Major League Baseball has approved Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz for an exemption to allow for the use of Adderall this season. The normally banned substance led to Ruiz being suspended for 25 games at the start of the 2013 season (for using the drug in 2012 when Ruiz achieved career numbers).no comments
Hunter Pence may be long removed from a Phillies uniform already, but he still seems to be a pretty popular player around Philadelphia. His awkward style was something you would have to see to understand, but his grit and effort were never in question. Now, thanks to the folks at Sports Illustrated, you can get a look in to the (fictional) Hunter's Hitters Youth Baseball Camp...
It may be a little long-winded at one point, but that was good for a laugh. Fantastic.no comments
The ballots for the Baseball Hall of Fame are out, and Phillies Wall of Fame pitcher Curt Schilling is among the names on the ballot. Schilling was on the Class of 2013 ballot, but the Baseball Writers Association of American did not vote any player in to the hall last year. With the Class of 2014 ballots out, many are making statements about who they believe should be in or not. Few do it as directly or frank as Howard Eskin, who has gone on record saying Schilling should not make the cut in Cooperstown...
Schilling wasted little time in responding to this thought by taking to his own Twitter account...
The day Howard Eskin's opinion matters to me, or to the HoF, will be the day the HoF ceases to be a special place.— Curt Schilling (@gehrig38) November 27, 2013
Eskin is entitled to his opinion of course, just as much as you or I. Depending on your criteria for what a true Hall of Fame caliber player is, maybe Schilling does not make the cut. Maybe he is. I have always been of the belief that Schilling is a fringe Hall of Fame player, and I would lean toward saying "Yes, he is a Hall of Fame pitcher" if I needed to make the call.no comments
Leo Mazzone is letting the Phillies know he would like to coach in Philadelphia. The longtime pitching coach of the Atlanta Braves during the Bobby Cox era took to Twitter Monday morning to say as much.
With the Phillies possibly missing out on some of their targets, as Beer Leaguer notes, perhaps it might be worth checking in with Mazzone to see what ideas he has for the Phillies pitching staff. In all seriousness, what is the worst that could happen?no comments
The 1993 National League Championship Series pitted the two-time National League champion Atlanta Braves against the gritty and defiant worst-to-first Philadelphia Phillies. It was a classic mismatch between a baseball power looking for a third trip back to the World Series for a potential rematch of the 1992 World Series with the Toronto Blue Jays and a Phillies team predicted to finish the regular season behind the expansion Florida Marlins. The Braves were an overwhelming favorite with a starting rotation featuring three future Hall of Fame pitchers
The Phillies would not be rattled by the star power Atlanta brought to the series though, sending out their starting line-up featuring players having career years and a pitcher who would begin scripting his Hall of Fame worthy postseason legacy. On this night, however, Game 1 would turn out to be a story of redemption for an unheralded player.no comments
The 2013 Phillies baseball season is in the books with many disappointments. The first losing season since 2002, failed additions to the roster, a fired manager, the fall of Roy Halladay and putting Ryan Howard and his mega contract and others on the shelf for the year all added up to a season that had many tune out and look forward to football earlier than in a while. But there were some memorable moments even during a rough season. One of the top plays of the season was just recognized by FOX Sports Live on FOX Sports 1.
Ben Revere's diving catch against the Cincinnati Reds was named The 1 by FOX Sports Live in a countdown of the best plays from baseball's regular season. This is FOX Sports 1's equivalent of Sportscenter's Top Ten on ESPN.
This should be a very interesting offseason coming up for the Phillies. Many changes should be forthcoming, and that to me is refreshing and exciting. Ruben Amaro needs to make some good decisions, and considering the situation I have a weird feeling he will pull off some big moves this offseason as the Phillies look to re-tool and jump back in the postseason chase in 2014. There will be some young talent finding roles on the 2014 team, but let's see what kind of tricks Amaro has up his sleeve this offseason. Revere is a player I would not mind seeing come back next season.no comments
I wanted to wait and see how I felt about everything after the weekend before really diving in to the news of the Philadelphia Phillies firing Charlie Manuel and naming Ryne Sandberg as the interim manager Friday afternoon. In brief, it had to be done but not quite in this fashion. Overall, I am OK with what transpired.
Removing Charlie Manuel as manager now was the right decision to make, but how it was executed could have been altered without deviating form the overall goal. I have been firm on the idea that removing Manuel during the season was a perfectly acceptable decision if it means giving Sandberg some time to fairly be evaluated as a major league manager before taking a potential plunge with him in charge in 2014 and beyond. For an organization largely criticizes recently for not being forward-thinking enough, this was the right move to be made. I would much rather the Phillies come to a decision, for better or worse, regarding Sandberg as a potential manager now as opposed to the start or middle of the 2014 season. How much can truly be evaluated now given the talent available for Sandberg to manage the final month and a half is a concern, but if Sandberg completely implodes between now and the end of the season it would be better to know now as opposed to next year when you hope the Phillies start to get back on track.
Sandberg's goal is not to deliver a miraculous 12-game winning streak to get the Phillies back in the wild card hunt (but I'd be OK if he did). His job now is to prove he can manager a club and get the most out of the younger players on the field, on the mound and in the batter's box.
But back to the timing of it all. Manuel was to be honored by the fans for winning his 1,000th game earlier in the week. Although it would have been a minor ceremony to honor the manager, it would have been nice to give Manuel one last show of respect by the franchise and the fans. you can argue Manuel deserved to ride out the rest of the season, but he absolutely without question deserved to be honored one last time in front of the home fans by the organization that achieved one of the most successful stints in franchise history under his watch. To make the decision public after Manuel knowingly managed a couple of games knowing the fate on the road just hours before the first home game and planned ceremony was despicable.
Could the Phillies have not made the managerial change today, after the weekend series against the Dodgers? I cannot come up with an explanation that suggests making the move Friday afternoon was better than making it today.no comments
The Philadelphia Phillies will make a change in managers this afternoon, according to Jim Salisbury of CSN Philly.
Phillies to make manager change, sources say. Press at 230.— Jim Salisbury (@JSalisburyCSN) August 16, 2013
The Phillies will be holding a press conference at 2:30 p.m. It is just a guess of mine that Ryne Sandberg will assume the duties as manager for the remainder of the season. I have said before I am OK with a change here, and if giving Sandberg this time to be evaluated as the option for 2014 and beyond, so be it.
What is your initial reaction to all of this?no comments
Cole Hamels was dominant, Cody Asche was inspiring and Charlie Manuel was smiling. On the strength of a complete game effort from the lefty on the mound and a sixth inning home run from the next third baseman, the Phillies took game one of a three game set against the NL East-leading Atlanta Braves Monday night, winning by a score of 5-1. The win was the 1,000th career victory for Phillies manager Charlie Manuel.
The Phillies may be long from removed from the postseason picture in 2013, but it was nice to see the kind of effort we saw last night with Hamels on the mound. Hamels struck out nine batters and took a shutout in to the ninth inning, one out away from the feat. Regardless, Hamels had the kind of outing you expect from him and after the game he said he's not ready for the team to just pack up and get ready for 2014.no comments