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  • Bryce Harper’s mistaken Nationals prophecy is close to becoming a reality

    New York Post "Bryce Harper is getting his wish. Before booking a spot in the World Series with a 7-4 win over the Cardinals Tuesday night, the Nationals tweeted, “We want to bring a title back to D.C.,” teasing the mistaken words of their former star Bryce Harper. " October 16

  • Nationals Troll Bryce Harper Ahead Of NLCS Game 4 With Epic Hype Video

    NESN "No one will let Bryce Harper forget when said he wanted “to bring a title back to D.C.,” especially the Nationals. As you probably know, Harper left Washington after seven seasons to join the Philadelphia Phillies on a massive 13-year, $330 million deal.   " October 15

  • 'Everybody's got their own version of ethics': Tipping pitches gets magnified in modern-day MLB

    USA Today "In baseball's new era of big data, high-definition cameras and tablets in the dugout, pitch-tipping – and how teams decipher and share the information – has become less about gamesmanship and entered something of an ethical gray area. It's..." October 15

  • Dusty Baker a leading candidate for Phillies manager job?

    Larry Brown Sports "The Philadelphia Phillies appear to be intent on hiring a manager with experience after they decided to move on from Gabe Kapler last week, and Dusty Baker could be one of the favorites to land the job. Baker is scheduled to interview with the Phillies on Wednesday, and Jon Heyman of..." October 15

  • MLB and the MLBPA are discussing opioid testing. This seems like the wrong move.

    Hardball Talk "Evan Drellich of The Athletic reported this morning that Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association are in discussions that could lead to the creation of a testing regime for opioids. This, obviously, comes in the wake of the July 1 death of Angels pitcher..." October 15

  • Alex Rodriguez safe, but ESPN may break up ‘Sunday Night Baseball’ team

    Sportress of Blogitude "Alex Rodriguez, entering the final year of his deal with ESPN, is expected to remain in his current analyst role on the “Sunday Night Baseball” broadcast team, but he could be the only holdover from the current crew next season. Andrew Marchand of the New York..." October 15

  • 2019-20 Qualifying Offer Value To Decline For First Time

    MLB Trade Rumors "The value of the qualifying offer will be set at $17.8MM for the coming winter, per Jayson Stark of The Athletic (via Twitter). That’s down by $100K from last year’s mark of $17.9MM. In every prior year that the QO has been in existence, it has risen. The offer price is..." October 15

  • Sam Fuld Declines To Interview For Managerial Vacancies With Cubs, Mets, Pirates

    Yardbarker "Former big league outfielder Sam Fuld, currently serving as the Phillies’ Major League player information coordinator, declined the opportunity to interview with the Cubs, Mets and Pirates for their managerial vacancies, MLBTR has learned. The 37-year-old Fuld, who had..." October 15

  • Lenny Dykstra Wants to Be the Manager of the Phillies and Wants to Bring “No Bra Day” to Citizens Bank Park

    Sports Gossip "Lenny Dykstra released an official statement on Gabe Kapler’s firing and the vacant Phillies managerial position.  The former MLB player known as Nails doesn’t just want to manage his former team, he wants to bring “no bra day” to Citizens Bank..." October 14

  • Report: Phillies To Interview Joe Girardi, Buck Showalter This Week

    Sportsnaut "As the Philadelphia Phillies look to fill their managerial vacancy with someone who can take them into the playoffs, they will reportedly speak with three ex-managers with plenty of playoff experience. According to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal, Philadelphia will interview Joe..." October 13

  • Phillies Would Be Making a Colossal Mistake if They Hire Dusty Baker as Manager

    12 Up "There is a difference between being old-school and being outdated. Old-school is a guy like Bruce Bochy or AJ Hinch, who've managed to interweave traditional tactics with newer philosophies to win games over the past decade. Outdated is someone who is unwilling or unable to change, and can..." October 13

  • Phillies CEO John Middleton overruled front office to fire manager Gabe Kapler

    Sporting News "It seems those in the Phillies front office weren't the primary decision makers in firing manager Gabe Kapler earlier this week. Phillies CEO John Middleton came out Friday and said he was the driving force in ousting the team's skipper after just two seasons despite..." October 12

  • Curt Schilling has interest in interviewing for Phillies’ manager position and Red Sox pitching coach job

    Sportsnaut "Former Boston Red Sox and Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Curt Schilling is looking to get back into the game on the coaching side. According to USA Today‘s Bob Nightengale, friends close to Schilling indicated that he would love to get back into the game and would be..." October 11

  • Which managerial opening is the most desirable?

