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Ethan Witte

OOTP 6/3: Marlins 9, Phillies 4

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Velasquez lays another egg in Miami

Because some recaps are pure poetry...

Vince Velasquez, no.
Laboring to get through three,
I will still believe.

He made some pitches,
But 85? In 3? Man...
Another rerun.

This time, Marlins hit,
No mercy from the blue Fish,
Wait? Who is that there?

Sean Rodriguez, no,
Why did it have to be you?
Three hits? Since when dude!

Four hitters did have
Multiple hits on the day,
Can’t win based on that.

I’m so...

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The Smarty Jones

MLB hater nation: Motown, mo’ problems

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Casting a hateful eye on the Detroit Tigers

This week has brought a glimmer of optimism that there may actually be a 2020 MLB season. To prepare for this possible season, I’ll take a look around the country and examine each of the 30 major league teams. (Or at least I will until I get bored of the concept and move on to something else.)

Most analysts will give you a fair and balanced opinion when performing such an endeavor. Seeing how I’m a bit...

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Ethan Witte

OOTP 6/2: Marlins 3, Phillies 2

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The first place perch is no longer in their possession

You’d think by this point that the Phillies archnemesis would be someone like the Braves, the Mets, or even the Pirates because of the whole Pennsylvania thing. Never in a million years would we figure that the team doing the most damage lately to a Phillies season is the freakin’ Marlins. This time, they did enough to knock the Phillies out of first place in the division.

For now.


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Bryce Harper shares message condemning racial injustice

In a lengthy Instagram post published Monday night, Harper called for unity in his powerful message while sharing a photograph of himself kneeling on the field while interacting with a young child of color.

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John Stolnis

Why we need 64 hours of Larry Bowa

It’ll help take our minds off things.

Last week, MLB Network went a little overboard.

Listen, it’s a great network and I think, 90% of the time, they do a great job. But over the weekend, they launched 64 straight hours of content devoted to former Yankees shortstop, Hall of Famer and struggling Miami Marlins owner Derek Jeter, including games, interviews and other nuggets/snippets from Jeter’s time in the big leagues.

That’s a lot of coverage for one man, especially a man who never...

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Paul Boyé

What we lose in the fire, we gain in the flood

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Baseball is staring down a reinvention

Once more amid the backdrop of a country beset by racial violence, deadline and highly-infectious disease, and the seeming inability of many leaders to do anything overly effective about either, we find ourselves longing for sport. Its return alone cannot cure what ails us. But by now, you’ve seen your share of letters of yearning, penned in desperation and hope, published with the wish that their agenda — a...

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Ethan Witte

The union comes back with their own offer

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Also probably a nonstarter

Late Sunday night, reports surfaced of the player’s union making a counter proposal to what the league had offered them. Here is what the reported offer looked like:

The MLBPA delivered a proposal to MLB on Sunday afternoon, a source familiar with it tells ESPN. It includes 114-game season that would end October 31, the right to opt out of the season for all players and potential deferral of salaries...

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Ethan Witte

Phillies mock draft roundup

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Let’s try and find all the players that the Phillies are supposed to pick

The MLB amateur draft is right around the corner and you know what that means. None stop speculating on players that may not even sniff the major leagues for another 2-3 years! Get hyped!

Actually this year might be different as some of the top college players might, might, have a chance at seeing major league time this year with the...

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Ethan Witte

OOTP 5/31: Nationals 8, Phillies 6 (10 innings)

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Before an off day, the Phillies lose a heartbreaker

A back and forth affair between the Nationals and Phillies ends in a heartbreaker and ends with the Phillies no longer alone in first place.

Patrick Corbin was the one that got away in the Bryce Harper Offseason. He was the one who signed early and that everyone pretty much got to witness as he went on his free agency tour down the East Coast. His first season resulted in Washington winning the World...

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Ethan Witte

OOTP 5/30: Nationals 6, Phillies 5

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The win streak goes out with a whimper

With the team riding yet another win streak, the Phillies sent Cole Irvin to the mound to try and keep the line moving. He fared well.

