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  • Phillies baserunning is the most improved aspect of the team

    The Good Phight "During the long rebuild, the Phillies took the time to try a number of different players at a number of different positions. Many of them were young players and prospects who were learning on the fly and, not unexpectedly, making mistakes. That was especially true on the..." April 22

  • Phillies Place Three On Injured List

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Phillies have placed shortstop Jean Segura, infielder/outfielder Scott Kingery and reliever Victor Arano on the 10-day injured list, Matt Breen of The Philadelphia Inquirer tweets. The team recalled right-hander Drew Anderson, left-hander Austin Davis and third baseman Mitch Walding from..." April 20

  • Odubel Herrera exits with hamstring injury; is Roman Quinn call-up imminent?

    NBC Sports Philadelphia "Roster crunches always seem to have a way of working themselves out. Odubel Herrera left Wednesday's game in the top of the fifth when he appeared to pull his hamstring on a lineout to center field. He walked around gingerly in center field as Phillies trainers looked at him..." April 18

  • Jake Arrieta 'taking the lead' of Phillies' rotation, imparting some wisdom to Nick Pivetta

    NBC Sports Philadelphia "This is the guy the Phillies paid $75 million for. Jake Arrieta has been awesome in his first four starts, resembling more of the pitcher from 2014-16 than the last two seasons. Again on Wednesday afternoon, he kept the ball low, generating groundball after groundball, tapper after..." April 18

  • MLB rumors: Craig Kimbrel to NL East, but not Phillies or Mets?

    Newark Star-Ledger "MLB Network’s Jon Heyman reports Craig Kimbrel is open to the idea of signing a three-year contract. Heyman lists the Braves, Nationals, Phillies and Brewers as potential landing spots.

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  • Phillies’ attendance has skyrocketed

    Hardball Talk "Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY Sports noted on Wednesday afternoon that the Phillies’ attendance is up almost 12,000 fans per game on average this season compared to last year. That is indeed true as Baseball Reference shows. Another 39,861 fans showed up to today’s series..." April 18

  • Mets, Phillies reportedly interested in trading for Rangers starter Mike Minor

    Philly Voice "The Phillies could use some pitching help, especially in the starting rotation — the team pretty much made that clear earlier on Wednesday when they optioned Nick Pivetta to the minors and added Jerad Eickhoff to their rotation.  And while the Phillies are looking..." April 17

  • MLB rumors: NL contender ready to beat Phillies, Mets to Craig Kimbrel, Dallas Keuchel

    Newark Star-Ledger "Watch out, NL East contenders. The Milwaukee Brewers are lurking as the team to watch in the sweepstakes for one (or both) of the high-profile free-agent arms still out on the market. According to MLB.com, the Brewers are still in contact with the agents for..." April 17

  • Phillies Option Struggling Nick Pivetta to Triple A

    NBC Philadelphia "Nick Pivetta, who entered the season with huge expectations, will be optioned to Triple A as the Phillies shuffle their roster. Pivetta has not pitched well this season, posting an 8.35 ERA and .383 opponents' batting average through four starts. On Tuesday night, he was spotted a..." April 17

  • Jean Segura leaves Phillies game with hamstring injury

    Philly.com "The Phillies scored 10 runs in Tuesday night’s first inning, but the rally came with a cost as Jean Segura left the game with an injured hamstring after he made the second out of the inning. Segura, manager Gabe Kapler said, has a mild left-hamstring strain and will be evaluated..." April 17

  • Pressure on Pivetta to give Phillies’ bullpen much-needed rest

    NBC Sports Philadelphia "As if there wasn’t already enough pressure on Nick Pivetta to get on track, the Phillies and their overworked bullpen badly need a solid start tonight against the Mets.  The Phillies have played back-to-back extra-inning games and the bullpen was excellent in both. Over the..." April 16

  • Hoskins sits with ankle sprain, should be OK

    MLB.com "he Big Fella should be OK. Phillies first baseman Rhys Hoskins suffered a sprained left ankle when he tried stealing second base in Monday night’s loss to the Mets at Citizens Bank Park. X-rays afterward were negative, but Hoskins had his ankle wrapped Tuesday and was not in the..." April 16

  • Stunning study shows MLB umps got 32K calls wrong in 2018

    Sportsnaut "If you’re a proponent of robot umps taking over at the MLB level, then a new study put together by graduate students at Boston University will strengthen your stance. The information garnered by this study, which evaluated nearly four million pitches over the span of..." April 16

  • How concerned should the Phillies be about Aaron Nola?

