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PHILLIES RUMORS & GOSSIP

It's Now or Never for Darin Ruf and the Phillies

As the Phillies inch closer and closer to Opening Day, pieces of the roster begin to fall into place. One guy who hasn't necessarily solidified a specific role year after year on the team is Darin Ruf. There's no doubting Ruf's ability to hit the long ball, but with Ryan...
Via Philliedelphia
18 hours ago  |  Discuss

Hamels strong, Giles shaky in loss to Blue Jays

This afternoon, Cole Hamels rebounded from a rough outing in his last start, but unfortunately Ken Giles got hit hard as the Phillies eventually ended up falling to Toronto, 4-1. After a struggling for most of the spring, Cole Hamels looked more ready to start Opening Day. In five innings...
Via Philliedelphia
20 hours ago  |  Discuss

Former MLBer Curt Ford assaulted, told to ‘go back to Ferguson’

Former Cardinals outfielder Curt Ford was allegedly the victim of a race-related attack in St. Louis earlier this week. On Thursday, Ford told Christine Byers of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that he is considering moving away from the St. Louis area after a man yelled racial slurs at him and punched him at a gas...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
21 hours ago  |  Discuss

With surgery likely, Hollands to seek second opinion

After discovering that he had the same injury that Cliff Lee has last week, Phillies reliever Mario Hollands will likely undergo surgery to repair the tear in his common flexor tendon. Hollands first experienced something wrong in September that caused his season to end early. In an update from Todd...
Via Philliedelphia
23 hours ago  |  Discuss

Hollands Leaning Toward Surgery, Will Get 2nd Opinion from Andrews

This is what’s called piling on. Thursday morning we found out that the Phillies top prospect, J.P. Crawford, would be sidelined 4-6 weeks. Mario Hollands could be out a lot longer. It was already known Hollands would miss a significant amount of time. Surgery now seems likely, according to multiple reports from Clearwater. Hollands will get a second opinion from the master, Dr...
Via Phillies Nation
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Phillies Top Prospect Crawford Out 4-6 Weeks

As we search for positives before the Phillies season begins, the organization has been dealt another blow. J.P Crawford, the Phillies #1 prospect – #14 overall by Baseball America, #22 overall according to MLB.com – will miss 4-to-6 weeks with a strained oblique, according to reports. Crawford was expected to begin the season with the Reading Fightin’ Phils after spending...
Via Phillies Nation
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Philadelphia Might Have a Taker for Ryan Howard

The Philadelphia Phillies are looking to unload Ryan Howard…and they might just have an interested party. The team has made it public that they’d be willing to eat $50 million of the $60 million they owe Howard and the York Revolution of the independent Atlantic League appear to be willing to take them up on the offer. But there’s a catch…they’d like to get their fans to...
Via Hall of Very Good
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Phillies rumors through March 24

Here are the latest Phillies rumors from the past week...
Via PhilsBaseball
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Jimmy Rollins: Philadelphia ‘not conducive for a superstar’

There was once a time when Jimmy Rollins was a fan favorite in Philadelphia. The 2007 NL MVP won four Gold Glove Awards, made three NL All-Star teams and helped his team capture a World Series title in 2008. Then, the Phillies went down the tubes and Rollins went with them. Now that he has...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Roy Halladay zings A-Rod over Twitter

Roy Halladay brings the heat even in retirement. The former two-time Cy Young winner sent a funny tweet Monday morning that included a zinger against A-Rod: I recorded my first strike out since retirement! Time for a comeback? She has a better swing then Arod! No steroids pic.twitter.com/98ytAyTUy0 — Roy Halladay (@RoyHalladay) March 23, 2015...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
3 days ago  |  Discuss

I'm a Fan of David Buchanan

Entering Spring Training, David Buchanan was unjustly vying for the 5th spot in the rotation.  As a rookie, he pitched fairly well, posting a 3.75 ERA/1.29 WHIP over 117.2 IP in 20 games started.  Outside of Cole Hamels and Cliff Lee, the projected rotation was blah, so giving the young and still developing Buchanan the ball every 5th day on a rebuilding club seemed like a no-brainer...
Via We Should Be GM's
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Roy Halladay rips Alex Rodriguez over PED use

Roy Halladay may still be retired, but that hasn't stopped him from staying connected and weighing in on all things MLB. And even though he no longer plays baseball at the major league level, he can still throw heat. He recently posted a photo on Twitter which showed him "striking out" one woman. Halladay had a great caption to go along with the photo. In it, he ripped Yankees...
Via The Sports Daily
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Roy Halladay Rips Into A-Rod Via Twitter

What does a retired Major Leaguer pitcher do to stay relevant? Bash Alex Rodriguez, of course! And while I usually hate attempts to be relevant, I’m a big fan of what former star pitcher Roy Halladay has been up to. I always thought it was a shame how Halladay went; as a Sox fan he was my least favorite pitcher to face and as a result the Blue Jays still make me cringe a bit–after...
Via Hall of Very Good
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Playing Pepper 2015: Philadelphia Phillies

