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Saturday, May 25, 2019

MLB Rumors: Phillies, Yankees Scouted Giants’ Madison Bumgarner Recently

Some interested teams reportedly got a good look at Madison Bumgarner recently.

The Philadelphia Phillies and New York Yankees were among “several clubs” who scouted the Giants ace in his second-to-last start last Saturday, USA Today’s Bob Nightengale reported Wednesday.  Bumgarner pitched 6 1/3 innings that day, striking out six and allowing four earned runs in a win over the Arizona Diamondbacks.

The Phillies and Yankees both reportedly feel they could use a top-line starter, although both teams entered Friday in the top 10 in earned run average. Still, both teams are on Bumgarner’s no-trade list.

What might be a bigger deal to the Giants, however, is the quality of both team’s prospects.

Rather painful to watch in multiple regards- the dominant team in one of the largest and wealthiest metropolitan areas in the United States should never be in this position….

QLE Posted: May 25, 2019 at 06:04 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: madison bumgarner, phillies, trade rumors, yankees

Wednesday, May 22, 2019


There was another miscommunication between the Phillies and Pat Neshek

Back in June 2017, then-manager of the Phillies Pete Mackanin and reliever Pat Neshek had some miscommunication. In a series against the Cardinals, Neshek worked a five-pitch eighth inning and it was believed he would come back out for the ninth inning, but he never did. Mackanin said Neshek said he didn’t want to pitch another inning. Neshek said he was never asked. There was also some miscommunication the game prior. Neshek thought he had the day off; Mackanin said Neshek said he wasn’t available to pitch.

Mackanin is no longer the Phillies’ manager, but the miscommunication between Neshek and the team apparently persist. Neshek was notably absent during the Phillies’ hard-fought 5-4 win over the Cubs on Monday night. The game featured a struggling Seranthony Domínguez pitching two innings, yielding three crucial runs in his second inning of work.

Manager Gabe Kapler called the bullpen and instructed Neshek to begin warming up to prepare to face Albert Almora, Matt Breen of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. Kapler rang the bullpen after Domínguez walked Jason Heyward, who batted ahead of Almora. Neshek wasn’t warmed up yet. Domínguez was able to retire Almora on a sacrifice bunt, which was reviewed and gave Neshek some extra time to get ready. He was ready for the next batter, Daniel Descalso, but at this point Kapler no longer wanted to bring Neshek into the game. Descalso lined a triple to left-center field, scoring two runs and came home himself when shortstop Jean Segura‘s throw caromed off of his foot out of play.

Given how much current managers lust over relievers, you’d think they could talk to them better- or is that the reason for the lust in the first place?

QLE Posted: May 22, 2019 at 08:00 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: communication, pat neshek, phillies

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Andrew McCutchen’s league-best eye and extra work making the Phillies a better team

This was the Andrew McCutchen game.

The Phillies would not have snapped their three-game skid without his bat, his arm or his eye.

McCutchen was on the field at Citizens Bank Park around 3 p.m. Friday doing extra work. Specifically, he wanted to hit slow curveballs off the pitching machine to slow himself down, to force himself to stay back and utilize the whole field.

“Felt like I’ve been muscling up quite a bit on the ball as opposed to waiting,” he said.

Mind you, his offense performance is actually worse than it had been for the Giants last year, and remember how that ended….

 

QLE Posted: May 18, 2019 at 08:02 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: andrew mccutchen, phillies

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Bruce Willis did not live up to his die-hard fans’ expectations in his Phillies first pitch

The Phillies had quite the guest star on the field with them at Citizens Bank Park prior to their Wednesday night game against the Brewers: Bruce Willis. The movie star spent a lot of time growing up in southern New Jersey in the shadow of Philadelphia, so it was familiar territory.

Willis got to meet with some of the Phillies and Brewers ...

... and even take some batting practice.

You know, it isn’t often that Phillies fans boo someone who feels like he very much deserves it….

 

QLE Posted: May 16, 2019 at 03:28 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: fans, first pitch, phillies

Thursday, May 09, 2019

Phillies Chairman David Montgomery Dies at Age 72

The Philadelphia Phillies announced the death of chairman David Montgomery on Wednesday morning at the age of 72.

Montgomery, a Philly native who was diagnosed with cancer in his jaw bone in 2014, joined the Phillies’ sales staff in 1971 and became a minority owner in 1981. He’d served as chairman since early 2015, when he returned from a leave of absence for cancer treatment.

