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Wednesday, July 17, 2019

CBSSports: Dodgers’ Justin Turner defends Phillies pitcher who plunked him, telling umpire he shouldn’t be ejected

After Verdugo homered to make the score 12-1, Yacksel Rios hit Turner in the leg with an 84 mph breaking ball and was immediately ejected by legendary blowhard Doug Eddings. Turner started taking off his gloves and shinguard, then turned around and was confused to find Rios had been ejected. The batter (and at least one other Dodger in the dugout) joined Gabe Kapler, Realmuto et al in arguing with the umpire on the pitcher’s behalf!

Crispix Attacksel Rios Posted: July 17, 2019 at 01:48 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, phillies, umpiring

Wednesday, July 10, 2019


Friday, June 28, 2019

Phillies are overpriced as long as Bryce Harper is a shell of himself

“It’s possible baseball observers will have to accept that his fantastic 2015 season was a fluke.”

Harper fans can say, “Hey, it’s only half a season.”

Lest we forget Posted: June 28, 2019 at 10:05 PM | 64 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, buyer's regret, fantasy, judd nelson, phillies

Friday, June 21, 2019

Phillies’ Maikel Franco has fallen out of Gabe Kapler’s favor for second straight year

“I think when he is performing like Maikel Franco is capable of performing, he’s a lot better than that. And right now he is still trying to find his way and we’ll look for opportunities to give him an opportunity to get going. Right now we have other guys we are going to see ahead of him,” Kapler said. “The value is directly related to his performance. Maikel Franco has a tremendous amount of value playing to his potential. Right now he’s struggling to reach that potential.”

Jim Furtado Posted: June 21, 2019 at 09:10 PM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: maikel franco, phillies

Tuesday, June 11, 2019



Wednesday, June 05, 2019

KYW Newsradio: Kenney, Wolf Join Campaign to Elect Dick Allen to the Hall of Fame

The Allen campaign is relentlessly driven by Mark “Froggy” Carfagno — a former Veterans Stadium groundskeeper who believes Allen was “the most productive offensive player from 1964 through 1974.”

“Better than Hank Aaron,” he continued, “Willie Mays, Willie Stargell, Johnny Bench, Ron Santo — all Hall of Famers. They’re all in the Hall of Fame. Why isn’t this guy?”

 

DanG Posted: June 05, 2019 at 08:46 PM | 176 comment(s)
  Beats: dick allen, hall of fame, phillies

Tuesday, June 04, 2019

Phillies’ Haseley headed to big leagues | MiLB.com News

After less than a week in Triple-A, Adam Haseley is heading to The Show.

Just five days after he was promoted to the Minor Leagues’ highest level, Philadelphia’s No. 3 prospect is set to join his big league club, according to MLB.com. Haseley is set to take the place of Phillies outfielder Andrew McCutchen, who appeared to injure his left knee in a first-inning rundown against the Padres on Monday night.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 04, 2019 at 08:33 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: adam haseley, phillies

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Phillies face depleted bullpen because of injuries

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Phillies manager Gable Kapler could have draped a stethoscope around his neck in his office that seemed more fit for an urgent care.

“I have notes on injury stuff,” Kapler said Wednesday, not long before Philadelphia’s scheduled game against St. Louis went into a rain delay. “There’s some stuff to report.”

Just a few notes.

One reliever had surgery. Another went on the injured list. Three more relievers may not return until some time in June.

In retrospective, investing a fortune on a right fielder with a 110 OPS+ might not have been the brightest idea in the world….

 

QLE Posted: May 30, 2019 at 10:23 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: bullpens, injuries, phillies

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Phillies’ Odubel Herrera Arrested At Golden Nugget Hotel And Casino For Allegedly Assaulting Girlfriend, Police Say

Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Odubel Herrera was arrested Monday for allegedly assaulting his girlfriend at an Atlantic City hotel and casino, police say. Herrera, 27, was taken into custody without incident at the Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino around 8:30 p.m. He has now been placed on administrative leave by Major League Baseball.

Atlantic City police officers responded Monday night to the Golden Nugget for a domestic violence incident report.

When they arrived, they found a 20-year-old woman, of Philadelphia, with visible signs of injury to her arms and neck after allegedly being assaulted by Herrera.


Odubel Herrera arrested in domestic violence incident

Phillies centerfielder Odubel Herrera was arrested Monday night after a report of domestic violence. The alleged incident involved his 20-year-old girlfriend and took place at the Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, according to a police report.

The police report also says the victim “had visible signs of injury to her arms and neck that was sustained after being assaulted by her boyfriend, David Odubel Herrera, during a dispute.”


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

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