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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Phillies: Jhailyn Ortiz the 1st baseman of the future?

Phillies executives have set a perfect timeline for one of their prospects The Phillies signing for first baseman Carlos Santana surprised many across baseball considering the success of Rhy Hoskins as a rookie. With the slugger Hoskins expected to start in left field, similar to Pat Burrell after starting his career at third, the Phillies […] Phillies: Jhailyn Ortiz the 1st baseman of the future? – That Balls Outta Here…

December 29, 2017
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Phillies among most improved farm systems in league

Jim Callis of MLB.com put out a list of the most improved farm systems in baseball, and the Phillies were among the five listed. The Phillies have come a long way from their absolute abyss of a farm system just four or five years ago. They lost out on draft picks due to free agent […] Phillies among most improved farm systems in league – That Balls Outta Here –…

December 27, 2017
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What I want from the Phillies for Christmas this year

The Phillies have more than enough to accomplish next year and beyond. This is what I want from them for Christmas this year. Every year all throughout the world kids are writing lists telling jolly old saint Nick what they want for Christmas. So why can’t a baseball team? Santa, I will not waste your […] What I want from the Phillies for Christmas this year – That Balls Outta…

December 25, 2017
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Happy Holidays

December 24, 2017

Citizens Bank Park has no season Why? The holidays are the reason Not a creature is stirring in the place Including the Phanatic in his locker space Pinstriped uniforms once hung with care But now the clubhouse is almost bare Up in the stands where fans cheer All is completely quiet to anyone’s ear A giant Christmas tree stands so tall Dwarfing Mike Schmidt’s statue and all While nestling in for a long winter’s nap…

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Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all the readers of Fightin Phillies

December 24, 2017

It’s a time for great holiday memories for baseball fans! It’s with some regret that I’ll be taking some time off from the blog here with my writing (though some will probably be much happier I did!) You can still tune into the podcast though, it’s called Phillies Talk Podcast in case you’re new here (I’d even like to invite you to sponsor the show as a listener here (click on…

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Kapler not afraid to break tradition with batting order

December 24, 2017

If you’re a baseball purist with an opinion on how a batting order should look, then you’re probably going to be frustrated with Gabe Kapler come spring. See, Kapler is a student of the game, but he’s more vested in the sabermetric and analytic side of things. Tradition means nothing unless it jives with data or the right matchup, and general manager Matt Klentak and owner John Middleton love this…

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Phillies retiring Roy Halladay’s No. 34 for the 2018 season

In honor of their late former pitcher Roy Halladay, no one on the Phillies will where his No. 34 at all during the 2018 season. The Phillies have figured out a way to honor the late Roy Halladay for the 2018 season. No one will wear his No. 34, which he wore from 2010-2013 while […] Phillies retiring Roy Halladay’s No. 34 for the 2018 season – That Balls Outta…

December 22, 2017
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Jim Thome and Chipper Jones highlight my Hall of Fame ballot

December 21, 2017

Every year around the Holidays I’m forced to reconsider my stance on steroid users and their place in baseball history as I submit my IBWAA Hall of Fame ballot. I once thought my view of PEDs would change as time moved on but it hasn’t, and so again I’ve left Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens off my ballot. In my opinion, neither player has adequately addressed their connection to performance-enhancing…

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2018 Minor League Staffs

Rico Brogna returns to the organization, a fourth coach added for each minor league affiliate and FIL will have two clubs in 2018. The Phillies have finalized their player development field staff for the 2018 season, Joe Jordan, Director, Player Development, announced today. The club has also announced the promotion of Steve Noworyta to Special Assistant, Player Development and the formation of a second Gulf Coast League affiliate. As mentioned in…

December 21, 2017
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