April 24, 1991 |
The Philadelphia Phillies fired Nick Leyva as manager after a 4-9 start and hired Jim Fregosi. "I didn't like the way the club was going," said Lee Thomas, Phillie general manager. "It's best for the organization before we get too far into the season." It was the third-fastest firing in baseball history. In 1988, the year Baltimore lost its first 21 games, the Orioles fired Cal Ripken Sr. six games into the season. Ripken was replaced by Frank Robinson.
June 25, 1989 |
Nick Leyva is still listed as the youngest manager in the National League, even though the last-place Philadelphia Phillies have aged him considerably this season. The 35-year-old rookie manager will be able to afford some Grecian Formula for his gray hairs after his contract was extended for another year by General Manager Lee Thomas this week. 'I've known all along in my mind that Nick Leyva would be back," Thomas said. 'I've been very pleased with the job he's done. It was just a matter of finding the right time to announce it. We thought about doing it while we were in our 11-game losing streak, but there seemed to be so many other announcements then.
August 2, 1990 |
Philadelphia Phillies Manager Nick Leyva and General Manager Lee Thomas have received contract extensions through the 1992 seasons. The team did not disclose financial details of either contract, but The Philadelphia Inquirer reported that Leyva's was worth $500,000. Phillies President Bill Giles said he was extremely pleased with Thomas, who initiated a wholesale reorganization of the franchise after coming to Philadelphia in June, 1988.
June 26, 1989 |
The Philadelphia Phillies have fined second baseman Tom Herr for missing the opening game of the club's weekend series in New York against the Mets because he was unable to fly to the game. Herr spent Thursday at his Lancaster home and received permission to fly to New York from Harrisburg on Friday for the 7:35 p.m. game at Shea Stadium. But a low cloud ceiling shut down the airport. Herr was stuck sitting on the runway and wasn't able to get off the plane until about 5:30 p.m. He missed the game, in which the Phillies lost 9-3 to the Mets.
October 10, 2007 |
Curt Schilling will pitch for the Boston Red Sox in the second game of the American League Championship Series against the Cleveland Indians, following Josh Beckett in the rotation and moving ahead of Daisuke Matsuzaka. Beckett will start Friday's series opener and Schilling will start Game 2 on Saturday. Matsuzaka would be in line for Game 3, followed by Tim Wakefield. Detroit exercised a $13-million option on the contract of catcher Ivan Rodriguez, who batted .