Phils emboldened by Kapler's spring message

Gabe Kapler's first camp with the Phillies has been anything but ordinary. Sure, the bullpen sessions, batting practices and baserunning and bunting drills are there. But Camp Kapler has a decidedly different vibe than springs past.
12 hours ago

Patient Phils could be on cusp of greatness

The Phillies made some major investments this winter, and not just in the bluetooth speakers that have made their clubhouse, their morning workouts and even the empty hallways of Spectrum Field consistent sources of musical accompaniment at the behest of rookie skipper Gabe Kapler. They signed Carlos Santana to a three-year, $60 million contract that was a behemoth by the standards...
15 hours ago

Monday Round Table (2/19): Spring Training Is Here

Today is the first day of full squad workouts in Clearwater. That means the winter is over and baseball can begin, or at least something like that. With that in mind I asked the writers for some roster predictions and other questions heading into a week of stretching and drills. Who will be the Phillies #5 starter? Adam: I really hope it’ll be Nick Pivetta because that means someone...
Via Crashburn Alley
19 hours ago

2018 Phillies Preview: Carlos Santana can make an impact across the board

This may be Maikel Franco’s last chance to become Carlos Santana. The Phillies have swapped in veterans over the years, having climbed over the bodies of countless Jeff Francoeur’s, Delmon Young’s, and Daniel Nava’s to get to this point. With a three-year deal signed just before Christmas, the Phillies gave 31-year-old Carlos Santana a longer, more intentional look than his predecessors...
Via The Good Phight
20 hours ago

Bulked-up Hernandez faces uncertain future

Phillies second baseman Cesar Hernandez arrived at Spectrum Field on Sunday after focusing this offseason on adding muscle and hoping to add a little more power to his overall game.
1 day ago

Neshek compares Phillies to 2015 Astros, suggests team could compete

By Tim Kelly, Sports Talk Philly editor  Pat Neshek told's Todd Zolecki this past week that he left money on the table to return to Philadelphia. Neshek did this after hinting that he would be interested in a return to Philadelphia if he ever got the chance when the Phillies traded him to the Colorado Rockies last July. Perhaps Neshek was so comfortable returning to Philadelphia...
Via Flyerdelphia
1 day ago

AL Notes: Machado's offseason, Tribe's pitching, Cashner almost re-signed with Texas before O's

Orioles infielder Manny Machado “wants to be a Yankee and the feeling is mutual,” Bob Nightengale of USA Today writes. The Yankees were among the teams that tried to trade for Machado over the winter, so it’s no surprise that they’re continuing to eye him a year before he hits free agency. Regarding offseason trade rumors, Machado said, “Thank God nothing went down and I was able...
Via MLB Trade Rumors
2 days ago  |  Discuss

NL East notes: Phillies, Neshek, Marlins, Garcia, Straily

The Phillies remain interested in adding to their rotation before the season starts, though they’re not going to make any lengthy commitments, Todd Zolecki of MLB.comwrites. Both general manager Matt Klentak and president Andy MacPhail (via Matt Breen of have indicated this week that the Phillies aren’t going to splurge on a long-term starter, in large part because they...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

2017 Phillies Report Card: J.P. Crawford

J.P. Crawford played some baseball in the majors last year. There’s not a lot of #analysis to do with 87 plate appearances, but the real story is that Crawford finally made it to Philadelphia and showed he could handle himself at the highest level. In that limited playing time last September, Crawford displayed the three core aspects of his game that carried him from Lakewood High...
Via Crashburn Alley
2 days ago

Mild expectations for the 2018 Philadelphia Phillies

To classify the 2017 season a disaster would be an understatement for the Philadelphia Phillies. From the Pete Rose off field scanda,l which ruined the Phillies Hall of Fame induction night to the fact the young core under performed on the field completely ruined any optimism this organization had for the future of this team. The performance ultimately led to the dismissal of manager...
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Crash Bag S2018 Volume #1: Baseball Is Back

In just under a week the Phillies will be playing their first baseball game of the year as they try to not lose to a bunch of college students. Until then it is time for fuzzy pictures of players stretching, worry about the state of the rotation, and apparently a picture of my cat. @DaleACooke: I love Roman Quinn at SS bc elevates flexibility joe Maddon-esque. Are Phillies looking...
Via Crashburn Alley
3 days ago

Did the Phillies misread the starting pitching market?

On Episode 176 of The Felske Files, host John Stolnis wonders if the Phils were planning on making a trade that never materialized. Over the first few days of spring training in Clearwater, Phillies general manager Matt Klentak and manager Gabe Kapler both have spoken glowingly about the 2018 Phillies, indicating a playoff run this season is no longer “a pipe dream.” They’re not...
Via The Good Phight
3 days ago

Phillies sign Drew Hutchison to minor league deal

The Phillies announced this morning that they’ve signed right-hander Drew Hutchison to a minor league contract with an invitation to Major League Spring Training.Hutchison, 27, once looked like a potential long-term rotation cog for the Blue Jays. After missing the entire 2013 season due to Tommy John surgery, Hutchison returned in 2014 to make 32 starts in Toronto, pitching to a...
Via MLB Trade Rumors
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Phillies will wear powder blue throwback unis at times in 2018

