March 9, 2015 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - While Freddy Galvis enjoys his first spring as a starter and Darin Ruf tries to take advantage of a chance for more playing time, and pitchers such as Phillippe Aumont and Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez attempt to get something out of their gifted-yet-flawed arms, the Phillies veterans continue to be somewhat out of place in Camp Clearwater. They all said the right things upon checking into Bright House Field in the last 3 weeks - except for lefthander Cole Hamels, in an interview published just before camp - but they undoubtedly would rather play for a team with serious World Series aspirations than for an organization that committed to a rebuild this offseason.
March 3, 2015 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Phillies catcher John Hester ambled to the mound Sunday, hoping to give reliever Phillippe Aumont a bit of relief in the sixth inning of a 6-2 loss to the University of Tampa. Runners stood on first and second with two outs. The righthanded Aumont had already yielded a run. More damage appeared imminent. "Let's get this next batter out," Hester told him. Aumont did just that, forcing a fly ball to escape the inning. Aumont's first appearance of spring training - the most vital camp of his career - was complete.
March 2, 2015 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - The blue tables on either end of the Phillies clubhouse at Bright House Field are typically used by players for breakfast and lunch. For Paul Clemens, it is where he gleans advice from veteran pitchers such as Cliff Lee and Jonathan Papelbon. "I just sit next to them and listen," said Clemens, who will start Sunday's exhibition against visiting University of Tampa. "I try to sit around and soak up as much as I can. " Clemens said the Phillies veterans are guiding him through the mental aspects of the game.
March 1, 2015 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Another positive sign in Cliff Lee's path back from last year's season-ending elbow strain came Friday, when Phillies pitching coach Bob McClure read off his schedule for the first week of spring training games. Lee, who on Saturday will pitch his second live batting practice, is slated to start the Grapefruit League game Thursday against the Houston Astros in Kissimmee. That puts the 36-year-old lefthander on schedule with the rest of the team's starters. "He's thrown well," McClure said.
February 27, 2015 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Ethan Martin arrived to the Phillies organization on the day Shane Victorino and Hunter Pence departed. A year and 2 days later, the former first-round pick made his big-league debut and stuck on the roster for the remainder of the season. Martin, the key piece that came back from the Dodgers in exchange for Victorino, impressed late in the summer of 2013 with a fastball that averaged 95 mph in his first four starts. But Martin's progress as a rising young big-leaguer was halted last spring, when he faced only four hitters in his only Grapefruit League game.
February 19, 2015 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Three weeks after Pat Gillick took the reins of Phillies baseball operations on a permanent basis, the team announced that Michael Stiles will lead its business side. Stiles, the senior vice president for administration and operations since 2007, was promoted to executive vice president and chief operating officer, the Phillies said Tuesday. He joined the organization in 2001, helping to oversee the team's move to Citizens Bank Park, after nearly three decades in high-profile public-service positions.
September 18, 2014 |
SAN DIEGO - Closer isn't the most relevant position on a last-place team. After all, his job requires that his team have a lead. But the odds say that the Phillies will have one of those at some point in the next week, and, at that point, Ryne Sandberg might treat the fan base to a glimpse at the future. While the manager has not detailed his plans for filling the void during the rest of Jonathan Papelbon's seven-game suspension for his crotch-grab on Sunday (he is eligible to return Tuesday in Miami)
August 1, 2014 |
NEW YORK - The Phillies played baseball Wednesday for 3 hours, 28 minutes to produce an 11-2 loss to the Mets, a peek at what the final 54 games offer if this roster remains intact. That is an outcome that gains momentum by the hour; Thursday's 4 p.m. trade deadline could pass without a Phillies trade. So, yes, that means Kyle Kendrick will still pitch every five days. He allowed four runs - three of which scored on one Daniel Murphy blast - in six innings. Ryan Howard, who snapped an 0-for-12 skid with a run-scoring double, will endure as the cleanup hitter and first baseman.
July 21, 2014 |
ATLANTA - The last time the Phillies were pressured into trading Cliff Lee, they emerged with Phillippe Aumont, Tyson Gillies, and J.C. Ramirez. There is no such mandate to jettison Lee at this moment, not when the lefthander languished for two months with a strained left elbow. But that disturbance in Lee's elbow creates an unsettling dynamic. The Phillies need not hasten a Lee trade because he would hold value this winter; then again, what if Lee returns to the rotation and his flexor tendon or ulnar collateral ligament bursts?
July 18, 2014 |
OVER THE next 2 weeks, you will hear a lot of numbers that attempt to quantify the quality of prospects the Phillies receive in exchange for the veterans they inevitably will trade away. As you attempt to digest all of that information, keep this number in mind: one. That's the number of players currently playing major league baseball at a league-average level who were considered to be among the top 15 prospects in the Mariners' organization at the time of the Phillies' infamous trade of Cliff Lee. Of all the players Ruben Amaro Jr. and Co. did not acquire in exchange for their ace, only Michael Saunders would be helping them in their attempt to avoid an ugly transition to the future.