    Philly.com "As bad days go, this was fairly brutal. By day, the Phillies put reliever David Robertson on the injured list because of lingering soreness in his right elbow/forearm. Then, by night, they watched Aaron Nola put up another dud in what wound up as an 11-inning loss to the Mets. Talk..." April 16

  • In need of a second weapon, the Phillies brandished their bullpen

    The Good Phight "The Phillies are going to lose a lot this season, and they aren’t going to have a precise explanation for each and every L. There will be dropped balls, missed locations, and days where they just don’t show up. But some games aren’t worthy of analysis; you are just going to..." April 15

  • Phillies Place David Robertson On Injured List

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Phillies announced Monday that they’ve placed right-hander David Robertsonon the 10-day injured list due to soreness in his right elbow. Fellow righty Drew Anderson was recalled from Triple-A Lehigh Valley in his place. Robertson tells reporters that he’s had some..." April 15

  • Why Phillies’ Vince Velasquez believes prioritizing contact over K’s will make him better

    Philly.com "Vince Velasquez was both efficient and effective on Sunday for a second consecutive start. It seems the Phillies right-hander has learned that the former often serves as the primary cause when he’s able to achieve the latter. Velasquez said he has made a concerted effort to get..." April 15

  • Meet the new Jake Arrieta, a former Cy Young winner who's suddenly getting outs with a devastating changeup

    CBS Sports "From 2015-18, Jake Arrieta was a pitcher that leaned primarily on his sinker and mostly turned to his slider and curveball when it was time to add secondary options into the mix. On Friday, he continued his evolution into someone who can get you out with a changeup. Arrieta..." April 14

  • Would J.T. Realmuto and Rhys Hoskins consider contract extensions with Phillies?

    NBC Sports Philadelphia " From established stars Nolan Arenado and Paul Goldschmidt, to top pitchers Chris Sale and Jacob deGrom, to young studs Alex Bregman and Ronald Acuña Jr., a bevy of major league players have straight-armed approaching free agency and signed long-term contract extensions in recent..." April 13

  • Phillies Reportedly 'Doing Due Diligence' on Madison Bumgarner Trade

    12 Up "As if the Phillies weren't already stacked enough, they're now keeping their eye on one of the best pitchers in the game. The Philadelphia Phillies are reportedly doing their "due diligence" on possibly swinging a trade for ?San Francisco..." April 12

  • MLB rumors: Phillies’ Rhys Hoskins next young MLB star up for contract extension?

    Newark Star-Ledger "Next up: Rhys Hoskins. As baseball’s wave of young players signing long-term extensions becomes almost a weekly occurrence, it would be wise for Hoskins and his agent to take the Phillies money now—at least in the mind of one baseball..." April 12

  • Phillies will reportedly host 2026 MLB All-Star Game at Citizens Bank Park

    Philly Voice "Here’s something: the Phillies will reportedly host the 2026 MLB All-Star Game at Citizens Bank Park. Good things come when you sign a big-name free agent, eh? The news surfaced Thursday afternoon in a report from Philly.com’s Matt Breen: April 11

  • The IRS gives baseball teams a break

    Hardball Talk "April 15 is quickly approaching so here’s one for all the tax nerds out there: the IRS issued new guidance today that will give professional sports teams some relief from a new twist presented by the tax law enacted in 2017. The relevant provision related to how businesses are..." April 11

  • Whose start is more concerning, Aaron Nola’s or Nick Pivetta’s?

    The Good Phight "Aaron Nola and Nick Pivetta entered the 2019 season as the Phillies Nos. 1 and 2 starters and with a ton of hype. Nola was second runner-up for the Cy Young in the National League last year and Pivetta, with eye-popping peripherals last season, had a..." April 11

  • Phillies should be concerned about Pivetta, not bullpen

    Courier-Post "Forget the bullpen, Nick Pivetta should be the Phillies’ biggest concern right now. The 26-year-old right-hander turned in an ugly outing as he was hit hard for seven runs in just 3 2/3 innings during a 15-1 disastrous loss to the Washington Nationals on Wednesday..." April 11

  • Forbes: Yankees remain baseball's most valuable team at $4.6B, $1.3B more than Dodgers

    Yahoo! Sports "The New York Yankees are the most valuable team in Major League Baseball, according to Forbes’ list of team values released Wednesday. If there’s déjà vu you’re feeling, it’s because the Yankees have sat atop the rankings every year Forbes..." April 10

  • MLB trade rumors: Cole Hamels to Phillies after Cubs fire sale?

