The Phillies lost to the Braves, 8-1 in Spring Training action.
Is it the sign of things to come, or just Ryne Sandberg trying something new in Spring Training? Ryan Howard is not hitting cleanup today in Florida.
Joe Mauer drove in the game’s first run with a first-inning single, and four Minnesota Twins pitchers combined to two-hit the Philadelphia Phillies in a 1-1 tie Sunday.
Spring training is a hopeful time for baseball fans but it’s also when big-league dreams are made, or mauled. A new book focuses on those trying to reach or return to stardom.
It hasn’t been all good news for the Phillies during Spring Training.
Darin Ruf is a man without a position for the 2014 Philadelphia Phillies.
Cole Hamels said he wasn’t worried about his recovery from biceps tendonitis. As recently as Monday, Hamels said his plan was to return within the first couple of weeks of the season. That timeline might be changing.
It’s been well-reported that Phillies pitcher Miguel Alfredo-Gonzalez has started slowly during Spring Training. Though his velocity has increased, it still seems like he’s rusty, and working his way back. That process might take a while.
Today’s Phillies game in Clearwater ended in a 2-2 tie.
Between them, Mookie Wilson and Bill Buckner played over 4,000 games in Major League Baseball. Still, it is one play, from one game, that is the defining moment for both careers.
Jesse Biddle is living a dream. Biddle is from the area, attended Germantown Friends, and grew up a Phillies fan. So to be drafted by his favorite team, and have the chance to make the big league club is an opportunity that very few people ever have.
Spring Training is different for the Phillies this year. Not just because of the new faces like Larry Bowa, AJ Burnett, and Marlon Byrd, but because of what is expected of the players by manager Ryne Sandberg.
When Jonathan Papelbon talks, there is usually quite a bit of reaction. Earlier this year, when Papelbon said that he doesn’t perform as well when the team isn’t winning, that reaction was generally negative. It seems it wasn’t only a lack of fire that caused Papelbon’s disappointing 2013 season.
Even the biggest supporters of former Phillies manager Charlie Manuel would have admitted the team was in need of a change. Surely there were other reasons, including personnel and injuries that caused that disappointing seasons in 2012 and 2013, but the clubhouse needed a jolt of energy. Ryne Sandberg seems to be bringing that to the table in Clearwater this year.
The Phillies lost to the Blue Jays, 7-5.