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When Philadelphia Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. suggested a few weeks ago that he would be comfortable going with a "double platoon" situation in both corner outfield spots, there were a few people who snickered and thought it was a bluff. But with Nick Swisher and Cody Ross now off the board as free agents and the trade market appearing to dry up, Amaro may not have much of a choice at this rate. The Phillies' offices closed for a Christmas break, but once they reopen on Jan. 2, it is expected that the potential platoon in left field (rookie Darin Ruf and oft-injured Laynce Nix) and right field (career fourth outfielder John Mayberry Jr. and former top prospect Dom Brown) likely will be the main topic of conversation. "It's very possible that we have the answers internally," Amaro said. "I feel comfortable with the way our club is today. If there's a way to improve it, not just marginally, we'll try to do that." Right...
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The final roster spot for the Philadelphia Phillies could affect Darin Ruf personally. Will this be decided even before day 1 of training camp?
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My articles are designed to represent a baseball man’s thinking, the view from the dugout and the GM’s box. Most fans do not consider the budget, prospects on the radar, the stick-glove-or-power...
Not only have I, a young-at-heart 56-year old Pennsylvania native who has lived in California for the last 33 years of my life, grown up listening to, watching, reading about and talking about the Phillies, but so did my mother and her mother before her – all Philadelphia natives (go Richie Ashburn!). I truly look forward to watching the Phillies game every day (I must do that...
The Phillies filled their centerfield void by acquiring Ben Revere, bolstered the bullpen with Mike Adams and shored up the rotation with the cost-effective and underrated John Lannan. While these moves likely represent the bulk of their offseason activity, the Phillies have been linked to a wide array of corner outfielders given the obvious uncertainties in those posts.
Chase Utley is a fan favorite in Philadelphia. What Phillies fan doesn’t love him? He is gritty, plays the game hard, and has come up huge in the clutch throughout his career. At 34 though, he is no longer the middle of the lineup threat that he once was and the Phillies need alter their plans and find a new hitter for the number 3 spot for 2013.
Utley’s production has seen a...
A lot of the Phillies’ offseason discussion has boiled down to one question: how does Player X compare to Player Y, whom he is replacing? It is a valid and particularly useful tool when projecting wins and predicting improvement for a club. The Phillies have a particularly strong cannon of historically popular players that most of the city’s fans rally around. This cannon definitively...
Finalmente con mi Padre! twitter.com/JuanUrbina51/s… — Juan Urbina (@JuanUrbina51) December 23, 2012 Remember this face? He was most recently seen in a Venezuelan court room and before that pitching for the Philadelphia Phillies in 2005. After the season, Urbina was involved in an incident that led to him being charged...
I had no idea he might qualify. According to Gerry Fraley of the Dallas News, new Phillies third baseman Michael Young may play for Team Mexico in the World Baseball Classic. Mexico lists Young among the candidates for its team. Young qualifies because his mother is of Mexican descent. Young...
The Phillies made something of an effort to sign B.J. Upton and pushed hard for Angel Pagan before trading Vance Worley and Trevor May to the Twins for Ben Revere.
The move gave them a young, cost-controlled centerfielder who plays excellent defense and offers top-notch baserunning. He probably isn’t a finished product yet either, which lends credence to the belief that he...
The Tampa Bay Rays were in town on June 23 for an interleague series with the Phillies. The ending to the game would go down as the arguably the most memorable finish to a Phillies game in 2012.
The Phillies had a comfortable 6-4 lead heading into the top of the ninth inning. With Jonathan Papelbon on the mound, there was plenty of confidence that the Phillies would get the victory...
Left-handed pitcher Austin Wright has been a fast rising performer since he was selected by the Phillies in the 8th round of the 2011 draft, out of the University of Mississippi. In his first season of pro ball that year, the 6-foot-4 235-pounder tallied a 4-3 record with a 3.03 ERA and an 11.2 K/9 mark combined with short-season A level Williamsport and Class A Lakewood.
Baseball players love to play pranks on each other, but this prank set up by Brett Myers on Kyle Kendrick kind of goes over the edge. Charlie Manuel and Ruben Amaro Jr. are in on the prank as Kendrick is told that he’s been traded to a Japanese baseball team.
Relaford was a top prospect with the Mariners. He was replaced by an even higher regarded prospect in Rollins.
We continue our series of exploring the careers of the guys who were replaced by our favorites by taking a look at Desi Relaford, who was replaced by Jimmy Rollins.
Sitting fourth all-time in franchise history in hits (only 210 behind first place Mike Schmidt...