Phillies set to honor Utley, Howard, and Rollins in 2019

It’s time to pull out the Phillies shirseys from the back of the closet as the club announced plans on Tuesday to celebrate three of the franchise’s greatest stars since the turn of the millennium. Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley, and Ryan Howard will each be honored with a retirement ceremony before a game in 2019. Rollins’ celebration will take place Saturday night, May 4, when the Phillies host the Nationals…

November 21, 2018

Phillies announce retirement ceremonies for three franchise legends

The Phillies announced the dates of retirement ceremonies for Ryan Howard, Chase Utley, and Jimmy Rollins, integral players from the 2008 World Series. The Phillies announced Tuesday the dates for retirement ceremonies for Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, and Jimmy Rollins. They will be honored in their own individual ceremonies as opposed to as a group. […] Phillies announce retirement ceremonies for three franchise legends – That Balls Outta Here –…

November 20, 2018

Philadelphia Baseball Mailbag: Will the Phillies go after Craig Kimbrel?

Throughout the offseason and leading into the Winter Meetings in Las Vegas I’ll provide a weekly mailbox and answer questions that I receive via email relating to the Phillies and the baseball scene in Philadelphia. Will the Phillies go after a closer like Craig Kimbrel on the free agent market? Steve S.Tough to say, but I wrote earlier this week that one of the best ways to improve the bullpen…

November 9, 2018

Honoring Roy Halladay one year since his death

One year ago today, Roy Halladay died in a plane crash off the coast of St. Petersburg, Fla. while piloting a single-engine aircraft. The 40-year-old was the only occupant on the plane. Halladay spent 16 years in the majors, including four in Philadelphia. The eight-time All-Star and two-time Cy Young Award winner undoubtedly will be remembered as one of the best pitchers of his generation. He’ll be on the Hall…

November 7, 2018

Phillies legend Chase Utley deserving of spot in Hall of Fame

Though his career came to a close in a utility role out in Los Angeles, Chase Utley will forever be remembered as one of the best baseball players to have ever called Philadelphia home. He spent 16 years in the majors, including a dozen years in Philadelphia. He was the epitome of professionalism and a model of the blue-collar work ethic so adored by fans. He was the catalyst of…

October 31, 2018

Phillies believed to be favorites to sign Harper and Machado

With the World Series in the books, the baseball world now turns to the hot stove, and according to at least one online sportsbook, it appears the Philadelphia Phillies will be busy. Bovada has the Phillies as the favorites to land Bryce Harper at even money and Manny Machado at 3/2 odds. Sure, it’s plausible the Phillies could chase after both and make a real splash. The organization has the…

October 30, 2018

10 years ago today the Philadelphia Phillies won the World Series

Brad Lidge dropped to his knees and Carlos Ruiz leaped into his open arms, grinning from ear-to-ear. It’s an image now memorialized in poster form, found on basement walls and in man caves throughout the Philadelphia region. It was a moment of glory, a time of vitality. “I just remember letting go of the pitch,” Lidge said earlier this summer, fondly recalling the 10-year anniversary of Phillies club that won…

October 29, 2018

Phillies GM Matt Klentak knows his club needs some help

General manager Matt Klentak made it clear on Monday that the unorthodox brand of baseball that the Phillies and first-year manager Gabe Kapler adhered to this season will be back in 2019. In a 30-minute conversation with reporters, Klentak admitted there’s plenty to improve upon over the coming months as the Phillies endured a sixth straight losing season. The 14 win improvement over 2017 was nice, but there’s more work…

October 3, 2018

Arrieta on the mound as the Phillies look to even series with Marlins

Phillies manager Gabe Kapler said on Sunday that he’s not yet in panic mode, but even he can’t downplay the importance of a victory on Tuesday night. The last place Marlins defeated the Phillies 3-1 on Monday, nullifying him and his club a chance to gain a game on the Braves in the chase for the NL East pennant. Tonight, the Phillies turn to Jake Arrieta in the hopes to…

September 4, 2018

Phillies drop series finale to D-Backs, Velasquez stumbles through four innings

Vince Velasquez has been solid as of late for the Phillies, but he struggled on Wednesday surrendering four runs on six hits to Diamondbacks in a 6-0 loss at Chase Field. The loss, coupled with an Atlanta win, trims the Phillies lead to just a half-game in the NL East division standings. Velasquez worked through the first two innings unscathed but couldn’t pitch beyond the fourth. He tossed 79 pitches,…

August 9, 2018