    Newark Star-Ledger "Now this is one few would have expected. With the Cubs off to a 3-7 start and sporting one of baseball’s worst bullpens (6.92 ERA), at least one insider is already speculating on a potential fire sale by the Theo Epstein-led front office. Here’s what..." April 10

  • The three-batter minimum is coming to MLB in 2020, and some relievers are opposed to the rule change

    CBS Sports "One of baseball's recent true norths -- to invent a plural form -- is that commissioner Rob Manfred will tinker at the margins in order to improve pace of play, at least notionally, and re-calibrate a game that, according to sturdy consensus, has become too infested with..." April 09

  • Trump's scuttling of MLB-Cuba deal means defections, human trafficking will continue

    USA Today "So much for Cuban players not having to defect to play in the majors. When the Trump administration abruptly cancelled Major League Baseball’s landmark agreement with the Cuban Baseball Federation, it guaranteed the dangerous practice will continue. Players..." April 09

  • So what’s up with Seranthony Dominguez?

    The Good Phight "When Seranthony Dominguez was first called up by the Phillies on May 5 last year, it was a surprise. It’s not often a team promotes a 23-year-old converted starter-turned-relief pitcher who had started the season in AA and pitched just 13 innings there, then a scant..." April 08

  • MLB Rumors: How much would Dallas Keuchel costs Mets or Phillies?

    Newark Star-Ledger "Dallas Keuchel could soon be ready to blink. With the 2019 MLB season in full swing, Keuchel remains a free agent. The 31-year-old lefty (along with agent Scott Boras) reportedly came into the winter with a big asking price: Six-to-seven years at $25-30M per..." April 08

  • Scott Boras calls young players’ contract extensions “snuff contracts”

    Hardball Talk "Mid-February marked the beginning of contract extension season in baseball. Since February 13, 25 contract extensions have been signed, notably by many young players including Ronald Acuña Jr., Blake Snell, and Eloy Jiménez. Acuña Jr. and Snell were last year’s..." April 08

  • Gabe Kapler makes an important investment in an important pitcher

    NBC Sports Philadelphia "Confidence is baseball’s magic potion and teams these days spend big money on sports psychologists who, among other things, try to help players brew that important intangible. But sometimes there’s nothing scientific about the building of a player’s confidence. Sometimes it..." April 08

  • Is the Phillies’ Cesar Hernandez struggling at the plate enough to give Scott Kingery a start?

    Philly.com "Gabe Kapler has used the same starting lineup for eight of the first nine games, making a change just once to rest the knees of catcher J.T. Realmuto. But the Phillies manager could be nearing another switch. Cesar Hernandez was hitless in Sunday’s 2-1 win over Minnesota and has..." April 08

  • Could Maikel Franco be best 8-hole hitter since Wally Schang?

    NBC Sports Philadelphia "Before we begin, it’s understood that it’s ridiculously early in the season. But after the Phillies’ 4-1 start to the season, averaging nearly eight runs a game in the process, the possibilities for this offense are certainly fun to think about. Case in point:..." April 05

  • What should the Phillies do when Roman Quinn returns?

    Philly.com "Bryce Harper, with a day off, tried his best last night to break the bell at the 76ers game. Harper slammed it three times with a hammer but missed his chance to flip the hammer the way he flipped his bat after homering in Washington. The bell survived, and Harper watched the game..." April 05

  • With Phillies bullpen struggling, is case really closed on Craig Kimbrel?

