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  1. Quotable: Ruben Amaro on John Mayberry Jr.

    Dec 3, 2013, 12:31 PM EDT


    “Didn’t think about it all,” the Phillies’ GM said when asked if he considered non-tendering Mayberry. “He was not a non-tender candidate for us. Any player who can hit 14 home runs in this day and age off the bench in limited at-bats and have the versatility he does … there was no thought to…

  2. Curt Schilling and Howard Eskin take to Twitter to rip each other over Hall of Fame

    Nov 27, 2013, 11:30 AM EDT

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    The Baseball Hall of Fame will go through their voting process in the coming weeks to induct the next class of ball players to get their mug on a plaque in Cooperstown. You may have been reminded of this when the folks over at Deadspin made a mockery of the process by purchasing one baseball…

  3. Video: Carlos Ruiz surprises local 6-year-old boy battling leukemia

    Nov 25, 2013, 2:25 PM EDT


    The Philadelphia Phillies made the re-signing of catcher Carlos Ruiz official last week. And while the specifics of his 3-year contract are up for debate among the baseball savvy, the awesomeness of Chooch off the field is most certainly not. He added to his awesomeness in a special way last week. Chooch showed up to…

  4. You can purchase Shane Victorino’s scraggily beard hair on eBay

    Nov 21, 2013, 3:47 PM EDT


    Just felt the need to point that out to you. It’s true. You can, in fact, purchase the beard hair of Red Sox players Shane Victorino and David Ortiz on eBay. Mike Oz of Yahoo!’s Big League Stew explains, “The items come with autographed razors used at the post-World Series ceremonial shaving that both Ortiz and Victorino…

  5. Joe Biden is a crazy person, also a Phillies fan

    Nov 21, 2013, 2:56 PM EDT


    Joe Biden was talking some smack on your favorite sandwich today down in Washington, DC. Some Delaware sandwich shop opened up a DC location and the Veep was there to talk some smack on Philly’s finest. That’s crazy talk. But then he also kinda stood up for Phillies fans, I think. So we’ll give him…

  6. Multiple reports say Chooch is re-signing with the Phillies

    Nov 18, 2013, 11:39 AM EDT


    Sources: Free-agent catcher Carlos Ruiz re-signing with #Phillies. — Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) November 18, 2013 No word yet on specifics but a legit report from Fox Sports’ Ken Rostenthal that catcher Carlos Ruiz will return to Philadelphia to play for the Phillies will almost assuredly make fans in this town happy. More on the details…

  7. The Phillies add a Clete

    Nov 15, 2013, 10:56 AM EDT


    The Philadelphia Phillies announced a number of minor league contracts with big league invites this morning. A couple of the names will look familiar to you and then there’s also a Clete. More on veteran reliever Shawn Camp over at the mothership. Phillies announce minor-league contracts w big league camp invites for RHP Shawn Camp,…

  8. Recommended reading: David Murphy on scouting organizations vs. decision-making organizations

    Nov 14, 2013, 12:37 PM EDT


    The Marlon Byrd signing did not sit well with many Phillies fans in the Philadelphia area over the past few days. It’s not so much that people think Marlon Byrd can’t be a good player for the Phillies in 2013, it’s more the fact that the Phillies gave a guy getting up their in age…

  9. Comment of the week sponsored by Smith’s Restaurant and Bar: The one person who loves Marlon Byrd

    Nov 13, 2013, 1:40 PM EDT

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    It wasn’t easy but we scoured the comments and found the one person totally stoked on the Phillies bringing back Marlon Byrd to man right field at Citizens Bank Park. So what if they probably overpaid by, like, twice as much! Byrd calls in the outfield are back baby! From BrandonPhilly: I love Byrd. That’s…

  10. Cold water on the Jose Bautista and Dom Brown trade rumors

    Nov 13, 2013, 11:40 AM EDT


    It’s safe to take all Phillies rumors started by Howard Eskin with a bucket of salt, so it’s not surprising today to see a number of people who cover baseball nationally for a living shoot down the report last night that the Toronto Blue Jays were in talks with Ruben Amaro Jr. and the Philadelphia…

  11. Report: Phils talking to Toronto about Dom Brown for Jose Bautista swap

    Nov 13, 2013, 12:40 AM EDT


    While the Phillies appear to be targeting midlevel free agents this offseason by most accounts, Ruben Amaro Jr. always has an ace up his sleeve. Or it might be the two of spades. There is most definitely a something up there though. Hopefully it’s a face card at least? Turns out it might be one…

  12. Report: A.J. Pierzynski is Ruben’s backup plan if Chooch falls through

    Nov 12, 2013, 1:36 PM EDT


    ESPN’s Jayson Stark tweeted on Tuesday that if the Phillies fail to come to terms with Carlos Ruiz, their next option could be longtime White Sox and most recently Texas Rangers catcher A.J. Pierzynski. His age of 36 would help him fit in with the current Phillies roster. He’ll be 37 when next season starts.…

