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  • 6 Players We Still Can't Believe Weren't Traded at the MLB Deadline

    12 Up "We know how boring this MLB trade deadline was even with the Zack Greinke deal. There was a surprising amount of inaction from fringe contenders who decided to stand pat rather than sell. Plenty of players who should have gotten a change of scenery didn't, but these are the six players we..." August 23

  • Phillies’ Bryce Harper placed on paternity leave ahead of birth of first child

    The Philadelphia Inquirer "Baby Harper is on his way. Bryce Harper did not fly with the Phillies this weekend to Miami. He returned home to be with his wife, Kayla, as she gives birth to the couple’s son. Harper was placed by the Phillies on the paternity list before Friday’s series opener..." August 23

  • The Future Star Who Got Away From Each MLB Team

    The Ringer "Gio Urshela spent the past few weeks showing his previous employers what they’re missing. In four games against the Blue Jays, for whom Urshela played 46 uneventful games last year, the Yankees third baseman tallied six hits, including three home runs; in four games against..." August 23

  • How players are using uniform numbers to break MLB's unwritten rules

    ESPN "For more than two years, Mallex Smith didn't tell anyone on his team why he wore No. 0. Back in January 2017, Smith found himself in a whirlwind of trades in one day, going from the Braves to the Mariners -- for all of 77 minutes ("Some of the best 77 minutes of my..." August 23

  • 3 MLB Managers Who Will Be Fired After This Season

    12 Up "We're at a point in the MLB season where firing your manager doesn't do your team any good, but you can expect some changes to happen in the final week of the season and at the start of the offseason. Whether it's their fault or not, managers will get the pink slip -- it..." August 23

  • MLB Players Will Wear Cleats Designed By Little League World Series Teams This Weekend

    Uproxx "One of the many highlights of the Little League World Series in Williamsport is a collaboration between the World Series and Major League Baseball, where two MLB teams play in the tiny Pennsylvania town and give kids a personal look at the big leagues. With that event in the books and..." August 23

  • Bryce Harper letting his haters be his motivators

    Hardball Talk "When the Phillies go on the road, and even sometimes at home, outfielder Bryce Harper is a magnet for hecklers. Fans have been chanting things like “overrated” at him. But it hasn’t really been working. Last night, Harper was being booed and ridiculed by fans at..." August 22

  • Bryce Harper is baseball’s most clutch hitter

    The Philadelphia Inquirer "It’s OK if you don’t like Bryce Harper, but it might not be the smartest thing to heckle him if you’re sitting behind the dugout. Last week, a fan’s video went viral after he heckled Harper an at-bat before his walk-off grand slam. On Wednesday night,..." August 22

  • MLB warns sexual enhancers may include PEDs

    ESPN "Major League Baseball in a memo warned about the "very real risk" of over-the-counter sexual-enhancement pills after at least two players this year were suspended for performance-enhancing drugs and claimed the banned substances found in their urine came from the unregulated products,..." August 21

  • No punch in the face this time: Aaron Nola shows why he’s the Phillies’ horse

    NBC Sports Philadelphia "The Phillies owed Aaron Nola one in this ballpark. It was just over a year ago when he took the mound in venerable Fenway Park for the first time in his career. He wrung eight innings of one-run ball out of his right arm in a taut pitcher’s duel against David Price that night...." August 21

  • Bryce Harper on Mookie Betts' Next Contract: 'I Hope' He Passes My $330M Deal

    Bleacher Report "Philadelphia Phillies superstar Bryce Harper said Tuesday he's rooting for Boston Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts to eclipse his 13-year, $330 million contract. Harper told John Tomase of NBC Sports Boston he's always been a fan of..." August 21

  • Garbage time, all the time: MLB sees historic spike in position players pitching

    USA Today "For years, it was perhaps the noblest surrender in sports, a rare raising of the white flag that mixed comedy, camaraderie and selflessness. Now, the sight of a position player climbing the mound to record the final outs of a lopsided major league game is an almost routine occurrence,..." August 21

  • Several home run records will fall this season

    Beyond The Boxscore "51 was a foreign number to me. At the age of seven, an emboldened 51 on the back of a baseball card simply didn’t belong in the home run column. It was absurd and grotesque. Hitting 50 bombs was something I read about in baseball history books (yeah, I was a weird second grader). It..." August 20

