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Report: Phillies in 'Hot Pursuit' of Former Yankees Manager Joe Girardi

The Philadelphia Phillies have set their sights on Joe Girardi for the managerial vacancy. According to Andy Martino of SNY, the Phillies are in " hot pursuit" of the former ...

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Phillies hire Brian Barber as Director of Amateur Scouting

The Phillies announced Tuesday the hiring of Brian Barber as Director of Amateur Scouting. The 46-year-old will take over for Johnny Alamaraz, who voluntarily transitioned to a special assistant role with the organization after five years of overseeing the club’s drafts (as initially reported by Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports). Barber was a first-round draft choice of the Cardinals as a right-handed pitcher in 1991. While he suited up in parts of four big league seasons for MLB’s pair of...

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Ethan Witte

World Series GameThread

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Where the Phillies’ fans can share in their complete apathy toward this series!

Well, it’s almost over.

The 2019 reaches its denouement with the World Series. Two teams that have reached the final series on the strength of their rotations battle it out to see who can call themselves champions. There are several running storylines that will shape this series:

Scherzer vs. Cole might be one of the best game one matchups we have seen in some time Is this the...

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John Stolnis

Phillies hire Brian Barber as their new head of amateur scouting

Barber will oversee the Phillies drafts and international free agency process.

The Philadelphia Phillies have announced Brian Barber as their new director of amateur scouting, who will oversee the team’s amateur draft and international free agent signing period. Barber takes over for the recently-departed Johnny Almaraz, who stepped down from his role with the team a few months ago.

Barber has spent the last 18 seasons with the New York Yankees (2001-19) where he worked as an area scout,...

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The Disinterested Phillies fan’s guide to the 2019 World Series

Like it or not, the World Series is here | Erik Williams-USA TODAY Sports

The Astros and Nationals will play for baseball’s ultimate prize, if you happen to care about that sort of thing

While the Phillies’ season came to an uneventful close weeks ago, the baseball postseason has continued on. Many Phillies fans have long since turned their attention to the Flyers, Sixers, and (gulp) Eagles, but a few of you might be vaguely interested in which team is going to come away with a shiny...

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Phillies owner John Middleton said to be leaning towards Joe Girardi

Phillies owner John Middleton had the determining vote in the team’s decision to fire manager Gabe Kapler, and he could wield his power again in finding a new skipper. Middleton’s said to be “leaning toward” Joe Girardi as the choice, while other members of the Phillies’ hierarchy are fans of fellow finalist Buck Showalter, Jon Heyman of MLB Network tweets. There’s no word on whether Dusty Baker, who has also been in the mix, is still a candidate for the job. Girardi,...

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Phillies Rumors: Joe Girardi 'Believed' to Be Top Candidate After 2nd Interview

Former New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi completed his second interview with the Philadelphia Phillies on Monday and is reportedly the favorite to land the job: Jim ...

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John Stolnis

Why the Eagles are looking a lot like the 2019 Phillies

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The path of the 2019 Eagles looks a lot like the one the baseball team took earlier this year.

The Major League Baseball season is 162 games long. It is a marathon and, as an avowed baseball fan I will admit that it is far too lengthy. The NFL season, however, is just 16 games long. The difference between the two is notable, which makes comparisons between the two sports difficult.

But as the Eagles fell 37-10 to the Cowboys Sunday night, Philadelphia sports...

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Report: Phillies job is Joe Girardi's to lose

The Philadelphia Phillies are choosing between veteran managers Joe Girardi, Dusty Baker and Buck Showalter to replace the recently fired Gabe Kapler. While the Phillies’ brass reportedly polled players about the possibility of hiring Showalter, this one reports suggests that the job is Girardi’s to lose. This would represent a nice mix between going with a veteran manager while avoiding bringing in someone who is seen as a retread. Girardi, 55, last managed the New York Yankees from...

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15 questions and predictions looking at the Phillies offseason

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The Phillies really need to nail the manager position and starting rotation this winter.

The Phillies...have a lot to address whether, its their coaching staff, players, etc. We asked 15 of these hard questions to our writing staff and come up with the following predictions. Leave your predictions and thoughts in the comments!

Most importantly, we start with the vacant manager’s position with the firing of Gabe Kapler following the end of the 2019...

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In a pinch, Phil Gosselin wasn’t bad

Phil Gosselin: Pinch hitting singles machine | Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports

As long as you didn’t ask him to start a game, hit for power, or play defense, Phil Gosselin had a fine season

The numbers

.262/.294/.308, 0 HR, 7 RBI, -0.1 fWAR

The good

Gosselin was effective as a pinch hitter, going 10-32 in pinch hit opportunities. He’s also from here, having grown up in West Chester.

