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  1. Your Obligatory Picture of Casper Wells on the Mound in the Longest Game in Phillies History

    Aug 25, 2013, 3:34 AM EDT

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    Appropriately enough, the ghost of Wilson Valdez was named Casper. Casper Wells pitched 2/3 of the 18th inning in what was the longest game — by time — in Phillies history, a 12-7, 18-inning loss to the Diamondbacks. Your relevant numbers from CBS Sports: The teams combined to use 20 pitchers in a contest that…

  2. Charlie Manuel Gives His Farewell Radio Broadcast on 1210

    Aug 24, 2013, 11:29 AM EDT

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    “In baseball I got to do something I truly cherish. And not that many people get to do that.” Charlie Manuel talked with host Rickie Ricardo at The Shops at Liberty Place for his final broadcast on Talk Radio 1210 WPHT.  Fans gathered at the rotunda to watch the broadcast and show their appreciation, holding…

  3. Cue the Shrimp as Phillies’ Walk-off Streak Reaches Three

    Aug 24, 2013, 7:30 AM EDT

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    The bases are loaded in the bottom of the ninth when Chase Utley steps to the plate. The 11-year veteran works a full count against Eury De La Rosa as a lively crowd of 32,619 anticipates the pay-off pitch is on its way. It’s a dream scenario for the batter. Utley just stands there and…

  4. It’s Mullet Mania at Citizens Bank Park This Evening for 90s Retro Night

    Aug 23, 2013, 3:55 PM EDT

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    This is where we’d typically make a joke about 90s Retro Night being the most interesting thing going on down at the ball park this evening but with the stretch of walkoff winners the Phillies have put together over the past few weeks, the Fightins have treated us to some pretty exciting late heroics. Some…

  5. Here’s Nine Minutes of Marcus Hayes Arguing with a Seattle Radio Show

    Aug 23, 2013, 2:01 PM EDT

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    If you’ve made it this far and you’re sitting in front of a computer on a Friday afternoon in the summertime, you probably already hate life, so why not stick a knife in your ear and listen to nine minutes of Marcus Hayes arguing with a Seattle radio station about whether or not the Philly…

  6. Phillies Come From Behind, Walk It Off Again, Then Cliff Lee Falls Down

    Aug 23, 2013, 6:30 AM EDT

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    This is starting to feel like a subplot from the film Mr. 3000. T-Rex Pennebaker gets a dysfunctional Brewers locker room to rally around a chase for third place. Just that one specific part of the movie though. Obviously I don’t think Ruben Amaro is interested in having Ryne Sandberg come out of retirement to…

  7. Of Course the Phillies and Eagles Shared a Giant Porn Collection at Veterans Stadium

    Aug 22, 2013, 11:19 AM EDT

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    We all love a crazy tale of debauchery from the good old days at Veterans Stadium. Typically those stories involve some teenagers, a joint, a flask, or a dingy bathroom up in the 700 Level. We haven’t heard a ton of zany stuff from the team locker rooms way down below. Former Philadelphia Eagle defensive…

  8. Phillies Come Back on Rockies, Walk Off on Actual Base Hit This Time

    Aug 21, 2013, 10:59 PM EDT

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    You take walk-off wins where you can get ‘em, but there’s something to the “walk off on shortstop’s second error of the ninth inning” formula that takes at least 15% of the wind out of the sails of the walk-off win. Much better to do so on a couple clutch base hits, as the Phils…

  9. Mini Mart Comes, Mini Mart Goes, Something About a Shark Person

    Aug 21, 2013, 2:45 PM EDT

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    Mini Mart is gone once again and the Phillies have brought in a guy who hit .178 for the Washington Nationals this season in Roger Bernadina. He’ll fit right in in Philadelphia. I guess the good part about the move is that he adds a solid bat… no wait, something about sharks. That’s about it.…

  10. Video: Roy Halladay Mentions Commitment Issues from Phillies Players During Charlie Manuel’s Final Time

    Aug 21, 2013, 12:58 PM EDT

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    Perhaps he chose to speak a little more freely since he wasn’t with the rest of the club or in the direct proximity of Charlie Manuel, but Roy Halladay said some of the more interesting things by anyone on his the former skipper’s final Phillies team. It took place after Roy’s rehab start last night…

  11. Charlie Manuel: An Appreciation

    Aug 21, 2013, 11:19 AM EDT

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    I remember a lot about Charlie Manuel’s early days as manager of the Philadelphia Phillies. Mostly that people sure didn’t like him, at all. The 2005 team, in Manuel’s first season, were the Bobby Abreu/Kenny Lofton/David Bell Phillies, the Ed Wade-built team that a whole lot of fans couldn’t stand despite yearly winning records. And…

  12. Jimmy Rollins Thought Todd Helton Tagged Him But Todd Helton Disagreed

    Aug 21, 2013, 1:36 AM EDT

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    Jimmy Rollins gave his new manager the impression that Todd Helton tagged him at first base on a close and important call with two on and two outs in the seventh inning on Tuesday night. Todd Helton, after the game, disagreed. From CSN’s game story: Apparently, Helton sold the tag well enough to fool both…

  13. Is Michael Young the Worst Everyday Third Baseman in Baseball?

    Aug 20, 2013, 4:15 PM EDT

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    Well, is he? Probably not seeing as Michael Young has been playing more first base than third since the trade deadline. Okay, but apparently up until three weeks ago, Young was the worst everyday third baseman in the Majors, this according to wins above replacement. Ryan Fagan for The Sporting News compiled a position-by-position list…

