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Heaven on Earth returns to Clearwater
by Scott Butler 2/24/15

Phillies First Full Squad Workout

Is it possible that the Phillies will finish with the worst record in baseball in 2015 as Vegas predicts? Sure. But for some, it doesn’t matter.

Terrence Man explained it well:

The one constant through all the years, Ray, has been baseball. This field, this game, it's a part of our past, Ray. It reminds of us of all that once was good and it could be again.

For some, the differences between Iowa and Heaven and Clearwater are impossible to notice; some consider the 2015 Phillies equally as exciting as the ghosts of the 1919 "Black Sox" team; some view the disparity between Freddy Galvis and "Shoeless" Joe Jackson as negligible.

Baseball heaven for Phillies fans re-opened today as they held their first full team workout. Aside from the bleak outlook for the team itself, 2015 Spring Training offers plenty of intrigue, some of which was on display on the first official day.

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Reporting from Clearwater! Last day before full squad workout
by Scott Butler 2/23/15

Richie Ashburn Field

Monday marked the last day before the full squad workouts begin tomorrow and it was the perfect setting for Spring Training practice. Temps in the mid 70's and sunshine sneaking in and out of the clouds was an absolute perfect start for my trip. While the rest of you suckers dedicated fans suffered through yet another ridiculously cold day, I was basking in warm Clearwater glory.

This was my first day this spring in Clearwater and that seemed like nothing short of a miracle. I found out firsthand yesterday what a little bit of Philly winter can do to travelers when my original 7:50am flight was cancelled and I ended up catching a flight nearly twelve hours later...and I was one of the lucky ones.

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MLB speeds up pace of play and you're gonna love it
by Scott Butler 2/21/15

Chase Utley stepping out of batter's boxBaseball games have become intolerably slow. The average MLB game last season took over three hours, which is almost a half hour longer than the average game in 1981. Long, boring games just won't hack it in this new Twitter world we live in.

Unlike his slubberdegullion predecessor, new commissioner Rob Manfred wasted no time (yes, pun intended) in picking up the pace. He didn't even have to change the rules, either. Manfred is just enforcing rules that were already in place. Craig Calcaterra of Hardball Talk outlines the rules well in this post.

Something needed to be done and it's nice to see the new commish tackle this right away. I have been screaming for this for a while now and it's nice to know Manfred has been listening (because clearly he is a fan of Phils Baseball, right?).

If you are interested in why this is such a big issue, here's what I wrote back in August:

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Phillies rumors through February 17
by Scott Butler 2/17/15

Phillies Rumors

MLB Trade Rumors is a site which describes themselves as "a clearinghouse for relevant, legitimate baseball rumors." Each week at Phils Baseball, we grab their latest Phillies rumors and put them all together in one weekly post:

Here are the latest Phillies rumors from the past week:

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Phillies rumors through February 11
by Scott Butler 2/11/15

MLB Trade Rumors is a site which describes themselves as "a clearinghouse for relevant, legitimate baseball rumors." Each week at Phils Baseball, we grab their latest Phillies rumors and put them all together in one weekly post:

Here are the latest Phillies rumors from the past week:

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The Phillies actually have a plan
by Scott Butler 2/8/15

Amaro spring training

For the first time in a long time, the Phillies seem to have a plan.  Well, compared to previous seasons, that is.

The Phillies made a few trades in the offseason, added some depth through low cost signings, and shuffled the front office around. Most importantly, they finally acknowledged the existence of that giant, aging, wart, with that one very long hair protruding from it, which has been staring at them in the mirror by admitting they need to rebuild. Step 1 is admitting you have a problem, so at least they got that far.  It took them at least a year longer than it should have, but they finally faced the truth. 

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Poll Results: How do you feel about Jimmy Rollins getting traded?
Posted 2/8/15

Poll Results: How do you feel about Jimmy Rollins getting traded?

 

Phillies rumors through February 3
by Scott Butler 2/3/15

Phillies Rumors

MLB Trade Rumors is a site which describes themselves as "a clearinghouse for relevant, legitimate baseball rumors." Each week at Phils Baseball, we grab their latest Phillies rumors and put them all together in one weekly post:

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Was David Montgomery pushed out by Phillies?
by Scott Butler 2/2/15

The Phillies PR department these days resembles that of a custodial staff, because they have done a remarkable job of sweeping a potentially huge story under the carpet.

