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Maybe all Cubans don't become superstars: Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez sent down
by Scott Butler 3/29/15

Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez Phillies

Cuban baseball players are all the rage these days. Nearly every week, some new Cuban name pops up that every baseball organization wants to throw their money at. If there was a gentleman's club for baseball prospects, the Cubans would make it rain every night.

There was a time when Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez was one of those players. Everyone wanted in, and eventually the Phillies outbid the Boston Red Sox to sign MAG for six years and $48 million in 2013.

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Aaron Nola gives Phillies fans something to be excited about
by Scott Butler 3/28/15

Twenty years or so from now, when Aaron Nola retires from the game of baseball, if his career amounts to anything, people will point to his outing yesterday against the New York Yankees at Brighthouse field as the moment when it was clear he was on a path towards greatness.

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Philler up! Crawford and Hollands want to rob you of any Phillies optimism
by Scott Butler 3/27/15

Phillies Brighthouse Field

We are back with Philler up! With the 2015 season quickly approaching, we are bringing back this news and notes segment to keep you up to date on all things (or, at least most things) Phillies.

J.P. Crawford and Mario Hollands want to make sure the first 2015 edition is a total downer to ruin any optimism you might have for your destined-for-last-place Fightin Phils.

Let's start with the bad news first.

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Jimmy Rollins speaks as only Jimmy Rollins can
by Scott Butler 3/25/15

Jimmy Rollins Dodgers

 

Jimmy Rollins understands Philadelphia as perhaps no player in Phillies history can.

When Jimmy Rollins buttoned up his number 29 uniform as a September call up on a Sunday afternoon in 2000, the Phillies grabbed a rare win in a season in which they lost 97 games. It was their 13th losing season in 14 years and they lost 90 or more games in six of those seasons. The Phils averaged nearly 92 losses in Jimmy's first five seasons in the minors.

Rollins' career began when the Phillies were quite literally the team to beat.

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Phillies rumors through March 24
by Scott Butler 3/24/15

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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Playing Pepper 2015: Philadelphia Phillies
by Scott Butler 3/23/15

Each year, Daniel Shoptaw from C70 At the Bat asks bloggers from around baseball to do a little Q&A regarding their teams heading into the new season. This year, I teamed up with Matt from That Ball's Outta Here and Rich from Fightin' Phillies.

Here is a link to the post.

Breaking non-news story: Phillies will eat $50 million to trade Howard
by Scott Butler 3/18/15

Ryan Howard Spring Training

This just in: the Phillies want to trade Ryan Howard and are willing to eat money in order to make it happen.

In a breaking news story that actually is not really news at all, Anthony Castrovince of Sports on Earth reported the Phillies are willing to swallow around $50 million of the $60 million owed to Howard.

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Phillies rumors through March 17
by Scott Butler 3/17/15

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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Spring Training matters for certain Phillies players
by Scott Butler 3/17/15

Brighthouse Field Clearwater Phillies

Spring Training is all a matter of perspective. Stats can mean everything or nothing depending on the player, the team, and the situation. A veteran player like Chase Utley can skip a few weeks and still have his #26 penciled in the starting lineup on Opening Day. Some veterans like Ryan Howard use Spring Training as an opportunity to change their approach and prove their critics wrong. And for many other players, their spring performance may determine whether or not they will appear on a big league roster at all.

The Phillies in 2015 have quite a few players in the latter categories. Here is a look at the players' who spring performance actually matters.

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Phillies rumors through March 11
by Scott Butler 3/11/15

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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Still here!
by Scott Butler 3/9/15

You may have noticed a serious lag in content lately, so I feel like a little site house cleaning is in order.

 

I had been aboard a helicopter in Iraq which came under fire and...wait, sorry I mistakenly recalled someone else's memory. My excuse is not quite to a Brian Williams caliber, but it beats good ol' Skippy eating my articles. Actually, I was walking towards my car in an icy parking lot and...wham! Broken hip.

Six days and one surgery later, here I am in Bryn Mawr Rehab recovering from a successful surgery on a fractured right hip. Please hold back the tears because, let's face it, you are an ugly crier. If you decide to put someone in your thoughts and prayers, save it for Clifford Phifer Lee, because the health of his sore elbow could potentially have a huge effect on the next decade of Phillies baseball.

Fortunately, I will post articles soon stemming from my interviews in Clearwater with Chris Wheeler and Todd Zolecki. They offered some insightful stuff in what should make for some enjoyable posts.

Just 28 days 'til Opening Day.

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

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:

Here are the latest Phillies rumors from the past week:

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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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