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Monday, March 18, 2019

Passan: How Phillies’ 2018 clubhouse issues caused by Fortnite led to a smashed TV

When the Philadelphia Phillies lost their ninth consecutive game toward the end of last September, veteran first baseman Carlos Santana felt like he needed to send a message to his teammates who he said spent portions of the game against the Atlanta Braves playing video games in the clubhouse. Santana grabbed a bat, retreated to the room at Citizens Bank Park where the gaming took place and smashed the TV to ensure there would be no more “Fortnite” the final two days of the season.

“I see a couple players—I don’t want to say names—they play video games during the game,” Santana told ESPN. “We come and lose too many games, and I feel like they weren’t worried about it. Weren’t respecting their teammates or coaches or the staff or the [front] office. It’s not my personality. But I’m angry because I want to make it good.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 18, 2019 at 09:50 AM | 39 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Phillies fans threaten Trent Thornton on Twitter after he hits Bryce Harper with pitch

Toronto Blue Jays right-hander Trent Thornton is the newly crowned least popular man in Philadelphia after he plunked Bryce Harper in the ankle with a 96 mph heater in Friday’s spring training game.

The pitch was seemingly not intentional, and Harper is only day-to-day after undergoing X-rays, but that hasn’t stopped bringing the worst out of Philadelphia Phillies fans.

From a video of a fan confusing Javy Guerra for Thornton and calling him a coward as he walked toward the team bus to fans threatening Thornton on Twitter, it was not the best day for the many good fans of Philadelphia.

The sporting fans of Philadelphia get angry when people comment on their general reputation- then they act like this….

 

 

QLE Posted: March 17, 2019 at 07:23 AM | 59 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, fans, phillies, trent thornton, twitter

Thursday, March 14, 2019

This year, Gabe Kapler using his gut to set Phillies’ lineup — here’s what that means

TAMPA, Fla. — With the Phillies’ lineup as deep and as talented as it’s been in a decade, fans can’t get enough of lineup chatter.

Who should lead off?

Is the two-hole still reserved for the Phils’ best hitter, as Gabe Kapler laid it out in 2018?

Usually, when my gut does the thinking for me, it means that I either already am violently ill or that I’m going to be…

 

QLE Posted: March 14, 2019 at 06:08 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: gabe kapler, guts, lineups, phillies

Monday, March 11, 2019

ESPN - Keown - Bryce Harper is One Very Big Deal

When Harper told his agent, Scott Boras, that he wanted a lifetime deal—with a no-trade clause and none of the agent’s signature opt-outs—Boras said, “Well, teams don’t want to employ you at 35, much less 39, so we’re going to have to give something up to get that.” The casualty, to use the term loosely, was the average annual salary—$25.3 million. Manny Machado’s, to pick one, is higher. Harper didn’t care.


Thursday, March 07, 2019

Phil Gosselin strives for a spot with Phillies, the team that ignited his love of baseball

CLEARWATER, Fla. — John Vukovich, the late, great Phillies coach who spent his entire big-league playing career battling to make teams as a utility man, once described the final days of spring training as a time he’d wake up in the middle of the night and see snakes.

Phil Gosselin knows all too well what it’s like to come to camp having to fight for the last spot on a roster.

But he doesn’t see snakes.

“I’m used to it,” he said with a laugh. “I wouldn’t know what to do if I showed up [in February] and they told me I was on the team.

Strange- usually Philadelphia is something that results in people losing their love of baseball….

 

QLE Posted: March 07, 2019 at 04:15 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: phil gosselin, phillies

New-look NL East suddenly baseball’s deepest division

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — For years, the NL East has been soft as a bunt single.

Not anymore.

Even before Bryce Harper decided to stay inside the division, four of the five teams spent this offseason swinging for the fences. In addition to defending champion Atlanta, the New York Mets, Philadelphia Phillies and Washington Nationals all have enough firepower to potentially contend for the playoffs.

Mind you, the Marlins can by themselves make any division weaker just by being in it.

QLE Posted: March 07, 2019 at 03:51 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, mets, nationals, nl east, phillies

Monday, March 04, 2019

Phillies’ Jake Arrieta believes improved health, restored arm angle will lead to bounce-back season

The Phillies made a push in November for prized free-agent lefty Patrick Corbin. They hosted him at Citizens Bank Park and splashed his photo on PhanaVision in left field but refused to match the Washington Nationals’ six-year (and $140 million) guarantee. And although they had some interest in lefty J.A. Happ, it wasn’t enough to keep him from re-signing with the New York Yankees.

