September 23, 2014 |
After he was done managing, after baseball was through torturing him, Gene Mauch lived in a California desert community. Separated from the game that was his life, he golfed daily, played cards, devoured box scores, and watched baseball on TV. By filling his days so pleasantly, he could sometimes forget how unpleasantly they began and ended. His first waking thought, the longtime Phillies manager once said, was always about the epic collapse of his 1986 California Angels. Then, before he could sleep at night, the equally harsh fate of his 1964 Phillies confronted him. "If it's true that you learn from adversity," he once told a sportswriter, "I must be the toughest SOB in the world.
April 6, 2012
Here are the salaries for the 2012 Phillies: Cliff Lee, $21,500,000 Roy Halladay, 20,000,000 dl-Ryan Howard, 20,000,000 dl-Chase Utley, 15,285,714 Cole Hamels, 15,000,000 Jonathan Papelbon, 11,000,058 Jimmy Rollins, 11,000,000 Joe Blanton, 10,500,000 Hunter Pence, 10,400,000 Shane Victorino, 9,500,000 Placido Polanco, 6,416,667 Ty Wigginton, 4,000,000 Carlos Ruiz, 3,700,000 ...
September 2, 2007
Despite their overall offensive prowess, the Phillies have received subpar production from the third-base position this season. Entering Friday, the Phillies had the lowest slugging percentage in the National League for third basemen - .378. The three best slugging percentages at the position belonged to NL East rivals Florida (.572), Atlanta (.529) and the Mets (.529). The Phils entered Friday with just 10 homers from their third basemen. Only Pittsburgh (eight) had fewer. Upgrading the production and power at the position is a must this off-season.