The bullpen?


The offense actually fared rather well early on. Facing Stephen Strasburg, the team grabbed an early lead thanks to a solo home run from Adam Haseley to lead off the bottom of the second inning. Haseley, who has largely wrestled the every day center...

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Phillies: A rotation plan for a shortened 2020 season

If baseball happens at all, an abbreviated schedule could play into the hands of the Philadelphia Phillies when it comes to their starting rotation. It’s far from certain that we’ll see the Philadelphia Phillies take the field in any way, shape, or form in 2020.

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The 2000 A crash course in Tomas Perez

Utility infielder Tomas Perez started making his mark with the Philadelphia Phillies during the 2000 season. As I’ve previously discussed throughout this ongoing series about the worst Philadelphia Phillies club in a generation, there weren’t many bright spots during the 2000 season.

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Ethan Witte

OOTP 5/29: Phillies 4, Nationals 1

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A weird game, where Aaron Nola was terrific

This was a weird game.

I mean, baseball is always weird and one can argue that it’s at its best when it’s weird, but tonight...well you’ll see.

You are reading that box score correctly.

The Phillies scored 4 runs.

They had 4 hits.

Each one was a solo home run - two from Jean Segura and Bryce Harper in the fourth, one from Adam Haseley in the fifth and one from Scott Kingery in the seventh. All of them...

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John Stolnis

Where does Roy Halladay’s perfect game rank among all-time regular season Phillies games?

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Halladay’s perfecto ranks high among the greatest regular season games in Phillies history.

There have been 12 no-hitters thrown by Phillies pitchers in the regular season in franchise history. There have been two perfect games. There have been nine pennant-clinching or division-clinching games, games that ended at 4 in the morning, games where position pitchers pitched and pitchers hit big home runs.

Phils baseball has...

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John Stolnis

New documentary details Roy Halladay’s addiction to painkillers, depression and anxiety

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Halladay was “tormented” by fears of failure.

Tonight, ESPN will release what is bound to be a heart-breaking and bittersweet E:60 documentary entitled “Imperfect: The Roy Halladay Story.” In it, his widow Brandy admits that the former Phils star hurler was an addict.

Halladay told ESPN’s John Barr, “Everybody saw him as this very strong, dominant person, but he was terrified. He didn’t feel like he had the luxury of making a mistake. He was...

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The Phranchise Episode 13: Rhys Hoskins Edition

Rhys is feelin’ it!

We’ve officially reached the month of July, and the All-Star Game is on the horizon! In this catch-all catch-up article, we’ll explore the last four series and catch up with our minor leaguers to see who might be deserving of a second-half call-up to the big leagues!

First, though, a look ahead to our most likely All-Star Game participants:

Pitching: Roberto Osuna is dominating the votes among closers, but will likely be the only Phillies pitcher on the...

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Ethan Witte

Today is Roy Halladay Day

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Read some articles, then gird your loins for what promises to be a controversial documentary airing tonight on ESPN

Today, we celebrate Roy Halladay. Yes, we’ve done this before, but today is going to be a little different, perhaps a little more emotional. Let’s begin with the positive. Here are some articles that have been written lately that will bring back some of the good memories of Doc.

At The Athletic, Matt Gelb takes you on a journey...

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Video: Bryce Harper Surprises Jared Kelley with 2020 Gatorade Player of the Year

Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Bryce Harper surprised Jared Kelley by presenting him with the 2019-20 Gatorade National Baseball Player of the Year Award in a video posted Thursday...

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The Smarty Jones

From the horse’s mouth: Did you say the duality of franchise history?

Can’t be defending champs if there’s no season

Let us never forget the corniness of the Washington Nationals

You probably don’t remember all that much about the Phillies’ championship rings from the 2008 season. They weren’t overly flashy, but certainly got the point across:

In honor of winning the 2019 (and last ever?) World Series, the Washington Nationals will also be giving out celebratory rings to members of the team. Each ring will have 108 diamonds on it, and you might...

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