July 29, 2013 |
From the top to the bottom of the organization, catching has been among the most interesting positions for the Phillies this season, and it's likely to remain that way into the offseason. At the big-league level, the Phillies have dealt with Carlos Ruiz's 25-game Adderall suspension, a hamstring injury that kept him out for another month, and a monumental struggle at the plate. Ruiz can be a free agent after the season and there's no guarantee he'll be here beyond Wednesday's trade deadline, let alone next season.
July 29, 2013 |
WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. - The view looking up at the Phillies' third-base depth chart could be a daunting one for Zach Green, the 19-year-old who mans that position with the Phillies' short-season Williamsport affiliate in the New York-Penn League. In front of him, he'll find Cody Asche, the triple-A Lehigh Valley third baseman who could be in the big leagues in a few days if the Phillies decide to deal veteran Michael Young before Wednesday's trade deadline. He'll also see Maikel Franco, the double-A Reading slugger who is considered the Phillies' best minor-league position player.
July 18, 2013 |
NEW YORK - Pittsburgh Pirates closer and first-time all-star Jason Grilli had one thought during his brief stay with the Lehigh Valley IronPigs, the Phillies' triple-A affiliate, in 2011. "I was thinking that I wanted to get the heck out," Grilli said before Tuesday's 84th Major League Baseball All-Star Game at Citi Field. "Who wants to be an IronPig? Not me. " It's nothing against the IronPigs organization, he said, but Grilli believed he should have been pitching in the big leagues.
June 24, 2013 |
The movie 42 chronicles Jackie Robinson's heartwarming success in breaking the color barrier in baseball and modifying racial relations in society at large. A similar drama featuring Dick Allen that began 50 years ago in Philadelphia had a less sanguine conclusion. The last all-white team in the National League, the Phillies gradually added a smattering of nonwhite players. Finally, in 1960, they signed a potential superstar in the 18-year-old African American Allen, who scouts agreed would bring a powerful bat to the team.
June 21, 2013 |
Stan "Stash" Lopata, 87, the popular Phillies catcher whose distinctive batting crouch was imitated by young Philadelphians in the 1950s, died Saturday of heart disease at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. A two-time all-star (1955, 1956), Mr. Lopata still holds the Phillies' season records for catchers in triples (seven) and home runs (32). He hit 116 home runs in 822 games with the Phillies between 1949 and 1958. His most productive season came in 1956, when he batted .267 with 32 homers, 33 doubles, and 95 RBIs.
June 19, 2013 |
THE LOW POINT of that high-five for Jeff Baker is a trip to the 15-day disabled list. Texas placed the utilityman on the DL with a sprained right thumb yesterday, five days after an over-exuberant high-five from an unidentified teammate. "It's frustrating when something is out of your control and it's non-baseball-related," Baker said. "I couldn't really control what happened. Now I'm obviously hurt. But at the same time, it's kind of a delicate situation because it is a teammate and he feels terrible about it. It is what it is. " Neither Baker nor the Rangers have said who gave Baker the high-five on Thursday.
June 12, 2013 |
MINNEAPOLIS - For 17 straight games, Ben Revere started and manned center field. He hit .257, scored seven runs, stole seven bases, and showed fleeting signs of being a productive cog in the Phillies lineup. Then the Phillies arrived in Milwaukee, and John Mayberry Jr. was the centerfielder for three consecutive games. While Domonic Brown has seized his everyday spot in Charlie Manuel's lineup, the manager has three outfielders for two spots. It is a situation Manuel favors, although the challenge is discovering the right mix to complement Brown.
June 10, 2013 |
MILWAUKEE - Mike Adams grabbed a seat in front of a laptop in the visitors clubhouse and searched for answers in the form of video. Bullpen coach Rod Nichols stopped and chatted. While seated, Adams mimicked his pitching motion. Later, pitching coach Rich Dubee acted as his sounding board. The Phillies agreed to pay Adams $12 million over two seasons so he could bring stability to the eighth inning. The pitcher has a history of injuries and his latest, described as "biceps irritation," complicates the relief situation.
June 7, 2013 |
Cole Hamels had a great Fall Classic in 2008 and an epic fall in 2009. The World Series MVP spent the offseason enjoying the accolades and, by his own admission, wasn't ready to return to work the following season after logging more innings in 2008 than he had at any point in his career. The second most significant event of Hamels' baseball life occurred late last July. With the team struggling and Hamels' name floating on the trade market, the Phillies quashed all the rumors and signed the lefthander to a six-year deal worth $144 million.
May 31, 2013 |
ON TUESDAY NIGHT, Carlos Zambrano deemed himself "ready" to join the Phillies rotation. The team? Let's just say it was a little more reserved in its pronouncement. "I don't think he lit the world on fire," general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said, "but he's gaining arm strength and was a little bit better than his last outing. He's getting stretched out. We'll see where he goes from here. " Zambrano will definitely make one more minor league outing before the Phillies think about adding him to their rotation, and it sounds likely he could be in line for two or three more starts.