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John Stolnis

The Dirty Inning #93: Sticks and Milestones

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Just an excuse to post a Steve Carlton picture, guys.

With the arrival of 2022 comes many anniversaries, many of which do NOT involve Steve Carlton’s terrifying 1972 season.

The Phillies played seasons in 1902, 1912, 1922, 1932, 1942, 1952, 1962, 1972, 1982, 1992, 2002, and 2012 and guess what they all have in common?

They didn’t make the playoffs in any season ending in a “2.” Makes you feel good about their chances this year, huh?

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The Smarty Jones

From the horse’s mouth: Jimmy stays on the ballot

Both of these former Phillies are on the All-Star ballot. I actually like one of them. | Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images

Yay for Jimmy, boo for Scott Rolen

The 2022 Hall of Fame voting results were revealed this week. Only one player was elected to the Hall of Fame, and he certainly wasn’t a former Phillie. However, two former Phillies did earn enough votes to stay on the ballot another year and perhaps increase their chances in the years to come.

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John Stolnis

Hittin’ Season #532: Hall of Fame & Labor WARz talk with MLB Network Radio’s Mike Ferrin

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Well, at least Barry got into the Giants’ Wall of Fame.

Major League Baseball’s all-time home run king will not be inducted into the sport’s Hall of Fame. Major League Baseball’s 7-time Cy Young Award winner will not be inducted into the sport’s Hall of Fame. A player with three, 60+ homer seasons and 609 career dingers will not be inducted into the sport’s Hall of Fame. Baseball’s all-time hits king is not in...

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The Good Phight’s top 20 prospects: #19 - Jordan Viars

Jordan Viars

Who doesn’t like young, HS lefty outfielders who can hit?

We continue our countdown of top prospects here at The Good Phight, counting backwards from 20 to our top prospect.

Jordan Viars, L/L, 18 years old

Scouting report, via Fangraphs:

Viars is a young, big-framed Texas high school outfielder who is likely headed to a corner in pro ball. He’s short to the ball despite his size, and currently peppers both gaps with doubles contact. He was an athletic two-way high...

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Ethan Witte

Rise and Phight: 1/27/2022

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Did they even meet today?

Imagine, if you will, a scenario where Mickey Moniak is the opening day center fielder. I don’t think it comes to fruition, especially if the rumors of the team trying to trade for Kevin Kiermaier are true, but what if they can’t get anyone? What if they decide to simply platoon Moniak and, say, Matt Vierling? Is that good enough? Would people be happy?

I need baseball to come back.

On to the links.

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Michael Conforto is a great bounceback candidate for the Phillies to consider

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Free agent outfielder Michael Conforto had a down year in 2021, but he has an excellent track record and his bat could make a big difference in the middle of the Phillies’ lineup.

It’s very likely that the Phillies will sign one of the big-bat outfielders remaining on the free agent market.

While there obviously haven’t been any rumors of late, the Phillies were said to be in talks with free agents Kris Bryant, Nick Castellanos, and Kyle Schwarber...

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The Phillies need the MLB Lockout to End

On December 2nd, 2021, the collective bargaining agreement for Major League Baseball expired. The collective bargaining agreement, or CBA for short, is the contract shared between the players and the owners of the teams.

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Ethan Witte

Rise and Phight: 1/26/2022

Are we closer to an agreement?

Another day and more movement on the labor front. While the players might not be happy with yesterday’s talks, the fact that the talks are still happening is helpful.

Oh and the Hall of Fame vote came in.

On to the links.

Phillies news: While no Phillies were voted in to the Hall, Scott Rolen inched a little closer while Jimmy Rollins lives to fight another year. The team does have the stars for a run, they just need the players surrounding them to...

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John Stolnis

Hittin’ Season #531: A’s trades, Klentak memories & labor WARz

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The latest podcast touches on the greatest baseball games ever played, too!

Is there a deal to be made?

Multiple outlets have named the Phillies and Athletics as potential trade partners when the MLB lockout finally ends, specifically because of two players: third baseman Matt Chapman and center fielder Ramón Laureano.

Last season, the Phillies received 1.7 fWAR of production from the center fielders, 6th-worst in MLB. At third, they received 0.7...

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Announcement: A new commenting system is coming to The Good Phight

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Coming Thursday, comments will look different.