  • Each MLB Team's Most Boneheaded Decision of 2019

    Bleacher Report "With trade season over and the postseason still a good distance in the future, now is a perfect time to second-guess decisions Major League Baseball teams have made in 2019. Specifically, we've attempted to pinpoint each team's most boneheaded choice since the season properly..." August 20

  • 10 active MLB players who would make great managers after they retire

    CBS Sports "It's no secret that active managers and coaches are getting younger each and every year. Most recently, front-offices have become more open to hiring recently retired players to lead their clubs. With a higher reliance on analytics and less dependency on the Xs and Os, the..." August 20

  • The Best Young Starters Of 2019

    MLB Trade Rumors "We’re nearing the end of the 2019 regular season, a campaign which has featured plenty of valuable contributions from young starters. By my count, no fewer than 10 starters age 25 or younger have excelled this year. Several of them could continue helping their teams’ causes once the..." August 20

  • There are way bigger things to worry about with Phillies than Rhys Hoskins

    NBC Sports Philadelphia "Rhys Hoskins is in a slump. An ill-timed slump, given the time of year and the Phillies’ position in a crowded but still somehow winnable wild-card race.  Hoskins made four more outs Sunday. He’s 1 for his last 24. He’s hit .148 over his last 30..." August 19

  • MLB lifers decry the state of the modern baseball: 'Unwatchable'

    USA Today "The game is still played with the pitchers’ mound 60 feet, 6 inches from home plate, the bases 90 feet apart, three outs per half inning and nine innings in a regulation game. Those are about the only constants resembling the game of baseball as we once knew..." August 19

  • Phillies Place Roman Quinn On Injured List

    The Philadelphia Inquirer "Just as he seemed to be finally getting into a groove, luckless center fielder Roman Quinn headed back to the injury list -- for the third time this season. Quinn was double-switched out of Friday night's game in the ninth inning after straining a right groin muscle while running..." August 18

  • Phillies Bryce Harper exits game with dehydration

    Crossing Broad "Bryce Harper was replaced by Adam Haseley in right field to start the top of the sixth inning during today’s game. He was spotted talking to a Phillies trainer in the dugout, but there’s no official word yet on why he exited. We’ll update this post with more..." August 18

  • Phillies are 4-0 since changing hitting coaches

    NBC Sports Philadelphia "Baseball is a game most accurately measured over the long haul, not in short snippets. So we probably won’t know for a couple of weeks or more exactly what impact Charlie Manuel is having on the Phillies’ offense. But with nothing but a short snippet to work with thus far,..." August 17

  • Jake Arrieta To Undergo Season-Ending Surgery

    12 Up "Talk about a blow to your rotation. On Saturday, the Philadelphia Phillies announced that veteran right-handed pitcher Jake Arrieta will undergo season-ending surgery to remove a bone spur in his right elbow. While this was expected, it still hurts Philly. Philadelphia does..." August 17

  • David Robertson Undergoes Tommy John Surgery

    Sportsnaut "Just months after being one of the top relievers in free agency, Philadelphia Phillies reliever David Robertson will be sidelined for 2020 season following Tommy John surgery. Robertson underwent TJS on Thursday after dealing with forearm issues throughout the 2019 season. He’s..." August 17

  • Watch: Bryce Harper told fan to ‘shut the f— up’ not long before walk-off homer

    Larry Brown Sports "Philadelphia Phillies fans have been frustrated with Bryce Harper this season, but the slugger made them forget about that when he launched a walk-off grand slam on Thursday night. The exchange Harper had with a heckler behind the dugout not long before belting the homer had to have made it..." August 16

  • Each MLB Team's Worst Bang-for-Your-Buck Star in 2019

    Bleacher Report "As we head into the dog days of summer and toward the MLB stretch run, it's as good a time as any to examine every team's worst bang-for-your-buck star. This isn't an exact science. But we'll consider each player's 2019 salary (per Spotrac) versus..." August 16

  • Minor league options can be a major league headache, but it beats the alternative

