What Are Manuel’s Hall of Fame Chances?

What Are Manuel’s Hall of Fame Chances? Miles Kennedy photo We’ll know soon, as in this Sunday (12/9), when the HOF’s Game Era Committee makes its announcement. Tune in “MLB Tonight” at 8 p.m. on the MLB Network, the start of baseball’s annual Winter Meetings. Six former big-league players, three managers and one executive comprise the 10-name Today’s Game Era ballot to be reviewed and voted upon Sunday. The 16-member Today’s Game…

December 7, 2018
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A changing game….pitching

Miles Kennedy photo Once upon a time in this game of baseball, if a pitcher was banished to the bullpen it meant he wasn’t good enough to be a starter. That’s no longer the reality. Today, the game is played in the bullpen. The most recent performance came on the World Series stage. In the NLCS, the Brewers were big bullpen users. Starters once called “work horses” or “innings eaters” are vanishing. Starters…

November 14, 2018
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Bats & Balls Notebook

Awards Time Drum roll, please……The first edition of Bats & Balls Notebook begins with a random assortment of 2018 Phillies Awards. These are not to be confused with baseball’s real awards or the Academy Awards or anything significant. BEST NUMBERS: 80 wins, 49 at home; 36 days in first place; 250,000 attendance spike. BEST PITCHER: Easy, Aaron Nola. Simply nasty stuff. BEST HITTER: Rhys Hoskins. Lots of extra-base pop. BEST DEFENDER:…

October 3, 2018
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Clearwater Happenings

Carpenter Complex (Steve Potter) Florida Instructional League program underway (Steve Potter, a longtime Phillies fan now living in Clearwater, is a baseball enthusiast who files news and notes from time to time for the Phillies Insider blog). Baseball in Clearwater continues for another month with the Florida Instructional League program that is underway at Carpenter Complex. Today was day two of workouts. Over 70 players are on the FIL roster, which can change…

September 18, 2018
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Changes in Baseball

Aaron Nola (Miles Kennedy photo) Concerning innings by starters, batting orders (Steve Potter, a longtime Phillies fan now living in Clearwater, is a baseball enthusiast who has supplied news and notes from time to time for the Phillies Insider blog. Today’s notes). Using Baseball-Reference.com as a source, here is some interesting data relating to the 2018 season through Wednesday’s games. Innings Pitched The major league average for innings pitched by starters is 5.4…

September 13, 2018
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Rickles delivers big walk-off single

C Nick Rickles (Cheryl Pursell photo) Victory keeps Pigs’ playoff hopes alive C Nick Rickles delivered a walk-off RBI single in the 13th inning giving the Lehigh Valley IronPigs a 3–2 win over the visiting Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders in game 3 of the semi-final playoffs on Friday night. SWB holds a 2–1 lead. Game 4 is tonight at Coca-Cola Park. LF Danny Ortiz began the 13th with a double. Following an intentional walk…

September 8, 2018
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Rickles delivers bit walk-off single

C Nick Rickles (Cheryl Pursell photo) Victory keeps Pigs’ playoff hopes alive C Nick Rickles delivered a walk-off RBI single in the 13th inning giving the Lehigh Valley IronPigs a 3–2 win over the visiting Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders in game 3 of the semi-final playoffs on Friday night. SWB holds a 2–1 lead. Game 4 is tonight at Coca-Cola Park. LF Danny Ortiz began the 13th with a double. Following an intentional walk…

September 8, 2018
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BlueClaws advance to finals

Spencer Howard (BlueClaws.com) Howard tosses Lakewood’s first postseason no-hitter 22-year-old Spencer Howard tossed a no-hitter that propelled the Lakewood BlueClaws into the South Atlantic League Championship Series on Friday night. His 1–0 gem before 3,592 fans at FirstEnergy Park eliminated visiting the Kannapolis Intimidators in the best-of-three North Division Championship Series, 2–0. The BlueClaws face the Lexington (KY) Legends (Kansas City Royals) who eliminated the Rome Braves in the South Division…

September 8, 2018
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What did Robin Roberts do on this date?

(Phillies photo) A game to remember….. When you win 20 games or more and throw 300 innings six consecutive seasons, that’s a career which will lead you to being enshrined in Cooperstown, NY. Toss in five straight seasons in which you lead the league in complete games. Hefty stuff. Say hello to Robin Roberts, the workhorse of Major League Baseball in the 1950s. Obviously “Robbie” had a lot of amazing individual…

September 6, 2018
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Phillies Minorr League Playoffs

Strikeout machine Zach Warren (Blue/Claws.com) BlueClaws win; IronPigs, Threshers don’t International League MOOSIC — LF Mark Payton delivered a walk-off home run with two out and two strikes in the bottom of the ninth which gave Scranton/Wilkes-Barre a 3–2 win over Lehigh Valley in the opening game of the semi-final playoffs. SWB is 4–0 vs. the IronPigs in the history of playoff games at PNC Park, two being walk-off wins. The RailRiders scored…

September 6, 2018
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