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Dominic Brown will bounce back

Domonic Brown had an abysmal year in 2014. Brown only hit .235, only hit 10 dingers, and was ranked MLB’s worst everyday left fielder by Sporting News.   But, things are looking up for Brown in 2015. Here’s why: Moving back to RF Pay attention to what I am saying and what I am not saying here. There was a certain player who was shifted out of his natural defensive position and...
Via Baseball Essential
1 hour ago  |  Discuss

Phillies Lose To A Division II College Baseball Team

The Philadelphia Phillies lost to a Division II college baseball team to open up their spring training.
Via Gamedayr
4 hours ago  |  Discuss

Phillies 2B Utley (ankle) likely sit out first week of spring games

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Second baseman Chase Utley will not play in the Philadelphia Phillies' Grapefruit League opener Tuesday, and he says he isn't likely to see game action this week while coming back from a right ankle injury. The 36-year-old Utley has participated in hitting and fielding practice during the Phillies' first week of full-squad workouts, but has not gone through any...
Via AP on Fox
7 hours ago  |  Discuss

Phillies second baseman Chase Utley cannot run, will not play Spring Training games anytime soon

While we were aware that second baseman Chase Utley sprained an ankle during the offseason, we learned today that Utley is not yet close to taking the field. Utley is in Phillies Spring Training and working on drills. But games will not happen. Ryan Lawrence of the Philadelphia Daily News...
Via Philliedelphia
10 hours ago  |  Discuss

Updated 2015 Phillies Projections

After yesterday's embarrassing loss to the Division II University of Tampa, baseball gurus around the globe went back to their trusty computer programs and rehashed the Phillies 2015 projections.  Many were already picking them to be the worst team in baseball, but it appears they'll be even worse than originally believed. Updated 2015 Philadelphia Phillies record: 2-160.   The...
Via We Should Be GM's
15 hours ago  |  Discuss

The Top 25 Phillies Prospects

Since 2009, each off-season we’ve compiled a detailed list of the top up-and-coming Phillies. Last week, our minor league expert Jay Floyd completed the latest installment of “Prospect Nation” by naming J.P. Crawford as the top Phillies prospect. His in-depth research combined with first-hand player interviews means you’re getting the complete picture of these aspiring talents...
Via Phillies Nation
16 hours ago  |  Discuss

Baseball Is Officially Underway And The Phillies Lose To University Team

Baseball exhibition games are finally upon us as the Philadelphia Phillies took to the diamond versus the Division II University of Tampa squad. The collegiate team reigned victorious beating the Phillies collection of prospects and non-roster invitees 6-2 to kick-off the pre-season. The contest was a decided off the bat of Giovanny Alfonzo who smashed a grand slam off Phillies...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Ken Giles Thinks He "Can Do Better" Than Kimbrel

Heading into this season, the Phillies bullpen seems like the area with the most potential. With Jonathan Papelbon anchoring the young arms of Ken Giles, Jake Diekman and others, the relief core has a really great opportunity to do great things in 2015. The biggest story from the 2014 season,...
Via Philliedelphia
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Phillies fall to college team in 1st spring training game

CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) Phillies starter Paul Clemens pitched two perfect innings, but Philadelphia lost to the University of Tampa 6-2 Sunday in the first spring training game for a major league team this year. Detroit and Miami play college teams Monday, then the regular slate of Grapefruit and Cactus League exhibitions begins Tuesday. Russ Canzler, Aaron Altherr and Tommy Joseph...
Via AP on Fox
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Phillies open spring by dropping exhibition to D2 University of Tampa

The Phillies gave up five runs in the seventh inning to University of Tampa Sunday. The exhibition was not a good start for reliever Phillippe Aumont, but for the most part there is not too much to be overreacting about with this loss. In the first dose of spring baseball Sunday afternoon, the Philadelphia Phillies blew a 2-0 lead to Division 2 University of Tampa.  Shortly after...
Via Macho Row
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Baseball is back today

Sure, it may be just an exhibition game against the University of Tampa, but I’ll take it. The Philadelphia Phillies are back in action today. The team may not be very good this season, but this is still a warm thought on this chilly day in the Philadelphia area. #Phillies lineup for Sunday vs @UofTampa. 1:05 pm game time. Game coverage on http://t.co/lA5ILMGimH. #PhilliesSTpic...
Via Macho Row
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr. 'Sincerely Doubts' Hamels Getting Traded

After being asked by Comcast SportsNet's Michael Barkann if he thinks he will ever utter the words 'we've just traded Cole Hamels', Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. replied, "I would sincerely doubt it." Amaro Jr. followed by saying, "I know there's a lot of speculation coming from a lot...
Via Philliedelphia
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Storyline: Boomerang-Like Plan for the Phillies

During March’s games, Maikel Franco will begin his opportunity to help the Philadelphia Phillies. And even if he crushes the ball, he may have to start the campaign with the Triple-A Lehigh Valley IronPigs to play regularly. Because of Ryan Howard at first base and Cody Asche on the opposite corner, Ruben Amaro Jr. might not want Franco to ride the pines if he struggles early...
Via isportsweb.com
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Philadelphia Phillies Prospect Profile: J.P Crawford

