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Justin Klugh

Has Maikel Franco run out of time?

It was an interesting season for the Phillies’ third baseman. Just probably not interesting enough.

It’s the age-old story:

1. He will change things when gets here.

1a. TRADE HIM HE SUCKS

2. He just needs some guidance.

2a. TRADE HIM HE SUCKS

3. He just needs more time.

3a. TRADE HIM HE SUCKS

4. Well, there he goes.

4a. I TOLD YOU HE SUCKS

5. Wow, look at him hit so well for that other team.

5a. WHERE WAS THIS WHEN HE PLAYED HERE?! PHILLY IS CURSED!

Wherever you’ve landed on...

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John Stolnis

There is no good reason not to sign Bryce Harper or Manny Machado

The Phillies should sign one of these guys if they can and there’s really no good argument to make against it.

I am not a person who thinks this Phillies community should be one great, big, giant echo chamber. Different viewpoints, even those that are controversial and a little “out there” should always be welcomed.

Life is boring when everyone agrees. There’s no spark to life otherwise, no juice, and sports was meant to be argued about (hopefully without one person throwing a beer...

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John Stolnis

Hittin’ Season #222: On bullpenning, horrible umpiring and the 2019 Phillies rotation

On this episode of “Hittin’ Season,” why bullpenning sucks, umpires are horrible,

On Episode 222 of “Hittin’ Season,” hosts John Stolnis and Justin Klugh discuss the highly questionable umpiring we’ve seen in the MLB postseason so far this year, why bullpenning intellectually is a stupid idea, and what do the Phillies do about their rotation in 2019?

Topics include:

Milwaukee and Oakland have been “bullpenning” during the playoffs, something that used to be a last resort...

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Ethan Witte

2018 Phillies in review: Catchers

What are we thinking about this year’s backstops?

The players

Jorge Alfaro: .262/.324/.407, 377 PA, 10 HR, 37 RBI, 138/18 K/BB, 1.2 bWAR
Andrew Knapp: .198/.294/.316, 215 PA, 4 HR, 15 RBI, 75/24 K/BB, -0.3 bWAR
Wilson Ramos: .337/.396/.483, 101 PA, 1 HR, 17 RBI, 19/10 K/BB, 0.8 bWAR

With the catching position, the team went with two inexperienced backstops to start the season. Manager Gabe Kapler started out by having a sort of timeshare between Alfaro and Knapp, but it became quite obvious...

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Phillies Donate Aaron Nola's Jersey to National Baseball Hall of Fame

By Matt Rappa, Sports Talk Philly editor Philadelphia Phillies ace Aaron Nola had a stellar 2018 season, so much so that he is among the names being considered for the National League Cy Young Award and Most Valuable awards. Among all Major League starters, Nola posted the best bWAR (10.5), fourth-best ERA (2.37), fourth-most starts (33) and quality starts (25), fifth-most innings pitch (212 1/3), fifth-best opposing OPS (.570), seventh-best WHIP (0.97), seventh-most wins (17) and eight-most...

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Phillies Generated 4th-Highest Attendance Revenue Increase From 2017 Season

By Matt Rappa, Sports Talk Philly editor While the 2018 Philadelphia Phillies season is considered by most a disappointment — especially given the club's collapse in the final few months of the season — released numbers are suggesting otherwise. NBC Sports Philadelphia television ratings rose 23 percent, average fan attendance rose 13 percent, and according to Bloomberg, the Phillies saw the fourth-highest year-over-year change in attendnce revenue from the 2017 season, $13.2 million....

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John Stolnis

Hittin’ Season #221: 3 moves (non-Machado or Harper division) the Phillies should make this off-season

Here’s what I think the Phillies should try to do this winter to add talent to the roster.

On Episode 221 of “Hittin’ Season,” host John Stolnis runs down the three moves he would make if he were general manager of the Phillies this winter (there’s a plan A and plan B, kids). Also, Phillies beat writer Scott Lauber joins the show to talk about the Phils’ payroll situation, whether the Phillies prefer Manny Machado or Bryce Harper, and more on the struggles of Scott Kingery this...

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The Smarty Jones

The Disinterested Phillies Fan’s Guide to the NLCS

Because the baseball world cruelly carries on without the Phillies

I am not really much of a baseball fan. That may seem like a strange statement coming from someone who writes for a baseball site, so I will elaborate: I am a Phillies fan and follow the team religiously. But when it comes to the rest of baseball, I am much less dedicated in my following. The prospect of a Phillies-free postseason may excite some people, but I am generally “meh” about the whole thing.

Many of you may also...

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Here's what Phillies did in the AFL on Thursday

Here's a team-by-team breakdown of how all 30 teams' prospects fared in Arizona Fall League action on Thursday.

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John Stolnis

Continued Success #30: Remembering Games 1 & 2 of the 1993 NLCS

On this episode of Continued Success, hosts Justin Klugh and Liz Roscher remember those first two crazy games at the Vet against the Braves in the ‘93 playoffs.

