a teeming rain was given this: If they don't feel like coming back tonight, they can exchange their ticket for any 2016 game when individual tickets go on sale in February.
August 26, 2015 |
ABOUT EIGHT YEARS ago, just before the underachieving Cincinnati Reds took the field for what was likely one of their many forgettable games in a lost season, Pete Mackanin approached veterans Ken Griffey Jr. and Adam Dunn before the national anthem. Mackanin, 55 at the time and in his second stint as an interim manager in three seasons, addressed the 37-year-old Griffey and put on a serious face. "I know how you like wearing your hat backwards, but that's not happening anymore while I'm here and I'm going to fine you each time you're wearing it like that," Mackanin said.
November 20, 2015 |
THE OTHER day on its "Philly Sports Talk," Comcast SportsNet ran a poll asking, "In which coach/manager do you have the most faith?" That Chip Kelly finished dead last amid a season in which he might finish with a losing record for the first time in his head-coaching career is a bit surprising, even in our uniquely mercurial environment. It is beyond perplexing, though, to see his approval rating more than doubled by Sixers head coach Brett Brown, whose winless team has turned the ball over more than 50 times in the last two games.
August 18, 2015 |
MILWAUKEE - The Phillies have four rookie pitchers on their 25-man roster. A fifth could be joining the fold shortly. The Phillies announced before the game Sunday that Aaron Nola will start Tuesday, meaning they do not need to fill David Buchanan's rotation vacancy until Saturday in Miami. A probable option is Lehigh Valley righthander Jerad Eickhoff, who was acquired from Texas as part of the Cole Hamels trade. "Right now, I'm playing for Lehigh and I can't worry about things that are out of my control," Eickhoff told reporters Saturday in Allentown.
November 14, 2011 |
THE ST. LOUIS Cardinals have hired Mike Matheny as manager to succeed Tony LaRussa. Matheny spent the last 2 years with the organization as a roving minor league hitting instructor. The Cardinals also interviewed Phillies' Triple A manager Ryne Sandberg for the position. Sandberg could have a spot on the Phillies' big-league coaching staff if bench coach Pete Mackanin is hired by the Red Sox. Mackanin is among five candidates to have an initial interview. The Red Sox are planning to grant a second interview to Milwaukee hitting coach Dale Sveum during the general managers meetings in Milwaukee tomorrow, Fox Sports reported.
August 4, 2015 |
JUST DAYS after being dealt to the Phillies from the Rangers in the Cole Hamels trade, Matt Harrison seems to be settling in with his new ballclub. The 29-year-old veteran lefthander could be seen chatting intently in the clubhouse yesterday with outfielder Jeff Francoeur, catcher Cameron Rupp, starting pitcher Aaron Harang, and even former slugger Pat Burrell, who was in town for Phillies Alumni Weekend. However, Harrison's relationships with his new teammates will be strictly off the field for the foreseeable future, as he has been placed on the disabled list due to lower-back inflammation.
November 10, 2011 |
Washington Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos has been kidnapped outside his home in Venezuela, according to a report by El Nacional, ESPN reported. The report said four gunmen approached Ramos and took him away. A source told El Nacional that Ramos' family had yet to hear from the kidnappers. Ramos, 24, just completed his rookie season with Washington, hitting .267 with 15 homers. He was earning the league minimum of $414,500 in 2011. Posada leaving Yanks. Jorge Posada said that there is no chance he will be back with the New York Yankees next year and that his choice is to move on to another team or retire.
November 3, 2011 |
The Phillies have given permission to the St. Louis Cardinals to interview Triple A manager Ryne Sandberg for their vacant managerial position, according to reports. FoxSports.com first reported that permission was requested. The Cardinals are looking for a replacement for Tony La Russa, who retired after St. Louis won the World Series. The Cubs have a managerial opening, too, after Mike Quade was told yesterday that he would not be brought back. Cubs president Theo Epstein has said previous big-league experience is a prerequisite for the job. Epstein called Sandberg yesterday to tell him that he was not being considered.
October 21, 2011 |
AFTER THE Phillies posted a franchise-record 102 regular-season wins, all six major league coaches have agreed to contracts for next season. Mick Billmeyer (bullpen), Rich Dubee (pitching), Greg Gross (hitting), Pete Mackanin (bench), Sam Perlozzo (first base) and Juan Samuel (third base), along with bullpen catcher Jesus Tiamo, will each remain in the same position. The Phillies made only made one addition to the coaching staff entering last season, when Samuel came aboard as the third-base coach.