The University of Pennsylvania and Wharton Business School alumnus took on a reduced role following his 2015 comeback, a decision he said took a little convincing from former Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell, per Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia.

RIP.

 

QLE Posted: May 09, 2019 at 05:36 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: david montgomery, phillies, rip

Friday, May 03, 2019

Smash Mouth calls Phillies’ Bryce Harper a ‘jackass’ for spurning Giants

Philadelphia Phillies star Bryce Harper is a money-hungry “jackass” who deserves the boos he received at Citizens Bank Park the other night, according to 90s rock band Smash Mouth.

The Giants’ offer was shunned. Bryce might as well be walkin’ on the sun.

Steve Parris, Je t'aime Posted: May 03, 2019 at 06:14 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, giants, phillies, smash mouth

Wednesday, May 01, 2019

Slumping Bryce Harper hears boos as Phillies end April with 4 hits and a loss

Bryce Harper almost made it through the month of April without getting booed.

Almost.

Harper heard the salty sounds of disappointment as he walked back to the dugout after striking out in the bottom of the eighth inning in the Phillies’ 3-1 loss to the Detroit Tigers at Citizens Bank Park on Tuesday night.

The strikeout, Harper’s second of the night, capped a tough inning for the Phillies’ $330-million man. He dropped a ball in right field in the top half of the frame.

Given certain aspects of Harper’s character combined with certain aspects of his play over his career, how long before he winds up deeply regretting signing a long-term contract with Philadelphia?

 

QLE Posted: May 01, 2019 at 05:48 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, fans, phillies

Friday, April 26, 2019

Starlin Castro homers in 10th, lifts Miami over Phillies 3-1

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Starlin Castro nearly knocked himself out of the game before he knocked one out of the park.

Castro hit a two-run homer with two outs in the 10th inning after fouling a pitch off his foot, lifting the Miami Marlins to a 3-1 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Thursday night.

“I just wanted an opportunity that inning,” Castro said. “That guy (Hector Neris) is really good. I kept a good approach, looked for a fastball I can drive.”

So, when does Starlin Castro become a Yankee?

 

QLE Posted: April 26, 2019 at 05:32 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: marlins, phillies, starlin castro

Thursday, April 25, 2019

The Athletic: How baseball’s unwritten rules helped awaken a Mets-Phillies rivalry

It​ started in​ the grayest​ of areas, a debate​ Tuesday about​ which team​ has​ the permission​ to concede​​ first in a blowout, and it escalated Wednesday with a 34-second home run trot that sent the clearest of messages.

This dormant rivalry was invigorated by — of all things — baseball’s unwritten rules. A decade has passed since both the Phillies and Mets held conceivable postseason hopes at the same time. Hate slumbers when the games are irrelevant.

“I think that’s what rivalry is,” Rhys Hoskins said after a 6-0 win. “I think there’s always going to be a little bit of bad blood in a rivalry.”

Jake Arrieta, from across the Phillies clubhouse, heard those words. “He said it!” Arrieta yelled.

Down the corridor at Citi Field, while the Mets said the right things publicly, one privately stated the subtext. “It’s definitely not going to be forgotten.”

Look, throwing at players is really goddamned stupid and I’m with Syzmborski in saying that there should be long suspensions for it.  But I’m also pretty psyched to get back to really hating the Phillies for the first time in a decade.


Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Jake Arrieta upset with Bryce Harper for ejection, sounds off on ‘flat’ Phillies

NEW YORK — Jake Arrieta slammed the shelf above his locker at Citi Field, still peeved moments after speaking with reporters.

Arrieta pitched relatively well in the Phillies’ 5-1 loss to the Mets (see observations). The source of his anger was an untimely ejection of the Phillies’ best player, Bryce Harper, in the top of the fourth inning, combined with an overall “flat” performance from the Phillies’ offense.

The 33-year-old former Cy Young winner didn’t mince words. He didn’t rush to defend Harper or belabor the quick hook of home plate umpire Mark Carlson, who tossed Harper for arguing balls and strikes in the Phillies’ dugout.

 

 

QLE Posted: April 23, 2019 at 04:16 AM | 42 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, jake arrieta, phillies

Monday, April 15, 2019

Victor Arano finds his slider as Phillies come home from Miami with a series win

MIAMI — The last time Victor Arano was in Florida, he couldn’t get anybody out.