The bad

He was not especially good as a starter. In his first start of the season, Gosselin hit a...

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'Clear favorite' Joe Girardi has second meeting with Phillies

Joe Girardi is in Philadelphia today for his second meeting with ownership, and it’s his job to lose, tweets ESPN1000’s David Kaplan. The Phillies have no qualms about their ability to compete in 2020, and Girardi certainly fits the bill of a guy who’s been there before — both in terms of competition and level of scrutiny. Ownership and the front office weren’t necessarily aligned in their decision to part ways with Gabe Kapler, and it seems clear that ownership’s desire for a...

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Phillies owner reportedly polled players on Buck Showalter

Phillies owner John Middleton had the final say on last week’s firing of manager Gabe Kapler, whom he ditched despite disagreements from the club’s front office and some of its prominent players. Middleton polled members of the Phillies’ roster in regards to Kapler, and though the skipper received favorable reviews from the likes of Bryce Harper and J.T. Realmuto, it wasn’t enough to save his job. Now, with the Phillies looking for a replacement for Kapler, Middleton’s...

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Report: Phillies owner polling players on potential Buck Showalter hire

As the Philadelphia Phillies continue to move forward in their search for a new manager, owner John Middleton is reportedly beginning to poll players on a potential hire. According to MLB Network’s Jon Heyman, Middleton is polling the Phillies’ players for their feelings on Buck Showalter. Showalter, who sat out the 2019 season after parting ways with the Baltimore Orioles, comes with extensive managerial experience. He managed for four different clubs in 20 seasons, most recently in...

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Bryce Harper on Nationals reaching World Series: ‘So happy for them’

It would be understandable if Bryce Harper felt a twinge of jealously over the Washington Nationals reaching the World Series in the first season since his departure. That is not the case, the Philadelphia Phillies slugger insists. Harper spent the first seven seasons of his MLB career with the Nationals, and despite how the team was perennially considered legitimate World Series contenders during much of his tenure, success in the postseason was always frustratingly elusive. Now, with...

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What are we supposed to think about Pat Neshek?

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Who?

The numbers:

20 G, 18 IP, 11.4 K%, 2.5 BB%, 5.00 ERA (6.16 FIP), -0.3 fWAR

The good:

Man, I just don’t know. I truly don’t know what was good about Neshek’s season. He was among those that were cursed/snakebitten/etc. in the bullpen that just could not manage to stay healthy. Even when he was healthy, he wasn’t the Neshek that the team was used to in 2017, when he essentially owned anyone he faced when on the mound. I can’t think of a single...

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MLB Rumors: Joe Girardi, Buck Showalter 'Favorites' for Phillies Managerial Job

Former New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi and ex- Baltimore Orioles skipper Buck Showalter are viewed as the favorites for the Philadelphia Phillies ' vacancy, according to Matt Breen of the Philadelphia Inquirer ...

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Report: Phillies to meet with Baker, Showalter and Girardi in second round of interviews

The Philadelphia Phillies have apparently narrowed their managerial search down to three after recently firing Gabe Kapler. According to Todd Zolecki of MLB.com, Philadelphia will meet a second time with candidates Dusty Baker, Buck Showalter and Joe Girardi. An announcement could be made some time next week. All three were identified early on as candidates. Now that they are receiving second interviews, it stands to reason the race is between the trio. It’s also obvious Phillies general...

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John Stolnis

Phillies fans think they hate analytics but they really don’t

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It’s not numbers fans hate, it’s a team that doesn’t know how to use them properly they can’t stand.

The Phillies’ search for a new manager kicked into gear this week with Buck Showalter, Joe Girardi and Dusty Baker all taking meetings with the team. One would imagine owner John Middleton was involved, as well as general manager Matt Klentak, who we’ve been told is “spearheading” the process.

Certainly this is a task Klentak would rather not...

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Jerad Eickhoff was not much of a backup plan

Plenty of home runs given up by Jerad Eickhoff in 2019 | Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images

Somehow Eickhoff was even worse than Pivetta and Velasquez

The numbers:

58.1 IP, 3-4 W-L, 5.71 ERA, 20.8 K%, 7.4 BB%, 2.78 HR/9, -0.4 fWAR

The good:

His first four starts after being moved into the rotation were excellent. His eight-inning shutout performance against the Cardinals gave us hope that Eickhoff had finally put his years-long injury problems behind him.

The bad:

Everything that came...

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