July 10, 2015 |
LOS ANGELES - After watching the man Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis called "the best pitcher on the planet" finish off a 13-strikeout, complete-game shutout against his team, Phillies manager Pete Mackanin sat in the visiting clubhouse at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday night almost in awe of Clayton Kershaw. "What impressed me was that ninth inning," Mackanin said. "He wanted that shutout. " Tonight, Cole Hamels will take the mound opposite fellow former World Series MVP Madison Bumgarner when the Phillies begin a three-game series at AT&T Park with the reigning world champion San Francisco Giants.
July 9, 2015
AS A CITY, we've gotten pretty good at attracting and handling crowds, and with the number of visitors growing year after year, we get more and more practice. Thanks in part to the smart management of the city's "Visit Philadelphia" tourism office, the number of visitors has increased every year for the past 18 years, with 39 million domestic visitors in 2013. This provided more than $10 billion in economic impact in that year alone, creating jobs and activity in hospitality and beyond.
July 8, 2015 |
LOS ANGELES - In what could be one of his final appearances in a Phillies uniform, Jonathan Papelbon will be on the National League roster for the All-Star Game next Tuesday night in Cincinnati. Even the 34-year-old closer admitted Monday he would be surprised - and disappointed, too - if he isn't dealt before the July 31 trade deadline. "I think everybody knows where I'm at," he said on the day he learned of his all-star selection. "It's no secret. I've always been straightforward that I want to go play for a contender, and I'm not going to shy away from that.
July 8, 2015 |
LOS ANGELES - It was a year ago this week that Jonathan Papelbon basically came out and pleaded to be traded. The disgruntled closer sat by his locker stall in Milwaukee's Miller Park and wondered why anyone would want to remain on a last-place team. "That's mind-boggling to me," Papelbon said. So you'd rather be pitching on a contender? "Of course, man," Papelbon said last July. "What kind of question is that?" Yesterday, Papelbon was named to the All-Star team for the sixth time in his career and second time since signing a four-year, $50 million contract with the Phillies, the most lucrative contract for a reliever in baseball history.
July 7, 2015
M ARY HARVEY, 43, of Pennsport, and Cindy Ray, 45, of Fairmount, own Urban Princess, a gift shop and boutique on 4th Street near South, in Queen Village. It features clothing, accessories, pottery and other items by more than 70 local artisans. After a fire in April 2013 destroyed their previous shop on 4th Street near Fitzwater, they relocated and started over. I spoke with Harvey. Q: How'd you come up with the idea? A: I started a mobile clothing business called Rack and Roll Clothing.
July 3, 2015 |
Pete Mackanin understands the reality of the task he agreed to take on. The Phillies' interim manager knows that the roster he has been handed could very well see one or two high-profile subtractions by the end of this month. So as the calendar turned to July, Mackanin did not dance around a question regarding the possibility that Cole Hamels could be dealt before the July 31 trade deadline. He even called it "probable," but added that's just his gut feeling. "I know exactly what's going to happen, but I don't want to tell anybody," Mackanin said with a straight face.
July 3, 2015
The Sacramento Kings plan to trade forwards Jason Thompson and Carl Landry to the 76ers in a salary-dumping move, Yahoo Sports reported Wednesday night, citing league sources. The Kings would include guard Nik Stauskas in the deal, according to the website. Yahoo reported that the Sixers would send the rights of overseas players to Sacramento, although it is unclear which ones. Thompson, a Camden native who played at Rider, averaged 6.1 points and 6.5 rebounds last season. Landry averaged 7.2 points and 3.8 boards.
July 1, 2015 |
After a draft in which he was praised, Flyers general manager Ron Hextall made his second deal in three days Monday, sending feisty left winger Zac Rinaldo to Boston for a third-round pick in the 2017 draft. Almost immediately, the Twitter hashtag #InHexyWeTrust began trending in Philadelphia. Rinaldo, 25, supplied energy but lots of ill-advised penalties during his five-year stint with the Flyers. He had a goal, six points, five fights, and 102 penalty minutes in 58 games last season.
June 30, 2015 |
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Center Sam Gagner, hoping for some stability for himself and his pregnant wife, wants to remain with the Flyers. General manager Ron Hextall is trying to figure out whether he wants Gagner to stay. Welcome to a bizarre chapter in shaping the Flyers' 2015-16 roster. The Flyers acquired Gagner, 25, and a conditional draft pick from Arizona Saturday for defenseman Nick Grossmann and the final two years of Chris Pronger's contract. In a conference call with reporters Sunday, Gagner called the Flyers a storied franchise, "and if I get a chance to play there, it'd be very exciting.
June 29, 2015 |
SUNRISE, Fla. - Flyers general manager Ron Hextall made a trade Saturday for a player he's not sure he will keep, and he sent defenseman Chris Pronger - who is currently employed by the NHL's player-safety department - to Arizona as part of the deal. Yes, it was one of the most bizarre trades in Flyers history. The Flyers acquired Sam Gagner, a center who has not lived up to the expectations created by his being drafted sixth overall in 2007, and a conditional draft pick from Arizona for defenseman Nick Grossmann and Pronger's contract.