This time …

Different story.

Arano was one of many pitching stars in the Phillies’ marathon win over the Miami Marlins on Sunday afternoon. The Phils prevailed, 3-1, on the strength of Jean Segura’s two-run home run in the top of the 14th inning (see observations). They are 9-5.

So, was it delicious?

 

QLE Posted: April 15, 2019 at 07:44 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies, slider, victor arano

Thursday, April 04, 2019

Nationals and Phillies trade bullpen meltdowns as Craig Kimbrel still sits on the market

For all the money both teams spent in the offseason, the Washington Nationals and Philadelphia Phillies have the same weakness: Their bullpens.

Both teams provided a masterclass in late-inning failures during the Nationals’ 9-8 win Wednesday.

The Nationals bullpen collapsed first, giving up four runs in the eighth inning. Tony Sipp, Trevor Rosenthal and Kyle Barraclough all played a role in the disastrous inning. While Barraclough gave up the hits that allowed all four runs to score, Rosenthal’s performance is far more concerning.

With the Nationals now down by two runs, it was Philadelphia’s turn to implode. Seranthony Domínguez allowed a single and then a run-scoring double to cut the Phillies’ lead to one run in the eighth. A few batters later, the tying run came around to score on an error.

Bullpens blow games on the Eastern Seaboard!

Bullpens blow games while Craig Kimbrel sits!

 

 

QLE Posted: April 04, 2019 at 05:16 AM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: craig kimbrel, nationals, phillies

Wednesday, April 03, 2019

Bryce Harper outclassed, outplayed DC fans in Phillies-Nationals game

You’re allowed to boo. It is absolutely your right as a fan. You shelled out big money to see Bryce Harper’s return to Nationals Park, and short of being abjectly racist, homophobic or violent, you’re free to express yourself however you want while you’re there.

Boo Bryce Harper if you want. He knows he signed up for a heck of a lot of games against his old team when he inked that 13-year, $330 million deal with his new one, and he even anticipated the boos in an earnest and classy thank-you message he sent to his former club before the game. Again, it’s within your rights to do that. No one’s here to decry freedom of speech.

But it’s also within my rights to call you small-time for doing it. Look at this clown show of Nationals fans, people who were probably Orioles die-hards just 15 years ago, doing arts and crafts to let the foremost player in franchise history know he’s a “traitor” for failing to re-sign with a club that wanted to defer payments up to 2052 — roughly the time Mad Max: Fury Road takes place. 2052! A “$300 million” deal deferring payments that long is not a $300 million deal at all: It’s something you put together so you can say you offered $300 million to cover yourself when your man flees in free agency, like he did.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 03, 2019 at 08:03 AM | 56 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, nationals, phillies

Monday, April 01, 2019

MLB roundup: Harper leads Phillies to series sweep

Bryce Harper reached base four times and hit a solo home run in the seventh inning as the Philadelphia Phillies completed a three-game sweep of the visiting Atlanta Braves with a 5-1 win on Sunday night.

The Phillies are 3-0 for the first time since 2011.

Philadelphia starting pitcher Jake Arrieta (1-0) gave up one run on three hits in six innings. He struck out six, but he also walked six while throwing 104 pitches.

Andrew McCutchen also hit a solo home run and scored twice for the Phillies. Rhys Hoskins walked three times and was hit by a pitch to reach base in all four plate appearances. He was plunked after Harper’s home run, and Braves reliever Shane Carle was ejected immediately afterward.

Yesterday’s game results, today!

 

QLE Posted: April 01, 2019 at 08:10 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: andrew mccutchen, bryce harper, jake arrieta, phillies

Friday, March 29, 2019

Bryce Harper gets first taste of Philly passion in the form of boos after quiet debut

PHILADELPHIA — In the fourth inning of his first regular season game as a Philadelphia Phillie, Bryce Harper came up to bat with Jean Segura, another offseason acquisition, on third base. Segura was 90 feet away from giving 44,469 fans something to cheer about. Then Harper struck out, the stadium groaned, and down on the concourse, along the third base line, someone said “Geeze, it’s just the same old Bryce.”

You can dress him up in red pinstripes, but the guy who slashed .249/.393/.496 in 2018 will have to do a little better to deliver on the frenzied expectations of a city practically planning a parade route already despite six straight sub-.500 seasons.

