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.
April 14, 2014 |
Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins drew incentive from the wrath of a fan, and it led to the second walk-off home run of his career. Rollins' two-out, solo home run to left field off Dan Jennings in the 10th inning gave the Phillies a 5-4 win over the Miami Marlins on Saturday at Citizens Bank Park. Afterward, he credited a heckler whom he didn't see but certainly heard. "Some fan in the stands was popping off," Rollins said. "I don't know where he was, but it was right behind the dugout and was close enough to yell, and it [ticked]
November 16, 2013 |
ORLANDO, Fla. - The man overseeing one of baseball's largest payrolls used the phrase "best bang for the buck" when discussing his aggressive pursuit of Marlon Byrd, a midlevel outfielder in a market teeming with talent. There is Jacoby Ellsbury, Shin-Soo Choo, Nelson Cruz, Carlos Beltran and Curtis Granderson. All will command massive sums of money. All are flawed, sure. But all would upgrade the Phillies' current outfield. And all are likely headed elsewhere with nothing but cursory interest from the Phillies before they pounced on Byrd, a 36-year-old one year removed from baseball purgatory.
January 27, 2014 |
As a Phillies fan, I never really expected my team to land Masahiro Tanaka, the latest Japanese phenom, or pull off a surprise blockbuster trade. If this isn't the year the old gang finally gets it all together - hey, Charlie Manuel is back! - then the most I can hope for is rebuilding, even with the promise of a new $2.5 billion TV pact with Comcast. But there was one deal I was counting on, and the home team sorely disappointed me. The Phils could have insisted that Comcast finally play ball with Dish Network and DirecTV, the satellite services that still can't show viewers the vast majority of home-team games telecast over Comcast's SportsNet channel.
April 15, 2014 |
THERE ARE plenty of words that can be used to describe the way Chase Utley is swinging the bat right now, and his manager and teammates used plenty of them yesterday. But the most accurate assessment is probably the one that B.J. Rosenberg offered after yesterday's display, which featured an eighth-inning, go-ahead home run that propelled the Phillies to a 4-3, sweep-clinching victory over the Marlins. "It's pretty awesome to watch," Rosenberg said with an awestruck smile. There are plenty of ancillary reasons why Utley will someday retire as one of the most popular athletes to ever don a uniform in Philadelphia, but the foundation is still the fact that he is pretty darn good at baseball.
April 10, 2014 |
AT SOME POINT this season, you'll hear somebody talk about the energy, or attitude, or want-to that the Phillies appear to be lacking. When that happens, remind them of yesterday, when the Brewers took the field for batting practice around 2:30 p.m. and then never left. See, there wasn't much energy percolating in the ballpark by the end of a home-opening 10-4 loss, not because the Phillies lacked the requisite amount of dirt and/or pine tar on their uniforms, but because they watched a two-run deficit transform into a six-run deficit, an activity that tends to have a deflationary effect on even the most robust of psyches.
November 11, 2013 |
SURPRISE, Ariz. - The most powerful arm in the Phillies minor-league system twists a white towel into knots. The veins in Ken Giles' right arm bulge as he squeezes. There is tension, and this is a sunny afternoon on a day in which his activity at the Arizona Fall League was confined to sitting in the bullpen. "I know I'm close," Giles says, "but I can't speed myself up. " Speed is what fuels Giles. Last weekend, he threw a baseball at 100.6 m.p.h. in an all-star game for this prospect-laden league.
April 12, 2014 |
Hours before the smallest crowd to attend a game at Citizens Bank Park in more than six years watched the Phillies bumble toward another loss - this one by 6-2 to Milwaukee on Thursday - Ryan Howard wanted to correct misguided notions. There is no reason to panic, he said. It is too early. The proof, he said, was beyond the numbers. "We've had a couple of mistakes that have cost us games," Howard said before batting practice. "But in all actuality, we've actually played very well this year.
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.
April 13, 2014 |
Not many baseball experts would have guessed that all the Phillies needed to do to break out of their slump was to face one of the best young pitchers in baseball. Jumping on Jose Fernandez, last year's National League rookie of the year, for six runs, the Phillies snapped a four-game losing streak with a 6-3 win over the Miami Marlins on Friday night at Citizens Bank Park. How dominant had the 21-year-old Fernandez been before this game? This snapped his streak of allowing two earned runs or fewer in 13 consecutive games. Fernandez, whose fastball was in the high 90s, lasted just four-plus innings.