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Sunday, November 19, 2017

Gabe Kapler’s only season as a manager gave hints for how he will lead Phillies

Here’s a very good read about Kapler.

Or the minor-league style just did not suit him. Kapler would bring his own organic eggs and organic peanut butter and organic whatever on the road with him. It was difficult to trust the options at rest stops and budget hotels across the South Atlantic League.

“He was so into health,” Still said. “He’s addicted to ice cream. So he would sit there and lick ice cream but have a cup and spit it into it. He would lick it just for the taste but didn’t want to eat it. I told him, ‘Dude, that’s like Unabomber type stuff.’ That’s a thing he did.”

Jim Furtado Posted: November 19, 2017 at 11:42 AM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: gabe kapler, phillies

Friday, November 03, 2017

Inside Baseball | Critics Divided On All-Or-Nothing Kapler Hire By Phillies

If you like rumor and innuendo, here’s an article for you.

Kapler may turn out to be ahead of his time, and a great hire — he has some very great strengths. But it wasn’t a small number of people he had trouble with during his time in L.A. Some see Philly as a team that is also thinking outside the box in making the surprise hire. Others wonder if the Phillies simply have a tin ear.

They took a month to make the hire, stepping outside their rep as a conservative organization. They view Kapler as the right guy for their team, a bright and charming young guy (he’s 42) who fits their very young roster and is a potential home run. They also did extensive interviews to ferret out the stories going around L.A. They felt comfortable he was the right guy among a very eclectic final three that also included Triple-A manager Dusty Wathan and just-fired veteran Red Sox manager John Farrell, who were much safer though less exciting picks. Phillies GM Matt Klentak declined comment ahead of their press conference Thursday, and owing to organizational public relations wishes, Kapler also declined comment.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 03, 2017 at 06:53 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: gabe kapler, phillies

Monday, October 30, 2017

Phillies name Gabe Kapler manager | MLB.com

Kapler was named the 54th manager in franchise history on Monday afternoon, after returning to Philadelphia on Friday for a second round of interviews. He impressed, cementing his status at the time as the favorite for the job. Triple-A Lehigh Valley manager Dusty Wathan and former Red Sox manager John Farrell also had second interviews late last week. An introductory news conference will be held later this week, following the conclusion of the World Series.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 30, 2017 at 06:15 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: gabe kapler, phillies

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Philadelphia Inquirer: Phililes’ Managerial Shortlist of Two

The Phillies, according to two reports, have trimmed their managerial search to two candidates just 27 days after they removed Pete Mackanin from the dugout. Dusty Wathan, the manager at triple-A Lehigh Valley, is one. The other is Gabe Kapler, the director of player development for the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The next manager could be revealed early next week.

fra paolo Posted: October 26, 2017 at 01:03 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: managerial openings, managerial search, managers, phillies

Monday, October 16, 2017

Perrotto: Managerial Rumors and Rumblings

Gossip covers the following—

Phillies: Mickey Callaway, Gary DiSarcina, Juan Samuel
Tigers: Fredi Gonzalez, Gabe Kapler
Mets: Robin Ventura, Mickey Callaway, Alex Cora, Bob Geren

fra paolo Posted: October 16, 2017 at 01:29 PM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: managerial search, mets, phillies, tigers

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Jorge Velandia emerges in Phillies’ search for manager

The Phillies manager’s job opened when Klentak reassigned Pete Mackanin, 66, to the front office last month. At the time, Klentak indicated that he was seeking a young perspective and a new style in the skipper’s office. Klentak, 37, is one of a growing number of young, analytically driven general managers in the game, and he appears to want a field manager of his generation that both he and a young roster can grow with as the team moves closer to contending.

Velandia is going to get a long, serious look for this job. Klentak has a very small band of advisers in the organization and while Velandia might not be on the first ring, he’s firmly on the second ring. The two have bonded in Klentak’s first two years on the job and Velandia has shown a willingness to learn and embrace the analytic side of the game that Phillies ownership has demanded and the front office has built. Velandia has relationships with members of the Phillies’ analytics team. His chemistry with Klentak, others in the front office and the analytics team should not be underestimated because game-day strategy is no longer limited to what happens in the dugout during nine innings. Managers are now seen as extensions of the front office, the final button-pusher in a daily team effort that extends to the executive level.

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

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

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