2016 Phillies Report Card: Pete Mackanin

Evaluating managerial performance remains one of the more elusive tasks of publicly available baseball analysis. Based on the aspects of the role that are relatively easy to quantify and assess–reliever usage, lineup construction, defensive shifting–it appears that managers have a minimal impact on team performance. Yet, teams continue to hire, fire, even trade for managers as if they have more impact than our simple analytical tools suggest. All of which is…

December 30, 2016
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Phillies-Mike Trout Connection Flares Up Again After Eagles Interactions

After several interactions with the Philadelphia Eagles, Angels outfielder Mike Trout is once again being connected to the Phillies. The Phillies–Mike Trout connection will never go away. The Angels center fielder is the near-unanimous choice for the best player in baseball who may turn out to be quite the historic player. Ever since breaking into […] Phillies-Mike Trout Connection Flares Up Again After Eagles Interactions – That Balls Outta Here…

December 29, 2016
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2016 Phillies Report Card: Aaron Nola

When a cornerstone of the future of an organization struggles, for what seems like no good reason, it can be a hard on the fans, but it has to be brutal on the player. And so it was with Aaron Nola in the summer of 2016. It got so bad that Nola was shelved for a short period to “clear his head” and allow a bit of arm fatigue to…

December 29, 2016
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Phillies 2016 In Memoriam: Remembering Those We Lost

Philadelphia baseball  and the Phillies lost eight members of their family this year. Today, we remember them for their time with us. In a year where we lost so many great artists, athletes, entertainers, and people we recognize our Phillies brethren who departed us in 2016. Whether they spent two at-bats or a lifetime with the […] Phillies 2016 In Memoriam: Remembering Those We Lost – That Balls Outta Here –…

December 29, 2016
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John Sickels Weighs In On Phils’ Prospects

Embed from Getty Images On Tuesday, John Sickels of Minorleagueball.com ranked 20 Phillies prospects. Sickels does it a little differently than most anyone you’re likely to see write up every system in the game. His lists are based on grades, from A on down, and we’ve seen before that he is not one to fall into the group think that sometimes plagues prospect reporters/scouts. His style can create a list that can…

December 28, 2016
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2016 Phillies Report Card: Carlos Ruiz

This time last year, most Phillies fans had all but declared Carlos Ruiz’s career over. He had just completed an age-36 season in which he posted the lowest batting average, on-base percentage, slugging percentage, and isolated power of his career. According to both FanGraphs and Baseball-Reference, he contributed negative value above replacement to the Phillies for the first time in his career in 2015 (Baseball Prospectus rated his 2007 season as…

December 27, 2016
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2016 Player Review: Joely Rodriguez

Editor’s Note: This is the 12th in a series of looks at the men who suited up for the 2016 Philadelphia Phillies. AJ Ellis was the last player profiled.  Only 17 pitchers have pitched more games for the Philadelphia Phillies than Antonio Bastardo. In many ways, it’s a who’s who of Phillies greats. Robin Roberts, Steve Carlton, Ryan Madson and Tug McGraw are the top four. Grover Cleveland Alexander is ninth. Cole Hamels…

December 27, 2016
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2016 Phillies Report Card: Alec Asher

In June, Alec Asher became the second Philadelphia Phillie suspended for a positive PED test in 2016. Asher and reliever Daniel Stumpf were both pegged for drug tests that revealed Turinabol, an anabolic steroid popularized by East Germany’s propensity to feed it to their Olympic athletes in the 1970s and 80s. Called up for his first taste of the big leagues late in 2015, Asher made seven starts for a…

December 26, 2016
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A Crashburn Transition

When I really started getting interested in sabermetrics several years ago, there were a few places that, as someone invested in the Phillies, really stoked my passion for baseball and the analysis of the game. One of the most prominent was Crashburn Alley, a site that has always mixed analytics, scouting, and fundamentally great writing about the team in a way that made writing about baseball seem really appealing. That…

December 26, 2016
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Phillies Add Sidearm Pitcher, Lose Two Players to Waivers

The Phillies have made a few minor transactions in the last week or so on the heels of bigger moves by the team as they gear up for 2017. The Phillies made some waves in December after signing Joaquin Benoit, extending Odubel Herrera, and trading for Clay Buchholz. To make room for these players, others […] Phillies Add Sidearm Pitcher, Lose Two Players to Waivers – That Balls Outta Here…

December 25, 2016
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