August 28, 2014 |
AT 9:45 on Friday night, Aug. 28, 1964, the moment that the Columbia Avenue riot started, the Phillies were minutes away from doing what they've done more times than any pro franchise in sports history: losing a baseball game, 4-2, to the Pittsburgh Pirates at Forbes Field. That year, though, everything looked different. Even with the loss the Phils were leading the National League by 6 1/2 games and about to take ticket orders for what would be the first World Series at Connie Mack Stadium in 14 years.
August 29, 2014 |
'HE WAS erratic out there. " Those were manager Ryne Sandberg's words the last time he saw Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez pitch in a Phillies uniform. And Sandberg was actually kind with his choice of words. Gonzalez, the 27-year-old Cuban defector, had allowed four runs on four hits and two walks in an inning of work in a blowout loss to the Baltimore Orioles in a spring training game in Sarasota, Fla. Gonzalez would be sidelined for the remainder of spring training with shoulder woes, which had plagued him from the time he signed with the Phillies.
July 10, 2011
We have reached the all-star break and the Phillies are on pace to win more than 100 games for only the third time in franchise history. The starting rotation, even with one of its four aces (Roy Oswalt) and the expected fifth wheel (Joe Blanton) on the disabled list, has more than lived up to expectations. The bullpen, despite being on its fourth closer (Antonio Bastardo), has far exceeded expectations. The lineup, rarely intact for the second straight season because of an assortment of injuries, continues its downward spiral from the height of its success, when the team won the World Series in 2008.
October 27, 2010 |
Alexander Knapp "Whip" Buck, 80, of Princeton, a business leader and Phillies owner, died Sunday, Oct. 24, at Capital Healthcare Hospital in Trenton. In 1981, Mr. Buck and his two brothers, J. Mahlon Jr. and William C., were among the limited partners who purchased the Phillies from the Carpenter family for $30.2 million. According to published reports, the brothers own about 30 percent of the team. "The two things that appealed to them were that they loved the sport, and they followed it as kids," Phillies president David Montgomery said.
March 21, 2011 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - For $414,000, the Phillies apparently are willing to see what's left in Luis Castillo's 35-year-old body. The Phillies agreed to a minor-league deal with Castillo, the former all-star and Gold Glove second baseman who was unceremoniously cut by the Mets on Friday, according to a report by CSNPhilly.com, citing anonymous sources late Sunday night. Castillo is due $6 million in the final year of a four-year, $25 million deal, but the Mets will be on the hook for everything but the major-league minimum.
January 12, 2012
Here is Rich Hofmann's view on the Ryan Madson signing, posted yesterday on his blog, The Idle Rich, at www.philly.com/theidlerich . NOBODY WILL need to hold a benefit for Ryan Madson. If reports are accurate, he is in the process of doing a 1-year, $8.5 million deal with the Cincinnati Reds. He is safely in the 1 percent. Again, no tears. But how did this happen? How did he and agent Scott Boras miscalculate the market so badly? I still would love to know how the whole Phillies thing went down.
May 9, 2011 |
This was simply a night of missed opportunities for the Phillies. In a game when Atlanta's pitching appeared vulnerable, the Phillies couldn't take advantage of 12 hits in a 5-2 loss to the Braves Sunday at Citizens Bank Park. Braves righthander Jair Jurrjens pitched 61/3 innings and allowed one earned run on eight hits while striking out two. In other words, he wasn't his sharpest, but he kept getting out of jams. Jurrjens threw 91 pitches, just 54 for strikes, but he kept his team in the game.
October 23, 2007 |
BOSTON - All right, Philadelphia, what do you think of Terry Francona now? The man dismissed as a managerial lightweight when he was fired by the Phillies in 2000 has led the Boston Red Sox to the World Series for the second time in four years. By this time next week, he could find himself being measured for his second World Series ring. Sure, we're assuming a lot here, especially with the rugged Colorado Rockies standing in the way, but two World Series rings might just put Francona on course for election to the Hall of Fame someday, depending on how the rest of his career goes.
April 1, 2011
Inside Role players are crucial for the Phillies. D6. The Phillies depth chart and roster. D6. Opening Day Ramon Hernandez hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth to lead the Reds to a 7-6 win over the Brewers. D7. The Yankees beat Detroit, 6-3, on Curtis Granderson's home run in the seventh. D8.
July 16, 2011
For what it's worth, assistant general manager Scott Proefrock downplayed the possibility of the Phillies making a significant move before the July 31 trade deadline. "If our guys perform to the levels they have in the past, we'll be fine," Proefrock said, adding that any team moves might amount to "tinkering around the edges (of the roster), if anything. " - Phil Anastasia