CINCINNATI - Pete Mackanin was sure of only one thing about his bullpen when the Phillies arrived at Great American Ballpark for the start of the 2016 season. The manager was positive that he had one. Who was coming out of it at what point in the game was another matter entirely and Mackanin openly admitted he did not have a clue about who would be his closer when the team left spring training.
CINCINNATI - It is not only opening day for the Phillies on Monday at Great American Ballpark. It is also the continuation of an immense organizational competition that started in spring training with some surprising decisions and will continue right through the Oct. 1 season finale against the New York Mets.
In one breath earlier this week, Jeffrey Lurie bubbled with pride. "I am more than excited about the direction of the franchise," the Eagles owner said during his media availability in Phoenix. "It's great to walk around here having the feeling that I do surrounded by a terrific young quarterback and a coach that really captured the locker room."
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.