February 23, 2011 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Michael Martinez wasn't exactly a police officer walking about Santo Domingo with a gun and badge. "I wasn't on the street," he said yesterday with a laugh. But Martinez did play for a baseball team sponsored by the police, which is where a scout for the Washington Nationals discovered him in 2005 and signed him. Several years earlier, Martinez had tried his hand at professional basketball, playing for Los Prados in Santo Domingo during the 2001 season. The 5-9, 145-pound Martinez' idol?
February 21, 2011 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Robb Quinlan sat at his locker, looked to his right, then his left, and smiled. "Who are these guys?" he asked. There was facetiousness because Quinlan, a non-roster invitee with the Phillies, might have the best seat in the house to the Four Aces. In a seven-locker span in the back corner of the team's clubhouse at Bright House Field, Quinlan is the lone position player. Cliff Lee, Roy Halladay, Cole Hamels , and Kyle Kendrick are to Quinlan's right.
July 5, 2011 |
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. - The eighth all-star selection for Roy Halladay is special, and not only because he'll go with two of his rotation mates. He is excited to attend the festivities in Phoenix especially because his two sons, Braden and Ryan, will be accompanying him. "The older you get and the older they get," Halladay said, "that's one of the biggest perks of going. " The Phillies ace just isn't very keen on the idea of starting the game for the National League. "Obviously you go there to pitch and that's the main idea, but there are definitely other guys that are worthy of it," Halladay said.
September 23, 2013 |
The initial days were awkward, and there was no handbook to guide Ryne Sandberg. The Hall of Fame player carries impressive credentials, but he replaced the most successful manager in Phillies history. Talk about next year was suppressed - his stated focus was just the next day's game and having six weeks to make an impression. But from the moment Sandberg was hired prior to the 2011 season as the manager of triple-A Lehigh Valley, it was assumed he would succeed Charlie Manuel. A successful stint as interim manager with a depleted team far from postseason contention only solidified Sandberg's future as the 52d manager in Phillies history.
March 2, 2011 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - In some parallel universe, there lives a successful insurance salesman named Roy Halladay. Nice guy, good family man, almost made it as a big-league baseball player. In that version of reality, Halladay is sent to single-A ball by the Toronto Blue Jays, but his wife never happens upon Harvey Dorfman's book. Halladay never meets the no-nonsense sports psychologist. There are no Cy Young Awards, no perfect game, no Hall of Fame career. Dorfman, who died Monday at 75, had that big an impact on Halladay's career.
May 16, 2010 |
MILWAUKEE - In his third start, five runs in seven innings was good enough for Joe Blanton's first win of 2010. Blanton allowed a three-run home run to Corey Hart in the seventh, but the Phillies already had a large lead. And Blanton was happy with his performance. "I feel like I've thrown the ball well three times and just don't have much to show for it," said Blanton, who missed the first month of the season with a strained muscle in his left side. "The numbers haven't been there, for as well as I feel like I've been throwing.
April 1, 2009 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - During an active afternoon yesterday, the Phillies released Geoff Jenkins, named Chan Ho Park their fifth starter, told J.A. Happ that his immediate future was uncertain and spoke with free-agent slugger Gary Sheffield. But they weren't finished until a few minutes before 10 o'clock last night. After the team defeated Toronto, 9-1, at Bright House Field, manager Charlie Manuel announced that Brett Myers would start on opening night Sunday against Atlanta at Citizens Bank Park.
June 26, 2009 |
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - With closer Brad Lidge back from the 15-day disabled list, the Phillies' tired bullpen recovers an important member, although it will continue to miss Scott Eyre and Clay Condrey. "It's going to be really big for our bullpen," to have Lidge back, said manager Charlie Manuel. "I think we're going to be able to put our guys in the right position. " Pitching coach Rich Dubee said earlier that while Lidge's return will solidify the late-inning structure - Lidge assumes ninth-inning responsibilities, Ryan Madson returns to the eighth inning, and J.C. Romero can pitch the seventh inning or face tough lefthanders in the eighth - the middle-relief situation remains murky.
March 15, 2010 |
Jamie Moyer may have been deemed the favorite to win the fifth starter's job for the Phillies this spring, but Kyle Kendrick is pitching just about as well as he can. Kendrick allowed no runs over four innings yesterday in his third Grapefruit League appearance, a 4-3 loss to Baltimore. He stretched his scoreless-innings streak to nine and has yet to walk a batter this spring. "As long as I'm pitching quality outings, that's all I can do," Kendrick said. "I'm not trying to be perfect.
July 4, 2008 |
J.A. Happ is a much different pitcher from the one who started once last year for the Phillies. He is different because he is healthy. Happ is 5-6 with a 3.54 ERA in 17 starts this season for triple-A Lehigh Valley, which is why the Phillies chose him to replace Brett Myers in their rotation. Happ, a 6-foot-6 lefthander, will pitch tonight against the New York Mets at Citizens Bank Park. He is expected to make one more start next week; Myers could return to the team after the all-star break.