October 20, 2013 |
As the longest season of his career sputtered to a painful conclusion, Cody Asche sought Ruben Amaro Jr. for advice. The 23-year-old Phillies third baseman asked his general manager for an offseason plan - whether he should be learning another position or playing winter ball somewhere. "I don't know that playing more would be beneficial," Amaro told him. Asche totaled 625 plate appearances between the majors and minors just two seasons after his professional debut resulted in a .192 batting average at single-A Williamsport.
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.
August 22, 2013 |
First baseman Ryan Howard, who had left-knee surgery July 10, will begin baseball activities Thursday in Clearwater, Fla., assistant general manager Scott Proefrock said. Speaking before Tuesday's game with the Colorado Rockies at Citizens Bank Park, Proefrock said that the baseball activity would consist of a hitting program, taking ground balls, and jogging. Howard has reportedly lost 15 to 20 pounds. "I know he is working hard," Proefrock said. "From everything I hear from people down there, he is in good spirits as well, and that is equally important.
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.
September 29, 2013 |
ATLANTA - Three months passed between games for Mike Stutes, and when he stepped onto the Marlins Park mound on Tuesday, he expected nothing. He had thrown just five bullpen sessions while recovering from shoulder inflammation. He faced one hitter, Ryan Howard, in a relaxed environment. "If I spiked a slider," Stutes said, "I told him I was throwing it again. " So a scoreless inning against the Marlins was welcomed, even if he topped out at 89 m.p.h. There was no pain in his right shoulder, which has robbed him of the last two seasons after such a promising rookie year in 2011.
May 8, 2013 |
Remember Yuniesky Betancourt? He's the guy who hit .447 with three doubles, a homer and 14 RBIs for the Phillies in spring training, but was considered surplus to bench needs and allowed to leave when it became clear his future was in an IronPigs uniform rather than red pinstripes. GM Ruben Amaro Jr. said it was a tough decision, but the team was "comfortable with where we are. " Yeah, that Yuniesky Betancourt. He signed with the Brewers - which didn't portend well, since the fans in Milwaukee kind of booed him out of town when he played there in 2011.