Phils hit road to open Grapefruit slate vs. Yanks

The Phillies are one step closer to Opening Day.
2 hours ago

50 Greatest Phillies Games: 33. The 2008 Phillies get to work, win pennant

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. 33. THE DATE: Oct. 15, 2008 THE GAME: Phillies vs. Los Angeles Dodgers, Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, California THE STAKES: Game 5, National League Championship Series THE GREAT: Only once in my life had the Phillies won the pennant. That was, of course...
Via Phillies Nation
3 hours ago

Who Are You Series Wrap-Up

For the past five weeks, we’ve been looking in depth at new members of the Phillies roster. In case you missed any of the profiles, here are links to all five of them: OF – Howie Kendrick (link) RP – Pat Neshek (link) RP – Joaquin Benoit (link) OF – Michael Saunders (link) SP – Clay Buchholz (link) Before putting a close on this series, I wanted to get some thoughts on...
Via Crashburn Alley
3 hours ago

A third catcher on the Phillies roster?

Photo by Keith Allison It’s time to predict the 25-man roster. My prediction comes tomorrow. Matt Gelb of and the Inquirer dropped his today. And it’s relatively obvious … until you get to catcher: CATCHER (3) Cameron Rupp Andrew Knapp Ryan Hanigan Gelb thinks the Phils want Hanigan on the roster for a veteran presence (it could also be Bryan Holaday) while Knapp...
Via Phillies Nation
3 hours ago

Baseball! Future Phillies take on Tampa today

Baseball has arrived. The first game of spring is at 1:05 p.m. between the Phillies and the University of Tampa. The lineup card (tweeted here by the Phillies) looks oddly like something we could see around, say, 2019: CF Roman Quinn SS JP Crawford RF Dylan Cozens 1B Rhys Hoskins LF Nick Williams C Jorge Alfaro 2B Scott Kingery 3B Hector Gomez DH Andrew Pullin Well, close to...
Via Phillies Nation
4 hours ago

Retiring MLB umpires each touched Phillies history

Whether through huge events or screaming, the four retiring MLB umpires have been there the paste few years when all eyes were on the Phillies. Surely, you and your friends haven't able to stop talking about it: Umpires Bob Davidson, John Hirschbeck, Jim Joyce, and Tim Welke are all retiring prior to the 2017 season. If you're currently trying to remember why any of those names sound...
Via The Good Phight
7 hours ago

Phils think data points to Benoit resurgence

When the Phillies signed free agent reliever Joaquin Benoit to a one-year, $7.5 million contract in December, a logical -- if indelicate -- question was immediately posed.
23 hours ago

Kendrick's veteran presence helping young Phils

The Phillies traded for Howie Kendrick in the offseason to add some punch to a lineup that finished last in baseball in runs scored last year. How much he ultimately contributes on the field won't be determined until the regular season.
1 day ago

Spring Training Roundup: Freddy Galvis, Adam Morgan, iPads, Clay Buchholz and More

Freddy Galvis hasn’t slowed down much since last season. The Phils shortstop played his last winter ball game on February 6. Nine days later he reported to Clearwater… with a groin strain. Galvis called it “day-to-day” with little concern it would hold him back for long. He’s already participating in live batting practice and taking infield work… but felt the groin issue...
Via Crossing Broad
1 day 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...
Via Associated Press
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MLB Pipeline Releases Phillies Top 30 Prospects

On Tuesday, MLB released their top 30 prospects for every National League East team on While for many this was a chance to see what the league’s prospect gurus had to say about the Braves farm system, which is one of the best, we here are Crashburn were interested in getting our first look at their take on a Phils farm system that has seen some mixed reviews throughout...
Via Crashburn Alley
1 day ago

Phillies trade rumors - Saunders in, Severino out, and Nola says he's healthy

Some stuff happened this week.
Via PhilsBaseball
1 day ago

What to Do About Pete Mackanin?

Philadelphia Phillies manager Pete Mackanin has successfully shepherded the club through the early stages of its rebuild. Should he get a chance to stick around when the team is ready to contend? Around 500 years ago, Juan Ponce de León landed in a territory he christened “Florida.” You may remember the name from your high school […] Philadelphia Phillies: What to Do About...
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1 day ago

Predicting the Phillies Starting Rotation Order

The 2017 Phillies feel unique among rebuilding teams in that their starting pitching rotation is likely to be 80 percent the same as it was the previous season. Potential building blocks like Aaron Nola, Jerad Eickhoff, and Vince Velasquez are all back. For better or worse, Jeremy Hellickson is back as well after accepting the Phillies’ qualifying offer instead of testing the free...
Via Crashburn Alley
2 days ago

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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2 days ago  |  Discuss

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
2 days ago  |  Discuss

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
2 days 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
3 days 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...
3 days ago  |  Discuss

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
5 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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6 days ago  |  Discuss

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...
13 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
15 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
15 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...
Via Fangraphs
15 days ago  |  Discuss

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