Phillies: Surprise 2016 Contenders?

Can the Philadelphia Phillies actually contend in the National League East Division in the 2016 season? I’m going to be honest with you right from Jump Street here. I’m an old glass-half-full guy, and even I don’t really believe that the Phillies can actually contend for the National League East crown in the 2016 season. […] Phillies: Surprise 2016 Contenders? – That Balls Outta Here – That Balls Outta Here…

March 31, 2016
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Phillies Racist Episode Finds City Apology

The Philadelphia Phillies have a racial black mark dotting their long, storied history. Today, the Philadelphia city council voted to pass a resolution which had been introduced by Councilwoman Helen Gym. The resolution was basically a formal apology from the City of Philadelphia to Jackie Robinson for words and actions which baseball’s racial trailblazer experienced […] Phillies Racist Episode Finds City Apology – That Balls Outta Here – That Balls…

March 31, 2016
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Phillies Surprising 2016 Spring Training Success

The Philadelphia Phillies have left sunny Florida and come north to begin the 2016 MLB regular season. The Fightin’ Phils aren’t expected to make a playoff run this year,  but they have enjoyed a surprisingly successful spring training. They finished the Grapefruit League season with a 15-10-3 record, which was good for fifth place in the […] Phillies Surprising 2016 Spring Training Success – That Balls Outta Here – That Balls…

March 31, 2016
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Bold Prediction: The Bullpen Will Be Slightly Better Than Terrible

We all got to pick our own topics for this week’s Bold Predictions series, which means I volunteered to do this. As soon as I did, I said to myself, I immediately regret this decision. It’s not exactly easy to prove that our bullpen won’t stink. It’s kind of been our calling card in recent years. Not only that, but for a team in the process of building a lineup…

March 31, 2016
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Mackanin contract extension is an interesting development

Embed from Getty Images Mackanin wants his players to play the right way on the field and keep their heads upPete Mackanin is having a great time being manager of the Philadelphia Phillies. He was elevated after Ryne Sandberg decided to leave the team in mid-season last year, Pete stepped in first as the interim manager, then as manager for the rest of the season last year. The Phillies changed…

March 31, 2016
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Phillies Bring Back Edward Mujica

After the Philadelphia Phillies had released a veteran reliever just a day earlier, it was announced today that he was re-signed by the team. So what was behind the reasoning for the Phils to let veteran relief pitcher Edward Mujica go one day, and bring him back the next? One word on each side: “opportunity” […] Phillies Bring Back Edward Mujica – That Balls Outta Here – That Balls Outta…

March 30, 2016
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Bold Prediction: Maikel Franco Will Receive MVP Votes

This week, the Crashburn staff will be posting our bold predictions for the 2016 Phillies season. I’m a person who is loathe to put my name next to baseball predictions of any sort – variation and randomness hold too much sway to be able to say much with confidence. Making a prediction that qualifies as “bold”, or, unlikely enough to be surprising? Even worse. However, I’ve attempted to find a sensational-sounding prediction that…

March 30, 2016
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Bold Prediction: The Phillies Won’t Finish Last in the NL East

Back in the old days when I lived in New Jersey, I read The Philadelphia Inquirer every day like a very good boy. One of my favorite routines was reading the weekly Eagles game preview, in which the paper summarized the two teams and — with little football helmets — indicated which team had a better quarterback, better wideouts, better coaching, and so on. This came to mind in thinking about my bold, daring prediction that the…

March 30, 2016
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Phillies Ranked 30th of 30 MLB Teams by ESPN

As the Philadelphia Phillies wrap up play in the Grapefruit League, regular season predictions begin to arrive. The good news for the Phillies and their fans is that ESPN has predicted that the club will win five more games in the 2016 season than they did a year ago. The bad news is that still […] Phillies Ranked 30th of 30 MLB Teams by ESPN – That Balls Outta Here…

March 29, 2016
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Phillies Bullpen Battles Narrow Further

The Philadelphia Phillies continued to pare their roster today, further clarifying the once crowded bullpen situation. Somewhat surprisingly, the Phils decided to release Edward Mujica today rather than guaranteeing him a spot on the Opening Day roster. Just a day ago right here, I predicted that not only would Mujica make the roster, but that […] Phillies Bullpen Battles Narrow Further – That Balls Outta Here – That Balls Outta…

March 29, 2016
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