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Each day MTRphilly.com will be breaking down the players on the Philadelphia Phillies 40 man roster and their non roster invitees. Today we will discuss second Baseman Chase Utley.
Chase Utley had his third straight injury shortened season in 2012. In addition to missing time, Utley’s production dipped. His batting average, homeruns, and RBI’s all dipped along with his OPS. He played in only 83 games this past season and hit below .260 for the second season with only 11 homeruns.
All Star caliber player
Age has taken a toll on his body
Has lost a step
Is one of the best in the game when he is healthy.
Is a leader on the field and the clubhouse.
Utley has been one of the best offensive second basemen in the history of the game.
Can he stay healthy for a full season?
How productive will he be at 34 years of age?
Has diminished abilities due to age and injury.
Chase Utley is entering the final year of his contract with t...
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Each day MTRphilly.com will be breaking down the players on the Philadelphia Phillies 40 man roster and their non roster invitees. Today we will relief pitcher Jeremy Horst.
27 year old Jeremy Horst proved that he belonged in the major leagues in 2012. In 32 games he was 2-0 with a 1.15 ERA. He had an excellent strikeouts/ innings pitched ratio of 11.5.
Each day MTRphilly.com will be breaking down the players on the Philadelphia Phillies 40 man roster and their non roster invitees. Today we will discuss second baseman Cesar Hernandez.
Cesar Hernandez hit .291 at two minor league levels in 2012. After hitting .304 in 100 games at Double A Reading, Hernandez was promoted the Triple A where he struggled hitting only .248...
I HATE the fans in Philadelphia. They love the Phillies only when they are winning but God forbid they lose or like this past season, crash and burn the…the so-called “fans” do nothing but trash them.
In 2009 after the Phillies lost the World Series to The Yankees I was wearing my Phillies jacket and a woman walking with her husband turned to him and said something like, “How...
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Baseball prodigy MLB's first professional female scout Edith Houghton died Saturday, Feb. 2 in Sarasota, Fla., according to the Philadelphia Inquirer. She was 100 years old.
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Philadelphia Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon said on Saturday that he received Toradol shots during his days as a member of the Boston Red Sox. This news comes off the heels of former Boston pitcher Curt Schilling's claims that the team encouraged PED use.
Toradol is a legal anti-inflammatory drug that is injected. The use of Toradol has become increasingly controversial in...
With four days remaining until pitchers and catchers and catchers report to Clearwater and one week until the full team reports, it appears the Phillies are done signing mediocre infielders and outfielders that don't get on base. Well, for now. I think Endy Chavez is still out there, go get him Ruben! After all, he "doesn't care about walks, he cares about production...
In recent years, righty hurler Julio Rodriguez has quietly become one of the Phillies’ most promising prospects. Without the hype and buzz that has surrounded other well-regarded youngsters within the Phils’ organization, the Puerto Rican born hurler has proven himself worthy of being ranked among the team’s prospects with the greatest potential.
Selected in the 8th round...
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Right-handed pitcher Kenny Giles rose up these rankings more than any other Phillies prospect last year. Armed with tremendous velocity, the 6-foot-2-inch 190-pounder has a bright future and could prove extremely valuable to the organization in the near future.
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Papelbon said he couldn't recall who introduced him to Toradol, and wasn't sure when he first began receiving injections, but believes it was in 2007, when he was the closer on the team that won the World...
From the “Lost Tapes” files, I bring you a never-before-released interview with 2012 Phillies draft pick Zach Cooper. The righty hurler was in the midst of an excellent campaign during his first season in the pro ranks, after the Phils selected him in the 15th round out of Central Michigan University, when I spoke with him in August.
Cooper, who turned 23-years-old this off...
ESPNBoston.com’s Gordon Edes is reporting that Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon took controversial anti-inflammatory Toradol. Toradol is currently legal in the United States but has been banned in England because of risks of life-threatening gastrointestinal bleeding. Papelbon told Edes that he began taking the anti-inflammatory in 2007, the same year his then-team Red Sox won...