September 9, 2015 |
IF A TREE falls in a forest, and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound? If two bad baseball teams get together on a holiday evening for a game, does anyone care? If the Phillies have a home game scheduled at the same time as the Eagles' season opener, will anyone show up? These are the questions you find yourself pondering while the Phillies dropped their 85th loss of the season on Labor Day to the equally awful Atlanta Braves. Freddie Freeman launched Aaron Harang's 10th pitch of the night over the leftfield fence for a home run to help fuel Atlanta to a 7-2 victory over the Phillies last night.
April 7, 2015
The Phillies will carry two utility infielders and only four true outfielders to begin the season. Cesar Hernandez, who is out of minor-league options, and versatile veteran Andres Blanco made the team Sunday as bench players, as did rightfielder Jeff Francoeur. Centerfielder Odubel Herrera and leftfielder Ben Revere are expected to start Monday against the Red Sox. Grady Sizemore will likely play right field while Domonic Brown rehabs from Achilles tendinitis. Darin Ruf made the roster as an infielder but can play left field in addition to first base.
December 24, 2014
The Phillies signed first baseman Chris McGuiness and pitchers Sean O'Sullivan and Kevin Slowey to minor-league contracts with invitations to attend major-league spring training as non-roster invitees. Here are the 16 non-roster invitees: Pitchers (3): Paul Clemens, Sean O'Sullivan, Kevin Slowey. Catchers (3): Rene Garcia, John Hester, Koyie Hill. Infielders (6): Andres Blanco, Russ Canzler, Chase d'Arnaud, Chris McGuiness, Chris Nelson, Cord Phelps. Outfielders (4): Brian Bogusevic, Jeff Francoeur, Darin Mastroianni, Xavier Paul.
December 8, 2014 |
Baseball's winter meetings start Monday at a San Diego waterfront hotel, and no man has a more unenviable position than Ruben Amaro Jr. His 29 counterparts know the Phillies general manager is desperate to make a trade, to change his zombified roster. Teams looking for upgrades have prioritized non-Phillies players with better contract terms, more talent, or both. Their sound strategy is to lowball the Phillies. And Amaro, who is under pressure to execute a transaction that jump-starts an arduous rebuilding process, has zero leverage.
August 6, 2014 |
THE MOST OMINOUS aspect of Ruben Amaro Jr.'s inaction at the trade deadline wasn't his failure to add young talent capable of helping the Phillies compete within the next couple of years. Rather, it was his apparent belief that he had a legitimate chance of doing so, which suggests the sixth-year general manager still does not fully grasp the amount of reconstruction that will be required to turn the Phillies roster into something that doesn't make fans want to spew the folks in front of them with partially digested Schmitter.
July 22, 2014 |
The Phillies made three roster moves before Monday's game at Citizens Bank Park against the San Francisco Giants. The most difficult move was designating outfielder Tony Gwynn Jr. for assignment. Just last month, Gwynn's father, Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn, died. "It was tough with Tony with everything he's gone through," Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said before the game. "He's a very professional guy, a terrific teammate, so it's tough. " Sandberg said that Gwynn could still remain with the organization.
July 1, 2014 |
GUY WALKS into a bar, sidles up to a writer who covers the Phillies. Guy says, "Can't believe you have to sit there and watch that crap every night. " There's no punchline. It's reality these days. Wasn't always like this. Once upon a time, the gig inspired envy. Can't believe you get paid for that, people would say. Watchin' baseball every night? That ain't a job. The reactions began to change a couple of months ago. Now, the bulk of them involve pity. That might sound like hyperbole.
June 11, 2014 |
BARRING A MIRACLE - a major miracle of the proportion of, say, unearthing Honus Wagner, Babe Ruth, Cy Young and Shoeless Joe Jackson - the Phillies should be highly motived sellers in 7 weeks, when baseball's July 31 trade deadline approaches. Since the gory details are on display on a daily basis, either on your TV screen or here in the paper or online after each game, there's no need to waste space on explaining why the Phillies will be sellers, beyond the obvious fact that they are the worst team in the National League.
May 21, 2014 |
NATE SMITH, 22, a baggage handler at Philadelphia International Airport and father of a 2-year-old girl, says he experiences pretty much all of the downsides of work - the constant aches and back pain from lugging more than 1,000 heavy bags every day. But earning the federal minimum wage of $7.25, the Southwest Philadelphia resident says he is not enjoying the full benefits of his labors. Smith said that he, his fiancee and his daughter are living with his grandmother to make ends meet, and he's frustrated when he can't buy his little girl a toy because he can barely pay the monthly bills.
March 31, 2014 |
The Phillies finalized their opening-day 25-man roster, emphasizing versatility in filling out the bench. They will have 12 pitchers and five bench players when their season opens on Monday in Arlington, Texas, against the Rangers. "We have a lot of flexibility with this group," general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said shortly after Saturday's exhibition game at Citizens Bank Park against the Pittsburgh Pirates was canceled by rain. The Phillies selected the contracts of three nonroster invitees: outfielder Tony Gwynn Jr.; righthander Jeff Manship; and 25-year-old lefthander Mario Hollands, among the most pleasant surprises of spring training after splitting last year between single-A Clearwater and double-A Reading.