October 21, 2011 |
AFTER THE Phillies posted a franchise-record 102 regular-season wins, all six major league coaches have agreed to contracts for next season. Mick Billmeyer (bullpen), Rich Dubee (pitching), Greg Gross (hitting), Pete Mackanin (bench), Sam Perlozzo (first base) and Juan Samuel (third base), along with bullpen catcher Jesus Tiamo, will each remain in the same position. The Phillies made only made one addition to the coaching staff entering last season, when Samuel came aboard as the third-base coach.
July 4, 2011 |
TORONTO - After throwing a bullpen session without problem Sunday morning, lefthander Cole Hamels was deemed ready to start Tuesday by Phillies pitching coach Rich Dubee. After the injury occurred on Thursday against Boston, Hamels said he was confident he could make the start despite significant bruising on his right hand. Hamels' hand was wrapped when the team arrived in Toronto, and he waited an extra day before throwing his bullpen session. But better his right hand than his left.
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 1, 2013 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Mike Adams took the mound in a Phillies uniform for the first time Thursday, and afterward, was asked to compare how he felt physically to the same time last spring. Adams didn't have a good answer because there wasn't one. There wasn't any comparison. After rising through the San Diego Padres' bullpen to become one of the game's best setup men, Adams was entering his first full season with the Texas Rangers last spring when his shoulder began bothering him. And then he felt numbness in his pitching hand, struggling to grip the ball.
February 23, 2014 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - When Phillippe Aumont stepped onto a mound for the first time during spring training, Larry Andersen worked on an adjacent field. Andersen glanced at the seven pitchers about to throw bullpen sessions, and the 6-foot-7 Canadian towered above them all. Andersen viewed Aumont's maddening flashes of brilliance from a distance in his role as Phillies radio analyst. This spring, as a guest instructor, Andersen is charged with molding the younger arms. He dashed that morning toward Aumont.
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 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.