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If you didn’t follow the Phillies closely and searched Jonathan Papelbon’s numbers, you’d think that, on the surface, he had a pretty stellar season. A 2.92 ERA in 61 appearances with a 1.13 WHIP hardly seems like a debacle.
But you are a Phillies fan and you know better.
Papelbon began the year with a sketchy performance in Phillies’ second game of the season, a 9-2 loss to Atlanta in which he allowed two runs in an inning of work. For the next two months Papelbon would cruise, not allowing a run until May 29 against a familiar team, the Boston Red Sox.
He’d convert 13 straight saves before running into the buzzsaw that was the middle of June. Papelbon would blow four saves over five appearances, somehow managing to win two of them. It was during that time that the Phillies, who were 31-30 on the first day of a 10-game road trip, would take a nosedive.
From June 7-12, the Phillies lost five in a row and returned to Philadelphia four games under .500. They’d hit the .500 mark j...
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It has been a wild ride for Antonio Bastardo over the past three seasons.
In 2011, Bastardo had a first half for the ages. On July 15 of that year, the lefty had a 0.79 ERA and had gone 13 straight appearances without giving up an earned run. He was unhittable. But his unhittability would taper off a bit, finishing the year with a 2.64 ERA and ultra-impressive 0.93 WHIP. A silly...
Since joining Phillies Nation during the 2009 season, I’ve gotten a chance to experience many highs and lows with a fan base that is second to none.
Prior to 2012, we were regaled by 102 wins, a World Series berth, playoff runs, and fun baseball.
The last few seasons haven’t gone as planned, but you still show up on a daily basis, scouring Phillies Nation for news, looking for...
The Phillies opened up their first roster spot of the offseason today. According to multiple reports, relief pitcher Raul Valdes has been claimed on waivers by the Houston Astors. The waiver claim is a sign that the Phillies were in the process of outrighting Valdes off of the 40-man roster,...
The Philadelphia Phillies are not renewing pitching coach Rich Dubee's contract after nine years with the team.
The decision to part ways with Dubee was announced Monday, a day after the Phillies finished 73-89 for their first losing season since 2002. Manager Charlie Manuel was fired in August and replaced by Hall of Fame second baseman Ryne Sandberg.
Dubee joined the Phillies...
Chase Utley found a small, silver lining to the Philadelphia Phillies' dismal season.
''If there is a bright spot, it gives us an opportunity to get to work a little bit sooner,'' Utley said following Sunday's season finale. ''We can start improving next week. We get a four-week head start.''
There will be no October baseball in Philadelphia...
It wasn't exactly a banner season for Carlos Ruiz, or the Philadelphia Phillies in 2013. As injuries ravaged both the player and team, Sunday's season-ending loss to guarantee a 4th place finish put a merciful end to a lost year in Philadelphia.
With that said, the veteran catcher went on record proclaiming his desire to remain a Phillie and stay with the only organization...
“You can lead a Horst to water, but you can’t make his elbow healthy”
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Jeremy Horst was perhaps the Phillies biggest surprise of 2012: acquired from the Reds in exchange for Wilson Valdez, Horst overpowered hitters in Triple-A before dominating hitters in the Majors. Horst’s 2012 line: 11.49 K/9 IP, 1.15 ERA, and a very lucky 80.9% LOB% in 31...
Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said Saturday that Kyle Kendrick would be offered a contract to play for the team in 2014 according to Jim Salisbury of CSN Philly.
"I don't know why people are asking about that," Amaro told reporters. "We will [bring him back]."
Kendrick has one more year of team control as he enters his fourth season of arbitration...
You though there was no Philadelphia baseball in October? Think again.
Coming October 21st, two of the greatest teams in Philadelphia baseball history will meet in the Philly Dream Series.
It’s the 2008 Philadelphia Phillies vs. the 1929 Philadelphia Athletics.
Yes, the Phillies need a pitching coach after they decided to cut nine-year pitching coach Rich Dubee loose upon the expiration of his contract. Yes, Jamie Moyer is not doing anything baseball-related, other than selling books that someone co-wrote with him. Yes, Jamie Moyer was a nice player for the...
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One of the remaining cogs from Charlie Manuel’s tenure as manager of the Philadelphia Phillies has been let go.
Pitching coach Rich Dubee will not be the Phillies pitching coach in 2014.
Rich Dubee will not return as Phillies pitching coach.
— Matt Gelb (@magelb) September 30, 2013
Dubee had served as the Phillies pitching coach...
The 2013 Phillies baseball season is in the books with many disappointments. The first losing season since 2002, failed additions to the roster, a fired manager, the fall of Roy Halladay and putting Ryan Howard and his mega contract and others on the shelf for the year all added up to a season that had many tune out and look forward to football earlier than in a while. But there...
[caption id="attachment_66" align="alignleft" width="256"] Pitching coach Rich Dubee(right) joins former manager Charlie Manuel(left) as casualties of back to back disappointing seasons [/caption]
Changes are coming for the Philadelphia Phillies. That's what happens when an organization who experienced as much success as anyone from 2007-2011 doesn...
The Phillies will not renew the contract of pitching coach Rich Dubee, ESPN’s Buster Olney has confirmed.
Dubee was the Phils’ pitching coach for nine seasons, and coached some of the most tremendous starting staffs in MLB history.
The move is not a surprise, as new manager Ryne Sandberg will likely want to fill the coaching staff with persons of his choice.
In the Photoshop world in which we live, baseball cards frequently are churned out with a new team's uniform pretty fast. But you would think that Topps, the leader in baseball cards since the 50s, would have someone doublechecking the work that they do. In this case, an artist had...