| May 12, 2012
| 7:01 PM
PHILADELPHIA — Even after 20 years as a manager in professional baseball, Charlie Manuel faces challenges beyond the Xs and Os.
The handling of Hunter Pence is his latest.
"He's different from any hitter I've ever had," the Phillies manager said....
| May 19, 2012
| 8:07 PM
PHILADELPHIA — The Phillies needed a power hitter and the pressure was on John Mayberry Jr.
Freddy Galvis had the burden of being a rookie.
And with Carlos Ruiz being the one main-stay in the bottom of the Phillies lineup, all eyes were on him,...
| May 22, 2012
| 7:36 AM
As much as the Cubs’ lineup needs a jolt, I’m all for the long-term benefits of leaving Anthony Rizzo in the minors until the team ensures maximum control of his arbitration rights.
Rebuilding is painful, and the Cubs’ offense is a...
| May 26, 2012
| 5:52 PM
PHILADELPHIA — Kyle Kendrick took the mound as a Little Leaguer with his dad looking on from the dugout.
The two shared countless high fives, loads of warmup pitches and tons of bubble gum at the ball park.
To get to that point, though, Maury...
| Nov 3, 2012
| 2:49 PM
Rick Hahn and Dayton Moore know one of the biggest realities of baseball and wasted no time acting upon it.
If you're going to go to the playoffs, you better have a strong starting rotation.
Last year, eight of the 10 postseason teams were in the...
| Aug 23, 2012
| 7:31 PM
It was a picture-perfect night for baseball on Thursday as the Indianapolis Indians defeated the Louisville Bats 6-1 at Victory Field, lowering their magic number to clinch the International League West Division title to just one....
| Aug 25, 2012
| 8:20 PM
PHILADELPHIA — Charlie Manuel doesn't tire easily — unless you're talking about all the trips he made to the mound during the eighth inning of Friday's game, when he needed four pitchers to get three outs. That's something he wants to avoid...
| Sep 1, 2012
| 6:29 PM
PHILADELPHIA — It's a good news, bad news scenario.
Let's get the bad news out of the way first.
Few players are as familiar with the challenges of moving from second base to third base as Placido Polanco.
The 14-year veteran has won Gold...
| Jun 2, 2012
| 7:51 PM
PHILADELPHIA — Front office staffers in charge of amateur scouting and player development, such as Marti Wolever and Joe Jordan, spend more time sleeping in hotels than their own bedrooms. Scouts find themselves in uncomfortable ball park seats...
| Oct 17, 2012
| 5:33 PM
Picture this: Charlie Manuel and Ruben Amaro Jr. sitting around a large table with other front office members and scouts who are armed with a myriad of statistics, entrenched opinions and passionate voices.
Don't, though, think for a second that Manuel...
| May 10, 2012
| 5:12 PM
Coach Greg Hartman starts each season with the same primary goal for his Bangor baseball team — qualify for the Colonial League playoffs.
The Slaters fell short last season, underachieving in Hartman's estimation. They made sure they would not...