PHILLIES RUMORS & GOSSIP

Alfaro leads Phillies past Orioles at Spectrum Field

By: Matt Alberston, Sports Talk Philly staff  Final: Phillies 9, Orioles 6 Clearwater, Fla.  — The Phillies won their first game of the Grapefruit League schedule today with a 9-6 victory over the visiting Baltimore Orioles at Spectrum Field. Zach Eflin started the game for the Phillies and was able to get ahead of hitters with a good fastball clocked around 95mph and good breaking...
Via Flyerdelphia
22 minutes ago

Eflin debuts bulked-up lower body in outing

Phillies right-hander Zach Eflin entered camp last spring at 198 pounds, nearly 40 pounds lighter than the spring of 2016.
Via Phillies.com
1 hour ago

Quinn tries out infielder's glove on Glove Day

Roman Quinn has been an outfielder so long that he no longer needed an infielder's glove.
Via Phillies.com
2 hours ago

Middlebrooks carted off field with leg injury

Phillies infielder Will Middlebrooks appeared to suffer a serious left leg injury in the eighth inning of Saturday afternoon's game against the Orioles at Spectrum Field.
Via Phillies.com
2 hours ago

Eflin, Phillies look for first win of the 2018 Grapefruit League campaign

By Matt Albertson, Sports Talk Philly Staff  CLEARWATER, Fla — The Philadelphia Phillies return to the diamond for the third time this year on Saturday when they take on the Baltimore Orioles in Grapefruit League action. Young rotation hopeful Zach Eflin will toe the slab for the Phils against Baltimore's Dylan Bundy, a 13 game winner in 2017.  On Friday, the Phillies kicked off...
Via Flyerdelphia
6 hours ago

Crash Bag Volume #2: The Third Base Problem

There is currently a baseball game playing on a screen in front of me. We are still 5 weeks from opening day, thus we enter a time of questions and praying for health. @KRAM209: It seems like the Phillies have had trouble finding 3B prospects of late.  Why?  What do you think they should do differently? Here are the third basemen the Phillies have drafted with day 1 or 2 picks (or...
Via Crashburn Alley
1 day ago

Phillies Plan To Refurbish And Display Veterans Stadium Liberty Bell At CBP By 2019

Back in 2012, I sent an email to a contact I had within the Phillies organization that included an odd request. Could he get me more information, and possibly the location, of the old Veterans Stadium Liberty Bell? Six years later, after countless emails, dead ends, contradicting accounts, and one extraordinarily helpful South Philadelphia food distributing company president, I’ve...
Via Crossing Broad
1 day ago

TGP Top Prospect Rankings: 5-1

#5 - Adonis Medina (RH Starting Pitcher) - 21 years old 2017 Stats - Lakewood (A) - 119.2 IP, 4-9 record, 3.01 ERA, 39 BB, 133 KVoting - Jay (5), Cormican (4), Victor (5), Jared (5) Jared: There was one thing Medina needed to do in 2017 in order to ensure his prospect status remained high: rebound his strikeout numbers. 2016 saw Medina strike out just 4.7 hitters per nine innings...
Via The Good Phight
1 day ago

Phillies Top University of Tampa in Scrimmage Game

Photo Courtesy Frank Berlingis The Phillies continued a tradition on Thursday afternoon.  The day before Grapefruit League action begins, the Phillies play the University of Tampa Spartan.  The two teams squared off at Spectrum Field in Clearwater.   The Phillies used many of their major league players and defeated the Spartans 6-0. The Phillies sent eight different pitchers to the...
Via Flyerdelphia
2 days ago

A Game Was Played: Phillies 6 (no, wait, 9!), U. of Tampa 0

Now having to continually redeem themselves every year after their 2015 defeat, the Phillies embarked on the 2018 version of Spring Training with a 9-0 victory over the University of Tampa Spartans that might actually be remembered as 6-0. Who knows for sure? The Phils managed to cram more than 25 players into the game, cycling through nearly everyone available to them. A handful...
Via The Good Phight
2 days ago

Phillies manager has great quote about Nick Williams hitting his car with homer

Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Nick Williams nailed his Gabe Kapler’s rental car with a home run during batting practice on Tuesday, and the manager loved it.Kapler had a perfect quote about the matter when talking with reporters: What’s funny is that on Wednesday, Williams nearly repeated the trick. If this means Williams is in for a big season, Kapler will be game. The 24-year...
Via Larry Brown Sports
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Jason Kelce inspires Phillies during visit to spring training

Super Bowl champion Jason Kelce paid a visit on Monday to the site of spring training for the Philadelphia Phillies, and not surprisingly the team was left inspired by the Philadelphia Eagles center’s appearance. New Phillies skipper Gabe Kapler raved about what Kelce had to say to his players.“I think there were 8 to 10 (things) to take away, but the No. 1 was it is OK to fall down...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Phillies reportedly engaged in 'dialogue' with Jake Arrieta

The Phillies are “having dialogue” with Jake Arrieta and his representatives, according to Jon Heyman of Fan Rag (via Twitter). While there’s currently a “gap” between the sides’ bargaining positions, it seems there’s at least some real interest being explored.Philadelphia has long been cited as a possible landing spot for Arrieta, but this is the firmest indication yet that they...
Via MLB Trade Rumors
4 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 Philly.com) have indicated this week that the Phillies aren’t going to splurge on a long-term starter, in large part because they...
Via MLB Trade Rumors
7 days ago  |  Discuss

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...
Via isportsweb.com
8 days ago  |  Discuss

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
9 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
11 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
15 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
16 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
22 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
23 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
January 24, 2018  |  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...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
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
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