| Oct 19, 2012
| 9:30 PM
ST. LOUIS — Talking playoff baseball while wondering if Roger Goodell will be the biggest casualty of the Saints' bounty program:
1. Who is the best catcher in baseball? Probably one of the two guys who have been slugging it out in the National...
| Oct 22, 2012
| 8:42 PM
They were two separate phone calls made with no warning to either individual.
They had no way of knowing what they would be asked.
Yet Joe Jordan and Steve Noworyta, who have more than 200 Philadelphia Phillies minor league players to keep track of,...
| 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
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,...
| Aug 25, 2012
| 6:55 PM
Growing up in pre-Rockies Colorado, Scott Elarton — like countless fans in non-major league markets in the pre-ESPN, pre-MLB Network era — got most of his baseball fix watching the Chicago Cubs on Superstation WGN.
"I knew all the Cubs guys,"...
| 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...
| 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...
| 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 23, 2012
| 7:02 PM
PHILADELPHIA — The Phillies finally amped up their campaign last week to get Carlos Ruiz to next month'sAll-Star game.
As part of their pre-game, clubhouse attire, players wore "Vote Chooch" shirts. Roy Halladay sported the shirt when played...
| Jul 7, 2012
| 5:36 PM
Say this for the Phillies. They got a World Series title and five consecutive playoff seasons out of their payroll escalation.
But are they about to suffer Cubs-like pain?
That's the question that faces general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. as he faces a...