January 19, 1993 |
The weather outside was frightful. The forecast was even worse. Lenny Dykstra, as fidgety in his spacious Main Line home one recent day as he is working a pitcher on an endless summer night, couldn't wait. Couldn't wait for the flight that since has transported him to the sunshine of Clearwater, Fla. 34617. Couldn't wait to bury the ghosts of the past two seasons, a tempestuous time littered with injuries and controversies. Couldn't wait, like a little kid on Christmas morning, to tear into the 1993 season and discover what wonders might be in store.
March 27, 2001 |
Looking for a reason to believe in these 2001 Phillies? You won't find it in the starting pitching over the last three days. Over that span, Robert Person, Bruce Chen and Randy Wolf - three pitchers who are being heavily counted on this season - were tagged for 22 hits and 15 earned runs in 10 2/3 innings, and manager Larry Bowa isn't happy about it. Ah, but it's only spring training. It doesn't matter. Hakuna matata. No worries. It will all be different when the regular season starts.
March 11, 2007 |
On Thursday, I will board a plane for a delightful string of days in balmy Florida. I love the beach, but I won't have a single bathing suit stowed in my suitcase. The purpose of my annual mid-March getaway is twofold - I go to Clearwater to watch baseball games, as many as I can fit into eight days. And I go to hang out with my dad, who taught me everything I know about being a Phillies fan. I tease him for his mercurial feelings about Phils manager Charlie Manuel and the terrible handwriting he uses when pinch-hitting for me at keeping score, as I do every game.
August 30, 2014 |
When the Phillies signed Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez for $12 million last summer, they included performance bonuses for games started and games relieved. Ruben Amaro Jr. proclaimed his Cuban import a starter - the team negotiated a $48 million agreement before a medical examination forced amendments - although the international scouting community was divided on Gonzalez's future role. Some, like the Phillies, saw the potential for a back-of-the-rotation arm. Others envisioned a shutdown reliever.
December 10, 2011
The Phillies invited three players to spring training Friday, including righthander Dave Bush, a Conestoga graduate. In addition to Bush, lefthander David Purcey and catcher Steven Lerud signed minor-league deals with invitations to big-league camp. Bush, 32, likely projects as the top starter in the triple-A Lehigh Valley rotation. Signed late in 2011, he made four starts for the IronPigs. He has pitched in parts of eight seasons with three major-league teams. Purcey, 29, pitched in 33 games with Toronto, Oakland, and Detroit in 2011.
December 22, 2004 |
Relief pitchers Amaury Telemaco and Geoff Geary agreed to contracts yesterday with the Phillies. The Phillies did not offer contracts to Telemaco, Geary and outfielder Jorge Padilla, infielder Lou Collier and catcher Michel Hernandez before Monday's midnight deadline. That made them free agents. The Phillies signed Telemaco to a one-year contract worth $600,000 plus bonuses. Geary will make $320,000 if he pitches in the majors. Padilla agreed to a triple-A contract and has been invited to spring training as a non-roster player.
February 16, 1998 |
Notorious jokester Larry Andersen, the newest member of the Phillies broadcasting team, wipes shaving-cream pie from face after taking direct hit from Curt Schilling while being interviewed by Chris Wheeler at spring training.
April 22, 1991 |
College students go to Florida every March. Dave Perry of Morrisville just wishes he could have gone this year. Not for sun and surf, mind you. To be an umpire at spring training for major-league baseball. Perry umpires college games for the Atlantic 10, the Big East and the ECAC. When it looked as if the major-league umpires were going to go on strike this spring, the major leagues scrambled to make contingency plans. About three weeks before spring training began, Link Braude, who works for the American League, got in touch with Pete DeFlesko, who umpires with Perry.
January 30, 1990 |
As baseball's contentious labor talks push the sport closer to a lockout of players, one question grows larger: Who really gets hurt if spring training is canceled? For years, players have argued that baseball's preseason lasts too long. Part of that sentiment may stem from economics - players are not paid their salaries during spring training. Spring training is no bonanza for the owners, either. Even if the Grapefruit League games sell out, the cost of running a camp for upwards of 200 players usually makes spring a loss leader.