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  1. Ruben Amaro thinks the Phillies will be contenders if they stay healthy

    Jan 15, 2014, 8:55 PM EDT

    Ruben Amaro, Jr Ryne Sandberg

    Bob Ford of the Philadelphia Inquirer profiled Phillies GM Ruben Amaro as his team is about a month away from reporting to Clearwater, Florida for spring training. You’ll be hard-pressed to find a prognosticator willing to bet on the Phillies winning the NL East or even competing for one of the two Wild Card slots,…

  2. What can the Dodgers expect from Clayton Kershaw over the next seven years?

    Jan 15, 2014, 7:18 PM EDT

    kershaw getty

    Per MLB.com, the Dodgers locked up Clayton Kershaw for seven years at $215 million earlier today. Dodgers president Stan Kasten is hopeful that the club will make the deal official by Friday morning. The news caused our eyes to jump to the horizon, wondering how the lefty will fare between now and 2020. But first,…

  3. Jonathan Papelbon compared the cultures of the Red Sox and Phillies

    Jan 3, 2014, 7:10 PM EDT

    Jonathan Papelbon

    Losing never feels good, even if you’re the most well-compensated player at your position. Following the conclusion of the 2011 season, the Phillies signed Jonathan Papelbon to the richest contract ever for a closer — a four-year, $50 million deal with a fifth-year option that can vest at an additional $13 million. Papelbon has generally…

  4. Ranking the worst off-seasons so far

    Dec 29, 2013, 7:05 PM EDT

    Robinson Cano

    Following up the ranking of the five best off-seasons thus far, let’s take a look at the five worst. 26. Minnesota Twins — The Twins won 66 games in 2013 but help is on the horizon. They have one of the best Minor League systems around and it’s only a matter of time before the…

  5. This Phillie Phanatic parody video will haunt your nightmares

    Dec 20, 2013, 7:25 PM EDT

    Phillie Phanatic gif

    The Phillie Phanatic is good for a laugh a majority of the time, whether he’s cavorting around Citizens Bank Park in his ATV, posing for pictures with fans in the stands, or rifling individually-wrapped hot dogs into the 400-level. The Phanatic, who hails from the Galapagos Islands (of Charles Darwinian fame), will be entering his…

  6. Former Major Leaguer Gabe Kapler wants collisions to remain part of the game

    Dec 20, 2013, 6:00 PM EDT

    joe mauer getty

    [Edit: The title originally included the word &concussion& rather than &collision&, which made Kapler look bad for something he didn't say. It was an unfortunate malapropism on my part. I apologize for the mistake.] Former Major Leaguer Gabe Kapler penned a thoughtful piece about the home plate collision issue over at FOX Sports. It’s nice…

  7. Quote of the Day: Ruben Amaro claims Ryan Howard is still alive

    Dec 18, 2013, 2:03 PM EDT

    Citation Needed

    Either Ruben Amaro never spends any time on the internet or he just loves providing fuel for the trolls: Amaro somewhat cagey when repeatedly questioned about makeup of roster he expects to contend: “Ryan Howard does still live. He exists.” — Ryan Lawrence (@ryanlawrence21) December 18, 2013   I guess we’ll see if that’s the…

  8. UPDATE: Mariners planning to offer nine years, $225 million to Robinson Cano

    Dec 5, 2013, 7:48 PM EDT

    New York Yankees v Houston Astros

    UPDATE: The Mariners may not have offered $200 million to Robinson Cano yet, but it sounds like it’s going to happen before long. David Waldstein of the New York Times and CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman are both reporting that the Mariners plan to offer nine years and $225 million to Cano. This is a slightly…

  9. When will the Yankees regret the Jacoby Ellsbury contract?

    Dec 4, 2013, 10:47 AM EDT

    ellsbury

    These huge, later-career deals never turn out great. The best you can hope for when you sign a 30-something baseball player to a hugely expensive long-term deal is that he will have a couple of good years on the front end to boost up his value, have a nice rebound year somewhere in the middle,…

  10. Ryan Howard thinks he can be a 30-100 guy again

    Dec 1, 2013, 10:10 PM EDT

    Ryan Howard

    This is a few days old, but per MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki, Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard thinks he can still be a 30-100 guy (as in 30 home runs and 100 RBI). Howard has been slowed by injuries ever since he tore his Achilles tendon making the final out in Game 5 of the 2011…

  11. One thing Miguel Cabrera won’t miss about Prince Fielder: protection

    Nov 22, 2013, 7:15 PM EDT

    Miguel Cabrera

    Upon hearing the news that the Tigers had traded Prince Fielder to the Rangers for Ian Kinsler, Miguel Cabrera appeared to be mourning a bit on Twitter, posting a collection of pictures involving the two during their time in Detroit. It was a humanizing moment for a player who has given us no choice over…

  12. Prince Fielder, Ian Kinsler, and mouthwatering moves

    Nov 21, 2013, 1:18 PM EDT

    Prince Fielder

    Opening monologue: How many players in baseball history have a name as incompatible as “Prince Fielder?” Crazy, right? It would be like Bud Harrelson being named “Crown Batter” or Randy Johnson being named “Elfin Junkballer,” or Alex Rodriguez being named “Innocent victim.” Am I right? And what’s the deal with all the questions they ask…

