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Archive: March, 2012

For better or for worse, the Phillies will gamble on Juan Pierre

Friday, March 30, 2012, 4:54 PM
I hope Juan Pierre proves me wrong, because it is really hard not to like the guy. You know a player loves the game when he shrugs his shoulder at the $55 million he has already banked in his career and signs a minor league contract at the age of 34 just so he can keep on competing. Pierre takes baseball... Read more

The MLB Network studios just got a lot more touchy-feely. . .

Thursday, March 29, 2012, 9:36 AM
This popped into my email while I was driving back from Clearwater yesterday (18 hours, 3 stops, plus an hour-long delay for an accident south of DC). I figured people would be all over it, but unless my browser cache is acting up, I haven't seen it posted anywhere local. Anyway, MLB Network PR department... Read more

Scott Podsednik isn't making the Phillies' decision easy...

Tuesday, March 27, 2012, 4:53 PM
Scott Podsednik took two balls, swung through a pitch, then squared up a fastball he could drive, sending it sailing onto the right field berm and delivering a walk-off win to the Phillies. Afterward, Charlie Manuel couldn't help but admire the veteran left-handed hitter's at-bat against Pirates southpaw... Read more

What do the latest roster cuts mean for the Opening Day roster?

Tuesday, March 27, 2012, 8:46 AM
In case you have not heard, the Phillies have trimmed three more players from their spring training roster, assigning veteran righthanders Brian Sanches and Scott Elarton to the minors and optioning lefty Jake Diekman. All three pitchers are expected to open up the season at Triple-A Lehigh Valley... Read more

An expanded take on Chase Utley and the dissemination of information

Monday, March 26, 2012, 11:34 AM
For a writer, one of the cool things about Twitter is the way it serves as a real-time focus group for thoughts and ideas. It is an unscientific barometer of sorts, a quick way to gauge public opinion on certain topics. Shortly after Chase Utley met with reporters to answer questions about his ailing... Read more

Add Ryan Theriot and Mike Fontenot to your list of available infielders

Saturday, March 24, 2012, 1:56 PM
This is the time of year where general managers attempt to exploit the needs of their brethren, so expect to see plenty of names popping up in the rumor mill. Today's edition comes from San Francisco, where Brian Sabean is apparently attempting to part with either Ryan Theriot or Mike Fontenot so that... Read more

Pat Burrell will scout for Giants

Saturday, March 24, 2012, 11:12 AM
Can't say we ever projected this for Pat Burrell, but the former Phillies left fielder is apparently transitioning into a career as a scout. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, Burrell has agreed to spend 2012 as a scout for the Giants. Burrell has been at spring training scouting Giants minor... Read more

With Thome and Nix, there might not be room for Pierre or Podsednik...

Friday, March 23, 2012, 10:13 AM
Let's get all of the disclaimers out of the way first. Jim Thome is a good story. In fact, he has the potential to be a great story. If you don't want to see the big guy win a World Series, then why do you even watch sports? He also brings a lot of off-the-field positives to this roster. The basketball... Read more

Halladay's velo, Utley's replacement, other random notes

Tuesday, March 20, 2012, 2:02 PM
It is the middle of the third inning here at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota, where Roy Halladay is in the middle of facing the Orioles and the Phillies' lineup is in the middle of facing up-and-coming young lefty Brian Matusz. Halladay's velocity does not appear to be an issue, at least not if the... Read more

Video: Who will play second base for Phils?

Monday, March 19, 2012, 6:44 PM
Video: Chase Utley left Phillies camp Monday to see a specialist because of his chronically injured knees. The Daily News' David Murphy reports from Clearwater on who could be Utley's replacement. Read more
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