Results tagged ‘ Larry Andersen ’

Early Losses Bother Sandberg

Ryne SandbergThe Phillies dropped to 1-6 in Grapefruit League play with tonight’s 5-3 loss to the Blue Jays.

Do the early losses bother Ryne Sandberg? It is just one week of Spring Training, after all.

“Absolutely,” he said. “I don’t like losses. You like to win games. It seems like in some of these games it’s been a one-inning type of thing. A crooked number in one inning. But our offense hasn’t come alive to overcome a crooked number by the other team. Six hits tonight, the two-run homer by (Marlon) Byrd and then we’re quiet after the third inning. So a lot of zeroes up there on the offensive side.”

The Phillies finished the night hitting just .194, which is the worst mark in baseball this spring.

But it is just one week of games. Countless players have had poor springs and played well during the regular season, so not much can be read into it.

“It seems to me like we get the bases loaded every game and don’t get anything out of it,” Sandberg said. “We get two guys on and we don’t get anything out of it. It’s about getting a big hit in an early Spring Training game like this. It seems like we haven’t had too much offense later in the games. It’s something we have to work on. With more at-bats usually the guys start swinging the bat better.”


Maikel Franco has impressed the Phillies early in camp.


Erik Kratz talks about going on the Phillies cruise after the Phillies traded him, and Larry Andersen and Scott Franzke go Western with bolo ties.

Schmidt Won’t Be in Camp this Spring

Mike Schmidt, Charlie ManuelThe Phillies are bringing several former players to Spring Training next month as guest instructors, but they will be without Mike Schmidt in Clearwater, Fla., for the first time in more than a decade.

The Phillies announced today that five former Phillies will be in camp: Roy Halladay, who retired in December; Brad Lidge, who recorded the final out of the 2008 World Series; Gary Matthews, the former TV broadcaster and outfielder for the 1983 National League championship team; Larry Andersen, the current radio broadcaster and pitcher for the 1983 and 1993 NL championship teams; and Dave Hollins, the current scout and former third baseman for the 1993 team.

Schmidt had been in Clearwater every year since 2002, mostly as a guest instructor.

“Mike is treating a health issue that requires him to remain near his doctors, and he will be unable to attend Spring Training as a field instructor this year,” a Phillies spokesman said in a statement. “Mike plans to visit camp in the middle of March as part of his marketing relationship with the Phillies and continue his normal visits to Philadelphia throughout the summer.”

It seemed a certainty Halladay would be in camp, based on what he said in December at the Winter Meetings.

“Baseball has been so great to me,” he said. “My goal is to try and leave baseball better than what I found it, and I’ve tried to do that in my career. I’ve tried to be respectful to the game and do things the right way. I’ve tried to do that to the best of my ability, and moving forward, I’d like to do the same.”

Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg extended an open invitation to Halladay at that time.

Lidge and Andersen will be able to offer advice and perspective to the organization’s young relievers, who need to step up this season to give the team a chance to win. Andersen has been interested in coaching again after working as pitching coach with Double-A Reading (1995-96) and Triple-A Scranton (1997).

“It’s my passion, working with guys in the bullpen,” he said. “It’s all about making the team better. That’s the bottom line.”

Matthews has coaching experience, serving as hitting coach for the Blue Jays, Brewers and Cubs. Hollins served as a hitting coach in the Mets organization from 2004-05.

Wheels, Sarge Out of Broadcast Booth

Big changes continue with the Phillies on TV.

Last week they signed a 25-year contract with Comcast SportsNet worth a reported $2.5 billion. Then today the team announced broadcasters Chris Wheeler and Gary Matthews will not return to the TV booth. Multiple sources said Comcast requested the changes during contract negotiations, which Wheeler essentially confirmed in a statement.

“It’s been an honor and a privilege to be a part of the Phillies broadcast team for 37 years,” Wheeler said. “I certainly respect the decision that was made and I look forward to my new role in the Phillies organization.”

Both Wheeler, 68, and Matthews, 63, will remain in the organization in some capacity, although what specific roles are unclear.

Tom McCarthy, who does play-by-play on TV, has four years remaining on his contract. He will return to the TV booth. Gregg Murphy will return as TV’s field reporter. Scott Franzke and Larry Andersen will return and remain in the radio booth.

“That’s where I want to be,” Franzke said. “I like doing what I’m doing.”

Sources said Comcast is looking for one color commentator to replace Wheeler and Matthews. In the past, broadcasters have been Phillies employees, but the new broadcaster will be a Comcast employee.

Comcast also has final say over who it hires, but the Phillies and Comcast just entered a 25-year business partnership, so the Phillies will be consulted on the short list. If they strongly object to a candidate the network will listen.


Holy Beat Down!

werth 070609.jpgWell, well, well …

Some pretty crazy things happened tonight in a 22-1 victory over the Reds:

– The Phillies tied a franchise record scoring 10 runs in the first inning. It was the fourth 10-run first inning in team history and the first since June 2, 2002, against the Montreal Expos. Boy, do I miss Montreal. While I certainly enjoy the convenience of taking the train to D.C. for a Phillies-Nationals series, Montreal is a great, great city. Nothing beat a Ben’s smoked meat sandwich.

– ESPN’s Jayson Stark tweeted that this was first time since 1894 the Phillies won a game by 20-plus runs. They won a 29-4 game against those pesky Louisville Colonels on Aug. 17, 1894, and a 24-0 game against those high falutin’ Indianapolis Hoosiers on June 28, 1887.

I’ll bet ya Big Ed Delahanty, Sliding Billy Hamilton and Sam Thompson had a heck of a game for those ’94 Phillies. Run like the wind they could! And hit, boy, could them young fellas hit! My great, great grandfather said Big Ed once knocked the cover clean off the ball! Must have been that magic tonic!

Here is some footage of old-time baseball.

– The Phillies set a season-high with 21 hits.

– They set a season-high with 22 runs, the most they have scored in a game since they scored 26 on June 11, 1985 against the Mets at Veterans Stadium. Von Hayes hit two home runs in the first inning: a leadoff homer and a grand slam. Larry Andersen threw a scoreless ninth.

Shane Victorino, who is trailing Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval for the NL All-Star team’s Final Vote, went 4-for-5 with two doubles, a home run, four RBIs and five runs scored.

– It was the worst loss in the Reds’ 140-year history.

“That’s the worst beating I can remember on a baseball field,” Reds manager Dusty Baker said. “There’s not a whole bunch to say. We just got slaughtered.”


The Zo Zone is on Facebook and Twitter.

Game Postponed, A Look at the HK Patch

hkpatch.jpgTonight’s Phillies game against the Nationals at Nationals Park has been postponed because of rain.

The makeup date will be announced in the coming days.

Phillies right-hander Joe Blanton will pitch tomorrow night in the series finale against the Nationals, meaning left-hander Cole Hamels, who had been scheduled to pitch tomorrow, will pitch Friday night against the San Diego Padres at Citizens Bank Park. Right-hander Shairon Martis will pitch for the Nationals.

Phillies catcher Lou Marson had been scheduled to catch tonight. It would have been his first start of the season and second of his career.


People have been asking how the broadcast schedule will work without Kalas. Here is what it looks like at the moment: Scott Franzke and Larry Andersen will be broadcasting all nine innings on the radio. Tom McCarthy will be doing play-by-play for all nine innings on TV. Chris Wheeler will provide color commentary for innings 1-3 and 6-9, and Gary Matthews will provide color commentary for innings 4-6.


The Zo Zone is on Facebook and Twitter.