Phillies: Mike Trout/Bryce Harper duo in the future?

What are the chances the Phillies can get the two best players in baseball? It’s the wildest of wild dreams for a Philadelphia fan to have, but could the Phillies really pull off one of the greatest moves in baseball history by acquiring the two best players in the game? Mike Trout and Bryce Harper […] Phillies: Mike Trout/Bryce Harper duo in the future? – That Balls Outta Here –…

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Phillies get motivation from Jason Kelce, best speaker in Eagles history

The Phillies got a visit from Eagles center Jason Kelce to help motivate them for the upcoming season, encouraging them to “be bold” this year. To label the Phillies as underdogs this season would be an understatement. Their odds to win the World Series this year are 80 to 1, which are tied for 21st-worst. Despite […] Phillies get motivation from Jason Kelce, best speaker in Eagles history – That Balls…

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Monday Round Table (2/19): Spring Training Is Here

Today is the first day of full squad workouts in Clearwater. That means the winter is over and baseball can begin, or at least something like that. With that in mind I asked the writers for some roster predictions and other questions heading into a week of stretching and drills. Who will be the Phillies #5 starter? Adam: I really hope it’ll be Nick Pivetta because that means someone else has…

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Faso and Doty earn Philadelphia Baseball Review weekly honors

The Philadelphia Baseball Review released its College Player of the Week awards for the period ending February 18. La Salle junior first baseman Ben Faso was named the Philadelphia Baseball Review’s Hitter of the Week, while Villanova senior right-handed pitcher Ryan Doty was named Philadelphia Baseball Review’s Pitcher of the Week. The Philadelphia Baseball Review names winners each Monday throughout the college season. Faso collected eight hits over the weekend,…

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Wildcats offense goes bonkers; Explorers pile on late

David Gulati collected three hits and all nine Villanova batters reached base safely at least once in an 11-3 win over Norfolk State in the first game of a doubleheader at Marty L. Miller Field on Sunday afternoon. The nightcap also went the Wildcats way in a 14-1 romp. Gulati finished 3-for-5 with three runs scored and three runs batted in, while Cole Channell was 2-for-3 with two runs scored…

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Phillies' Gabe Kapler brings a unique take to spring training

Gabe Kapler has never shied away from thinking outside the box, so it’s not shocking the first few days of Phillies camp at the Carpenter Complex have included some surprises. Perhaps the biggest came Friday with the arrival of umpires in camp to work bullpen sessions. The goal, according to Kapler, to create game-like conditions for the pitchers while helping catchers practice framing pitches. It’s something different, and Kapler is…

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Maikel Franco facing pivotal season for Phillies; has a veteran tutor

Though still young, Maikel Franco has reached a pivotal point in his development where the Phillies need to determine if he’s a long-term answer at third base. This spring means a lot. So much so that the club is bucking the spring tradition of numerical order stall assignments in the clubhouse and placed Franco’s No. 41 nameplate next to veteran Carlos Santana and his No. 7 locker. “Definitely not by…

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Explorers split doubleheader, earn first win of the season

La Salle captured its first win of the season on Saturday, holding off Presbyterian in the first game of a doubleheader at the Presbyterian College Baseball Complex in Clinton, S.C. The Explorers hung on for a 5-4 victory in game one before dropping a 13-4 decision in game two. GAME 1 | La Salle 5, Presbyterian 4The Explorers jumped ahead to a 5-0 lead, but some defensive miscues late in…

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Clearwater Report, Day 4

(Steve Potter photo) (Steve Potter, a longtime Phillies fan, is filing spring training reports which are posted on the Phillies Insider blog). Carlos Santana and Cesar Hernandez were on the field today which means the entire 40-man roster is now in Clearwater, two full days before the official report date. The full infield contingent took ground balls on the half-field in front of Spectrum Field while at Carpenter Complex pitchers and catchers went…

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Phillies sign southpaw reliever Fernando Abad to minor league deal

Phillies general manager Matt Klentak is taking advantage of a slow-moving free agent market After missing out on free agent reliever Tony Watson the Phillies agreed to a minor league deal with 32-year-old lefty reliever Fernando Abad. MLB Network Insider Jon Herman was the first to report the deal, and MLB.com’s Jesse Sanchez says the […] Phillies sign southpaw reliever Fernando Abad to minor league deal – That Balls Outta…

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