Report: Phillies considering releasing Ryan Howard

A few years ago Ryan Howard was one of the most feared hitters in baseball, and now he’s on the verge of being out of the game altogether. On Wednesday a report surfaced claiming that the Philadelphia Phillies were considering paying the rest of Howard’s contract and releasing him after the season. Howard is owed $25 million this season and a total of $60 million over the next...
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The Phillies Should Enter the Final Chapters With Howard

The Phillies are considering releasing Ryan Howard this off-season. That makes total sense. Ryan Howard is hitting .224 with a .682 OPS. You can take the 60 RBI's, and to a lesser extent the 15 homers, and shove them as far as I'm concerned, they don't nearly make up for...
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Bum-mer of A Night Ruins Burnett's Gem

In their respective careers, one just a tad longer than the other's, A.J. Burnett and Madison Bumgarner have had streaks where they produced Cy Young-caliber performances. While neither tops the list of the game's best current starting pitchers, each has shown reasons why they may need to. So, if heading...
Via Philliedelphia
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Ryan Howard sits; future with team a major question

Slumping Ryan Howard was not in the Phillies’ starting lineup against a left-handed pitcher for the second time in six post-all-star break games on Wednesday night, and his future with the team is in serious question. Manager Ryne Sandberg would not use the word “platoon,” but that’s exactly what his actions suggest. “As far as the lineup, that will be a day-to-day thing...
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Carlos Ruiz rejoins Phillies after concussion

Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz is off the disabled list after missing the past month with a concussion. Ruiz hit poorly on a minor-league rehab assignment at Single-A, going 3-for-17 (.176) with three strikeouts and one walk in five games, but he’s avoided any post-concussion symptoms and the Phillies are convinced he’s ready to return.
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Phils Exploring Options with Howard

In what was already a busy day, full of transactions for the Phillies, John Clark of CSN Philly tweeted this bombshell: Phils discussing trading Ryan Howard/eating lot of $ or releasing him, according to @JSalisburyCSN, who doesnt envision Ryan back next year — John Clark CSN (@JClarkCSN) July 23, 2014   There may be smoke where there is fire in what is likely informed speculation...
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Is Ryan Howard's Phillies Tenure Close To An End?

Photo: Philliedelphia/Frank Klose During last night's Phillies game, Ryan Howard seemed to hit a new low. When all Howard had to do was simply make contact and the Phillies would win the game, he was unable. Having suffered a gruesome achillies injury that some never recover from, Howard still has...
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Carlos Ruiz Returns As A.J. Burnett Looks To Play Stopper Against Giants

#452046650 / If you stayed up late last night and watched the end of the game, you saw that the Phillies lost to the Giants 9-6. Taking the first two losses in this set of four with the Giants, the Phillies will look to punch their way to a...
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Report: Reds continue trade talks with Phillies involving Marlon Byrd

According to a report by Jim Bowden, the Reds and Phillies remain in trade talks involving veteran outfielder Marlon Byrd.Cincinnati has been one of several teams rumored to be interested in Byrd as the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline approaches. It goes without saying, but the Reds desperately need a power threat in their lineup. And the 36-year-old Byrd would seemingly provide...
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Phillies attendance drop not as bad as it seems

A closer look at the Phillies attendance drop and what it means...
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Phillies Recall Aumont, Activate Carlos Ruiz

After a 14 inning game on Tuesday night the Phillies needed some relief help for a tired bullpen. The Phillies recalled 25-year old Phillippe Aumont from AAA Lehigh Valley. The Phillies also activated Carlos Ruiz from the disabled list and optioned catcher Cameron Rupp to AAA Lehigh Valley. To make room for Aumont on the 40 man roster the Phillies designated reliever Jeff Manship...
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Carlos Ruiz Returns, Jeff Manship Designated For Assignment

What happens when you give up four runs in the bottom of the 14th inning and the team is desperate for an arm that has not thrown? The answer is that you will lose your place on the Phillies roster. Jeff Manship, last night's losing pitcher in the 14-inning marathon,...
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Antonio Bastardo Garnering Trade Interest

Jim Salisbury of CSN.Com is reporting that Phillies left hander Antonio Bastardo is drawing the most trade interest at this current time. Teams that are linked to Bastardo are the Royals, Tigers, Pirates, and Blue Jays. The Reds had some interest earlier this month as well. Bastardo is signed for $2 million dollars this year, and is under team control next season. The lefty specialist...
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Watch: Cliff Lee Ends Post Game Interview With a Loud Fart

