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Former Phillies second baseman Wally Backman will return to the Mets’ Triple-A coaching staff as manager and follow the team from Buffalo to Las Vegas. Why is this newsworthy on a Phillies blog, you ask? In addition to being a former Phil, Backman was among the candidates to replace Ryne Sandberg at Triple-A Lehigh Valley with Sandberg’s promotion to the Big Leagues for 2013. Andy Martino reported today that Backman had re-upped with the Mets’ Triple-A affiliate but confirmed the Phils’ interest.
My take: Slow news day? No way. Backman would have been a nice pick-up for the ‘Pigs based on a strong record of Minor League successes, including winning the Sporting News Minor League Manager of the Year in 2004 with the Arizona Diamondbacks’ High-A squad and leading the 2010 Brooklyn Cyclones to a 51-24 record and a division title.
Watch this story – Sandberg will undoubtedly be hard to replace at Lehigh Valley. It goes without saying Sandberg’s squads have competed wit...
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Pete Orr was removed from the 40-man roster. In parts of two seasons in Philly, Orr played 2nd and 3rd base, batting .253/.616 over 81 games. Signing him to a minor league deal for a third straight season would be wise because he provides depth at Triple-A and is passable in short spurts in the Majors. Plus, he's Canadian, so that's cool.Minor league veteran catcher...
My love of the Phillies was passed down from both my grandfathers. My dad’s dad was an Italian immigrant who came to America in the early 20′s. He settled in Philly and told me in his broken English how he started to follow the Phillies and go to Connie Mack Stadium. He said he could see both the A’s and the Phillies there. He passed his passion for the Phils to my dad. I can...
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Everyone expected a big year from Cole Hamels. The starter was coming off of one of his best years a major league starter, finishing the 2011 season with a 14-9 record and a 2.79 ERA.
With his contract set to expire, the general consensus was that Hamels would have a big season to put himself [...](Read more...)
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2012 is a distant memory now for The Philadelphia Phillies. Thankfully. All attention can now be turned on 2013, and what the Phillies can do to bounce back and be competitive again. After all, 2013 may represent their last chance at winning with this core of players in tact.
Ryan Howard, Jimmy Rollins, Cliff Lee, Cole Hamels and Jonathan Papelbon...
Thome wasn't around much in 2012 but provided one of the most memorable moments of the season. Photo: AP
Throw WAR out the door for this one. There was no move that got me more excited for the 2012 season than the signing of the 41-year-old slugger Peoria, IL slugger. Thome’s return to Philadelphia was about a lot more than bench help to many fans: Big Jim wasn’t the man...
Last October, we collected fan photos of Phillies jack o’lanterns, costumes and other spooky Halloween stuff. This year, anyone who sends in a photo will be eligible to win a free Phillies hat (people who sent in a photo last year are eligible, too)! Check them out below and upload your own. A winner will be randomly selected at midnight on November 2nd.
2012 was a disappointing year for an aging Phillies team. The house of cards collapsed as numerous lpayers suffered injuries, and the Phillies just couldn't get a streak going all season. Going into 2013, the team is in an extremely interesting position, with lots of money tied up in older players that are fading fast.
A third baseman is probably the prime target...
Polly is likely on his way out. Would Chavez be a better fit? (AP)
The Phillies will decline Placido Polanco‘s $5.5 million option for 2013, buying him out for $1 million. The formal decision hasn’t come down the pipeline, but it’s essentially a foregone conclusion. This opens up a spot at third base that the Phillies will need to fill internally, via trade or through the...
John Mayberry received more playing time this year, playing in 149 games with Domonic Brown in the minors, the mid-season trades of Hunter Pence and Shane Victorino and Ryan Howard‘s injury. His overall production was below average. He hit for power but didn’t reach base all that much and struck out 23% of the time.
His defense was solid at first base and in the corner outfield...