    Hardball Talk "As we wait for tonight’s NLCS to kick off — a preview on that will be up later this morning — let’s talk about all the managerial openings, shall we? With the Dodgers giving Dave Roberts their vote of confidence last night — and none of the remaining..." October 11

  • MLB denies changing baseballs used in playoffs

    The Score "Major League Baseball issued a statement Thursday denying the baseballs being used in the 2019 playoffs are different than those used in regular-season play. The statement comes amid concerns MLB changed its baseballs for the playoffs following a regular season that saw record power..." October 11

  • 10 potential candidates to be next Phillies manager, including Dusty Baker and Buck Showalter

    CBS Sports "On Thursday, the Philadelphia Phillies fired manager Gabe Kapler following two seasons and a prolonged post-season evaluation process. The past couple weeks have served as both, the conclusion of Kapler's tenure, and the closest thing he delivered to high October stakes. And..." October 11

  • Mike Scioscia, Buck Showalter names to watch after Phillies fire Gabe Kapler

    Larry Brown Sports "The Philadelphia Phillies announced on Thursday that they have fired manager Gabe Kapler after his two seasons with the team, and they may be searching for an experienced replacement. Buck Showalter and Mike Scioscia are two candidates to watch for the Phillies job, Bob Nightengale of..." October 10

  • MLB May Have Completely Changed its Baseballs for the Playoffs and Nobody Knows Why

    12 Up "Well, Rob Manfred, what in the actual heck do we have here? For Major League Baseball fans out there, there are few things more thrilling than seeing the ball fly out of the park. The "Chicks Dig the Long Ball" theory exists for a reason, after all. Everyone loves..." October 10

  • Gabe Kapler linked to Giants manager job after being fired by Phillies

    Larry Brown Sports "Gabe Kapler was fired by the Philadelphia Phillies on Thursday after just two seasons with the team, and some think he should have been given a better shot after compiling a .500 record over that span. However, it seems like there is a good chance the 44-year-old will not be unemployed for..." October 10

  • 4 Possible Replacements for Gabe Kapler as Phillies Manager

    The Big Lead "Gabe Kapler will be fired by the Philadelphia Phillies today, according to the Philly Inquirer. This is moderately though not earth-shatteringly surprising news, and now it's time to look ahead to who they might hire to replace him. Joe Maddon - It has seemed almost..." October 10

  • Phillies have decided to part ways with Gabe Kapler "Gabe Kapler will not return as Phillies manager. Two sources said Thursday morning that he will not return for the final season of his three-year contract. Kapler’s teams finished a combined 161-163 the past two years, but they collapsed each of the past two Septembers. " October 10

  • Finding A Match In A Starling Marte Trade

    MLB Trade Rumors "Pirates center fielder Starling Marte isn’t a perfect player, but he’s a very good one. And he’s now within two seasons of free agency, with the Bucs looking increasingly unlikely to contend before that time comes. The 31-year-old ought to have plenty of appeal,..." October 09

  • Buck Showalter leaked as a candidate for the not actually open Phillies manager job

    Hardball Talk "The quantum physicist Erwin Schrödinger famously wrote that if you placed a cat and some automatically-released — or maybe not released! — poison in a box and sealed it, you would not know if the cat was dead or alive until you opened the box. As such, until you actually opened..." October 08

  • Phillies owner asks players for input on Gabe Kapler

    Yahoo! Sports "There are already seven managerial openings in baseball, but the league is waiting to find out if there will be an eighth. Philadelphia Phillies owner John Middleton has been mulling whether to cut Gabe Kapler loose from the final year of his three-year deal, and the decision could..." October 08

  • Japanese slugger Yoshitomo Tsutsugo will be posted for MLB teams this offseason

    CBS Sports "The MLB postseason is in full swing, but it is never too early to look ahead to the hot stove season, and a big new free agent will be available this winter. The Yokohama DeNA BayStars in Japan announced Monday that they will post slugging outfielder Yoshitomo Tsutsugo for MLB teams this..." October 07

