April 8, 2016 |
Rhys Hoskins asked the Phillies after last season if they would be able to find a team for him to play for in the offseason. There are winter leagues throughout Latin America where U.S. baseball players go to stay busy between seasons. Hoskins wanted to keep his rhythm after a scorching season with two of the Phillies' single-A affiliates. The first baseman told the Phillies that he was willing to go anywhere. And they took him up on it. Hoskins was sent to Sydney, Australia, a world away from Lakewood, N.J., and Clearwater, Fla. The experience was awesome, Hoskins said.
June 3, 2010 |
ATLANTA - It was a fine gesture when Florida Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria stopped Roy Halladay in a tunnel underneath Sun Life Stadium to tell him he was having the pitching rubber dug up for Hallday to keep after his perfect game. But now, Florida has taken commemorating the perfect game one step further. On Tuesday, the Marlins sold more than 3,000 tickets for Halladay's perfect game. Yes, tickets for a game that already had been played. See, since only 25,086 (cough, cough)
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.
April 1, 2012 |
It was a Friday. Oct. 7. A grave-digger kind of night, cold and foreboding, ominous and haunted, rife with the chilling premonition that nothing good was going to come of it. And sure enough, on the last pitch of the last out of the last game of the first round of the 2011 National League playoffs, the massive Ryan Howard, the Big Bopper, first hopped, then limped, and, finally, his Achilles tendon rupturing, gave way completely, and part way...
September 18, 2006 |
PHILADEPHIA is once again in the national sports-related spotlight, with the "Rocky" statue flap and moviegoing football fans flocking to see "Invincible. " The Disney movie, as we all know by now, was inspired by the real-life story of Vince Papale, the 30-year-old Delaware County bartender who, in 1976, against all odds tried out and made the Eagles as a special teams member. "Invincible" - just like "Rocky" - is an uplifting story about a working-class grunt who makes it. And, as with "Rocky," Philadelphians really relate to Papale's story.
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.
July 5, 2012 |
Outlet: Philly Fresh We went: Pregame, 6:35 p.m. Wait: None. Order: Philly Salad. Cost: $8. Let's cut to the chase: Not only is the Phoodinator a carnivore, he believes that serving salad at a ballpark goes against everything for which baseball — and America — stands. But Tolerance is our middle name. So, during the last (dreadful) Phillies homestand, we sucked it up and visited this outlet behind Section 138 at Citizens Bank Park. Rating the rabbit food: Philly Fresh has a limited menu — wraps, salads, fresh fruit and parfaits.
May 23, 2016 |
Triple-A Lehigh Valley Zach Eflin, the youngest pitcher in the International League, is not showing his age in his first season at triple A. The 22-year-old righthander pitched seven shutout innings Wednesday to lower his ERA to 2.36, the seventh-best mark among pitchers who have made at least seven starts. The average age of the six pitchers better than Eflin is 24.83. Eflin has struck out 39 batters and walked just seven in 452/3 innings. His strikeout rate - 7.7 per nine innings - is three better than his mark last season.
September 7, 2011
DURING ONE uncommonly inclement spring training in Arizona many years ago, the Milwaukee Brewers' manager was asked how badly the team's preparation would be compromised if still more precipitation interrupted the following day's workout. Replied plain-spoken Harvey Kuenn: "If it bleepin' rains, we're bleepin' bleeped. " The Phillies are getting to know that feeling a little too well. Charlie Manuel wasn't quite as blunt last night while waiting out the latest delay, but there's no doubt that all the rotten weather lately is starting to take a toll.
February 13, 2012 |
FEW PLAYERS IN the game of baseball inspire such divergent opinions as Ryan Howard, particularly in light of the 5-year, $125 million contract extension that begins this season. But general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said definitively this offseason that he has no second thoughts about the deal, which Howard signed in April 2010, and such hindsight is irrelevant at this point anyway. Whatever your opinion of the first baseman's monetary worth, the fact is that the Phillies as currently constructed are a far less potent team without their marquee cleanup hitter in the lineup.