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PHILLIES RUMORS & GOSSIP

Cole Hamels To Start Opening Day for Phillies

Earlier this afternoon Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg named Cole Hamels the opening day starter.  Hamels was the obvious choice and it was not much of a question as to who would start opening day.  The questions are who else is going to make up the 2015 starting rotation for the Phillies. Cliff Lee is already on the 60 day DL and there is a good chance he will miss the entire season...
Via Complete Philly Coverage
2 hours ago  |  Discuss

Philadelphia Phillies: Bold prediction for 2015

The Philadelphia Phillies will explode the core of their team and be the worst team in the NL East. While the Phillies’ terrible team play and attempts to trade some of their major contributors is obviously not a recipe for success, but I believe they will “shoot for the moon” and pull a full-on Sam Hinkie (shout out to Sixers fans that are still hanging in there). They are...
Via isportsweb.com
2 hours ago  |  Discuss

Pitching prospect Garner, others released, Dugan has setback

Garner, image- Jay Floyd Via the esteemed Jim Salisbury on Twitter, there were a couple noteworthy minor league reports on Sunday with righty hurler Perci Garner being released and outfielder Kelly Dugan returning home to heal from a stress fracture in his foot. Garner was the Phillies’ second round draft choice in 2010.  The 26-year-old sported a 19-23 record along with a 4...
Via Phillies Nation
9 hours ago  |  Discuss

Hamels named Phillies’ Opening Day starter

Cole Hamels will start for the Philadelphia Phillies on Opening Day, followed by Aaron Harang.
Via Philly Sports Live
9 hours ago  |  Discuss

Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez Among Latest Round of Cuts

Per Todd Zolecki of MLB.com the Phillies have announced the latest round of cuts. Most surprising (or maybe not surprising) is Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez who after Cliff Lee went down, seemed almost a lock for the roster. However Gonzalez has really struggled this spring a 7.53 ERA, allowing 25 hits...
Via Philliedelphia
12 hours ago  |  Discuss

Phillies Demote Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez, Five Others

  PHOTO: AP/Kathy Willens The Phillies optioned pitcher Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez to Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Sunday. The Cuban righthander didn’t live up to expectations this Spring, allowing 12 earned runs–as well as five home runs and 25 hits–over 14.1 innings. He’ll start the season in the minors again, which is a disappointment.  In addition to the MAG demotion, the...
Via Phillies Nation
12 hours ago  |  Discuss

Sandberg concerned about lack of offense

The Phillies managed only one run in a loss to the Twins on Saturday, and manager Ryne Sandberg is admittedly concerned about his team's offense.
Via Philly Sports Live
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Williams struggles in Grapefruit loss to Twins

Odubel Herrera had an RBI single to account for the Phillies' only run as Jerome Williams struggled over four-plus innings in a loss to the Twins on Saturday.
Via Philly Sports Live
1 day ago  |  Discuss

WSBGMs Birthday, Phillies Spring Update & Fantasy Baseball

We Should Be GMs is about to embark on our 10th season covering the Philadelphia Phillies and today marks our 9th "birthday".  It all started way back on March 28th of 2006. With slightly over a week of Spring Training remaining before the 2015 MLB season starts, the Phillies haven't shown any improvement. Offense Ranks:AVG - .233 (29th)OBP - .288 (29th)SLG - .330 (30th)OPS - ...
Via We Should Be GM's
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Aaron Nola gives Phillies fans something to be excited about

Twenty years or so from now, when Aaron Nola retires from the game of baseball, if his career amounts to anything, people will point to his outing yesterday against the New York Yankees at Brighthouse field as the moment when it was clear he was on a path towards greatness.
Via PhilsBaseball
1 day ago  |  Discuss

It's Now or Never for Darin Ruf and the Phillies

As the Phillies inch closer and closer to Opening Day, pieces of the roster begin to fall into place. One guy who hasn't necessarily solidified a specific role year after year on the team is Darin Ruf. There's no doubting Ruf's ability to hit the long ball, but with Ryan...
Via Philliedelphia
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Hamels strong, Giles shaky in loss to Blue Jays

This afternoon, Cole Hamels rebounded from a rough outing in his last start, but unfortunately Ken Giles got hit hard as the Phillies eventually ended up falling to Toronto, 4-1. After a struggling for most of the spring, Cole Hamels looked more ready to start Opening Day. In five innings...
Via Philliedelphia
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Former MLBer Curt Ford assaulted, told to ‘go back to Ferguson’