    SB Nation "Watch any major league game these days, and you’ll probably see both managers make several trips out to the mound to make a pitching change. Heavy reliance on relief pitchers lends itself to roster churn, a near-constant replenishing of bullpen arms. It’s created a class..." August 16

  • 12 Pitchers Whose Saves Tallies Will Drive 2020 Earnings

    MLB Trade Rumors "The ability to handle late-inning pressure still has value to teams. But the accumulation of saves, standing alone, isn’t generally the driver of open-market bullpen salaries that it once was. For arbitration, however, saves tallies pay big, opening the door to significant earning..." August 16

  • Rhys Hoskins Undergoes Tests On Hand After HBP

    Real GM Baseball "Rhys Hoskins was on base when Bryce Harper hit a game-winning grand slam in the bottom of the ninth against the Chicago Cubs. Hoskins took first base when he was hit by a pitch from Pedro Strop on his right hand. " August 16

  • 6 Extended Players Who Have Improved In 2019

    MLB Trade Rumors "There was a well-documented run on contract extensions prior to this season, which bled into the current campaign in multiple instances. All told, 30 players inked multiyear pacts with their clubs between January and April. We highlighted five last week who’ve disappointed this..." August 16

  • Phillies Claim Jared Hughes

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Phillies announced that righty Jared Hughes has been claimed off waivers from the Reds.  To make room on the 40-man roster, the Phils placed right-hander Edubray Ramos on the 60-day injured list. In claiming Hughes, Philadelphia absorbs the roughly $531K..." August 15

  • Philadelphia Phillies need Bryce Harper to stay hot at the place

    The Sports Daily "Entering Thursday’s action, the Philadelphia Phillies are very much in the playoff hunt — they own a 62-58 record and are two games out of the final National League wild-card spot. Clearly, though, the organization was looking for a spark by recently hiring Charlie Manuel to be..." August 15

  • Predicting 2020 Landing Spots for Each Top MLB Free Agent Post-Trade Deadline

    Bleacher Report "Now that the Major League Baseball trade deadline has come and gone, up next on the list of things to look forward to are the stretch run of the regular season and, of course, the postseason. But let's skip right past those and look ahead to free agency. We have fresh..." August 15

  • 'Heroic' Jake Arrieta ready for season-ending surgery, plans a healthy comeback in 2020

    NBC Sports Philadelphia "Jake Arrieta is an MRI away from having his season pronounced finished. “I’ll probably miss the remainder of the season,” he said Wednesday. The right-hander will have an MRI on his aching elbow Thursday and is prepared to concede to season-ending surgery..." August 15

  • Every MLB contender's most important player for the playoff race

    USA Today "With just six weeks left in the regular season, baseball's playoff races are heating up. Several divisions are still in play, which trickles down to the wild-card races, particularly in the National League with seven teams within 4 ½ games. Here's a..." August 15

  • Gabe Kapler will not let job speculation change managerial style

    94 Wip Sports Radio ""Do you think your job will be in jeopardy if the Phillies do not make the playoffs this year?" That was Angelo Cataldi's final question to Gabe Kapler during their weekly Wednesday morning phone conversation on 94WIP. Kapler's answering was..." August 14

  • Phillies Are Reportedly Calling Up Logan Morrison

    Sports Talk Philly "The odds seemed stacked against free agent outfielder Logan Morrison.  After signing a minor league contract with the Phillies, the Phillies saw the emergence of Adam Haseley, Jay Bruce come off the injured list, and then the Phillies traded for Corey..." August 14

  • Jake Arrieta could be done for season

    Sporting News "The Phillies' rotation depth has taken a hit. Jake Arrieta will be placed on the 10-day injured list with an elbow injury on Wednesday, according to MLB.com. Arrieta told reporters he is likely heading toward surgery, and if he undergoes a procedure, he will probably be..." August 14

  • Phillies manager Gabe Kapler: Criticism by ESPN’s Alex Rodriguez ‘doesn’t ring true to me’

    The Philadelphia Inquirer "During his weekly interview on 94.1 WIP, Phillies manager Gabe Kapler said ESPN analyst Alex Rodriguez’s criticism of his decision making during Sunday’s loss to the San Francisco Giants “doesn’t ring true to me.” In the bottom of the eighth..." August 14

  • Could J.T. Realmuto's changed approach benefit other key Phillies hitters?

