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  1. 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…

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

    Feb 19, 2014, 1:06 PM EDT

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    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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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:

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. Let’s honor Jim Fregosi’s memory by remembering the time he said WIP was a bunch of literal motherf—ers

    Feb 14, 2014, 12:17 PM EDT


    Jim Fregosi, baseball lifer and Phillies manager for a half-decade in the early-to-mid ’90s, died this morning of complications resulting from a severe stroke, as reported by CSNPhilly. Oldest son Jim Fregosi Jr. says Jim Sr. “went in peace with no pain.” Phillies President David Montgomery commented on the manager’s contribution to franchise history, saying…

  9. Shocker: Roy Halladay may sleep in a little now, run less

    Feb 14, 2014, 11:16 AM EDT

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    Roy Halladay returning to the Philadelphia Phillies organization as a pitching instructor this spring was a move greeted overwhelmingly positive by fans. Roy’s exactly the kind of guy you want melding the minds and arms of the team’s pitchers of tomorrow. But when word of his return as an instructor first broke, many wondered whether…

  10. Hi Cliff! Missed you.

    Feb 13, 2014, 3:36 PM EDT


    Feb 13, 2014; Clearwater, FL, USA; Members of the Philadelphia Phillies stretches at the start of Thursday’s workout at Bright House Networks Field. Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports More Spring Training photos below! All shots by USA Today Sports

  11. BASEBALL PHOTO GALLERY! Pitchers and catchers and palm trees and green grass

    Feb 13, 2014, 12:53 PM EDT

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    I don’t know what’s outside your window right now but I’m willing to bet it’s white or gray and has no hint of sunlight whatsoever. So with that, let’s look at some of the first photos to emerge from Spring Training 2014 down in Clearwater, Florida. Philadelphia Phillies baseball is just around the corner. Get…

  12. Cole Hamels is excited to see the ‘new Cuban guy’

    Feb 12, 2014, 1:51 PM EDT


    Pitchers and catchers reported just today and we’re already treated to an influx of Phillies news. Cole Hamels will likely not be ready by Opening Day. Ruben Amaro made a splash by signing A.J. Burnett to bolster his staff. And hey, what about that new Cuban guy?!? To be fair, you’ve all probably done it…

  13. A.J. Burnett signs one-year deal with the Phillies

    Feb 12, 2014, 12:15 PM EDT


    Here’s something that could lessen the blow of Cole Hamels missing a few starts this April.’s Jim Salisbury confirms the Philadelphia Phillies have agreed to terms on a one-year contract with right-hander A.J. Burnett. The Phillies apparently won a bidding war against the Pittsburgh Pirates and Baltimore Orioles to acquire Burnett’s services. He bolsters…

  14. Cole Hamels will not be ready to start Opening Day for the Phillies

    Feb 12, 2014, 11:15 AM EDT

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    Pitchers and catchers only reported for spring training today, and already the Philadelphia Phillies have been dealt their first blow of the season. Luckily, it sounds relatively minor. According to multiple reports coming out of Clearwater, Florida on Wednesday, Cole Hamels will not be ready for the start of the 2014 regular season. The lefthander…

  15. Official: Phillies tab Jamie Moyer and Matt Stairs as color commentators

    Feb 11, 2014, 3:48 PM EDT


    The search to replace Chris Wheeler and Gary Matthews in the Philadelphia Phillies broadcast booth has reached its conclusion. has confirmed reports that Jamie Moyer and Matt Stairs, both members of the 2008 World F’n Champions, will join play-by-play man Tom McCarthy as color commentators in the television booth this year. John Finger writes…

  16. With Flyers on Olympic hiatus and the Sixers being the Sixers… times are hard

    Feb 10, 2014, 12:57 PM EDT

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    Man, no Flyers for 2+ weeks… awful Sixers… and a ho-hum kick-start to Spring Training for the Phils, looks like I’m cleaning out the DVR for a good stretch here. That was a comment on a post about Blake Griffin doing the Sixers dirty late on Sunday evening, but it raises a good point. Sure,…

