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2007-2011 run of dominance was disappointing

The Philadelphia Phillies managed to capture five straight NL East titles from 2007 and 2011 (and haven’t been back to the postseason since!), but the fact that they only won a single World Series still stings a decade later. Far be it from me look back on the first championship team that I saw in […] Philadelphia Phillies: 2007-2011 run of dominance was disappointing - Section 215 - Section 215 - A Philadelphia City Sports blog

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Ethan Witte

OOTP 3/29: Phillies 4, Marlins 0

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Zach Eflin, come on down!

Sundays are lazy days. They’re for sitting in your recliner, grabbing a drink and watching baseball. Today, Zach Eflin gave us something to watch.

Over a masterful 7 2?3 innings, Eflin held the Marlins to a measly three hits, striking out seven and not walking a soul. For a guy who is pretty important to this organization this season, getting a pitching performance this early in the season is...

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Phillies 26-Man Roster Prediction

After a disappointing 2019, the Philadelphia Phillies were in need of some roster improvements across the board. With the start of the league being delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, here is how I think the Phillies roster will shape up, once the season gets going. Catchers Embed from Getty Images J.T. Realmuto Andrew Knapp This is one of the strong points of the Phillies roster as J.T. Realmuto is arguably the best catcher in all of baseball. After leading all catchers in at bats in...

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Ethan Witte

The Good Phight’s OOTP 2020 season

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We’re gonna simulate what happens all year long, folks!

It’s not looking good for baseball this season. With MLB saying they will not open the season until travel bans are lifted, gatherings are not restricted to a certain number of people and fans are allowed back into the stadium, the possibility of having a 2020 season suddenly looks much more dire than it did a few weeks ago.

While we already have the the season being played out by our own Dan...

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Happy anniversary, Gabe Kapler!

Most fans would not give Kapler’s performance as manager a thumbs up | Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images Two years ago today, the Phillies manager pulled Aaron Nola in favor of Hoby Milner and forever lost the support of many fans On the morning of March 29, 2018, many Phillies fans woke up with a sense of optimism. It was Opening Day, and a new era of Phillies baseball was about to begin. After a few years of struggle, the team had made a massive ideological shift towards analytics. This...

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Ethan Witte

Matt Klentak’s job just got a whole lot more difficult

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The agreement between the MLBPA and MLB makes Klentak’s job very hard

By this point, you already know many of the details that have trickled out from the agreement that has been reached by the union and MLB. Service time for the players in the event of a shortened, or even cancelled, season was what took priority for the players over other things that could have been given more credence. But with the deal mostly done (owners are...

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Uncertain season complicates J.T. Realmuto situation

The contract of Philadelphia Phillies all-star catcher J.T. Realmuto is up after this season whether MLB plays or not, and that could turn into a real issue for the Phils. Has J.T. Realmuto already played his last game with the Philadelphia Phillies? It’s still far too early to actually worry about this happening, but there […] Philadelphia Phillies: Uncertain season complicates J.T. Realmuto situation - Section 215 - Section 215 - A Philadelphia City Sports blog

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The Show 20 Phranchise Episode 4

We’re Going Streaking!

Thursday was a tough day.

I know we’re all disappointed in the wake of a cancelled opening day and that we’re all still dealing with the absence of sports in our own ways. I was still able to find some joy that day by seeing some replays of old classics, watching Field of Dreams, and enjoying Rhys Hoskins pull out the W against Miguel Rojas in The Show 20!

If you weren’t able to find a reason to smile that day, maybe this will help…

The Phrancise is in first...

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John Stolnis

How MLB’s deal with the union could affect the Phillies

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The Phillies’ star catcher is still set to be a free agent after this season, no matter what.

Major League Baseball and the Player’s Association have reportedly agreed on a series of rules for the now-truncated 2020 season that would allow all players in the final year of their contracts to become free agents at the end of the year, even if no baseball is played.

That was part of a compromise on service time between the two sides, according to...

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Fanatics to make masks

Medical masks fashioned out of Phillies jersey fabric. | Michael Rubin via Twitter

Fanatics, the sportswear company, will be making medical gear.

Fanatics, the sportswear company that is the official jersey supplier of Major League Baseball, will pivot to making masks and gowns in their Pennsylvania factory. The gear will be donated to the fight against the coronavirus that causes COVID-19.

