August 12, 2013 |
Plenty of business needs to be resolved in these final seven weeks of the Phillies' season. Some of it is being conducted right now down in Clearwater, Fla., a fitting location, considering the 2013 season has been relegated to a second spring training of sorts. Two players - Ryan Howard and Roy Halladay - making more money than two entire teams - Miami and Houston - are trying to get healthy. The recovery of Howard's surgically repaired left knee is considered as important as any plate appearance the Phillies will have in the big leagues between now and the Sept.
June 19, 2015 |
A scattered 26,162 fans - many decked out in Baltimore Orioles orange - welcomed the Phillies back to town Wednesday in the team's first game after a disastrous road trip. Ever since the October day when Pat Gillick expressed the team's plan to rebuild, everyone in baseball has known the Phillies would struggle this season. But this poorly? If they hadn't already, the depths of the 2015 Phillies' ineptitude set in during the last nine games. A 19-3 loss Tuesday in Baltimore, the organization's most embarrassing defeat in years, clinched the franchise's first winless eight-game road trip since 1883.
April 30, 2015 |
THE LEGACY of Ruben Amaro Jr. will center not on the three playoff trips or on the Phillies' seventh World Series appearance. Instead, Amaro will be remembered for the crippling contracts given to veterans who failed to produce because of injury, ineptness or age. Some of those contracts went to future Hall of Famers in their twilights - Roy Halladay, Chase Utley, maybe Jimmy Rollins. Others went to unquestioned stars: Ryan Howard, Cliff Lee, streaky Cole Hamels, who has yet to earn a Cy Young Award or even win 20 games.
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.
January 5, 2015 |
The easiest items to remove in the Phillies' offseason garage sale are gone. Jimmy Rollins' wheels may be old, but the engine still runs pretty well, and there was lots of value in the glove department. The $11 million price tag was minuscule for the Los Angeles Dodgers, the team with the highest payroll in baseball. Marlon Byrd, meanwhile, has gotten better with age, and once the Phillies decided to eat $4 million, the Cincinnati Reds were willing to give up an upper-level prospect (pitcher Ben Lively)
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.
July 3, 2015 |
Benny Looper, the Phillies' assistant general manager in charge of player personnel, tells an interesting story from his younger days about a solid major-league player he once scouted but could not sign. Danny Doyle, the late Boston Red Sox scout who signed Roger Clemens, was watching the player in question and listening to Looper talk about his scouting prowess. "Son," Doyle told his fellow Oklahoman, "unless you sign 'em, it don't mean nothing. " Looper recounted that story in the midst of a conversation about how his current team has pursued some of the Cuban defectors who have signed huge big-league contracts in recent years.
August 25, 2010
A perfect gift One by one, the Phillies players walked up to Roy Halladay before Tuesday night's game and shook his hand. Halladay's smile was the widest it has been since he joined the team. The righthander purchased around 60 Swiss-made Baumé & Mercier watches to commemorate his perfect game May 29 against the Marlins. He gave out the watches as gifts to everyone in the clubhouse - all of the players who were on the active roster then, the entire coaching staff, all clubhouse personnel (including batboy Rob DiClementi)
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.