Gelb: Looks like Sandberg is staying in Lehigh

As the Inquirer‘s Matt Gelb points out, it looks like Ryne Sandberg will not be taking his managerial talents to the Windy City or Bean Town. Sandberg, who managed the Phillies AAA affiliate Lehigh Valley IronPigs to their first post season appearance last season, could very well be back in Allentown, PA next season. There … Continue reading Gelb: Looks like Sandberg is staying in Lehigh

Papelbon inks four-year deal with Phils

It looked as though the Phillies were going to resign closer Ryan Madson but the deal seemed to fall apart. Instead they plucked former Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon off the free-agent market. The deal is believed to be worth $50 million over four years. It also includes a vesting option for a fifth year. … Continue reading Papelbon inks four-year deal with Phils

Boston to interview Phils bench coach for manager

Phillies bench coach for the last three years, Pete Mackanin, is apparently on the Boston Red Sox’s radar as their new manager, reported the Philadelphia Daily News earlier this morning. After Terry Francona resigned almost a month ago, the Sox have been desperately in need to find themselves a viable manager to replace Francona, who … Continue reading Boston to interview Phils bench coach for manager

The greatest night of baseball: Phils, Manuel set franchise records

How do you recap such an incredible night of baseball? Records, drama, comebacks, chokes. It’s all a part of what makes the game of baseball special, and that all happened in one night. Atlanta, GA: The Philadelphia Phillies trail the Braves, 3-2, in the top of the 9th. Rookie closer Craig Kimbrel was three strikes … Continue reading The greatest night of baseball: Phils, Manuel set franchise records

Four teams splash big at the deadline

The final week leading up to the trade deadline makes for some of the most exciting and exhausting news in baseball. Beat writers, fans and owners dread the July 31 date and breath a huge sigh of relief when 4:00 PM passes. This year was no different. With teams like the Phillies, Giants and Braves … Continue reading Four teams splash big at the deadline

Bull pen falls apart after Hamels’ early exit

Cole Hamels and Jon Lester were cruising through what appeared to be a pitchers duel. But a line drive off the bat of Adrian Gonzalez changed the pace of the game, ending Hamels’ day. The rest was history as Boston won, 5-2, and prevented the sweep in Philadelphia. Gonzalez’s liner rocketed off Hamels’ glove hand. … Continue reading Bull pen falls apart after Hamels’ early exit

Ibanez powers Phils past Boston

For almost a month, Raul Ibanez had failed to hit the ball out of the park. But the 39-year-old snapped an 87-at-bat homerless streak with a solo home run as well as tally three hits in the Phils 2-1 win over Boston, winning them the “World Series Preview” series. Ibanez’s power couldn’t have come at … Continue reading Ibanez powers Phils past Boston

Cliff Lee is wicked hardcore

June is a good month to throw a baseball if your name is Cliff Lee. Pitching in his final start of the month, Lee pitched another clean slate, his third straight, as the Phils went on to shut out the Red Sox, 5-0. After tonight’s match-up, Lee has pitched 32 straight shut out innings. In … Continue reading Cliff Lee is wicked hardcore

Series Preview: vs Boston Red Sawks

PHI: 49-30, 1st in NL East; BOS: 45-32, 2nd in AL East When: June 28-30 Where: Citizens Bank Park (Philly, PA) Probable Pitchers Tuesday: Cliff Lee (8-5, 2.87) vs Josh Beckett (6-2, 1.86) Wednesday: Vance Worley (2-1, 2.83) vs John Lackey (5-6, 7.36) Thursday: Cole Hamels (9-4, 2.49) vs John Lester (9-4, 3.66) Broadcast Info … Continue reading Series Preview: vs Boston Red Sawks

The inevitable bad start

Look what the media and the fans in Philadelphia created: a God-like atmosphere surrounding not just the team but the starting rotation. Baseball fans all over the country expect to see the Phillies starters to go 20-5 each with sub-2.50 ERA’s and seven innings each. This is why I laughed at some of the reactions … Continue reading The inevitable bad start