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  1. Chase Utley bobblehead giveaway at least gets his soul patch right

    Jan 29, 2014, 4:19 PM EDT

    Soul.Patch

    The Reading Fightins will be giving away a Chase Utley bobblehead on their opening night on April 3rd to the first 3,000 adults. If adults love anything, it’s Chase Utley. Tickets go on sale tomorrow. Now, getting a bobblehead to look like the actual person it’s made to represent is often challenging. The Utley one…

  2. Keith Law calls Phillies’ recent draft ‘perhaps the best’ in MLB

    Jan 28, 2014, 12:21 PM EDT

    Phillies draft pick J.P. Crawford and his purple bowtie

    They might as well change the name from Citizens Bank Park to Jurassic Park since it will be home to the prehistoric Philadelphia Phillies in 2014. The roster is old in a way that’s both funny and sad at the same time, and nothing is going to change that right now. Help is on the…

  3. Quotable: Ruben Amaro Jr. says Phillies haven’t necessarily abandoned analytics, okay.

    Jan 27, 2014, 2:44 PM EDT

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    ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick has a nice recap of the Philadelphia Phillies odd offseason. The moves they didn’t make, like trading Jonathan Papelbon or Dom Brown. The moves they did make, like Marlon Byrd, Chooch, Roberto Hernandez, and Bobby Abreu. It points out their obvious aging issues and also notes the organization being prisoners to their…

  4. Marlon Byrd claims Phillies aren’t old, needs a dictionary

    Jan 26, 2014, 11:06 AM EDT

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    Say what you want about the Philadelphia Phillies and general manager Ruben Amaro Jr., they’re not worried about perceptions. The organization’s relentless pursuit of players approaching their 40s is both funny and sad at the same time, but people affiliated with the team still seem to believe in what they’re doing, or at least they…

  5. You know, Ruben Amaro isn’t exactly wrong about Bobby Abreu

    Jan 23, 2014, 3:08 PM EDT

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    You know, Ruben Amaro Jr. isn’t exactly wrong about the Bobby Abreu signing. It is virtually a “no risk” situation where the team doesn’t have to add him to the roster out of spring training. He has been playing quite well in Venezuela. And Abreu could fill the left-handed bat off the bench need. That…

  6. Jamie Moyer could be next Phillies TV color analyst

    Jan 23, 2014, 11:30 AM EDT

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    I still can’t get used to the fact that Wheels and Sarge are no longer part of Philadelphia Phillies broadcasts, but maybe that’s because their positions have yet to be filled. Rumors and speculation have pinpointed several potential candidates to take over, but no replacement yet. Add another name to the pile. According to Phils…

  7. Billy Joel to play Citizens Bank Park on August 2nd

    Jan 23, 2014, 11:08 AM EDT

    Billy Joel

    Billy Joel was officially announced as this summer’s concert act at Citizens Bank Park. He previously played CBP on a double bill with the great Elton John. Tickets for the August second show go on sale next Friday, January 31. From the official announcement: Live Nation has announced today that Billy Joel will perform at…

  8. Ex-Phillies Marlon Anderson and Ricky Ledee have some fun at Ruben Amaro’s expense

    Jan 22, 2014, 3:31 PM EDT

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    It looks like Phillies’ fans aren’t the only ones wondering which former Phillies outfielder could be the next to sign a contract with the team. After adding Marlon Byrd and now Bobby Abreu, former Phillies Ricky Ledee and Marlon Anderson were wondering if they would be the next ones to get the call from RAJ.…

  9. Roy Halladay will be with the Phillies in Clearwater as guest instructor

    Jan 22, 2014, 12:51 PM EDT

    Roy Halladay

    We mentioned the Phillies interest in Roy Halladay in a potential instructing role a couple of weeks ago. Today, the team announced that Halladay will in fact be a guest instructor down in Clearwater this spring, joining a handful of other former Phils. Halladay was known for his impressive work ethic almost as much as…

  10. There’s a Ruben Amaro joke somewhere in here

    Jan 21, 2014, 4:29 PM EDT

    Winter Weather

    It’s nasty weather out there in Philadelphia today. I’d stay inside until tomorrow if I were you. Unless you’re within a two minute or so walk of the closest corner bar. That sounds like a pretty decent idea as well. They may have milk and bread. Here are some pretty photos of the snowy conditions…

  11. Phillies reportedly ‘sniffing around’ on potential Bobby Abreu reunion

    Jan 21, 2014, 2:09 PM EDT

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    I don’t know if there are any jokes left about the Phillies adding older players. We’ll just pass this report along: according to CSN’s Jim Salisbury, the Phillies are “sniffing around” on former Phillies outfielder Bobby Abreu to potentially fill a need for a lefty bat off the bench. Abreu has been working hard in…

  12. Watch the entire 1980 Phillies Championship Parade in all its 80′s glory

    Jan 20, 2014, 4:25 PM EDT

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    I stumbled upon a pretty rare YouTube gem this afternoon which is the entire broadcast of the 1980 Phillies Championship Parade on PHL17. Some of you old heads may remember this day rather well, but many of you probably weren’t even born yet when the Phillies first took their first float ride down Broad Street.…

  13. Vernon Wells rumors are now a thing in Philadelphia

    Jan 20, 2014, 11:09 AM EDT

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    You know things in the world of Phillies fandom are not their best when an article about a potential free agent signing has to explicitly state “it wouldn’t be a train wreck” and that rumored player has been “epically bad in recent years.” As if all of the moves Ruben Amaro Jr. makes these days…

  14. Cartoon: Charlie Manuel and Chris Wheeler fight over who gets the best role in Phillies organization

    Jan 15, 2014, 3:35 PM EDT

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    Charlie Manuel has some competition for his new job with the #Phillies: pic.twitter.com/J0LSYCUlEo — Rob Tornoe (@RobTornoe) January 15, 2014 Both Charlie Manuel and Chris Wheeler will be in new roles with the Phillie for the 2014 season. In what capacity the pair will serve the organization is a bit unclear, but Philadelphia Inquirer cartoonist…

  15. Reports: Charlie Manuel to rejoin Phillies as senior adviser to Ruben

    Jan 15, 2014, 1:54 PM EDT

    Charlie Manuel, Ruben Amaro, Jr.

