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  1. Cole Hamels gives the most Cole Hamels answer when asked which Olympic sport he’d play

    Apr 18, 2014, 4:08 PM EDT

    Phillies Spring 2014 - Cole Hamels

    The Phillies and Braves got rained out the other night which meant plenty of filler programming on the TV. One of the segments had the Phillies players and coaches answer some quirky questions. The guys were posed the question: “if you could play any one Olympic sport, which would it be?” Cole Hamels gave the…

  2. Cliff Lee struck out 13 Braves but Julio Teheran was filthier

    Apr 17, 2014, 8:04 AM EDT

    Cliff Lee, Evan Gattis

    You probably don’t want to watch the above “highlight” video from last night’s 1-0 loss to the Braves. It’s basically Julio Teheran manhandling the Phillies. Put it this way, when a Ryan Howard infield single is one of the highlights of the Phils’ night at the plate, it was not a pretty night. Cliff Lee…

  3. ‘Duck Dynasty’ can actually cheer up a pitcher who gave up back-to-back-to-back jacks

    Apr 16, 2014, 12:08 PM EDT


    B.J. Rosenberg accomplished the uber rare feat of facing three batters on Monday evening and allowing each of them to deposit a ball in the outfield seats. That does not happen everyday. So how did Rosenberg cope with being one of the goats in the Phillies loss? The Inquirer’s Matt Gelb put on his reporting…

  4. Chase Utley Is The Man, Part 1,334

    Apr 14, 2014, 4:46 PM EDT

    Chase Utley

    Todd Zolecki for labeled him the “hottest hitter on the planet” on Monday.’s Corey Seidman called this “the best two-week stretch” of the 12th-year veteran’s career. Around here, we usually just refer to him as “The Man.” Philadelphia Phillies second baseman Chase Utley has been tearing the cover off of the ball through…

  5. Scenes from Opening Day at Citizens Bank Park

    Apr 8, 2014, 5:15 PM EDT

    Phillie Panatic

    There’s nothing quite like Opening Day at the ballpark, whether it’s a World Series contender or an 0-162 also-ran. It’s just too bad not everybody can be in attendance to take in the festivities. Thanks to Associated Press photographer Chris Szagola, we’re able to bring you some of the visual effects. There’s nothing quite like…

  6. Chase’d from home: no Utley (flu) for Phillies home opener

    Apr 8, 2014, 2:28 PM EDT

    Looking, ummm, good there, Chase...

    Ah, the familiar sights of Citizens Bank Park. The Mike Schmidt statue outside the third base gate. The Robin Roberts statue outside the first base gate. The Ryan Howard statue at first base. Chase Utley at second base. Baseball doesn’t get much better than when Utley is playing in the dirt. Unfortunately for fans making…

  7. Hopefully you’re not tailgating outside CBP right now

    Apr 7, 2014, 11:18 AM EDT


    The Phillies didn’t waste any time in postponing today’s scheduled home opener against the Brewers at 3:05 pm and moving it to Tuesday at 4:05 pm instead due to the weather forecast calling for rain all day long. The fact that they made the call over 24 hours in advance gave fans plenty of time…

  8. The Ben Revere pick-off play that probably cost the Phillies a win

    Apr 2, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT


    Lots of talk about managerial decisions after the Philadelphia Phillies’ 3-2 walk-off loss to the Texas Rangers on Tuesday. Ryne Sandberg left Cody Asche and Domonic Brown out of the lineup altogether in favor of righty vs. lefty matchups. The Phils skipper then proceeded to fail to pinch hit accordingly in opposite scenarios later on,…

  9. Cody Asche, Dom Brown not in lineup for Game 2 at Texas

    Apr 1, 2014, 4:33 PM EDT

    Cody Asche, Domonic Brown, Kevin Frandsen

    All Cody Asche did on Opening Day was get on base in four of five at bats, cross the plate four times and drive in two runs in the Philadelphia Phillies’ 14-10 win over the Texas Rangers. Apparently, all he’ll be doing in the Game 2 of the series is watching from the dugout, at…

  10. Scenes from a goofy but victorious opening day in Texas for the Phillies

    Mar 31, 2014, 6:59 PM EDT

    Domonic Brown, Marlon Byrd

    The only thing Monday’s opening day down in Texas was missing was Chris Wheeler on your television calling baseball “goofy.” I’m not sure what was least expected: the Phillies bats erupting for 14 runs or Cliff Lee struggling mightily, allowing 8 earned runs on 11 hits over 5 innings of work. But at the end…

  11. Jimmy Rollins’ biggest problem: walk no longer backs up the talk

    Mar 18, 2014, 1:07 PM EDT


    “We are the team to beat.” With those six simple words, Jimmy Rollins gave the Philadelphia Phillies the swagger to seize the NL East in 2007, the first in a run of five straight division titles that included a world championship in ‘08. J-Roll was an undisputed leader inside the clubhouse. Of course, it helped…

  12. 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…

  13. 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.…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. Tastykake turns 100: celebrate with these Philly sports-themed commercials

    Feb 25, 2014, 3:27 PM EDT

    sloppy pies

    Tuesday marked the 100th birthday of the Tastykake brand, a true Philadelphia staple. Be sure to treat yourself to a classic Butterscotch Krimpet or peanut butter Kandy Kake or whatever variety you choose. Or if you’re on a diet or too lazy to run down to Wawa, maybe just enjoy these Philly sports-themed commercials. Philly…

  18. #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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

  21. 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…

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

    Feb 13, 2014, 12:53 PM EDT

    Phillies Spring 2014

    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…

  23. Just hope Cole Hamels minor spring injury goes better than that one time with Chase Utley

    Feb 13, 2014, 11:31 AM EDT


    Phillies starting pitcher Cole Hamels announced he’s likely to miss Opening Day after experiencing discomfort in his pitching shoulder this offseason. But, ‘No biggie!’ Hamels and the Phillies would have you believe. Per CSN Philly’s Jim Salisbury on Wednesday: “I see myself pitching in April,” Hamels said. “I just wanted to be up front with…

  24. 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…

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

    Feb 12, 2014, 11:15 AM EDT

    MLB: Philadelphia Phillies at Atlanta Braves

    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…