September 8, 2013 |
WITH 21 GAMES remaining in the regular season, there is still plenty of time for Cody Asche to cast some doubt on the identity of the Phillies' Opening Day third baseman next season. At this point, though, it is difficult to picture the position with anybody other than the smooth rookie from the University of Nebraska. Last night, Asche was the principal reason for the Phillies' 2-1 win over the Braves, thanks to a two-run homer off tough lefthander Mike Minor in the seventh and a brilliant defensive play in the ninth, when he barehanded a chopper and threw out speedy centerfielder B.J. Upton by a half step at first base.
August 26, 2013 |
Before the season, Cameron Rupp seemed to be at third in the Phillies' minor-league catching pool. He began the season sharing time with Sebastian Valle at Reading. When Lehigh Valley catcher Tommy Joseph suffered a concussion, Rupp was moved to triple A. Always known as a defensive catcher, the 2010 third-round draft choice from the University of Texas has more than held his own at the plate. He has hit better at triple A than he did at double A. Rupp batted .245 with eight homers and 21 RBIs in 143 at-bats for Reading.
July 12, 2013
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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.