Beyond that, the Phillies shrugged at other free agents. Wade Miley? No, thanks. Gio Gonzalez? Pass. Dallas Keuchel? Not for the kind of contract that he wants. Simply put, they don’t view any of those pitchers as an upgrade over what they have.

“What it tells all of us is that [general manager] Matt [Klentak] was going to look under every stone to improve our roster, and this was the area he felt confident enough in to say, ‘These are the guys we want to go to battle with,’” manager Gabe Kapler said. “I think everybody in our clubhouse feels the same way.”

Jim Furtado Posted: March 04, 2019 at 06:04 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies

Friday, March 01, 2019

Stupid Money is Smart Money: A Tale of Bryce Harper | FanGraphs Baseball

Dan Szymborski and ZiPS approve. Dan also throws in some projections of the impact of the Harper signing on the 2019 season.

ZiPS projects Harper to be worth approximately $289 million over the course of his contract, with almost all that value over the first ten years of the deal. Given that the Phillies are a competitive team, likely matching their best seasons with Harper’s prime, ten years, $330 million would be a perfectly reasonable move for the Phillies to make. And if ten years, $330 million is a reasonable contract, then $330 million with Harper throwing in three additional years as a gratuity certainly would be.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 01, 2019 at 08:40 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, phillies, zips

Why Bryce Harper chose to sign with the Phillies | SI.com

Tom Verducci with the Boras/Harper version of events.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 01, 2019 at 08:06 AM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, phillies

Dodgers whiff on Bryce Harper, and a chance to solidify a franchise for a decade - Los Angeles Times

The Dodgers are the smartest front office in baseball. (The Astros and Yankees are right behind them.) One area they are ahead of the curve is assessing long-term risk for free agents. Their reported offer dovetails with comments about preferring higher AAV/shorter long-term contacts which the front office talked about this off-season. The Dodgers believe the discount on today’s dollars is not worth the increased risk over the longer term. (Jon Morosi reported that the Dodgers were willing to go four years at $45M per season. Plaschke says five years at $45M.)

Scott Boras understands risk as well. That’s why Harper went for the most guaranteed dollars, which really is 10/330 spread over 13 years. Had Harper agreed to 4/$45M, he would have hit free agency again at 30 years old. At that point, he would have needed to get 6/$150M - $25M AAV (or 8 years at $18.75M AAV). That wouldn’t have been a really high bar if Harper is really the player Boras has sold. Boras and Harper didn’t think Harper betting on himself was worth the risk. I agree with them, which is one of the reasons I don’t like the contract from Philly’s end.

While Andrew Friedman and his crew have admirably built six consecutive West Division champions and two consecutive World Series teams, an organization with buckets of chips will not push them all in for a shot at one big pot.

In his five years here, Friedman has never spent more than $60 million for a free agent from outside the organization. Even when he has paid big money to retain the likes of Clayton Kershaw, Kenley Jansen and Justin Turner, he’s never paid out more than $93 million. Those are outrageous sums, of course, but in the high-priced world of baseball’s top free agents, that just doesn’t play.
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The word is that the Dodgers might have gone as high as five years and $225 million for Harper. The guess here is that he would have taken less money to come to Los Angeles, considering it easily was his first choice. Couldn’t there have been a compromise in there somewhere?

 

 

Jim Furtado Posted: March 01, 2019 at 06:54 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, dodgers, free agency, giants, phillies

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Report: Harper to Phillies

They buckled.

 

Jim Furtado Posted: February 28, 2019 at 02:58 PM | 227 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, phillies

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Bryce Harper Asks If Phillies Willing To Move To Another City

Well, this explains it.

Hat tip to RoyalsRetro (AG#1F)

Jim Furtado Posted: February 26, 2019 at 02:03 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, phillies

Why Bryce Harper would take short Dodgers deal over long Phillies’

I know Boras works for Harper. I just can’t see Boras and the union signing off on Harper going shorter term with a high AAV.

