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Thursday, September 14, 2017

Rhys Hoskins hits 17th homer in Phillies win over Marlins

The Phillies are trending up. Aaron Nola also has been pitching well.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 14, 2017 at 08:25 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: aaron nola, phillies, rhys hoskins

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Put me in coach, I’m ready to play – Freddy Galvis, in center field? | PhillyVoice

It’s great Galvis wants to play every day. Do the Phillies really want to see him in CF?

Jim Furtado Posted: August 31, 2017 at 02:42 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: freddy galvis, phillies

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Crawford talks tattoos, dogs, slumps and motivation during breakout stretch - The Morning Call

Player development is not linear, Exhibit 24,243.

Crawford’s performance the last two months has given his desire credence.

“He was trying to do too much at the plate at times,” said IronPigs manager Dusty Wathan, who also saw him for parts of 2015-16 when he was Reading’s boss.

“He was a little too passive when he was ahead in the count. Now he is confident in his swing and being aggressive when he gets ahead. He’s not just hitting the ball, but driving it. Trying to do some damage.”

There was some desperation before breaking out.

Crawford looked at video prior to a road trip to Buffalo, something he does little of. He adjusted his hand position after that, but saw little results.

He also had a nagging groin injury, which gave him the perfect opportunity to rest physically and mentally.

“That time off helped big time,” he said. “It cleared my head, took the stress off my shoulders. I took a nice, deep breath.

“Once I got back from that, I worked on my swing and something just clicked in the cage. It started to work and here I am now.”

Jim Furtado Posted: August 30, 2017 at 08:39 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: j.p. crawford, phillies, prospects

How will Mackanin juggle roster crunch of additional outfielders and infielders in September? | PhillyVoice

Juggling players on a last place team isn’t really an issue. Of course, when you put players’ personal goals above the team, maybe it can be an issue.

Crawford has to be added to the 40-man roster in November anyway – and will almost certainly be on the big league radar come spring training – so it makes a lot of sense to give him his first taste of the big leagues in September (the Lehigh Valley IronPigs season ends on Labor Day).

But where exactly will Crawford play, since Mackanin has said earlier this season that he wanted to honor starting shortstop Freddy Galvis’s goal off starting in all 162 games this season? And if both Herrera and Altherr are due back from the disabled list, how will they get into the lineup with Nick Williams, Rhys Hoskins, and Tommy Joseph?

Jim Furtado Posted: August 30, 2017 at 08:36 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies

Monday, August 21, 2017

Future Phillies Report: J.P. Crawford makes more sense at 3B than Scott Kingery | CSN Philly

Some info on the Phillies prospects. I thought Crawford’s defense was above-average at short?

Jim Furtado Posted: August 21, 2017 at 12:57 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies, prospects

Monday, August 14, 2017

COONEY: Odubel Herrera’s continued mistakes could cause a stinky situation for Pete Mackanin | Kevin Cooney | buckscountycouriertimes.com

Perhaps it’s because the Phillies coaching brass as a group now is resigned to the fact that “Odubel being Odubel” means having to swallow these kinds of brain fart moments every once in a while.

“I’d prefer, instead of looking at all the positives and the negatives, I prefer to say that he’s more positive than negative and if you look back on the last six, seven weeks, he has not made many mistakes,” Mackanin said. “Today was an innocent mistake.”

Jim Furtado Posted: August 14, 2017 at 08:12 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: odubel herrera, phillies

Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Despite great play, time to sell high on Hernandez – Phillies Nation

This will work itself out.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 09, 2017 at 10:21 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: cesar hernandez, phillies

Tuesday, August 08, 2017


Monday, August 07, 2017

Ex-Phillies star Darren Daulton dies at age 55 of brain cancer

Darren Daulton, the All-Star catcher who was the leader of the Philadelphia Phillies’ NL championship team in 1993, has died. He was 55.

Daulton had battled brain cancer since 2013. He had two tumors removed during brain surgery July 1, 2013, but nine days later was diagnosed with glioblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer that also took the lives of his former teammate Tug McGraw and former coach John Vukovich.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 07, 2017 at 12:47 AM | 46 comment(s)
  Beats: darren daulton, phillies

Friday, August 04, 2017

Phillies’ Dick Allen belongs in the Hall of Fame

They booed Allen every night, threw pennies, bolts, or beer bottles at him whenever he played the outfield, and sent him hate mail. Philadelphia’s sportswriters launched their own character assault, painting the beleaguered star as a rebel who expected special treatment.

