July 14, 2016 |
Larry Bowa was the manager of the Phillies in the top of the 21st century when performance-enhanced home runs were flying out of major-league parks at a record pace. Bowa wondered at the time why his team did not have more sluggers. The Phillies finished 12th out of 16 teams in the National League with 169 home runs in his first year as manager. Fast-forward eight years and you can hear Bowa talking about home runs again. This time, when he was the third-base coach of the Los Angeles Dodgers, Bowa's team was the victim of all that power the Phillies wielded on their way to consecutive World Series appearances.
June 27, 2016 |
SAN FRANCISCO - They packed AT&T Park for the 445th straight time to see Madison Bumgarner. All 41,928 who attended Saturday night received a Bumgarner bobblehead. They cheered when he walked to the mound, when he threw a strike, and when he swung a bat. For six innings, Madison Bumgarner did what the otherworldly ace of a first-place team is supposed to do against a rebuilding one. Then Cameron Rupp took one mighty swing in the seventh to silence an entire ballpark. "I crushed it," Rupp said.
August 27, 2015 |
It wasn't until his 173d major-league plate appearance that Cameron Rupp belted his first home run, the Phillies catcher depositing a CC Sabathia pitch into the visitors' bullpen at Yankee Stadium on June 23. That put an end to the ribbing from teammates Jeff Francoeur and Cody Asche, who would often ask Rupp when he was going to hit a home run. Rupp has taken it a step further since, though. Although he didn't take another pitcher deep until Aug. 1, he has five long balls in 12 games this month.
August 17, 2014 |
Despite years of financial crisis, Europeans still leave town in August. In this country, August vacations may not be as universal, but they're pretty common. Give your house a holiday, too, following these tips from the Energy Education Council: Change thermostat settings before you leave. It's not necessary to keep your home as cool as you normally would if you won't be inside to care. Turn the thermostat up to a higher setting, or turn it off entirely. If you have a programmable thermostat, you can adjust it to cool down the house just in time for your return home.
November 15, 2013 |
MARLON BYRD says he isn't worried about showing his legion of skeptics that his resurgent performance in 2013 was more than a fluke. Instead, he's focused on showing them that his new boss is a savvy general manager who made a shrewd early move in signing him to a 2-year, $16 million contract on Tuesday. "I'm not worried about proving anybody wrong," the 36-year-old outfielder said via phone from his offseason home in Southern California yesterday. "I just need to make sure I prove Ruben right.
August 12, 2013 |
It took Oakland's Josh Reddick 82 games to hit five home runs. He doubled his season total in two, parking a couple in the Athletics' 5-4 win over Toronto on Saturday, one day after blasting three into the stands as the A's routed the Blue Jays, 14-6 on Friday night. The hirsute slugger, who has one of the best beards in sports this side of James Harden, matched the majors' record for homers over two games. Reddick, hitless in his previous 20 at-bats before the sudden power surge, had 32 dingers last year.
March 7, 2013 |
On a chilly, windy day in Myrtle Beach, S.C., the Ursinus softball team got hot at the plate Wednesday, scoring 25 runs in two wins. In the first game, the Bears had 16 hits in a 15-6, five-inning win over York. Monica Bonitatis (Cherry Hill East) went 3 for 4 with three RBIs and two runs scored. Allison Pfrommer (Delsea Regional) went 4 for 4 with three runs scored and two RBIs. In the second game, a 10-0 win over Eastern, Ursinus pitcher Kelly Schymanski (Pottstown) tossed a one-hitter with 11 strikeouts and three walks.
February 4, 2013 |
NEW ORLEANS - The Super Bowl was halted for 34 minutes because of a power outage Sunday, plunging parts of the Superdome into darkness and temporarily silencing the TV announcers in the biggest game of the year. The Baltimore Ravens were leading the San Francisco 49ers 28-6 when most of the lights in the 73,000-seat building went out with 13:22 left in the third quarter. Auxiliary power kept the playing field from going totally dark, but escalators stopped working and the concourses were only illuminated by small banks of lights tied in to emergency service.
November 18, 2012 |
As we wait for the Phillies to make their first big offseason move, let's discuss the one thing that creates the greatest buzz at any baseball game. That, of course, is the home run. Since Babe Ruth started swatting baseballs out of the ballpark in New York, the long ball has been the thing that most fascinates the average baseball fan. The most casual of Phillies fans can recite the name of the team's all-time home run leader (Mike Schmidt), but good luck trying to find the person who can tell you the team's all-time leader in triples.
August 20, 2012 |
READING - Darin Ruf has employed a simple philosophy since being a 20th-round draft choice of the Phillies in 2009 after a four-year college career at Creighton. "It's been my mentality since I turned pro to go out and have a good year every year," Ruf said. "They don't have as much invested in a player like me. " And he has certainly achieved the goal about having good years, especially this season. Primarily a first baseman who also has taken up left field recently at Reading, Ruf is on an eye-popping power surge, and now the question is whether he's worth a late-season look by the Phillies.