March 29, 2013
The Phillies may be dancing to their last waltz this season after winning the World Series in 2008. What the core players did: The Phillies beat the Tampa Bay Rays, four games to one, to win the 2008 title and were led by Carlos Ruiz and Ryan Howard. Chase Utley and Jimmy Rollins struggled at the plate, but Series MVP Cole Hamels struck out eight and allowed just four earned runs in 13 innings over two starts. Here is how they fared that season: Hamels: 14-10 regular season; 1-0, 2.77 ERA and World Series MVP. Howard: .251, 48 HRS, 153 RBIs regular season; .286, 3 HRs, 6 RBIs World Series.
February 16, 2011 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Domonic Brown repeated the words more than once as he stood in front of his locker Tuesday afternoon. "I'm hungry," he said. A deep-fried cheeseburger could not curb the kind of appetite Brown has right now. The only thing that can make the Phillies' rookie feel full again is a job as manager Charlie Manuel's opening-day rightfielder when the team plays the Houston Astros April 1 at Citizens Bank Park. At one point last summer as Brown ripped through the Eastern League at double-A Reading and then the International League with triple-A Lehigh Valley, it seemed a foregone conclusion that the franchise's best prospect would slide into the right-field spot vacated when free agent Jayson Werth signed elsewhere.
January 5, 2014 |
The Phillies were not interested in a bidding war for the rights to televise their games. They negotiated for the last year with Comcast SportsNet, their cable partner since the network's inception. The way Phillies president David Montgomery saw it, two powerful Philadelphia corporations could find a common ground that benefited both. "We're pleased," Montgomery said Friday. "And I think Comcast is pleased. " The Phillies and Comcast SportsNet, according to two sources, agreed Thursday to a massive 25-year contract through 2041 worth more than $2.5 billion that will provide the network with precious live summer programming and the baseball team with another substantial revenue source.
May 5, 2007 |
Jamie Moyer has seen and pitched enough baseball to know nothing is fair.
November 13, 2011
With the addition of Jonathan Papelbon as the closer, we now know that the Phillies' pitching department is at least going to remain among baseball's elite, if not the gold standard. We also know that pitching was not the problem during these past two postseasons, when the Phillies were eliminated first by the San Francisco Giants in the National League Championship Series and then by the St. Louis Cardinals one round earlier. Nothing is wrong with the plan that general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. and the Phillies have implemented.
January 10, 2014 |
The Phillies broadcasters share a small office nestled behind the booths on the press level at Citizens Bank Park, and the loudest laughter before a game is found there. The seven men trade stories and jokes. The longest-tenured among them, Chris Wheeler, was the only one raised as a Phillies fan. "He has lived and died with this team for his entire life," Phillies announcer Tom McCarthy said. "Being able to do these games was a special treat for him. " Wheeler, after 37 years, was removed from the Phillies broadcast booth Wednesday by Comcast SportsNet.
February 24, 2014 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - It was last June, the sting of baseball's first rejection still fresh, when Bobby Abreu resolved to find a better conclusion to his career. He trained in Venezuela and did not watch much of the game that unceremoniously dumped him after 22 years. He embraced rest with the hope of proving his worth come winter. "The word on the street," Jorge Velandia said, "was that he was trying to come back. " Velandia, a Phillies special assistant, is also the general manager for Tiburones de La Guaira, a Venezuelan winter-ball team.
January 13, 2014 |
This was a moment for the Phillies to keep pace with their competitors, David Montgomery said. But Montgomery, the Phillies president, oversees a team that encountered few financial threats in the National League until the Los Angeles Dodgers unshackled themselves from destructive ownership. The Phillies just signed a 25-year deal with Comcast SportsNet that will pay them more than $2.5 billion, and Montgomery used the occasion to say his Phillies should continue to rank in the top five of Major League Baseball's payrolls, as they have for each of the last four seasons.
February 20, 2014 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - It was an offseason story that did not receive a lot of attention and that's ironic because it was a story related to catcher Carlos Ruiz's inability to pay attention. It was also surprising because the ramifications of the story were every bit as important to the Phillies as Ryan Howard's rehab from surgery on his left knee. Shortly before Ruiz signed a three-year deal worth $26 million to remain with the Phillies in mid-November, an official from another team that was in pursuit of the free agent told Fox Sports that the former all-star catcher had received an exemption that would allow him to use Adderall in 2014.
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.