May 15, 2016 |
Pete Mackanin is not at the controls of a baseball juggernaut. His offense - which entered Friday as the second worst in the National League - scrapes together just enough runs to squeak past teams. And on Friday night, that forced the manager to try to create a run of his own in the fourth inning of a 3-2 Phillies win over Cincinnati at Citizens Bank Park. Mackanin called for a safety squeeze with one out and a runner on third. The manager had stressed throughout spring training that the Phillies would bunt for runs.
January 30, 2016 |
Matt Klentak, in his first winter at the head of a baseball operations department, wanted to learn how companies manage information. The 35-year-old Phillies general manager surveyed people in baseball, other sports, and some with zero connections to the game. How, he asked, do you implement analytics into decisions? Those talks led him to Andy Galdi, a 30-year-old Google employee who was hired Thursday as the Phillies' first-ever director of baseball research and development. "He's the perfect guy to help grow us forward in this area," Klentak said.
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
February 14, 2014
The Phillies' payroll will soar to approximately $189 million this season. Here are the payrolls for the last five seasons, as calculated for luxury-tax purposes (Major League Baseball ranking in parentheses): 2013 $168,569,538 (5) 2012 $174,523,432 (4) 2011 $165,313,989 (3) 2010 $145,539,931 (3) 2009 $138,286,499 (10)
July 1, 2015 |
The announcement that Andy MacPhail had been hired to become president of the Phillies was the news of the day on Monday, but it was far from the most newsworthy event that took place in Citizens Bank Park. For the first time since 1981, someone with a significant ownership stake in the team was out front and visible as a part of the process of running the franchise. The last guy was Ruly Carpenter on the day he sold the team to a consortium formed by Bill Giles. On Monday, John Middleton broke that 34-year streak during which the ownership group was content to let Bill Giles or Dave Montgomery be its public face.
February 26, 2016 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Soon after Tyler Goeddel was picked first in the Rule 5 draft in December, he took a vacation to Mexico with his brother, Mets righthander Erik Goeddel. While in Cabo, the brothers happened to see Chase Utley, who invited them to a round of golf. Utley, after 18 holes, fired a text to Cody Asche and Cameron Rupp. "He just told them to take care of me," Tyler Goeddel said. "It was a nice thing for Chase to do, for sure. I appreciated it. " The Rule 5 draft is a tool designed to prevent teams from hoarding players in the minors who would otherwise have a shot if on a different team, and that is how Goeddel became Phillies property.