June 30, 2014 |
The implications were clear when the Phillies signed talented but injury-prone outfielder Grady Sizemore to a minor-league contract last week. Sizemore, 31, has played in only 156 games over the last five seasons. His comeback with Boston, a team desperate for outfield fortifications, resulted in his release after two months. "Well," general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said, "I'd like to have more production in the outfield. It's pretty simple. " Should Sizemore demonstrate competency at triple-A Lehigh Valley, he will join the Phillies by the all-star break.
May 29, 2010 |
There was a time, during the late '80s and the '90s, when I was convinced Philly would never celebrate another major sports championship. Those were dark days. I remember the first time my dad took me to a Phillies game. I was in grade school. We went with some of the other neighborhood kids who were on my Little League team. We sat up in the 700 Level at the Vet. I'll never forget how the warm summer sun made the green artificial turf shimmer. It was 1988. The Phils were essentially Mike Schmidt and a bunch of guys not named Mike Schmidt.
March 4, 1991 |
Over and over, during the winter, they were asked about remaining Phillies priorities as the regular season relentlessly approached. And Lee Thomas and Nick Leyva, general manager and manager in arms, got to where the answers ticked off like a metronome, a rhythm of the ain'ts. Find a lefthanded reliever. Identify the fifth starter. Make a once-and- for-all decision on Ricky Jordan, which could pave the way for a major move before camp breaks in Clearwater. Pick between Wally Backman and Mickey Morandini at second base.
October 2, 1990 |
Not everybody can be a league leader. Then again, not everybody wants to be a league leader - especially in the categories we're looking at this week. If you guessed that it's time for our annual list of League Leaders Who Wish They Weren't, well, right you are. MENDOZA MEN. Down there beneath the Mendoza Line (latitude: .200), we find a furious race for the lowest batting average in baseball. The question is whether either of the co-leaders - Cleveland's Ken Phelps or Mendoza mainstay Steve Jeltz (both are at .150)
July 25, 1990 |
Joe Boever, relief pitcher, took a midday flight to Philadelphia from Atlanta yesterday and by 5 p.m. he was running around at the Vet, throwing, taking batting practice, shaking hands. The Phillies had a jersey with his name and number on it all ready for him - No. 30, formerly the property of Steve Jeltz. But as of late yesterday afternoon, they were still searching for maroon sneakers for him. Trades are nearly always hard on players, and midseason trades often the hardest. But Boever, who comes to the Phillies in the trade that sent righthander Marvin Freeman to the Braves on Monday, said yesterday that he was ready to go to work.
June 20, 1990 |
This is how it works for a baseball team when things are breaking right: The starting pitcher, acquired during spring training for a backup shortstop the team was disenchanted with anyway, pitches eight innings against the club that's leading the division. And the first reliever, whose contract was purchased in a minor transaction shortly before the season started, continues his dazzling work with 1 2/3 shutout innings. And the second reliever, who was nearly released, comes in to get a big out. And the shortstop, another player picked up for cash a year-and-a-half earlier, singles with two out in the bottom of the 10th to drive in the winning run. And they all lived happily ever after . . . Aw, this story is still a long way from being a hardball fairy tale.
June 13, 1990 |
The Montreal Expos lost the battle to the Phillies last night, but they're still winning the war. Montreal has only outscored the Phillies by seven runs in the seven games they have played, but leads the season-series, 5-2, including a doubleheader sweep on Monday night to kick off an eight-game road trip that ends Sunday in St. Louis. "They were two big wins to start a road trip," Expos manager Buck Rodgers said. "Especially since we haven't played a doubleheader in two years.
June 11, 1990 |
The condition of Von Hayes' bruised and sore right foot appears to be serious. Yesterday, he did not dress and Phillies manager Nick Leyva said there was virtually no chance that the rightfielder, who leads the Phillies in homers and RBIs, would play in the three-game home series against the Montreal Expos that begins today. Leyva said his worst fear was that the Phillies will need to put Hayes on the 15-day disabled list. Leyva and general manager Lee Thomas plan to discuss that possibility today after talking to physicians.
May 11, 1990 |
Two years ago, it was Ricky Jordan who seemed to come out of nowhere - actually, it was Old Orchard Beach, Maine, where the Phillies Triple A farm team was then located - to put some late-summer sizzle in a team that had already fizzled. Last year it was precocious lefthander Pat Combs who rocketed through the organization like a man in a hurry to make a 4-0 big league debut in September. This year, who knows? But real baseball fans have always enjoyed the opportunity to catch the rising stars in the minor leagues before the rest of the nation finds out about the guy. And no matter what their records, the Red Barons and R Phils both have players that are fun to watch . . . and should play in Veterans Stadium someday.
April 9, 1990 |
Manager Nick Leyva expects that his everyday infield this season will be the same one you saw last year, after Mike Schmidt's retirement: Darren Daulton catching, Ricky Jordan at first, Tom Herr at second, Charlie Hayes at third and Dickie Thon at short. Offensively, and that's probably not the best way to look at an infield, those five men can be productive. Herr, 34 years old now, is one of the game's better singles hitters - he batted .287 last year, and there's no reason to think he won't get on base a whole lot this year, too. Thon, fully recuperated, psychically and physically, from his 1984 beaning, batted .271 and cracked 15 homers last year, more than any other National League shortstop.