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  1. Watch Jimmy Rollins talk for nine minutes about Sandberg benching and apparent relationship strain

    Mar 13, 2014, 1:58 PM EDT


    “I don’t know, there’s no fire that needs to be lit though.” That’s how Jimmy Rollins responded when asked if the strange past few days is a way of Ryne Sandberg trying to light a fire under his shortstop. Jimmy has been benched the past few days and there’s no real clear reason as to…

  2. Remember This Guy: Chad Ogea

    Mar 12, 2014, 12:22 PM EDT

    1999 Victory #301 Ogea

    I’m bald. I started losing my hair while I was in high school, and by the time I was a junior in college, I came up with the ‘brilliant’ idea to never get my haircut again. If I never got another haircut, I thought. I will always have hair. Which is fine in theory, but…

  3. Cole Hamels essentially started his spring training today but feels ‘really good’

    Mar 12, 2014, 11:25 AM EDT

    Phillies Spring 2014 - Cole Hamels

    The good news about Cole Hamels’ bullpen session today is that he said he felt “really good” after he was finished this morning as opposed to the last time out when he said 30 or so pitches felt like a thousand. So Hamels is back to work but he still remains noncommittal about pitching for…

  4. Jayson Stark on Larry Bowa, the ‘Rollins Whisperer’

    Mar 7, 2014, 12:52 PM EDT


    Philadelphia fans have been yapping about Jimmy Rollins not legging out ground balls for like a decade. That’s nothing new. But fans are also not legendary Phillies shortstop and former coach Larry Bowa. Bowa is back on the bench this season helping out with Ryne Sandberg’s crew. ESPN’s Jayson Stark caught up with the two…

  5. Fan stretches (on concrete) right along with the Phillies at spring training

    Mar 7, 2014, 11:51 AM EDT


    Yeah, I don’t know. You kinda just have to watch. And sure enough, yeah, there’s some lady laying on the concrete under the seats down in Florida stretching along with the Phillies — who are laying on luxurious fluffy green grass, mind you. And they say Cardinals fans are the best in baseball. Thanks to…

  6. Phillies announce ‘R U Game? Talent Search’ but it’s not actually for starting pitching help

    Mar 6, 2014, 3:59 PM EDT

    Kid Rock

    Title says it all. Well, mostly. It’s actually a talent search for national anthem singers. The full press release: WHAT: Hundreds of talented singers in the Delaware Valley will have their chance to prove that they have what it takes to sing the national anthem at a 2014 Phillies game. Fans, in groups of one…

  7. There are tornado warnings in Florida and Ben Revere is bored, so… SELFIE!

    Mar 6, 2014, 12:55 PM EDT


    It’s not exactly Jennifer Lawrence and Brad Pitt but it’s not bad. “It’s raining I’m bored.. Time for a selfie and the best selfie ever! #phillies #wecray,” Ben Revere captioned the photo with. They so cray indeed. I mean, how many of these Philadelphia Phillies can you even name? Meanwhile, the Phillies beats fear for their lives.…

  8. Cole Hamels could miss all of April after suffering setback

    Mar 6, 2014, 9:55 AM EDT


    Not the best news out of Clearwater, Florida today as Cole Hamels has suffered a setback in his quest to ready his arm for a mid-April return to the mound in regular season game action. Reports from the beats in Clearwater indicate that it’s not an injury, but rather serious “fatigue” from attempting to get…

  9. ‘Kroll Show’ does Philly vs. Pittsburgh rivalry which features amazing vintage Darren Daulton hot dog Philly Mag cover

    Mar 5, 2014, 10:52 AM EDT


    Comedy Central’s “The Kroll Show” took a stab at the Philadelphia-Pittsburgh rivalry last night with a sketch about two pawn shops in PA’s biggest cities run by a couple of cousins. It features Nick Kroll as a Philly pawn shop owner “Murph” down on South Street who gets understandably excited at the prospect of a…

  10. Hose Report: Turkey Bacon stood no chance at the plate

    Mar 5, 2014, 9:32 AM EDT


    Not a ton of interesting chatter coming out of Clearwater, Florida this week. The Phillies are back in action this afternoon after a loss last night. We’ve been a little lax on our hardball chatter, so let’s take a look… The Daily News’ Ryan Lawrence has an interesting look at prospect Roman Quinn and his…

  11. Miguel Gonzalez not sharp in Phillies debut

    Mar 1, 2014, 3:52 PM EDT


    The name Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez first entered Philadelphia Phillies fans’ lexicons way back in July. Over seven months later, and after much uncertainty and delay, the Cuban-born righthander finally make his much-anticipated competitive debut in the states on Saturday. It did not go well. Gonzalez faced 11 batters in 1.2 innings of work, struggling mightily…

  12. FanGraphs projects Phillies as second-most improved team in 2014

    Feb 26, 2014, 3:29 PM EDT

    Ryne Sandberg, A.J. Burnett

    Despite having what by most accounts was actually a pretty solid offseason, there doesn’t seem to be a whole lot of buzz surrounding the Philadelphia Phillies in 2014. Watching this year’s team could be a lot like visiting your grandparents—of course you love them, but it’s not necessarily the most exciting thing on your calendar.…

  13. Mike Schmidt to be part of the Phillies’ broadcast team

    Feb 26, 2014, 12:22 PM EDT


    The Philadelphia Phillies weren’t done adding to their broadcast team after all. Via Ryan Lawrence for the Daily News, Hall of Fame third baseman Mike Schmidt will join newcomers Jamie Moyer and Matt Stairs as a TV color commentator in 2014. According to the report, Schmidt will be a part of all 13 regular season…