When his repeated requests for a trade were rejected by Phillies owner Bob Carpenter, Allen, who did not enjoy the luxury of free agency, tried to force a deal by resorting to unexcused absences, arriving late to games and scrawling letters in the dirt around first base.

 

DanG Posted: August 04, 2017 at 11:13 AM | 75 comment(s)
  Beats: dick allen, hall of fame, phillies, racism

Saturday, July 29, 2017

3 trades highlight busy Friday near Deadline | MLB.com

I guess the Orioles aren’t selling.

The Phillies were active on the trade front Friday night, sending infielder/outfielder Howie Kendrick to the Nationals, and right-hander Jeremy Hellickson to the Orioles. With Monday’s non-waiver Trade Deadline looming, the Marlins and Mets also completed a deal that sent Miami closer AJ Ramos to New York.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 29, 2017 at 08:55 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: marlins, orioles, phillies, trades

Phillies trade Jeremy Hellickson to Baltimore Orioles

That last start proved to be unnecessary as the Phillies, according to a report by MLB.com, traded Hellickson and cash considerations to Baltimore in exchange for outfielder Hyun Soo Kim, lefthanded pitching prospect Garrett Cleavinger and international signing bonus pool space. The trade occurred a few hours after he was scratched just 30 minutes before he was set to take the mound, signaling the likelihood that a deal was near. Hellickson was replaced by Jake Thompson, who pitched five scoreless innings in his first action since being promoted Tuesday from triple A.

Hellickson had a 4.73 ERA this season in 20 starts. He allowed six runs last Saturday in five innings in what proved to be his final start with the Phillies. The 30-year-old had a 1.80 ERA in April but has a 5.79 ERA since. He reached the seventh inning just twice in 15 starts since May 1. Hellickson may not be an ace, but can give a contender a reliable pitcher every fifth day.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 29, 2017 at 12:28 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: jeremy hellickson, orioles, phillies

Friday, July 28, 2017

Nationals Acquire Howie Kendrick

The Nationals have struck a deal to acquire infielder/outfielder Howie Kendrick from the Phillies in exchange for minor league left-hander McKenzie Mills, reports PhillyVoice.com’s Ryan Lawrence (Twitter links). Ken Rosenthal of MLB Network first reported that the Nats were working on a deal to land Kendrick (on Twitter).

The 34-year-old Kendrick hasn’t had his healthiest season, but he’s been extremely productive when on the field. Through 156 plate appearances, he’s posted a brilliant .340/.397/.454 batting line with a pair of homers, eight doubles, a triple and eight steals (in 11 attempts). Once a pure second baseman, Kendrick took on more of a super utility role with the Dodgers in 2016 and has played corner outfield with the Phillies in 2017. Over the past two seasons, he’s spent time at second base, third base, first base and in left field.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 28, 2017 at 10:46 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: howie kendrick, nationals, phillies

Thursday, July 27, 2017

For Phillies, emulating Astros’ ascent requires much more than high picks | CSN Philly

Luck has always been part of The Process.

“It’s similar in a lot of ways (to the Sixers’ process) and I know [Sam Hinkie], he used to be in Houston. He and I have talked a lot about what he was doing here and what I was doing there — there are a lot of analogies. You have to be patient to wait for the results to manifest themselves. Sometimes you get a good roll of the dice, sometimes you don’t.”

Jim Furtado Posted: July 27, 2017 at 01:07 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, phillies, the process

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Amid maddening inconsistency, Herrera’s flashes for Phillies can’t be ignored | David Murphy

From the last part of 2015 through the first part of 2016, Herrera put together the near-equivalent of an entire season in which he drew 62 walks in 667 plate appearances, or 9.3 percent. During that stretch, he tallied 45 extra-base hits. He then put together a nearly yearlong stretch in which his walk rate plummeted (to 6.2 percent), but his extra-base-hit rate remained steady (7.0 percent). Over the last 37 games, his walk rate has undergone another proportionate drop (to 3.9 percent), but his extra-base rate has more than doubled, to 15 percent.

Somewhere in all that is an enchanting hypothetical. Herrera has shown he can go an extended period of time drawing walks at a rate commensurate with the most consistent of players. His most recent sample at least raises the potential that he can do the same with his power. He would hardly be the first player to go three full seasons before putting it all together.

