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Monday Round Table (2/19): Spring Training Is Here

Today is the first day of full squad workouts in Clearwater. That means the winter is over and baseball can begin, or at least something like that. With that in mind I asked the writers for some roster predictions and other questions heading into a week of stretching and drills. Who will be the Phillies #5 starter? Adam: I really hope it’ll be Nick Pivetta because that means someone else has slotted in above him. I’m still, perhaps somewhat foolishly, holding out hope the Phillies...

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2018 Phillies Preview: Carlos Santana can make an impact across the board

This may be Maikel Franco’s last chance to become Carlos Santana. The Phillies have swapped in veterans over the years, having climbed over the bodies of countless Jeff Francoeur’s, Delmon Young’s, and Daniel Nava’s to get to this point. With a three-year deal signed just before Christmas, the Phillies gave 31-year-old Carlos Santana a longer, more intentional look than his predecessors, and in doing so sent waves of chatter through the rumor mill. Eventually, it died out when the...

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2018 Phillies Preview: Carlos Santana can make an impact across the board

This may be Maikel Franco’s last chance to become Carlos Santana.

The Phillies have swapped in veterans over the years, having climbed over the bodies of countless Jeff Francoeur’s, Delmon Young’s, and Daniel Nava’s to get to this point. With a three-year deal signed just before Christmas, the Phillies gave 31-year-old Carlos Santana a longer, more intentional look than his predecessors, and in doing so sent waves of chatter through the rumor mill.

Eventually, it died out when the...

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Bulked-up Hernandez faces uncertain future

Phillies second baseman Cesar Hernandez arrived at Spectrum Field on Sunday after focusing this offseason on adding muscle and hoping to add a little more power to his overall game.

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Kapler leaving mark with new coaching style

New Phillies manager Gabe Kapler is already doing things a bit differently a day before position players officially report to Spring Training camp.

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Neshek compares Phillies to 2015 Astros, suggests team could compete

By Tim Kelly, Sports Talk Philly editor  Pat Neshek told MLB.com's Todd Zolecki this past week that he left money on the table to return to Philadelphia. Neshek did this after hinting that he would be interested in a return to Philadelphia if he ever got the chance when the Phillies traded him to the Colorado Rockies last July. Perhaps Neshek was so comfortable returning to Philadelphia not only because he had tremendous success in his brief time with the team, but also because he believes...

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Gabe Kapler checks in at No. 28 on annual countdown of best managers

Gabe Kapler is introduced as Phillies manager. (Tim Kelly/SportsTalkPhilly) By Tim Kelly, Sports Talk Philly editor  New Philadelphia Phillies manager Gabe Kapler may finish in the top five of Craig Calcaterra’s annual countdown of the best looking managers in the MLB, but he didn’t fare that well in an annual countdown of the sport’s best managers. Nick Cafardo of The Boston Globe released his annual countdown of the sport’s best managers this weekend, and Kapler, before ever...

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Santana pushing cars and now Franco

A couple weeks after Carlos Santana signed a three-year, $60 million contract with the Phillies in late December, he posted a video of himself pushing a white Mercedes-Benz in the Dominican Republic.

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Phils, Abad agree to Minor League deal

Free-agent left-hander Fernando Abad and the Phillies have agreed on a Minor League contract, a source told MLB.com's Jesse Sanchez. MLB Network insider Jon Heyman was first to report the agreement.

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2017 Phillies Report Card: J.P. Crawford

J.P. Crawford played some baseball in the majors last year. There’s not a lot of #analysis to do with 87 plate appearances, but the real story is that Crawford finally made it to Philadelphia and showed he could handle himself at the highest level. In that limited playing time last September, Crawford displayed the three core aspects of his game that carried him from Lakewood High through the Phillies’ minor league system: an ability to get on base, control of the strike zone, and...

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MacPhail 'satisfied' with Phillies' direction

Manager Gabe Kapler said Tuesday he thinks the Phillies can "shock people." General manager Matt Klentak said Thursday that the Phillies taking an unexpected jump into postseason contention is "no longer a pipe dream." Team president Andy MacPhail's statements weren't as rose-colored on Friday morning at Spectrum Field, but he said he is "excited" about his team and "satisfied" with where the organization is headed.