Fanatics is run by Michael Rubin, also a part owner of the Sixers and New Jersey Devils, and who...

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Hoskins leads Phillies to MLB The Show win over Marlins' Rojas

Rhys Hoskins isn't known for pitching shutouts, but he did it Thursday in a virtual version of an opening day matchup against Miami.

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Phillies option Nick Williams, five others to Triple-A

The Phillies shuffled six players off of their 26-man roster, according to a team announcement. They are lefties Austin Davis and Cole Irvin, righties Edgar Garcia and Reggie McClain and outfielders Kyle Garlick and Nick Williams On what was originally scheduled to be Opening Day, the big baseball action of the day has instead been reruns of past games and procedural moves such as this one. None of these moves are particularly surprising. The four pitchers all saw some time in MLB in...

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Ethan Witte

Game thread: Doc’s perfect game

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NBCSP is replaying Halladay’s perfect game

One of the more iconic moments in team history was when Roy Halladay threw a perfect game against the Marlins in 2010, his first season in Philadelphia. After chasing him for years, Ruben Amaro acquired his “white whale” and dropped the ace into his pitching staff. Halladay became instantly popular in the city, but this was the game that vaulted him into superstar status amongst the fanbase. He became a...

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Phillies send six the Lehigh Valley

Photo by Cliff Welch/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images BASEBALL NEWS!!!! I know today you’re not watching baseball (unless you count the endless replays populating the social media network). The Phillies, though, are not resting. They’re shaping their roster in anticipation of whenever the season starts. The pitchers might not be much a surprise. Edgar Garcia has the stuff, but he just doesn’t seem to have the control. Reggie McClain will be with the team at some point. Davis and Irvin...

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Ethan Witte

Game thread - 3/26/20: Phillies (Hoskins) at Marlins (Rojas)

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Listen, it’s all we got...

We know what this game thread was supposed to be, but it’s not happening. No baseball is being played anywhere in real life. Instead, baseball players are playing each other using MLB The Show and broadcasting it on YouTube. It’s not baseball but guess what - it’ll have to do.

So here’s your game thread for the matchup involving the Phillies and Marlins. This was supposed to be the matchup we were getting on our TVs...

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Ethan Witte

Welcome to Opening Day!

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If this isn’t the most depressing day ever, I don’t know what is

Today is usually a day of rejoicing.

Today is usually a day of renewal.

Today is usually a day of hope and fun and togetherness as a fanbase.

Today, there is nothing.

In what should be one of the happiest days of a baseball fan’s life, there is sense that we are missing something, that a gnawing in the pit of your stomach that is usually quelled by the first pitch thrown from...

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... And That Could Be Again


A toast to America’s Pasttime on a day that it needs to be celebrated.

It’s 1:28 AM in Colorado, where I write this from, on the morning of March 26th, 2020.

I can’t sleep. I bet you can’t either.

Today was supposed to be the start of a 162-game marathon that would give us something to look forward to almost every day. Something to analyze, something to enjoy, something to distract us from our worries and give us a much-needed outlet.

Today we were supposed to don...

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The Opening Day that wasn’t

The Philadelphia Phillies should have been starting their season today against the Miami Marlins. Now it feels real. With sports, and the world, coming to a grinding halt, we’ve finally arrived at the day that should have seen the dawn of a new Philadelphia Phillies season – Opening Day around Major League Baseball. Instead, they […] Philadelphia Phillies: The Opening Day that wasn’t - Section 215 - Section 215 - A Philadelphia City Sports blog

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Paul Boyé

The Spring Training that broke routine

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There’s so much routine in baseball. Days start with clubhouse meetings and on-field stretching, scheduled and choreographed movements that serve as a prelude to games. At-bats start with ritual cleat digs and swipes, jousting the crown of the bat against the rubber corners of home plate. Home runs and other extra-base hits give teammates a chance to show off the micro-celebrations they’ve spent time rehearsing and getting just right for the...

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The Show 20 Phranchise Episode 3

There has been a trade! There may not be much talk about the Phillies on real-life sports stations recently, but believe me, the talking heads in our digital world are chatting it up about what’s gone down this week in South Philly. Before we dive into it, I want to address one request that has come our way relatively frequently – broadcasting simmed games online for your viewing pleasure. I’m happy to announce that we will be broadcasting our first game on Twitch this coming weekend....

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