Phillies Rumors & News

  • Report: MLBPA challenging NPB posting system, delaying Shohei Ohtani’s move to MLB

    Hardball Talk "Major League Baseball and Nippon Professional Baseball had a “tentative agreement” in place to allow the Nippon Ham Fighters to post Shohei Ohtani — a lauded pitcher and hitter — for $20 million. However, the players’ union is challenging the system, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports, which will..." November 16

  • New MLB-NPB Posting Agreement Still Weeks Away

    MLB Trade Rumors "The hope is that Major League Baseball and Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball will finalize a new posting system at some point in early December, MLB Chief Legal Officer Dan Halem tells reporters including Joel Sherman of the New York Post (Twitter link). Until that comes to pass, Japanese..." November 15

  • MLB wants to get a pitch clock in place for the 2018 season

    Hardball Talk "As several games dragged on well past the three and four hour mark this postseason, fans active online increasingly chattered about the need for a pitch clock, rules limiting mound visits or some other means of moving things along. Today at the owners meetings down in Florida, MLB’s Chief Legal..." November 15

  • Phillies To Re-Sign Pedro Florimon

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Phillies have agreed to a minors deal with utilityman Pedro Florimon, according to Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer (via Twitter). Florimon may well have the “inside track on a bench job,” Gelb adds. Philadelphia evidently liked what it saw from Florimon, who’ll turn 31 in December...." November 14

  • Red Sox Begin Talks With Marlins About Stanton

    CBS Boston "Are the Red Sox positioning themselves for a major offseason splash? According to one report they’re at least considering it. Jon Morosi of MLB Network reported Friday night that the Red Sox are among the teams who have had “preliminary communication” with the Marlins about a possible trade for..." November 11

  • Phillies add John Mallee and Dusty Wathan to coaching staff

    Fanrag Sports "The Philadelphia Phillies have formally announced that the club has retained Rick Kranitz for the team’s 2018 coaching staff while adding John Mallee as its hitting coach and Dusty Wathan as the club’s third base coach. Kranitz is currently the club’s assistant pitching coach, who has served as..." November 10

  • MLB sees increase in sponsor spending while NFL is trending negative

    Awful Announcing "Coming off a successful postseason, Major League Baseball got some more good news. According to a new report, MLB saw a record in corporate sponsorship spending of $892 million, a jump of almost 8%. It comes after the 2016 World Series, which was the most-watched Fall Classic in 12 years, while..." November 08

  • Roy Halladay’s wife said she fought hard against retired baseball star buying plane

    New York Daily News "Roy Halladay's wife Brandy said she fought hard to keep her husband from buying the plane in which he died. "I didn't grow up with airplanes," Brandy Halladay said in a now haunting YouTube video posted by ICON Aircraft last month, "or a comfort level like he did in small..." November 08

  • Phillies ready to become big spenders?

    Newark Star-Ledger "It's a fun time to be a Philadelphia sports fan. The Eagles are the best team in the NFL--by a significant margin. The Sixers have one of the most exciting young teams in the NBA. The Flyers have finally committed to a youth movement. Now it's the Phillies turn to explode onto the..." November 08

  • Roy Halladay, 40, dies in plane crash in Gulf of Mexico

    ESPN "Roy Halladay, a two-time Cy Young Award-winning pitcher who retired from baseball nearly four years ago, has died in a plane crash in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Florida. He was 40. Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco said during a news conference that Halladay's ICON A5, a small..." November 07

  • Phillies hire Sam Fuld, Ben Werthan to help integrate analytics

    Philly.com "The Phillies’ analytics-driven front office made a pair of interesting hires Friday, appointing two liaisons to help facilitate the use of analytics and other advanced information by the players. Sam Fuld, who retired Friday after eight major-league seasons, will serve as the major-league..." November 04

  • Former Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr. joins Mets as first base coach

    New York Daily News "The Mets continue to add experience to their coaching staff. Thursday they added former MLB player and Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr. as their first base coach, an industry source confirmed. Amaro joins a veteran staff of Pat Roessler as hitting coach and Dave Eiland as pitching coach to back up..." November 03

  • From Jose Canseco to J.J. Watt, everyone thinks MLB balls are juiced

    Chicago Sun-Times "As balls sailed out of Major League ballparks in record fashion this past season, the whispers from disbelievers were drowned out by the roars of the longball-clamoring crowd. But after Sunday’s World Series slugfest that saw a combined seven home runs with the Houston Astros finally prevailing..." October 31

