December 16, 2012
The Phillies claimed lefthanded pitcher Maurico Robles off waivers from the Seattle Mariners on Friday. The 23-year-old Robles is 31-35 with a 4.15 ERA in seven minor league seasons. He went 2-5 with a 5.78 ERA in 43 games between Double A Jackson and Triple A Tacoma in 2012, striking out 69 while walking 63 in 71 2/3 innings. Robles was designated for assignment by Seattle earlier this month when the Mariners signed former All-Star outfielder Jason Bay. The Phillies announced that nine other players will go to spring training as nonroster invitees: infielders Michael Martinez, Pete Orr, Josh Fields and Andres Blanco; catchers Steven Lerud and Humberto Quintero; righthanded pitcher Zach Miner, lefthander Cesar Jimenez and outfielder Jermaine Mitchell.
February 21, 2015 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Former major-league catcher Ben Davis, a Malvern Prep graduate and West Chester resident, will join the Phillies' broadcast team this season as the third member in the booth, Comcast SportsNet announced Thursday. Davis and second-year broadcaster Matt Stairs will provide color commentary alongside play-by-play man Tom McCarthy. Davis replaces Jamie Moyer, who opted not to return for a second season in order to spend more time with his family on the West Coast. The other finalist for the job, former Phillies shortstop Kevin Stocker, turned down the position, several sources told The Inquirer.
October 8, 2014 |
The Phillies gave righthander Sean O'Sullivan his outright release Monday, opening a spot on their 40-man roster. O'Sullivan, 27, went 0-1 with a 6.39 ERA in three games for the Phillies this season. He also has pitched for the Angels, Royals, and Padres. At triple-A Lehigh Valley this season, O'Sullivan went 6-10 with a 4.30 ERA in 25 starts. Minding the young arms The Phillies hired longtime pitching coach Rafael Chaves to be their minor-league pitching coordinator.
March 27, 2014 |
It was last August, when he was getting set to pitch at Yankee Stadium, that Zach Schellenger realized how far he had come as a pitcher in just a few years. "It kind of hits you then," he said of playing at baseball's cathedral in a showcase event. "It was one of the best experiences I've ever had. " With a sizzling fastball and an improving slider, Schellenger, a 6-foot-6, 205-pound righthander for Devon Prep, could be selected in the top five rounds of the first-year player draft in June.
December 15, 1989 |
Baseball has weathered some turbulent times, and nothing will be so constant as continued change as the game fast-forwards into the '90s. Expansion is a virtual certainty, and the purists be damned. Baseball in the Mountain Time Zone? Major league baseball that doesn't vacate Florida at the end of spring training? That's coming, and more. And the ripple effect is likely to result in sweeping changes that will reshape the face of the game more dramatically than ever. The level of talent, already watered down, will be diluted further.
July 26, 2016 |
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. - It was the Hall of Fame induction ceremony that made the baseball draft look silly, but nobody in the sun-drenched crowd of an estimated 50,000 really cared Sunday. They just wanted to pay tribute to Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Piazza for all they did after they were drafted. Griffey, selected by the Seattle Mariners in 1987, became the first No. 1 overall pick in history to land in Cooperstown and if that seemed like an indictment of the draft process, it could not even begin to compare with Piazza's crazy story.
April 11, 2003 |
The New York Yankees are by far the most valuable team in baseball, worth more than twice as much as 26 of the other 29 clubs, according to a study by Forbes Magazine. In a story for its April 28 edition, Forbes estimated the worth of the Yankees at $849 million - $351 million more than the next-most valuable team, the New York Mets, who were said to be worth $498 million. The Boston Red Sox were third, at $488 million, followed by the Los Angeles Dodgers ($449 million) and the Atlanta Braves ($423 million)
December 14, 2013
A person familiar with the negotiations said the Detroit Tigers and righthanded pitcher Joba Chamberlain agreed to terms on a one-year contract. The person spoke on condition of anonymity to the Associated Press on Thursday because the deal hadn't been announced. Chamberlain was 2-1 with one save in 45 games and a career-high 4.93 ERA last season for the New York Yankees. The converted starter was 23-14 with five saves with a 3.85 ERA in 260 games over seven seasons with the Yankees.
March 9, 2014
Kansas City Royals righthander Luke Hochevar will have Tommy John surgery that will sideline him for the season. Hochevar felt a twinge in his elbow on the next-to-last pitch of a scoreless two-inning outing Monday against the Chicago White Sox. An MRI exam revealed a major tear of the ulnar collateral ligament. Hochevar, 30, will make $5.21 million this year and is eligible for free agency after the season. Nats hold out Fister Washington righthander Doug Fister was scratched from his Grapefruit League start Friday because of elbow inflammation.
September 17, 2013 |
WLADIMIR Balentien, who played in 170 major league games - 130 with the Seattle Mariners and 40 with the Cincinnati Reds - is the new Japanese single-season home run king. Balentien, a native of Curacao, hit his 56th and 57th homers yesterday for the last-place Tokyo Yakult Swallows, breaking the mark of 55 set by the great Sadaharu Oh 49 years ago. Balentien hit 15 homers with 52 RBI and a .264 average in the majors. While there is no rumor of Balentien's head getting larger or him having a sudden burst of power, it has become public knowledge that the baseballs in Japan were juiced.