Phillies Rumors & News

  • 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

  • 2018 will feature the earliest Opening Day in baseball history

    Hardball Talk "Major League Baseball announced its master schedule for the 2018 season. Opening Day will be Thursday, March 29. It’s the earliest Opening Day in baseball history, with the exception of special international openers like the ones in Japan and Australia. Until now, the earliest opening date for a..." September 12

  • Shohei Otani is coveted by MLB teams and this filthy slider might explain why

    CBS Sports "We take you to Japan, where Shohei Otani of the Nippon Ham Fighters is about to uncork one of the nastiest slide-pieces you've ever beheld ... And the people say: Larduhmercy. If Allen Iverson's crossover were somehow made into a breaking ball, it would look like that, probably. Otani in..." September 12

  • Phillies To Promote Henderson Alvarez

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Phillies are set to promote right-handed starter Henderson Alvarez to the major-league level, according to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports. The Phillies have an open spot on the 40-man roster, so the organization will not need to make a corresponding roster move. It’s been a complicated road..." September 11

  • Phillies' Rhys Hoskins has gone from unwanted to unbelievable

    Sporting News "No one wanted Rhys Hoskins. The Phillies’ rookie left fielder was hardly a blip on anyone's radar when he finished his career at Jesuit High School in Carmichael, Calif. Forget about getting drafted — Hoskins couldn’t even get the attention of college programs. In an age when talented..." September 11

  • Odubel Herrera extends hitting streak to 20 games

    Hardball Talk "With a third-inning double against the Nationals on Thursday evening, Phillies outfielder Odubel Herrera extended his hitting streak to 20 games. According to Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer, that’s the longest streak in the majors this season. Only three other players — Jose Altuve, Bryce..." September 08

  • Ex-Phillies prospect Matt Imhof lost an eye to baseball and learned to live without it "He could close his eyes and hit his throwing partner in the chest. That still came natural. The accident had not stripped that. Then Matt Imhof opened his left eye — his only working eye — and tried to catch the baseball. He knew he had to decide where the ball was headed and when to close his..." September 05

  • Phillies' rookie phenom Hoskins left game after getting plunked on wrist "Rhys Hoskins grabbed his right hand on Saturday night and grimaced. He was in serious pain and that was enough to send manager Pete Mackanin and athletic trainer Scott Sheridan shooting out of the dugout before Hoskins was even halfway to first base in the seventh inning of a 10-9 loss to the..." September 03

  • Phillies place Jerad Eickhoff on 10-day DL

    Fanrag Sports "The Philadelphia Phillies have announced that the club has placed right-handed pitcher Jerad Eickhoff on the team’s 10-day disabled list with nerve irritation in his pitching hand. Fellow righty Ricardo Pinto was recalled from Triple-A Lehigh Valley to assume Eickhoff’s spot on the big league..." August 31

  • Phillies claim veteran reliever Juan Nicasio from Pirates

    CSN Philly "The Phillies added a veteran reliever on Thursday, claiming right-hander Juan Nicasio off waivers from the Pittsburgh Pirates. Nicasio, 31, has a 2.85 ERA with 60 strikeouts in 60 innings this season, which he's spent as the Pirates' setup man. This was Nicasio's final season of arbitration..." August 31

  • Phils yet to decide Hoskins' primary '17 position "Is there any question Rhys Hoskins will play nearly every day the remainder of the 2017 season? Eleven home runs in 64 at-bats will keep anyone in a Major League lineup. But what happens when Phillies outfielders Odubel Herrera and Aaron Altherr return from the 10-day disabled list? Does..." August 29

  • Phillies rookie Rhys Hoskins is on a historic home run rampage after smacking No. 11

    CBS Sports "Hey, remember when Rhys Hoskins of the Phillies became the fastest player in the history of Major League Baseball to reach 10 home runs? Yeah, he did that Saturday night, homering for the 10th time in 17 career games. On Sunday, he went deep again. That's 11 home runs in 18 career games...." August 27

  • Phillies' Rhys Hoskins makes history with 10th home run to start his career

    CBS Sports "In Friday night's recap, we noted that Phillies OF/1B Rhys Hoskins became the first hitter in MLB history to tally nine homers in his first 16 games. Well, Mr. Hoskins played career game No. 17 on Saturday, and you can probably guess what happened ... So, yeah, that's a changeup low and away..." August 27

  • Rhys Hoskins ties major league record with eighth homer through first 15 games

    Hardball Talk "The Phillies lost 9-8 to the Marlins on Thursday afternoon, running their record to 3-9 over their last 12 games. Outfielder Rhys Hoskins continues to hit, though, as he smacked his eighth homer, a solo shot in the bottom of the second inning off of Vance Worley which knotted the game at one..." August 25

  • Velasquez done for season; Phils sign Henderson Alvarez

    Phillies Nation "As if the news below wasn’t enough, Jon Heyman just reported the Phillies have signed pitcher Henderson Alvarez to a minor league contract. The 27-year-old Venezuelan, who found success with the Marlins from 2013-14, was pitching for the Long Island Ducks of the Atlantic League (Independent)...." August 22

  • Rob Manfred not in favor of electronic strike zone, says technology isn’t good enough yet

    New York Daily News "Despite increasing calls to use technology to determine balls and strikes, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred isn’t in favor of such a change, according to’s Anthony Castrovince. “The fact of the matter is they (umpires) get them right well over 90 percent of the time,” Manfred said, adding..." August 20

  • Phillies' Herrera lands on DL with hamstring strain

    CSN Philly "Odubel Herrera has hit the disabled list. Herrera, nursing a left hamstring injury, was out of the lineup Friday night for a fourth straight game as the Phillies played Game 2 of their four-game series against the Giants at AT&T Park. Shortly before first pitch, the Phillies placed Herrera..." August 19