The Philadelphia Phillies will have a new, but also old look during some of their 2018 games. The powder blue uniforms — which served as the team’s primary road uniform from 1970-1991 — will be worn during select home games. These uniforms were worn in an era where many teams wore bright colors. These were certainly no different. The Phillies enjoyed great success in those uniforms...
Via Sportsnaut
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Six dark horse Cy Young candidates for 2018

It seems like the same cast of characters are among the favorites to win the Cy Young award in their respective leagues every year. However, it’s hard to argue since all the pitchers that make up this group are pretty nasty.Guys like Clayton Kershaw, Max Scherzer, Corey Kluber, and Chris Sale (among others) should be some of the favorites on a yearly basis because they consistently...
Via The Sports Daily
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Eagles Super Bowl parade will end at famed 'Rocky' steps

The Philadelphia Eagles championship parade will be held on Thursday and will finish at one of Philadelphia’s most iconic locations — the famed “Rocky” steps in front of the Philadelphia Art Museum. It’s a fitting place to finish, especially given how much support Sylvester Stallone gave to the Eagles during their championship run.This will be Philadelphia’s first Super Bowl parade...
Via Sportsnaut
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Former MVP Jimmy Rollins drops $10.7 million on Southern California home

It pays to have an National League MVP to call your own. It pays to play at a high level for the majority of a 17-year Major League Baseball career.Philadelphia Phillies legend Jimmy Rollins knows this first-hand. Here’s a dude that earned a whopping $98.5 million during his career. And he’s now putting it to good use.The former MLBer just dropped $10.7 million on an Encino home...
Via SNIPdaily
18 days ago  |  Discuss

No. 1 pick Mark Appel taking 'indefinite break' from baseball

Back in 2013, the Houston Astros would select Mark Appel first overall. But unfortunately, the talented righty has never been able to put it all together. And now he’s reportedly taking a break from baseball.In an interview with Bleacher Report’s Joon Lee, Appel has other things on his mind. But primarily, it’s health.“Maybe we should all get together and have a party. I don’t know...
Via The Sports Post
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Phillies have checked in on Yu Darvish

We have a surprise entrant in the Yu Darvish sweepstakes.According to Ken Rosenthal of the Athletic, the Philadelphia Phillies have looked into free agent pitcher Yu Darvish,\ and may become a factor if his market doesn’t develop as anticipated. The Phillies aren’t really contending or trying to quite yet, so this is a bit of a surprise. Still, they’re doing their due diligence on...
Via Larry Brown Sports
26 days ago  |  Discuss

Phillies OF trying to recruit Jake Arrieta

Chicago Cubs free agent pitcher Jake Arrieta is getting a wining-and-dining of sorts from a representative of one National League counterpart.CSN Philly’s Jim Salisbury reported this week that Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Nick Williams is working out daily with Arrieta this offseason in Austin, Texas, and has been selling the ex-Cy Young winner on Philly.“He loves it here [Austin...
Via Larry Brown Sports
January 19, 2018  |  Discuss

Gabe Kapler guarantees boatload of wins for Phillies in 2018

Philadelphia Phillies manager Gabe Kapler didn’t back down a bit when asked recently what to expect out of the team in 2018. In fact, Kapler took it to another level when he guaranteed the Phillies would amass a “s—load” of wins next season.The boisterous proclamation loaded with Kapler’s patented bravado was captured by Sports Talk Philly columnist Tim Kelly. As noted by Busted...
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January 18, 2018  |  Discuss

Ryan Howard on talk of retirement: 'Kill that noise'

Once one of baseball’s most feared power hitters, Ryan Howard has struggled in recent seasons. In fact, the 2006 National League MVP didn’t play in the majors in 2017 and is presently unsigned. But as spring training approaches, Howard is not ready to call it a career.“I’m still active, so we’ll see what happens,” Howard said, per TMZ Sports. “Right now, we’re kinda in the belly...
Via Sportsnaut
January 09, 2018  |  Discuss

Report: Phillies’ Maikel Franco suspended by Dominican team for partying

Philadelphia Phillies third baseman Maikel Franco has drawn a suspension from his hometown team in the Dominican Republic due to his partying.According to a report by Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes over the weekend, Franco was one of four players suspended by the Cibao Giants, a Winter League club, for “violating the organization’s discipline code.”The suspension was handed down...
Via Larry Brown Sports
January 07, 2018  |  Discuss

Cooperstown 2018: Brad Lidge

BRAD LIDGEFirst Year on BallotPLAYING CAREER: Houston Astros (2002-2007), Philadelphia Phillies (2008-2011) and Washington Nationals (2012)ACHIEVEMENTS: Went 26-32 with a 3.54 and 225 saves in 11 seasons including going 41-for-41 in save situations in 2008. World Series champion in 2008 after closing out the decisive fifth game. Two-time All-Star selection (2005 and 2008).WHAT THEY...
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January 05, 2018  |  Discuss

The Philadelphia Phillies made a mistake in signing Carlos Santana

The Philadelphia Phillies were not planning to make a huge splash at the winter meetings this year but they defied the pundits and prognosticators and signed Carlos Santana to a three year deal worth 60 million dollars. This signing was a complete shock to all of the baseball community as this move was unorthodox and does not fit the rebuilding process that the Phillies organization...
December 29, 2017  |  Discuss

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