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.
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.
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.
Bobby Abreu is certain he still has a lot to offer a major league team — even if he’s a few weeks shy of 40.
The newspapers have carried a lot of baseball news lately which has been surprising, at least for me.
Ryne Sandberg reiterated what Cole Hamels and Ruben Amaro have already said: Cole Hamels’ arm trouble is not anything to be worried about.
“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.
Ryne Sandberg names Bob McClure the new pitching coach of the Phillies.
Each Philadelphia major sports team has a new head coach, and fans are starting to develop opinions on each of them.
The Phillies have officially signed Larry Bowa to be the team’s bench coach, and Pete Mackanin to be the team’s third base coach, the team announced on Tuesday.
The Phillies have decided not to renew the contract of pitching coach Rich Dubee.
Ryne Sandberg sees the Phillies’ final loss of a disappointing season as a reminder that improved pitching depth should be a goal for 2014.
Though Roy Halladay shown some signals of an evolution since his return from elbow surgery, of a “new” pitcher who has learned to get hitters out with less than stellar stuff, his starts have been uneven at best.