July 27, 2015 |
CHICAGO - When the Phillies acquired Odubel Herrera in the Rule 5 draft in December, the young Venezuelan had all of two games of center-field experience from his six seasons in the Texas Rangers' minor-league system. Eight months later, on Saturday, the converted second baseman made two key late-inning catches to save Cole Hamels' first career no-hitter and the first at historic Wrigley Field since 1972 (Milt Pappas). The always-smiling 23-year-old in dramatic fashion caught the final out of the game, falling forward on the warning track with his glove out after overrunning Kris Bryant's deep fly ball.
July 21, 2015 |
FOR HIS PART, Cole Hamels has not demanded to be traded out of Philadelphia. If it is Hamels' unstated desire, however, he has not done anything in his last two starts to make things easier for the Phillies to make a deal happen. In the last week there was a report that the Phillies were re-evaluating their trade demands for Hamels, indicating they may be willing to settle for a lesser package. Still, a lesser deal does not mean a bad deal. The Phillies are not going to make Hamels into a blue-light special.
July 21, 2015 |
WEARING A T-SHIRT emblazoned with the words "Black Lives Matter," the Rev. Mark Tyler wiped his brow at the pulpit, waiting as a few parishioners walked out of Mother Bethel AME church's air-conditioned basement chapel into the steaming summer air. After church services ended yesterday, about 100 who remained settled back into their seats to hear about Sandra Bland, a Chicago-area AME churchgoer who died in a Texas county jail cell July 12. ...
June 12, 2015 |
Tyler Phillips was downstairs in his house in Lumberton, playing Xbox. He wasn't paying attention to the Major League Baseball draft. "I was just trying to relax," Phillips said. One telephone call ended that. Phillips, a senior at Bishop Eustace Prep, received word Wednesday that he had been selected by the Texas Rangers in the 16th round. "It hit me hard," Phillips said. "The guy (Rangers scout) said, 'You watching the draft?' "I told him I wasn't. He said, 'C'mon, Ty. We just picked you.' " Phillips said he "was expecting" to get selected on Tuesday, when rounds 3-10 were held.
March 30, 2015
Nationals ace Stephen Strasburg, who has been supplanted by 2013 AL Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer as Washington's opening-day starter, is now looking at starting Game 3. That would be April 9, in a likely showdown with Mets ace Matt Harvey, who was bypassed as his team's opening-day starter in favor of Bartolo Colon. Scherzer will be followed in the Nats rotation by Jordan Zimmerman, Strasburg, Gio Gonzalez, and Doug Fister. More Game 1 starters Padres newcomer James Shields has been picked to start on opening day, manager Bud Black announced Saturday.
March 10, 2015 |
PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. - Trade speculation surrounding Cole Hamels will persist until the Phillies pull the trigger on a deal. That may not come until closer to baseball's July 31 trade deadline. But according to Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. on Sunday, one club has in the last couple of days "stepped up and has shown more particular interest" in the prized lefthander. Such a vague comment could be taken a multitude of ways but is certainly notable on a weekend when one potential Hamels suitor lost its ace and a published report pegged the New York Yankees as another.
February 27, 2015 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Before anyone was scheduled to be dressed, out of the clubhouse, and on one of the six diamonds at the Carpenter Complex, Odubel Herrera was among three players patrolling the rightfield corner of Bright House Field. Herrera and two outfield veterans, Domonic Brown and Grady Sizemore, took turns running into the corner to retrieve baseballs. Some caromed off the side wall, some were launched into the corner, others came right at them. Herrera, who has never played rightfield in six minor league seasons, and has only played leftfield 13 times, handled the assignment with relative ease.
February 18, 2015 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Odubel Herrera carried his equipment bag into Steve Carlton Field on Monday morning when a woman stopped him. She asked the Phillies prospect if he was a college student. Herrera told her he was part of the team. His first year here, he said. "You're a player? You're lying," she said. Herrera, his dreadlocks flowing from under his Phillies cap, laughed and walked toward the batting cage. The 23-year-old Venezuelan is one of the more intriguing players as the Phillies prepare to open spring training.
January 22, 2015 |
READING - Cliff Lee has been throwing off a mound without issue and is on track to pitch come spring training, Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said Tuesday. Lee, working his way back from the left elbow injury that ended his season in August, has thrown off a mound three or four times already and is "in his normal progression to get ready for the season," Amaro said. The Phillies will send a staffer to Arkansas to watch the 36-year-old lefthander throw in the coming days.
September 19, 2014 |
EVER SINCE Ron Washington stepped down as manager of the Texas Rangers on Sept. 5, there has been speculation into why a manager would resign before the season ended. Many thought Washington was jumping ship, leaving an injury-depleted team mired in last place. Others thought that maybe his cocaine use, which was made public in July 2009, had resurfaced. They had to take Washington at his word, that he was resigning for personal reasons. Yesterday, at a press conference in a hotel in Irving, Texas, Washington revealed that he had, indeed, resigned for personal reasons, disclosing that he had betrayed his wife Gerry's trust.