September 22, 1994 |
Once, there may have been no job in America that Lee Thomas would rather have had than general manager of the St. Louis Cardinals. But that was nearly a decade ago - in a very different time, before Thomas ever left the Cardinals to become general manager of the Phillies. Yesterday, however, Lee Thomas' onetime dream job opened up again when the Cardinals fired Dal Maxvill after nine years as GM. And one of the first names to pop to the top of the rumor circuit, naturally, was that of James Leroy Thomas.
March 2, 2014 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - The cut fastball slipped from Kyle Kendrick's right hand. Carlos Ruiz leaped from his crouch to snare it. An audible, "Whoa!" emanated Friday afternoon from the Bright House Field crowd to signal an inauspicious beginning to the most important season of Kendrick's career. "I don't think I'll walk two guys again this spring," Kendrick later declared. The 29-year-old righthander is on the precipice of free agency, and he views it as motivation for 2014. A sizable payday awaits Kendrick if he makes 30 starts this season and remains a stable force at the back of the Phillies rotation.
April 8, 2013 |
This week's opening of the film 42 , on Jackie Robinson's integration of baseball, brings to mind the dramatic role played by Philadelphia in this seminal event in America's civil rights history. Robinson's integration of Major League Baseball during the 1947 season was revolutionary. The game had been segregated since the 1880s, reflecting the isolation of African Americans in the nation. Even in the years after World War II, America remained a segregated society, with African Americans, save for some entertainers and athletes like Joe Louis, largely invisible.
March 3, 2014 |
TAMPA, Fla. - The moment arrived Saturday at 1:36 p.m., when Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez threw his final practice pitches. The announcer at Steinbrenner Field unveiled the unknown with a fitting blunder: "Now pitching for the Phillies, No. 75, Alfredo Gonzalez. " The baseball world waited for a different mystery pitcher. Masahiro Tanaka, the $155 million import from Japan, stirred in the Yankees bullpen. Three Japanese TV stations broadcast his every movement to a sleepy country. But this, finally, was Gonzalez's chance, 218 days after initial reports of his signing with the Phillies.
March 1, 2014 |
DUNEDIN, Fla. - The link between the two men goes back to 2009, when the Phillies pursued each one at the trade deadline in an effort to win a second straight World Series. Toronto, in the eyes of general manager Ruben Amaro Jr., wanted too much for Roy Halladay at that time. Cliff Lee, as it turned out, became quite the consolation prize in a lopsided deal with the Cleveland Indians. Lee became an instant Philadelphia icon with a dominant postseason, and then in the next instant was gone, traded to Seattle the same day Amaro pulled the trigger on the deal for Halladay.
February 27, 2014 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - You won't find David Buchanan's name on any of those Top Prospects lists that garner so much publicity this time of year. You won't find newspapers that update his every move. Nevertheless, while Buchanan might not be Jesse Biddle, he just might make his major league debut before the Phillies' top pitching prospect. In a perfect world, at least according to his employer's perspective, the 24-year-old righthander will spend the entire season at Triple A Lehigh Valley, where he made six starts in 2013 after a late-season promotion from Reading.
February 28, 2014 |
DUNEDIN, Fla. - The following is a list of the 11 players acquired by three teams when they traded away Cliff Lee in the last 5 years: Jason Knapp, Jason Donald, Carlos Carrasco, Lou Marson, Tyson Gillies, Phillippe Aumont, J.C. Ramirez, Justin Smoak, Josh Lueke, Blake Beaven and Matthew Lawson. None of those players is a major league All-Star. In fact, only two have a very good chance at being on any big-league roster when the season gets underway. The Phillies aren't likely to trade Cliff Lee any time soon.
March 4, 2014 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - A.J. Burnett plunked Pedro Alvarez on his back foot Sunday afternoon with a two-strike pitch. The two men joked about it. Burnett, apparently, has a propensity for being so precise that often the batter swings and misses at that pitch. For the last two seasons, Alvarez marveled at that skill. He knew how much it irked Burnett not to acquire another victim. Now, as opponents and not teammates, they laughed while Burnett's first inning as a Phillie unfolded. "You should have swung," Burnett yelled.
March 7, 2014 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - The Phillies were up by one run. There were two runners on and five outs separating them from a win over the Atlanta Braves. Antonio Bastardo already had been in and out of the game and Mike Adams was unavailable, still working his way back from July shoulder surgery. Jake Diekman, possibly the most lethal arm in the 'pen, was being taken out after allowing two of the three batters he faced to reach base. Ryne Sandberg called on righthander Brad Lincoln in the eighth inning of yesterday afternoon's game at Bright House Field.
March 7, 2014 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Freddie Freeman walked to home plate Wednesday with two outs in the third inning. Reid Brignac, the Phillies third baseman, jogged to the opposite side of the field. He positioned himself between second baseman Chase Utley and shortstop Jimmy Rollins, who occupied the center of the diamond. The Phillies employed a defensive shift, and Freeman responded by slapping a pitch to left field for a single. This was not a momentous occasion, although manager Ryne Sandberg later revealed that his team would adopt a practice common elsewhere in baseball.