Former Cardinals outfielder Curt Ford was allegedly the victim of a race-related attack in St. Louis earlier this week. On Thursday, Ford told Christine Byers of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that he is considering moving away from the St. Louis area after a man yelled racial slurs at him and punched him at a gas...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Phillies Top Prospect Crawford Out 4-6 Weeks

As we search for positives before the Phillies season begins, the organization has been dealt another blow. J.P Crawford, the Phillies #1 prospect – #14 overall by Baseball America, #22 overall according to MLB.com – will miss 4-to-6 weeks with a strained oblique, according to reports. Crawford was expected to begin the season with the Reading Fightin’ Phils after spending...
Via Phillies Nation
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Sandberg Looking For Phillies to Play Small Ball This Year

Even though Citizens Bank Park is a hitter’s park look for the hometown Phillies to lead the league in bunts and not homers this summer.  As the team starts to rebuild manager Ryne Sandberg is changing the offensive approach and playing more ‘small ball’. Sandberg is looking for more bunts, hit-and-runs, and stolen bases this season.  The Phillies are going to win more games...
Via Complete Philly Coverage
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Philadelphia Might Have a Taker for Ryan Howard

The Philadelphia Phillies are looking to unload Ryan Howard…and they might just have an interested party. The team has made it public that they’d be willing to eat $50 million of the $60 million they owe Howard and the York Revolution of the independent Atlantic League appear to be willing to take them up on the offer. But there’s a catch…they’d like to get their fans to...
Via Hall of Very Good
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Phillies rumors through March 24

Here are the latest Phillies rumors from the past week...
Via PhilsBaseball
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Jimmy Rollins: Philadelphia ‘not conducive for a superstar’

There was once a time when Jimmy Rollins was a fan favorite in Philadelphia. The 2007 NL MVP won four Gold Glove Awards, made three NL All-Star teams and helped his team capture a World Series title in 2008. Then, the Phillies went down the tubes and Rollins went with them. Now that he has...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Roy Halladay zings A-Rod over Twitter

Roy Halladay brings the heat even in retirement. The former two-time Cy Young winner sent a funny tweet Monday morning that included a zinger against A-Rod: I recorded my first strike out since retirement! Time for a comeback? She has a better swing then Arod! No steroids pic.twitter.com/98ytAyTUy0 — Roy Halladay (@RoyHalladay) March 23, 2015...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Roy Halladay rips Alex Rodriguez over PED use

Roy Halladay may still be retired, but that hasn't stopped him from staying connected and weighing in on all things MLB. And even though he no longer plays baseball at the major league level, he can still throw heat. He recently posted a photo on Twitter which showed him "striking out" one woman. Halladay had a great caption to go along with the photo. In it, he ripped Yankees...
Via The Sports Daily
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Playing Pepper 2015: Philadelphia Phillies

Each year, Daniel Shoptaw from C70 At the Bat asks bloggers from around baseball to do a little Q&A regarding their teams heading into the new season. This year, I teamed up with Matt from That Ball's Outta Here and Rich from Fightin' Phillies.
Via PhilsBaseball
6 days ago  |  Discuss

2015 MLB Team Previews: NL East edition

2015 MLB Previews for the NL Eastl using our 3 Up and 3 Down formula which consists of the best and worst case scenarios for each team. Who is the most important player on each team, who needs to bounce back from a down 2014, who are potential breakout players and areas of concern for every team in the division.   The 2014 season was a disappointing one for the Atlanta Braves. After...
Via isportsweb.com
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Philadelphia Phillies 2015 Preview: 3 Up and 3 Down

With the championship core in the past and rebuilding in the present, tomorrow’s stars looking for a professional example on the 2015 Philadelphia Phillies will follow Chase Utley out of the dugout. The plan is winning in the future by subtraction in the present. After replacing the all-time hits leader of the franchise with a reserve, the red pinstripes will probably fill Cliff...
Via isportsweb.com
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Phillies reportedly willing to eat most of Howard's contract

If the most recent reports regarding the increasingly uncertain future of Ryan Howard remaining a member of the Philadelphia Phillies organization is any indication, the team is willing to do just about anything to part ways with him, including eating an enormous amount of his contract to effectuate said parting. Sports On Earth’s Anthony Castrovince...Read More The post Phillies...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Cliff Lee to undergo potentially career-ending surgery?

  CLEARWATER, Fla. — Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Cliff Lee is awaiting a second opinion from Dr. James Andrews on his ailing left elbow and says surgery would end his season and possibly his career.   The 36-year-old left-hander didn’t pitch after July 31 last year because of a left flexor pronator strain. He said his left elbow felt normal as he threw two scoreless...
Via NESN.com
20 days ago  |  Discuss
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