  14. PSA: The Phillies play baseball on your TV today

    Feb 26, 2014, 11:30 AM EDT

    Phillies Spring 2014

    It’s a great day to be alive. The Flyers have been on hiatus for the last few weeks, and the 76ers are for all intents and purposes as well, but for Philly sports fans starved for some action, baseball is back. The Philadelphia Phillies get their Grapefruit League schedule underway today at 1 p.m. in…

  15. What food would the Phillies put on their hat? A cheesesteak of course

    Feb 25, 2014, 4:23 PM EDT


    On Monday, the Philadelphia Phillies’ Triple-A affiliate Lehigh Valley IronPigs unveiled new alternate uniforms that feature a strip of bacon as the logo. Well, what if those kinds of shenanigans went on in the big leagues? What food would the Phils have adorned on their caps? Thankfully, the Houston Astros blog The Crawfish Boxes has…

  16. #smellthechange: Lehigh Valley IronPigs to use bacon strip as logo

    Feb 24, 2014, 1:47 PM EDT


    Oh, minor league baseball, with your wacky promotions and absurd nicknames. It was only a matter of time before one your franchises found a way to turn bacon into a fashion statement. Turns out it was the Philadelphia Phillies’ Triple-A affiliate that crossed the finish line first. The Lehigh Valley IronPigs had their big #smellthechange…

  17. Horror: Phillies want Wheels to ‘go around the ballpark and play the role of Chris Wheeler’

    Feb 24, 2014, 1:05 PM EDT


    Be sure to keep your head on a swivel at Citizens Bank Park this summer. Aside from the normal batted balls and occasional flung baseball bats flying into the stands, Chris Wheeler could be lurking around every turn, stalking you like a rabid mongoose stalks its prey. Wheels may not be in the broadcast booth…

  18. Think you’re Cliff Lee’s biggest fan? Well, you’re not

    Feb 24, 2014, 10:11 AM EDT

    MLB: All Star Game

    Tidbit from #Phillies camp today: Somebody mailed Cliff Lee their fingernail clippings. The perks of celebrity. #FanNail — Anthony Castrovince (@castrovince) February 23, 2014 Dear Cliff, Heard you received the package. I hope those help you pass the time on a rainy day in Clearwater. Maybe we can hang out when you get back to…

  19. Amaro speaks (sort of) on Phillies draft pick controversy

    Feb 22, 2014, 2:55 PM EDT


    The Philadelphia Phillies were embroiled in some controversy this week that had nothing to do with signing a 35-year-old-and-up ballplayer to a new contract. Let’s see if we can sum up this controversy quickly and succinctly for the uninitiated. In a story first reported by Aaron Fitt for Baseball America, 2013 fifth-round pick Ben Wetzler…

  20. Carlos Ruiz has an Adderall exemption from MLB for 2014

    Feb 19, 2014, 1:06 PM EDT

    Phillies Spring 2014 - Chooch

    We may have missed this over the winter when it was first reported, but a PBT post today highlighting Bob Brookover’s Inquirer column this morning informed us that Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz received an exemption from MLB that will allow him to take Adderall in 2014. This is notable, of course, because Ruiz received a…

  21. There’s a possum invading Phillies spring training right now [UPDATE]

    Feb 19, 2014, 11:03 AM EDT


    Playing possum @Phillies Spring Training. #wildlife #SpringTraining #Phillies — David Maialetti (@davidmaialetti) February 19, 2014 Once again, the Daily News’ David Maialetti is there to document the action down in Clearwater, Florida at Phillies spring training camp. CSN’s Jim Salsbury put his photography skills to good use as well. That guy is multi-talented. Visitor at…

  22. Chris Bosh of all people says the Phillie Phanatic is scary looking

    Feb 18, 2014, 4:02 PM EDT


    The Starters crew over at did their uniquely quirky thing at All-Star Game Weekend down in New Orleans and, once again, it did not disappoint. First, they had some fun asking the stars of the big game what kind of smoothies they would make. But more apropos to this website is when they asked…

  23. Photo: Chooch-vision

    Feb 18, 2014, 2:20 PM EDT


    Chooch-vision #phillies #SpringTraining #mlb — David Maialetti (@davidmaialetti) February 18, 2014 Great shot from Daily News photog David Maialetti of Carlos Ruiz down at Phillies spring training in Clearwater, Florida. A couple more photos from Tuesday by Tommy Gilligan for USA Today Sports below:

  24. Noted Cowboys’ fan Dom Brown received a personalized Philadelphia Eagles jersey, says he’ll wear it

    Feb 15, 2014, 6:58 PM EDT


    The city of Philadelphia briefly pondered exiling Phillies outfielder Dom Brown after he tweeted a photo of himself at the Linc in a Cowboys jersey during an Eagles game. Alas, most of us just drank another beer and forgot about the whole thing a minute later. Not CSN/NBC’s John Clark, however. Clark is down in…

  25. The best and worst Philly sports related Valentine’s Day things

    Feb 14, 2014, 1:19 PM EDT


    Hopefully you’re dusting off your Clarence Love Eagles jersey and heading out to a romantic dinner with your significant other down at Xfinity Live! this evening. But before you do, check out these inspiring messages of love on this Valentine’s Day. This post was inspired by the handy work of friend of the Level, Philly…