| Jul 14, 2012
| 5:39 PM
PHILADELPHIA — Let me make one thing clear right now: This idea Charlie Manuel has is out there.
Nonetheless, it goes to show you how desperate he is, how discouraged he is and how much he wants to avoid a repeat performance of the mess that is the...
| Jul 28, 2012
| 6:25 PM
In his role as the Triple-A manager in the Phillies organization, Ryne Sandberg talks often to his players about opportunity.
It's always there, he says. And when it opens the door, be prepared to burst through it.
Wednesday's signing of Cole Hamels...
| Aug 1, 2012
| 8:21 PM
Jimmy Rollins hit two solo home runs, Nate Schierholtz connected in his Philadelphia debut, and the Phillies received a sharp pitching performance from Vance Worley in a 3-2 victory over the Washington Nationals on Wednesday night.
After hitting the...
| Oct 11, 2012
| 5:19 PM
PHILADELPHIA --- If there's one common belief among Phillies insiders and those outside the organization ---scouts, reporters and fans --- it's that the bullpen personnel needs to be addressed.
I'm not arguing with that, but let's narrow the focus a bit....
| Apr 26, 2012
| 7:37 AM
I don’t know why Carlos Marmol is still a Cub.
I don’t know if Marmol knows why he’s still a Cub.
Only Theo Epstein knows, and he should know better.
Marmol is the European sports car of closers --- finely tuned and destined to cost a...
| May 5, 2012
| 7:13 PM
When it comes to deciding who's going to play where defensively, Phillies manager Charlie Manuel has loads of flexibility.
Ty Wigginton can play first, second or third base. Laynce Nix can man left field or first. John Mayberry Jr. can go to any of the...
| May 12, 2012
| 7:01 PM
You have to hand it to Josh Hamilton. While he's constantly on guard against his personal demons, he somehow still seems to be exactly what we want all athletes to be -- a big kid playing a child's game.
"Hands down, he's the best player in the...
| May 23, 2012
| 8:26 PM
Cole Hamels didn’t hit any Washington batters this time, and the Nationals hitters barely touched Hamels.
Hamels pitched eight scoreless innings, finishing up by retiring Bryce Harper on a grounder as the Philadelphia Phillies snapped a season-long...
| May 30, 2012
| 7:28 AM
Cubs TV analyst Bob Brenly, take note: Now Dodgers first baseman James Loney is calling for as much video replay as possible.
“Whatever it takes, just get it right,’’ Loney said Monday after an umpire ruled his foot was off the base...
| Jun 5, 2012
| 7:42 PM
PHILADELPHIA — Fewer people are showing up for games, although the sellout streak is still technically intact.
Sports talk radio shows are flooded with callers complaining about the lack of run production.
And the time the general manager spends...
| Jun 8, 2012
| 9:36 PM
Earlier this year, when Jake Arrieta was named the Orioles' youngest Opening Day starter since Mike Mussina, he talked about the magnitude of the honor and the leadership responsibility it carried.
Feeling fully recovered from August elbow surgery,...