  • Looking For The Best Match In A Mookie Betts Trade

    MLB Trade Rumors "First of all, there’s more than a decent chance that Mookie Betts will still be a member of the 2020 Red Sox.  As per Sox president/CEO Sam Kennedy, the team’s intention to get payroll under the $208MM luxury tax threshold is a “goal but not a..." October 06

  • League, MLBPA Mull Further Changes To Drug Policy

    MLB Trade Rumors "A slow night in transactional and hot stove-related news allows for a closer reading of the previous week’s industry news, and a Wednesday piece from the Los Angeles Times’ Bill Shaikin is certainly deserving of a look, for those who missed it upon publication. In the shadow of the..." October 06

  • Players' union boss Tony Clark skeptical of apparent spending plans by teams

    Yardbarker "After a 2018 offseason that saw countless veterans linger on the free agent vine much longer than anticipated, MLBPA executive director Tony Clark is expecting yet another cooled stove this winter. Judging from comments made to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal on Thursday, he..." October 06

  • John Gibbons Hopes To Interview For Managerial Vacancies

    MLB Trade Rumors "Former Toronto Blue Jays manager John Gibbons is throwing his hat in the ring for the many managerial openings across Major League Baseball, per MLB Network’s Jon Morosi (via Twitter). Gibbons last managed a major league team in 2018 when he led the Toronto Blue Jays to a record..." October 05

  • Chris Young Out As Phillies’ Pitching Coach

    NBC Sports Philadelphia "In an expected move, Chris Young is out as Phillies pitching coach, according to sources. Young spent one season in the role. A year ago at this time, he was elevated from assistant pitching coach to pitching coach, replacing the well-liked Rick Kranitz. Kranitz was pushed..." October 04

  • Carlos Santana responds to Jake Arrieta barbs: 'Turn the page Papi'

    Sporting News "Phillies right-hander Jake Arrieta still has a problem with former teammate and current Indians first baseman Carlos Santana, and he aired his disdain for Santana this week in an interview with the Philadelphia Inquirer. Arrieta said the culture in Philadelphia "was..." October 04

  • What Happens When Everyone Can Hit 30 Home Runs?

    MLB Trade Rumors "When I was a kid, prior to the 1994 strike, it was common for about a dozen MLB players to hit 30+ home runs in a season.  The only notable exception was in 1987, when the so-called “rabbit ball” led to 28 players hitting 30+ home runs.  There was an apparent..." October 04

  • MLB considering easing marijuana policy

    Sportsnaut "Major League Baseball is one of four major professional North American sports leagues that still test for marijuana. It also does not allow the substance to be used as a pain-killing alternative. This is all taking place in a country that has seen several states legalize marijuana for..." October 03

  • Gear up for a lot of managerial changes "The baseball industry is poised to witness one of the most turbulent offseasons in memory among its managerial profession. On the first full day of the Major League Baseball offseason, six managerial searches were underway. More jobs could open in the coming days as..." October 02

  • Phillies manager Gabe Kapler continues to await word on his fate. What might be taking so long?

    The Philadelphia Inquirer "Two days after Andrew Knapp swung through a low-and-inside slider for the final out of the season, white smoke had not yet appeared above Citizens Bank Park. Thus, the Kapler Watch continues. Who will manage the Phillies next season? The team was still not ready to say..." October 02

  • At Least 16 MLB Fans Were Maimed By Foul Balls This Year

    Deadspin "For the first time since Major League Baseball required the extension of foul ball nets to the ends of the dugouts before the 2018 season, individual teams have begun to take the injuries suffered by their fans seriously. As detailed in a story I reported earlier this year, foul..." October 01

  • Jake Arrieta: Phillies' clubhouse culture improved after Carlos Santana trade

    The Philadelphia Inquirer "Jake Arrieta had a front-row seat in the Phillies dugout seat for the last six weeks, providing the perfect vantage point to watch his team collapse for the second-straight season. The starting pitching was not good enough, Arrieta said, and the team’s injuries were tough to..." September 30

  • Ranking Joe Maddon's 10 most likely landing spots, including the Phillies and Padres