Philadelphia Phillies starter Cliff Lee’s return from a two-month stint on the disabled list couldn’t have gone much worse. Lee went out and threw one of the worst games of his career (12 hits and 6 runs in less than 6 innings), but his post game interviews ended on an even worse note. When Lee answered his final question, a seemingly never ending silence overcame the group....
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Phillies vets Rollins, Utley tune out trade talk

Even though the media -- social, mainstream and otherwise -- is a abuzz with the potential for an active trade deadline for the Phillies, the players have been able to ignore most of the chatter. Burrowed into a cocoon where TV and computers are used for watching video on hitting and pitchers, the trade chatter hasn’t filtered into the clubhouse. Or so they say. Though the stands...
Via Pro Sports Daily
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Cliff Lee Farts On Air During Interview (Video)

Cliff Lee had a rather memorable interview on Monday night…and by memorable I mean disgusting. Nature calls, but this was just foul The ending is hilarious though. Can’t lie. H/T Geeks and Cleats
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Phillies Rumors: Philadelphia discussing Marlon Byrd trade with Reds

Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Marlon Byrd is drawing decent trade interest around the league from teams such as the Seattle Mariners, Kansas City Royals, and Cincinnati Reds, as I wrote for Sports Rumor Alert.Byrd has a four team no-trade list, which includes the Mariners, Royals, Toronto Blue Jays, and Tampa Bay Rays, according to Jim Salisbury of
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Phillies Injury Update: John Mayberry Jr. placed on DL

The Philadelphia Phillies entered tonight's game against the San Francisco Giants entrenched in last place in the National League East with a record of 43-56. The Phillies, who are 26th in the Major Leagues in runs scored, banged out 14 hits, but left 11 men on base. One player which may provide a spark to the offense is power-hitting right hander Darin Ruf, who has been called...
Via MLB Injury News
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Domonic Brown perhaps Ruben Amaro's biggest mistake

Among the many mistakes made by Ruben Amaro, Domonic Brown ranks at the top...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

As the Deadline Approaches…

With less than ten days until the Major League Baseball Trade Deadline, time is running out for teams to work on self-awareness. Each year we wonder which teams will be buyers or sellers and which players will end up in another uniform. The way it stands right now in the National League East, don’t be surprised if there is little movement with the exception of one team. The obvious...
Via NYMetsLife
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Cliff Lee back to Cleveland? His contract leaves the option open

Cliff Lee has been a hot name linked to recent trade rumors with the July 31 non-waiver deadline growing closer. The Phillies lefty could be moved to a team looking for rotation help. As many as eleven teams sent scouts to Citizens Bank Park on Monday to watch Lee's return to the mound after a two-month stint on the disabled list, according to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN. "The...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
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Darin Ruf Returns, John Mayberry Jr. Heads To Disabled List

The Phillies have not used John Mayberry Jr. too often in recent days. Perhaps it was for good reason: Mayberry has an injury. Thus, Mayberry will head to the disabled list, according to CSN Philly's Jim Salisbury: To recap. Mayberry to DL with left wrist inflammation. Darin Ruf recalled. —...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

Video: Phillies Bullpen Plays Bocce Ball During Rain Delay

Rain delays are never fun. Players and fans alike nervously wait around and try to bide their time before the game resumes. Well, the Phillies bullpen recently employed a fun method to pass the time—playing bocce ball. When the team took on the Atlanta Braves on July 20, they were stuck at Turner Field with nothing to do for over 90 minutes during a long rain delay. So their relievers...
Via The Sports Daily
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Roy Halladay channels Mac from ‘It’s Always Sunny’ in Twitter fan letter to Chase Utley

Even though Roy Halladay announced his retirement from baseball last December, it’s clear that he still pays attention to the goings on in Major League Baseball, especially as it relates to keeping tabs on the achievements of his former teammates. One teammate in particular certainly appears to have made quite an impact on the former […] The post Roy Halladay channels Mac from...
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Roy Halladay Gushes About Chase Utley In Series Of Heartfelt Tweets

Chase Utley’s No. 1 fan is Roy Halladay, and it isn’t even close. On Tuesday afternoon, it was announced that Utley had won the Philadelphia Phillies Heart and Hustle Award for the fifth time in his career. The award, which is voted on by active as well as former players, is given to the individual who “demonstrates a passion for the game of baseball and best embodies the values...
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