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 19, 2013 |
The door was open to Charlie Manuel's office, and the manager was fidgety. The summers blend together now because there were many. But this was three years ago, on a weekday morning at Wrigley Field, during happier days for a man who dedicated his life to baseball. Chances are he beat every one of his players to the ancient ballpark. Baseball needed Charlie Manuel. He wanted to talk to someone. Anyone. Manuel radiated in the hours before a game. He told jokes. He taught hitting. He held small children.
January 17, 2015 |
Many of the players and much of the atmosphere will be different when the Phillies begin spring training next month in Clearwater, Fla. Ryne Sandberg promises an altered approach from the manager, too. "With a veteran club, I think I expected a little different clubhouse in terms of leadership among the players [last season]," Sandberg said by telephone earlier this week from his winter residence in Chicago. "I don't think it was a good clubhouse, so I would say that falls on me first.
January 19, 2015 |
EVERYONE on the planet - well, everyone on the planet who even casually follows major league baseball - is aware that the Phillies would like to trade Ryan Howard in an effort to expedite their rebuilding project. Both Maikel Franco and Darin Ruf could step in and play first base in his place in 2015. Howard's skills have declined since shattering his left Achilles' tendon four Octobers ago, but he is still owed a minimum of $60 million for the next two seasons. He might be the most difficult player in baseball to trade.
December 11, 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.