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Larry Brown Sports:
Thanks in large part to unfortunate injuries, the Philadelphia Phillies had an extremely disappointing season in 2012. On paper, Philadelphia looked like the best team in the league prior to the season. With pitching that included Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee and Cole Hamels as starters and closer Jonathan Papelbon at the back end of the bullpen, the Phillies were picked by many to win it all.
What followed was an 81-81 season in which Philadelphia finished 17 games behind the NL East champion Washington Nationals. They missed the playoffs for the first time in six seasons. According to Papelbon, a lack of leadership has been an issue.
“Since I’ve been here I haven’t seen any leadership,” he told Mandy Housenick of the Allentown Morning Call (via NJ.com). “Every good team that I’ve been a part of has had a good core group of veterans and an influx of a good group of young guys and I think that’s a recipe for success. But at the same time, that doesn’t mean we’re going to have success. In...
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Philadelphia Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon openly questioned the composition of the team, saying, "Since I've been here I haven't seen any leadership."
Jonathan Papelbon is again raising some eyebrows.
Papelbon, who is generally outspoken when asked his opinion, may have just ruffled a few feathers in the Philadelphia locker room, as he called the Phillies’ leadership into question while discussing the state of the team.
“Since I’ve been here I haven’t seen any leadership,” Papelbon said, according to the Allentown Morning...
Baseball overload is right around the corner. Beginning with Saturday’s Grapefruit League opener against the Astros, the Phillies will play 35 games in 36 days and all but three of those exhibition contests will be available to watch or listen to in the Philadelphia region and beyond.
The Comcast Network, Comcast Sportsnet, WPHT 1210 AM and MLB Network will team up to serve heavy...
Phillies spring training games start in just a few days, and taking a look at Phillies tickets prices for the 2013 season shows some interesting things. This might be hard to believe, but the average price of spring training tickets is higher than that of regular season tickets. According to Seat Crunch, the average price of Phillies spring training tickets is $107.80; almost ...
I Love the Phillies, especially the 2012 team.
I grew up a Phillies fan having gone to my first game back in 1983 at Veterans Stadium. I got a patch that night in celebration of 100 years of baseball with different “P’s” on each base. It’s one of my most cherished baseball possessions; but even more important to me are the memories of my dad taking me to the ballpark and...
Jim Salisbury of CSN is reporting that Michael Schwimer, originally scheduled to pitch today for the Phils, has been traded to the Toronto Blue Jays for 1B Art Charles. Schwimer, 27, had a 4.62 ERA in 47 games for the Phillies across 2011 and 2012. Schwimer averages over a strikeout per inning in Major League action and helped stabilize the bullpen as the Phillies made a second-half...
In four seasons from 2008-2011, Roy Halladay‘s worst FIP was 3.06 (2009). In 2011 it was an astounding 2.20 on the strength of a career-best 8.47 K/9 and just a 5.1% HR/FB rate. While the homer rate was fueled by a bit of luck, the strikeouts were completely the result of skill. Honestly, 2011 was probably Halladay’s best professional season.So you want to write him off just...
According to David Murphy of the Daily News , former Phillies starter, current Twins starter Vance Worley was traded on the worst day imaginable. After a workout on the elliptical, Worley returned a call from Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr. in which he learned he was traded to Minnesota. Not...
Who is ready for some baseball?
The Phillies first competitive exhibition of the Spring is upon us – a five inning intrasquad game starting at noon. Team One, led by Jonathan Pettibone, will do battle with Team Two, led by Adam Morgan.
Here are the line-ups, first reported by Ryan Lawrence and Chris Branch:
Hot News for RP Michael Schwimer
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Shortly after the Phillies dropped their spring training opener to the Houston Astros, 8-3, word broke that the first roster change of the year had been executed. The Phillies traded relief pitcher Michael Schwimer to the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for first base prospect Art Charles. Jim Salisbury of CSN Philly was the first to officially report the move on Twitter.
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Wow. What a find by Aerys Sports' Phillies blog, View From Section 116 the other day. The find in question? Phillies new centerfielder Ben Revere doing his best Beyonce cover in a Vitamin Water advertisement. The Vitamin Water ad comes from Revere's time with the Rochester Red Wings, the AAA...
Since I have been here, I haven’t seen any leadership
Jonathan Papelbon, February 22, 2013
I wish I could have written about this quote sooner. But, to be honest, I don’t think there is much to say; I believe Papelbon’s misspoke during a period of quick reflection. A reflection on a season’s worth of disappointments that are understandable when compared to the high expectations...