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To say that this season was disappointing for the Philadelphia Phillies would be an understatement, and many Phillies’ fans put the blame for this season directly on the shoulders of Charlie Manuel.  That’s not really too surprising considering the notoriously horrible Philadelphia fanbase and their willingness to scapegoat anyone for the slightest straying from what they consider to be the true path.  They’re a horrible cult gone even more horribly wrong.  It’s like a bunch of David Koresh’s all got together and made Philadephia their own personal Waco.  At this point, we’re just waiting for the FBI to torch the place. But I don’t think we should feel sorry for Charlie Manuel.  Why?  Here’s one reason: Thanks to Young Charlie Manuel’s soothing presence and weather-predictive hinge joints, he remains to this day the world’s only certified Tornado Whisperer. Yeah, and that’s just the beginning. Personally, I think the only way this gets better is if Charlie climbs up to the announc

Perlozzo, Mackanin, Gross All Fired by Phillies

The Phillies are cleaning house.The will not renew the contracts of coaches Sam Perlozzo, Pete Mackanin, and Greg Gross for 2013. That could pave the way for Ryne Sandberg to be promoted to the big league club in an undetermined role. Juan Samel and Rich Dubee are staying with the Phillies, as of now.Charlie Manuel has stated he will be back in 2013, so look for Sandberg to become...

BJ Rosenberg & The Bear

BJ Rosenberg gets the start tonight. He's quietly lowered his ERA by nearly cutting it in half from 13.09 (on September 1st) to 6.86, thanks to 7 consecutive scoreless appearances, spanning 10 innings.Expect tonight to seem more like a Spring Training game rather than an October baseball. The Nationals have nothing left to play for and will likely rest their regulars the final...

Phillies' Hamels will miss playoffs for first time since rookie year

For the first time since Cole Hamels' rookie season in 2006, the Philadelphia Phillies will not be going to the playoffs. Hamels, who made his 31st and final start of the season Sunday, doesn't have any plans to watch the postseason, either. "Probably if I'm bored," Hamels said. "I think when you don't make it, you have a sense of bitterness. You...

Phillies SS Rollins out of lineup with calf injury

Philadelphia Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins is out of the starting lineup against the Washington Nationals because of an injured right calf. It's only the fourth game Rollins has missed this season. He said before Monday's game against Washington he felt his calf tighten up while playing a day earlier. Rollins is hitting .250 with 23 homers, 68 RBIs and 30 steals in...

Video: Jimmy Rollins says "with us healthy, they’re a second-place team"

Enjoy the video above (via CSN Philly), in which Jimmy Rollins takes a cheap parting shot at the Nats on his way to watching the MLB postseason from his couch just like the rest of us, says the Nats would've been 2nd place if not for injuries: "They had a good year. They’re a talented team. It’s all come together for them and that’s great for them. ...With us healthy...

The Firings Keep Coming; Phillies Let Go Pete Mackanin and Greg Gross


Phillies review: September 2012

Phillies review: September 2012 by Scott Butler 10/1/12 Phillies September Storyline The Phillies had a good September of baseball. A 17-10 September record in recent years would normally cruise the Phils into the postseason, but not this season. 17-10 was not enough in 2012 to continue the Phillies streak of five consecutive NL East titles, tied for the third longest streak since...

Phillies Announce a Savvy Front Office Hire

The Phillies just announced they hired Bart Braun as Special Assistant to the GM. Braun is best known as a scout for the Tampa Bay Rays. Tampa Bay has been the gold standard of good scouting ever since their run to the 2008 World Series. It's tough to argue bringing someone on board who has had a part in their recent success. How this move affects the draft, trades, and free...

Nats beat Phillies, secure home-field

The NL East champion Washington Nationals secured home-field advantage throughout the postseason by beating the Philadelphia Phillies 5-1 Wednesday for their majors-high 98th victory, with Ryan Zimmerman homering moments after the Teddy Roosevelt mascot won the Presidents Race at Nationals Park for the first time. By winning their regular-season finale, the Nationals clinched top...

Mike Schmidt wishes today's players would have more legible autographs

They don't make bats the way they used to. They don't make the baseballs the way they used to. They don't play the game the way they used to. And they don't sign autographs the way they used to. Wait, what? Philadelphia Phillies legend Mike Schmidt seems disappointed about the way today's players take time to sign autographs, writing in a column for the Associated...

Let's Get This Over With: Phillies, Cliff Lee Face Nationals in Early Sendoff

Photo: Philliedelphia/Lindsey Crew Game 162 has arrived.

Philadelphia Phillies storyline: Centering attention

Does Darin Ruf alter the plans for the Philadelphia Phillies in the off-season?  Or can he add to the offensive power from the right side?TAL’S HANDY CAPS WELCOME, NEWCOMERS:I will publish after every battle that is not washed out.  I will have many summer-long highlights of puzzle pieces, especially important after drubbings and defeats. If you were directed here by a feed and...

Nationals deserve congratulations in dethroning Phillies

The Phillies did their part in attempting to create some chaos at the end of the regular season, but with the Atlanta Braves falling in Pittsburgh Monday night the Washington Nationals clinched the 2012 NL East crown. The Phillies may have won Monday night's series opener in Washington, but the celebration in the Washington dugout started in the middle of the ninth inning once...

Top Philadelphia athletes who gave it all

I was watching Comcast’s 15 anniversary program and realized that three athletes fit the mold of what is Philadelphia, and one athlete who forever will be loved in the city. Brian Dawkins, a nine time Pro Bowl athlete, recorded a sack, an interception, forced fumble and touchdown reception in a single game against Houston in 2002. Dawkins retired after two seasons in Denver and...
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