What have you done to make the Phillies better today? - Dallas Green It is a moment frozen in time, the signature photograph of the Phillies' first World Series title. Standing on the left is general manager Paul Owens in a beige suit coat and tie. To the right is manager Dallas Green, still fully dressed in his No. 46 Phillies burgundy-striped uniform. In between the two primary architects of the 1980 team is the golden trophy the Phillies had waited nearly 100 years to secure.
While most of you were sleeping, Major League Baseball staged its fourth World Baseball Classic over the last 21/2 weeks, culminating with the United States' 8-0, anticlimactic championship win over Puerto Rico Wednesday night at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles.
It was selection Sunday on the Villanova campus and the Connelly Center was abuzz. No suspense here. Only celebration. The defending national champion Wildcats were about to be named the No. 1 seed in the 68-team NCAA tournament and they knew it.
Howie Roseman's first order of business is complete and somewhere in the North Dakota wilderness Carson Wentz must be paw-fiving his hunting dog after learning the Eagles will have an experienced and potentially explosive trio of wide receivers next season.
CLEARWATER, Fla. - It's different around here and in so many ways that is terrific. After years of putting off the changes that needed to be made following the second great era in Phillies history, it is obvious that the franchise is headed in a different direction. Time, of course, will determine if it is the right one.
CLEARWATER, Fla. - In late March of last year, Alec Asher got the news that he would start a third straight season at the double-A level. By mid-May, there was a call from the Major League Baseball Players Association telling the righthander, then 24, that he was about to be hit with an 80-game suspension for a failed drug test. A week later, while pitching for triple-A Lehigh Valley, he took a line drive off his leg that left him with a fractured shin.
JUPITER, Fla. - Not enough time has passed for the Miami Marlins to fully grieve the most devastating moment of the 2016 baseball season. In fact, no amount of time can erase the searing pain that engulfed the entire franchise, the city of Miami, the country of Cuba, and all of baseball last Sept. 25.
Another confirmation of how time flies is unfolding on the east coast of Florida this winter. Jayson Werth arrived at the Washington Nationals' sprawling and sparkling new spring-training facility last week for his seventh and what is likely to be his final season with the ball club.
CLEARWATER, Fla. - The forgotten man inside the home clubhouse at Spectrum Field can be found right smack in the middle of what passes as a veterans row for the rebuilding Phillies. Just a few feet to the left of where Chase Utley used to get ready for work on spring-training mornings, Aaron Altherr finished up his lunch Thursday afternoon with a cup of soup at his locker.
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Pete Mackanin posted the number last month, and it was an ambitious one. The Phillies manager said in mid-January that he plans to tell his players that he believes they can finish at .500 this season. He'll get the chance to do exactly that before pitchers and catchers go through their first spring training workout Tuesday morning on the fields at the Carpenter Complex.
In order to get where they want to go, the Phillies know they must close the gap in the starting pitching department, an area where the Washington Nationals and New York Mets have had a significant advantage in recent seasons.
Pete Rose could soon be coming to a wall near you. At the very least, baseball's all-time leader in hits and the steam behind the first World Series title in Phillies history will be on a ballot for fans to vote upon in the very near future.