March 6, 2016 |
THE PHILLIES have commenced spring training in the Grapefruit League and baseball is back! The best thing about spring training is that it signifies that warm weather is only a few weeks away. It also means that the start of the 162-game regular season is only a month away. It is one of baseball's most enduring truths that when spring training starts, hope springs eternal and every team dreams of winning the World Series. I've always maintained that Philadelphia fans are great sports fans - especially those who support the Fightin Phils.
July 18, 2015 |
The fly ball left Joe Torre's bat and landed in Willie Montanez's glove in Busch Stadium's center field. By then, the astonishing had become routine. This was Aug. 5, 1972, and Montanez's catch completed a 5-0 victory for the Phillies, in a tidy 108 minutes, over the St. Louis Cardinals - Steve Carlton's 17th win that year, his sixth shutout, just another night of brilliance during one of the most brilliant seasons of starting pitching in Major League Baseball history. But there's an interesting footnote to that game that's revealed if you review its box score nearly 43 years later.
August 21, 2014 |
When Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins got the night off Monday in a 4-1 win over the Seattle Mariners, Carlos Ruiz took his place in the batting order and looked comfortable in the No. 2 hole. Ruiz went 0 for 2 but drew walks in his first three at-bats and scored the Phillies' first run. This season as the No. 2 hitter, Ruiz is batting .269 but has a .437 on-base percentage in 87 plate appearances. He has drawn 14 walks, scored 12 runs and has an .840 OPS. Ruiz is obviously comfortable batting high in the order.
July 18, 2014 |
CHARLIE MANUEL, one of two men to manage the Phillies to a World Series championship, will be inducted onto the team's Wall of Fame during Alumni Weekend. Manuel will be honored on Aug. 9, before the Phillies-Mets game. Manuel managed the Phillies from 2005 to '13. He won five NL East Division titles and led the 2008 Phillies to the World Series title, the team's first since 1980. Manuel and the Phillies returned to the World Series in 2009, when they lost to the Yankees. In 9 years as Philies manager, Manuel was 780-636, for a .551 percentage.
November 25, 2013 |
Like a Whac-A-Mole that emerges when and where we least expect, Donovan McNabb popped up in the headlines again last week after Shawn Andrews called him a bully. For some, this rebuke by a teammate fit neatly into their anti-McNabb narrative. For others, it seemed like piling on, unnecessary roughness against the legacy of the greatest Eagles quarterback. That argument won't get resolved. Philadelphians will never agree on McNabb because we'll never understand him. This city produces inscrutable superstars as regularly as corrupt politicians.
September 18, 2013
Cliff Lee became the fifth Phillies pitcher since 1984 with at least four RBIs in a game. The others: Robert Person, June 6, 2002, vs. Expos, 7 RBIs. Jeff Juden, Aug. 25, 1995, vs. Dodgers, 4 RBIs. Danny Jackson, June 18, 1994, vs. Expos, 5 RBIs. Steve Carlton, May 16, 1984, vs. Dodgers, 4 RBIs.
July 19, 2013 |
HOW WILL you remember Tim McCarver? For his 21 years spent on the baseball diamond or his 34 seasons calling games as a network baseball analyst? Whatever comes to mind when you think of McCarver, he always will be remembered for his talent behind the plate and a love for the game in the booth as well. For former Phillies pitcher Steve Carlton, McCarver always will be remembered as a close friend and his personal catcher during their time together. McCarver, 71, informed Fox before the 2013 season that he would not be returning for his 19th season as an analyst with the network.
June 26, 2013 |
A WET SPOT. That, Al Holland believes some 30 years later, is what stopped the 1983 Phillies short of reaching their ultimate destiny. Not a slew of aging stars with dwindling bats. Not the suddenly silent bat of their one bona fide slugger once the postseason began. And certainly not because of inexperienced call-ups wilting under pressure. A wet spot on the left side of the Veterans Stadium diamond, made perhaps by a leaky tarp that covered the field during rain the day before Game 3 of their World Series against Baltimore.
April 16, 2013 |
MIAMI - When Laynce Nix swung to secure the 200th victory of Roy Halladay's storied career, the pitcher did not immediately see it. Halladay delivered eight satisfying innings Sunday, and while there was temptation to stay in the dugout as his teammates batted, he stuck to the plan. Halladay retreated to a back room and started his arm exercises. The game is shown with a slight delay inside the visitors clubhouse at Marlins Park. Halladay heard yelling from another room. He caught a glimpse of a TV just in time for Nix's ninth-inning solo home run. Phillies 2, Marlins 1, and 200 for Halladay.
November 17, 2010 |
PHILLIES CY YOUNG WINNERS 2010: Roy Halladay: 21-10, 2.44 ERA 1987: Steve Bedrosian: 40 saves, 2.83 1983: John Denny: 19-6, 2.37 1982: Steve Carlton: 23-11, 3.10 1980: Steve Carlton: 24-9, 2.34 1977: Steve Carlton: 23-10, 2.64 1972: Steve Carlton: 27-10, 1.97 2010: Roy Halladay, Phillies: 21-10, 2.44 ERA 2009: Tim Lincecum, Giants: 15-7, 2.48 2008: Tim Lincecum, Giants: 18-5, 2.62 ...