The Dodgers can show Harper everything — except the money. They have had a policy under president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman to avoid mega-long-term deals, and they have the leverage in this situation to stick with this strategy because without Harper, they are still heavily favored to win a seventh straight NL West title.

What the Dodgers are willing to do is make Harper the annual value champion, so at least $35 million a year, perhaps closer to $40 million, but only for three or four seasons — perhaps five years to get a deal done. So to just give a guesstimated total, $150 million.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 26, 2019 at 10:36 AM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, dodgers, free agency, phillies

Sunday, February 24, 2019

Gabe Kapler is high on Seranthony Dominguez: ‘He has no ceiling’

CLEARWATER, Fla. — Seranthony Dominguez made his major league debut five weeks into the season last year and quickly became manager Gabe Kapler’s favorite bullpen weapon.

“When Seranthony is at his best, there may not be a better reliever in baseball,” Kapler said after Dominguez made his spring debut with three quick outs against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Saturday.

“He has no ceiling. He can be as good as anyone in the league.”

What happens to his stuff when the rains come in?

 

QLE Posted: February 24, 2019 at 08:49 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: gabe kapler, phillies, seranthony dominguez

Saturday, February 23, 2019

Spring training roundup: Franco leads Phils over Rays

Regrettably, this isn’t Julio, trying to prove that, indeed, he will keep playing forever….

QLE Posted: February 23, 2019 at 05:01 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: maikel franco, phillies, spring training

MLB hot stove: Phillies, Bryce Harper in Las Vegas, reports say

Could the Phillies be on the brink of signing Bryce Harper?

Well, according to a report from NBCS Philadelphia, which cites unidentified sources, Phillies owner John Middleton’s plane is “on the ground” in Harper’s home town of Las Vegas, Nev., this weekend.

Harper also appears to be in town with his representatives, according to Fancred sports.

Remember when baseball wanted to stay so far away from gambling that Mays and Mantle were banned from the sport for working as casino greeters?

 

QLE Posted: February 23, 2019 at 04:29 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, hot stove, las vegas, phillies

Thursday, February 21, 2019

McCutchen ready to boost Phillies in all sorts of ways

CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) — Andrew McCutchen is ready to boost the Philadelphia Phillies with his bat, glove and brain.

Signed to a $50 million, three-year contract, McCutchen said he enjoys his role as the veteran in the outfield and likes what he’s seen from his younger teammates.

The 32-year-old McCutchen is set to start in left. He returns to the National League after finishing up last season with the New York Yankees — he spent his first nine seasons in Pittsburgh, joined San Francisco last year and then was traded to the Bronx.

Mind you, that’s what the Giants thought last year, and look how well it worked for them….

 

QLE Posted: February 21, 2019 at 04:20 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: andrew mccutchen, phillies

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Now that Manny Machado got $300M, Bryce Harper and the Phillies are on the clock

And then there was one.

Bryce Harper, the second baseball star seeking a $300 million contract this offseason, saw Manny Machado get his money Tuesday and is now awaiting a ridiculous payday of his own.

Machado got $300 million over 10 years, enough to leave your mouth agape, enough to set a new free-agent record in baseball, enough to provide for generations of his family and the exact number both Harper and Machado were said to be chasing this offseason.

It’ll be a record until it isn’t anymore — which could be tomorrow or next week. Because Harper’s contract, whoever it’s with, should beat Machado’s. And the Philadelphia Phillies, the team that promised to spend “stupid money” this winter, might be feeling the most pressure now to woo Harper.

Of course, I’ve been hearing the claim that Harper will sign tomorrow since before the election, so….

 

QLE Posted: February 20, 2019 at 04:15 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, free agency, hot stove, phillies

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Four teams are in on Mike Moustakas

Free agent third baseman Mike Moustakas is drawing interest from at least four clubs, MLB Network’s Jon Heyman reported Friday. The Brewers are the presumed frontrunners to land the infielder, but Heyman adds that the Angels may take the inside edge as Moustakas hails from the San Fernando Valley and has invested in charity efforts in California over the last year. The Phillies and Padres, on the other hand, have been involved to a lesser degree as they’re both thought to be in hot pursuit of fellow free agent third baseman/shortstop Manny Machado, though their interest in the veteran Moustakas could ramp right back up should they lose out on Machado in the weeks to come.

I thought this film was one that they only sold with a brown paper wrapper….

