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  1. Remember Phillies fans, no matter how hard things get there are still the Marlins

    Oct 1, 2013, 8:22 PM EDT

    Yeah, October 3rd hasn't happened yet.

    You may have missed it over the weekend because who cares about baseball at this point of the season when the Phillies aren’t playing, but the Miami Marlins managed to throw something of a wacky and wild no hitter to close out the season. Pretty cool moment in a likely forgettable season for the Marlins.…

  2. Carlos Ruiz: ‘I’m Philly right now. Still Philly.’

    Oct 1, 2013, 11:27 AM EDT


    Carlos Ruiz packed up his locker on Monday with the rest of the Phillies players and said his goodbyes for the winter. But the goodbyes for Chooch were likely a bit tougher due to the uncertainty of whether or not Ruiz will ever be back in the Citizens Bank Park clubhouse to put on a…

  3. Amaro: Phillies front office will incorporate analytics into personnel evaluations

    Sep 30, 2013, 3:43 PM EDT

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    Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. didn’t need to tell anybody that he didn’t have a very good year. His team finished with the seventh-worst record in Major League Baseball at 73-89, 23 games out of first place in the same NL East the club once presided over for five consecutive seasons. Amaro accepted his…

  4. The 20 happiest memories from a Phillies season mostly worth forgetting

    Sep 30, 2013, 2:40 PM EDT

    Domonic Brown

    And so the Phillies finish the 2013 MLB season with a 73-89 record, seventh worst in the NL, and a league-worst run differential that suggests they were somehow actually far crappier than even their miserable record would suggest. Hope that this team would end up as any more than this faded quickly after the All-Star…

  5. The Phillies statement on letting pitching coach Rich Dubee go

    Sep 30, 2013, 10:47 AM EDT

    Pitching coach Rich Dubee talks to  Halladay as Chooch arrives at the mound.  Halladay left the game. He was relieved by Luis Garcia. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)

    Charlie Manuel was not the only coach in the Phillies dugout to get the axe this season. After finishing out the string on Sunday afternoon, the team announced this morning that longtime pitching coach Rich Dubee will not return to the club next season. The team’s full  statement: The Phillies have opted not to renew…

  6. Who Said It: Sarge Matthews or a Child in the AT&T Commercials?

    Sep 30, 2013, 10:08 AM EDT


    Congratulations, everyone!  We survived the Sisyphusian hellscape that was the 2013 Phillies season.  It hasn’t been pretty. But we had some fun, didn’t we? I said some.  If you were like many fans this season, you attended fewer games at Citizens Bank Park, so you probably found yourself watching more of the broadcasts.  This has…

  7. Words used in describing Jonathan Papelbon’s performance last night: flaccid

    Sep 29, 2013, 7:59 AM EDT


    Phillies scribe Jim Salisbury set the scene in Atlanta last night: ATLANTA — Jonathan Papelbon looked a little like Roy Halladay as he bobbed and weaved his way through the ninth inning with a flaccid fastball and a bag full of off-speed trickery Saturday night. Paps made the Philadelphia faithful sweat it out but eventually…

  8. Casper Wells’ dad was thoroughly unimpressed by son’s performance

    Sep 28, 2013, 12:20 PM EDT

    Casper Wells

    Hey, do you remember that time about a month ago when Casper Wells went 0 for 7 at the plate and surrendered five runs on the mound in the longest game in Phillies history? Of course you do – it’s history! Yes, Casper Wells is a person who played for the Phillies this season, which…

  9. Wu-Tang Forever: Cliff Lee’s Ridiculous Start Ends Ridiculous Month, Phils Lose Anyway

    Sep 28, 2013, 10:59 AM EDT

    MLB: Philadelphia Phillies at Atlanta Braves

    If you didn’t know better watching the Phils last night, you might have thought they were actually playing for something. Well, actually, that’s not true at all–the offense looks like it packed it in months ago, and the Fightins continued their prodigious recent output at the plate last night with a mere two hits, two…

  10. New Charlie Manuel artwork by Daniel Duffy pays homage through his players

    Sep 27, 2013, 11:59 AM EDT


    We’ve featured the artwork of Daniel Duffy and his Lion World shop on this site many times in the past so the style of this Charlie Manuel artwork is likely familiar to many of you. For those who haven’t seen it, Duffy uses words and stats to fill out the actual images in his work.…

  11. Mariano makes emotional final appearance at Yankee Stadium

    Sep 27, 2013, 10:01 AM EDT


    The great Mariano Rivera pitched his final game at Yankee Stadium last night. After embarking on something like a farewell tour all season around the country, Rivera said his goodbyes to the Bronx. And it was awesome. Watch him make the jog out from the bullpen one last time: And watch Derek Jeter and Andy…

  12. Video: Hunter Pence’s youth baseball instructional video is everything you imagined and more

    Sep 26, 2013, 3:06 PM EDT


    In retrospect — and maybe even at the time — sending Jonathan Singleton and Jarred Cosart to the Astros for Hunter Pence, not a great idea. Still, it’s amazing how it easy it is for athletes to make fans like them. Show even the slightest bit of a sense of humor, especially by way of…

  13. How much should the Phils care about ending with a bottom ten record?

    Sep 26, 2013, 12:02 PM EDT


    I was watching some of the Phils-Mets series ender last Sunday with some Met fan friends, rooting for the Phils to squeak one out and not have to suffer the indignity of a home sweep at the hand of their hated NL East rivals. To my mild surprise, though, some of the Met fans were…

