November 2, 2009
Position: Centerfield Height, weight: 5-9, 160 Age: 28. Birthdate: Nov. 30, 1980 Hometown: Wailuku, Hawaii Years in the majors: 6 How acquired: Drafted by the Phillies from the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 2004 Rule 5 draft. Season: Victorino continued his maturation into one of the top all-around players in the game today as he hit .292 with 102 runs scored. He had 25 steals to go with 13 triples and his OBP reached a career-high .358, although both the Phillies and Victorino would love more progress in this area.
January 23, 2010 |
When Shane Victorino met yesterday with Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. to finalize his three-year, $22 million contract, the two talked about what the deal means for Victorino. Not only does the contract provide the 29-year-old centerfielder with job security, it also ushers in more responsibility. Victorino is part of the core group of Phillies the franchise hopes to build around for continuing success. "It definitely gives me a sense of what this organization wants," he said.
June 8, 2012
iT'S NO FUN at the Bank anymore. It hasn't been for a while. The Phillies won the hearts of a city that had forgotten them by playing baseball with a joy unlike any other team in town. They smiled. They laughed. They ran hard and they dived and they had a ton of fun. No more. Now, it's about dollars, and wins, and branding. It has been ever since the Phillies broke the bank and raided their farm system for Roy Halladay, then Roy Oswalt, then Cliff Lee, then Jonathan Papelbon.
November 3, 2009 |
IF SHANE VICTORINO were Happy Gilmore, he might offer Larry Bowa a nice, warm glass of shut the hell up. The Phillies' centerfielder responded angrily to the former Phillies manager's suggestion that the Yankees were concerned about having their signs stolen, explaining catcher Jorge Posada's frequent trips to the mound during the World Series. "For Bowa to come out and say something like that if he doesn't know what he's talking about, if he doesn't have cold, hard facts he shouldn't say something like that," Victorino said before Game 5. "To me that's - I don't want to use the word I'm going to use, but it's just not something that should be said.
July 9, 2009
ARECENT ARTICLE purporting to show that the current Phillies aren't better or worse than last year's team at the same point in the season brought to mind this familiar old joke: A man jumps off a 100-story building. As he falls past the 50th floor, onlookers in an adjacent building shout, "How's it going?" To which he merely shrugs and shouts back, "So far, so good. " Alex von Schlichten, Upper Darby Everyone rips Wheels during Phils games, but when Sarge said, "Keep in mind Victorino does a lot for Hawaii, his home country," not one person corrected him. Come on. Steven J. Donegan, Essington
July 10, 2012 |
THIS PHILLIES season is a like a bad picnic. Most of the stuff in the basket you don't like. The rest is spoiled. You eat it, and you get sick. The stuff you don't like revolves around injuries. Not the lingering ones, around which you have to plan. Just the new ones, for which you cannot plan. Ace righthander Roy Halladay missing at least 10 starts with a back strain is crippling. Young reliever Michael Stutes pitching six times hurts, too. The rest wrenches your guts.
October 24, 2008 |
LOOKING AHEAD TO THE CHANGE IN VENUE Since 2001, the Rays have won no more than 29 games on the road and the Phillies have won at least 40 at home. This season the Rays have posted 43 road wins, including three in the playoffs. Meanwhile, the Phils are up to 52 wins at home, including four in the postseason. Here's a look, by month, at how these teams have fared in '08. RAYS ROAD WINS Apr: 5 May: 6 June: 8 July: 4 Aug: 9 Sept: 8 Oct: 3 PHILS HOME WINS Apr: 7 May: 10 June: 5 July: 7 Aug: 10 Sept: 9 Oct: 4 -- -- INCREDIBLY PH-RUSTRATING How have the Phils gone 1-for-28 with runners in scoring position, accounting for 1 RBI, against the Rays?
July 29, 2009 |
BASEBALL hasn't changed much in the last 100 years, but the way it's described in the sports pages sure has. Virtually every term we know today is a replacement of other (usually more florid) ones that were well-known to fans of the game a century ago. To give you a flavor of that change, here's an account of the actual May 24 Phillies-Yankees game in Yankee Stadium as it might have been written back then, using style and terminology common in the era. NEW YORK - A crowd of 46,986 rooters saw the champions from Philadelphia defeat the Hilltoppers 4-3 yesterday.
July 25, 2011 |
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. - With the keys dangling from his fingers, Pat Gillick decided to toss control of the car to the younger, less-experienced driver. Five years ago, the former Phillies general manager pulled the trigger on a series of moves that gave his team a face lift and set the tone for the future. Gillick dealt away key components Bobby Abreu and David Bell along with pitcher Corey Lidle at the trade deadline in 2006. Before the season he traded first baseman Jim Thome, and at season's end he allowed catcher Mike Lieberthal to walk via free agency.
December 5, 2012 |
NASHVILLE , Tenn. - Ruben Amaro Jr. is about 2 weeks away from the 3-year anniversary of what's likely the defining move of his tenure as Phillies general manager. In December 2009, Amaro ended his long, calculated pursuit of Roy Halladay by trading for the longtime Toronto ace. But in doing so, he made a companion deal with Seattle that sent Cliff Lee out west. Despite Halladay's prowess, the trade wasn't very popular with a fan base that saw Lee beat the Yankees twice in the World Series just 2 months earlier.