June 26, 2012 |
SAN DIEGO Padres bullpen coach Darrel Akerfelds, a relief pitcher for the Phillies in 1990 and '91, died Sunday of pancreatic cancer. He was 50. Akerfelds had been bullpen coach for San Diego since June 2001. "Ak was an invaluable member of the Padres coaching staff," manager Bud Black said. "He was a loyal Padre to the end. Players and coaches were made better by Ack. He will be sorely missed. " He was diagnosed with cancer in December 2010. Last season, Akerfelds attended 148 of the 162, games despite undergoing chemotherapy.
July 20, 2010
1. Trade Jayson Werth. 2. Bring up Domonic Brown from triple-A. 3. Trade for a starting pitcher. 4. Trade for a relief pitcher.
October 19, 1990 |
It was not supposed to work this way - not for the best team in baseball, not for the best relief pitcher in baseball. The best team in baseball, the mighty Oakland A's, didn't get to this point by blowing 4-3 leads in the eighth inning. The best relief pitcher in baseball, the unbeatable Dennis Eckersley, didn't get to be the best by giving up three straight hits to Billy Bates, Chris Sabo and Joe Oliver. But both of those things happened Wednesday night, to the best team in baseball and the best relief pitcher in baseball.
April 5, 2009 |
Tonight?s Starting Lineup 39 - Brett Myers, Starting pitcher Can he be more consistent in his walk year, avoiding the prolonged slump of last season? 51 - Carlos Ruiz, Catcher Lauded for his work with the pitching staff, can he hit enough to remain an everyday player? 6 - Ryan Howard, First base Reporting to camp 20 pounds slimmer, he?s out to provide better defense and consistency. 26 - Chase Utley, Second base He?s one of baseball's best players, but how will his surgically repaired hip hold up?
April 5, 1996 |
Bishop Eustace senior Blaine Neal has made an oral commitment to play baseball at Virginia Commonwealth University. A first-team Olympic Conference National Division selection last season, Neal said that VCU offered him a full scholarship, and that he accepted on Monday. According to NCAA rules, a recruit can't sign an official baseball letter of intent until Wednesday. Neal is playing first base this season and also played the outfield last year. He said VCU told him he could play either position in college.
August 25, 2004 |
St. Louis Cardinals relief pitcher Julian Tavarez has been suspended 10 days for applying pine tar to baseballs during Friday's game against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Major League Baseball vice president Bob Watson handed down the discipline, the longest in the majors this season. Tavarez will appeal the suspension, the Cardinals said. The righthander said his hat was just dirty because he touches it after every pitch. Houston Astros pitcher Andy Pettitte underwent season-ending surgery to repair a torn tendon in his left elbow and should be ready for the start of spring training in February, the team said.
June 4, 2013 |
La Salle was named Monday as the Big Five baseball team of the year. The Explorers' Pat Christensen was pitcher and student-athlete of the year, while Mike Lake received coaching honors for the third time in the last four years. Penn outfielder Ryan Deitrich (Hill School), who led the Big Five and Ivy League in hitting at .382, was named Big Five player of the year. Teammate Mike Vilardo, a second baseman, was rookie of the year. Joining them on the Big Five team was Quakers starting pitcher Dan Gautieri.
October 6, 1988 |
The .366 hitter held the baseball game in his hands. Two out in the ninth. The tying run on second. The winning run on first. The best relief pitcher in baseball stood 60 feet away. The .366 hitter was Wade Boggs. The best relief pitcher in baseball was Dennis Eckersley. The first game of the American League playoffs yesterday came down to one climactic, classic duel between the best. "I was trying to stay away from negative thoughts," said the best relief pitcher in baseball.
October 17, 1996 |
Tom Ferrick, 81, of Havertown, who spent nearly 60 years in professional baseball as a pitcher, coach and scout, died of heart failure Tuesday at Riddle Memorial Hospital in Lima, Delaware County. Mr. Ferrick had been living at Riddle Village, a life-care community, since April after suffering a stroke, a heart attack and a fractured hip. A righthanded relief pitcher who arrived in the big leagues in 1941 with the Philadelphia Athletics, Mr. Ferrick enjoyed his finest moment in the ninth inning of the third game of the 1950 World Series when, as a relief pitcher, he beat the Phillies for the New York Yankees, 3-2. The Yankees swept the Phillies, winning the series in four games.
July 27, 2009 |
Aaron says, 'Add an asterisk' For many years Hank Aaron stayed away from offering an opinion on the bulked-up sluggers who were pursuing his home run record, preferring to say simply that he had been clean throughout a Hall of Fame career. But the man who hit 755 career home runs has offered a compromise solution: Let the so-called steroid sluggers into the Hall of Fame, with an asterisk. "The thing is, do you put these guys in, or do you put an asterisk beside their names and say, 'Hey, they did it, but here's why'?"