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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...
Via Associated Press
13 hours ago  |  Discuss

Sweet springtime: Phils keep it lively at camp

Bob Seger's "Night Moves" and other music served as the Phillies' soundtrack to Monday's workout at Carpenter Complex. It's baseball -- why not?
Via Phillies.com
13 hours ago

Why Jerad Eickhoff should be the Phillies’ Opening Day starter

Manager Pete Mackanin should look to one of the Phils’ young guns to make the season’s first start. Look, this is nothing to get our undies in a twist over or anything, but Jeremy Hellickson shouldn’t be the Phillies Opening Day starter in 2017. Manger Pete Mackanin appears to be leaning in that general direction, however, telling beat reporters down in Clearwater, “[Hellickson’s...
Via The Good Phight
13 hours ago

Hellickson likely to be Opening Day starter

It's not official, but expect Jeremy Hellickson to be the Phillies' Opening Day starter.
Via Phillies.com
14 hours ago

How Much You Think It Burns the Loins of Marcus Hayes That We’re the Top Story on Philly.com Right Now?

Rob Tornoe writing about our newest addition, Leslie Gudel: Her first piece seemed to balance Gudel’s reporting sensibilities with Crossing Broad’s outside-the-box coverage of Philadelphia sports. The veteran reporter interviewed Phillies outfielder Howie Kendrick, but chose to get to know him through the prism of his interesting and sometimes insightful Instagram profile....
Via Crossing Broad
16 hours ago

Matt Stairs Is Out to Change the Phillies’ Offensive Approach

The Phillies haven’t had a whole lot of offensive talent over the past few seasons, but the talent they have had hasn’t progressed as planned. Matt Stairs is out to change that. For the past three seasons, Matt Stairs has been sharing his hitting philosophy and offensive ideologies from behind a microphone. That hasn’t necessarily been a bad thing, and many Phillies fans would...
Via The Good Phight
17 hours ago

50 Greatest Phillies Games: 36. Mike Schmidt’s clutch 500th homer

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. 36. THE DATE: April 18, 1987 THE GAME: Phillies vs. Pittsburgh Pirates, Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pa. THE STAKES: Mike Schmidt is sitting on 499 home runs THE GREAT: Like any childhood Phillies fan in the 1980s, Mike Schmidt was my favorite player...
Via Phillies Nation
17 hours ago

Peeking into the future if Franco doesn’t pan out

Maikel Franco, once the Phillies’ top prospect and a rookie on the brink of breaking out, was not the hitter fans wanted him to be in 2016. While his 25 home runs were a point of pride, his .255/.306/.427 slash line represented regression in all three categories. All of his hitting stats took a dip, and much of his 1.4 fWAR came from playing adequate defense. Admittedly, it’s...
Via Phillies Nation
19 hours ago

Don't forget about Aaron Altherr, guys. Felske Files Episode 91!

In Episode 91 of The Felske Files, hosts John Stolnis and Justin Klugh talk about injuries to two young Phillies starting pitchers, Zach Eflin and Jake Thompson. Is it too soon to freak out? Yeah, it is. Also, we debate who was the greater Phillie, Jimmy Rollins or Chase Utley? And, Aaron Altherr kindly asks that we don't forget about him. So we didn't.
Via The Good Phight
22 hours ago

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...
Via isportsweb.com
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Phils' logjam could leave starters in 'pen

Alec Asher can do the math. The Phillies have 12 starters that could open the season in the big leagues or Triple-A. Twelve starters, 10 jobs.
Via Phillies.com
1 day ago

Phillies Nation prospect roundable

Recently, the writers of Phillies Nation conducted a roundtable about the Phillies’ farm system. Read more below. Malcolm: We’re now in the “Time to Prove It” part of the rebuild, where a bunch of prospects pretty much need to make it to Philadelphia this year and start playing regularly. So how many prospects do you realistically see in Philly, and playing regularly, BEFORE...
Via Phillies Nation
1 day ago

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...
Via Associated Press
3 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...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Chris Christie calls Phillies fans 'angry, bitter'

NEW YORK (AP) Many of Chris Christie's constituents live outside Philadelphia, but the New Jersey governor apparently has a low opinion of the Philadelphia Phillies and their fans. Speaking Wednesday on SportsNet New York, Christie declared ''the Phillies suck.'' He went on to say the Phillies were an ''awful team'' with ''an angry, bitter fan base.'' He also said it's not safe...
Via Associated Press
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Who Are You: Clay Buchholz

This post is the last of a weekly series which has run each Thursday. Over the offseason, we took a deep dive look at new members of the Phillies roster. Now that we’re just weeks away from settling down with these guys every day, the hope is that this series has provided a requisite introduction in preparation for the coming season. Previous Installments: Howie Kendrick Pat...
Via Crashburn Alley
4 days ago

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...
Via isportsweb.com
10 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...
Via The Comeback
12 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...
Via isportsweb.com
12 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...
Via Fangraphs
12 days ago  |  Discuss
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