  14. Ruben on Halladay: ‘I’d like to think it’s not the last we’ll see of Doc.’

    Sep 25, 2013, 7:43 PM EDT

    Phillies starting pitcher Roy Halladay  heads to the dugout after pitching the sixth inning against the Marlins, Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013, in Philadelphia.  The Phillies won 6-4. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola)

    When Roy Halladay was pulled from Monday’s game after throwing just 16 pitches and allowing two bases on balls, many people thought they’d just witnessed Doc’s final outing as a member of the Philadelphia Phillies and perhaps of the former Cy Young winner’s career. But Ruben Amaro Jr. isn’t putting it so harshly. In fact,…

  15. That ugly Phillies tower sign is finally coming down… sort of

    Sep 24, 2013, 12:46 PM EDT

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    click on the above images to enlarge Good news! That eyesore of a sign between Citizens Bank Park and the lovely Philadelphia skyline is finally coming down after all of these years. Well, it’s not coming down entirely, but they are going to chop part of it off and make it a bit lower so…

  16. Roy Halladay leaves game after just three batters due to ‘right arm fatigue’ [UPDATE: Season over]

    Sep 23, 2013, 7:54 PM EDT

    Pitching coach Rich Dubee talks to  Halladay as Chooch arrives at the mound.  Halladay left the game. He was relieved by Luis Garcia. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)

    Roy Halladay’s career as a Philadelphia Phillies pitcher could possibly be over. Doc was pulled from Monday night’s game down in Miami after facing just three Marlins batters. His fastball topped out at a meager 83 mph. Halladay walked leadoff man Donovan Solano on four pitches, got Ed Lucas to foul out to second, and…

  17. Exclusive: The Phillie Phanatic writes a guest column for the Daily News

    Sep 23, 2013, 12:59 PM EDT


    The above photo was taken by Phillies beat writer for the Philadelphia Daily News, Ryan Lawrence, at yesterday’s game — the final at Citizens Bank Park of the 2013 season. Through our sources we obtained a copy of the Phanatic’s column before it has been published elsewhere. You can read it below. CITIZENS BANK PARK…

  18. Ryne Sandberg officially gets the gig

    Sep 23, 2013, 11:05 AM EDT


    The Phillies closed out their home slate over the weekend in 2013 style. They were swept by the New York Mets. The final home games of the year always feel like they mark the true end of summer and the start to fall in Philadelphia. Sunday marked another big change. Ryne Sandberg had the interim…

  19. Giancarlo Stanton Crushed a Home Run Into a Hoagie Joint Last Night

    Sep 19, 2013, 9:58 AM EDT


    And Ruben Amaro’s cravings for the Marlins’ power hitter reached an all-time high. Sure, Stanton’s bomb reached the Planet Hoagie out in Ashburn Alley on a bounce but it was still one freakin’ beast of a home run. As for the baseball contest, the Phillies failed to take advantage of the bases loaded situation in…

  20. Photo: Roy Halladay walks off the Citizens Bank Park mound for maybe the last time

    Sep 18, 2013, 9:51 AM EDT

    Phillies starting pitcher Roy Halladay  heads to the dugout after pitching the sixth inning against the Marlins, Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013, in Philadelphia.  The Phillies won 6-4. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola)

    Roy Halladay may have pitched his final game ever as a Phillies pitcher in South Philadelphia last night. He had more “Jamie Moyer stuff” than the face breaker we’d come to know over the years, but he walked off the mound in the sixth inning with the lead and went on to earn the win.…

  21. These Still Frames of Home Plate Collision Give New Meaning to the Term ‘Dom Bomb’

    Sep 17, 2013, 3:08 PM EDT


    Somewhat lost amid Cliff Lee’s masterful execution on the baseball diamond in Monday night’s 12-2 victory was the vicious collision at home plate between Domonic Brown and Marlins catcher Jeff Mathis. Advantage: Dom. Brown dropped his shoulder heading into home and absolutely obliterated Mathis on this play in the third inning, leaving his feet as…

  22. Cliff Lee Thinks Hitting Triples Is Fun and All But Would Prefer a Nice Leisurely Trot Around the Bases

    Sep 17, 2013, 9:35 AM EDT


    Oh, Cliff. After his three hit night at the plate including a triple and 4 RBIs, Lee joked with the media that he’d prefer a nice easy stroll around the bases as opposed to having to leg it to third. He has a point. “I’d prefer to hit then trot the bases and go sit…

  23. Invisible Touch: Cliff Lee Owns the Marlins, Sets Some Cool Stat Benchmarks

    Sep 16, 2013, 10:41 PM EDT

    MLB: Miami Marlins at Philadelphia Phillies

    That Cliff Lee is a badass is nothing new, that the Marlins are a terrible team is even un-newer. But tonight’s performance from the Pfife Dog was nonetheless impressive by any standards, and did well to remind us that despite Cliff Lee’s questionable status as a gargantuan-salaried pitcher on a sub-.500 team, we’re pretty fortunate…

  24. Cesar Hernandez Thought He Worked the Elusive Three Ball Walk

    Sep 14, 2013, 12:24 PM EDT

    Cesar Hernandez

    It was another crappy game for the Phillies on Friday night down in Washington where they were handled rather easily by the Nationals to the tune of 6-1. It was the Nats seventh straight victory as they try to make a real push to win a wild card spot. Kyle Kendrick was particularly bad but…

  25. Phillies Get Ohlendorf Tonight Instead of Strasburg

    Sep 13, 2013, 6:14 PM EDT

    The Phillies could again play the role of thorn in the side of Nationals fans and their hopes of fighting for a wildcard spot in the final few weeks of the season. The two sides kickoff a weekend set this evening in Washington and the Nats are already feeling the pain. The freakout began when…