    CBS Sports "On Sunday, the Chicago Cubs announced manager Joe Maddon would not come back for a sixth season. Maddon's tenure with the Cubs, then, ends with four playoff appearances and 90-win campaigns, as well as the 2016 World Series title that snapped Chicago's title drought. On..." September 30

  • Tim Anderson, Christian Yelich win AL, NL batting titles

    Hardball Talk "White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson went 0-for-2 in Sunday’s season finale, but still comfortably won the American League batting title with a .335 average. He is the first member of the White Sox to win the batting title since Frank Thomas in 1997. Anderson slashed .335/.357/.508..." September 30

  • Three Needs: Philadelphia Phillies

    MLB Trade Rumors "We’re continuing with our “Three Needs” series, in which we take a look at the chief issues to be addressed for clubs that have fallen out of contention. We’ve already focused on the Mariners, Tigers, White..." September 27

  • Yankees' Aaron Judge tops MLB jersey sales for third consecutive season

    CBS Sports "  Major League Baseball has released its list of top jersey sales and for a third straight year, Yankees' slugger Aaron Judge sits at the top. At first blush, it seems a surprise, but digging deeper it makes sense. Of course a Yankees player is going to lead..." September 27

  • J.T. Realmuto Will Have Surgery To Repair Meniscus

    Yardbarker "Phillies catcher J.T. Realmuto will have a procedure to clean up the meniscus in his right knee, manager Gabe Kapler announced Wednesday (Twitter link via Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia).  With the Phillies eliminated from postseason contention, Realmuto..." September 26

  • Bryce Harper’s wife blasts ‘classless’ Nationals fans over heckling

    Sportress of Blogitude "Bryce Harper has had enough with what he views as unfair treatment from heckling Washington Nationals fans since leaving the team in free agency, and his wife Kayla has since taken to Twitter to show she has her husband’s back. The Philadelphia Phillies slugger declined to say..." September 26

  • Bryce Harper: Washington hecklers crossed line, Phillies fans 'appreciate me'

    NBC Sports Philadelphia "The talent. The style of play. The swagger. The showmanship. The fame. The money. These are the reasons that Bryce Harper hears it from fans wherever he goes. Usually Harper lets it roll off his back. After all, he’s heard  it since he was 16, when he appeared on..." September 26

  • Nationals clinch playoff spot with win over Bryce Harper's Phillies

    The Score "The Washington Nationals are officially headed back to the postseason after beating Bryce Harper's Philadelphia Phillies, 6-5, on Tuesday. Moments after the final out, the Nationals took the field to watch the final out of the Pittsburgh Pirates' victory..." September 25

  • Bryce Harper has no hard feelings about Nationals clinching without him

    Yardbarker "Bryce Harper left the Washington Nationals in free agency earlier this year to sign with the Philadelphia Phillies, and his hope was to beat out his former team within the NL East every season. So far, the plan worked out completely the opposite way. Not only did the..." September 25

  • 2019 MLB Free Agents: Predictions for Gerrit Cole, Anthony Rendon and Top Stars

    Bleacher Report "As Major League Baseball winds down the regular season and 10 teams begin the quest for a World Series next week, early work is being done by all 30 clubs on this winter's free-agent class.  Leaving aside the top players available for a moment, the storyline to watch in free..." September 25

  • Bryce Harper not to blame for Phillies’ failure

    Hardball Talk "With a 3-1 loss to the Nationals in the first game of Tuesday’s day-night doubleheader, the Phillies were mathematically eliminated from postseason contention. It was apropos that the Nationals put the final nail in the coffin in D.C. as superstar outfielder Bryce..." September 25

  • The Phillies, due to underperformance and injuries, failed in 2019 -- so what can be fixed heading into 2020?

    CBS Sports "The Phillies have been eliminated from postseason contention for 2019, and while that's been the expectation for several weeks it's nonetheless a disappointment for the team and its rooters.  It's a disappointment because the Phillies, coming off a respectable 80-win..." September 25

  • MLB has new strikeout record for 12th straight season

    The Score "Major League Baseball has a new single-season strikeout record for the 12th straight season. New York Yankees lefty Stephen Tarpley's punchout of Tampa Bay Rays shortstop Willy Adames was the 41,208th of the 2019 campaign, breaking the previous mark set in..." September 25