Call Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels’ work just “delayed.” He is now about two weeks behind everyone else on the Phillies pitching staff, but he should be able to make his claim to be in the rotation by season’s start.
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.
A.J. Burnett started against his former Pittsburgh teammates, giving up one run in two innings Sunday as the Pirates beat the Phillies 4-1.
The Phillies couldn’t figure out Masahiro Tanaka and the New York Yankees pitching staff as they lost 4-0 on Saturday.
“I feel like I can play 162 games,” Ryan Howard said. “My whole offseason was dedicated to trying to play all 162 games plus trying to make it to the playoffs.”
Phils’ general manager Ruben Amaro says the Phillies have to score between 650 and 700 runs this season to be contenders and make the playoffs—all with the second-highest payroll in the National League, an estimated $159-million, behind the $216-million bankroll of the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Just like the lead up to the 2013 Phillies season, the 2014 version has a lot of “ifs” that have to come true for the Phillies to compete. Not the least of which is “if” Ryan Howard can be healthy, and have a return to the form that made him one of the premier sluggers in baseball.
The Phillies have signed two players so far this offseason, outfielder Marlon Byrd and catcher Carlos Ruiz. Byrd is 36 years-old, and Ruiz will be 35 when the season starts. Many fans have wondered when the team will start to turn the page on the current core, and begin to build the next one.
Ryan Howard will make $25 million to play for the Phillies next season. The idea of a part-time player making that much money is a difficult one to swallow, especially if you’re the person who decided to pay that player $25 million.
If character was measured in wins and losses, Charlie Manuel would be in that Hall of Fame too.
By Bill Campbell I was browsing though a magazine recently and discovered that during the 1920’s there were 4 living legends in sports that everyone knew: Babe Ruth in baseball, Red Grange in football, Jack […]
Ryan Howard had surgery Wednesday morning to repair a tear in his left knee.
MLB statistcal projections say that Ryan Howard’s contract could be the worst of all time.
Chris discusses the possibility of a Hillary Clinton presidential run, Al-Jazeera’s controversial coverage of Egypt, and Bon Jovi’s donation of $1 million to the Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund. He also talks to Dick Yuengling, from the Yuengling Brewery, about this Friday’s shore stop in Brigantine.
“It was just really hard to move, really felt stiff,” Howard said Sunday.