Found November 28, 2013 on Phillies Nation:
On a special off-season edition of Phillies Nation, Pat and Corey break down the recent signings of Marlon Byrd and Carlos Ruiz. They also discuss who else Ruben Amaro should be targeting this winter. Plus, two legendary Phillies pitchers make an appearance. First, Tommy Greene joins the guys to offer a player’s perspective on trades, free agency and the process of coming back from an injury. Then, Natalie has an exclusive interview with current ace Cole Hamels from his pitching clinic for kids last week. Ryann returns with fan questions and we highlight the important dates of the off-season. All in 22 minutes! This week’s episode is presented by Pro League Authentics, a cool vintage sports apparel store on 13th and Walnut in Philly. Your browser does not support iframes.

A Phillies Player is Engaged to a Playboy Playmate

Brignac, Anderson, and their son. When it comes to baseball, Reid Brignac is a journeyman player. He signed with the Phillies recently, but will likely end up with the club’s Triple A team, the Lehigh Valley IronPigs. When it comes to ladies, however, few can rival Brignac’s game. Brignac is engaged to Lauren Anderson, a Playboy Playmate and Miss July 2002. Anderson announced...

Is There Excitment Heading into the 2014 season?

The Phillies have made very little noise this off-season. To paint that picture clearer, the biggest move they have made is signing 36 year old outfielder, Marlon Byrd to a two year 16 million dollar contract. That move doesn’t impress me, it’s like the Delmon Young signing of 2014. Except instead of signing Young to a 750,00 dollar contract, they decided he may be better when...

News flash: the Phillies are old and expensive

Captain Obvious here with an insightful observation: the Phillies are an old team. If Family Feud asked 100 people to describe the Phillies in one word, old has to be the #1 answer. Number two on that list should be expensive. Put those two together and what do you get? The Phillies are an old, expensive team. Ruben Amaro is counting on another term for the 2014 season: talented...

Are the Phillies Shopping Domonic Brown?

Domonic Brown is easily the best young talent the Phillies have on their current roster. Coming off a breakout campaign in which he hit 27 home runs and OPSed .818, there have been rumors that the Phillies have been looking to deal the 26-year old. But do these rumors have any truth behind them? First of all, most of them are being brought up by FOX 29′s Howard Eskin. While Eskin...

Storyline Expanded: Plan B for the Philadelphia Phillies

In the shadow between a starter’s gig and a bench role, the front office of the Philadelphia Phillies will determine Darin Ruf’s 2014. Could he be part of a trade package to improve another deficiency? TAL’S HANDY CAPS Welcome, Newcomers: This article represents the thinking of a baseball man in my opinion. Most fans do not consider the budget, prospects on the radar, the...

Phillies Should Inquire about Yoenis Cespedes

Photo: Itsuo Inouye The Oakland Athletics have reportedly shown “meaningful interest” in free agent outfield Nelson Cruz. Acquiring Cruz would give the A’s — who are still the winningest team in Philadelphia sports history with 5 championships — 4 starting outfielders. In case you just picked up the game of baseball 5 minutes ago, you’re only allowed to start 3 — meaning...

Report: Phillies Should Go After Eric Chavez, Willie Bloomquist

Photo: USATSI According to’s David Murphy, the Phillies’ offseason will live or die by how well Ruben Amaro Jr. is able to refurbish the club’s bench. Murphy says that veterans Eric Chavez and Willie Bloomquist should be high atop the Phillies’ list of free agents, a duo with which I’m content. Chavez will be 36 for the start of the 2014 season. He’s coming...

Howard, Kendrick and other Phillies musings

There’s been much talk this offseason about the age of the Phillies' roster, and justifiably so. It’s a major concern. Older players are susceptible to breakdowns and when you start playing too many reserves, well, you finish in fourth place. Teammate Corey Seidman has dealt with the age topic extensively in recent days. Another topic that’s gotten a lot of play: Ryan...

Vote to Make this Ben Revere Catch the Best Play of the 2013 Season

Ben Revere made this amazing catch, and promptly double Jay Bruce off at first base. I honestly think this play was the best in the MLB of 2013, and should go down as one of the best this decade has seen. You can vote for it to win best play in the 2013 GIBBYs here.

Happy Thanksgiving- Phillies Style

Pitcher Chad Durbin retires

Chad Durbin, journeyman pitcher who played for six teams during a 13-year Major League career, has retired.  The news was tweeted by Jerry Crasnick of and Baseball America, Pitcher Chad Durbin, one of MLB’s good guys, has retired. He was released by #phillies in late May. — Jerry Crasnick (@jcrasnick) November 25, 2013 The 35-year old Durbin was drafted by the Kansas...

Phillies Nation Player Review: Carlos Ruiz

(AP) If you attended one of the first 25 games of the 2013 Philadelphia Phillies season you may have noticed the absence of a familiar sound. “Chooooooooooooooch” The longtime starting catcher and fan favorite, Carlos Ruiz was suspended for the first 25 games of the 2013 season for testing positive for an amphetamine, Adderall. Ruiz wouldn’t make his debut until April 28 against...

Why it's OK that PED players are getting paid

Over the last few days, you’ve no doubt heard a lot of grumbling about the fact that players with PED histories are getting paid. You heard it a little when Marlon Byrd (career earnings: approximately $22 million) signed for a guaranteed $16 million with the Phillies, and a little more when Carlos Ruiz (career earnings: approximately $15 million) accepted $26 million to stay in...

Fox 29's Howard Eskin: Phillies Looking To Trade Domonic Brown For Pitching

In the latest trade rumor coming from Fox 29 Sports Anchor Howard Eskin, the Phillies could be offering up All Star outfielder Domonic Brown. Being one of the Phillies most tradable commodities, Brown's name is probably oft-mentioned when Phillies General Manager Ruben Amaro Jr. calls other clubs. @Yannone15 I'm told...
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