50 Greatest Phillies Games: 29. The grand slam heard ’round the world

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. 29. THE DATE: Oct. 2, 2008 THE GAME: Phillies vs. Milwaukee Brewers, Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania THE STAKES: Game 2, National League Division Series THE GREAT: I left work sometime after noon that Thursday, then drove down to South...
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News: Phillies flex muscle over weekend

Good morning! WEEKEND GAMES: The Phillies flexed some muscle in a 2-1 weekend with wins over the Yankees and Blue Jays. Much of the muscle came via second-team bats like Brock Stassi (3-for-5, HR, 3 RBI) and Cameron Perkins (4-for-6, HR, 2 RBI). The scores: Friday: NYY 9 PHI 4 Saturday: PHI 6 NYY 5 Sunday: PHI 10 TOR 3 To be fair, the Yanks and Jays committed quite a few blunders...
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8 hours ago

Commentary: The Phillies’ future is extremely bright

It’s already a habit. Every morning before a Phillies’ spring training game, beat writers tweet that afternoon’s starting lineup. And it’s already a habit: “Is Roman Quinn there?” I love Roman Quinn. He’s fast. He’s exciting. He can pop line-drive doubles and turn them into triples – hell, home runs. Every ground ball is a possible base hit. Every fly ball hit...
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23 hours ago

Adjustments recapture Williams' swing

Every story this early in Spring Training comes with the caveat that it is early in Spring Training. But Phillies prospect Nick Williams has experienced some success after considerable changes to his swing.
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Hellickson hoping Phils can surprise people

Phillies right-hander Jeremy Hellickson has handled the incessant questions about his future better than almost anybody. Expected to be the Phils' Opening Day starter, he hopes something unexpected happens this season. He'd like to see the Phils surprise a few people.
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Phils impressed with Hoskins' power, approach

Phillies manager Pete Mackanin had seen Rhys Hoskins' numbers last season in Double-A Reading. He had heard he had a good idea at the plate, too.
2 days 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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10 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...
17 days ago  |  Discuss

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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19 days ago  |  Discuss

5 Philadelphia Phillies’ storylines for 2017

The Philadelphia Phillies are hoping to be a lot better than their 2016 campaign, but wild card dreams may still be a year or two away. General manager, Matt Klentak, has brought in some players that can improve the Phillies win-loss total this season.  The team can only look upward from here. The trade for Clay Buchholz could improve the rotation that is already the strength on...
19 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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19 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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19 days ago  |  Discuss

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