April 30, 2011
Raul Ibanez remained in the Phillies lineup Friday night despite a .169 batting average and an 0-for-26 slump that included a hitless seven-game road trip. (Ibanez went 0 for 4 in the game, and his average dropped to .161.) Whenever a player of an advanced age - Ibanez is 38 and a little more than a month from 39 - struggles, it's natural to wonder whether his problems are simply a by-product of getting old. Asked about this issue, manager Charlie Manuel had an amusing answer.
April 11, 2011 |
Tell us what you have in the way of unusual, obscure and just peculiar sports memorabilia. So, whatcha got? Perhaps your grandfather passed down to you a piece of the goalpost from the Eagles' win in the 1960 championship game, or your great-grandfather had a collar that was once worn by Connie Mack. Or, perhaps it was something you came into possession on your own: a cancelled check endorsed by Wilt Chamberlain or a bar tab signed by one of the old Stanley Cup champion Flyers.
August 4, 2010 |
Von Hayes excused himself for being tired. The Camden Riversharks manager was coming off a tough weekend series in Lancaster, and that had little to do with the play on the field. The Riversharks bused 80 miles to Lancaster, and this being the independent minor leagues, with no funding from a major-league parent club, they took that journey six times rather than book a hotel. Round trips for the Friday, Saturday, and Sunday night games. Leave around 1:30 in the afternoon, get back around that time the next morning, and do it three straight days.
October 27, 2009 |
Mr. "Five-for-One" is coming back to the Delaware Valley. Von Hayes, acquired by the Phillies in 1982 from the Cleveland Indians for five players, has been named the manager of the Camden Riversharks, of the Atlantic League. "I'm coming home," Hayes said. "It's great to be back in the South Jersey and Philadelphia area, and I'm extremely excited about managing the Riversharks this upcoming season. I'm sure we're going to have a great year. " Hayes managed the Lancaster Barnstormers in the Atlantic League last season and also has managed minor league teams in South Bend, Ind.; Modesto, Calif.
October 22, 2008 |
1990: Lenny Dykstra turned into the kind of leadoff hitter the Phillies felt they had acquired the previous season from the New York Mets. The guy known as "Nails" batted .325 and led the National League with a .418 on-base percentage. He tied for first in the league with 192 hits and stole 33 bases. In their first full season without Mike Schmidt, the Phillies couldn't find anyone to drive Dykstra home with consistency. Von Hayes led the team in RBIs that season with only 73. But Dykstra, when healthy, showed he could be one of the majors' best table-setters, and would have an even better season in the World Series year of 1993.
June 11, 2008 |
Michael Jack Schmidt strongly backed Charlie Manuel's benching of Jimmy Rollins last week. In fact, the three-time MVP thinks Manuel's action may have a positve trickle-down effect. "No hustle, no play," Schmidt wrote in a column for the Associated Press. "Charlie Manuel wrote it in stone for all of you. From this day forward, any player who doesn't run hard on a for-sure out is fair game. "That might even mean you, Manny [Ramirez]. Terry Francona might now be held to a higher standard.
May 4, 2008 |
Julio no longer down by the ballyard After 26 years of haunting the Phillies, Julio Franco has retired from baseball at the age of 49. Franco, who last played in the majors in 2007, announced his retirement on Wednesday while playing for the Quintana Roo Tigers of the Mexican League. He played 23 seasons in the majors for eight teams and became the oldest player to hit a home run, last season at age 48. His first career hit was as a Phillie in 1982. The organization sent Franco to the Cleveland Indians in the infamous five-for-one trade that brought Von Hayes to Philadelphia.
June 5, 2007 |
Sports pages, talk radio and bars are full of arguments about overrated and underrated athletes. Two Philly-area sports journalists are in the fray with new books. ESPN's Sal Paolantonio , an Inquirer alum (and author of the seminal Frank Rizzo bio from 1991), is a couple of months from unleashing The Paolantonio Report , which dissects pro football teams and athletes, based on his interviews with experts. The 1985 Chicago Bears went 15-1 and won the Super Bowl, but were nonetheless overrated, according to Sal Pal. Any Eagles in there?
March 20, 2007
To Phillies: VON HAYES For a time, it appeared that the Phillies would get exactly what they expected from Hayes. In 1985, he became the first player in history to hit two homers in the first inning of a game. In 1986, he batted .305 with 107 runs scored, 46 doubles, 98 RBI and finished eighth in the NL MVP balloting. For that, he was given a then-princely 3-year, $3.9 million contract. Although he made his only All-Star team in 1989, he never approached that level of success again.
December 23, 2003 |
The Baltimore Orioles continued their off-season shopping spree yesterday, signing free-agent catcher Javy Lopez to a three-year deal worth a reported $22 million. Baltimore already had signed shortstop Miguel Tejada, the 2002 American League MVP, to a $72 million, six-year contract. Lopez, 33, hit .328 last season for Atlanta, with 43 home runs and 109 RBIs - career highs. Bledsoe-to-Schilling handoff. Newly signed Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling is buying the 20-room, 26-acre estate in Medfield, Mass.