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  1. 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…

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

    Sep 30, 2013, 10:08 AM EDT

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    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…

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

    Sep 28, 2013, 12:20 PM EDT

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    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…

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

    Sep 26, 2013, 12:02 PM EDT

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    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…

  5. 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,…

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

    Sep 17, 2013, 3:08 PM EDT

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    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…

  7. David Montgomery OK with Timing of Charlie Manuel’s Firing

    Sep 12, 2013, 1:59 PM EDT

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    Matt Gelb has a wide-ranging interview with David Montgomery in Thursday’s edition of The Inquirer. The Phillies president gives general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. a vote of a confidence – much to your delight – and talks the organization’s upcoming TV deal. But what we really want to know almost a month after the fact…

  8. The Phillies: Woof.

    Sep 10, 2013, 11:32 PM EDT

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    The Phillies lost to the San Diego Padres on Tuesday night by the final of 8-2. It was an ugly affair. You can read about that misery here if you’re into that sort of thing or you can watch the above video featuring puppies at a baseball game. It was “Bark at the Park” night…

  9. Dom Brown Will Wear His Dallas Cowboys Jersey with Pride and Subsequently Laugh at Philly Fans Outrage

    Sep 9, 2013, 1:05 PM EDT

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    The only time I really questioned a professional athlete wearing an opposing team’s jersey was that one time Terrell Owens wore a Michael Irvin Cowboys jersey while T.O. was still a member of the Philadelphia Eagles. That one seemed a bit weird in the etiquette department. But T.O. and proper etiquette never really seemed to…

  10. Video: Evan Gattis Destroys a Baseball into Ashburn Alley for Longest HR Ever at CBP

    Sep 9, 2013, 11:20 AM EDT

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    It was not a great weekend for the first place Braves as they were swept by the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. But the ball promising rookie Evan Gattis absolutely crushed to center field off of Cole Hamels on Sunday may have been the longest ball we’ve ever seen hit into Ashburn Alley. You can…

  11. Ethan Martin to the Bullpen as Phils Welcome Braves to Town

    Sep 6, 2013, 4:30 PM EDT

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    The Phillies kick off a series with the Atlanta Braves this evening at Citizens Bank Park, the outcome of which not many of you likely care about. But the team did do something today that could play an interesting roll with future teams you will hopefully care more about: they moved Ethan Martin to the…

  12. Tonight at Citizens Bank Park: IronPigs vs. Nationals at 7:05

    Sep 3, 2013, 4:41 PM EDT

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    Neil Hartman — not a fan of the Phillies’ Monday night lineup. And he’s right, it’s not 2008 or 2009 or 2010 anymore. Hell, it’s not even 2012: Tonight’s #Phillies lineup vs WSH. Martin vs Gonzalez. 7:05pm. CSN/1210WPHT/94WIP/MLB.tv pic.twitter.com/esdsrE1ivs — Phillies (@Phillies) September 3, 2013 No Chase, no Jimmy. Actually, Ryne Sandberg could not play…

  13. Phillies Prospect Breaks a Rib While Getting Off the Couch

    Sep 3, 2013, 4:15 PM EDT

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    Now you have an excuse to stay on the couch the next time your spouse/parent/employer asks you to get up and take care of business. Remaining comfortably reclined, preferably with a blanket and the television remote, is in the best interest of your personal health. They won’t believe you at first, but calmly explain the…

  14. Youth and Movement: The Phillies Traded John McDonald… Oh, and Michael Young

    Sep 1, 2013, 2:25 PM EDT

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    One of the most baffling things that happened with the Phillies this summer was their inability to move Michael Young at the trade deadline. The guy is 36, a free agent at the end of the year, and blocking somebody with any potential future in Philadelphia no matter where he plays on the diamond. Well…

  15. Phillies Sign Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez After All, but at a Discount

    Aug 30, 2013, 4:27 PM EDT

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    Is it safe? Do we have confirmation? Okay, because the last time there was a report of the Phillies signing Cuban pitcher Miguel Alfredo Gonzalzez, like two weeks later we found out, uh, that never happened. Apparently it’s a done deal now though, only the Phils won’t be locked into a six-year contract worth $48…

