Prospects On Deck: Jorge Alfaro – Phillies C

Jorge Alfaro is a catcher in the Philadelphia Phillies organization. The 23 year old slowly made a name for himself with a cannon from behind home plate and with a bat that can unleash some serious power. The Phillies acquired Alfaro from the Rangers in Cole Hamels trade, in 2015. He was sidelined with ankle injuries and would have to wait until 2016 to prove that he was worth the...
Via Legends On Deck
27 minutes ago

Phillies Nation Podcast: How will some of the Phillies fare in 2017?

The second minisode of the Phillies Nation Podcast is live! In this episode, I talk with Dan Walsh about some of the projections for players on the 2017 team. We talk about Maikel Franco, J.P. Crawford, Aaron Nola, Vince Velasquez and more. Also I talk more about Velasquez’s control issues. Note: The podcast was recorded and finished before the news of Dallas Green’s passing...
Via Phillies Nation
1 hour ago

Why projection models are ‘low’ on the 2017 Phillies

Despite scoring the fewest runs in baseball and earning baseball’s worst run differential, the Phillies finished 2016 with 71 wins. They had the league’s eighth-worst record, a modest success after having baseball’s worst a year before. Since the 2016 season closed, Matt Klentak has been busy upgrading and fine-tuning the Phillies roster. Poor corner outfield performances...
Via Phillies Nation
1 hour ago

2017 Phillies Player Preview: Michael Saunders

The Phillies’ off-season search for middle-of-the-lineup power ended with Michael Saunders. Should he stay healthy for the last couple of weeks of spring training, Michael Saunders helps to confirm one thing: the Phillies won’t have to start someone like Cedric Hunter in the outfield on Opening Day. Despite his red-hot 2016 spring, Hunter never was the answer the Phillies were...
Via The Good Phight
2 hours ago

News: Tributes to the life and legacy of Dallas Green

Tributes are pouring in regarding the passing of former Phillies manager Dallas Green. Jim Salisbury wrote a touching piece about Green, showing the friendship between the two. It’s a highly worthy read. Sam Donnellon spoke with a range of people in the organization about Green. Read what John Kruk, David Montgomery and others said. John Finger wrote a great piece about spending...
Via Phillies Nation
2 hours ago

Phillies news and links — The baseball community mourns Dallas Green

There’s only one thing to talk about today. Other stuff happened yesterday in Phillies land, and I could talk about that, but it all seems pretty trivial now. Because there’s really only one thing to talk about this morning. The baseball community mourns the passing of Dallas Green Dallas Green made such an impact on so many people during his time with the Phillies, and it’s...
Via The Good Phight
4 hours ago

Baseball Lifer Dallas Green, First Phillies Manager to Win a World Series, Dies at 82

Dallas Green, the old-school, gruff baseball lifer who spent over four decades in the game, died Wednesday at the age of 82.  Green had an impact as a player, manager and front office executive and is best remembered as the manager who led the Philadelphia Phillies to the first World Series title in franchise history in 1980. Green was signed by an amateur free agent by the Phillies...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
17 hours ago

Baseball renaissance man Green dies at 82

Dallas Green, manager of the 1980 World Series champion Philadelphia Phillies and a baseball renaissance man who held nearly every possible title during his five-plus decades in the game, died Wednesday. He was 82.
19 hours ago

Aaron Nola: Worlds of Potential

Heading into the 2017 season, we here at Crashburn Alley strive to update you on a specific storyline regarding many of the returning staples from last season’s roster. Today is starting pitcher Aaron Nola. A lot of what I said in my season preview for Jerad Eickhoff could be repeated for Aaron Nola. He’s got the stellar curveball, so-so fastball, and not good changeup. Nola...
Via Crashburn Alley
1 day ago

Odubel scratched from lineup with leg cramps

The Phillies scratched center fielder Odubel Herrera from Wednesday's lineup against the Yankees at Spectrum Field because of "cramping" in his legs.
1 day ago

Dallas Green, who managed Phillies to 1st title, dies at 82

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Dallas Green, the tough-talking manager who guided the Philadelphia Phillies to their first World Series championship, has died. He was 82. The Phillies say Green died Wednesday at Hahnemann University Hospital in Philadelphia. He had been in poor health for several years. Green spent 62 years in baseball as a player, manager, general manager, team president...
1 day ago

Herrera, Galvis, late offense key for Phils

Right-hander Jake Thompson threw three scoreless innings, Freddy Galvis hit his first homer of the spring and the Phillies rallied late with a go-ahead RBI single from Odubel Herrera in the ninth in a 9-5 win over the Twins on Tuesday at Hammond Stadium.
1 day ago

Odubel Herrera: The First Piece of the Future

I am honored to be taking over for Eric here at Crashburn, this site has always been a place I looked up to. I am excited to work alongside the talented writers here and to keep the tradition of high quality analysis going into another Phillies season. 2017 will mark the Phillies’ first season without members of their 2008 core. The Phillies are not without veterans, and they are...
Via Crashburn Alley
2 days ago

Phillies manager fining players $1 for each mistake

Philadelphia Phillies manager Pete Mackanin has a very young team, so he’s coming up with unique ways to instill discipline and accountability in his clubhouse.His solution? Every time a player doesn’t hustle or makes a preventable mistake, the entire team is fined a dollar. The aim is that players will get on teammates who cost them money and hold them accountable for their...
Via Larry Brown Sports
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Phillies' Vince Velasquez learns from 16-strikeout game

CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) A dazzling, 16-strikeout performance was the best and worst thing that happened to Vince Velasquez last season. The hard-throwing righty quickly showed his electric stuff in his second start with the Philadelphia Phillies, tossing a three-hitter with no walks and 16 Ks against San Diego last April. But Velasquez spent the rest of the season trying to do...
Via Associated Press
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Philly dilemma: Rupp plays for Phillies, roots for Cowboys

CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) Cameron Rupp is a fan favorite in Philadelphia until football season starts. Rupp had a breakout year for the Phillies in 2016, smacking 43 extra-base hits as he replaced Carlos Ruiz as the starting catcher. But Rupp grew up in Dallas and loves the Cowboys . That doesn't sit well in Philly where Eagles fans are obsessed with hating America's Team. Rupp enjoys...
Via Associated Press
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Maikel Franco hopes to fulfill big expectations

CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) When a Hall of Fame player who is the best third baseman in franchise history says the man playing his former position is an MVP candidate, people notice and expect to see great things. Maikel Franco didn't live up to Mike Schmidt's grand expectations in his first full season with the Philadelphia Phillies. He was no slouch, either. Still, Franco knows he...
Via Associated Press
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Predicting the Philadelphia Phillies 25-man roster

It may still be too early to tell but opening day is less than a month away and the Philadelphia Phillies are playing some good ball down in Clearwater.  The team has many answers along with many questions at the starting positions.  So who makes the cut? First we will start with the two catchers.  Cameron Rupp is going to be the starter for this team in the post Carlos Ruiz era...
12 days ago  |  Discuss

An early look at the Philadelphia Phillies starting rotation for 2017

The NL East is a division that could be overwhelmed with quality starting pitching in 2017. The Washington Nationals feature the likes of Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg, and Tanner Roark. The New York Mets, if healthy, will start off with Noah Syndergaard, Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom, and Steven Matz. Those two rotations are headlined by some serious star power. The Philadelphia Phillies...
17 days ago  |  Discuss

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