Found October 04, 2012 on The Outside Corner:
I pondered both in June and at the beginning of September as to whether or not the Phillies 2012 season would cost manager Charlie Manuel his job. Well, after a restructuring of the Phillies coaching staff after Wednesday's season finale against the Nationals, it appears Manuel will stay for 2013, but not beyond. Long-time Phillies coach Greg Gross, serving as the hitting coach this season, was fired along with Manuel confidants Sam Perlozzo and Pete Mackanin. Replacing Gross as hitting coach is Steve Henderson, a Phillies minor league coach and the Rays' former hitting coach. The new bullpen coach will be Rod Nichols, replacing Mick Billmeyer who was promoted to catching coach. And the new first base coach? Well, it's Juan Samuel, who was the Phillies third base coach last season. Replacing Samuel at third base will be one of the hottest managerial candidates on the market, former Phillies AAA manager and Baseball Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg. Manuel is under contrac...

Phillies fire 3 coaches; More changes coming?

The Philadelphia Phillies finished their season with a loss to the division champion Washington Nationals today. With the loss, the Phillies dropped to 81-81. After winning 102 games last year, this was most certainly a disappointment. As is usually the case when a team under performs, changes are made.The Phillies informed bench coach Pete Mackanin, 1B/INF coach Sam Perlozzo and...

Was Phillies Ruiz Their 2012 MVP?

The Phillies 2012 season ended with a quiet 81-81 whimper.  To say that this season was a disappointment for Phillies fans is a major understatement. But it is time to look for the highlights of the 2012 season.  A review of the Phillies play leads me to just two players that could be the Phillies 2012 MVP. Pitcher Cole Hamels had a career high 17 wins this season and could have...

2012 Phillies Final MLB Ranks

The 2012 Philadelphia season is in the books.  Below you will find the MLB ranks for the offense, pitching, and defense.  It's not pretty...Offense:R - 684 (19th)AVG - .255 (15th)OBP - .317 (17th)SLG - .400 (17th)OPS - .716 (16th)2B - 271 (16th)3B - 28 (tied 19th)HR - 158 (18th)SB - 116 (11th)SB% - 83% (1st)BB - 454 (24th)K - 1094 (27th)Pitching:W - 81 (tied 16th)ERA - 3.83...

Phillies of the Week Throughout the 2012 Season; Carlos Ruiz Voted MVP of Phillies by Fans

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Phillies won't be an easy fix

The only more appropriate way for the Philadelphia Phillies' season to end would have been if it was more like 2011, when Ryan Howard fell to the ground in agony after rupturing his left Achilles tendon. The 2012 Phillies were bruised and battered with injuries all season, from Chase Utley's knees to Roy Halladay's shoulder to Howard's aforementioned foot. But the...

The End

May the Philadelphia Phillies 2012 season rest in peace.

Phillies fire 3 coaches after 81-81 season

Immediately after finishing with a .500 record, the Philadelphia Phillies fired first base coach Sam Perlozzo, bench coach Pete Mackanin and hitting coach Greg Gross. The club announced the changes after its season ended with a 3-1 loss at the Washington Nationals on Wednesday. The Phillies finished 81-81 and in third place in the NL East, ending a run of five consecutive division...

Thoughts From a Lost Season: The Bullpen

Horst was a great find by the Phils. (US PRESSWIRE) Quick thoughts on 2012 with the relief pitchers up next. Coming up, position players. Click here for the starting rotation. Phillies Nation will also have a more thorough breakdown of each player coming later this month. -Let’s begin with the highest paid relief pitcher on the team, and in baseball, Jonathan Papelbon. I’ve...

Phillies cut two more from coaching staff

The Phillies will not bring back bench coach Pete Mackanin or hitting coach Greg Gross for the 2013 coaching staff, reports Todd Zolecki, via Twitter. Bench coach Pete Mackanin and hitting coach Greg Gross also will not be back next season. — Todd Zolecki (@ToddZolecki) October 3, 2012 With the earlier news of Sam Perlozzo not coming back, the Phillies have already cut ties...

Former Phillies continue pursuit of World Series championship

The 2012 season may be over for the Philadelphia Phillies but a number of former Phils will continue to play baseball this October in both leagues. If you are the type of Phillies fan who will pick up a rooting interest in a team based on a former Phillie being on the roster, you certainly have some options this fall. Atlanta Braves, NL Wild Card Michael Bourne, Chad Durbin ...

Philadelphia Phillies storyline: FA arms to spell relief

Ryan Madson is the reliever that fans of the Philadelphia Phillies would like to see on the mound in the 8th.  Will that become a reality in 2013?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...


At the All-Star break, at 37-50, any honest broker would have said the Phillies were done. Oh sure, the 2010 team wasn't in first at the break, but they were breaking .500. That this team got to 81-81 is a minor miracle of it's own. What we should make of it isn't hard though. On July 31st, the Phillies traded Hunter Pence and Shane Victorino, two former All-Star outfielders...
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