Thursday, December 18, 2014

All Phillies coaches 'asked to return' for 2015 season

Tuesday, September 30, 2014, 4:11 PM
No Phillies coaches will lose their jobs as a result of a flawed roster's second straight 73-89 finish, the team announced Tuesday. But that does not mean Ryne Sandberg's staff will remain intact for 2015. All seven of the coaches were "asked to return" for next season, the Phillies said in a statement... Read more

Lack of starting pitching likely a main reason for Wolever's exit

Saturday, September 27, 2014, 12:24 AM
There were probably a number of reasons why Marti Wolever was relieved of his duties as the Phillies assistant general manager, amateur scouting, but the lack of starting pitching in the minor league system is a good place to start. While David Buchanan was a find as the Phillies No. 5 starter, nobody... Read more

Wolever out as Phillies asst. GM amateur scouting

Friday, September 26, 2014, 8:59 PM
The fallout from a third straight year out of the postseason and this season’s last place finish has begun for the Phillies. Shortly before Friday’s game with the Atlanta Braves at Citizens Bank Park, the Phillies announced they had fired Marti Wolever, the assistant general manager for... Read more

Williams to close out his season against Braves

Friday, September 26, 2014, 3:25 PM
Phillies righthander Jerome Williams will get one last chance to make an impression when he takes the mound tonight against the Atlanta Braves at Citizens Bank Park. After struggling for Houston and Texas this season, Williams has found, at least a temporary home with the Phillies. In eight starts... Read more

Phillies will discuss possible coaching changes

Thursday, September 25, 2014, 2:56 PM
MIAMI — There is no more difficult task for a coach than to break the old habits of entrenched players, and that is what the Phillies' coaching staff faced in 2014. The Phillies will score more runs this season than last, but the difference is not much. And, barring a productive final weekend... Read more

With season all but over, Jimmy Rollins talks future

Wednesday, September 24, 2014, 5:44 PM
Jimmy Rollins pulled on his gray pants, donned a red Phillies longsleeved shirt, and took his place at shortstop during batting practice. He did not play for a 15th straight game, and his season is likely over because of a strained left hamstring. Rollins was asked whether risking a further injury... Read more

World traveler Ruben Amaro Jr. scouts Yasmany Tomas

Tuesday, September 23, 2014, 6:38 PM
MIAMI — Ruben Amaro Jr. rejoined his team Tuesday after two international fact-finding trips, which culminated in a private workout Monday with coveted Cuban outfielder Yasmany Tomas. A cadre of Phillies officials watched Tomas, who turns 24 in November, at the team's Dominican Republic complex... Read more

Shane Watson, former first-round pick, suspended 50 games for drug abuse

Friday, September 19, 2014, 8:11 PM
OAKLAND, Calif. — Shane Watson, the Phillies' first pick in the 2012 draft, was suspended 50 games Friday by Major League Baseball after a second positive test for a drug of abuse. His suspension will cover the start of the 2015 season. Watson missed the entire minor-league season because of... Read more

A.J. Burnett, baseball's losses leader, hints at discontent

Wednesday, September 17, 2014, 2:11 AM
SAN DIEGO — The 17th loss for A.J. Burnett looked much like the ones before it. He settled after a inauspicious start but issued a two-out walk that bred trouble. No pitcher in baseball has more losses — or walks — than the 37-year-old Burnett. Yet he controls his destiny with a $12... Read more

Papelbon suspended seven games for gesture

Sunday, September 14, 2014, 10:03 PM
UPDATE [Monday, 9:08 p.m.]: MLB announced that closer Jonathan Papelbon will be suspended for seven games. The Phillies have released the following statement: The Phillies fully support the decision of the Commissioner’s Office, which has exclusive jurisdiction for on-field player behavior... Read more
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