June 19, 2013 |
IT IS EASY to forget that Carlos Ruiz hit .325/.394/.540 with 16 home runs in 372 at-bats last season, far surpassing his best previous season (.302/.400/.447 with eight home runs in 371 at bats in 2010). The Phillies are not expecting that kind of production out of their catcher now that he is back in the lineup after close to a month on the disabled list. Charlie Manuel's decision to hit him eighth against Nationals lefty Ross Detwiler last night said as much. But it won't take a career-best batting line for Ruiz to improve this Phillies' offense.
May 23, 2013
The changes came fast and furious to 10 Arts last fall with the departure of its celeb chef, Jennifer Carroll, followed soon after by an official separation from its creator, Le Bernardin's Eric Ripert. The installation of Nathan Volz as chef, though, proves the Ritz-Carlton hasn't ceded its culinary ambitions quite yet. A recent lunch was more or less on par with my previous 10 Arts experiences, but with more emphasis on medium-size sharing plates, local cheese, and charcuterie.
May 22, 2013
THE MAYOR and City Council agree that the school district needs more money. After that, they part ways - once again. Mayor Nutter has proposed three solutions to the district's request for $60 million: increase delinquent tax collections to raise $28 million; up the across-the-bar drink tax from 10 percent to 15 percent to raise about $22 million; impose a $2-a-pack local tax on cigarettes sold in Philadelphia to raise $45 million this year....
May 6, 2013 |
LAKEWOOD, N.J. - Power is the thing that attracted the Phillies to Art Charles. "Charles is a guy who has big pop," general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said the day he acquired the 6-foot-6 first baseman from the Toronto Blue Jays for reliever Michael Schwimer. "Whether he's going to be a major-league hitter at some point, we don't know, but we know he has a lot of power. " After watching Charles play for a month at low-A Lakewood, the Phillies are happy with their return so far because he has provided the advertised power and even more.
April 23, 2013
DEAR ABBY: My 14-year-old son, "Nils," recently joined a sport he really enjoys. His stepdad and I are at every practice, helping the coaches and coaching my son along. Nils recently commented to me that he would like it if his father could come and see him practice. I took it upon myself, as I usually do, to call my ex, "John," and suggest he make an appearance, because it would make our son happy. My husband, who has been a wonderful stepdad to Nils for 13 years now, told me I should leave it alone.
April 16, 2013 |
NOT OFTEN does a masked man take to the mound. We're not talking about a bank robber, a hazmat worker or even the Lone Ranger. We're talking about a catcher. That position was almost exclusively the one and only played last season by Eduardo "Cheese" Sanchez for Frankford High's baseball team. But now the 5-10, 220-pound senior is a two-spot guy and one is 60 feet, 6 inches from the other. Monday, in a career first, Sanchez spent his time at both as the visiting Pioneers downed George Washington, 7-3, in a Public A clash.
April 11, 2013 |
MICHAEL YOUNG has been in a Phillies uniform for only a few months. But he's played in more major league games than anyone else in the home clubhouse at Citizens Bank Park. And he's the oldest player on the roster, too. So when the question of the Phillies' offense arose on Tuesday afternoon - how its inconsistency has hidden underneath the struggles of the team top's two starters and middle relievers - Young was an obvious voice to seek out for an answer. The even-keeled veteran spoke with a calming voice at his corner locker stall.
April 1, 2013 |
As the unendurable monotony of the offseason ends, celebrate baseball's return with mental calisthenics. Everyone knows it was former Atlanta manager Dave Bristol who said, "Only trouble I ever had with chewing tobacco was that the orthodontist said my daughter was going to have to give it up because of her braces. " But do you know: 1. What pitcher in a 25-3 season had more complete games than home runs allowed? 2. What four players hit home runs in four decades? 3. What three players hit home runs as teenagers and after their 40th birthdays?
March 9, 2013 |
PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. - No one is hitting for more power in the Phillies camp than Kevin Frandsen, a backup infielder. Backup infielders are not supposed to have slugging percentages like .808. Frandsen homered off David Price on Friday. He is hitting .385 (10 for 26), with six of those hits going for extra bases. "He's hitting, man," manager Charlie Manuel said. "He did some real good hitting. That's big-time hitting. Big-league hitting off a big-league pitcher. " Frandsen was rewarded with an $850,000 contract for his strong showing in 2012.