September 25, 2015 |
MIAMI - The early returns on Alec Asher, one of six players the Phillies received in the July trade that sent Cole Hamels to Texas, were not promising. In his first four major league starts entering last night at Marlins Park, Asher allowed 21 earned runs on 30 hits in 19 1/3 innings. That's an average of just over five runs per game in less than five innings per start. Not surprising, the Phillies lost all four of those games. Asher entered the the penultimate start of his 2015 season sporting an 0-4 record and a 9.78 ERA. No matter what Asher's projections were as a prospect in the Rangers system - he was the only of the five prospects in the trade who wasn't listed in Baseball America's top 30 of Texas's minor leaguers last winter - it probably would be unfair to adjust them after four major league starts.
September 24, 2015
PEOPLE ARE always trying to find the secret to financial success. But I'd like to address the young folks who ask me how to get rich. If you're young, you have something we older folks will never have as much of: time. It's an advantage you shouldn't waste. Start saving in your 20s, and you'll have time for your money to grow. You'll have time to enjoy the fruits of compound interest. You'll have time to weather stock-market volatility. The earlier you start saving, the less you'll have to save over time.
August 18, 2015
IT'S OUTRAGEOUS that crews working for the federal Environmental Protection Agency carelessly unleashed 3 million gallons of toxic sludge from an abandoned mine last week in Colorado. EPA officials, led by administrator Gina McCarthy, must keep their promises to effectively repair the damage done by the hazardous spill and to fairly compensate landowners and others affected by it. But seen in a broader light - and despite what hard-core EPA critics claim - this horrific accident should help drive home the point that the agency is needed more than ever.
June 26, 2015 |
NEW YORK - Cole Hamels deserved better and he deserves better. After the Phillies put up 22 runs in their previous two games, the offense reverted to its 2015 form in the series finale Wednesday afternoon at Yankee Stadium. That meant no run support for the veteran lefthander who, by now, is used to that grim scenario. Hamels was also betrayed by his defense on this otherwise beautiful day in the Bronx. The box score said he allowed five earned runs on eight hits in five innings during the Phillies' 10-2 loss to the New York Yankees.
June 26, 2015 |
The statistics would make anyone's grandmother cringe in shame. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, Americans jammed 35 million tons of food waste into landfills in 2013. Food waste leads to more greenhouse gases, which in turn contributes to climate change. Wasted food represents wasted resources and calories that hungry people could be eating. Another less significant but no less valid concern for serious cooks: It's tons of wasted flavor. Though the EPA has been pushing the idea that Americans should generate less waste at home through videos like "Feed People Not Landfills," new ideas about how restaurants, food-service providers, and stores can do the same are coming to the forefront.
June 12, 2015 |
YOU'VE HEARD it before and you'll hear it again: We are a country of food wasters, where groceries get purchased, go unused, expire and are then discarded. The trek from fridge to trash can is the new walk of shame. But it doesn't have to happen that way. According to the most recent data available from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Americans threw away approximately 36 million tons of food in 2012, a 20 percent spike since 2000. That adds up to about 40 percent of our food, the equivalent of $165 billion each year, according to the Natural Resources Defense Council.
June 1, 2015 |
Chip Kelly doesn't like wasting time. Whatever else we know about the Eagles coach as the preparations for his third NFL season begin, we know that much. He practices fast. He plays fast. He talks fast. If he wants to acquire a player or get rid of one, that doesn't take long, either. Kelly doesn't care for those who waste their own time, which is precisely what he thinks the league's competition committee did when it made a halfway alteration to the conversion-after-touchdown rule.
May 29, 2015 |
NEW YORK - The bit of momentum built by the Phillies a week and a half ago officially dissipated Wednesday with a 7-0 loss to the Mets at Citi Field. The Phillies departed for their 10-day road trip riding a five-game winning streak. They return home as losers of four straight and seven of their last nine. The Phillies (19-30) are off to their worst start since 2000, when they finished 16 wins shy of a .500 record. Manager Ryne Sandberg said a four-game losing streak was not the way he wanted to finish the road trip, especially after opening it with a win. "We'll get back home," Sandberg said.
May 18, 2015 |
The disagreeable reminders hit quickly and sharply, like a well-aimed machine-gun burst. Peeking at the standings one morning last week. Talking at lunch a few hours later with an equally disillusioned friend. Turning on the game that night only to soon turn away. Everywhere I went, I encountered evidence of just how spiritually arid this summer of 2015 promises to be for Philadelphians. Everyone I spoke to voiced what has become the mantra of our shared misery: "The Phillies are so bad," it went, "that I can't watch anymore.
April 8, 2015 |
After they play their final three games this week and then watch the playoffs on TV, the sad reality will hit the Flyers: They wasted a career season by goalie Steve Mason - despite what a certain NBC "analyst" says about him. Mason, who turns 27 next month and believes he has not yet reached his prime, has finally given the Flyers an elite goaltender. But despite his being among the NHL's leaders in save percentage and goals-against average, the team will miss the playoffs for the second time in three years.