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Archive: February, 2008

Phillies will finish in third place, or so says Baseball Prospectus

Monday, February 18, 2008, 10:52 AM
Wes Helms spoke with the media this morning. He said he'd rather be a starter on another team than a back-up here. But he also said he's 100 percent committed to the Phillies if that's who he ends up playing for. We'll dissect the Helms situation a little later on today. . . In today's paper, we take... Read more

Hamels, Utley: Don't sleep on the Braves. . .

Sunday, February 17, 2008, 2:36 PM
Let's pretend for a second that the Braves are the mythical "Team to Beat" in the NL East. . .Is it really that hard to imagine?Chase Utley and Cole Hamels don't think so.We, the media, spent the morning scurrying around the club house listening to reaction from various players on Carlos Beltran's... Read more

Hamels, Utley: Don't sleep on the Braves

Sunday, February 17, 2008, 11:01 AM
Let's pretend for a second that the Braves are the mythical "Team to Beat" in the NL East. . . Is it really that hard to imagine? Chase Utley and Cole Hamels don't think so. We, the media, spent the morning scurrying around the club house listening to reaction from various players on Carlos... Read more

Kris Benson: Give me one good reason the Phillies shouldn't have signed him

Saturday, February 16, 2008, 6:10 PM
I'm not sure I follow the rationale behind the outrage some fans have against the signing of Kris Benson. Worst case scenario, he is a bust in training camp, the team doesn't move him to the active roster, and the right-hander exercises the out-clause in his contract and looks elsewhere for work. Best... Read more

Kyle Kendrick traded to Japanese team. . .or so he thought

Saturday, February 16, 2008, 2:46 PM
For about 20 minutes Saturday afternoon, Kyle Kendrick thought he had been traded to the Yomiuri Giants, a professional baseball team in Japan. He was called into an office, where manager Charlie Manuel and assistant general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. informed him of the news. He was handed an official... Read more

Victorino, Jenkins, Taguchi, Benson in the house

Saturday, February 16, 2008, 10:48 AM
It's another beautiful day in Clearwater. Mid-70's. Bright sunshine. No clouds in the sky. Day three of pitchers and catchers. Some early observations. . . . . .A few more players have trickled in the past couple days. Newly-acquired rightfielder Geoff Jenkins, who figures to platoon with Jayson... Read more

PETA to Clemens: Some Vegan Treats, on Us

Saturday, February 16, 2008, 10:39 AM
I admire People For the Ethical Treatment of Animals. It takes a lot of chutzpah to continually thrust oneself into situations that have absolutely no relevance to a particular cause. That said, I can't imagine Roger Clemens will be imbibing on the vegan treats the organization reportedly sent the... Read more

Howard: I'm not distracted

Friday, February 15, 2008, 2:09 PM
Well, we finally heard from Ryan Howard himself. As expected, he didn't shed much light on his contract negotiations and impending arbitration hearing. First, here is the sequence of events as it occurred over the past 48 hours here at Bright House Networks Field. 1) On Wednesday evening, the Phillies... Read more

Not so fast: Howard/Phillies "cancel" availability

Friday, February 15, 2008, 11:50 AM
We've just been informed that Ryan Howard will not be discussing his contract situation today, and that there will be no official availability for the slugger. Not sure what, exactly, happened, but we'll try to find out. Phillies general manager Pat Gillick declined to discuss the negotiations, but... Read more

At long last: A resolution to Spinal Flap!

Thursday, February 14, 2008, 7:28 PM
This might not exactly qualify as earth-shattering news on most of the planet, but considering the ruckus that accompanied Cole Hamels' request for a chiropractor last year, we figure we'll pass it on: the Phillies are making arrangements for players to have access to back specialists throughout the... Read more
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