May 10, 2016 |
TOMS RIVER, N.J. - One month from today, the Phillies will be on the clock and a top prospect who pitches his home games 30 minutes away from their single-A Lakewood affiliate will be staring them in the face. Do the Phillies make Barnegat High School's Jay Groome the No. 1 overall selection? There are growing rumblings that the team will look elsewhere with that pick, and one major-league scout said he does not envy the Phillies' situation. "Picking first overall, I'd hate it," a baseball executive said.
April 15, 2016 |
A pair of bloop doubles produced the first run in the bottom of the sixth. A three-base error on a pickoff throw produced the tying run in the bottom of the seventh. A player called up from the junior-varsity game generated his first career hit at the varsity level and came around to score the winning run in the bottom of the eighth inning. It all went according to plan for Williamstown in a 3-2 victory over Haddon Heights, since the Braves' strategy usually involves scrapping, clawing, and hanging around despite daunting circumstances.
March 7, 2016
Has America's job market broken? Are we becoming a nation of part-timers? Of underemployed young people and can't-afford-to-be-retirees stitching together low-wage workweeks? That's one view of a "gig economy," in which - except for company owners - all our cars are taxis, our homes are hotels, and none of our weekly hours qualifies for company benefits. So we have to buy high-deductible health plans on the not-so-free market? "Gig work reflects the more flexible or fragmented work arrangements of many in today's labor market," namely Uber and Lyft drivers, TaskRabbit "freelance laborers," Upwork free-lancers, and Etsy salespeople, writes John Silvia, the Pennsylvania native who serves as chief economist at Wells Fargo & Co., in a recent report on the "gig" economy.
January 13, 2016 |
Not surprisingly, neither sporting director Earnie Stewart nor coach Jim Curtin was willing to tip his hand when discussing the Union's plans for the Major League Soccer SuperDraft on Thursday. This is the first draft for Stewart and a critical one for a team coming off a 10-17-7 season. The Union will have two of the top six picks. They will select third (their own pick) and sixth, a pick acquired in a trade with Houston. If he is available, it would be a surprise if the Union didn't select left back Brandon Vincent of NCAA champion Stanford at No. 3. Vincent is not attending the MLS combine in Florida for a good reason.
November 5, 2015 |
FORT MYERS, Fla. - When Riley Pint walked a batter in his first inning at Perfect Game's national showcase in June, there was a rumble of surprise among the hundreds of observing scouts. In the buildup to this gathering of the nation's best high school players, the lanky Kansan had been portrayed as some sort of baseball ideal, one without pitching or personal flaws. His pre-showcase scouting report from Perfect Game, a website that ranks baseball prospects, raved about a fastball that reached 96 m.p.h.
September 17, 2015 |
Kathy Orr , the mighty meteorologist so rudely cashiered by CBS3 two months ago after 12 years of stalwart service, has stuck a perfect landing at Fox 29, where she'll have a regular slot at 5 p.m. and 10 p.m. weekdays. Fox 29 made the announcement with a short statement on Wednesday. Orr, who will debut Sunday evening, chimed in with this tweet: "I love Philadelphia, and am thrilled to continue my career with FOX 29. It's a perfect fit. See U Sunday. " A repeated local Emmy winner and member of the Broadcast Pioneers of Philadelphia Hall of Fame, Orr began her career in the Philly TV market in 1998.
February 19, 2015 |
YESTERDAY, we looked at some of the bigger individual Phillies story lines we'll be monitoring, as pitchers and catchers hold their first official workout tomorrow. Now, let's look at five names who haven't garnered nearly as much attention, but who have more to gain (or lose) than most pitchers and catchers in camp this spring. 1 Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez: At this time last year, the Phillies were hoping that their first significant foray into one of baseball's emerging markets (Cuba, Korea, Japan, etc.)
September 5, 2014 |
STATE COLLEGE - Ohio State's defensive line, now coached by former Penn State coach Larry Johnson, is stocked with future NFL talent. Michigan State's stifling unit is headlined by preseason All-America defensive end Shilique Calhoun. But after taking in the opening week of college football, the preseason talk of premier front fours might have unjustly left a Big Ten unit out of the conversation. "I would say that people overlook us," Penn State defensive tackle Austin Johnson said.
September 5, 2014 |
Gus Bradley stayed in Philadelphia on Jan. 15, 2013, after an interview with the Eagles, one day away from potentially succeeding Andy Reid as the team's head coach. If not for Chip Kelly's change of heart, Bradley likely would have been hired in Philadelphia and not by the Jacksonville Jaguars. In fact, Reid called Bradley to talk to him about the Eagles job. "He called me and . . . just said, 'Hey, Gus, I know you're there, I just want to tell you Philadelphia is a great place, a great organization, an unbelievable opportunity,' " Bradley said Wednesday.
July 17, 2014 |
IT IS mid-July of another summer in which the Phillies are playing themselves into early irrelevancy, and that once meant only one thing: "E-A-G-L-E-S. " As in those familiar chants heard at Citizens Bank Park as opponents put up another crooked number. As in, the heightened anticipation of the start of training camp. Polls, debates, discussions about personnel and promise, all filling in the cracks left by a Phillies team that might be so bad, it might not be wanted anywhere else.