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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Goals in sight, Rollins confident he'll bounce back

Two days into camp, Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins said he sees no reason why he will not rebound from the worst season of his career in 2013. “It’s only been one year,” Rollins said. “2013 just wasn’t it. People like to believe it’s been a long time, but it was just 2013. It’s just the truth of it.” Goals in sight, Rollins confident he'll bounce back Author: Todd Zolecki From…

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Pirates owner: 'additions were strong' (The Associated Press)

Although the Pittsburgh Pirates were not major players in the free-agent and trade markets this winter, owner Bob Nutting is optimistic the team can build on last year’s success. After making the playoffs for the first time in 21 years, the Pirates lost in five games to the St. Louis Cardinals in the National League Division Series. This offseason, three key players – A.J. Burnett, Marlon Byrd and Justin Morneau…

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Rollins: 'Sometimes you have to re-establish yourself' (Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia)

CLEARWATER, Fla. One of Ryne Sandbergs first tasks when he took over as Phillies manager last year was having a frank conversation with Jimmy Rollins. From one former National League MVP to another, Sandberg told Rollins he needed to get on base more and keep the ball out of the air. Sandberg told Rollins he needed to get back to being a 100-run per season guy. Rollins, entering his 14th…

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Asche likely to start at third, but has competition

Cody Asche is the heavy favorite to be the Phillies’ Opening Day third baseman, but nothing is guaranteed. “We have competitions at lot of different spots,” Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said Wednesday. Top Phillies prospect Maikel Franco also plays third. Asche likely to start at third, but has competition Author: Todd Zolecki From Feed: http://partner.mlb.com/partnerxml/gen/news/rss/phi.xml Powered by WPeMatico

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Asche likely to start at third, but has competition

Cody Asche is the heavy favorite to be the Phillies’ Opening Day third baseman, but nothing is guaranteed. “We have competitions at lot of different spots,” Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said Wednesday. Top Phillies prospect Maikel Franco also plays third. Asche likely to start at third, but has competition Author: Todd Zolecki From Feed: http://partner.mlb.com/partnerxml/gen/news/rss/phi.xml Powered by WPeMatico

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Rollins talks trade rumors, Phils’ hits record (Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia)

CLEARWATER, Fla. Jimmy Rollins name has been mentioned in trade rumors for over a year now. Trade rumors are kind of funny, the 35-year-old shortstop said Wednesday at Phillies camp. Rollins cant be traded anywhere without his consent. Im not planning on waiving my no-trade clause, he said during a sit-down with Marshall Harris on Wednesday. Rollins talks trade rumors, Phils’ hits record (Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia) Author: From Feed: http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/teams/phi/rss.xml…

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In Phils camp as instructor, Doc enjoying retirement

Roy Halladay said there is no chance he is sneaking away to throw secret bullpen sessions this spring. He is happy in retirement. It helps that he remains part of the game, which could become a full-time venture in the future. In Phils camp as instructor, Doc enjoying retirement Author: Todd Zolecki From Feed: http://partner.mlb.com/partnerxml/gen/news/rss/phi.xml Powered by WPeMatico

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Good news on Cole Hamels, Mike Adams

Two Phillies pitchers are on the mend, but there is cause for concern with another. Cole Hamels will throw a bullpen session Tuesday, and Mike Adams will throw from a mound on Feb. 27, reports Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com. Adams thinks he can be back my mid to late April. It will be interesting to see how much different he looks when he eventually makes his season debut. Last year,…

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Home-plate collision rule could be passed soon (The SportsXchange)

Major League Baseball might have a home-plate collision ban in place for spring training games, according to a report. If umpires approve the proposed rule change, it would be lin the players’ hands to ratify it, CBSSports.com reported Wednesday. The proposed rule would force runners to slide or avoid a head-on collision with the catcher on a close play at the plate. One of those catchers is Dioner Navarro of…

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