Top-10 September callups of the last 20 years

Sept. 1 is one of my favorite days on the baseball calendar, as teams begin calling up new faces to help pad the major league roster. Historically teams may use the September callup season to give fans a taste of a top prospect ready to become an everyday player. Most of the time, though, it’s more conservative than this, as teams are usually hoping to add depth, or even protect...
Via Phillies Nation
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Rosters expand September 1, but do not expect too many right away

View image | Tomorrow is the day that rosters expand in Major League Baseball. Today is also the waiver trade deadline in baseball, but the Phillies are probably done making moves unless someone surprises them with an offer for either catcher Carlos Ruiz or first baseman Ryan Howard. The...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

UMass Lowell men’s soccer suffer first defeat to Utah Valley

UMass Lowell falls to Utah Valley. (Photo/Justin Soderberg/Mill City Sports)LOWELL, Mass. —  The UMass Lowell River Hawks men’s soccer suffered its first defeat of 2015, dropping a 2-0 decision to Utah Valley on Sunday afternoon at Cushing Field. “It’s always tough playing two games in three days, trying to get the guys to keep the energy up and I thought we did a good job...
Via Mill City Sports
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Phillies have finally escaped from payroll hell

By the time the 2015 season has concluded, the Philadelphia Phillies will have spent over $1.1 billion on their payroll from 2009 (the year after their 2008 World Championship) through 2015. The only teams to spend more over the same time period are the Yankees, Red Sox, and thanks to a surge over the last three seasons, the Dodgers. But those three teams, along with the Tigers...
Via The Outside Corner
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Phillies have finally escaped from payroll hell

By the time the 2015 season has concluded, the Philadelphia Phillies will have spent over $1.1 billion on their payroll from 2009 (the year after their 2008 World Championship) through 2015. The only teams to spend more over the same time period are the Yankees, Red Sox, and thanks to a surge over the last three seasons, the Dodgers. But those three teams, along with the Tigers...
Via Bloguin Best
7 days ago  |  Discuss

CCL Roundup: D.C. United maintains perfect record

D.C. United 3 -- Montego Bay United 0 Another methodical performance carried D.C. United to a second consecutive Champions League triumph. Montego Bay posed a threat on the break for most of the night at RFK Stadium, but Andrew Dykstra produced a good save at his near post in the early stages and watched his teammates respond by taking firm control of the proceedings. Miguel Aguilar...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

The catching shift: Rupp earning a long look

Cameron Rupp, in a younger day. Image- Jay Floyd Since 1940, the Phillies have started six catchers for more than five seasons. Together, Andy Seminick, Clay Dalrymple, Bob Boone, Darren Daulton, Mike Lieberthal and Carlos Ruiz have a career average WAR of 20.8. Boone is a little higher than the others, while Lieberthal is a tad lower than the others. But nobody is near the threshold...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Series Showdown: Phillies versus Blue Jays

Toronto Blue Jays (65-54) @ Philadelphia Phillies (46-72) Game Times: Tuesday & Wednesday - 7:05 Batting & Fielding: C - Russell Martin vs. Carlos Ruiz 1B - Edwin Encarnacion vs. Ryan Howard 2B - Ryan Goins vs. Cesar Hernandez SS - Troy Tulowitzki vs. Freddy Galvis 3B - Josh Donaldson vs. Maikel Franco LF - Ben Revere vs. Cody Asche CF - Kevin Pillar vs. Odubel...
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16 days ago  |  Discuss

Series Showdown: Phillies versus Brewers

Philadelphia Phillies (46-69) @ Milwaukee Brewers (48-68) Game Times:Friday - 8:10Saturday - 7:10Sunday - 2:10Batting & Fielding:C - Carlos Ruiz vs. Jonathan Lucroy1B - Ryan Howard vs. Adam Lind2B - Cesar Hernandez vs. Scooter GennettSS - Freddy Galvis vs. Jean Segura3B - Maikel Franco vs. Hernan PerezLF - Cody Asche vs. Khris DavisCF - Odubel Herrera vs. Logan ShaferRF - Domonic...
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20 days ago  |  Discuss

The 7-year battle: Accepting Ryan Howard

(Eric Hartline/ USA Today Sports) Via Jimmy Rollins is gone. Cole Hamels is gone. Chase Utley may be gone soon. And all that’s left from that 2008 team is Carlos Ruiz … Wait. Oh yes. There’s him, too. Him, standing there at first base, now folding his arms as he’s watching me. He’s aggravated, isn’t he? It’s Ryan Howard, who thanks to Maikel Franco and Odubel...
Via Phillies Nation
21 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Alex Wood lost grip mid-pitch, called for balk

Alex Wood’s first start with the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday night was going pretty well. Until the seventh inning, that is, when he forgot how to throw a baseball. The recently-acquired left-hander found himself in a bit of a jam with two runners on and a full count to Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Odubel Herrera. Here was his payoff pitch:             This...
August 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Phillies fans gave Jimmy Rollins a raucous ovation in his return

There are a lot of things you can say about Philadelphia Phillies fans. And throughout the years, Jimmy Rollins had a hot and cold relationship with the city. But when Rollins returned to Citizens Bank Park on Monday for the first time as a visitor, the reception given to him by the Phillies phaithful was fantastic. That must have been quite overwhelming for Rollins, who tipped...
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August 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Carlos Ruiz drives in two during 1,000th career game as Phillies best Braves