Each year, Daniel Shoptaw from C70 At the Bat asks bloggers from around baseball to do a little Q&A regarding their teams heading into the new season. This year, I teamed up with Matt from That Ball's Outta Here and Rich from Fightin' Phillies.
Via PhilsBaseball
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Indy Ball Weekly Perspective: York Revolution want Ryan Howard

Independent baseball never ceases to amaze. They don't get the credit they deserve for the product they put on the field, hundreds of their players have taken it to the next level, and their promotions will give any marketing company a run for their money. The York Revolution aren't any different. Founded in 2006, York has been one of the best teams in all of Independent baseball...
Via The GM's Perspective
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Hollands to miss time with elbow strain

It was announced on Sunday that lefty hurler Mario Hollands will be sidelined for some time due to a strained common flexor tendon following an MRI examination. A treatment plan for the ailment is yet to be determined.  Further evaluation by team doctor Michael Ciccotti is planned for the coming week. As a rookie last year, the UC Santa Barbara product tallied a 2-2 record with...
Via Phillies Nation
4 days ago  |  Discuss

POLL: Majority Still Favor Papelbon's Return

A majority of readers (54%) continue to support the idea of the Sox "considering" a return of former closer Jonathan Papelbon to the team. As the chart shows, a healthy minority (46%) oppose his return to Fenway. Papelbon has recently told the media that he would be open to a return to Boston, but it's unclear how much interest the NOG actually has in him. You can still vote in this poll HERE.
Via FenwayNation
7 days ago  |  Discuss

2015 MLB Team Previews: NL East edition

2015 MLB Previews for the NL Eastl using our 3 Up and 3 Down formula which consists of the best and worst case scenarios for each team. Who is the most important player on each team, who needs to bounce back from a down 2014, who are potential breakout players and areas of concern for every team in the division.   The 2014 season was a disappointing one for the Atlanta Braves. After...
Via isportsweb.com
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Philadelphia Phillies 2015 Preview: 3 Up and 3 Down

With the championship core in the past and rebuilding in the present, tomorrow’s stars looking for a professional example on the 2015 Philadelphia Phillies will follow Chase Utley out of the dugout. The plan is winning in the future by subtraction in the present. After replacing the all-time hits leader of the franchise with a reserve, the red pinstripes will probably fill Cliff...
Via isportsweb.com
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Papelbon: ‘Of course’ I’d welcome return to Red Sox

  This embed is invalid   " /> Never say never, right?   While it seems unlikely that Jonathan Papelbon will ever return to the Boston Red Sox, the Philadelphia Phillies closer isn’t closing the book on a potential reunion. “Of course, yeah,” Papelbon recently told WEEI.com’s Rob Bradford when asked if he’d welcome a return to the Red Sox. “Of...
Via NESN.com
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Phillies reportedly willing to eat most of Howard's contract

If the most recent reports regarding the increasingly uncertain future of Ryan Howard remaining a member of the Philadelphia Phillies organization is any indication, the team is willing to do just about anything to part ways with him, including eating an enormous amount of his contract to effectuate said parting. Sports On Earth’s Anthony Castrovince...Read More The post Phillies...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Spring Training matters for certain Phillies players

Spring Training is all a matter of perspective. Stats can mean everything or nothing depending on the player, the team, and the situation. A veteran player like Chase Utley can skip a few weeks and still have his #26 penciled in the starting lineup on Opening Day. Some veterans like Ryan Howard use Spring Training as an opportunity to change their approach and prove their critics...
Via PhilsBaseball
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Philadelphia Phillies: The (unfortunate) state of the franchise

“THE PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES HAVE WON THE WORLD SERIES! THIS ENDS A CITY WIDE CHAMPIONSHIP DROUGHT OF OVER 20 YEARS!” Though it seems just like yesterday, it was in 2008, which is ancient history in the world of professional sports. The Phillies then began their slow descent. They were World Series runners up in 2009, lost in the NLCS to the eventually World Series champs in 2010...
Via isportsweb.com
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Cliff Lee to undergo potentially career-ending surgery?

  CLEARWATER, Fla. — Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Cliff Lee is awaiting a second opinion from Dr. James Andrews on his ailing left elbow and says surgery would end his season and possibly his career.   The 36-year-old left-hander didn’t pitch after July 31 last year because of a left flexor pronator strain. He said his left elbow felt normal as he threw two scoreless...
Via NESN.com
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Cole Hamels' spring debut attended by 24 scouts

  This embed is invalid   " /> Cole Hamels’ spring training debut created plenty of buzz.   Hamels’ Grapefruit League start against the New York Yankees at Bright House Field on Friday drew 24 scouts, according to MLB.com. The Philadelphia Phillies ace, of course, has been the subject of trade rumors since the beginning of the offseason. Hamels didn...
Via NESN.com
19 days ago  |  Discuss
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