  13. Wild rumor: Phillies, Jays discussing Jose Bautista-Domonic Brown swap

    Nov 12, 2013, 11:45 PM EDT

    Jose Bautista

    94WIP Radio’s Howard Eskin isn’t necessarily a baseball guy, but he is a big player in the Philadelphia sports radio scene, and he’s reporting tonight that the Phillies and Blue Jays are involved in “serious talks” about a deal involving Jose Bautista and Domonic Brown. It’d be a swap of 2013 All-Stars, one seven years…

  14. Carlos Beltran, from Royals project to Paul Newman

    Oct 15, 2013, 2:20 PM EDT

    carlos beltran royals

    We were in Florida in a place we still stubbornly called Baseball City. This was 1999 — it had been a long time since you could say the name without smirking. A decade earlier there had been an amusement park here called “Boardwalk and Baseball;” it was a strange blend of carnival, petting zoo, circus…

  15. Breaking Bad: Phillies edition

    Oct 10, 2013, 1:41 PM EDT

    Beaking Bad

    The guy who wrote this tweet is after my own heart: Unused #BreakingBad scene where Walt became Phillies fan, but we realized that would make him too unlikable. pic.twitter.com/WBf7GS2Nj1 — Thomas Schnauz (@TomSchnauz) October 10, 2013 Some background here. Apparently Bryan Cranston is a big Phillies fan. Which makes Walter White both the one who…

  16. Does pride keep sluggers from bunting against the shift?

    Sep 24, 2013, 11:19 AM EDT

    david ortiz bunt

    So, yeah, I don’t like the sacrifice bunt. I don’t like the way it’s scored. I don’t like the way managers use it. I don’t like percentages. I don’t like people’s hyper-eagerness to just give away an out, like it’s nothing, like it is actually worth just one base. I suspect I’ll be talking about…

  17. Ryne Sandberg wants Ryan Howard to get in better shape

    Sep 24, 2013, 10:47 AM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies first baseman Howard enjoys a laugh during a workout before a MLB spring training exhibition game with the Dominican Republic national team in Clearwater, Florida.

    Now that the Phillies have officially named Ryne Sandberg their manager for next season and beyond he’s starting to talk about what he has planned and one of those things is getting first baseman Ryan Howard in better shape. Howard has always been huge and his conditioning has declined while struggling through injuries the past…

  18. Chris Davis joins the 50-homer club

    Sep 13, 2013, 9:26 PM EDT

    New York Yankees v Baltimore Orioles

    Orioles first baseman Chris Davis became the first Major Leaguer to hit 50 home runs in a single season since Jose Bautista hit 54 in 2010. With the game tied 3-3 in the top of the eighth, Davis drove a Steve Delabar 2-2 change-up to left-center for his milestone home run, putting the Orioles ahead…

  19. Ryne Sandberg says Ryan Howard returning in September would be “counterproductive”

    Aug 23, 2013, 11:19 AM EDT

    Ryan Howard Getty

    It’s possible that Ryan Howard could return from July knee surgery to rejoin the Phillies lineup in September, but interim manager Ryne Sandberg told Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com that it would be “counterproductive” for the first baseman to do so. Here’s more: I don’t know what 10 or 15 games would do. He needs to…

  20. Phillies’ downward spiral highlights cracks of riding success

    Aug 21, 2013, 10:15 AM EDT

    ryan howard getty

    This is about the Philadelphia Phillies, but let’s start with the Chiefs. I have always been fascinated by the Kansas City Chiefs of the 1970s. You probably know that the Chiefs of the late 1960s and early 1970s were among the best teams in football. They played in Super Bowl I, and they won Super…

  21. Ryan Howard could miss the rest of the season

    Aug 12, 2013, 8:52 PM EDT

    Ryan Howard AP

    Roy Halladay is gearing up for a return later this month, but things are far less certain with Ryan Howard as he continues his rehab from July surgery on his right knee. Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com was told by Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro, Jr. that Howard has lost 15 to 20 pounds during his…

  22. This is delicious: Ruben Amaro snaps at Jon Heyman

    Aug 1, 2013, 8:23 AM EDT

    Ruben Amaro Jr.

    Jon Heyman reported late last night that Ruben Amaro and the Phillies rebuffed Brian Cashman and the Yankees’ offers to obtain Michael Young and Carlos Ruiz. No biggie, right? Just a report about near-misses at the deadline, the likes of which we so often see. Ruben Amaro didn’t exactly brush it off, however, going on…

  23. Keeping Cliff Lee is the wrong choice for Phillies

    Jul 31, 2013, 2:56 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v New York Mets

    Trends don’t get much more clear than this: 2008: Won World Series 2009: Lost World Series 2010: Lost NLCS 2011: Lost NLDS 2012: Missed playoffs Now, that’s not entirely fair: the Phillies had their best records in that span in 2011 and 2010. But Charlie Manuel’s team has dropped off severely since then. In 2012,…

  24. Why don’t Philly fans hate Ryan Howard?

    Jul 11, 2013, 4:37 PM EDT

    ryan howard getty

    It’s never fair when an athlete who is otherwise a fine human being becomes hated in the town he calls home. But it does happen all the time, be it because of unfulfilled promise, injuries or overall poor play. One of the toughest sports cities in the country is Philadelphia and one of the more…

  25. Ryan Howard undergoes successful left knee surgery

    Jul 10, 2013, 8:42 PM EDT

    ryan howard getty

    Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. told MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki that Ryan Howard had successful surgery Wednesday to correct a tear of the left meniscus in the first baseman’s left knee. “After (Phillies physician Michael) Ciccotti went in there and went in with the scope, it was a little better picture then we thought,” Amaro said. “I think…

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