Thursday, January 29, 2015

Is old school Pat Gillick the right man for his new job?

Wednesday, January 28, 2015, 8:47 PM
Understand this: the only way the Phillies’ latest shell-shuffling makes sense is if they have settled on Pat Gillick as their architect for the future. Also, this: making sense doesn’t always seem to be a pre-requisite at One Citizens Bank Way. Chances are, the Phillies’ decision... Read more

Gillick to continue as Phillies' president; Montgomery returns as chairman

Wednesday, January 28, 2015, 3:01 PM
Returning from a five month-long medical leave of absence, longtime Phillies president and CEO David Montgomery will assume the position of chairman while Pat Gillick continues to serve as president, the team said Wednesday. The shake-up could pave the way for a new Phillies president in the near... Read more

#OnDeck: Relax about Jonathan Papelbon

Wednesday, January 28, 2015, 1:33 PM
People need to relax about the Jonathan Papelbon situation. As I've written before, he's the one asset they have who might be worth more to them in uniform than playing somewhere else. Don't mistake that for an assertion that he is worth a lot in uniform. But he might be worth more than anybody is... Read more

Neris could push for spot in Phillies' bullpen

Wednesday, January 28, 2015, 9:52 AM
Before he was thrust into action in the 15th inning of a meaningless August game, Hector Neris was relatively unknown compared to many of the Phillies’ other young relief pitchers. Nine pitches that night were all the righthander needed to earn his first major league win, and to catch the attention... Read more

As manager of Phils' Williamsport affiliate, '92 World Series MVP Pat Borders to impart experience

Tuesday, January 27, 2015, 11:56 AM
Pat Borders broke into professional baseball in 1982. Before his playing career ended in 2006, it consisted of two position changes, appearances in 1,099 major league games over 17 seasons, two championship rings and a World Series MVP trophy. Following about nine years away from pro ball, Borders... Read more

#OnDeck: Baseball prepares for the return of Alex Rodriguez

Tuesday, January 27, 2015, 10:16 AM
New MLB commissioner Rob Manfred is ready to “inject some offense” back into the game, and what better way to do that than breaking the chains off the sport’s celebrity prisoner, Alex Rodriguez. Manfred had some not-negative things to say about A-Rod in a recent interview with ESPN: “I’ve... Read more

Buchanan working to improve curveball

Monday, January 26, 2015, 12:23 PM
David Buchanan relied heavily on his cutter, sinker and change-up last season through the first 20 major league starts of his career. He had changed his grip on his curveball in spring training, when his cutter and slider began to blend together, and he utilized the pitch much less than his others... Read more

#OnDeck: What to expect from the outfields of the NL East

Monday, January 26, 2015, 10:23 AM
Mets 2014 outfield: Juan Lagares, Curtis Granderson, Eric Young 2014 outfield stats: .245 BA, .687 OPS, 8.3 WAR, 2.9 dWAR Projected 2015 outfield: Juan Lagares, Curtis Granderson, Michael Cuddyer Projected 2015 outfield WAR: 4.6 New addition Michael Cuddyer is expressing some of that classic pre-season... Read more

Trading Papelbon, Rollins, Byrd, and Bastardo for Yoan Moncada

Friday, January 23, 2015, 3:19 PM
EDITED: My original figure of $27.1 million was off because I credited the Brewers with paying $10 million over two years instead of $16 million. As you may have read, the Phillies are reportedly discussing a trade that would send Jonathan Papelbon to the Brewers. Time and time again, we've heard... Read more

#OnDeck: Projecting which levels the Phillies’ prospects begin the season

Thursday, January 22, 2015, 11:23 AM
The first question to emerge from a group of reporters and cameramen huddled around Ruben Amaro Jr. Tuesday night at the Reading Crowne Plaza came from a local news outlet. Which players, the reporter asked, might Reading baseball fans see at FirstEnergy Stadium come April? Given the Phillies’... Read more
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