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A Ryan Howard follow-up: What is it like to walk in your shoes?

Monday, July 28, 2014, 12:16 PM
If we are going to get #outraged about something a guy says, let’s at least make sure we are getting #outraged about the right thing. The exact exchange between Ryan Howard and a reporter after yesterday’s game: Q: What has this past week been like for you? A: Do you want to trade places?... Read more

Amaro 'fully expects' Howard to be Phils first baseman in '15

Friday, July 25, 2014, 5:38 PM
If you want to find a defender of Ryan Howard and the 5-year, $125 million contract awarded to the former MVP first baseman, Ruben Amaro Jr. is your guy. Amaro, of course, is the general manager who signed Howard to that contract (with ownership signing off on the deal). So on Day 3 of Howard's... Read more

The Cole Hamels decision, and how a modern baseball operation would help the Phillies make it

Friday, July 25, 2014, 3:08 PM
Let’s follow up on our column/manifesto that ran in yesterday’s Daily News, which suggests a remodeling of the baseball ops side of the Phillies organization, starting with a new president from outside the organization with the big picture analytical ability and expertise to build a modern... Read more

Struggling Howard sits, reflects on frustrating season

Wednesday, July 23, 2014, 5:00 PM
On Tuesday night, Ryan Howard came to the plate twice with a chance to end the game. Instead, he struck out and grounded out in the 9th and 11th inning, respectively. He was booed. The Phillies lost in 14 innings. On Wednesday’s Howard’s name was not in the Phillies starting lineup against... Read more

Bastardo's trade value rising

Tuesday, July 22, 2014, 6:28 PM
ON MAY 28 against the Colorado Rockies, Antonio Bastardo walked four of the five batters he faced. He was booed off the mound. (The Phillies still won the game.) Two years ago, on the day Ryan Howard returned from his Achilles' injury, Bastardo entered the eighth inning of a scoreless game against... Read more

What will the Phillies rotation look like next year? It's a scary thought

Monday, July 21, 2014, 10:30 AM
Here's a fun game. Try to predict who will be in the Phillies rotation next season. We'll spot you Cliff Lee and Cole Hamels, despite the potential that one of them is traded before Opening Day, 2015. A.J. Burnett? A return would seem unlikely given his availability on the trade block, his contemplation... Read more

Sowing and Reaping: Huston Street, Jonathan Papelbon and the downside of certainty

Saturday, July 19, 2014, 12:55 PM
The human brain is a war zone, the frontal lobe its perpetual battlefield. The ferocious internal conflicts that define us as a species rage within. The trajectory of our lives, and, by extension, our collective existence, is shaped by the processes it regulates: decision making, problem solving, behavioral... Read more

J.P. Crawford: His stock, his strikeouts, and his home runs

Thursday, July 17, 2014, 1:34 PM
J.P. Crawford’s stock continues to rise. The Phillies’ 19-year-old shortstop prospect checks in at No. 15 on ESPN scouting guru Keith Law’s midseason Top 50 (subscription req.), a huge jump from his preseason position at No. 46. As we’ve written here, it is possible that the... Read more

The market for Marlon Byrd

Wednesday, July 16, 2014, 1:35 PM
For teams in need of a right-hand hitting corner outfielder, Marlon Byrd is the most attractive candidate on the market, regardless of his contract. As long as Byrd is willing to waive his limited no-trade clause, which allows him to block deals to potential suitors Seattle and Kansas City, he could... Read more

Again, with feeling: Utley doesn't plan on leaving

Monday, July 14, 2014, 4:45 PM
Last week, Chase Utley sat in the dugout at Miller Park and was asked a rather simple question: "Eleven months ago, this team wasn't playing well and you wanted to stay here anyway, re-signing with the Phillies rather than testing free agency in a few short months," the reporter started. "You wanted... Read more
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