Hey everyone. I’m Tanya, and I oversee all of our baseball communities for SB Nation.

This Thursday will be a big day for our community: we’re moving our comments to a new platform, developed especially for SB Nation. All of our MLB communities will be moving to the new platform, and I’m excited about the change.

Some of you may already be familiar with this new platform as it rolled out to our NFL...

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Philadelphia's Ballparks, Part I: Turning pro

Remembering the parks that Philly’s pro baseball teams have called home

“People ask me what I do in winter when there’s no baseball. I’ll tell you what I do. I stare out the window and wait for spring.” – Rogers Hornsby

We scheme and dream about what kind of Phillies team the 2022 season and beyond will bring, but we also daydream about bright green manicured fields, warm sunshine, and the sounds of the game. And in Philadelphia those sights and sounds have played out at...

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Ethan Witte

Rise and Phight: 1/25/2022

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News? News!

Obviously, the bulk of news that hit yesterday had to to with the little bit of movement in talks regarding the new CBA between the players and owners, so let’s get down to brass tacks.

On to the links.

Phillies news: Matt Klentak has a new job with a new employer. Fare thee well, Matthew. Once the lockout is over, what is the perfect outcome for these Phillies? Here is a list of the nine greatest Phillies of...

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Matt Klentak Leaves the Phillies’ Front Office

For 5 years between October 2015 and October 2020, Matt Klentak was the guy in the Phillies’ front office. His tenure as general manager was a mixed bag at best.

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Matt Klentak Leaves the Phillies’ Front Office

For 5 years between October 2015 and October 2020, Matt Klentak was the guy in the Phillies’ front office. His tenure as general manager was a mixed bag at best.

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Ethan Witte

The Good Phight’s top 20 prospects: #20 - Dominic Pipkin

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Let’s start with a right-hander that provides some depth with a tinge of upside

We’re going to begin our countdown of top prospects here at The Good Phight, counting backwards from 20 to our top prospect.

Dominic Pipkin, RHP, 22 years old

Scouting report, via Fangraphs:

The big-framed Pipkin has grown into the sort of velocity hoped of him when he was an amateur prospect, and he sat mostly 94-96 mph when healthy in 2021. He’s had trouble developing dynamic secondary...

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Ethan Witte

Rise and Phight: 1/24/2022

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Still nothing, but today should be eventful

As we continue enduring the lockout, there is still a dearth of news in the baseball landscape. The links are getting harder and harder to find, but we’ll continue trying to unearth some of the more interesting things we can find.

On to the links.

Phillies news: Scott Franzke is in possession of a one-year extension on his radio deal, but will have another new partner in 2022. Can’t remember if I posted this,...

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The Good Phight’s top 20 prospects

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So it begins...

It’s prospect season and everyone is excited to share their opinions. Based on what we’ve seen from the national guys, the Phillies’ system still isn’t in the top tier of player development programs, but there are signs of a pulse among their players. They possess somewhere between one and three top 100 prospects in the game depending on who you follow closest, with a few candidates to breakout and join that list...

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Brewers hire former Phillies GM Matt Klentak as special assistant

While known best for his time in Philadelphia, Klentak has close to 20 years of baseball experience, including stints with the Rockies, the Orioles, MLB’s Labor Relations Department and four years as an assistant GM with the Angels.

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This Phillies policy is hurting the franchise’s legacy

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Why the Phillies should change their policy on retiring numbers.

There is no greater honor in sports than for a team to retire a player’s number. The Philadelphia Phillies have just seven numbers retired, a relatively selective group considering it is one of the oldest franchises in Major League Baseball. One of their policies for this honor, however, needs to change.

In the 1990s, the Phillies made the decision that only Hall of Fame players can...

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John Stolnis

Hittin’ Season #530: 2022 Phillies prospects check-in

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This week, we talk to Baseball Prospectus’ Jeff Paternostro discusses the Phillies on their top 101 prospects list.

No free agents, no trades, no baseball news of any real note, but we do have prospects!

This week, both Baseball America and Baseball Prospectus released their lists. The BA Top 100 had just two Phils on their list, Mick Abel and Bryson Stott. BP’s Top 101 had three Phils, Abel, Andrew Painter and Stott.

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