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.
April 8, 2013 |
This week's opening of the film 42 , on Jackie Robinson's integration of baseball, brings to mind the dramatic role played by Philadelphia in this seminal event in America's civil rights history. Robinson's integration of Major League Baseball during the 1947 season was revolutionary. The game had been segregated since the 1880s, reflecting the isolation of African Americans in the nation. Even in the years after World War II, America remained a segregated society, with African Americans, save for some entertainers and athletes like Joe Louis, largely invisible.
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 18, 2016 |
Triple-A Lehigh Valley Tommy Joseph, who had a strong spring training, is off to a good start with the IronPigs. Joseph moved last season from catcher to first base after a series of concussions. He had four hits - including a homer - in his first 11 at-bats. He also walked twice in four games, after walking just 10 times in 58 games last season. The 24-year-old is splitting first-base duties with Brock Stassi. "It's tremendous," said Phillies director of player development Joe Jordan.
April 2, 2011
The patch the Phillies will wear over their hearts for the entire 2011 season will honor two men rarely seen and never heard from by fans. The white "B" in Phillies script over a black circle is a tribute to two long-time partners of the franchise's silent ownership group - Alexander K. "Whip" Buck and his brother, J. Mahlon "Jim" Buck. Both died since the end of last season. The patch is similar to the "HK" one worn in 2009 to honor broadcaster Harry Kalas. Last season, the team wore a "36" patch on the right sleeve to commemorate Robin Roberts.
October 5, 2015 |
Starting pitchers Alec Asher RHP Asher, 23, struggled in all but one of his first seven major-league starts, and it would take a big spring for him to make next year's starting rotation. It is likely he will begin 2016 as sorely needed depth atop the triple-A rotation. Jesse Biddle LHP The former first-round pick from Germantown Friends finished his sixth minor-league season on the triple-A disabled list and is seeking a second opinion on his elbow. Next season could be make or break for the soon-to-be 24-year-old, who has yet to consistently harness his above-average pitch repertoire.
October 2, 2008 |
Forget batting averages and the Phillies' second consecutive National League East championship. The stats juicing the city's business and tourism community these giddy days of October baseball are more along the lines of sports-merchandise sales, number of tabs being run at local bars, and total minutes of television time Philly's skyline gets during game broadcasts. The economic benefit of the Phillies' home games for the National League Division Series that began yesterday with a 3-1 Phillies win is expected to amount from $5 million to $7 million, said Larry Needle, executive director of Philadelphia Sports Congress, a division of the city's Convention and Visitors Bureau.
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)