The 2014 Philadelphia Phillies Are a Playoff Team (Yahoo Contributor Network)

I believe that the Philadelphia Phillies will be a playoff team in 2014. I think if you honestly look at the Phillies’ roster, they have the talent to compete for the NL East division crown. Sure, the advanced age of some of the Phillies’ players makes injuries a legitimate concern, but it isn’t as big a factor as it seems. I also like what beleaguered GM Ruben Amaro did this…

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Phillies decline comment on NCAA investigation

Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. declined comment Thursday when asked about a Baseball America report that the organization turned in two college players to the NCAA for rules violations. Phillies decline comment on NCAA investigation Author: Todd Zolecki From Feed: http://partner.mlb.com/partnerxml/gen/news/rss/phi.xml Powered by WPeMatico

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The Best and Worst Closers in Philadelphia Phillies History (Yahoo Contributor Network)

Bill Singer is credited with the first and Mariano Rivera has had the most. The Philadelphia Phillies have had their fair share of good and bad at the back of the bullpen. Rather than ranking them based on statistics and skills alone, this is a categorization with added bonus of personality and how they connected with Philadelphia. In 1980, Phillies closer Tug McGraw did just that when he struck out…

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The Phillies Got Petty with a College Pitcher

Background for this story: the Phillies selected left-handed pitcher Ben Wetzler in the fifth round of last June’s draft. Wetzler, however, turned down the Phillies’ signing bonus of about $400,000 to return to Oregon State for his senior season. Wetzler was a first-team all-Pac-12 selection in his junior year. According to Baseball America’s Aaron Fitt, the Phillies turned in Wetzler to the NCAA for “inappropriate contact” with a financial advisor….

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Report: Phillies turned unsigned draft pick Ben Wetzler in to NCAA for consulting financial advisor (Big League Stew)

Last week, the NCAA announced Oregon St. pitcher Ben Wetzler has been suspended indefinitely while they hold an investigation for inappropriate use of a financial advisor in dealing with the Philadelphia Phillies following the 2013 draft. It’s a potential crushing blow to their program, and just the same a major blow to Wetzler’s future as it’s uncertain when or if he’ll have an opportunity to raise his stock for the…

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Philadelphia Phillies Veterans Hoping Pride Does Not Precede Another Hard Fall – Bleacher Report

Bleacher Report Philadelphia Phillies Veterans Hoping Pride Does Not Precede Another Hard FallBleacher ReportIf you listen carefully, even with all of those snow piles still dotting the Delaware Valley, you can hear the chirping. No, not the chirping of spring robins and cardinals. The idle chirping of ancient Philadelphia Phillies trying to convince you (and … Philadelphia Phillies Veterans Hoping Pride Does Not Precede Another Hard Fall – Bleacher Report…

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A's notes: Lindblom's new perspective, Melvin's speech prep, etc (Comcast SportsNet Bay Area)

PHOENIX As far as right-hander Josh Lindblom is concerned, the Oakland As-Texas Rangers rivalry deserves much more attention than it gets. The last couple of years the rivalry between the As and Rangers has exploded, said Lindblom, who the As acquired from the Rangers in December. Being in the Texas clubhouse last year, when Oakland came to town there was a little more intensity. That rivalry is kindled by the…

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Happily retired, Halladay now pitches wisdom (Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia)

CLEARWATER, Fla. The Phillies have depth issues with their starting pitching, but Roy Halladay is not the solution. Plagued by injuries the last two seasons, Halladay, 36, retired after a marvelous 16-year career in December. He may look to get into coaching full-time when his two sons are grown — hes coaching both of them in their youth leagues — but for now a few weeks with the Phillies is…

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Sandberg sets tone for Phillies this spring (The Associated Press)

Ryne Sandberg wanted to get his first spring training address as the Philadelphia Phillies’ manager right, so on Monday night he laid out all his notes, some jotted on tiny scraps of paper. I was excited to see everybody and actually get started with the process of molding the guys together as a unit.” The Phillies started to put those well-crafted words into practice Wednesday. Sandberg sets tone for Phillies…

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Two Goals for the 2014 Philadelphia Phillies (Yahoo Contributor Network)

COMMENTARY | You don’t have to be Nostradamus to see the immediate future of the Philadelphia Phillies. Time machines don’t exist and even if they did, how many of us could trust such a valuable device in the hands of the men running the Phillies? The Phillies are in this mold of needing a long-term plan. The Phillies built their 2008 World Series on homegrown talent. Two Goals for the…

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