July 24, 2015 |
A week ago Monday, during his now-infamous pre-All-Star Game sound-off regarding his desire to be traded, Jonathan Papelbon was asked if he had pondered the possibility he might be stuck with the Phillies. "Of course," he said that afternoon in Cincinnati. "That thought definitely goes through my mind. Like I said, man, it's one step at a time. I can't think that far ahead. " But as the July 31 trade deadline nears, the possibility lingers that the veteran closer might remain with baseball's worst team until at least the offseason.
July 24, 2015 |
SECONDS AFTER Odubel Herrera sent a walkoff base hit into centerfield, Jonathan Papelbon was the first Phillie to embrace the 23-year-old outfielder in between first and second base, tackling him to the ground with a WWE-style maneuver and playfully punching him in the back. The outspoken reliever took home the win yesterday in the Phillies' 5-4 series finale victory over the Tampa Bay Rays, tossing two shutout innings after replacing Ken Giles in the top of the ninth. Papelbon allowed just one hit, walking one and striking out one. Over the past few weeks, the 34-year-old righty has made it abundantly clear that he would like to be moved to a contender before the July 31 trade deadline.
July 15, 2015 |
CINCINNATI - From his perspective, Jonathan Papelbon cannot understand why any Phillies fan would not want him to do whatever it takes to get out of Philadelphia. Never mind the $13 million he's being paid. The Phillies have not lived up to the deal he bargained for - to be on a World Series-caliber team. Sure, he signed a 4-year deal worth $52 million in 2011 but Papelbon said he did not come to the Phillies to pitch for a team that has decayed into the worst in baseball.
March 27, 2015 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - A spring training experiment is starting to look more and more like the Phillies' opening-day outfield alignment. Each day that manager Ryne Sandberg uses his new-look outfield increases the chances that it will appear that way April 6 against the Boston Red Sox at Citizens Bank Park. Odubel Herrera and Ben Revere spent the last four games in center field and left field, respectively. Only eight games remain on the team's Grapefruit League schedule. "I'll continue to look at different options and different things," Sandberg said.
March 2, 2015 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - The memory is always what amazes Pat Gillick's coworkers. It's as if he is performing some sort of magic trick. "It's a fabulous memory," Phillies senior adviser Dallas Green said after a recent workout at the Carpenter Complex. "I wish I had one-tenth of it. I really do. He has phone numbers of scouts who worked for him years and years ago right in his head, and he can just dial the phone. It amazes me every time he does it. " Gillick, in his first spring training as the Phillies' team president, has an encyclopedic memory that has served him well in a variety of ways.
February 22, 2015 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Jonathan Papelbon insisted Friday he didn't pay attention to offseason trade speculation. Judging from his first public comments at spring training, it's also worth wondering how much he heard or read the front office's stated intentions to rebuild the Phillies. The 34-year-old closer said he's "not so sold on this entire rebuilding" mind-set. He and the team's other remaining veterans, he said, will seek more clarity from president Pat Gillick and general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. "I still think we can compete," Papelbon said.
December 1, 2014
All-star third baseman Josh Donaldson is the latest Oakland star traded away in a rebuilding effort. Billy Beane looked at the large deficit by which his Athletics lost the AL West to the Angels, then evaluated how Oakland barely held off Seattle on the season's final day for the second wild card. The general manager realized he needed to rebuild his roster once more, but at least initially he didn't envision the move he made Friday night: letting Donaldson go to the Toronto Blue Jays for third baseman Brett Lawrie, lefthander Sean Nolin, righthander Kendall Graveman, and minor-league shortstop Franklin Barreto.
July 4, 2014 |
Brooms were out in force Wednesday, with eight teams completing series sweeps, including the Toronto Blue Jays over the Milwaukee Brewers on Edwin Encarnacion's game-ending three-run homer. The other sweeps were Detroit over Oakland, Tampa Bay over the Yankees, Seattle over Houston, San Diego over Cincinnati, Washington over Colorado, Atlanta over the Mets, and the Cubs over the Red Sox. The eight sweeps approached the nine sweeps of series of at least two games on May 30, 2013, Michael Hughes of the Elias Sports Bureau said.
May 10, 2014 |
Off to a less-than-stellar start on the field, the Phillies are struggling even more at the box office. As of their last home game - Tuesday's 6-5 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays - the Phils were league leaders in year-over-year attendance drop. After 15 home games, average attendance at Citizens Bank Park was 29,605 - a per-game plummet of 7,070, steepest in Major League Baseball. It also represents an enormous loss of revenue. With the average Phillies ticket priced at $37.50, according to Team Marketing Report, 7,070 fewer fans means $265,125 less each game.
May 9, 2014 |
TORONTO - Four and a half years ago, the Toronto Blue Jays had an opportunity to reshape their franchise with one move. They had Roy Halladay, arguably the best pitcher in baseball, as a trade chip. On Dec. 16, 2009, Toronto sent Halladay to the Phillies for three prospects: pitcher Kyle Drabek, catcher Travis d'Arnaud and outfielder Michael Taylor. On the surface, it looks as if that trade worked out about as well for Toronto as a second trade the Phillies made that day: Cliff Lee to Seattle for three prospects, none of whom is in the major leagues (or appears close to getting to the majors in 2014)