50 Greatest Phillies Games: 27. Del, Mike and Manny put Phils a win away

Until March 27, we’ll be counting down the 50 greatest Phillies games of the last 50 years. This is 50 of 50. And this is No. 27. THE DATE: Oct. 19, 1980 THE GAME: Phillies vs. Kansas City Royals, Royals Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri THE STAKES: Game 5, World Series THE GREAT: The Phillies opened the 1980 World Series by winning two hotly contested games – both of which featured...
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News: Roy Halladay likely to return to Phillies as instructor

Good morning! Another day, another dollar … PHILLIES WIN: The bats continued to lead the way for the Phillies with a 7-5 win over Baltimore on Tuesday. Tommy Joseph and Scott Kingery homered early, while Brock Stassi and Aaron Altherr contributed late. Stassi seems to be the top hitter to begin the spring, with a .667 average, two homers, six RBI and a 2.548 OPS. Perfectly sustainable...
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2017 Phillies Player Preview: It’s Tommy Joseph’s time now

It’s a new beginning for the Phillies first baseman, and for the Phillies at first base. Ryan Howard cast a big shadow. Not just with his dominating presence, powerful home runs, massive extension, or inglorious reception during his decline. He was also just a large human man, and arriving in spring training every season to the sunniest town in America always led to Clearwater’s...
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'Scotty Jetpax': Kingery impressing this spring

Scott Kingery is making a heck of an impression this spring.
18 hours ago

Buchholz focused on helping Phils after debut

Clay Buchholz has settled into his new home just fine.
19 hours ago

Phillies power up, ride 4 HRs vs. O's

The Phillies rode four homers to a 7-5 victory over the Orioles in a Grapefruit League game at Spectrum Field on Tuesday.
21 hours ago

The Phuture is Bright

Baseball is back in the City of Brotherly Love, kinda. Our Philadelphia Phillies took their place on the diamond at Spectrum Field in Clearwater, Florida for Spring Training earlier this month. I had the pleasure of seeing the Philadelphia Phillies “home” opener last Saturday in Clearwater. The batting order resembled what could likely be the one on opening day: […] Philadelphia...
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22 hours ago

Pat Neshek is ready to lead the resistance in MLB’s dystopian future

Baseball is changing. One Phillies reliever is excited to not be a part of it. Rob Manfred is clearly several phases into some millionaires' wager to see how crazy he can make baseball by the time he retires. He's made it clear he's willing to fiddle with the game's rules, process, and time, and, based on MLB's understanding of Millennials, he could very well depart with future athletes...
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1 day ago

News: Franco homers as Phils lose, Quinn hopes to stay healthy

Good morning! Here’s the news: PHILLIES LOSE: The Rays took down the Phillies Monday in Grapefruit League action, winning by a final of 7-2. The highlight was Maikel Franco’s third spring home run, a no-doubter in the fourth off Ryan Garton. While it’s great to see Franco mashing, remember … it’s early. Otherwise, Hector Gomez added two late hits and Odubel Herrera doubled...
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1 day ago

If It Ain’t Broke, Fix It Till It Is

Spring Training is upon us, as signaled by the onslaught of upbeat stories about how the players spent their winter hibernation. Maikel Franco has slimmed down. Finally, a stolen base threat! Cesar Hernandez packed on fifteen pounds of muscle. He won’t have to run the bases if he’s hitting the ball over the fence! Mark Appel is finally getting full extension in his delivery....
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1 day ago

Herrera among the players in Phillies' new core

CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) Two years after Philadelphia selected him from Texas in the winter-meeting draft, outfielder Odubel Herrera arrived at spring training as an All-Star and the Phillies' top position player. Among the Gold Glove finalists, the 25-year-old Herrera agreed to a $30.5 million, five-year contract during the offseason and is part of Philadelphia's post-Ryan Howard...
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Mark Appel Is in a Better Place. Will It Matter?

Mark Appel is one of the great unknowns this spring. He remains something of an enigma, wrapped in a riddle, and now shrouded in post-surgery mystery. I will begin with a brief history of a player who has seen his prospect luster diminished as dramatically as few pitchers in recent memory. Recall that the former Stanford University ace was drafted twice in the first round. In 2012...
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Saunders aims to provide leadership in Phillies clubhouse

CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) After moving from the All-Star-laden clubhouse in Dunedin to the young locker room in Clearwater six miles up the road, veteran outfielder Michael Saunders is embracing a leadership role with the Philadelphia Phillies this spring. Saunders, who turned 30 two weeks after filing for free agency this offseason, is an elder statesman in the Phillies' clubhouse...
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Philadelphia Phillies: A new era begins

With the Philadelphia Phillies declining Ryan Howard‘s 2017 $23 million option, a new era has officially begun in Philly. Howard was the last member of the 2008 lld Series championship team remaining on the 2016 team, and his release has signaled a new beginning with new players.ldd Now, the Phillies roster is made up of young promising players and a slew of veterans from around...
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Joseph's power could be crucial for Howard-less Phillies

CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) When Tommy Joseph was traded to Philadelphia back in 2012, the Phillies were just beginning their descent into a lengthy rebuilding period. The years since then have been challenging for both Joseph and the franchise - but now, there are some signs of progress for both. Joseph finally made his major league debut last May, a couple months before turning 25...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

Phillies fire back at Chris Christie for slam with ‘bridge’ tweet

New Jersey governor Chris Christie on Wednesday made some insulting and sarcastic comments about the Philadelphia Phillies, Citizens Bank Park and the team’s fans. The trash talk certainly riled up the baseball-loving populace of the City of Brotherly Love. And now, the Phillies have exacted their revenge.Christie, an unabashed New York Mets fan, pulled off his anti-Phillies hit...
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Philadelphia Phillies announce Jeanmar Gomez will start the season as closer

Philadelphia Phillies manager Pete Mackanin announced Thursday Jeanmar Gomez would be the team’s closing pitcher to start the 2017 campaign. This announcement may come as a surprise to some with the team acquiring Joaquin Benoit this offseason. Last season, Gomez was thrown into the closing role after David Hernandez and Dalier Hinojosa failed to impress the manager in the role...
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Reading Fightin’ Phils becoming Reading Whoopies for game

The Reading Fightin’ Phils, the AA affiliate of the Phladelphia Phillies, is one of many minor league teams that often roll out themed uniforms over the course of the season. They may have outdone themselves with the uniform they’ll be wearing on August 7th. Yep – they’re going to dress like Whoopie Pies and changing their team name to the “Whoopies” for the morning game...
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20 days ago  |  Discuss

Top 33 Prospects: Philadelphia Phillies

Below is an analysis of the prospects in the Philadelphia Phillies farm system. Scouting reports are compiled with information provided by industry sources as well as from my own observations. The KATOH statistical projections, probable-outcome graphs, and (further down) Mahalanobis comps have been provided by Chris Mitchell. For more information on thes 20-80 scouting scale by which...
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21 days ago  |  Discuss

The Phillies Are the Best of the NL’s Worst

This is probably not going to be the Phillies’ year. Probably not next year, either. How’s that for building optimism to begin a post? Even former Phillies interim president, now senior advisor, Pat Gillick noted he might have been too optimistic in suggesting the Phillies could contend in 2017 or 2018. Last year wasn’t great for the Phillies, as the club finished 20 or more...
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21 days ago  |  Discuss

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