    NBC Sports Philadelphia "The Phillies did not come out swinging Tuesday night, literally or figuratively. Bryce Harper's 11-pitch plate appearance to begin the bottom of the first ended with a strikeout looking. Same for Rhys Hoskins one batter later.  It took 35 pitches before the Phillies finally..." August 14

  • Cole Hamels returns to Philadelphia for the first time

    NBC Sports Chicago "Tonight, as Cole Hamels is set to pitch against his first team, the Philadelphia Phillies, I am reminded of the truth of the major league journey. It was Phillies spring training in 2004 when I sat in the dugout and saw Hamels pitch for the first time. I was the aging veteran, a role..." August 14

  • Who Else Could Hit Outright Waivers In August?

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Reds have made a pair of claims already, nabbing Kevin Gausman from the Braves and Freddy Galvis from the Blue Jays. While the Cincinnati organization still hasn’t manage to make a run into clear postseason contention, it’s in shouting distance and obviously..." August 14

  • Bryce Harper takes responsibility for Phillies firing coach

    Sportsnaut "The Philadelphia Phillies made a drastic move on Tuesday as they battle to remain relevant in the National League Playoff race. Philadelphia fired hitting coach John Mallee and replaced him with former Phillies manager Charlie Manuel. It was a surprising late-summer move from the..." August 13

  • 15 pitchers who may be approaching an innings limit, including Mike Soroka and Chris Paddack

    CBS Sports "We're inside seven weeks to go in the 2019 season, which means every pitcher has about 8-9 starts and maybe 45-50 innings remaining. That is, if they're allowed to use them. Innings limits are a fact of life. When a guy's workload enters uncharted territory, you..." August 13

  • Charlie Manuel, 75, back in Phils' dugout as hitting coach

    ESPN "The Philadelphia Phillies have hired former manager Charlie Manuel as the team's new hitting coach after relieving John Mallee of his duties, the team announced Tuesday. Manuel, 75, last managed the Phillies in 2013. He is the franchise's winningest manager with a..." August 13

  • Top takeaways from MLB's 2020 schedule release

    ESPN "Good news if you're a Tigers, Orioles, Mariners or Royals fan: You can start prepping for 2020! MLB released its 2020 schedule and here are some key dates to know. Opening Day, March 26: All 30 teams will open up on a Thursday in late March. At least MLB did a better job of..." August 12

  • MLB unveils 2020 schedule with 30-team Opening Day set for March 26

    The Score "Major League Baseball has announced the schedule for the 2020 season, which will officially begin with all 30 teams playing Thursday, March 26.  MLB Communications cataloged some noteworthy contests on next season's calendar, including the first game at the Texas..." August 12

  • Jake Arrieta Contract With Phillies is Among the Worst of MLB Starting Pitchers

    12 Up "The Philadelphia Phillies splurged on then-free agent starter Jake Arrieta in 2018, inking him to a three-year, $75 million deal based on his Cy Young-level performances as a member of the Chicago Cubs. However, we're through two years of that deal and not only have we..." August 12

  • Jake Arrieta may shut it down due to bone spur in elbow

    Larry Brown Sports "Jake Arrieta is unsure if he will be able to continue pitching through his elbow injury. Arrieta has a bone spur in his elbow that has been affecting his performance. He allowed five earned runs and seven hits over three innings in the Philadelphia Phillies’ 9-6 loss..." August 12

  • Phillies’ disappointing road trip makes you wonder what Monday will bring

    NBC Sports Philadelphia "This Phillies season continues to spiral downward with a new low point seemingly occurring every other day. If they’re not getting one-hit, they’re losing with late bullpen implosions and poor outings from the starting pitchers. The Phillies lost again Sunday..." August 12

  • 2020 Vesting Options Update

    MLB Trade Rumors "With over two-thirds of the 2019 season in the books, let’s check in to see how seven players are progressing towards possible vesting options in their contracts.  For those unfamiliar with the term, a vesting option is an agreed-upon threshold within a player’s contract..." August 12