April 4, 2014 |
It's no exaggeration to say that Malvern Prep's Gardner Nutter is a true student of the game of baseball. Well, to be exact, pitching. Last summer, the senior righthander spent two months at Ron Wolforth's Texas Baseball Ranch. There, he learned the ins and outs of being a hurler. Warm-up drills, long toss, delivery, command, hip mobility, and accelerated arm recovery were part of the advanced curriculum. "It's really about learning how to be the most dynamic, athletic pitcher you can be," Nutter said.
July 26, 2011 |
The Phillies will honor new Hall of Fame inductee Pat Gillick with a ceremony before Wednesday night's game. The ceremony begins at 6:45 before the 7:05 start against the San Francisco Giants. Gillick was the team's general manager from 2005 to 2008, including the 2008 World Series championship team. He remains with the team in an advisory role. Gillick, who was enshrined Sunday in Cooperstown, will be presented with several items by the Phillies. After the ceremony, he will take a victory lap around the field, greeting fans.
May 7, 2013 |
Here is a year-by-year look at some of Kyle Kendrick's statistics. Kendrick, 3-1 with a 2.43 ERA in six starts this season, is 10-5 in his last 18 starts dating back to last season. He will pitch Tuesday night against the San Francisco Giants. Opp. vs. Year Record ERA avg. L.H. batters SO per 9 IP 2007 10-4 3.87 .280 .321 3.6 2008 11-9 5.49 .304 .334 3.4 2009 3-1 3.42 .273 .267 5.1 2010 11-10 4.73 .283 .312 4.2 2011 8-6 3.22 .255 .234 4.6 2012 11-12 3.90 .254 .238 6.6 2013 3-1 2.43 .235 .233 6.4 - Bob Brookover SOURCE: BaseballReference.com
January 11, 2012 |
The Phillies released John Bowker on Tuesday to allow him to pursue an opportunity with a professional team in Japan. In a combined 31 games with the Phillies and Pittsburgh Pirates last season, Bowker batted .133 with two RBIs. The 28-year-old outfielder spent most of the season at triple-A Indianapolis in the Pirates' system, hitting .306 with 15 home runs and 76 RBIs in 106 games. For his major-league career, Bowker has hit .232 with 17 homers and 73 RBIs in 240 games with the San Francisco Giants, Pirates, and Phillies.
November 27, 2012 |
All-star third baseman Evan Longoria agreed to a $136.6 million, 10-year contract with the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday that adds six guaranteed seasons and $100 million to his current deal. The agreement with the 27-year-old slugger includes a team option for 2023 that could make the deal worth $144.6 million over 11 years. Series shares. A full postseason share for the World Series champion San Francisco Giants was worth $377,003, breaking the 2006 St. Louis Cardinals' record.
April 12, 2012 |
Pat Burrell will officially retire as a Phillie during the Boston Red Sox series at Citizens Bank Park in May, the team announced. Burrell, 35, will sign a one-day minor league contract with the Phillies. He will be honored before the Saturday, May 19 game by throwing out the ceremonial first pitch. Burrell retired in the offseason because of a chronic foot injury that limited him to 92 games with a .230 average last season with San Francisco. Burrell was with the Phillies for nine seasons and is fourth in team history in home runs (251)
July 5, 2013 |
Manny may be coming back, but his dreadlocks are taking a holiday. The Texas Rangers agreed Wednesday on a minor-league deal with Ramirez, 41, last seen with Taiwan's EDA Rhinos. He hit .352 with eight home runs and 43 RBIs in 49 games with the Rhinos, who offered to raise his salary from $25,000 to $60,000 to get him to stay. Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said part of the deal was that Ramirez, twice suspended for positive drug tests, agree to cut his hair. (Yeah, that'll do it.)
March 31, 2013 |
For Justin Verlander, $180 million was enough. No need to wait two seasons, become a free agent and find out how much baseball's biggest spenders would offer. "I wondered what it would be like to test free agency, but the pull of Detroit was too much," the Tigers' ace said Friday after agreeing to a 7-year contract, the richest deal for a pitcher in baseball history. "Once spring training started, I knew I wanted to stay. " Verlander's deal broke the record for pitchers set just a month earlier when Seattle's Felix Hernandez agreed to a $175 million, 7-year contract.
July 3, 2012 |
NEW YORK - In his rookie season, Mike Trout is a major-league all-star. So, how did he celebrate? The centerfielder from Millville, N.J., hit a tiebreaking home run in the eighth inning for the Los Angeles Angels in a 10-6 win Sunday at Toronto. Trout was among 66 players chosen by fans, managers, and big-leaguers for the July 10 All-Star Game in Kansas City. "It's awesome getting picked," the 20-year-old told Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com. "I'm getting chills thinking about it right now. " Joining him as a reserve on the American League team, managed by Texas manager Ron Washington, will be Angels outfielder Mark Trumbo, and pitchers Jered Weaver and C.J. Wilson.
November 4, 2011 |
Matty Alou, once part of an all-Alou outfield for the San Francisco Giants with brothers Felipe and Jesus, died Thursday in his native Dominican Republic. He was 72. He died of diabetes complications, according to his former Dominican team, Leones del Escogido. The Giants also confirmed his death and said Mr. Alou had been sick for several years with a variety of health issues. Hall of Famer Orlando Cepeda said he knew his "great friend" had been ailing. "We roomed together a few times with the Giants," Cepeda said by phone.