Season Preview: NL West

Expectations: San Francisco’s payroll may top $130 million in order to pay for Brian Wilson’s beard dye. Key Addition: OF Melky Cabrera (acquired from Kansas City) Key Loss: SP Jonathan Sanchez (traded to Kansas City) Projected Record: 93-69 Summary: The Giants are looking to get back on top of the National League after a disappointing … Continue reading Season Preview: NL West

Farewell Pat the Bat

After JD Drew was drafted by the Phillies and refused to sign, the organization and the fans wanted to put the ordeal behind them. Pat Burrell made them forget. After 12 seasons in the major leagues, the longtime Phillies slugger decided to hang up his spikes. It was a tumultuous relationship for Burrell and the … Continue reading Farewell Pat the Bat

Ex-Phillie Burrell Retires

One of the most important cogs in the 2008 World Series team, Pat Burrell, has retired today. Drafted with the first overall pick in the 1998 draft, Burrell played 1306 games with the Phillies in nine seasons. He finished with a .257 average and 251 home runs as a Phillie. He hit 292 home runs … Continue reading Ex-Phillie Burrell Retires

2011 Moments: #3 Utley does things the hard way

There are certain things only certain athletes can do. The Phillies have one of those athletes and his name is Chase Utley. On July 26, Utley rounded the bases much like he has 188 times in his career. But this time was different. The 32-year-old second baseman needed a little extra hustle to make it … Continue reading 2011 Moments: #3 Utley does things the hard way

Jeter vs Bonds: A battle for the most valuable baseball

Here’s a hypothetical situation (everyone loves these, right?): You have an unlimited payroll. Would you pay more money for a tainted ball that signified the greatest record in baseball history or a ball that represented a personal milestone by one of the greatest players on the greatest franchise in sports history achieved on pure talent … Continue reading Jeter vs Bonds: A battle for the most valuable baseball

Victorino suspended three games; No Giants suspended

UPDATE 2 — Phillies Nation’s blog was wrong. No Giants were suspended. Eli Whiteside and Ramon Ramirez were fined, which is total bull crap. Here is MLB’s statement, which was obviously released while they were high on some good stuff: “Victorino’s aggressive actions prolonged the bench-clearing incident between the Clubs.” Placido Polanco was also fined … Continue reading Victorino suspended three games; No Giants suspended

Oswalt hit hard as Phils fall

Roy Oswalt’s return from the disabled list wasn’t quite what the Phillies envisioned. Oswalt was hammered for three runs on 12 hits in six innings in the Phils 3-1 loss to the Giants in their sweep bid. Oswalt also issued two walks and struck out four. Oswalt started off doing superb. He got the Giants … Continue reading Oswalt hit hard as Phils fall

Hamels shuts the Giants up

The dust had settled and air was calm. It was only 15 hours removed from an ugly brawl in the middle of the 6th inning yesterday but the Giants and Phillies were back to playing baseball. Cole Hamels was as sharp as ever and Phils offense put up the only run it needed in the … Continue reading Hamels shuts the Giants up

Postgame quotes about the brawl

As soon as the final out was recorded around 1:30 AM ET, I hit the “publish” button, closed my computer and went to bed. But my phone kept buzzing with texts from Matt Gelb and Todd Zolecki’s Twitter with interesting quotes from last night so I know I had to look them up this morning … Continue reading Postgame quotes about the brawl

Tempers flare as Phils rough up Sanchez, Giants

This has become a very heated rivalry in baseball despite the two teams playing on opposite sides of the country. It all started last October in Game 3. The two culprits were Chase Utley and Giants pitcher Jonathan Sanchez. Now let’s fast forward tonight. It was the first time the Phils saw Sanchez since Game … Continue reading Tempers flare as Phils rough up Sanchez, Giants