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.
July 28, 2014 |
READING - When the Phillies signed Cuban righthander Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez to a three-year, $12 million contract last August, they envisioned him in the starting rotation, potentially as a No. 3 starter. Gonzalez didn't pitch last year after signing, and the first action he had with the Phillies was during spring training. A shoulder injury in the spring was a major setback, and after three rocky minor-league starts, he was moved to the bullpen. Since being promoted from high-A Clearwater to double-A Reading earlier this month, Gonzalez has proven to be healthy and highly effective as a reliever.
June 16, 2014 |
READING - A former top-five draft pick was playing winter ball in Venezuela when he started to sense he would have difficulty landing a job this spring. So Adam Loewen reverted to an old custom. He began to long toss. More than 5 years had elapsed since Loewen, once a ballyhooed Orioles' pitching prospect, last toed the rubber. Arm injuries had sent the touted 6-6 southpaw into a second career as a hitter. But nearing 30 and after 3 years of stints manning the outfield in Buffalo, Port St. Lucie and New Hampshire, he opted to again gauge the status of his once-prized left arm. "I felt like I left a lot out there, a lot of potential that was untapped, really," he said.
July 16, 2014 |
MINNEAPOLIS- Benjamin Utley, according to his dad, can do it all. Hit, field, throw, run. The hitting for power will come, surely. "He's an active little guy," the elder Utley said of his 2 ½-year-old son. "He likes to throw everything - not just baseballs. Everything. " As the subject matter changed during a recent conversation, from his own health to his son's baseball activities, Utley couldn't help but break out into a smile. "He's doing everything," Utley said. "Well, it's not like I have him doing drills or anything.
April 21, 2014 |
This is the second installment of The Inquirer's Phillies Top 25 prospects. Some are long-range prospects, with six of the final 15 being 20 years old or younger. 11. Deivy Grullon, C, 5-foot-11, 175 pounds, age 18 Extended spring training He hit .273 with a home run and 14 RBIs in 41 games last season with the Gulf Coast League Phillies. Considered to have the best arm in the Phillies' minor-league system, Grullon is also expected to be a solid hitter. 12. Aaron Altherr, OF, 6-5, 220, age 23 Clearwater He recently returned to action after being sidelined with a fracture in his wrist and eventually should be playing at Reading.
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.
May 16, 2011 |
IT IS A MISTY Sunday morning at Campbell's Field, where the last hopes of professional baseball linger like the morning fog. Down the Delaware River, one bridge and two quick train stops away, Pedro Feliz was king. Just three seasons ago, his bat won the Phillies a World Series. It was Feliz who, in Game 5 of the 2008 World Series, delivered the game-winning, groundball single up the middle in the seventh inning off Chad Bradford. The hit scored Eric Bruntlett from third base and gave the Phillies a 4-3 lead, which, famously, the bullpen preserved.
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.