PHILLIES RUMORS & GOSSIP

Perhaps the Phillies will stay internal for their next manager

By Tim Kelly, Sports Talk Philly editor It's safe to say that Philadelphia Phillies fans are beginning to get restless as the team enters the third week of their managerial search.  Over the weekend, two potential managerial targets came off of the board. The Boston Red Sox formally announced the hiring of Alex Cora as their next manager Sunday. The Phillies had been linked to...
Via Flyerdelphia
5 hours ago

Phillies reportedly interviewed Manny Acta for managerial vacancy

By Tim Kelly, Sports Talk Philly editor The Philadelphia Phillies reportedly interviewed another external managerial candidate recently, one that's relatively familiar to Phillies fans.  According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Phillies interviewed former Washington Nationals and Cleveland Indians manager Manny Acta for their managerial vacancy:  Seattle Mariners third base...
Via Flyerdelphia
10 hours ago

Former Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale interviewed with Phillies

Would Chip Hale be a good fit for the Philadelphia Phillies as their new manager for the 2018 season? Ever since the Philadelphia Phillies made the decision to move on from Pete Mackanin at manager, there have been plenty of names thrown around when it comes to who could take over...
Via Section215
1 day ago

Phillies reportedly interviewed Phil Nevin, likely to do so with Gabe Kapler

By Tim Kelly, Sports Talk Philly editor While the Detroit Tigers introduced Ron Gardenhire as their next manager today, and the Washington Nationals elected not to renew the contract of Dusty Baker, the Philadelphia Phillies managerial search added some new candidates.  According to MLB.com's Todd Zolecki, two new candidates have emerged in the team's managerial search:  Phillies...
Via Flyerdelphia
2 days ago

After two years, how is Phillies GM Matt Klentak doing on the job?

On Episode 158 of The Felske Files, host John Stolnis talks to The Athletic’s Kevin Cooney about the job Matt Klentak has done his first two years in the big chair, and what his greatest challenge is to come. Now, this stuff gets real. It’s not that Phillies general manager Matt Klentak hasn’t been doing anything the last two years. Taking over in the middle of a rebuild is no easy...
Via The Good Phight
2 days ago

Phils shift manager search to external candidates

Quietly, the Phillies are making progress in their managerial search.
Via Phillies.com
2 days ago

Phillies' Arizona Fall League overview

Jonathan Mayo checks in on the Phillies' Arizona Fall League participants, led by talented outfielder Cornelius Randolph.
Via Phillies.com
2 days ago

Hyun Soo Kim On MLB Future

Outfielder Hyun Soo Kim returned to his native South Korea upon conclusion of the regular season and met with the media to discuss what was, in his own words, a “disappointing” second season in the Majors (link via Jee-ho Yoo of the Yonhap News Agency). Despite a rough campaign split between the Orioles and the Phillies, the 29-year-old Kim made it clear that his hope is to secure...
Via MLB Trade Rumors
2 days ago

Season Recap: GCL Phillies and Crosscutters

Season Overview The Crosscutters went 37-37 in 2017 and while that sounds thoroughly mediocre and uninteresting, I guarantee you it was thoroughly mediocre, but not entirely uninteresting. Sure, they finished more than half a dozen games out of the playoffs (in a league that plays a few dozen games a year), but the Crosscutters were about individual players more than overall team...
Via The Good Phight
2 days ago

The Cesar Hernandez Trade Problem

The Phillies have a log jam in the middle infield. They have J.P. Crawford at shortstop, Scott Kingery and Cesar Hernandez at second, and Freddy Galvis still hanging around. In reality the real log jam is just at second base. Cesar Hernandez has turned himself into a really good baseball player, and Scott Kingery has turned himself into a very good prospect. We have evidence that...
Via Crashburn Alley
3 days ago

2017 Phillies Report Card: Odubel Herrera

The overall numbers for Odubel Herrera this season are not particularly inspiring. A 100 wRC+, while impressive for a Gold Glove-caliber fielder, represent a step back from where Herrera was in his first two seasons. Over nearly 1200 PAs between 2015 and 2016, Herrera, fueled by a 110 wRC+, produced 7.7 WAR. That placed him in a virtual tie with Dexter Fowler for tops among National...
Via Crashburn Alley
3 days ago

Rhys Hoskins and the best 50-game starts in Phillies history

Even after cooling off in late September, Rhys Hoskins’ start was pretty impressive. There is nothing magical about a player’s first 50 games, but it has two key attributes: it’s a nice round number, and it’s where Rhys Hoskins stood when the 2017 season came to an end. And in terms of analysis and predictiveness it doesn’t have much going for it — it’s both an arbitrary endpoint...
Via The Good Phight
4 days ago

Phillies face difficult decision on Franco

The Phillies have a number of knotty decisions that must be unraveled this offseason. None is more vexing than what to do about Maikel Franco.
Via Phillies.com
4 days ago

Phillies Nation Podcast: Episode 26 – Who will be the next Phillies manager?