On Episode 30 of “Continued Success,” hosts Justin Klugh and Liz Roscher remember Games 1 and 2 of the National League Championship Series between the underdog Phillies and the NL West champion, 104-win Braves.

Topics include:

A brief discussion on 1990s commercials during baseball games. How are the Phillies, who won 96...

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Pipeline names Phillies' Prospects of the Year

MLB Pipeline named Adam Haseley the Phillies' Minor League Hitting Prospect of the Year. Haseley is the organization's No. 4 prospect. MLB Pipeline also named Class A Clearwater left-hander David Parkinson the organization's Pitcher of the Year. He is the Phillies' No. 19 prospect.

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A Phillies Feel-Good Story

Here’s something bright and positive on a crappy and rainy Thursday morning: Nice job by the Phils on this one. Using analytics, I would say there is a 100% chance of the team earning some goodwill by helping out a fan and his daughter. The post A Phillies Feel-Good Story appeared first on Crossing Broad.

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Phillies offseason moves you’d love/hate the most

Phillies probably want Bryce Harper AND Manny Machado, but what does TGP want?

Before we know it the World Series will have concluded and it will be back to over-analyzing everything the Phillies say and do. Until we get to that point, let’s have some fun as we check in on our writers thoughts on what they most love/hate to see from this front office this offseason. Have your own thoughts on moves? Tell us what you think in the comments below.

Ethan Witte

Move I’d LOVE the most - signing...

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John Stolnis

Should Sixto Sanchez still be an untouchable Phillies prospect?

Sixto Sanchez will not pitch in the Arizona Fall League after suffering a setback in his off-season routine.

The Phillies farm system isn’t what it used to be.

Heading into the 2017 season, the Phils had a top-10 farm system, but over the course of that season, a large number of those prospects graduated to the Majors. The system took another hit before the 2018 season as well as even more of those prospects became big leaguers.

Now, it’s a system that resides in the lower half of the...

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Inbox: Who are the Phillies' offseason targets?

Beat reporter Todd Zolecki answers questions from fans about the Phillies' interest in Bryce Harper or Manny Machado in the latest Inbox.

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Phillies Pull Top Prospect Sixto Sanchez From Arizona Fall League

By Matt Rappa, Sports Talk Philly editor Less than one day prior to the 27th season opener of the Arizona Fall League on Tuesday, top Philadelphia Phillies prospect Sixto Sanchez will reportedly not be a participant, after suffering a setback in his recovery from right elbow inflammation, according to NBC Sports Philadelphia's Jim Salisbury. Sanchez, 20, has been sidelined since June and was reported to be "nearing a return" in late August. The Phillies planned for Sanchez to pitch in the...

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John Stolnis

Hittin’ Season #220: Phillies mailbag: Maikel Franco, fixing the D, & trading for Trout

The Phillies have a lot of issues to deal with this off-season, chief among them, improving the defense, who will play third and can the Phils swing a deal for Mike Trout?

On Episode #220 of “Hittin ‘Season,” hosts John Stolnis and Liz Roscher answer your mailbag questions regarding the Phillies upcoming off-season. Which Phils players will be kept and which will go? Will Bryce Harper or Manny Machado come to Philly? What about a Mike Trout trade? And LOTS more!

On this episode, we...

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Seven Former Phillies Poised for First-Ballot Hall of Fame Consideration in 2019

By Matt Rappa, Sports Talk Philly editor On the eight-year anniversary of the late Roy Halladay's postseason no-hitter — the second ever in Major League Baseball history — it is appropriate to look ahead to next season and the right-hander's first year of eligibility to be elected into the National Baseball Hall of Fame. In fact, six other former Philadelphia Phillies players are poised to become first ballot Hall of Fame hopefuls, joining Curt Schilling (7th year), Billy Wagner (4th)...

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Phillies Ratings on NBC Sports Philadelphia Rose 23 Percent in 2018

By Matt Rappa, Sports Talk Philly editor While Major League Baseball attendance saw a four percent decrease due to facing “historically bad weather” in the spring — with a record 28 postponements and 102 games played in sub-50-degree temperatures in April — the league’s primetime ratings on regional sports networks saw a two percent increase, according to Forbes’ Maury Brown. The ratings encompass Nielsen data for the 29 United States-based RSNs, hence excluding the Toronto Blue...

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Jerad Eickhoff ties Phillies club record for consecutive strikeouts

28-year-old righty Jerad Eickhoff gave the Phillies a feel-good story yesterday by tying a club record during his first MLB start in 13 months, as Joe Bloss details in a piece for MLB.com. Eickhoff managed to strike out seven consecutive Braves (eight overall) before allowing a homer to Johan Camargo and a single to Ozzie Albies, prompting an early hook by manager Gabe Kapler. Though Eickhoff was only allowed to throw 54 pitches, he recorded eight of his ten outs via the strikeout and...

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