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The Philadelphia Phillies are coming off a very disappointing 2012 season as their expectations were very similar to the past five seasons where they won the National League East division. Among reasons for the teams lack of success was he lack of situational hitting. In particular, their offense struggled to live up to the hype as they ranked toward the bottom of the National League in several important categories. They started the season behind the eight ball as stars Ryan Howard and Chase Utley missed significant parts of the early season. Despite a stronger second half, it became too much of an uphill climb for them to become a factor in the NL East race.
As the team struggled toward the July 31 st trading deadline, decision was made to trade OFs Shane Victorino and Hunter Pence, despite the latter having another year remaining on his contract. While the Phillies played better ball towards the end of the season, it is clearly obvious they need a new plan when it comes to...
BEST OF MAXIM
The following is a list of Phillies that are littered throughout the Top 20 active leaders in various statistical categories.Offense:WAR - 53.3/Chase Utley (15th)SLG - .551/Ryan Howard (9th)OPS - .915/Ryan Howard (16th)R - 1182/Jimmy Rollins (18th)DBL - 421/Jimmy Rollins (19th)TRPL - 105/Jimmy Rollins (4th)K - 1306/Ryan Howard (16th)SB - 403/Jimmy Rollins (7th)HBP - 151/Chase Utley...
The pursuit of talent for the Philadelphia Phillies is a 8th-inning set-up man, and a center fielder in that exact order, while it simultaneously presents Darin Ruf with a leftfield shot. Why is the brain trust concentrating on the 2nd choice first?
TAL’S HANDY CAPS
My articles are designed to represent a baseball-man’s thinking, the view from the dugout...
We all thought this was the last start at CBP for Cole Hamels.
Cole Hamels came into 2012 in a contract year, and many, many people expected this to be his last year in Philadelphia. To start the season, Charlie Manuel even elected to skip a day for Hamels so that he could pitch in the home opener.
With the contract undoubtedly on his mind, Hamels still started the year great...
Join us at The Grey Lodge in NE Philly (map) next Wednesday, December 5th at 8pm for an evening of Phillies Quizzo to raise money for Philabundance. Show off your Phillies knowledge with a team of 4 (or fewer) and you can win prizes like t-shirts, posters, DVDs, bar tabs and more!
We’ll also have raffles featuring a Roy Halladay autograph and cash prizes.
The event is sponsored...
On this day in 1978 one of the top players in Philadelphia Phillies history, Jimmy Rollins, was born.
The three-year All-Star, four-time Gold Glover and one-time MVP is arguably the best shortstop in Phillies history and he without a doubt played a huge role in developing a winning attitude in Philadelphia, where it was long thought to be nearly impossible. Rollins will one day...
There was a lot of Phils’ news and rumors this week: the Phils were in on Josh Hamilton before they were out on Hamilton, they were finally linked to a bullpen arm, protected some Minor Leaguers while exposing others, and just as Ryan Dinger and I offered our opinions if the Phillies should make a play for the recently designated Chone Figgins, the Phillies signed a third baseman...
Minor-league infielder/outfielder Josh Fields has signed a minor-league contract with the Philadelphia Phillies. Fields, a former first-round draft pick, spent last season with triple-A Las Vegas in the Los Angeles Dodgers’ organization. He hit .288 with 13 home runs. As a rookie with the Chicago White Sox in 2007, he had 23 homers and 67…
It’s another edition of our weekly off-season league updates. Check it out, as we take a tour around the globe for a look at Phillies talents participating in various autumn and winter league action. Stats are current through games on Saturday.
Catcher Sebastian Valle (pictured, left) is batting .214 with two doubles, two home runs and seven RBI in 17 games...
It would take an unprecedented haul to acquire Stanton. The Phillies are asking but are not likely to be a good match.
In on Stanton? Probably just “tire kicking”
Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe wrote today that the Phillies are among a pool of teams, including the Red Sox, Yankees, Cubs, and Orioles, who have called the Marlins about Giancarlo Stanton. I’m not sure there...
Ryan Howard and his former Philadelphia Eagles cheerleader fiancée, Krystle Campbell, are getting married Saturday. That means thank you notes for wedding gifts are going out and BC just happened to get ours from the happy couple. You might remember back in August we discovered Ryan’s wedding registry and spent some of our celebrity wedding gift budget.
A washcloth means enough...