August 17, 2016 |
No one ever told the 11th man in Phillies history to reach 30 saves that he was the closer. It was April 9, and Jeanmar Gomez stretched in the fifth inning with the rest of his bullpen mates. He prepared for a phone call in the middle innings, just as it had come in the first six seasons of his nondescript major-league career, but three other Phillies relievers were summoned before Gomez. So he saved that game with six casual pitches. Then, he converted 30 of his next 33 chances.
May 12, 2016 |
BALTIMORE - A year ago, former Phillies reliever Ryan Madson was one of the feel-good stories in baseball, returning after a three-year absence because of injuries to be a major contributor for a World Series champion in Kansas City. Madson parlayed that performance into a three-year, $22 million contract with the Oakland A's, where he looks every bit as effective as when he was closing in his final season with the Phillies in 2011. Entering Tuesday's action, the 35-year-old Madson was 1-0 with a 1.32 ERA in 14 appearances.
August 13, 2015 |
SHOWTIME is about to launch a pilot for a one-hour drama created, written and produced by Lena Waithe and Common , and directed and executive produced by a West Philly guy. Clark Johnson , 60, is the West Philly guy who'll spearhead development of the pilot. He's known for his work directing Showtime's "Homeland," for playing Gus Haynes , a city editor, on HBO's "The Wire" and for years portraying Detective Meldrick Lewis on "Homicide: Life on the Street. " This new, yet untitled show is the coming-of-age story of a young African-American male growing up in surroundings that force him to face life-or-death obstacles on a daily basis.
July 27, 2015 |
When the tearing down and rebuilding of the Phillies is finally complete, it will be possible to catalogue and rank the missteps that were taken on the steep, slick road from the team's five straight division championships and two World Series appearances to their present position in the dregs of baseball's deep barrel. The ranking will take a while. It isn't as if the Phils miscalculated here and there, or failed to recognize the collapse in just one or two ways. They basically messed up for the cycle.
May 28, 2015 |
NEW YORK - The impressive comeback for former Phillies reliever Ryan Madson began with him in catcher's gear, throwing on a mound in an attempt to demonstrate proper technique to a high school pitcher. That was last June in Temecula, Calif., about an hour north of San Diego. But after three years in which he threw just one minor-league inning, Madson is indeed back. The Kansas City Royals righthander has added significantly to what already was considered baseball's deepest bullpen.
April 2, 2015 |
SURPRISE, Ariz. - Ryan Madson says he watched Phillies footage from 2007 to 2009 and witnessed the mechanics that eluded him in the next two seasons. Even when Madson was an integral part of the Phillies bullpen in 2010 and 2011, his pitching motion relied too much on his arm and not enough on his legs. Success obscured the problems. He pitched on borrowed time. The right arm that made him one of baseball's top relievers finally failed him after he left Philadelphia, causing three years of rehab and restarts.
September 18, 2014 |
SAN DIEGO - Closer isn't the most relevant position on a last-place team. After all, his job requires that his team have a lead. But the odds say that the Phillies will have one of those at some point in the next week, and, at that point, Ryne Sandberg might treat the fan base to a glimpse at the future. While the manager has not detailed his plans for filling the void during the rest of Jonathan Papelbon's seven-game suspension for his crotch-grab on Sunday (he is eligible to return Tuesday in Miami)
November 8, 2013 |
TWO YEARS AGO this month, a lifelong Phillie hit the free-agent market. After testing the waters, he eventually returned to Philadelphia, as many people had expected. Despite mutual interest in continuing a similar relationship, Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said you shouldn't make the mistake of comparing the case of Carlos Ruiz to Jimmy Rollins' free agency in the fall of 2011. "I can assure you if it takes similar as long [to get a deal done], there will be very little chance of bringing Chooch back," Amaro said yesterday of Ruiz.
September 30, 2013 |
Money, money, money The Phillies have invested $70.5 million (as calculated by average annual value) in five pitchers for next season. That is more than what five teams spent in 2013 on their entire opening-day payrolls. Even with Roy Halladay's $20 million yearly salary off the books, their pitching investment is significant. Kyle Kendrick's expected $7 million salary through arbitration could push the number even higher before free agency opens. PLAYER 2014 SALARY (AAV)