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Showin' some (Kop)Love

Friday, November 28, 2008, 12:15 PM
I can't imagine too many of you have awoken from your tryptophan-induced slumbers, but let's get down to business here on Black Friday. 1) The Phillies are close to making their first free agent signing official, having agreed to terms with South Philly native Mike Koplove. It seems South Philly natives... Read more

Stairs back on ice

Friday, November 28, 2008, 1:14 AM
As the weather gets colder out there, Philadelphia's favorite assistant high school hockey coach is back at work. Matt Stairs enters his fourth season at John Bapst High School in his hometown of Bangor, Maine. “Coaching is fun,” Stairs told the Bangor Daily News. “You get back... Read more

Free agent chase continues

Wednesday, November 26, 2008, 12:19 PM
The rest of the working world is winding down today, skipping out of work early for that pre-Turkey happy hour as visions of yams and pumpkin pie dance in their heads. But the Phillies front office is still in action, and will likely remain so for the forseeable future. Here is an update on where... Read more

Utley still on same timetable

Tuesday, November 25, 2008, 2:56 PM
The biggest question entering Chase Utley's surgery was how long it would take him to recover. The Phillies' medical staff said they would not know until the surgery was done. Well, Utley went under the knife Monday at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York and the answer remains four to 6 months... Read more

Pitchers and catchers report in 81 days

Monday, November 24, 2008, 10:59 AM
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Phils prospects in Arizona

Saturday, November 22, 2008, 7:49 PM
Figured it might be worth a quick update on the progess of the Phillies players in the Arizona Fall League, with the league title game now completed. The Mesa Solar Sox, with nine Phillies players on the roster, lost to the Phoenix Desert Dogs, 10-4, on Saturday, giving Phoenix its fifth consecutive... Read more

High Cheese: Phillies name bench coach

Friday, November 21, 2008, 11:43 AM
The Phillies have named Pete Mackanin as their bench coach. He replaces Jimy Williams, who opted not to return after two seasons with the Phils. Mackanin, 57, spent this past year as a pro scout for the New York Yankees after managing the Cincinnati Reds for the final 3 months of the 2007 season.... Read more

Phillies trade away Golson

Thursday, November 20, 2008, 5:51 PM
More news. It's coming fast and furious today. The Phillies have traded outfield prospect Greg Golson to the Texas Rangers for outfielder John Mayberry. I haven't had a chance to touch base with GM Ruben Amaro -- as luck would have it, the move was announced after our conference call with him today... Read more

Amaro optimistic Utley will be ready for Opening Day

Thursday, November 20, 2008, 12:16 PM
UPDATED - 2:35 p.m. Just got off the conference call with Ruben Amaro, Scott Sheridan, and Dr. Michael Ciccotti. A few important points. . . 1) Amaro said that all the reports he has heard are that Utley has a very good chance at returning to the Phillies in time for Opening Day, which starts a... Read more

Ibanez a possibility

Wednesday, November 19, 2008, 11:32 PM
So, the conventional wisdom is that the Phillies are limiting themselves to corner outfielders who also happen to hit right-handed. But the conventional wisdom isn't necesarrily correct. When I talked to Ruben Amaro Jr. Friday night, he made a point of saying that the team was looking at all options... Read more
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