  • Phillies to name Gabe Kapler as their new manager after World Series

    Fanrag Sports "The Philadelphia Phillies are focused on Gabe Kapler in their managerial search, and barring something unforeseen, he will be the choice to be the next Phillies manager, sources tell FanRag Sports. A decision is thought to have been made Sunday, and an announcement could come as early as..." October 29

  • Kapler, Farrell, Wathan finalists for Phillies job

    MLB.com "So who is the next Phillies manager going to be? It is unclear if there is a front runner, but sources said that the Phillies are indeed finishing a second round of interviews this week with three finalists: former Red Sox manager John Farrell, Dodgers player development director Gabe Kapler..." October 28

  • Phillies zeroing in on Dusty Wathan for manager job

    Philly Voice "The Phillies search for a manager is nearly four weeks old, but it could be coming to an end sooner rather than later. According to a report from USA TODAY’s Bob Nightengale, the new manager could be a familiar name: Dusty Wathan. Nightengale tweeted Wednesday morning that the Phillies were..." October 25

  • Major League Baseball considering expansion, radical realignment

    Hardball Talk "Tracy Ringolsby of Baseball America wrote yesterday about a “growing consensus” within baseball that expansion and realignment are inevitable. The likely expansion cities: Portland and Montreal. The 32-team league would then undergo a radical realignment that would also involve reducing the season..." October 17

  • Phillies Name Larry Bowa Senior Advisor To GM

    CBS Philly "The Phillies have named Larry Bowa as the senior advisor to general manager Matt Klentak, the team announced on Friday. “Larry Bowa is a genuine Phillies icon and he has made enormous contributions to this franchise during his 33 years in uniform,” said Klentak. “I have a tremendous amount of..." October 13

  • Major League Baseball should amend replay review for on/off base disputes

    Hardball Talk "The Cubs won Thursday’s NLDS Game 5 by a 9-8 score over the Nationals and were aided in part by replay review in the eighth inning, helping Wade Davis escape a jam. The Nationals had scored a run on a Michael Taylor RBI single, cutting their deficit to one run. Lobaton kept the rally going with a..." October 13

  • MLB Sets 2017-18 Qualifying Offer At $17.4MM

    MLB Trade Rumors "Major League Baseball has set the qualifying offer for the upcoming offseason at $17.4MM, MLBTR’s Tim Dierkes reports (Twitter link). With the news, teams can now make full assessments of whether to issue qualifying offers to pending free agents. Offers are due five days after the World Series..." October 13

  • Jorge Velandia emerges as strong candidate for Phillies manager job

    CSN Philly "Phillies front-office executive Jorge Velandia has emerged as a strong candidate for the team's vacant manager's job. Velandia had a lengthy interview with general manager Matt Klentak on Wednesday, according to sources. He is the second known candidate to interview for the job, joining Juan..." October 12

  • Gary DiSarcina connected to Phillies managerial opening

    Fanrag Sports "A name that is being heavily connected to the Philadelphia Phillies‘ managerial opening by people in the industry is Boston Red Sox bench coach Gary DiSarcina. “Personally, I think he ends up in Philly if he doesn’t land the Red Sox gig,” one executive outside of the situation said. A..." October 12

  • Buck Showalter reportedly managerial candidate for Phillies

    CBS Sports "Whenever a team is seeking a new manager, the natural inclination is to name some former members of the organization as candidates. Usually, those "former members" are recently retired players. Sometimes, though, they're not. Take the Philadelphia Phillies, whose list of managerial candidates..." October 10

  • Phillies Reportedly Considering Ruben Amaro Jr. As Next Manager

    CBS Philly "This would be an amazing turn of events. Imagine if the Phillies brought back Ruben Amaro Jr. as the team’s next manager. Well, according to The Boston Globe’s Nick Cafardo, the Phils are considering Amaro Jr. for the job. “Other candidates believed to be in consideration for the Phillies..." October 09

  • Phillies, Tigers reportedly interested in hiring former Marlins manager Mike Redmond

    Fanrag Sports "The Philadelphia Phillies have joined the Detroit Tigers with interest in former Miami Marlins manager Mike Redmond, who currently serves as a coach with the Colorado Rockies. Redmond’s link to Tigers GM Al Avila makes him a natural fit for Detroit, but he has a good rep in the game, and nobody..." October 08

  • 3 hot names emerge in Phillies' search for a new manager

    CSN Philly "Matt Klentak has not revealed any candidates in the Phillies' search for a new manager, but according to NBC Sports Philadelphia's Jim Salisbury, the early list of hot names includes Brad Ausmus, Tim Bogar and Gary DiSarcina. Ausmus, like Klentak, is a Dartmouth alum. Ausmus was recently let go..." October 06

  • Who is leading Stanton sweepstakes?