 

QLE Posted: February 17, 2019 at 04:15 AM | 44 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, brewers, mike moustakas, padres, phillies

Thursday, February 14, 2019

MLB notebook: Phillies extend Nola, announce Arrieta surgery

Philadelphia Phillies pitchers made news on Wednesday, with the announcements that Aaron Nola agreed to a four-year contract extension and Jake Arrieta underwent pre-spring training surgery on his left knee.

Terms of Nola’s contract were not released, but ESPN and The Athletic placed the value at $45 million. Nola, 25, had been scheduled for an arbitration hearing this week.

Meanwhile, Phillies manager Gabe Kapler said Arrieta’s surgery, performed a few weeks ago, repaired a meniscus injury the pitcher sustained while weight training. He is not expected to miss time in the regular season.

Given how heavily the Phillies rely on their pitching, they better hope this prognosis is accurate….

 

QLE Posted: February 14, 2019 at 05:15 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: aaron nola, jake arrieta, phillies, pitching

Thursday, February 07, 2019

Phillies land Realmuto for 3 players, int’l signing money

Alfaro, Sixto Sanchez, Will Stewart and $250k in international signing money.  I guess it’s better than what they could have gotten for Fakemuto.

Ziggy's screen name Posted: February 07, 2019 at 03:39 PM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies, prospects, trades

Wednesday, February 06, 2019

Analyzing this year’s Phillies Wall of Fame ballot

The Phillies Wall of Fame ballot is out and you can cast your votes through Feb. 28 at 5 p.m.

Fans can select their top three choices among the 10 men on the ballot. Votes are weighted differently for first, second and third place. The five players/managers/coaches with the most voting points then make up the five-man ballot voted upon by a special Wall of Fame Selection committee.

This year’s inductee will be honored prior to the Phillies’ game against the White Sox on Saturday, Aug. 3 at 7:05 p.m.

Anyone can bicker about the HOF inductees- it is a more recherche skill to bicker about those inducted by their teams….

 

QLE Posted: February 06, 2019 at 04:59 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies, wall of fame

Source: Phillies have indeed had trade talks with Marlins regarding J.T. Realmuto

The Phillies have engaged in recent conversations with the Miami Marlins regarding a trade for All-Star catcher J.T. Realmuto, a baseball source confirmed. The talks were initially reported by several national outlets on Tuesday.

The Phillies were linked to Realmuto during the winter meetings two months ago. At the time, a member of the Marlins organization said the Phillies didn’t have the prospects to pull off a deal. But after months of trying to move Realmuto for top value, the Marlins’ price tag is believed to have come down and that has put the Phillies in the hunt.

Realmuto turns 28 in March and won’t be a free agent until after the 2020 season. He hit .277 with 30 doubles, 21 homers, 74 RBIs and a .825 OPS for the Marlins last season. Realmuto has seen young stars and former teammates such as Christian Yelich and Marcell Ozuna get shipped out by the rebuilding Marlins and he is eager to be the next guy to go.

So, what among the Phillies’ collection of magic beans do we suppose Captain Intangibles will accept?

 

QLE Posted: February 06, 2019 at 04:45 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: j.t. realmuto, phillies, trade talk

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Phillies Hire Rollins As Special Advisor

You’d think they would have hired Chase Utley for the job- he has a certain skill set that is especially fitting for Philadelphia.

QLE Posted: January 30, 2019 at 04:21 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: jimmy rollins, phillies

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Aaron Nola expects to go to court with Phillies over 2019 salary

Aaron Nola has a date on Valentine’s Day, but there will be no wine, no dinner, no chocolate.

Nola on Monday night revealed that his salary arbitration showdown with the Phillies is scheduled for Feb. 14. A three-person panel will decide his 2019 salary during a hearing in St. Petersburg, Florida, that day. The Phillies will hold their first workout for pitchers and catchers the day before in nearby Clearwater.

“This is baseball, the business part of the game,” Nola said before accepting the Professional Athlete of the Year award at the 115th annual Philadelphia Sports Writers Association dinner. “No hard feelings between us. Whatever happens happens. We’re just going to go through it.”

A reminder that it isn’t just the players in free agency who are in the midst of pay disputes.

 

QLE Posted: January 22, 2019 at 07:55 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: aaron nola, arbitration, phillies

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