Remember the report in October that Phillies minority owner John Middleton was pushing David Montgomery out of his role as he prepared to take a majority ownership stake in the organization?

The first half has already come to fruition and I suspect the other may follow, but not yet.
 
Let’s not mistake what happened here: the Phillies pushed David Montgomery out as President, CEO, and general partner of the team.

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Phillies rumors through January 27
by Scott Butler 1/27/15

MLB Trade Rumors is a site which describes themselves as "a clearinghouse for relevant, legitimate baseball rumors." Each week at Phils Baseball, we grab their latest Phillies rumors and put them all together in one weekly post:

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No need for Phillies to rush Papelbon trade
by Scott Butler 1/25/15

How much do the Phillies value Jonathan Papelbon? Look no further than the 2015 team calendar in which they handed the month of September to Grady Sizemore, but couldn't find a month for Papelbon.

The Phillies have worked hard to ship Jonathan Papelbon out of town and they finally found a potential suitor in the Milwaukee Brewers. A deal seemed likely as of yesterday when Jayson Stark tweeted that the only hold-up from moving Pappy was money. That hold-up is apparently a rather big one as Brewers general manager Doug Melvin told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel yesterday that talks have slowed. “Whatever traction there was seems to have dissipated," Melvin said.

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Phillies rumors through January 20
by Scott Butler 1/20/15

MLB Trade Rumors is a site which describes themselves as "a clearinghouse for relevant, legitimate baseball rumors." Each week at Phils Baseball, we grab their latest Phillies rumors and put them all together in one weekly post:

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Larry Shenk and 5 decades of Phillies baseball
by Scott Butler 1/17/15

Larry Shenk PhilliesA certain Phillies’ Hall of Fame third baseman once referred to Philadelphia as "the only city where you can experience the thrill of victory and the agony of reading about it the next day."

One man who understands that statement perhaps more than anyone in Phillies history is Larry Shenk. For the former director of PR, last October marked 51 years with the Phils.

He was here for the Phillies’ collapse in 1964 and he was here when the Phillies forced a Mets collapse in 2007. He was here for Dick Allen's first season and for Jimmy Rollins' final season. He was here for Jim Bunning’s perfect game and he was here when Doc threw his.

Some numbers since “The Baron” joined the Phillies:

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Phillies rumors through January 13
by Scott Butler 1/13/15

MLB Trade Rumors is a site which describes themselves as "a clearinghouse for relevant, legitimate baseball rumors." Each week at Phils Baseball, we grab their latest Phillies rumors and put them all together in one weekly post.

Here are the latest Phillies rumors from the past week:

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Phillies rumors through January 6
by Scott Butler 1/7/15

MLB Trade Rumors is a site which describes themselves as "a clearinghouse for relevant, legitimate baseball rumors." Each week at Phils Baseball, we grab the latest rumors from their Phillies rumors page and put it all together in one weekly post.

Here are the latest Phillies rumors from the past week:

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Phillies 2015 New Year's Resolution: Make the Playoffs?
by Scott Butler 1/4/15

The Phillies will probably not make the playoffs in 2015. Yeah, real shocker, huh?

But stranger things have happened.

After six straight losing seasons and a pitching staff that finished dead last in the National League, good luck finding someone who predicted an NL pennant for the Phillies in 1993.

What would it take for the Phils to make the playoffs in 2015? Well, a Hail Mary would be a good start.

Let's see what massaging of the numbers it will take to put the Phils in the postseason.

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Phillies rumors through January 1
by Scott Butler 1/2/15

MLB Trade Rumors is a site which describes themselves as "a clearinghouse for relevant, legitimate baseball rumors." Each week at Phils Baseball, we grab the latest rumors from their Phillies rumors page and put it all together in one weekly post.

