Sad News From The Crashburn Alley Family

Just a quick note here for any of you that were not already aware – Matt’s mother passed away this week. Matt has been with family a lot the last few weeks and wanted to let everyone know that this is part of the reason for the lack of activity on the site recently. Of course, the rest of us extend our heartfelt condolences during this trying time. For anyone…

December 29, 2017
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A Too Early Look at the 25-Man Roster: Pitching Locks

With pitchers and catchers scheduled to report to Clearwater on February 13th–three short weeks from now–it is certainly early to look forward to which 25 players will emerge from Spring Training as members of the Phillies Opening Day roster. This week, we’ll look at the locks to break camp with the Major League club before turning to potential roster battles in the final two weeks before pitchers and catchers report. Embed from…

January 23, 2017
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2016 Player Review: Vincent Velazquez

Editor’s Note: This is the 21st in a series of looks at the men who suited up for the 2016 Philadelphia Phillies. Colton Murray was the last player profiled.The early returns on the Ken Giles trade have been mostly fantastic. Giles, who was fantastic in Philadelphia, struggled a bit in Houston. He posted a  2.5 record with a 4.11 ERA and just 15 saves in 65 innings. That said, his peripherals looked good….

January 23, 2017
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.500 season would be good by Mackanin for 2017

Embed from Getty Images Andy MacPhail hasn’t shown a quality blueprint on a Phillies rebuild yet, how long can we wait for better things to happen with this team? The patience has to be wearing thin from Phillies fans as yet another prediction by manager Pete Mackanin of being happy with finishing .500 this season would make him happy. As a player, you have to been wondering, I guess management…

January 22, 2017
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Phillies 2017 Offseason Given A- Grade by Sports Illustrated

Stephanie Apstein of Sports Illustrated gave the Philadelphia Phillies an A- grade for the moves they made during this offseason. Looking at this offseason on a MLB-wide scale, few would bring up the moves the Phillies made. The White Sox kickstarted their rebuild with two blockbuster trades, and several closers earned record-breaking contracts. Comparatively, the […] Phillies 2017 Offseason Given A- Grade by Sports Illustrated – That Balls Outta Here…

January 20, 2017
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Phillies: Rhys Hoskins Named No. 9 First-Base Prospect by MLB.com

In their continuing series of ranking the top prospects at each position, MLB.com ranked Phillies first-base prospect the No. 9 1B in all of baseball. Phillies prospect Rhys Hoskins has hit at every level since being drafted in 2014, and the national media is starting to notice. MLB.com named Hoskins the No. 9 first-base prospect […] Phillies: Rhys Hoskins Named No. 9 First-Base Prospect by MLB.com – That Balls Outta…

January 20, 2017
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2016 Player Review: Colton Murray

Editor’s Note: This is the 20th in a series of looks at the men who suited up for the 2016 Philadelphia Phillies. Adam Morgan was the last player profiled.The Phillies drafted Colton Murray in the 13th round of the 2011 Amatuer Player Draft. He is the fifth player from that class to make it to the Major Leagues.Considering that the class was so recent, that’s not a bad haul so far. The other…

January 20, 2017
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Crash Bag, Vol. 3: Gazing into the Abyss

The Phillies did some things since our last installment of the Crash Bag–sign Michael Saunders, DFA Severino Gonzalez, say Aaron Nola is healthy–but, if the questions submitted for present consideration carry a larger message it is that no one give a hoot about any of that. What follows is complete frivolity. Yes, even more so than usual. In that spirit: Tommy Joseph here inviting all your jokes. pic.twitter.com/Mb1m6kOz7Z — Eric…

January 20, 2017
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Phillies Game Available for Streaming This Season Through NBC Sports App

Fans can now enjoy watching the Phillies on the go through the NBC Sports app Television ratings are down across the board, and companies are looking for ways to expand their reach and prevent people from “cutting the cord” at home. Last year NBC began streaming Flyers and Sixers games online and through the NBC Sports app […] Phillies Game Available for Streaming This Season Through NBC Sports App – That Balls…

January 19, 2017
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Phillies Prospect Carlos Tocci Wins Venezuelan Winter League Rookie of the Year

Carlos Tocci, one of the most polarizing prospects in the Phillies’ system, just had himself one heckuva winter ball. This week, Phillies prospect Carlos Tocci won the Rookie of the Year Award in his home country of Venezuela. The honor comes after Tocci batted .323 with a robust .401 on-base percentage in 217 at-bats for the Tigres de Aragua […] Phillies Prospect Carlos Tocci Wins Venezuelan Winter League Rookie of the Year – That…

January 19, 2017
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