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As the final bullets are fired, the last seats in the bullpen of the Philadelphia Phillies and Jonathan Papelbon will be decided by Monday. There are 4 candidates for 3 spots.
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Is 2013 the last time we’ll see Chase Utley in a Phillies uniform?
Last week, I was having a discussion with an old friend about the upcoming Phillies season when he posed a question to me: Do you re-sign Chase Utley after 2013?
“Ask me in six months,” was my concise, detached response.
This type of exchange is not exclusive to my friend and me. All over the Delaware Valley...
The Phillies have made a few egg-head moves in the last week or so. First, they released utility infielder Yuniesky Betancourt, who will now reportedly sign with the Brewers. And now they have released pitcher Aaron Cook, who appeared to be a lock as the unofficial 6th starter in the Phillies rotation. Cook pitched in 6 spring training games, posting a 3.38 ERA over 18.2 innings...
During Friday's exhibition game at Citizens Bank Park between the Blue Jays and Phillies, CSN Philadelphia cameras caught a glimpse of Phillies Opening Day starter Cole Hamels in the dugout. Hamels, who sported a beard for most of the spring, shaved the beard off...but left his mustache, giving himself a stache that Tom Selleck would be proud of. Hopefully, the mustache sticks...
Forbes released their annual baseball team valuations today and the Phillies come in at number five for the second consecutive year, with their current value measured at $893 million. Despite staying put in the rankings, the number is a 23.5 percent increase over last year’s valuation of $723 million (which was a 19 percent bump from 2011).
Team valuations are up throughout the...
For a team that finished 17 games out of first place, the Philadelphia Phillies are quite confident they can regain the NL East crown they relinquished to Washington after a five-year run.
''The Nationals had a great year last year, but we had a lot of injuries,'' slugger Ryan Howard said. ''Call us old if you want to. If you want to sweep us under the rug...
SIGNED/RESIGNED: John Lannan (P), Mike Adams (P), Delmon Young (OF), Chad Durbin (P),
TRADED FOR: Michael Young (INF/DH)
Ty Wiggington (1B), Juan Peirre (OF), Placido Polanco (3B), Jose Contreras (P)
Projected Divisional Standing
Third in NL East
Cliff Lee finished up spring training by having a little fun.
Soon after pitching four sharp innings against Toronto in his final tuneup, the Philadelphia ace teamed up with Cole Hamels and joined the Phillie Phanatic in shooting hot dogs into the stands.
''I asked if I could jump in there and get close to that action and see what it was all about,'' Lee said after...
Infielder Yuniesky Betancourt has signed a one-year deal with the Milwaukee Brewers, rejoining the team he helped win the 2011 NL Central title.
The Brewers announced the contract Wednesday.
The 31-year-old Betancourt was in spring training earlier this year with Philadelphia and batted .447 in 18 games while mostly playing shortstop. The Phillies already have All-Stars all around...
Yesterday I did a roster prediction for every team that is breaking camp in the Phillies system this week. Today I have no changes. Today they did play, and they did win their finale in Florida, a 7-2 win over the Blue Jays. The Phillies finish the Grapefruit schedule 16-15,...
Tim McCarver, shown bottom right with the 1980 Phillies broadcast team with Andy Musser, Harry Kalas and Richie Ashburn, will retire from broadcasting at the end of the 2013 season. Photo: Phillies.com
Tim McCarver, a former Philadelphia Phillies player and broadcaster and the longtime voice of baseball analysis on national network television coverage of Major League Baseball...