    Fanrag Sports "Many Miami Marlins players aren’t expecting to be back next year due to the expected rebuild/selloff, as was mentioned here in the Giancarlo Stanton interview over the weekend. But the key to the anticipated rebuild is probably Stanton himself. While Jeter didn’t delve deeply into coming plans..." October 05

  • Draft: First-Round Order For 2018

    Real GM Baseball "The regular season is over, so the order of the first round of the 2018 Major League Baseball draft has been solidified. 1. Detroit Tigers 2. San Francisco Giants 3. Philadelphia Phillies 4. Chicago White Sox 5. Cincinnati Reds 6. New York Mets 7. San Diego Padres 8...." October 02

  • With J.P. Crawford ready, Freddy Galvis' Phillies tenure appears to be over

    NBC Philadelphia "It felt like the end for Freddy Galvis on Sunday. Not the end of his career. No. Not at all. This guy has many good years left in the game. But it felt like the end of Galvis' time with the Phillies and that deserves some reflection. He signed with the club back in 2006, when he was..." October 02

  • Phillies farm director Joe Jordan: Jhailyn Ortiz has highest ceiling in system

    CSN Philly "Phillies director of player development Joe Jordan, who admitted to feeling like a "proud papa" watching so many prospects graduate to the majors and succeed this season, joined Jim Salisbury's At The Yard podcast this week for the second time. Back in April, Jordan offered thoughts on a host..." September 29

  • Mets-Phillies will play in next year’s Little League Classic

    Hardball Talk "Major League Baseball announced today that the Little League Classic will be played again next season, this time with the New York Mets and the Philadelphia Phillies facing off on August 19 at Bowman Field in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. The game will be broadcast by ESPN for Sunday Night..." September 29

  • MLB names World Series MVP Award in Honor of Willie Mays

    Hardball Talk "Major League Baseball just announced that it has renamed the World Series Most Valuable Player Award in honor of Willie Mays. Beginning with the 2017 World Series, the MVP of the Fall Classic will now be recognized as the “Willie Mays World Series Most Valuable Player.” The announcement comes..." September 29

  • Pete Mackanin Moved To Phillies’ Front Office, Will Not Manage Team In 2018

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Phillies announced today that Pete Mackanin will not return to manage the club in 2018. Rather, Mackanin has agreed to a contract extension to join the front office and serve as a special assistant to general manager Matt Klentak. Mackanin will finish out the current season as the Phillies’..." September 29

  • 'Concussion' doctor Bennet Omalu says MLB's seven-day DL is 'a joke'

    CBS Sports "The San Diego Padres have had a rough season when it comes to catcher concussions. Backup Hector Sanchez missed a week in April after taking a ball off the mask. Meanwhile, starter Austin Hedges missed closer to two weeks due to his own concussion -- one that required vision training before he..." September 28

  • The time two umpires almost got blackmailed over a hookup with strippers

    Hardball Talk "I didn’t put “must-click link” in the headline because there wasn’t room, but I kinda doubt I need to tell you that you need to click on this link, which takes you to a wonderful story by William Ryczek over at The National Pastime Museum. The short version: in 1960 two big league umpires, Ed..." September 27

  • After fighting quitting fire, Adam Morgan one of Phillies' most reliable relievers

    CSN Philly "His team had lost the previous two nights to the Atlanta Braves. Now, it was trying to hold a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the eighth inning and salvage at least one game in the series. So Pete Mackanin went to arguably his most dependable reliever. Back in the final days of spring training,..." September 27

  • Pete Mackanin doesn’t know if he’ll be back as Phillies manager next year

    Hardball Talk "Back in May the Phillies gave Pete Mackanin a contract extension covering the remainder of 2017, all of 2018 and created a team option for 2019. Yesterday, however, Mackanin said he had no idea if the Phillies were going to bring him back as manager next season: “I assume I’ll be here, but you..." September 26

  • Major League Baseball wants you to look at a screen while you’re at the ballpark

