Upper Darby native Mike Scioscia steps down as Angels manager after 19 years

MMke Scioscia announced Sunday he’s stepping down from his role as manager of the Los Angeles Angels. The Upper Darby native and Springfield High School product had spent 19 seasons managing the club. “It’s been second to none. It’s been incredible,” Scioscia told reporters of his time in Anaheim (see video below). The 59-year-old led the Angels to their lone World Series win in 2002 and finishes with an impressive.536…

September 30, 2018
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Three things to watch this weekend as Phillies close out the 2018 season

The torture comes to an end this weekend as the Phillies host the Braves at Citizens Bank Park to wrap up the 2018 season. What appeared at one point to be a successful season has crumbled into a mess with the Phillies winning just 15 of their last 48 games. Here are three storylines to keep an eye on this weekend. Jerad Eickhoff to start on FridayEickhoff will make his…

September 28, 2018
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Phillies lose again to conclude worst road trip in over 130 years

It was their inaugural season, and they weren’t even known as the Phillies, but rather the Quakers. The club limped home following a 0-9 road trip with contests in New York, Boston, and Providence. It was 1883. That’s correct; professional baseball was in Rhode Island the last time the Phillies had a worse road trip than the 0-8 mess that mercifully came to a close on Thursday with a 5-3…

September 28, 2018
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Despite rough patch, Kapler not interested in altering his style

It was a steamy early-August afternoon and Phillies manager Gabe Kapler found himself standing on the top step of the first base dugout at Citizens Bank Park as batting practice came to a close. His club entered the day with a 1 1/2 game lead while his name was circulating as a potential candidate as Manager of the Year. Things were good in Philadelphia. By the second week of August…

September 26, 2018
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Phillies eliminated from division contention with loss to Braves

The Phillies were officially eliminated from the division title and virtually eliminated from the wild-card after their loss Saturday to the Braves. The Braves clinched the National League East Saturday afternoon with their 5-3 win over the Phillies. Obviously, this knocked Philadelphia out of contention for the division and virtually eliminated them from making the […] Phillies eliminated from division contention with loss to Braves – That Balls Outta Here…

September 22, 2018
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Poor defense costs Phillies in crucial series opener with Braves

Lucas Duda delivered the fatal blow in the seventh with a pinch-hit driving in the go-ahead run as the Braves defeated the Phillies 8-3 on Thursday night at SunTrust Park in Atlanta. The loss leaves the Phillies 6 1/2 behind the Braves in the NL East pennant race, a nearly unconquerable ask with ten games remaining on the schedule. Thursday’s defeat seemed to be a microcosm of the 2018 season….

September 21, 2018
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Phillies set for biggest series of the season down in Atlanta

For the first time in more than half a decade, the Phillies have something to play for in mid-September. The club opens a crucial four-game set in Atlanta on Thursday, trailing the NL East-leading Braves by 5 1/2 games with 11 left to play. As the baseball gods would have it, seven of those 11 games are against the Braves. It’ll take a strong showing in Atlanta for the Phillies…

September 20, 2018
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The World Series Favorites In Mid-September

Unfortunately it’s looking as if the Phillies will miss out on the playoffs. A late surge isn’t out of the question, but there are a few too many games to make up for a wild card berth for anyone to be particularly comfortable, which means a fairly strong season may come up short. Progress is progress though, and the Phillies are on their way back to being a contending team….

September 20, 2018
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Phillies: Rhys Hoskins signs with super-agent Scott Boras

Rhys Hoskins appears to be setting up for a new deal with the Phillies Phillies left fielder Rhys Hoskins is quickly becoming a household name across baseball, and it appears he wants to be paid like one. NBC Sports Philadelphia’s Jim Salisbury reports that Hoskins has signed with “super-agent” Scott Boras. Many fans will recognize […] Phillies: Rhys Hoskins signs with super-agent Scott Boras – That Balls Outta Here –…

September 18, 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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