Here are the latest Phillies rumors from the past week:

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Phillies rumors through December 25
by Scott Butler 12/26/14

MLB Trade Rumors is a site which describes themselves as "a clearinghouse for relevant, legitimate baseball rumors." Each week at Phils Baseball, we grab the latest rumors from their Phillies rumors page and put it all together in one weekly post.

Here are the latest Phillies rumors from the past week:

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Ruben Amaro literally said Phillies are better off without Ryan Howard
by Scott Butler 12/21/14

There is something about Ruben Amaro that I like these days. It's hard to pinpoint it but, oh yeah, HE LITERALLY SAID THE PHILLIES ARE BETTER OFF WITHOUT RYAN HOWARD.

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Phillies Poll Results: Should Phillies trade Cole Hamels?
Posted 12/21/14

We just closed the voting on the poll question, Should Phillies trade Cole Hamels? Here are the results:

Phillies Poll Results: Should Phillies trade Cole Hamels?

Phillies rumors through December 19
by Scott Butler 12/20/14

MLB Trade Rumors is a site which describes themselves as "a clearinghouse for relevant, legitimate baseball rumors." Each week at Phils Baseball, we grab the latest rumors from their Phillies rumors page and put it all together in one weekly post.

Here are the latest Phillies rumors from the past week:

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One simple solution to Phillies front office confusion
by Scott Butler 12/14/14

Phillies 2014 MLB Winter Meetings

Now that Jimmy Rollins has been traded, who is next? Is it Cole Hamels? How about Howard? Or Byrd? Or Papelbon?

I have a better and perhaps more important question. Was John Middleton present at the Winter Meetings and how active was he? Discover that answer and you can begin to carve out a path for the Phillies future.

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Phillies rumors: Winter Meetings Day 3
by Scott Butler 12/10/14

Jimmy Rollins has been traded! And so was Antonio Bastardo. Here is all the chatter from a big day for the Phillies at the Winter Meetings via MLB Trade Rumors:

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Phillies rumors: Winter Meetings edition - through Day 2
by Scott Butler 12/9/14

MLB Trade Rumors is a site which describes themselves as "a clearinghouse for relevant, legitimate baseball rumors." Each week at Phils Baseball, we grab the latest rumors from their Phillies rumors page and put it all together in one weekly post.

Here is the Winter Meetings edition through the second day:

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Four words from Tomas' agent creates many questions
by Scott Butler 12/7/14

I'm a little behind the times on this story (OK, a lot behind), but I wanted to revisit a story last week with comments from Jay Alou, the agent for Yasmany Tomas.

Sometimes the smallest of comments can be the most revealing.  Matt Gelb explained in his post how the Phillies did not make an offer to Yasmany Tomas, the Cuban defector the Phillies were once frontrunners to land as a free agent.

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Traded or not, Marlon Byrd is a good comeback story
by Scott Butler 12/6/14

Marlon Byrd Phillies

I mentioned a couple weeks ago how it is almost a guarantee that Marlon Byrd will be traded. With the Winter Meetings just two days away, it could happen very soon. Before he goes, I think it is important to look back at a player with a pretty remarkable comeback story.

When Ruben Amaro signed Marlon Byrd to a two-year contract with a third year option on November 12 last year, the move seemed destined to fail. At the time of the signing, Byrd was just one season removed from a 2012 campaign in which he was hitting just .210 on June 25, the day his season ended when he was busted for PED's. He tested positive for using a drug that contained Tamoxifen, which supposedly masks the use of steroids.

Byrd was suspended for 50 games and played the rest of the season in Mexico before signing with the Mets for $700,000 the following season. He subsequently posted an .847 OPS in 2013 and ranked 11th in the NL with 24 home runs combined with the Mets and Pirates. 2013 was a breakout season for Byrd, who set career highs in home runs (24), slugging percentage (.511), and OPS (.847).

At the age of 36, when players are typically in decline, Byrd was setting career marks.

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Phillies rumors through December 4
by Scott Butler 12/5/14

MLB Trade Rumors is a site which describes themselves as "a clearinghouse for relevant, legitimate baseball rumors." Each week at Phils Baseball, we grab the latest rumors from their Phillies rumors page and put it all together in one weekly post.

Here are the latest Phillies rumors from the past week:

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