The 26th episode of the Phillies Nation Podcast is live! Corey Sharp joins Tim Malcolm this week to discuss the Phillies’ managerial rumor mill, from bad reporting to actual interviews. Plus there’s a little postseason talk. The podcast is available on Soundcloud, iTunes, Stitcher, Spreaker and YouTube!
Via Phillies Nation
5 days ago

2017 Phillies Report Card: Maikel Franco

Twenty-two out of twenty-two. That’s what Maikel Franco ranked out of qualified MLB third basemen in fWAR, wRC+, wOBA, OBP, and OPS. He was also in the bottom half in average, slugging, UZR, walk rate, ISO, speed score, and baserunning. Now I have nothing against Maikel Franco, but to categorize this season as anything but an abject failure would be borderline delusional. I don’t...
Via Crashburn Alley
5 days ago

Offseason Outlook: Philadelphia Phillies

As they continued to build back from a full roster teardown, the Phillies finished the 2017 season with a 66-96 record, good for last in the NL East. But their rebuilding process has begun to bear fruit. Thanks in part to contributions from some exciting young rookies, Philadelphia finished the season strong by posting a winning record in September (15-13). The team is now free of...
Via MLB Trade Rumors
6 days ago

Phillies trade rumors - Manager search heats up, Nola to sign long-term deal?

Lots of names swirling around, which one will Matty pick?
Via PhilsBaseball
6 days ago

Phillies search for their new manager

Rumors have begun to swirl that the Philadelphia Phillies are looking at Ruben Amaro Jr. as their next manager. If the front office decides to bring him on board that would be a huge mistake for just about everyone involved. There are other options out there to consider but Amaro should not even be on the Phillies list. Hiring him as the next manager would be a huge mistake for this...
Via isportsweb.com
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Phillies search for their manager

The Philadelphia Phillies announced this past week that they parted ways with manager Pete Mackanin.  The organization was kind enough to offer him a front office position but now as they move on from his tenure the search for a new manager begins. As the team is still struggling to find their future, the organization should not interview any of the managers with experience.  It...
Via isportsweb.com
16 days ago  |  Discuss

The end of the 2017 season for the Philadelphia Phillies

The 2017 season is mercifully coming to an end for the Philadelphia Phillies and the fan base could not be happier. This season has been a huge disappointment from top to bottom for this organization, which saw the team struggle out the gate and never fully recover. Sure, this team was not supposed to compete for a World Series title in 2017 but nobody thought this team would sit...
Via isportsweb.com
22 days ago  |  Discuss

Phillies demote manager Pete Mackanin to front office role

The Philadelphia Phillies have made a somewhat surprising move at the top.The team announced Friday that manager Pete Mackanin will move to a front office role in 2018, ending his tenure as manager. There is no other way to see this other than a serious demotion for Mackanin, who has gone 172-237 in two-and-a-half rebuilding seasons as manager. It’s even more surprising given he...
Via Larry Brown Sports
23 days ago  |  Discuss

Aaron Nola is the Next Great Ace of the National League

We’re back with another fairly strong Monday slate. What we lack in proven commodities, we more than make up for in up-and-comers. Check ’em out! Aces in Isolation RHP Aaron Nola (PHI) versus Washington RHP A.J. Cole Other than a rough patch against the Marlins over the last month, Nola has been terrific of late. He’s allowed three or fewer earned runs seven times over his last...
Via The Sports Post
27 days ago  |  Discuss

The Phillies, Pirates and 1978: A night to remember

Growing up in Pittsburgh in the 1970s, Pirates fans were spoiled much like they were with the Steelers—a team that began a long trend of winning that started in 1972. Winning was common with the Pirates, with World Series triumphs in 1971 and again eight years later with the “We Are Family” team led by the late, great Willie Stargell. “Pops” was also a member of that 1971 championship...
Via The Sports Post
September 21, 2017  |  Discuss

Phillies fan honors chicken nuggets promise

A Philadelphia Phillies fan honored a promise made on Twitter last week and was at Citizens Bank Park Tuesday night to hand out free chicken nuggets to his fellow fans.Damon Miller Jr. on Thursday took to Twitter in response to a Phillies tweet and guaranteed chicken nuggets for all — relatively speaking — should something specific occur during the day’s tilt against the Miami Marlins...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
September 20, 2017  |  Discuss

Neshek roasts Greinke for turning down autograph request

Colorado Rockies pitcher Pat Neshek is an avid collector of autographs, and his status as an MLB player gives him access to a number of opportunities the common collector doesn’t have. Except, of course, when it comes to Zack Greinke.Neshek, who was then with the Philadelphia Phillies, was the team's lone representative at the All-Star Game, said back in July that Greinke was going...
Via Larry Brown Sports
September 20, 2017  |  Discuss
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