  17. Now the Phillie Phanatic thinks he’s a rock star [VIDEO]

    Feb 6, 2014, 5:33 PM EDT

    Phanatic joined us onstage for the encore tonight! Truly a master of his craft. Hot dog gun too powerful for indoors… — Dr. Dog (@DrDogMusic) February 2, 2014 That’s the problem when you already have a big head. This is a couple of days old but we just stumbled upon it today. Apparently the…

  18. The great fan snowball debacle involving Philadelphia you probably never heard of

    Feb 6, 2014, 2:41 PM EDT

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    Why do national television broadcasters fail to mention April 11, 1907 when the Philadelphia Phillies took on the New York Giants on a snowy Opening Day. An incident so unruly that the game was called due to ravenous fans throwing snowballs at, not only each other, but also at the umpire? Probably because the game…

  19. Charlie Manuel on working with Phils in 2014: ‘I’m fired up and ready to go’

    Feb 5, 2014, 12:02 PM EDT

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    If Charlie Manuel was upset at the timing of his firing in the middle of the 2013 season, it sure sounds like he’s gotten over it. Manuel was a guest on Philly Sports Talk on CSN on Tuesday evening and chatted with Michael Barkann, Jim Salisbury, and Rich Hoffmann. “I was a little surprised,” Manuel…

  20. Charlie Manuel to be inducted to Phillies Wall of Fame

    Feb 4, 2014, 4:13 PM EDT


    Charlie Manuel already owns the Philadelphia Phillies’ record for wins by a manager with 780, but since records are made to be broken, the franchise will immortalize the legendary skipper another way. The team announced on Tuesday that Manuel will join the ranks of the great Phillies of all time in a pre-game ceremony to…

  21. ESPN writer picks Phillies as second-worst team in all of baseball

    Feb 3, 2014, 3:54 PM EDT

    Dom Brown and Ryan Howard celebrate another Dom Bomb

    Now that the exciting Super Bowl is over and we’re finally done with snow this winter it’s time to get pumped for pitchers and catchers reporting to sunny Clearwater, Florida in just a few days. Whoa, whoa, whoa. Not so fast. The Super Bowl sucked. It’s still freakin’ snowing. And one ESPN analyst ranks the…

  22. 34 Wing Bowl photos that will restore your faith in protein and cellulite

    Jan 31, 2014, 1:21 PM EDT


    Thousands of chicken wings were eaten, countless beers consumed — at least two by legendary Phillie Matt Stairs — and hundreds of breasts were exposed to both the chilly weather and brutish banter. That, of course, means the 22nd annual Wing Bowl took place this morning down at the Wells Fargo Center in South Philadelphia.…

  23. Photo Gallery: Wing Bowl 22

    Jan 31, 2014, 1:11 PM EDT


    Another Wing Bowl put on by the folks of 94 WIP is in the books. The 22nd annual installment saw a record-shattering performance from new champion Molly Schuyler, a disappointing effort from Eagles lineman Jason Kelce, and a great cameo from Mr. Moon Shot himself, Matt Stairs. CSNPhilly photographer Aaron Talasnik was there to capture some…

  24. Video: Matt Stairs pounded beers at Wing Bowl 22 this morning

    Jan 31, 2014, 10:00 AM EDT


    Matt Stairs may have just made himself the favorite to be the next Philadelphia Phillies television analyst — among the beer-for-breakfast crowd, at least. [PHOTO GALLERY: Wing Bowl 22] The former slugger and playoff legend made an appearance at the Wing Bowl this morning at the Wells Fargo Center. He made his presence known by…

  25. What They’re Saying: A.J. Burnett to the Phillies?

    Jan 29, 2014, 4:19 PM EDT


    Reports indicate free-agent right-hander A.J. Burnett will return to pitch a 16th season in the big leagues, which immediately led to speculation that the two-time World Series champion could be a fit for the Philadelphia Phillies. After all, he is 37. Not unlike the Bobby Abreu signing from last week though, there is a case…