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There is a race going on in Phillies camp: Who will come back first, Ryan Howard or Chase Utley?
When you are five time National League champion, not many question should come from within the camp.
But there is one problem.
The Phillies are getting old.
When your core is older than 30, you are going to have problems.
It is why the Mets folded in 2007, why the Braves can ‘t hold on to Chipper Jones forever, and why the 2011 Mets traded Franky Rodriguez.
Not because Rodriguez was old, but the Mets would not get good when Rodriguez was still effective.
The Phils will have a new first baseman, new second baseman and third baseman Placido Polanco is an injury away from being replaced at third.
The only sure returnee is shortstop Jimmy Rollins, who is 33.
Still, when you bring in Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee (twice) and Cole Hamels, plus a backend bullpen featuring Jonathan Papelbon, you are the favorite in the National League Eastern Division.
But the Marlins, Braves, Nationals and even the M...
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Early Sunday morning, the following players were informed that the Phillies no longer required their services: Luis Unda, Ian Durham, Paul Cusick, Chase Johnson, Juary Gomez and Rye Davis.Unda (pictured, right), a 22-year-old infielder had been signed by the Phillies in 2008 and played as high as Class A Lakewood, where he went 0-for-8 in 3 games played last season. The Venezuelan...
Here are the rest of the photos from mine and Pat’s excellent adventure in Clearwater. Check out some of the video footage in the latest episode of Phillies Nation TV.Among the latest photos are ones from: the awesome St. Patrick’s Day tailgate party hosted by Phils Fever; a minor league game featuring Jim Thome and Phillies catching prospect, Bob Stumpo (also my cousin); a...
The Philadelphia Phillies need all of the offensive help that they can get with sluggers Ryan Howard and Chase Utley beginning the season on the disabled list. The team bolstered their bench with the free agent signing of Jim Thome. But can Thome play first base after not playing the position since leaving Philadelphia? If so how many games can he play there?
The 41 year old slugger...
Hunter Pence's piercing blue eyes grow even wider when he hears the word playoffs.
Reaching the postseason is no longer a dream for Pence. It's an expectation.
When the Philadelphia Phillies acquired the two-time All-Star right fielder from Houston last July, Pence jumped from one of the worst teams in the majors to one of the best. He got his first taste of pennant fever...
Get ready for your 2012 Philadelphia Phillies...*Video courtesy of some YouTube dude. Music courtesy of Jay-Z, Kayne West, and Rihianna.
Although it’s Spring Training, this lack of offense is getting scary. I don’t know if there is something in the water down in Clearwater, but the Phillies just are not hitting the ball very well lately.They put up another donut against the Boston Red Sox on Monday afternoon, being shut down by Jon Lester, 6-0. The Phillies managed just three hits on the day; one from Freddy...
Jonathan Papelbon caught some heat recently for comments that, according to him, were taken out of context. "The difference between Boston and Philadelphia, the Boston fans are a little bit more hysterical when it comes to the game of baseball," Papelbon told 94WIP's Angelo Cataldi and The Morning Team recently. "The Philly fans tend to know the game a little better...
If you listen to some accounts, the Phillies were “that close” to signing Ryan Madson to a four year, $44 million dollar contract last fall.
Madson denies it, but at the time, there was as much talk of Jonathan Papelbon as their was Ryan Madson,
Madson never signed the deal and the Phillies inked Papelbon to a four year, $50 million contract...
Earlier this month former Sox closer and genius Jonathan Papelbon endeared himself to Philadelphia fans by saying they were superior to Boston fans. Today he seems to have satisfied the Boston media by clarifying these comments, but does so in typical not-really-an-apology fashion:
“I wasn’t trying to offend nobody, man,” said Papelbon, who signed a 4-year, $50 million deal...
*Roy Halladay gets the Season Opener (April 5th in Pittsburgh) and Cole Hamels gets the Home Opener (April 9th). This means Cole is technically the 4th starter, as The Vanimal slots in ahead of him, but this is merely a formality.*Chooch probably wishes the season would begin today. He's currently batting .481/1.295 in 10 Grapefruit League games. *With Utley down and Michael...
By: Ricky Doyle/NESN.comJonathan Papelbon caught some heat recently for comments that, according to him, were taken out of context."The difference between Boston and Philadelphia, the Boston fans are a little bit more hysterical when it comes to the game of baseball," Papelbon told 94WIP's Angelo Cataldi and The Morning Team recently. "The Philly fans tend to...
Chase Utley turns to therapy program to overcome knee problems.
According to George A. King III of the New York Post, the Phillies have some interest in Yankees utilityman Ramiro Pena.
This is not a huge surprise. Chase Utley announced today that he will miss Opening Day, and the Phillies are looking for some depth behind the young Freddy Galvis.
Philadelphia Phillies fans watched star First Baseman Ryan Howard laying on the ground with a torn ACL as the Cardinals celebrated their victory. Phillies fans as they watched star First Baseman Ryan Howard laying on the ground with a torn ACL as the Cardinals celebrated their victory. Related posts:
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