Mike Schmidt Called Odubel Herrera to Apologize for His Comments

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After causing a bit of a stir on Tuesday with his comments on the airwaves of WIP, Mike Schmidt called Odubel Herrera to apologize for the answer the Phillies icon gave to host Angelo Cataldi when asked whether the team could build around its current centerfielder, CSNPhilly reported.

“My honest answer to that would be no,” Schmidt replied to Cataldi. “First of all, it’s a language barrier. Because of that, I think he can’t be a guy that would sort of sit in a circle with four, five American players and talk about the game; or try and learn about the game or discuss the inner workings of the game; or come over to a guy and say, ‘Man, you gotta run that ball out.’” Read more »

Mike Schmidt Says Phillies Can’t Build a Team Around a Spanish-Speaking Player

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As arguably the greatest Phillie of all time, Mike Schmidt’s opinion on the current state of the franchise is so valued that the team allows him to sit in on weekend broadcasts to provide insights into today’s game.

Schmitty’s takes are usually welcome, but on Tuesday the former slugger showed his age and put his foot in his mouth during an appearance on WIP’s morning show, dropping quotes that can’t help but remind us of Joey Vento, the controversial late founder and former owner of Geno’s Steaks. Read more »

Sweet! Public Sunscreen Dispensers Will Soon Pop Up All Over Philly

Good news for the skin-sensitive (or the forgetful): Philly wants to help keep you protected from the sun.

The city’s getting 20 sunscreen dispensers (think sanitizer dispensers — but with sunscreen!) installed near parks and other popular hangout/workout spots, like Kelly Drive, City Hall, the Citizens Bank Park — and pools, of course. They should be in place before the summer is in full swing.

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VIDEOS: 6 Great Letterman Philly Moments


Sometime next year, there won’t be any more Top 10 lists. There won’t be any more stupid human tricks or throwing items off a five-story building. (Okay, I don’t think David Letterman has thrown anything off a building in a while.) But, yes, after 21 seasons of the Late Show with David Letterman, he’s announced his retirement.

Even though I haven’t watched Letterman in some time, this is very much a changing-of-the-guard moment. Ever since I was nine — so, just a little bit before I was old enough to sneak viewings of late-night TV — the late-night hosts were Leno and Letterman. Leno finally retired for good last month (we can assume, anyway) and now Letterman will be gone in 2015. It just seems … weird. Letterman was the late-night talker I watched in high school — well, Letterman and Conan — and now he won’t be on TV any more. For people my age, Letterman may as well have been on since the start of television. It’d be like telling another generation that 60 Minutes has been canceled. This makes me feel old.

As a tribute to Dave, I grabbed some Philadelphia-related clips from Letterman from around the Internet.

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Phillies Great Mike Schmidt Talks About Cancer, Announcing and His Man Crush On Roy Halladay

Photo | Howard Altman

Photo | Howard Altman

The best third baseman ever to play the game sits down on a metal picnic bench between the Phillies’ spring training practice field and Bright House Field and fiddles with his new press pass.

“I have the Gold Card,” Michael Jack Schmidt jokes to a group of reporters who have gathered around to hear him speak publicly for the first time since being diagnosed with skin cancer last summer.

The 64-year-old Hall of Famer, who will be returning to the broadcast booth during Sunday home games this season, spends the next half hour talking about coming back from cancer, his own limitations as a broadcaster, the current state of the Phillies and his bromantic crush on former Phillies pitcher Roy Halladay.

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Mike Schmidt Discloses Cancer Battle

Phillies hall-of-famer Mike Schmidt, due to broadcast the team’s Sunday home games this season, this weekend disclosed his recent battle with cancer. MLB.com reports:

He suffered a major scare last August when he visited his dermatologist to check something on his right hand. His doctor recommended a full-body check, where he found a mole on his back. It was Stage 3 melanoma. Two operations, radiation and chemotherapy followed, but Schmidt arrived Sunday morning at Bright House Field in good spirits, talking about his improved health (recent scans have been clear of cancer) and how he plans to broadcast 13 Sunday afternoon games this season in Philadelphia.

“You get scared of the sun, man, I’m telling you,” Schmidt said, repositioning his body so the sun no longer hit his face as he sat at a picnic table just outside the Phillies’ clubhouse. “It’s an evil thing, but we need it.

“Was it scary? If you sit and ponder the possibilities that come from something like this, yeah, it could be. But I’m also the luckiest man alive that I happened to duck into my dermatologist one day. It was kind of a rough road for two to three months. I’m out of it now. Obviously the moral of the story is, everybody, get your skin checked.”

His final treatment was on Valentine’s Day.

Read Howard Altman’s interview with Schmidt on his cancer, his approach to announcing, and his fondness for Roy Halladay.

Schmidt to Join Phillies Broadcasts

The Daily News reports: “Mike Schmidt will join CSN’s broadcast team this season for all 13 Sunday home games at Citizens Bank Park, the Daily News has learned. Schmidt, a 12-time All-Star with the Phillies, will join play-by-play man Tom McCarthy and either (Matt) Stairs or (Jamie) Moyer in a three-man booth for the home Sunday broadcasts. The entire broadcast team will work all nine innings.”