March 1, 2011 |
DUNEDIN, Fla. - These early spring outings for Roy Halladay actually serve a purpose beyond rounding into pitching shape for his opening-day start April 1 at Citizens Bank Park. The best pitcher in baseball says he has a few plans before he heads north. "I'm always trying things," Halladay said. "There's a couple [new] things I want to try. " What could a pitcher who issued only nine more walks (30) than he had wins (21) while throwing a perfect game and no-hitter on his way to winning the Cy Young Award have to improve?
January 24, 2014 |
ROY HALLADAY and Brad Lidge, two recently retired former Phillies, will be in Clearwater, Fla., this spring to work as guest instructors at spring training. But the most famous, longtime guest instructor - and the best player in franchise history - will not be able to work on the field this spring. Phillies Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt will not take part in this year's camp while dealing with a health issue. Here's a statement from the team: "Mike is treating a health issue that requires him to remain near his doctors and will be unable to attend spring training as a field instructor this year.
March 28, 2011 |
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - One thing that needs to be stressed: Charlie Manuel does not have final say in personnel decisions. The Phillies, like any organization, take a plethora of opinions into consideration before deciding on the makeup of their Opening Day roster. But after the Phillies' 6-1 victory over the Braves in their penultimate Grapefruit League game yesterday, their manager dropped some interesting hints about his views on the few lingering questions that remain. And despite the various viewpoints that general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. will solicit in meetings this week, Manuel's voice is one of the most influential.
March 29, 2011
CLEARWATER, Fla. - In the third inning, fat, cold drops of rain pelted down on the Piggy Bank, Bright House Field. There went the meteorological no-hitter, broken up in the Phillies' final exhibition of a Florida phase where the weather was all-time spectacular and the daily news bulletins could not have been worse. We were introduced to the dark side of Chase Utley's benign-sounding patellar tendinitis, a tongue-twisting condition called chondromalacia. Simplified description: cartilage on the underside of the kneecap that has been eroded by wear and tear over time - think Housemaid's knee - and is now close to bone-on-bone.
February 19, 2012 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - The Phillies know this is different. They know that when you go from four aces to three, the buzz isn't going to be quite the same. They know that the sooner you get eliminated from the postseason the less attention you're going to receive in spring training. Greg Casterioto, the team's director of baseball communications, said he flirted with the idea of setting up a news conference with the Phillies' four new bench players - Jim Thome, Ty Wigginton, Laynce Nix and Juan Pierre.
February 16, 2012 |
Two springs ago, Phillippe Aumont took the longest walk of shame a professional pitcher can take. Of the seven college kids he faced, three walked, one singled, and another bashed a three-run home run. This was an exhibition game against Florida State University, and because of that, Aumont's debut as a Phillie was never officially recorded. That hardly made the walk down the left-field line from the dugout to the Phillies clubhouse at Bright House Field any less embarrassing.
May 31, 2012 |
NEW YORK - When the news broke Tuesday that Phillies righthander Roy Halladay is expected to miss six to eight weeks with a shoulder injury, one National League scout who has seen him pitch in spring training and the regular season was not surprised. Halladay was placed on the disabled list retroactive to Monday with a strain of the latissimus dorsi in his right shoulder and back. Halladay received a second opinion Wednesday after a visit with David Altchek, the New York Mets' team doctor.
March 8, 1988 |
It has long been suspected by many of you out there that nobody really needs spring training. Except maybe the Florida Council on Tourism and Trinket Sales. And just last year, along came conclusive proof that some people don't. Such as Tim Raines. Raines played for the Montreal Expos last season. Well, not for all of last season. He left out February. And March. And April. That was because he was a big- name free agent at the time and they weren't exactly in vogue during those particular months.
January 28, 2000 |
When the end of January rolls around, baseball players begin taking inventory of their body parts, making sure everything is ready for spring training. Rico Brogna began this process recently, and the answers he got back from his right knee weren't what he was hoping to hear. So Brogna, the Phillies' starting first baseman, will have arthroscopic surgery on the chronically sore knee this morning. Team physician Michael Ciccotti will perform the operation in Philadelphia. Brogna sounded confident that the surgery won't interfere with his preparation for the season.