Philadelphia Phillies Season Preview

View image | The Phillies have been in a gradual decline since 2011 when they had their first 100 plus win season since 1977, one of three 100 plus win seasons in the franchises 131 year history.  The Phillies had 73 wins and 89 loses in both the 2013 and 2014 season finishing fourth in the NL East in 2013 and falling to last place in 2014. Unfortunately for fans...
Via TopSportsReport
11 hours ago  |  Discuss

No Power, No Wins- 2015 Phillies

Ruben Amaro recently said the Phillies have no power in the outfield and no power in the infield.  True story.Projected Opening Day Starters' 2014 Homeruns:Ryan Howard/1B - 23Chase Utley/2B - 11Freddy Galvis/SS - 4Cody Asche/3B - 10Carlos Ruiz/C - 6Ben Revere/LF - 2Odubel Herrera/CF - 0Jordan Danks/RF - 2Total - 58 HomerunsEven if you plug eventual right fielder Dom Brown into...
Via We Should Be GM's
14 hours ago  |  Discuss

Phillies are Really Going to Sell Hard Alcohol to Fans This Season

This is going to end well. For the first time ever, the Philadelphia Phillies are going to be serving hard alcohol at their concession area this upcoming season. The Phillies previously sold cocktails for those lucky enough to get their hands on premium seating at Citizens Bank Park. But now the entire crowd (21 and over) can actually shoot down some hard alcohol before returning...
Via Sportsnaut
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Domonic Brown to open up the season on DL

With Opening Day only six days away, the Philadelphia Phillies 25-man roster is starting to take shape. But one player will miss some time due to an injury. According to Todd Zolecki of, Phillies General Manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said that outfielder Domonic Brown will begin the season on the 15-day disabled list with left Achilles tendonitis. This is not good news for Brown...
Via Total Sports Live
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Phillies' Domonic Brown to start season on disabled list

CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Domonic Brown will start the season on the disabled list. The 27-year-old was out of the lineup for the 12th straight game on Tuesday with left Achilles tendinitis. The former All-Star was scheduled to return to the field as a designated hitter in a minor league game Tuesday afternoon. ''It's the right thing to do physically...
Via AP on Fox
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Domonic Brown Likely to Miss Opening Day

According to Phillies GM Ruben Amaro and Manager Ryne Sandberg, Domonic Brown is likely to miss Opening Day, and could find himself on the DL to start the season. If this is the case, the Phillies will carry Jeff Francoeur, Jordan Danks, Brian Bogusevic, and Darin Ruf. Brown’s recovery from tendonitis in his left Achilles has been “slow,” and seeing the downhill spiral Ryan...
Via Baseball Essential
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Phillies willing to swallow a ‘significant sum’ to trade Ryan Howard

The Philadelphia Phillies are telling teams that they’re “willing to swallow” approximately $50 million of the $60 million remaining on first baseman Ryan Howard in order to trade him this season, reports Anthony Castrovince of Sports On Earth. Howard is not, will not be and arguably never was the guy worthy of a $125 million extension in 2010, and the Phillies acknowledged...
Via Sports-Glory
14 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...
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Amaro refutes Biddle’s concussion diagnosis again and again

Jesse Biddle, image- Jay Floyd When a CSNPhilly piece by Jim Salisbury featured quotes from Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. discrediting prospect Jesse Biddle‘s assertion of suffering from a concussion last season, the uproar that should accompany such contradiction was missing. The Phils’ 2010 opening round draft choice (27th overall), Biddle, missed considerable time...
Via Phillies Nation
19 days ago  |  Discuss

No change for Cliff Lee following bullpen session

Last week, we found out that following a throwing session, Cliff Lee felt discomfort in his throwing elbow. On Tuesday, Ruben Amaro Jr. broke the news about Lee and his torn tendon in his elbow, revealing that the team wasn't terribly optimistic about his future. On Wednesday morning in Clearwater,...
Via Philliedelphia
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Still on the Phillies, Cole Hamels gets the start against the Pirates

View image | Cole Hamels is still on the Phillies, despite trade talks "picking up" with another team that Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro, Jr. failed to identify. Hamels has made one Spring start thus far, throwing two scoreless innings. Hamels will probably pitch two or three innings before...
Via Philliedelphia
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Cliff Lee will try to pitch through torn flexor tendon

Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Cliff Lee will try to pitch through a torn flexor tendon after a second opinion from Dr. James Andrews conformed the injury. Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. told reporters that Lee will have to undergo surgery if he is unable to play through the pain. From Ryan Lawrence of “We’re not terribly optimistic, but there is still...
Via Sports-Glory
22 days ago  |  Discuss