    But will he bring his lunch to Citizens Bank Park come April in a Wawa bag? According to reports by 97.5 the Fanatic’s Brian Startare and CSNPhilly’s Jim Salisbury, Charlie Manuel has agreed to return to the Phillies organization in a senior adviser role to the General Manager. When Manuel was let go back in…

  16. The best of Chase Utley’s Twitter chat

    Jan 14, 2014, 2:32 PM EDT

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    Chase Utley has been making the media rounds in full force this week, which is odd because it’s Chase Utley. Utley hasn’t backed down from any line of questioning from what I can tell. He thinks the Phillies can be contenders this year, steroid-users like Alex Rodriguez are a disappointment, and the Fightins’ new TV…

  17. The Phillies have interest in Roy Halladay

    Jan 14, 2014, 11:21 AM EDT

    Roy Halladay

    Not as a pitcher obviously. He retired, remember. But the Phillies do apparently have interest in Roy Halladay as an instructor of some sort. Somewhat hidden in a note by Jim Salisbury about whether or not Charlie Manuel will return to the Philadelphia Phillies in a coaching role this coming season is a quick bit…

  18. The Phillie Phanatic will spend all spring in Clearwater for first time ever

    Jan 13, 2014, 2:17 PM EDT

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    Don’t get confused. That was not a pregnancy announcement by Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Dom Brown and the Phillie Phanatic that was posted to Instagram this afternoon. It was a photo from Mexico — we assume on the team’s cruise vacation that fans can go on if they fork over some dough — illustrating that the…

  19. Keith Olbermann is pissed at the Phillies over Wheels and Sarge move

    Jan 9, 2014, 1:23 PM EDT

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    If you caught Keith Olbermann’s show on ESPN2 on Wednesday night then you saw him select the Philadelphia Phillies as the “winner” of his segment known as the “World’s Worst in Sports.” It’s kind of his new play on his old MSNBC bit “Worst Person in the World” where he’d single out some nitwit. He…

  20. Bombshell: Chris Wheeler and Sarge Matthews out of Phillies broadcast

    Jan 8, 2014, 1:16 PM EDT

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    It’ll never be Cadillac Time again. In a rather shocking development, longtime Phillies broadcaster Chris Wheeler is out from the television broadcasts after decades in the booth. Sarge Matthews’ time in the booth has also come to an end as well. That’s just goofy. The AP first reported the news. Both will move to different…

  21. Old video of Jimmy Rollins with an afro dissing hockey

    Jan 8, 2014, 11:35 AM EDT

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    Not entirely sure how I stumbled upon this undated-but-probably-old video this morning, but it’s pretty awesome for two reasons. First, Jimmy Rollins is sporting the afro he used to rock back in his early days with the Phillies. And two, J-Roll is asked about what he loves about Philadelphia and gives an answer that would…

  22. 5 reasons Philly sports fans should be excited for 2014

    Jan 1, 2014, 3:52 PM EDT

    shady-belt

    5. Playoffs! 2013 came and went, and not one of the big four managed to reach their respective sport’s postseason. In fact, we have to go all the way back to May of 2012 when the Flyers and 76ers both advanced to the quarterfinals. Philadelphia did have some postseason representation in 2013. La Salle’s men’s…

  23. @FakeWIPCaller’s Ten Best (And Ten Worst) Philadelphia Sports Moments of 2013

    Dec 26, 2013, 11:04 AM EDT

    Chip Kelly, Nick Foles, Riley Cooper

    The year 2013 got off to a pretty good start for Philadelphia sports fans, with the firing on New Years’ Eve of Andy Reid. Unfortunately, nothing else good happened for quite awhile, with the Phillies, Sixers and Flyers all turning in awful seasons. It was another year without a local championship, just like all of…

  24. The 700 Level’s 25 favorite Philly wins (and ten least-favorite losses) of 2013

    Dec 23, 2013, 2:30 PM EDT

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    It wasn’t long ago that our year-end lists of best and worst Philly games of the year were chock full of things like playoff clinchers, post-season upsets, and crushing losses when a championship legitimately seemed in reach. Sad to say, the stakes for sports in the city of Philadelphia were a lot lower in 2013,…

  25. The 700 Level’s 10 least-favorite Philly losses (and 25 favorite wins) of 2013

    Dec 23, 2013, 2:29 PM EDT

    Barry Church, Morris Claiborne, Jeff Maehl

    It wasn’t long ago that our year-end lists of best and worst Philly games of the year were chock full of things like playoff clinchers, post-season upsets, and crushing losses when a championship legitimately seemed in reach. Sad to say, the stakes for sports in the city of Philadelphia were a lot lower in 2013,…