JP Crawford is the Philadelphia Phillies #1 ranked prospect The Philadelphia Phillies are an old team that isn’t expected to do much in 2015. They are a team that has some old veterans in Chase Utley, Cole Hamels, and Carlos Ruiz that could all bring in some prospects to rebuild. Baseball Prospectus has their farm system ranked at #20 in the majors. Currently, their top...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Oft-injured Dugan speaks on latest ailment

Kelly Dugan, image- Jay Floyd Phillies outfield prospect Kelly Dugan expects to be ready to play when the regular season gets rolling in April. Sidelined with a stress reaction in his right foot, Dugan, who is no stranger to injuries, showed up to spring training this week in a walking boot and has engaged in limited activity thus far in Clearwater.  This issue popped up recently...
Via Phillies Nation
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Will Papelbon Wind Up Back In The AL East?

Papelbon (Top Left)There's something appealing about the idea of facing Jonathan Papelbon lots of times in 2015. That eventuality could come about if the latest rumors pan out and he's dealt to AL East rival Toronto. After a simmering deal with the Brewers fizzled, the Blue Jays have popped up as a landing spot for the 34-year old ex-Red Sox closer. Would he go to the Great White...
Via FenwayNation
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Howard Looking Fit; Lee Looking Like Lee

-According to many reports in Clearwater, Ryan Howard has come into camp looking as fit as he has in many years. That line is rather customary this time of year, and can often mean nothing down the line. However, if there’s anyone who needs to be in pristine shape, it’s Ryan Howard. Hopefully his svelte appearance and somewhat-nimble feet translate into something that is a positive...
Via Phillies Nation
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Cole Hamels trade needs to happen soon

Cole Hamels – Photo Credit – Keith Allison The Philadelphia Phillies did not know that 2011 would be their final season as a “good” team. If you remember correctly, they won 102 games that year — easily the best record in the majors — but wound up losing in five games in the divisional series to the eventual World Series champs, the St. Louis Cardinals. It’s been all...
Via Hot Stove MLB
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Darren Daulton is beating brain cancer and that is awesome

Former Philadelphia Phillies catcher Darren Daulton shared some fantastic news last week. Daulton said his latest MRI exam was clean, showing he is beating brain cancer. Daulton was diagnosed with two brain tumors back in the summer fo 2013. He shared the news via Twitter and said he is appreciative of the support Phillies fans have given him through his fight. I’m incredibly...
Via Macho Row
7 days ago  |  Discuss

2015 season preview: Philadelphia Phillies

Six years after their last World Series appearance and seven years after they won it, the Phillies are now languishing in the basement of not just the NL East, but all of baseball. Bad contracts, a lack of minor league talent translating to the Majors and a cascade of injuries have combined to make the last few seasons in the City of Brotherly Love sad indeed. However, even with...
Via The Outside Corner
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Phillies GM apologizes to Ryan Howard for critical remarks

Phillies GM Ruben Amaro spoke with Ryan Howard recently to apologize for comments he made earlier in the offseason about the struggling first baseman. Back in December, Amaro, who was trying to trade Howard, said on the radio that he told Howard the team would be better off without him. “We’ve talked to Ryan. And...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Phillies GM: Hamels' desire for trade 'totally understandable'

Cole Hamels has expressed his openness to joining another MLB team, and the Philadelphia Phillies aren’t mad about it. Well, not too mad.   The lefthanded pitcher raised some eyebrows in a recent USA TODAY Sports article in which he told Bob Nightengale he just wants to win and doesn’t think that will happen in Philly. Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. responded...
Via NESN.com
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Cliff Lee answered questions using a Magic 8-Ball

So, just how much of a circus is Phillies camp in Clearwater already? Today, Cliff Lee answered questions from reporters…and used a Magic 8-Ball to give his answers. Your browser does not support iframes. Cliff Lee used a Magic 8 Ball to answer the tough quesitons today. pic.twitter.com/EqqbQEqmMU — Todd Zolecki (@ToddZolecki) February 19, 2015 Cliff Lee, man. What a character...
Via The Outside Corner
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Cole Hamels wants the Phillies to trade him

It’s not a secret that the Philadelphia Phillies are in the beginning stages of what appears to be a long-term rebuilding plan. A rebuilding plan that it seems staff ace Cole Hamels does not want to be a part of. I just want to win. That’s all. That’s all any competitor wants. And I know it’s not going to happen here.” Hamels told USA Today’s Bob Nightengale on Wednesday...
Via Sportsnaut
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Cliff Lee could be traded during spring training

The Philadelphia Phillies have traded Marlon Byrd and Jimmy Rollins this winter, have aggressively tried (and failed) to move both Ryan Howard and Jonathan Papelbon, and are listening on Cole Hamels. The forgotten man in their rebuild is Cliff Lee, who made just three starts after mid-May because of an elbow strain. But according to ESPN’s Jayson Stark, the Phillies could still...
Via The Outside Corner
23 days ago  |  Discuss
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