  13. Report: OF Marlon Byrd returning to Phillies

    Nov 12, 2013, 11:48 AM EDT


    Ruben Amaro Jr. and the Phillies are set to reunite with outfielder Marlon Byrd, according to multiple reports including Michael Barkann on 94 WIP who broke the news. When first hearing about the signing, there are two facts that stick out in Byrd’s bio. The right-handed bat is now 36 years old and was almost…

  14. Phillies moderately warm stove rumblings: Chooch, Trumbo… oh and Stanton again

    Nov 8, 2013, 12:51 PM EDT


    Things have been lukewarm on the stove to start the free agency period in Philadelphia. A couple of links of interest: Chooch is a free agent and the Phillies will attempt to bring him back as their catcher for 2014 but they’re not gonna just sit around and wait forever. Ruben did some posturing in…

  15. Phillies hire analytics guru, Amaro unsure it changes anything

    Nov 6, 2013, 4:24 PM EDT


    Upon finishing out 2013 with a 73-89 record, Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. finally conceded the front office needed to begin incorporating analytics into personnel evaluations. Ladies and gentlemen, the future has arrived—better late than never.’s Todd Zolecki revealed the organization has tabbed Scott Freedman from Major League Baseball’s Labor Relations Department for…

  16. Miguel Cabrera visiting all the wrong Philly sports franchises

    Nov 5, 2013, 3:07 PM EDT


    What do you do if you’re a big-league ball player with time to kill in a cool city? Apparently, you go on a tour of the local professional sports’ franchises. Over the weekend, Detroit Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera made a pit stop inside the Flyers dressing room at the Wells Fargo Center where he…

  17. Charlie Manuel busy cleaning gutters but still considering job with Phillies

    Nov 4, 2013, 12:55 PM EDT


    Inquirer Columnist Bob Brookover had the pleasure of recently spending some time on the phone with former Phillies skipper Charlie Manuel. They talked about what Charlie’s been up to as of late and also what the future may hold in store for the soon-to-be 70-year-old. First, I just love this quote about how Charlie’s been…

  18. Apparently, Darren Daulton had to stop Mitch Williams from ‘attacking’ Lenny Dykstra on Saturday

    Nov 3, 2013, 11:55 AM EDT

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    Pretty descriptive headline, right? While we were out doing whatever it was we were doing, it sounds as if a fight was only narrowly avoided on Saturday at the Granite Run Mall between members of the 1993 National League champion Philadelphia Phillies during an autograph signing. Philliedelphia was the first one of the first sites…

  19. We wish Miguel Cabrera really was ‘property of Philadelphia’

    Nov 2, 2013, 3:44 PM EDT


    No offense to Cody Asche or Maikel Franco, but Detroit Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera would look awfully good in red pinstripes. Likewise, you wouldn’t hear many arguments if the Phillies somehow unloaded Ryan Howard’s contract and stuck the 2012 American League Triple Crown Winner over at first base. No, Cabrera is not a free…

  20. Memo to the Phillies: Don’t “Go For It”

    Nov 1, 2013, 12:17 PM EDT


    With the World Series wrapping up this week, the Major League Baseball offseason is upon us. And with reports that the Phillies are in line to sign a hugely lucrative new local TV contract in the near future, a lot of fans of the local team are excited about a potential spending spree, one which…

  21. The Ultimate Throwback Thursday: Remembering the 2008 World Series Parade

    Oct 31, 2013, 7:25 PM EDT


    Five Halloweens ago, we awoke as champions, and headed out to celebrate.  It was a perfect Fall day (even if it wasn’t, I’d remember it that way), and the streets were filled with joy, confetti, and Phillies red.  Some of us were drunk, some of us were sober… but none of us were sober. The…

  22. Shane Victorino is a World Champion of baseball once again

    Oct 31, 2013, 11:51 AM EDT


    There’s just something awesome about Shane Victorino with the bases loaded in the postseason. The Flyin’ Hawaiian made his mark on history once again last night when he ripped a bases clearing double high off the Green Monster to put the Red Sox up for good last night en route to the Red Sox defeating…

  23. Five years ago today we learned what winning felt like

    Oct 29, 2013, 1:58 PM EDT


    Before I even got to the ball park on October 29th, 2008, I had that feeling that so many others had that day: that this would be the day the Phillies finally bring a championship to the city of Philadelphia during my lifetime. I remember screaming and jumping up and down and saying out loud…

  24. The Evster highlights some of Tim McCarver’s best Tim McCarverisms

    Oct 29, 2013, 12:35 PM EDT


    Broadcasting SUPER LEGEND Tim McCarver is retiring after this World Series, which means we only have a few more games to soak in his greatness. As of now, it is unclear who Fox will bring on as next season’s color analyst. Rumor has it they’re grooming John Smoltz to take over, while other reports say…

  25. What Phillies can learn from Red Sox rebuild: Sign short-term deals, survive bad deals, keep players motivated

    Oct 25, 2013, 1:44 PM EDT


    Last year, the Red Sox skidded to a 93-loss finish and, all things considered, one of the biggest underachievements in recent sports memory. This year, and after an 8-1 lathering of the Cardinals in Game 1, they’re three wins from a World Series crown. No matter the outcome, they’ve already capped a turnaround that’s nothing…