October 7, 1998 |
Davey Johnson, who has finished in first place five times in his 10 full seasons as a major league manager, is interested in working his magic on the woeful Detroit Tigers, who have finished last in the American League East in two of the last three seasons. "They've got a lot of good young players," Johnson said yesterday. "It reminds me when I took over the Mets. There's a lot of good, young talent. There are a couple of holes, but they definitely have a great group of young guys coming along.
December 7, 1994 |
The Florida Marlins traded second baseman Bret Barberie to the Baltimore Orioles for pitcher Jay Powell yesterday, making room for newly acquired Quilvio Veras to be the starting second baseman. Barberie batted .301 with five home runs and 31 RBI for the Marlins. Incumbent Orioles second baseman Mark McLemore could be shifted to the outfield. Powell was the Orioles' first pick in the 1993 draft. He was 7-7 with a 4.96 ERA this year at Class A Frederick. Veras, acquired from the Mets on Nov. 29, batted .249 in 123 games for Triple A Norfolk.
March 19, 1987 |
Houston Astros shortstop Dickie Thon, apparently experiencing more vision problems related to a 1984 beaning, will return to Houston to have his left eye examined by a specialist, Thon's agent said. Thon, who has been fined $500 by the Astros for walking out of training camp over the weekend, said he is having vision problems. He will return from his home in Dorado, Puerto Rico, and be examined tomorrow by Dr. Dan Jones, chairman of ophthalmology at the Baylor College of Medicine, said agent Tom Reich.
September 24, 1988 |
There was one highlight in the Phillies' game against Montreal last night at Veterans Stadium. The Phillie Phanatic did a rip-roaring dance routine to the popular hit "La Bamba. " The baseball game, however, was La Bomba. In the brief periods of action between long stretches of boredom, the Phils made John Vukovich a loser, 3-2, in his debut as interim manager in place of the fired Lee Elia. With the score tied at 2-2, Tim Wallach doubled to left off reliever Kent Tekulve (3-7)
May 20, 1998 |
Phillies utility player Rex Hudler has one at-bat in the last two weeks. He hasn't started a game since April 19. He's played so little that it's difficult to imagine he wouldn't be pretty rusty if manager Terry Francona ever decided he needed to put him in a game. "That's a tough one," the manager said. "And I know it's tough on him. Bobby [Abreu] is swinging the bat so well. When we decide to give Mark Lewis a rest at second, that's usually KJ [Kevin Jordan]. Doug Glanville has hit in [31 of his last 32]
July 17, 1997 |
One minute, the second of two buses that met the Phillies' charter flight from Atlanta was pulling away from the plane on the tarmac at Philadelphia International Airport. In the back of the bus early yesterday morning, Rex Hudler was entertaining several players with jokes. The mood was light after the team's 8-1 win over the Braves a few hours earlier. Suddenly, there was a loud crash. Shards of glass sprayed the front seats. Sparks flew. Players dove for cover. First baseman Rico Brogna looked up and saw the blue flashing light on the tip of the plane's wing.
February 22, 1998 |
The exhibition games are still a week away, so no one is getting carried away after a few days of fast-paced spring training workouts. But shortstop Desi Relaford has looked awfully good, just the same. "Maybe it's just his time," manager Terry Francona said. "You've got to like him," Rex Hudler said. "He reminds me of Ozzie Smith. He's got great instincts. " Francona spent extra time with Relaford before implementing bunt defenses in yesterday's workout. "All our bunt plays key off the shortstop," Francona said.
March 18, 1998 |
If nothing else, Lenny Dykstra's admission that he is no longer physically able to play baseball at the level he expects from himself removes an obstacle approximately the size of Lake Okeechobee from the Phillies' planning. Doug Glanville will start in centerfield and lead off. That much is plain. And a player who has been on the bubble now will make the roster. That Glanville was winning the position anyway had been apparent to anybody paying attention in recent weeks. Still, he now can concentrate on simply getting ready for the season.
February 20, 1997 |
The first mandatory full-squad workout will be today at the Carpenter Complex. Several veteran players couldn't help but noticing touted rookie third baseman Scott Rolen hadn't participated in his first workout. So when Rolen strolled into Jack Russell Stadium late yesterday afternoon to drop off his equipment, he found the welcome wagon already had been there. The front of his cubicle was taped shut. A faux red carpet, made out of old linoleum, extended from in front of his locker with rows of bats standing on end at each side to show the way. A piece of adhesive tape was draped over the two bats at the end of the aisle, similar to the ceremonial ribbon that is cut to open a bridge or a highway.
September 26, 1997 |
For Richard Polenz, it's deja vu all over again, and again, and again. Polenz, an 80-year-old resident of the Lawncrest section of Philadelphia and a frequent winner in the Daily News Home Run Payoff contest, won $1,000 last night when Phillies infielder Rex Hudler smacked a solo blast off Atlanta's Tom Glavine to lead off the sixth inning. It was the second time that Polenz has won $1,000 in the Payoff contest. The other, he said, "was many, many years ago. " Polenz's name appears often on the Home Run contestant list and he often wins.