Why the Rangers won’t trade for Cole Hamels

On Sunday, Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. told the Philadelphia Inquirer‘s Jake Kaplan that in recent days, one team “stepped up and has shown more particular interest” in pitcher Cole Hamels. Speculating that the Rangers are that team wouldn’t be much of a stretch. Yu Darvish is out for at least four months with a sprained ulnar collateral ligament in his right...
Via The Outside Corner
23 days ago  |  Discuss

Why the Rangers won’t trade for Cole Hamels

On Sunday, Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. told the Philadelphia Inquirer‘s Jake Kaplan that in recent days, one team “stepped up and has shown more particular interest” in pitcher Cole Hamels. Speculating that the Rangers are that team wouldn’t be much of a stretch. Yu Darvish is out for at least four months with a sprained ulnar collateral ligament in his right...
Via Bloguin Best
23 days ago  |  Discuss

Cliff Lee’s elbow is sore again

The Philadelphia Phillies would have one hell of a trade chip at the deadline in Cliff Lee…if Lee was able to prove he was healthy this season. Well, just one start into the spring, Lee’s elbow is sore again. So much for that. Details from the Philadelphia Daily News… General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said Lee will be temporarily shut down after getting an MRI on his left elbow...
Via The Outside Corner
24 days ago  |  Discuss

Cole Hamels rumors continue as top Phillies executive is spotted at Red Sox camp

Phillies fans are mostly sick of the continued Cole Hamels rumors. Hamels is in camp in a Phillies uniform, but the rumors will not die. They were reignited today when special assistant to Ruben Amaro, Jr., Charlie Kerfeld was spotted at Boston Red Sox camp. The report comes from CSN...
Via Philliedelphia
29 days 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
March 01, 2015  |  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
February 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Has Ruben Amaro Gotten Gun Shy?

Ruben Amaro looks like he is making moves, but Phillies fans are still waiting for Cole Hamels to be dealt Your boss walks up to you and says “you have made poor decision after poor decision. It is hindering this company. I am giving you one last chance.” That sort of warning might alter how you do your job, and the decisions you make at this hypothetical job. There has been...
Via Phillies Nation
February 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Too much "risk": Ruben Amaro, Jr. explains why Phillies shy away from Cuban players

Ruben Amaro, Jr. has Cuban blood. His grandfather, Santos Amaro, has a Cuban background. But, the Phillies general manager has not let his ancestry push the Phillies toward signing any of the many free agent Cuban players in recent years. Today, Amaro explained why: there is simply too much risk....
Via Philliedelphia
February 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro, Jr. apologizes to Ryan Howard

Ruben Amaro, Jr., with 97.5 the Fanatic's Mike Missanelli during Spring Training 2013 Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro, Jr., was very blunt while making an appearance on 97.5 the Fanatic in December: the Phillies are better off without Ryan Howard. Even though you know it, I know it, Amaro knows...
Via Philliedelphia
February 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Bowa Preaches Patience with Cole Hamels Trade

View image | Cole Hamels talk continues. Yesterday, we learned that Ruben Amaro and the Phillies had received an offer from the Red Sox for Hamels. According to the Boston Globe, the package that the Red Sox offered was to heavy on the major league side with not a...
Via Philliedelphia
February 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Phillies GM: Team has received four 'real' offers for Cole Hamels

The Philadelphia Phillies have yet to trade left-hander Cole Hamels. It doesn’t mean there aren’t proposals floating around.     Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. told’s Jim Salisbury on Wednesday that eight teams have “kicked the tires” on Hamels. Salisbury dug deeper to discover how many “real” offers the Phillies have received for the ace...
February 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro, Jr.: four "real" offers for Cole Hamels

View image | With one week remaining before pitchers and catchers have their first workout at Bright House Field in Clearwater, the Phillies are running out of time to make a deal for their ace Cole Hamels. The Phillies do not have to make a deal, but once the...
Via Philliedelphia
February 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Update: Amaro Says Phillies are Interested in Moncada

It appears that the Phillies are in fact interested in 19-year-old Cuban infielder Yoan Moncada, according to Ruben Amaro Jr. Phillies beat writer Todd Zolecki reported yesterday that the Phillies “know [Moncada] well.” “He’s a very good prospect. He has a chance to be a very good player. He checks off a lot of the boxes, but we’re not the only team that would be interested...
Via Phillies Nation
February 06, 2015  |  Discuss
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