  14. Domonic Brown Adopts Pitbull Puppy, Touches Our Hearts

    Aug 20, 2013, 1:50 PM EDT

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    It all started with Domonic Brown asking Twitter where he could find a new best friend. Now, thanks to Greene Street Animal Rescue, Brown has been united with an adorable pitbull puppy named Wreck (an homage to the 2013 season or just a happy coincidence?).  Sure, it’ll be a challenging time ahead, what with the…

  15. Carlos Ruiz Bats Second Tonight as Phillies Open Series against Rockies

    Aug 19, 2013, 5:32 PM EDT

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    Here’s some random trivia. Over his 16-year playing career, Ryne Sandberg logged 1,217 games as a two-hole hitter, more than any other spot in the order combined. Entering Monday night’s game against the Rockies, Carlos Ruiz has started exactly two Major League games in that two slot. One came in 2008, the other this year.…

  16. Ryne Sandberg Gets First Victory In Walkoff Fashion

    Aug 19, 2013, 12:09 PM EDT

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    Ryne Sandberg hasn’t been mentioned a lot around these parts over the past few days. That’s not a knock on him per se, it’s just that Charlie Manuel meant so much to the city of Philadelphia and its baseball team. But Sandberg took a big step in his managerial career on Sunday by getting the…

  17. Video: ‘Fire Ruben!’ Chants Break Out at Citizens Bank Park; Phillies Shut Out Again

    Aug 17, 2013, 10:43 PM EDT

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    From our Fearless Leader at the ballpark: “Fire Ruben!” chants going on in the outfield. Dodgers 2 Phillies 0 top 9 https://t.co/CSCbsozm6q — The700Level (@The700Level) August 18, 2013 And this was before Juan Uribe’s three-run shot in the ninth to make it a 5-0 final. Two games into the Ryne Sandberg era, and the Phillies…

  18. Charlie Manuel Signed Autographs at the Granite Run Mall Saturday; He Loves Every One of You

    Aug 17, 2013, 6:34 PM EDT

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    Just one day after being removed as manager of the Philadelphia Phillies, Charlie Manuel was back in the front of the fans on Saturday. Prior to his firing, Manuel had been booked for an autograph signing at the Granite Run Mall, and he showed up on Saturday to honor his commitment. Asked how it was…

  19. J-Roll Quotable: Despite Country Accent, Charlie Manuel ‘Sharp as a Tack’

    Aug 17, 2013, 1:48 PM EDT

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    “You hear his country accent and you think he’s a little bit slow but he’s sharp as a tack,” Jimmy Rollins said of his former manager on Friday night after Charlie Manuel was let go from his role with the Phillies. Last night’s losing pitcher Cliff Lee also commented on Charlie’s departure, noting it’s part…

  20. Jimmy Rollins On Charlie Manuel Firing: ‘I guess I’ll have a fishing buddy now’

    Aug 17, 2013, 12:08 AM EDT

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    We’re going to hear from pretty much everyone ever associated with the Charlie Manuel Era over the next few days, sharing their thoughts and reflecting on what a great guy Charlie is and how much he loved the game of baseball. Obviously we plan on sharing some of our favorites. Jimmy Rollins was here in…

  21. Jayson Werth Says Charlie Manuel Would Adopt Chase Utley If He Could

    Aug 16, 2013, 7:42 PM EDT

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    We’re going to hear from pretty much everyone ever associated with the Charlie Manuel era over the next few days, sharing their thoughts and reflecting on what a great guy Charlie is and how much he loved the game. Obviously we plan on sharing some of our favorites. One guy’s view that jumped out at…

  22. Photo: This Shot of Charlie Manuel Leaving Citizens Bank Park is Really Sad

    Aug 16, 2013, 6:03 PM EDT

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    Charlie Manuel walks out of the stadium after being fired as manager of the Philadelphia Phillies before a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Friday, Aug. 16, 2013, in Philadelphia. Manuel, the winningest manager in franchise history, was replaced by Hall of Famer and former Chicago Cubs second baseman Ryne Sandberg, the Phillies’ third-base…

  23. Charlie Out With 42 Games to Go: Why Bother?

    Aug 16, 2013, 5:23 PM EDT

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    I don’t know if Charlie Manuel should have remained the coach of the Philadelphia Phillies for next year and beyond. Chase Utley says he wanted to play his entire career for Uncle Cholly, and if he’s good enough for Chase, then that’s basically good enough for me. But obviously this Phillies team isn’t the one…

  24. Charlie Manuel: ‘I never quit nothing and I did not resign.’

    Aug 16, 2013, 3:27 PM EDT

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    “I never quit nothing and I did not resign,” Charlie Manuel said at his final press conference in Philadelphia today. It was pretty clear after watching today’s press conference that Charlie was fired by Ruben Amaro Jr. and the organization. Charlie was informed of the news prior to Wednesday night’s game but still managed the…

  25. Watch Ruben Amaro Jr. Cry After Firing Charlie Manuel

    Aug 16, 2013, 3:10 PM EDT

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    Well that was incredibly tough to watch. Charlie Manuel had his final press conference today in Philadelphia and made it clear that he did not resign, he did not quit on his team. Charlie Manuel was fired by the Phillies. Much more on the sad and moving press conference later but for now you can…