PECOTA has the Philadelphia Phillies just barely winning the NL East with 89 wins this season. The morning of opening day, a butcher at the Reading Terminal Market said they were the “best team in baseball.”

Given that Harper seems to have skin so thin it’s transparent, it’s going to be interesting to see how his relations with the fans go…..

 

QLE Posted: March 29, 2019 at 08:52 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, fans, phillies

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Phillies break camp, head home with highest expectations in years

On his last day in Florida, Gabe Kapler put the top down and took his new and improved lineup for a spin.

The Phillies manager used what figures to be his opening day lineup — minus starting pitcher Aaron Nola — for the team’s final spring-training game Monday.

The unit — with a little help from minor-leaguer Malvin Matos — pulled out a curtain-closing, 3-2, win over the Tampa Bay Rays at sun-splashed Spectrum Field. Matos, up for the day from minor-league camp, won it with a walk-off homer in the bottom of ninth and everybody left happy.

Which, of course, could lead to the most disgruntled fans in years if those expectations are not met….

 

QLE Posted: March 26, 2019 at 06:18 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: expectations, homeward bound, phillies

Monday, March 25, 2019

Phillies fans are planning a takeover of Nationals Park for Bryce Harper’s return

Washington, this is your warning. On April 2, the fans of the Philadelphia Phillies are planning a takeover.

While Citizens Bank Park is going to be packed with Phillies fans all season, busloads of Phillies fans are taking the trip down I-95 to Nationals Park for the first road game of the season. That is, according to a report from the Washington Post.

Joe DiBiaggio, founder of Phans of Philly, which organizes trips and tailgates for Philadelphia sports fans, took a chance even before Bryce Harper signed and purchased a block of 500 tickets for the April 2 game in Washington, Harper’s return to the city he spent his first seven seasons. The tickets will likely be sold out.

Site members who live in and around the District- I would recommend being as far away as possible on that day, ideally in a location in the Central Time Zone or further west.

 

QLE Posted: March 25, 2019 at 10:26 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, fans, nationals, phillies

Friday, March 22, 2019

MLB season preview: Five over/unders you can count on in 2019

Want an easy way to prove to your friends you’re smarter than everyone else when it comes to baseball? Just look at some MLB over/unders.

By looking at win totals, you can get a quick snapshot of where you differ from the general consensus. Do you find the Tampa Bay Rays’ 84.5 win total insulting? Tell your friends they are going to be much better than anyone expects. Think there’s no way the New York Mets surpass 85.5 wins? You just identified a bust.

Feel extra confident in those predictions? Well, you can wager some hard-earned gummy bears on the outcome.

Somewhere, Sport Sullivan is suspecting that he was born a century too early….

 

 

QLE Posted: March 22, 2019 at 07:20 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, braves, cubs, overunder, phillies, previews, reds

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Phillies to induct Bobby Abreu to Wall of Fame

The Phillies announced on Wednesday that former outfielder Bobby Abreu will be inducted into the team’s Wall of Fame this summer. The ceremony will take place on Saturday, August 3 as part of the club’s alumni weekend festivities.

Abreu, 45, went to the Phillies in a November 18, 1997 trade with the then-Devil Rays that sent shortstop Kevin Stocker to Tampa. Abreu somehow only made two All-Star teams while in Philly. Overall, he hit .303/.416/.513 with 195 homers, 814 RBI, 891 runs scored, and 254 stolen bases in 1,353 games with the Phillies. Abreu ranks sixth all-time among Phillies in career Wins Above Replacement (47.2), fourth in on-base percentage (.416), seventh in slugging percentage (.513), second in OPS (.928), 10th in runs scored (891), fourth in doubles (348), second in walks (947), and seventh in stolen bases.

Perhaps Abreu’s most noteworthy accomplishment as a Phillie was winning the 2005 Home Run Derby at Comerica Park in Detroit. Abreu hit 24 home runs in the first round and finished with 41 total, both records at the time. That is his most noteworthy accomplishment as, through no fault of his own, the Phillies never made playoffs during his tenure from 1998-06.

Well, at least he’ll be getting some sort of honor this year….

 

QLE Posted: March 21, 2019 at 08:22 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: bobby abreu, phillies, wall of fame

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 | 41 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

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