Competition aside, Stassi, Perkins see path to Philly

The Triple-A Lehigh Valley roster could include many of the Phillies organization's top prospects in 2017, including first baseman Rhys Hoskins and outfielders Roman Quinn, Nick Williams and Dylan Cozens. That puts first baseman Brock Stassi and outfielder Cameron Perkins in interesting situations.
6 hours ago

Asher's expanding repertoire has room for cutter

Phillies right-hander Alec Asher incorporated a two-seam fastball into his repertoire with tremendous success last season. Perhaps a new cutter can be similarly effective.
6 hours ago

Many tweaks yield swing Cozens believes in

Phillies prospect Dylan Cozens has settled into a swing that could have him in the big leagues before the end of the season. It took some experimentation to get to that point, but Cozens said he has been comfortable with his swing for the past year.
7 hours ago

50 Greatest Phillies Games: 32. Schilling dominates facing elimination

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. 21, 1993 THE GAME: Phillies vs. Toronto Blue Jays, Veterans Stadium, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania THE STAKES: Game 5, World Series THE GREAT: After the sixth inning of game four of the 1993 World Series, all 62,731 fans in attendance that...
Via Phillies Nation
11 hours ago

Crash Bag, Vol. 8: The Hairy Walk of Time

Baseball is back! The college baseball season started last week and, just yesterday, players wearing Phillies uniforms played a baseball game in Clearwater, Florida. Those players mostly weren’t guys we’ll see much of in 2017, but they were Phillies. Today, marks the beginning of Grapefruit League play, so we’ll see even more Phillies. Baseball is back! @Phrozen_: is the IBB...
Via Crashburn Alley
12 hours ago

Stressing patience with J.P. Crawford

You heard it right here from skipper Pete Mackanin, J.P. Crawford is not expected to break for Phil adelphia when spring training concludes on March 31. The only scenario where Crawford could make it to Philly is if Freddy Galvis’ groin injury hampers him all of spring. Galvis opted to skip this year’s World Baseball Classic for his native country Venezuela, but mostly as a...
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12 hours ago

The Dirty Inning, Episode 5: Over a dozen Dodgers

On September 27, 1975, Steve Carlton departed a game and left the Phillies bullpen to pick up the pieces. Instead, they made more pieces. In 1972, the Phillies called days when Steve Carlton would pitch "Win Day." The team was so bad, even they knew that Lefty was the only way they had a chance. Three years later, they were closer to finding their way, but not quite there yet. Carlton...
Via The Good Phight
15 hours ago

Takeaways from their win over University of Tampa

The Philadelphia Phillies opened Spring Training with a 6-0 win over the University of Tampa, a Division II powerhouse. The game has become a yearly tradition for the Philadelphia Phillies and there were many positive things to take from the win, even if it was against a second tier college baseball team. After a down […] Philadelphia Phillies: Takeaways from their win over University...
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1 day 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
1 day 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
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
2 days 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
2 days ago  |  Discuss

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...
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2 days ago

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

Some stuff happened this week.
Via PhilsBaseball
2 days 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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3 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...
Via Fangraphs
3 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
4 days ago  |  Discuss

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...
5 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
7 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
7 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...
14 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
16 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
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Aaron Nola and the Rich Hill Prescription

One of the most interesting aspects of the Rich Hill story was his decision to break from convention and make his curveball – one of the game’s most effective pitches – his primary offering, a decision about which I wrote earlier this week. That decision was one of a number of factors that has led to Hill’s late-career resurgence. As you’re probably aware, Hill led all...
Via Fangraphs
21 days ago  |  Discuss

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