Phils' cuts put Knapp in line for backup catcher

It looks like Andrew Knapp will be the Phillies' backup catcher on Opening Day. The Phillies announced Monday afternoon that catchers Ryan Hanigan and Bryan Holaday have been released. Each had out clauses in their contracts that allowed them to request their release if they were not placed on the 40-man roster this week.
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Phillies release Holaday, Hanigan; Knapp likely to make roster

The Phillies have released catchers Bryan Holaday and Ryan Hanigan. Further, they’ve assigned pitcher Michael Mariot to minor league camp and have optioned Roman Quinn to minor league camp. First, the catching news, which means – barring any last-minute addition to the roster – that Andrew Knapp has won the backup catcher job and will land on the 25-man roster for opening...
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2 hours ago

Phillies may be busy near Trade Deadline

The Phillies could be one of the busiest teams in baseball in July.
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Phillies Nation Podcast Episode 1: Season Preview + Pat Gallen

The first episode of the Phillies Nation Podcast is live! This week I preview the 2017 season (and review spring training) with Daniel Walsh of, I look at the legacy of the late Dallas Green, and I chat with Pat Gallen, formerly of Phillies Nation and currently on “CBS3 Eyewitness News This Morning.” Pat and I talk about the 1993 Phillies, some bad teams...
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4 hours ago

Season Preview 2017: What’s the worst that could happen?

It’s Season Preview week at Phillies Nation. As we look ahead to the 2017 regular season, we have to ask some tough questions. Chief among them: What’s the worst that can happen this year with the Phillies? Usually, Philadelphia sports fans know better than to ask “what’s the worst that could happen?” The Phillies are the team that was the first to record 10,000 losses...
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Cameron Rupp: A Large Man of Extremes

The Phillies have never been long without a franchise catcher. At least not for the last 30 years of their history. Carlos Ruiz has been in various stages of decline over the past few years and as the 2016 season opened he had already ceded his starting job. That starting job had been given to Cameron Rupp. Rupp was never highly regarded as a prospect despite the pedigree of being...
Via Crashburn Alley
8 hours ago

Phillies news and links — Roster decisions loom

We’re nearly at the end of spring training, and it’s almost time for the Phillies to pick their final 25. We’re so close to the end of spring training, and I can almost taste it. Let’s get right to the news. The backup catcher race is pretty much over Not that it was terribly tight to begin with. Andrew Knapp was technically competing with Brian Holaday and Ryan Hanigan...
Via The Good Phight
9 hours ago

Aaron Nola, sacrifice bunts and never-ending spring training. Felske Files Episode 101.

On this episode of the podcast, John Stolnis and Justin Klugh discuss about Nola’s spring, the wisdom of sacrifice bunting, and how spring training is just way too long. It’s time for the regular season to start. No, it’s not actually time for the regular season to start, the team still has another week before the real games begin. But it should be time for the regular season...
Via The Good Phight
10 hours ago

Philadelphia Phillies: Where Does Freddy Galvis Fit in with Team's Future?

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1 day ago

Philadelphia Phillies: Prospects to watch this season

In the previous season of Philadelphia Phillies baseball we finally began to see concrete steps being placed in the long journey back to the postseason. Players began to dazzle fans early in the season starting with Vince Velasquez‘s 16 strikeout performance in his second start for the Phillies, soon followed by four straight home run games by Maikel Franco in July, and of...
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Southpaw Milner returns to Phillies

When the Indians selected Hoby Milner from the Phillies with the 27th pick in the Rule 5 Draft this winter, the 26-year-old knew there was a chance he'd be returned to the Phillies.
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Philadelphia Phillies cleaning up their roster for opening day

The Philadelphia Phillies made a few roster moves early Friday morning, as the 25-man roster is starting to shape up with one week to go until opening day in Cincinnati. Outfielder Tyler Goeddel, who was in the majors all of last season, was optioned to Double-A along with starting pitcher Jake Thompson.  The Phillies also sent infielder Hector Gomez, catcher Logan Moore and relief...
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Phillies send Tyler Goeddel and Jake Thompson down to the minors

We’re two players closer to that elusive 25-man roster. We’re getting down to the wire with the roster, kids. The Phillies made another round of cuts today, sending two players down to the minors. One of them was pitcher Jake Thompson, who will be taking a spot in the rotation of the Triple-A Lehigh Valley IronPigs. The other player is outfielder Tyler Goeddel, who will be...
Via The Good Phight
3 days ago

The State of the Bullpen

The Phillies bullpen looks a lot different than it did entering last season. It’s clear that the front office made improving the bullpen in the short term a major priority for the offseason, as it made a series of deals for relievers without many years of control. Let’s run down the Phillies news look ‘pen, with the assumption that they’ll carry seven relievers. The Sure...
Via Crashburn Alley
3 days ago

Hector Neris: Building the Next Bullpen

Heading into the 2017 season, we here at Crashburn Alley strive to update you on a specific storyline regarding many of the returning staples from last season’s roster. Today is starting pitcher Hector Neris. The Phillies had a bad bullpen in 2016. The trade of Ken Giles left them with newly signed David Hernandez as the only competent looking reliever in the bullpen. After a...
Via Crashburn Alley
3 days ago

Phillies manager fining players $1 for each mistake

Philadelphia Phillies manager Pete Mackanin has a very young team, so he’s coming up with unique ways to instill discipline and accountability in his clubhouse.His solution? Every time a player doesn’t hustle or makes a preventable mistake, the entire team is fined a dollar. The aim is that players will get on teammates who cost them money and hold them accountable for their...
Via Larry Brown Sports
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Phillies' Vince Velasquez learns from 16-strikeout game

CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) A dazzling, 16-strikeout performance was the best and worst thing that happened to Vince Velasquez last season. The hard-throwing righty quickly showed his electric stuff in his second start with the Philadelphia Phillies, tossing a three-hitter with no walks and 16 Ks against San Diego last April. But Velasquez spent the rest of the season trying to do...
Via Associated Press
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Philadelphia Phillies: Why Jeremy Hellickson shouldn’t start opening day 2017

As manager Pete Mackanin has just announced that Jeremy Hellickson will indeed make his second consecutive opening day start, I think he’s made the wrong decision. Even though Hellickson had the most wins, started the opening day last year, and led the rotation the majority of the year a change would benefit not only the team this season but in years to come too. So why not...
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Philly dilemma: Rupp plays for Phillies, roots for Cowboys

CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) Cameron Rupp is a fan favorite in Philadelphia until football season starts. Rupp had a breakout year for the Phillies in 2016, smacking 43 extra-base hits as he replaced Carlos Ruiz as the starting catcher. But Rupp grew up in Dallas and loves the Cowboys . That doesn't sit well in Philly where Eagles fans are obsessed with hating America's Team. Rupp enjoys...
Via Associated Press
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Maikel Franco hopes to fulfill big expectations

CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) When a Hall of Fame player who is the best third baseman in franchise history says the man playing his former position is an MVP candidate, people notice and expect to see great things. Maikel Franco didn't live up to Mike Schmidt's grand expectations in his first full season with the Philadelphia Phillies. He was no slouch, either. Still, Franco knows he...
Via Associated Press
16 days ago  |  Discuss

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