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 29, 2014 |
'HE WAS erratic out there. " Those were manager Ryne Sandberg's words the last time he saw Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez pitch in a Phillies uniform. And Sandberg was actually kind with his choice of words. Gonzalez, the 27-year-old Cuban defector, had allowed four runs on four hits and two walks in an inning of work in a blowout loss to the Baltimore Orioles in a spring training game in Sarasota, Fla. Gonzalez would be sidelined for the remainder of spring training with shoulder woes, which had plagued him from the time he signed with the Phillies.
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.
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.
August 4, 2014 |
THE TRANSITION from college to the professional level at in any sport can be daunting. Making the transition in baseball is even tougher. Players have no spring training after they are drafted. They go right from the college game to playing professionally in just weeks. For lefthander Matt Imhof, a 2014 second-round selection by the Phillies, not much changed. "The way I always look at it is baseball is baseball," Imhof said. "I'm still pitching 60 feet, 6 inches away. " The Hayward, Calif., native finished his college career with Cal Poly exactly 2 months ago today with a loss to Pepperdine in the NCAA tournament.
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.