February 16, 2014 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. – The bad times far outweighed the good during Jim Fregosi's managerial tenure with the Phillies, and even then he was able to make you believe he was the smartest man in the room. He had weaknesses, but he still made you think he was as strong as his opinions. His ego was so immense that it became one of his nicknames – "Ego" instead of "Frego" - and still, he was a human magnet. Fregosi, 71, died Friday morning in a Miami hospital after suffering multiple strokes Sunday during a Caribbean cruise.
July 15, 2011 |
WILLIAMSPORT - When he broke in with the Phillies in 1990, he was a wiry kid with longish hair who looked like somebody's little brother. Now he is 45, broader in the chest and arms and wearing a buzz haircut. Maybe the short hair conveys a military or father figure, a role he sometimes has to play as manager of a team of very young players in the minor leagues. It has been nearly 2 decades since Mickey Morandini was a part of the 1993 Phillies, one of the franchise's greatest seasons, and even then he knew he wanted to stay in the game when he was done playing.
June 23, 2010 |
If you had to pinpoint a moment when Darren Daulton reached the fork in the road and took the one that would eventually lead to having a plaque on the Phillies Wall of Fame, it might just have been the evening of Aug. 13, 1991, at Pittsburgh's Three Rivers Stadium. In the seventh inning, the Phillies had the bases loaded and one out. Down by a run, with Daulton scheduled to hit, manager Jim Fregosi yanked his catcher from the game and sent pinch-hitter Ricky Jordan to the plate.
April 26, 1995 |
On the afternoon before the Phillies played their final exhibition game, general manager Lee Thomas sat in his office at Veterans Stadium, thinking glum thoughts. These thoughts had names, Tommy Greene and Bobby Munoz. Thomas couldn't shake the nagging feeling that, if those two starting pitchers were healthy and pitching the way they are capable of, he'd feel pretty good about the Phillies' chances this year. Instead, Greene could be facing career-threatening reconstructive shoulder surgery and Munoz, also on the disabled list with a sore elbow, had become a 6-foot-8 question mark.
February 28, 1995 |
If a slow bat is chasing a half-fastball, the balance of baseball remains in order. The delicate calculus that governs the game is undisturbed when a below- average runner hits a ground ball to the left side of the infield, where it is relayed to first by a guy who unfurls a throw trailing an invisible parachute. The guy is still out by a step. After an absence of 200 days - since Ricky Jordan singled to score Billy Hatcher with the winning run in the bottom of the 15th inning shortly before the witching hour of midnight on Aug. 11, 1994 - Phillies baseball returned to the field yesterday afternoon.
August 12, 1994 |
One moment Ricky Jordan was doing something electric. The next, he felt like a guy about to get strapped in a chair and shot full of juice. Yes, it was a strange night all the way around at Veterans Stadium during, and after, especially after, what might have been the Phillies' final game of a mostly forgettable season. There was good pitching, in part because there was disinterested hitting. There were good plays, along with some clunkers. There were people parading through the stands displaying anti-strike banners.
July 28, 1994 |
When Ryne Sandberg decided to retire last month, Tommy Shields figured he was on his way to Chicago. The former Conestoga star was mentally ready to move up to the big leagues, but physically he was hurting. So the Chicago Cubs instead promoted infielder Todd Haney, and Shields, a shortstop, remained in Des Moines, Iowa, with the Cubs' triple-A affiliate. "It's been disappointing," Shields said. "I thought I'd be the one to go up, but I've had a lot of injuries this season.
July 27, 1994 |
The signs are all too familiar. Conversations carried on while huddled in a corner. The furtive glances. It was apparent something was amiss in the Phillies' clubhouse yesterday afternoon. The game started. Was John Kruk grimacing more than usual, moving more gingerly than normal? After the fifth inning, it became apparent something was wrong. Ricky Jordan came out to play first base. The announcement that followed was clinical. Kruk, who had surgery for testicular cancer on March 8, felt abdominal pain earlier in the day. After being evaluated first by Dr. Gerald Kuykendall in Ft. Lauderdale and then by Marlins team physician Dan Kanell, it was decided he would return to Philadelphia for further evaluation.
July 25, 1994 |
Lee Gendaszek didn't go to Mass Saturday night praying for money. She always goes to the 7:30 service on Saturdays, and would never stoop to such tactics. When she got home, she tuned into WGMP (1210-AM) to catch up on the Phillies action. That's when Gendaszek heard Ricky Jordan was batting for her in the Daily News Home Run Payoff inning. She quickly called her sister. "Are you listening to the ballgame?" she asked he sister. "I think they called my name. " Gendaszek's name was indeed called, and when Jordan smashed a home run to left-center in the sixth inning in the 7-1 loss to San Diego, Gendaszek became the eighth $1,000 winner in the Daily News Home Run Payoff Contest.
July 21, 1994 |
Barry Bonds and Matt Williams hit their obligatory home runs. Pitcher Mark Portugal remained a member in good standing of the Phillies-Killer Club of America. But the player who really ruined the Phils' afternoon yesterday wasn't named Bonds or Williams or Portugal. Or even Darryl Strawberry. The player was little-used Mike Benjamin. Eight-hole hitter. Owner of a .175 career average when the season began. A good-field, no-hit, Bobby Wine-type shortstop. Benjamin, filling in for slumping shortstop Royce Clayton, rapped out two doubles, knocked in a career-high four runs, and made two spectacular fielding plays as the San Francisco Giants defeated the Phillies, 9-2, before 43,966 fans at tropical Veterans Stadium, where the temperature on the field reached 146 degrees.