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Mild expectations for the 2018 Philadelphia Phillies

To classify the 2017 season a disaster would be an understatement for the Philadelphia Phillies. From the Pete Rose off field scanda,l which ruined the Phillies Hall of Fame induction night to the fact the young core under performed on the field completely ruined any optimism this organization had for the future of this team. The performance ultimately led to the dismissal of manager Pete Mackanin and led to the hiring of Gabe Kapler. Taking in consideration this team will have a first time...

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Crash Bag S2018 Volume #1: Baseball Is Back

In just under a week the Phillies will be playing their first baseball game of the year as they try to not lose to a bunch of college students. Until then it is time for fuzzy pictures of players stretching, worry about the state of the rotation, and apparently a picture of my cat. @DaleACooke: I love Roman Quinn at SS bc elevates flexibility joe Maddon-esque. Are Phillies looking to others for this (Altherr, Williams,Kingery)? I want to touch on Quinn first. He has not played SS since 2014,...

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New Phillies outfield will make past versions look even worse

Gone are the days of Cedric, Sizemore and Nava. All hail the mighty quartet of Hoskins, Herrera, Williams and Altherr! 2012: John Mayberry, Shane Victorino, Hunter Pence2013: Domonic Brown, Ben Revere, John Mayberry2014: Tony Gwynn, Jr., Ben Revere, Marlon Byrd2015: Ben Revere, Odubel Herrera, Grady Sizemore2016: Cedric Hunter, Odubel Herrera, Peter Bourjos2017: Howie Kendrick, Odubel Herrera, Michael Saunders These are the Opening Day outfield alignments that were trotted out by Charlie...

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Ethan Witte

New Phillies outfield will make past versions look even worse

Gone are the days of Cedric, Sizemore and Nava. All hail the mighty quartet of Hoskins, Herrera, Williams and Altherr!

2012: John Mayberry, Shane Victorino, Hunter Pence
2013: Domonic Brown, Ben Revere, John Mayberry
2014: Tony Gwynn, Jr., Ben Revere, Marlon Byrd
2015: Ben Revere, Odubel Herrera, Grady Sizemore
2016: Cedric Hunter, Odubel Herrera, Peter Bourjos
2017: Howie Kendrick, Odubel Herrera, Michael Saunders

These are the Opening Day outfield alignments that were trotted out by Charlie...

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Remembering 2008: Phillies' Prank on Kyle Kendrick

By Matt Rappa, Sports Talk Philly editor CLEARWATER, Fla. — One of the best features of the Philadelphia Phillies' 2008 championship team was their camaraderie on and off the field. Right from the onset of spring training, the clubhouse atmosphere "loose," a term frequently attributed thanks in part to the managerial style of Charlie Manuel, who was entering his fourth season as the 51st skipper in franchise history. The club was just coming off of their first postseason appearance since...

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Did the Phillies misread the starting pitching market?

On Episode 176 of The Felske Files, host John Stolnis wonders if the Phils were planning on making a trade that never materialized. Over the first few days of spring training in Clearwater, Phillies general manager Matt Klentak and manager Gabe Kapler both have spoken glowingly about the 2018 Phillies, indicating a playoff run this season is no longer “a pipe dream.” They’re not wrong. The recent PECOTA projections puts the Phillies at 78 wins this season, about 6 or 7 wins behind the...

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John Stolnis

Did the Phillies misread the starting pitching market?

On Episode 176 of The Felske Files, host John Stolnis wonders if the Phils were planning on making a trade that never materialized.

Over the first few days of spring training in Clearwater, Phillies general manager Matt Klentak and manager Gabe Kapler both have spoken glowingly about the 2018 Phillies, indicating a playoff run this season is no longer “a pipe dream.”

They’re not wrong. The recent PECOTA projections puts the Phillies at 78 wins this season, about 6 or 7 wins behind the...

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Top 25 Players To Ever Play a Game for the Phillies: No. 1, Mike Schmidt

By Kevin Durso, Sports Talk Philly editor  We've reached the top spot on our list of the Top 25 Players to ever play a game for the Phillies. And at the top is a guy who hardly played in just one game. After 2,404 games over 18 seasons, all in Phillies pinstripes, it should be no surprise that the greatest player to ever play one game with the Phillies is the guy who played the most with the Phillies, Mike Schmidt. For all of the Hall of Famers to ever suit up for the Phillies, and there...

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Which Phils backup backstop will catch on?

It is no secret that one of the most intriguing roster battles at Phillies camp is at catcher. Jorge Alfaro is a lock to make the team because he is out of options, leaving Cameron Rupp and Andrew Knapp to compete for the No. 2 job.

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