February 23, 2016 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - This might be one of those things that only interests me - Lord knows there's enough of them - but the Phillies' approach to the closer position this year might be more emblematic of the organization's philosophical shift than any other spot on the roster. Sunday afternoon, a reporter asked Pete Mackanin for a synopsis of the criteria he will use to select the pitcher who gets the first crack at the ninth inning once the regular season starts, and he instead offered a verbal shrug.
August 25, 2015 |
MIAMI - The day after he made his first major-league hit a pinch-hit home run, Darnell Sweeney started his first big-league game. The Phillies' newest position player manned center field and batted sixth in the team's 2-0 win against the Miami Marlins on Sunday afternoon. He did not manage a hit, but drew walks in three of his four plate appearances in the finale of the four-game series at Marlins Park. The start capped a memorable first weekend for Sweeney, whose first series as a big-leaguer came about a 20-minute drive from his childhood home in Hollywood, Fla. It also was against one of his good friends in Dee Gordon, the Marlins' two-time all-star second baseman whose .335 batting average is the best in baseball.
June 6, 2014 |
SINCE USING first-round picks from 1998-2002 on four key pieces to the 2008 World Series championship team, the Phillies' top picks in MLB's First-Year Player Draft have amounted to mostly trade pieces and flat-out misses. No players drafted in the first round post-2002 currently play on the big-league club. Anthony Hewitt, the 24th overall pick in 2008, is in Single A Clearwater. Zach Collier, chosen 10 picks later, is in Double A Reading. The jury is still out on several recent picks - namely lefthander Jesse Biddle (2010)
June 6, 2014 |
The Phillies have much at stake during Major League Baseball's first-year player draft, which begins Thursday and concludes Saturday. Selecting No. 7, the Phillies will have their highest pick since choosing current Atlanta Braves righthander Gavin Floyd No. 4 in 2001. Thursday will feature the first and second rounds along with competitive balance rounds A (after the first round) and B (after the second), which awards extra picks to teams thought to need the most assistance.
June 3, 2014 |
Darin Ruf arrived Sunday morning at Citizens Bank Park with a decent shot at being in Ryne Sandberg's lineup against Mets lefthander Jon Niese. But shortly after 10 a.m., he received news of a demotion to triple-A Lehigh Valley. He packed his red Phillies bag. "They send you out, Ruf?" a surprised teammate asked. Ruf nodded. The 27-year-old power bat fell victim to a roster crunch as a result of consecutive 14-inning games. The Phillies needed arms; they recalled Phillippe Aumont and purchased Cesar Jimenez's contract.
June 2, 2014 |
Teams in all sports often get in trouble when they draft based on their needs, but the Phillies will have to consider looking for pitching, especially early in Major League Baseball's First-Year Player Draft, which runs from Thursday to Saturday. Starting pitching is a major weakness of the Phillies' minor-league system. And while the draft is a crapshoot, the Phillies, who pick seventh in the first round, will have to seriously consider bolstering their pitching with their first selection.
September 30, 2011
YOU HEAR IT all the time, that each year's Phillies team owns a different personality than the one before. But only when you scan the rosters of the Phillies teams responsible for their string of five straight division titles does the axiom become emphasized. Scott Eyre, Eric Bruntlett, So Taguchi, Tadahito Iguchi, Clay Condrey. Tom Gordon, Rudy Seanez, Chad Durbin, Abraham Nunez. Antonio Alfonseca, Jose Mesa, Paul Bako, Chan Ho Park. Tyler Walker, Jack Taschner . . . You get the gist.
August 4, 2011 |
DENVER - Well before the start of yesterday's game, Brad Lidge learned that the Phillies would be taking the field without their closer as Ryan Madson headed to Los Angeles to be with his wife for the birth of their fourth child. Lidge did not know whether that meant he would be the top option in a save situation. He had not had a save since last season, when he was still 5 months away from the shoulder and elbow trouble that would cost him the first half of 2011. But manager Charlie Manuel had no doubt.
June 7, 2011 |
BY THE END of the night, the Phillies' offense had produced three runs, their shortstop had missed his second straight game with a swollen knee, their first baseman had fouled a ball off an ankle, and there was significant cause to question which of their former closers was more game-ready: Brad Lidge, whose attempted return from a rotator-cuff strain has been interrupted by soreness in his elbow, or retiree Tom Gordon, who returned to Citizens Bank...
October 17, 2010 |
During the off-season, Ryan Howard participated in some workouts with former Giants slugger Barry Bonds . They met for lunch in August when the Phillies traveled to Los Angeles. They have become friends. The two kept in touch occasionally as the season progressed. So, naturally, with the Phillies taking on Bonds' former team, it was time for another chat, right? "No, not yet," Howard said Friday. "I may give him a call and see what's going on - talk some trash, maybe.