    Hardball Talk "During the debate last week involving expanded netting at major league ballparks, the familiar refrain from the anti-netting crowd rung out: “hey, netting wouldn’t be necessary if you simply paid attention!” These folks get particularly upset at the idea of people looking at their phones or..." September 25

  • Phillies’ Jesen Therrien Undergoes Tommy John Surgery

    MLB Trade Rumors "Phillies right-hander Jesen Therrien underwent Tommy John surgery earlier this week and could miss the entire 2018 campaign as a result, as Jeremy Filosa of 98.5 FM Sports in Montreal (Therrien’s hometown) first reported, on Twitter. The 24-year-old Therrien made his Major League debut this..." September 22

  • Major League Baseball claims it will “redouble its efforts” on expanded netting

    Hardball Talk "Yesterday, during the Minnesota Twins-New York Yankees game at Yankee Stadium, a young girl was injured after a foul ball flew off the bat of Todd Frazier and into the stands along the third base line where she was sitting. In some parks that ball would be stopped because of netting down the..." September 21

  • Pat Neshek roasts Zack Greinke for turning down autograph request

    Larry Brown Sports "Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Pat Neshek is an avid collector of autographs, and his status as an MLB player gives him access to a number of opportunities the common collector doesn’t have. Except, of course, when it comes to Zack Greinke. Neshek, who was the Phillies’ lone representative at..." September 20

  • Top five Cy Young contenders in each league

    Larry Brown Sports "Both the American and National League have clear contenders for their respective Cy Young Awards this season, but the outcome of each race is still murky as we head into the final weeks of the season. There’s a lot to consider in the races for both leagues. Here’s a look at the top five..." September 20

  • Phillies fan follows through on chicken nugget promise following Hoskins homer

    CBS Sports "Last Thursday, Phillies fan Damon Miller Jr. tweeted himself into a bit of a corner. He promised to buy everyone chicken nuggets if rookie sensation Rhys Hoskins hit a home run that night. Hoskins, who is in the middle of a torrid home run hot streak, of course went deep that night. In terms of..." September 20

  • MLB league-wide single season home run record set to fall Tuesday

    Hardball Talk "Giancarlo Stanton‘s smacks, Aaron Judge‘s jolts and all those dizzying long balls helped Major League Baseball move another poke closer to the inevitable. Nearly two decades after the height of the Steroids Era, the sports is on track to break its season record for home runs on Tuesday – and..." September 18

  • NL MVP: Sorting out the crowded field won't be easy

    Sporting News "If you happen to run into a baseball writer who has a 2017 NL MVP vote, give that person a hug. They’ll need it. Trying to sort out this year’s crowded NL MVP race is a nearly impossible task. As many as six players have had seasons worthy of first-place votes, which means you’re going to see..." September 18

  • 2017 MLB season might not feature a 20-win pitcher for first time in nearly 10 years

    CBS Sports "With just two weeks left in the 2017 Major League Baseball season, we can start to take a look at some of the stats and have a good idea where things will end up. On that front, let's glance at the MLB leaderboard for pitcher wins. As noted by Twitter friend Matt Harvey (@halladayfan32), the..." September 18

  • Teams seeking Miguel Sano-like talent at age 13

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "The Twins, like most MLB teams, will send scouts to a showcase in the Caribbean this week for Venezuelan prospects, a chance to measure and evaluate players who will eventually sign contracts to play professionally. But this gathering of baseball talent is unusual — though it reflects the new..." September 18

  • Things could get ‘a little weird’ for Chase Utley if Dodgers clinch in Philadelphia

    Orange County Register "With their magic number shrinking daily now, the Dodgers could very well celebrate the clinching of their fifth consecutive NL West title during this week’s four-game series at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia. Uh, awkward. “I actually haven’t thought about it at all,” said Dodgers second..." September 18

  • Major League Baseball: still flailing at front office diversity

    Hardball Talk "We’ve written many times about how Major League Baseball has a diversity problem in its front office and executive ranks. General managers are almost all youngish white dudes from Ivy League institutions and they have hired people in their own image for years. That, combined with astoundingly low..." September 15

  • Could Phillies' Rhys Hoskins be next Giambi or Votto?

    Courier-Post "Like anyone who has watched rookie Rhys Hoskins on a daily basis the last five weeks, Phillies hitting coach Matt Stairs has been captivated. Stairs saw hundreds of hitters during his Major League Baseball career that spanned 19 years with 12 different teams. Yet few displayed such a mature..." September 15

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