View image | Braves starter Shelby Miller came into tonight's game in Philadelphia with a 0.84 ERA against the Phillies this season over three starts. Carlos Ruiz, playing in his 1,000th career game, gave the Phils the lead in the fourth and the bullpen hurled zero's for the final...
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July 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Philadelphia Phillies Ship Cole Hamels to the Texas Rangers in Blockbuster Trade

Philadelphia Phillies’ starting pitcher Cole Hamels (35) is hugged by Phillies’ catcher Carlos Ruiz, left, and first baseman Ryan Howard after he pitched a no-hitter during a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs in Chicago, Saturday, July 25, 2015. The Phillies won 5-0. (AP Photo/Matt Marton) It has been a great run but, all good things come to an end at one point or another...
Via The Sports Journal
July 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Ruiz ties MLB mark for catching no-hitters

The logic seemed simple enough to Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz. For eight innings, he had worn his sunglasses, and for eight innings, Cole Hamels had not given up a hit. But as the sun hid behind the third-base stands and the shade fell over home plate...
Via Philly Sports Live
July 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Parting ways with Kyle Kendrick was right decision for Phillies

View image | While the Phillies have often been haunted with making poor decisions in the past, such as trading away Cliff Lee in the 2009 offseason, or re-signing aged veterans such as second baseman Chase Utley and catcher Carlos Ruiz, it is safe to assume that they made...
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July 24, 2015  |  Discuss

2015 Fantasy Baseball: Trade Deadline Profile — Philadelphia Phillies

Most teams in the big leagues have moved to some form analytics. In some respects, you would almost think the blogosphere is disappointed at the concept. Ruben Amaro Jr. is one of the few that has shunned sabermetrics as a decision making tool. Writers throughout the internet and even in the traditional papers have left a trail of snark so long that you have to leave a trail of bread...
Via The Fantasy Fix
July 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Trinidad opens Gold Cup with 3-1 win over Guatemala

CHICAGO (AP) Sheldon Bateau and Cordell Cato scored within three minutes of each other, and Joevin Jones added another first half goal to give Trinidad and Tobago a 3-1 win over Guatemala in the Gold Cup Group C opener Thursday night. Carlos Ruiz scored the lone goal for Guatemala in the 62nd minute. Guatemala, which rarely threatened in the first half, got more opportunities in...
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July 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Trinidad and Tobago stun Guatemala behind quick first-half strikes

Trinidad and Tobago used a dynamic opening 26 minutes Thursday night at Chicago's Soldier Field to build a 3-0 lead over Guatemala, then had to hold off a second half comeback attempt before recording a 3-1 victory in the opening match of Group C in the CONCACAF Gold Cup. The three points gave the Soca Warriors early command of the group before Mexico and Cuba met in the second match...
Via Fox Sports
July 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Phillie Phanatic, Carlos Ruiz have forgettable moments behind the plate

New Philadelphia 76ers draft pick Jahil Okafor was invited by the Philadelphia Phillies to toss out the ceremonial first pitch Tuesday night before taking on the Milwaukee Brewers. For a basketball player, it was not a terrible first pitch, although it ended up getting away from the Phillie Phanatic, who was none too pleased with his glove afterward. ICYMI: #Phanatic wasn't happy...
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July 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Gameday 79: Brewers vs. Phillies

Milwaukee Brewers (30-48) at Philadelphia Phillies (27-51) Starting Pitchers:PHI: Cole Hamels, LHP (5-6, 3.26) vs.MIL: Taylor Jungmann, RHP (2-1, 2.74) Time: 7:05 pmTV: CSNWeather: Partly Cloudy, 80 degreesMedia: Twitter and Facebook A Note for Today: After a tough loss yesterday, the Phillies will look to get back on track against Taylor Jungmann, with Cole Hamels on the...
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June 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Cameron Rupp trying to make case to become Phillies' next long-term catcher

For nearly the last decade, the Philadelphia Phillies have relied upon one principal backstop behind the plate, but now, as a new rebuilding era is ushered in, Cameron Rupp is auditioning to become the Phillies' new franchise catcher. Carlos Ruiz has been a staple at catcher for the Phillies much like Chase Utley has been at second base and Ryan Howard at first. However, that wave...
Via Fox Sports
June 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Ruiz understands diminished playing time

Carlos Ruiz still considers himself the Phillies' No. 1 catcher, but he also sees what is happening in front of him. Cameron Rupp has started three consecutive games behind the plate, including Tuesday night's game against the Yankees at Yankee Stadium...
Via Philly Sports Live
June 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Phillies trying to strike delicate balance at 2B

Over the past 14 games, Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg has started catchers Carlos Ruiz and Cameron Rupp evenly. It makes sense. Ruiz's .573 OPS is 21st among 23 qualified catchers in baseball. Rupp's is .636. Could the same thing finally happen at sec...
Via Philly Sports Live
June 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Another Day, Another Game, Another Loss

Another day, another game, another loss is what Phillies baseball has become.  Same ****, different toilet. Thoughts:*This team is so bad, it really doesn't matter if they play worse.  Trading any, or all of, Ben Revere, Jonathan Papelbon, Aaron Harang, Carlos Ruiz, and Ryan Howard makes sense. Papelbon is an elite closer, but rarely gets save opportunities.  Harang is a decent...
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June 18, 2015  |  Discuss
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