March 6, 2015
KISSIMMEE, Fla. - For nine innings yesterday, Pat Gillick and Ruben Amaro Jr. watched their nightmare from the front row. It was 4 1/2 years ago that the Astros officially began a full-scale rebuild by trading away Roy Oswalt and Lance Berkman at the July 31 nonwaiver trade deadline. Over the next few seasons, Houston methodically replenished its stock of young talent with a series of well-reviewed trades and top-10 draft picks. Yet, as Gillick and Amaro sat behind the screen at Osceola County Stadium for the Phillies' Grapefruit League game against the Astros, they watched a team that still has little idea whether it will ever be any good.
February 14, 2014 |
Boy, the way the Phillies played. Their lineup was a hit parade. The bullpen really had it made. Those were the days. CLEARWATER, Fla. - It was three long years ago that the Phillies opened spring training by trotting out their entire starting rotation, declaring that each and every one of the pitchers was good enough to be the opening-day starter. Joe Blanton was not, of course, but nobody in the organization wanted to hurt his feelings, so he, too, was invited to the crowded news conference, along with the well-decorated quartet of Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee, Cole Hamels, and Roy Oswalt.
December 11, 2013 |
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - If the true measure of a man comes from what his friends and co-workers say about him, Roy Halladay is a pretty complete person, let alone baseball player. He is as revered as any athlete to play in Philadelphia in the last quarter century. In the hour or so after Halladay's retirement became official yesterday, an outpouring of support and well wishes found its way to Walt Disney World's Swan and Dolphin Resort, site of baseball's winter meetings, where Halladay said goodbye to the game.
June 28, 2013 |
IT WAS A rough return to Fenway Park for the Colorado Rockies. Roy Oswalt didn't fare much better in his encore, either. Oswalt struggled early in his first career start against Boston and the Red Sox completed a two-game sweep of the Rockies with a 5-3 victory yesterday. Michael Cuddyer hit two solo home runs for Colorado, which was making its first visit to Boston since losing the first two games of the 2007 World Series. After an 11-4 loss on Tuesday, the Rockies managed just two runs off Boston's John Lackey in losing for the 10th time in their last 14 games.
June 21, 2013 |
COMING OFF one of his worst outings of the season, Washington starter Jordan Zimmermann surrendered a pair of first-inning hits against Colorado last night. That only gave the Rockies false hopes. Zimmermann pitched eight innings to win his 10th game, Adam LaRoche had three hits including a two-run triple and the Nationals spoiled Roy Oswalt's return to the majors with a 5-1 win over the Colorado. Ian Desmond homered for the second straight game and Denard Span and Steve Lombardozzi added a double and a single apiece for Washington, which began a stretch in which it will play 14 of its next 17 games at home.
May 4, 2013
Righty Roy Oswalt, who once was part of the Phillies' vaunted Four Aces combo, has agreed to a minor-league deal with the Rockies, the team said Thursday. Oswalt will have an extended spring training before joining the big club. The 35-year-old is 4-0 with a 2.25 ERA at Coors Field. "Always loved the mountains, im back!" tweeted the three-time all-star, who made nine starts last year for the Rangers. Pitchers, umpire fined Remember that little dustup between umpire Tom Hallion and Tampa Bay pitchers David Price, Jeremy Hellickson, and Matt Moore last weekend?
April 11, 2013 |
Charlie Manuel offered a history lesson Tuesday afternoon. He was talking about Roy Halladay, once a Phillies ace but now unrecognizable, and brought up Brad Lidge's name. The former Phillies closer is the quintessential example of Manuel's loyalty. Lidge blew 11 saves in 2009, pitched to a 7.21 ERA, but remained the closer as the Phillies won the pennant. "I looked down there and, to me, Brad Lidge was probably still the best I had," Manuel said. "If I was going to lose the game, it was going to be with Brad Lidge.
March 29, 2013 |
The Phillies went into the season two years ago with four aces and a sense that something special was about to happen. And they were right. The special wasn't quite as special as they had hoped, and they had no idea that Vance Worley, not Roy Oswalt, would be the fourth ace. Worley didn't even get to pose as one of the five aces when it was inexplicably decided that Joe Blanton should be the ace of something, too. Two years later, the...
March 5, 2013 |
FORT MYERS, Fla. - It was the kind of day that is known to occur once or twice this time of year. The flags in centerfield were pointing out of the ballpark and the temperature was struggling to stay in the 50s and the guys on the mound were no longer pitching like they were ahead of the hitters. Up and down the Gulf Coast of Florida, long fly balls screamed out of stadiums like tracers on an overcast sky. Back in Clearwater, Domonic Brown and Ryan Howard both launched pitches into the heart of the jet stream, the latter's home run looking for an instant like it might drop a surprise on the hood of one of the unwitting blue hairs who were matriculating their vehicles up the highway that runs behind the rightfield wall.