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.
June 22, 2015 |
Ryne Sandberg's tortured tenure as manager of the Phillies during one of their most woeful times - which is really saying something - ended Tuesday in Baltimore when Chase Utley openly berated the pitching coach, and by extension Sandberg, for a clumsy bit of strategy that was failing badly. What currency Sandberg still held in the clubhouse and within the organization was spent in those moments, not necessarily because Utley was right, but because his crime against the most hallowed tenet of the game, not showing up the manager, went entirely unpunished and ignored.
October 5, 2014 |
The Phillies formed a limited partnership in 1981 to purchase the team for $30 million, and that group has operated with relative secrecy ever since. But greater expectations amid a rising payroll sidetracked by recent failures have prompted scrutiny, which was intensified by team president David Montgomery's medical leave in August. There are few indications of an imminent ownership upheaval, contrary to a local TV report. The possibility of change in the future, given the ambiguity atop the organization, still exists.
April 26, 2015 |
The sister of John S. Middleton, the billionaire co-owner of the Phillies, has asked a judge to undo a 2003 deal she struck with her brother, saying he fraudulently deprived her of a share of the team and proceeds from the $2.9 billion sale of the family's cigar business. Anna K. Nupson leveled that accusation this week in a filing in Montgomery County Orphans' Court, citing unspecified "new information" that her brother had concealed negotiations to sell the family business while scheming to first buy her and others out for a comparatively trifling $200 million.
October 10, 2014 |
Marti Wolever thought his job was safe when he was stopped outside the press box at Citizens Bank Park a few days before he made LSU pitcher Aaron Nola his final first-round selection for the Phillies in June. There had been some rumblings that the assistant general manager in charge of amateur scouting could be in trouble because, after years of hitting in the draft, and sometimes big (Cole Hamels, Ryan Howard, Chase Utley), the Phillies found their draft well running dry. Too many Anthony Hewitts, Joe Saverys, and Larry Greenes.
June 19, 2015 |
WE'D REACHED the part of the process where we were supposed to ask the manager solemn questions about his future, and Ryne Sandberg seemed to understand that as he sat in the dugout at Citizens Bank Park yesterday. The Phillies were coming off an embarrassment that had been brewing for months, a 19-3 loss in which a starting pitcher strained a hamstring covering home, a reliever gave up five home runs, a rightfielder threw 48 pitches, and a pitching coach was forced to wave the white towel - literally - because the bullpen phone was off the hook.
March 19, 2011 |
J. Mahlon Buck Jr., 85, who helped build pharmaceutical businesses and who was an owner of the Phillies, died of heart disease Wednesday, March 16, at home in Bryn Mawr. In 1981, Mr. Buck and his two brothers were among the limited partners who bought the Phillies from the Carpenter family for $30.2 million. According to published reports, the Bucks' share at the time was about 30 percent. "The two things that appealed to them were that they loved the sport, and they followed it as kids.
March 29, 2013 |
No current general manager in baseball played the game at its highest level more than Ruben Amaro Jr., and it molded how he evaluates talent. For eight seasons, he was a bench player. He earned $1.25 million in salary. Before that, he was a 23-year-old prospect at single-A Palm Springs. Amaro walked 105 times in 115 games during the 1988 season. He led the California League in walk percentage. "I don't care about walks," Amaro said in January. "I care about production. To be frank with you, I've said this all along.
February 27, 2015 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Last week, Pat Gillick sat in the lobby of Bright House Field and said the "A" word. He did not scoff. He did not swear. He did not speak in tongues or smoke at the ears. The question was simple: What role will advanced data analysis play during the Grover Cleveland era of the Phillies presidency? "Let me put it this way: I think analytics certainly have a place," Gillick said. "I think it is something that should be paid attention to, just like all information.
March 18, 2011 |
J. Mahlon Buck Jr., 85, who helped build pharmaceutical businesses and who was one of the owners of the Phillies, died of heart disease Wednesday, March 16, at home in Bryn Mawr. In 1981, Mr. Buck and his two brothers were among the limited partners who purchased the Phillies from the Carpenter family for $30.2 million. According to published reports, the Buck's share at the time was about 30 percent. "The two things that appealed to them were that they loved the sport and they followed it as kids.