    Philly.com "With bullpen struggling, is case closed for Phillies on Craig Kimbrel? After the Phillies parted with their top prospect in the trade for J.T. Realmuto, and especially after they signed Bryce Harper for $330 million, the presumption among rival team officials was that they would..." April 04

  • Gabe Kapler: Nationals fans booing Bryce Harper ‘a little surprising’

    Sportress of Blogitude "Bryce Harper was lustily booed Tuesday night at Nationals Park in his first game back in D.C. as a member of the Philadelphia Phillies, and Gabe Kapler was a bit taken aback by the hostile reception. Nationals fans were vitriolic throughout the game toward their former superstar,..." April 03

  • MLB.com has inexplicably made it more difficult to find, watch, and share highlights

    Awful Announcing "I was taken aback this week when I attempted to watch highlights on MLB.com. For some reason, they got rid of the damn search bar. It’s absurd. Previously, if you clicked on the videos tab, you would see a page of the most popular recent videos, with an easy to..." April 03

  • MLB rumors: Phillies Gabe Kapler on hot seat this season?

    Newark Star-Ledger "It was just a matter of time. As the Phillies jumped out to baseball’s hottest start, a complete 180-degree change in coverage occurred around second-year manager Gabe Kapler. One year ago, Kapler was struggling mightily and stories about his possible..." April 03

  • This Bryce Harper bat flip against Nats was savage

    Larry Brown Sports "Bryce Harper pulverized his former team on Tuesday night and then stuck in the dagger with his celebration. Harper, who was playing in his first game back at Nationals Park since signing with the Philadelphia Phillies in free agency, struck out in his first two at-bats against Max..." April 03

  • Can $330M Man Bryce Harper Coexist with MLB's Most Intense Manager?

    Bleacher Report "The first day went well, and the second day went even better. If Bryce Harper and the Philadelphia Phillies keep having days and weekends like the one they just had, no one will be asking whether his record-setting 13-year, $330 million contract was a huge mistake. Three..." April 02

  • 21-month-old girl hospitalized after being struck by Bryce Harper foul ball

    Sportsnaut "During Sunday night’s game between the Atlanta Braves and Philadelphia Phillies in Philadelphia, a 21-month-old girl was struck in the face by a Bryce Harper foul ball. The girl’s mother, Angelica DiWilliams, told Eyewitness News that “in the bottom of the fifth..." April 02

  • What we mean when we say $100 million is a ‘bargain’

    Hardball Talk "The first response I usually get to a post like our post about the Ronald Acuña Jr. extension — a post which notes that the Braves are getting an extraordinary bargain for a supremely talented player — is “So what? It’s their choice? No one forced them..." April 02

  • Hostile hosts or Welcome Wagon? How will D.C. react as Bryce Harper returns?

    NBC Sports Philadelphia "Bryce Harper has a 13-year contract with the Phillies. Barring a change in the way Major League Baseball does its scheduling, he could play as many as 117 games in Nationals Park in Washington during that span. Over time, the place will become just another stop on the trail for..." April 02

  • DC Mayor Muriel Bowser Deletes Tweet of Photoshopped Bryce Harper

    Bleacher Report "Philadelphia Phillies right fielder Bryce Harper will enter Nationals Park as a visitor for the first time Tuesday, and Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser reportedly didn't hide her feelings about that development. On Monday, she posted and then deleted a..." April 02

  • Bryce Harper says he was 'ready to go back' to Nationals; reportedly got offer that would've paid him in 2072

    CBS Sports "The start of the Bryce Harper era couldn't be going better for the Philadelphia Phillies. They swept the Braves over the weekend thanks in part to two home runs from Harper. The Phillies are 3-0 for the first time since their 102-win season in 2011 and No. 1 in our latest Power..." April 01

  • Bryce Harper is living rent-free in Tom Boswell’s head

    Hardball Talk "Last week we talked about how Bill Plaschke of the Los Angeles Times slammed Yasiel Puig on Opening Day. Today a Washington reporter slammed the departed star he once covered, Bryce Harper. The slammer is the venerable Tom Boswell of The Washington Post. Like Plaschke with Puig,..." April 01

  • Bryce Harper Expecting First Child With Wife Kayla Harper

    US Magazine "Baby on board! Philadelphia Phillies player Bryce Harper and his wife, Kayla Harper (née Varner), tied the knot in 2016, and now they have a little one on the way. “Philly raised little man will be!” the professional baseball player, 26,..." April 01

  • Bryce Harper returns to D.C. as the enemy. Will he be embraced or booed by Nationals fans?

    USA Today "Bryce Harper, with his Philadelphia Phillies’ bag packed, sat quietly in front of his locker Sunday afternoon, insisting there are no nerves, not even apprehension or a tinge of anxiety, but simple unadulterated curiosity. He has lived the past seven summers in Washington, D.C.,..." April 01