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Published: Fri, 24 Mar 2017 00:09:12 GMT

 



Donnellon: Big leagues finally within reach of Phillies' Stassi
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Jim Stassi always encouraged his three boys to try anything, provided they gave it their all. But this was ridiculous. Each time Brock Stassi faded back to pass for his seventh-grade football team, the opposing defense followed close behind.



Donnellon: Phillies' memories of Dallas Green
CLEARWATER, Fla. - John Kruk was a three-time All-Star, a pennant winner, a .300 hitter over the course of his 10-year career. He also played for Larry Bowa in San Diego and became a Phillie at least in part because of him, because Bowa believed Kruk's "belly" - as Dallas Green used to describe toughness - would have passed the test of his old manager.



Donnellon: Prospect Kyle Young hopes to be a towering achievement for Phillies
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Hector Mercado pushed his pitcher. Not hard, just enough to get him off the top of the mound, where 7-foot Kyle Young stood, the midday sun over his head blinding his pitching coach.



Donnellon: For Phillies' Knapp, job might be in the bag
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Two things you notice quickly upon arrival at the Phillies' spring training complex: There are a ton of ex-managers here, and a ton of catchers and ex-catchers, too. On any given sun-splashed morning, you are likely to see Charlie Manuel and Larry Bowa in animated storytelling on the infield grass, waiting for the players to arrive; Juan Samuel involved in some detail work as well; Ernie Whitt down by the batting cage.



Donnellon: Matt Stairs has Phillies' hitters' ears, vice versa
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Tommy Joseph is 25, with 107 major league games under his belt. This spring, he is a teacher. Not intentionally, not because he wants to be, but because his new hitting coach has pretty much forced him to be.



Donnellon: Can Big 5 rivals' fans root for 'Nova?
BE PATIENT. Better days ahead. We're building something here. Come back when we're done. Winter, spring, summer or fall, that is our professional sports teams' mating call.



Donnellon: Flyers just are not that talented
HE WON'T SAY IT, but it's there, in the undercurrent of every answer he gives about his foundering Flyers. Ask Dave Hakstol anything, frame it as fiercely or as friendly as you want, and his unblinking answers inevitably will laud effort while underlining missed opportunity and the minutia that separates games this time of the year, especially those low-scoring ones among the league's have-nots.



Donnellon: How can World Baseball Classic become something we care about?
THERE'S A TON of hemming and hawing in the baseball community these days about the World Baseball Classic, and how no one cares, no one watches, and no one you really care about plays in it anyway.



Will Sixers' Bryan Colangelo botch 'The Process'?
THEY'RE TOO close now, right? The Sixers can't possibly mess this up, not with all the talent already on the roster, the picks lined up so gaudily over the next three drafts it's as if Tony Soprano was the general manager preceding Bryan Colangelo.



Donnellon: Watson sees warming trend in Flyers' Cold War
FORTY-ONE YEARS ago, amid incendiary rhetoric between the two countries not unlike the rhetoric of today, an NHL referee reportedly walked into the Flyers' locker room at the Spectrum before an extremely important game of hockey against the Soviet Red Army team and crossed the line of any definition of sportsmanship.