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.
February 9, 2009 |
In an uncertain economy, the Phillies are spending with a lot of confidence. Signing Ryan Howard to a three-year deal worth $54 million yesterday pushed the Phillies' 2009 payroll over $130 million. The team's payroll will jump more than $30 million from where it began last season and about $20 million from where it ended it. That's the biggest off-season increase in baseball in a year when more than half of the teams in the majors are projected to cut payroll or hold expenditures steady.
December 2, 2008 |
The Phillies did not offer Jamie Moyer or Pat Burrell salary arbitration before last night's midnight deadline, a league source said. This means the Phillies will not receive draft picks as compensation if either player signs with another team. Both are Type A free agents, which means the Phils would have received two draft picks if either player had signed elsewhere. But the Phillies, who would not comment last night, must have felt the compensation was not worth it. The fact that the Phillies did not offer Moyer or Burrell arbitration does not mean the players won't be back in 2009.
September 1, 2008 |
Teams officially can expand their rosters today, and the Phillies yesterday announced four additions for the stretch run: Catcher Lou Marson. Outfielder Greg Golson. Lefthander J.A. Happ. Righthander Adam Eaton. Eaton and Happ were no surprise. The Phillies promised Eaton that he would be recalled once they optioned him to the minors July 28. He pitched poorly (0-5, 7.02 ERA) in a combined seven starts for single-A Lakewood, double-A Reading and triple-A Lehigh Valley, but is back and will be a long man. Happ deserved a spot because he pitched well in two starts for the team in July.
August 13, 2008 |
Tom Gordon, who has been on the 15-day disabled list since July 6 with an injured right elbow, has thrown his last pitch for the Phillies this season, barring a miracle. The reliever visited orthopedist Lewis Yocum on Monday, and he agreed with team physician Michael Ciccotti's diagnosis: Gordon has an injured ligament, an injured muscle on the inside of the elbow, an irritated nerve, and a small piece of bone that has separated from the ligament. "That's really the biggest thing," athletic trainer Scott Sheridan said yesterday of the bone injury.
August 4, 2008
THE 2008 PHILLIES are a Hollywood movie set of a baseball team. Cecil B. De Mille would have been proud of the facade they present. What the camera sees is the Roman Forum in all its marble-faced grandeur. Walk behind the set, however, and it is the clever handiwork of skilled carpenters, propped up by timbers, a plywood, styrofoam and plastic edifice that can be broken down in moments and configured into a gracious plantation manor. General manager Pat Gillick will understand the analogy, even if he does not agree with it. After all, he grew up in Southern California and knows how things work in Hollywood.
July 9, 2008 |
Cross one more pitcher off the Phillies' wish list. The Chicago Cubs announced yesterday that they acquired righthander Rich Harden, who threw eight shutout innings against the Phillies on June 26, and righthander Chad Gaudin from the Oakland Athletics. The Cubs traded pitcher Sean Gallagher, outfielders Matt Murton and Eric Patterson, and minor-leaguer John Donaldson. Chicago made the trade one day after the Milwaukee Brewers introduced Cy Young winner CC Sabathia to their rotation.