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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

FSL notes: Phils’ Kilome raising his profile | MiLB.com News

More hope for Phillies fans.

Kilome—ranked as the Phillies’ No. 5 prospect—hasn’t been quite as dominant so far this season after the move up to the Clearwater Threshers in the Class A Advanced Florida State League, but he has definitely stamped himself as a pitcher to watch. Signed for $40,000 by the Phillies as a rail-thin 17-year-old in 2013, Kilome’s profile has risen along with his physical development.

“I’ve grown at least an inch and gained about 60 pounds,” said Kilome, who is now nearly 6-foot-7 and weighs around 230 pounds.

The extra size has helped produce a fastball that regularly hits 98 mph. It was a revamping of his breaking ball that turned things around for Kilome early last season, though.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 06, 2017 at 10:39 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: franklyn kilome, phillies, prospects

Monday, June 05, 2017

The Phillie Phanatic’s best running gags, ranked – Phillies Nation

Finger extensions are not on the list.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 05, 2017 at 11:56 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mascots, phillies, philly phanatic

Friday, June 02, 2017

Phillies prospect Mickey Moniak is only 19, but he’s already shown a power swing

“He has shown true gap power to right-center and left-center, and at 19 years old he is still getting there,” Malloy said. “I don’t see why he can’t be a 15-20 home-run guy at the next level.”

One scout who has seen Moniak with Lakewood agreed.

“The ball jumps off his bat, and I think he is going to be a very good hitter, and the power will come,” the scout said. “When you look at it, he is such a young kid, and it’s hard to play in that league, playing against some 23-, 24-year-olds.”

“I feel I have held my own, and I feel comfortable,” Moniak said. “I am enjoying playing with my teammates. We have a good team, and it’s been fun.”

Jim Furtado Posted: June 02, 2017 at 08:38 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mickey moniak, phillies, prospects

Thursday, June 01, 2017

Phillies have discussed sending Maikel Franco to Triple A

Maikel Franco, who opened the season hitting fourth in the Phillies’ lineup, could be sent to Triple A if he doesn’t break out of his slump.

“We’ve talked about it,” manager Pete Mackanin said before Tuesday night’s game against the Miami Marlins. “That’s about all I’ll say. It’s been discussed.”

Jim Furtado Posted: June 01, 2017 at 10:31 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: maikel franco, phillies

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Why do Philly sports fans trust the Sixers’ process but have little faith in Phillies’ rebuild?

But are they selling jeans?

The acceptance of losing and trust in a rebuilding process hasn’t quite made its way across Pattison Avenue.

The Phillies, like the Sixers, haven’t finished a season with a winning record in a half decade. They entered play on Saturday with a 223-309 record (.419 winning percentage) since the start of the 2014 season.

The Phillies’ management and ownership, like that of the Sixers, officially embarked on a rebuilding project (in October of 2014) that saw the gradual dismantling of its team with the hopes of building from the ground up, forming a sustainable winner in the long-term while they’d take their lumps in the short term.

The feeling here – and I’m not alone on this, it’s been discussed in sports circles among other media types recently – is that there’s a pretty big disparity between Philadelphia sports fans who have put trust in the Sixers’ process but aren’t at all thrilled with the Phils’ rebuild.

Why is one team permitted to lose while the other must do everything possible to field a winning product right now?

Of course, baseball and basketball are different sports with different rules and restrictions in building franchises. But there are some obvious ones that could help to explain this interesting gap between the faith behind one team’s rebuild and the other’s in the last two-plus seasons.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 30, 2017 at 06:13 PM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies

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