Maybe it never happens, but his career to this date has hardly served such a referendum.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 18, 2017 at 10:10 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: odubel herrera, phillies

Thursday, July 13, 2017

One night with Phillies pitching prospect Sixto Sanchez and his 100-mph fastball

Hopefully he can stay healthy.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 13, 2017 at 10:11 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies, sixto sanchez

Tuesday, July 04, 2017


Phillies’ Aaron Nola dominant in victory | MLB.com

Something positive in Philly.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 04, 2017 at 10:19 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: aaron nola, phillies

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Phillies Nation: When do the Phils pull the plug on Mackanin?

Soon please, for Pete’s sake!

We can go on and on about how the skipper has nothing to work with, but in reality, Mackanin hasn’t done his part either. Let alone the questionable on-field moves, it’s the lack of communication and discipline on this team that’s causing the demise of the third year manager.

eddieot Posted: June 27, 2017 at 10:20 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: pete mackanin, phillies, worst team in baseball

Sunday, June 25, 2017


Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Phillies Designate Jeanmar Gomez, Michael Saunders

The Phillies made a rather dramatic roster move today, announcing that righty Jeanmar Gomez and outfielder Michael Saunders have been designated for assignment. Lefty Hoby Milner and outfielder Cameron Perkins have had their contracts purchased.

While there were never realistic hopes of contention in 2017, the Phillies’ worst-in-baseball 22-and-46 record nevertheless represents a considerable disappointment. These two veterans are hardly the only poor performers, but their pronounced struggles were increasingly hard to ignore.

Still, it’s a bit of a stunner to see the move take place. Gomez was the Phils’ closer for the bulk of 2016 and is earning a cool $4.2MM with one more year of arb control remaining. And Saunders landed in Philadelphia over the winter on a $9MM guarantee. The Phils were hoping they had scored a bargain when his market failed to develop, but will instead punt on the rest of that deal — including the rights to an $11MM option for 2018.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 20, 2017 at 03:08 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: michael saunders, phillies

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

KEVIN COONEY: Matt Klentak has to walk fine line between honesty and complete truth | Phillies Talk | buckscountycouriertimes.com

Every time I read “carrying 13 pitchers” I want to scream, “Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!”

“We have alternatives if we need to go get somebody at Triple-A,” Klentak said. “That too may come at some point. But right now, with how the roster’s going, with us carrying 13 pitchers and with Daniel Nava playing well, this is a perfectly fine setup for right now.”

Jim Furtado Posted: June 14, 2017 at 10:34 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

Phillies’ Aaron Nola answers call to step up | MLB.com

Like a lot of the Phillies, Aaron Nola has been disappointing this season. Not last night, though.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 07, 2017 at 09:27 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: aaron nola, phillies

Tuesday, June 06, 2017

Ryan Howard’s Career Is Dead. The Shift Killed It. | FiveThirtyEight

But although Howard succumbed to the shift, his demise also tells us about the future of the tactic — and why its effectiveness might eventually tail off. When modern teams first started realigning the infield, there were plenty of obvious candidates who would be vulnerable to its effects. But as players like Howard get pushed out of the league by the shift, there will be fewer and fewer hitters on whom it can be used so effectively. Eventually, the rewards of slick defensive positioning will shrink; like most tactics in baseball, the shift will have diminishing returns.

Had Howard’s career started a decade later, he might have had to cope with the shift in the minors and found a way to adapt. As it was, he came up as the shift was rising, and it probably cost him a long career and a chance at the Hall of Fame.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 06, 2017 at 07:38 PM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies, ryan howard, shifts

Mike Schmidt wouldn’t build team around Odubel Herrera or Spanish-speaking players

It started when Angelo Cataldi brought up Odubel Herrera, and mentioned that Herrera isn’t the kind of player Schmidt was. Schmidt’s response?

“Almost exact opposite.”
Cataldi then asked if a player like Odubel is a guy you can build a team around. And here’s where things get bad.

“My honest answer to that would be no because of a couple of things,.” Schmidt said. “First of all, it’s a language barrier. Because of that, I think he can’t be a guy that would sort of sit in a circle with four, five American players and talk about the game. Or try and learn about the game or discuss the inner workings of the game. Or come over to a guy and say, ‘Man, you gotta run that ball out.’ Just can’t be — because of the language barrier — that kind of a player.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 06, 2017 at 12:04 PM | 56 comment(s)
  Beats: mike schmidt, odubel herrera, phillies

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