April 30, 2013 |
NEW YORK - In the grand scheme of things, a backup catcher is not crucial to a team's success. The Phillies possessed two backup catchers during the season's first month, and one had to go Sunday when Carlos Ruiz returned from his suspension. Humberto Quintero's locker was cleared early in the morning. The Phillies chose Erik Kratz as their backup and designated Quintero for assignment. They hope to retain Quintero in the organization, but that requires his passing through waivers unclaimed.
March 23, 2013 |
A New Jersey appellate court upheld a rule Thursday that environmental groups have criticized as the worst to come out of the state Department of Environmental Protection. The rule, passed a year ago, allows the department to waive environmental regulations in cases where they are conflicting or unduly burdensome, if there is a public emergency, or if not complying would achieve a net environmental benefit. Critics said the rule would open the door for abuse and favoritism. The 28 groups that appealed it have vowed to continue their opposition.
October 24, 2012 |
Scratch David Herndon from the list of relievers who will be competing for a job in the Phillies' bullpen next season in spring training. Herndon was removed from that competition after being claimed off waivers by the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday. The 27-year-old righthander pitched in only five games in 2012 before being shut down at the end of April because of an elbow injury. His season was officially ended by ligament transplant surgery on his elbow in June. He probably will not be able to pitch until at the least the middle of next season.
August 30, 2012
The Minnesota Twins have placed all-star catcher Joe Mauer on trade waivers, according to a report by Fox Sports. The report said the waivers on Mauer expired Wednesday. Twins general manager Terry Ryan declined to comment. Mauer has a no-trade clause in his contract, so he'd have to approve any deal. Plus, he's due $23 million annually through the 2018 season. That's a huge chunk of change for any team to take on, particularly for a player with a history of injuries who'll turn 30 next April.
August 29, 2012
TOM SMITH , the Republican nominee for the U.S. Senate, is not going to the Republican National Convention this week. After the day Smith had Monday, Mitt Romney and company are probably relieved to hear it. Smith, speaking after an event in Harrisburg, may have become the latest member of the Todd Akin political pariah club. Akin, a Missouri congressman running for the Senate, embarrassed the GOP last week by suggesting women's bodies prevent them from getting pregnant during a "legitimate rape.
August 9, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - Welfare is causing a ruckus in the presidential campaign. But the program is a shadow of its old self from the 1970s, when Ronald Reagan used the image of "welfare queens" to assail government poverty programs promoted by liberals. Nowadays government cash assistance to the poor is mainly conditioned on work. And the Obama administration waivers excoriated by Mitt Romney as gutting welfare reform are unlikely to reverse that basic policy, as even some architects of work requirements acknowledge.
August 7, 2012 |
It has been quite a week for Phillies lefthander Cliff Lee. He was not dealt at Tuesday's non-waiver trade deadline but was placed on waivers, claimed by the Los Angeles Dodgers, and finally pulled back by the Phillies. So, Lee, who has an estimated $95 million left on his contract, is with the Phillies. He says he is happy to stay but is also miffed that this situation received so much attention. "I think it was way overblown because they put a lot of players on waivers through the year," Lee said after receiving a no-decision while working eight innings in Sundays' 5-4 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks at Citizens Bank Park.
August 4, 2012 |
Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. was emphatic: Cliff Lee is going nowhere. On a day the Phillies traded righthander Joe Blanton to the Los Angeles Dodgers for a player to be named or cash (believed to be a player), reports surfaced that Lee was claimed off waivers. When asked about the reports, Amaro said he was not at liberty to comment. Then he added, "It is irrelevant because he is not going anywhere. " Jon Heyman of CBSsports.com reported that Lee was claimed off waivers, and Jon Morisi of Fox Sports tweeted that the Dodgers were the team that made the claim.
August 3, 2012 |
WASHINGTON — Two nights ago, Ryan Howard spent much of his time perched near the steps of the dugout, talking through his recent hitting woes with Charlie Manuel. He would finish that game with three strikeouts in three at-bats, giving him 14 in his last 22 at-bats. So when the first baseman arrived at Nationals Park on Thursday, Manuel called him into his office and told him to take a personal day. With tough lefty Ross Detwiler on the mound, the Phillies would go with Ty Wigginton at first base, giving Howard an opportunity to clear his head.