August 31, 2015 |
The more games he has played and at-bats he has accumulated, the more Odubel Herrera has learned about what it takes to play in the major leagues. Recently, the Rule 5 draft pick who has turned into the Phillies' everyday centerfielder has appeared more selective at the plate. Herrera went into Saturday night's game with more walks in his two previous games (three) than over his two previous months (two). The rookie's nine walks in 106 August plate appearances equaled an 8.5 walk percentage, by far the best of his five months as a big-leaguer.
August 18, 2015 |
One in an occasional series. From the sidelines of the baseball game, 19-year-old coach Argenis Calderon yelled until his voice was hoarse. The North Camden Little League Yankees had awakened from a late-season slump, and now, in a battle for third place in the league playoffs, they finally looked like the team Calderon had been leading all summer. "That's it!" Calderon shouted to 13-year-old Jimmy Gonzalez as he made it to third base. "That's it! Stay there!" Gonzalez stayed, and his teammates' cheers echoed from the dugout.
August 6, 2015 |
Before the non-waiver trade deadline on Friday, when Ben Revere was traded to the Toronto Blue Jays for two minor-league pitching prospects, Phillies interim manager Pete Mackanin was forced to play a bit of a balancing act with his outfield lineups. That was especially the case when it came to finding enough playing time for Revere, a proven .300 hitter, and Rule 5 draft pick Odubel Herrera, still developing and in his first full season as an outfielder. But with Revere now manning left field north of the border, Herrera has the rest of his rookie season to play every day as the Phillies' primary centerfielder.
June 5, 2015 |
IT'S KNOWN as "The Buster Posey Rule. " And, though it's not the 2010 NLCS anymore, Buster Posey is still a thorn in the side of the Phillies. Posey, of course, was drilled at the plate by a baserunner in a May 2011 game and had his leg shattered. So the rule, which debuted last season, is appropriately named. Rule 7.13, which prohibits a catcher from blocking the plate unless he has possession of the ball, also doesn't allow a runner to deviate from his pathway to initiate contact with an opposing catcher.
April 28, 2015 |
Kerri Dadalski thought she was going to have to wait her turn. With Hofstra recruit Nikki Michalowski a year older and playing the same position, she believed she'd have to wait until her senior season to make an impact for the Archbishop Ryan softball team. So when Dadalski made varsity as a freshman, she was honored but figured she wasn't going to see much time on the playing field. Then the Ragdolls' coach, Andy Hafele, did something that surprised Dadalski, who is now a senior - he threw her into a game.
March 23, 2015 |
Artist, author, and retired detective Joe Getsinger says Sally Snickers' pigtails point the way to "the bigger story of the King of Cartoons. " While doing research for a soon-to-be-published book, Getsinger found an early iteration of the distinctive Sally character in a 1930s comic strip by Jack Kirby, later the creator of Captain America, the Fantastic Four, and many more. "Sally helped me connect the dots" between Kirby's formative years and his fame, says Getsinger, who discovered the revelatory images within his collection of about 8,000 printing plates.
March 6, 2015
NEW DIET guidelines: a death knell for meat eating? Headlines for February's long-awaited Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee recommendations practically shouted as much. And the meat industry seemed to agree: Barry Carpenter, president and CEO of the North American Meat Institute, quickly slammed the committee for a "flawed" report "generalizing about an entire category of foods," although that's exactly what the guidelines have done since back in the "Four Food Groups" days. At issue is a shift in the overall favorability of flesh-based foods in the diet: When the guidelines were last revised, in 2010, they said that healthy eating "emphasizes . . . lean meats and poultry," while the new recommendations say a healthy diet is "lower in red and processed meat.
February 16, 2015 |
Monday marks the official opening of Bing Bing Dim Sum, serving up panfried pastrami bao, barbecue-mushroom congee, and the biggest soup dumplings this city has ever seen. The buzz is considerable for its debut on East Passyunk Avenue, the hottest restaurant strip in the city. And for 31-year-old co-owners Ben Puchowitz and Shawn Darragh, who opened their first restaurant, the 30-seat Cheu Noodle Bar, less than two years ago, it's an ambitious step. But, once they've been open for three months and gotten Bing Bing's staff up to speed, who knows what's next?
January 26, 2015 |
YOU WON'T find Shane White, 18, a freshman at Holy Family University in Northeast Philadelphia, giving $5 haircuts, manicures or facials today at Bucks County Technical High School to raise money for City of Hope cancer research. But you will find him working the HopeCuts fundraiser at his Feasterville alma mater, supporting the 50 student barbers and cosmetologists trying to raise more than $10,000 for City of Hope like they did in a snowstorm last year. White's expertise is technology, not cosmetology, so he's been networking for months to spread the word about today's $5 HopeCuts, hoping a good crowd shows up from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. All the money goes to support the famous cancer-research hospital in Los Angeles that has clinical-trial research partnerships with Thomas Jefferson University and other Philadelphia hospitals.
January 16, 2015 |
Cocktails in hand, donor guests at the opening of "Body Worlds: Animals Inside Out" at the Franklin Institute hovered around a carving station. Instead of roast beef or turkey, however, the Frog Commissary Catering server sliced away at whole roast cauliflower, plating the "filets" with a dab of smoked tomato coulis and a scoop of kabocha squash, kale, and wheatberry pilaf. It was a convincingly hearty, savory dish for a cold evening, particularly given that the entire event was vegetarian.