May 4, 1996 |
J.R. Phillips hopped a flight in San Francisco Thursday night that landed at Atlanta's Hartsfield International Airport at 9:30 yesterday morning. Some 10 hours later, he was in the starting lineup for the Phillies facing Braves ace Greg Maddux. "Anxious?" Phillips asked. "Yeah, I was. Give me a chance to play and I'll be there. " Not surprisingly, Phillips, acquired from the Giants Thursday for a player to be named later or cash, couldn't wait to get to his new team.
August 3, 1988 |
While Julianne Phillips is quoted extensively on her split with Bruce Springsteen in the Aug. 22 issue of US magazine, her spokeswoman said the model was upset over the magazine's report. Molly Madden conceded that US interviewed Phillips in February and made a follow-up phone call, but said that seeing the story on the cover was "devastating" to Phillips. In the article, Phillips doesn't sound as though she's pining away; neither does she address the subject of the Boss' reputed new love interest, Patti Scialfa.
May 4, 1996 |
J.R. Phillips had a ready answer when he was asked about the pressure of replacing Will Clark in San Francisco. "From the beginning," Phillips said, "I told people, 'I'm not Will Clark, I'm J.R. Phillips.' If they wanted Will Clark, they should have kept him. I'm not going to be Matt Williams or Barry Bonds or Lenny Dykstra. Everybody's different. " Phillips, 26, joined the Phillies yesterday in Atlanta. A day after being acquired from the San Francisco Giants, Phillips made his first start for the Phillies.
February 28, 1996 |
When Tony Phillips became a free agent last winter, he assumed his phone would be ringing off the hook. Several teams had dire need of a solid leadoff hitter, and Phillips was coming off a career-best season with the California Angels. But instead of causing a feeding frenzy, few teams showed interest in the 36-year-old outfielder. The best offer he received sliced his annual salary by some $2.5 million. Phillips eventually, grudgingly, accepted a two-year, $3.6-million deal from the Chicago White Sox. Then yesterday, after having a change of heart in his first week of training camp, Phillips abruptly retired from the game for personal reasons.
January 24, 1990 |
There is more to basketball than snatching quarters from the tops of backboards. For every Michael Jordan who hang-glides on the cover of Sports Illustrated, there are hundreds more great leapers who have to settle for hanging in playgrounds because they never learned how to play. Meet John Bartram's Chris Phillips, a 6-2, 210-pound senior small forward who last year scored 1,350 on the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test. Yesterday, Phillips, who can perform all varieties, unfurled nary a dunk as the visiting Braves (12-3 overall, 8-0 in the Public League Northern Division)
May 3, 1996 |
The revolving door the Phillies have been using at first base spun again. And this time, J.R. Phillips stepped out. It was announced before last night's game against the Marlins at Joe Robbie Stadium that the Phillies had acquired Phillips, a 26-year-old lefthanded hitter, for a player to be named later or cash considerations. He's expected to join the team in time for tonight's game against the Braves in Atlanta and will become the sixth different first baseman the Phils have used this year, joining Gregg Jefferies, Gene Schall, Kevin Jordan, Benito Santiago and Jon Zuber.
June 19, 1996 |
Three weeks ago, a betting person could have gotten impressive odds against the chance that J.R. Phillips would be back with the Phillies for last night's game against the Cardinals. Then again, nobody expected Steve Jones to win the U.S. Open. Even by those standards, Phillips has had a strange odyssey. Acquired from the Giants May 2 for his defensive prowess at first base and his power potential, he was designated for assignment on May 28 after hitting .103 and striking out 15 times in 29 at-bats.
September 26, 1989 |
When Democrat Walter M. Phillips takes his campaign for district attorney into a room filled with police officers tonight, he knows the critical issue may not be his views on drug crime, police manpower or ineffective judges. It may be his stand on hamburgers. What's the beef? Phillips is expected to promise the officers that, if elected, he will not prosecute them for accepting free hamburgers from city restaurants. In fact, Phillips already made that pledge in a letter published in a recent police union newsletter: "I will not, under any circumstances, prosecute a police officer for accepting free hamburgers, free coffee, or other similar gratuities.
May 29, 1996 |
On the night of May 3, after a red-eye flight from San Francisco to Atlanta, J.R. Phillips talked about how happy he was to have been traded to the Phillies. That emotion lasted less than a month. Before last night's game against the Dodgers, Phillips was called into manager Jim Fregosi's Veterans Stadium office and informed that he had been designated for assignment to make room on the roster for outfielder Ricky Otero, who was called up from Triple A Scranton/ Wilkes-Barre.
June 29, 1996 |
The injury-ravaged Phillies hope to use the next three months as a testing ground for their future. Which is why you may soon see an infield that includes its best prospect, Scott Rolen, at third base. And why you can expect to see a lot of work from rightfielder J.R. Phillips. Phillips, after being banished to the minors earlier this month, has returned to the Phils and has shown some positive signs. Last night, he slammed two homers and a double as the Phillies ended a five-game losing streak by defeating the Montreal Expos, 7-3, before 21,703 fans at Veterans Stadium.