March 31, 2011 |
For Claude Osteen, the hitters he would stare at from the mound weren't the only competition he faced when he was a member of the 1966 Los Angeles Dodger rotation. That's the one that featured three future Hall of Famers: Sandy Koufax, Don Drysdale, and Don Sutton. "Each guy in his own way tried to outpitch the other," Osteen said of what he described as a close-knit Dodgers staff. "If Sandy threw a shutout the day before, the guy following him would try and duplicate it. " Osteen wanted to equal Koufax in terms of the box score, but he was going to do it his way. "I certainly couldn't pitch like Koufax," Osteen said.
July 28, 2007 |
It didn't take the Phillies long to find a replacement for injured second baseman Chase Utley. The Phils yesterday acquired veteran second baseman Tadahito Iguchi from the Chicago White Sox for minor-league pitcher Michael Dubee, the son of Phillies pitching coach Rich Dubee. Iguchi, 32, was hitting .251 with 17 doubles, 4 triples, 6 home runs, and 31 RBIs in 90 games. A native of Tokyo, the righthanded-hitting Iguchi batted .281 last season with 18 homers and 67 RBIs. He appeared in 12 playoff games for the Sox in 2005.
March 19, 2013 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. – Roy Halladay felt something much worse than lethargic Sunday. He felt sick to his stomach. "I didn't notice anything until we started walking to the dugout," catcher Erik Kratz said following the Phillies' 5-3 Grapefruit League win over the Baltimore Orioles. "And then he went in the dugout, and he said he was going to stay in the tunnel for the anthem. " The stomach virus was taking control. Halladay, coming off a shaky outing in which his lack of velocity and command raised some red flags about the two-time Cy Young Award winner's physical condition, opted to take the mound in the top of the first inning anyway.
March 9, 2009
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - Looking on the bright side, Carlos Carrasco now has a chance to prove to the Phillies that he can work through adversity. The righthander, competing for the fifth spot in the rotation, had a second straight rough outing in the Phillies' 7-2 loss to the Braves yesterday, allowing five runs, three earned, on six hits in two innings. Pitching coach Rich Dubee said that Carrasco strayed from his fastball after running into trouble. But Dubee likes to preach about the value of battling through adversity, and the Phillies will now look at how Carrasco, who gave up five runs in his previous outing, responds.
November 23, 2004 |
The Phillies' farm system lost Marc Bombard, Bill Dancy and Rich Dubee last week to the big-league club but their replacements could be named before the weekend. "Those guys were all key parts of our system," Mike Arbuckle, the Phillies' assistant general manager, said yesterday. Arbuckle interviewed Jeff Manto and Don Long yesterday for the field coordinator's job, the one Dancy had held since 2001. The field coordinator helps oversee minor-league operations. Gene Lamont, a former big-league manager, looks to be the favorite for the manager's job at triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
April 4, 2009 |
The Phillies speak highly of Carlos Ruiz's defense, but The Fielding Bible does not. The recently published second edition of John Dewan's book, widely praised as a breakthrough in evaluating defense, ranked Ruiz toward the bottom of major-league catchers last season. Dewan acknowledged that catching defense is among the most difficult elements of baseball to quantify. "We're just taking our first steps in figuring out how catchers can handle pitchers," Dewan said. "We're just starting to get a handle on that.
April 22, 2012 |
SAN DIEGO - For four days, Jose Contreras waited. It had been since last June when the 40-year-old Cuban pitched in a major-league game. He rejoined the Phillies on this road trip but work was difficult to come by. Finally, he was called upon in the seventh inning of Friday's game just after the Phillies had taken their first lead. He began his 10th season with four balls. "Ideally, you'd like a better spot," pitching coach Rich Dubee said. "But when push comes to shove, you have to get him in some games.
March 24, 2012 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - In what could be his final season as a Phillie, Cole Hamels will start the team's home opener, April 9 at Citizens Bank Park. Roy Halladay, as expected, will start opening day, April 5, in Pittsburgh, pitching coach Rich Dubee announced Friday. Halladay will be followed by Cliff Lee and Vance Worley. It's also likely Joe Blanton is skipped the first time through the rotation. Last season, Hamels started the fourth game, too. But with the departure of Roy Oswalt, he was assumed to take the third spot in the rotation.
June 29, 2011
Rich Dubee is working with a decked filled with aces this season as the Phillies' pitching coach, but on Tuesday, a Boston Herald reporter wanted to know what it was like dealing with Red Sox ace Josh Beckett when he was just a rookie in the Florida Marlins' farm system. "The first time I met Josh was in the Astrodome," Dubee said. "I remember he had just signed and he came through the clubhouse doors and Alex Fernandez was on our team and Josh had made the statement about pitching in the All-Star Game in two years.
March 22, 2013 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Roy Halladay threw his regular, in-between-starts bullpen session Wednesday while the vast majority of the Phillies enjoyed a rare day off. It was the first time Halladay took the mound since departing his start Sunday with a stomach illness after just one inning. Halladay said he lost about 10 pounds as a result of the bug, which sapped him of energy and strength before he resumed baseball activities Tuesday. On Wednesday, pitching coach Rich Dubee watched the two-time Cy Young Award winner's mound session.