  16. ‘Phillies at the Beach’ Was Pretty Fun, Aside From the Actual Game Part

    Aug 30, 2013, 11:35 AM EDT

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    Nearly 1000 fans showed up in Atlantic City to watch the Phillies game at the beach.  The less said about the game, the better, so let’s just look at some pictures of the Phanatic, shall we? The Phanatic brought a giant inflatable remote, because of course he did.   Then the Phanatic made himself comfortable…

  17. Phillies Prospect Maikel Franco Hits 30th Home Run on 21st Birthday

    Aug 27, 2013, 1:32 PM EDT

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    Cody Asche might be the “full package,” but Maikel Franco is the muscle. The Phillies’ other third-base prospect has been tearing it up in the minor leagues all summer, and on Monday he reached some big milestones for a baseball season at any level, coincidentally on the same day he reached a big milestone in…

  18. Your Obligatory Picture of Casper Wells on the Mound in the Longest Game in Phillies History

    Aug 25, 2013, 3:34 AM EDT

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    Appropriately enough, the ghost of Wilson Valdez was named Casper. Casper Wells pitched 2/3 of the 18th inning in what was the longest game — by time — in Phillies history, a 12-7, 18-inning loss to the Diamondbacks. Your relevant numbers from CBS Sports: The teams combined to use 20 pitchers in a contest that…

  19. Charlie Manuel Gives His Farewell Radio Broadcast on 1210

    Aug 24, 2013, 11:29 AM EDT

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    “In baseball I got to do something I truly cherish. And not that many people get to do that.” Charlie Manuel talked with host Rickie Ricardo at The Shops at Liberty Place for his final broadcast on Talk Radio 1210 WPHT.  Fans gathered at the rotunda to watch the broadcast and show their appreciation, holding…

  20. Cue the Shrimp as Phillies’ Walk-off Streak Reaches Three

    Aug 24, 2013, 7:30 AM EDT

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    The bases are loaded in the bottom of the ninth when Chase Utley steps to the plate. The 11-year veteran works a full count against Eury De La Rosa as a lively crowd of 32,619 anticipates the pay-off pitch is on its way. It’s a dream scenario for the batter. Utley just stands there and…

  21. Phillies Come From Behind, Walk It Off Again, Then Cliff Lee Falls Down

    Aug 23, 2013, 6:30 AM EDT

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    This is starting to feel like a subplot from the film Mr. 3000. T-Rex Pennebaker gets a dysfunctional Brewers locker room to rally around a chase for third place. Just that one specific part of the movie though. Obviously I don’t think Ruben Amaro is interested in having Ryne Sandberg come out of retirement to…

  22. Is Michael Young the Worst Everyday Third Baseman in Baseball?

    Aug 20, 2013, 4:15 PM EDT

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    Well, is he? Probably not seeing as Michael Young has been playing more first base than third since the trade deadline. Okay, but apparently up until three weeks ago, Young was the worst everyday third baseman in the Majors, this according to wins above replacement. Ryan Fagan for The Sporting News compiled a position-by-position list…

  23. Domonic Brown Adopts Pitbull Puppy, Touches Our Hearts

    Aug 20, 2013, 1:50 PM EDT

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    It all started with Domonic Brown asking Twitter where he could find a new best friend. Now, thanks to Greene Street Animal Rescue, Brown has been united with an adorable pitbull puppy named Wreck (an homage to the 2013 season or just a happy coincidence?).  Sure, it’ll be a challenging time ahead, what with the…

  24. Carlos Ruiz Bats Second Tonight as Phillies Open Series against Rockies

    Aug 19, 2013, 5:32 PM EDT

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    Here’s some random trivia. Over his 16-year playing career, Ryne Sandberg logged 1,217 games as a two-hole hitter, more than any other spot in the order combined. Entering Monday night’s game against the Rockies, Carlos Ruiz has started exactly two Major League games in that two slot. One came in 2008, the other this year.…

  25. Video: ‘Fire Ruben!’ Chants Break Out at Citizens Bank Park; Phillies Shut Out Again

    Aug 17, 2013, 10:43 PM EDT

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    From our Fearless Leader at the ballpark: “Fire Ruben!” chants going on in the outfield. Dodgers 2 Phillies 0 top 9 https://t.co/CSCbsozm6q — The700Level (@The700Level) August 18, 2013 And this was before Juan Uribe’s three-run shot in the ninth to make it a 5-0 final. Two games into the Ryne Sandberg era, and the Phillies…