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Matt Rappa
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(Photo: Wikipedia Commons) Today, the Phillies traded away their perennial shortstop, Jimmy Rollins. This move is expected to be the first of many made by general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. this offseason to rebuild and get the franchise an influx of new, young talent for their farm system. Many presumed... Continue reading
Posted 7 hours ago at Philliedelphia
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There has been a major snag in a blockbuster trade that would send two-time Gold Glove award winner, two-time Silver Slugger award winner, and two-time All-Star Matt Kemp to the San Diego Padres. Bob Nightengale of USA Today revealed that the Padres are worried about the results from Kemp's physical... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Philliedelphia
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(Photo: Matt Rappa) Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg called into MLB Network's Hot Stove this morning with Matt Vasgersian and Harold Reynolds. After talking about the infamous Santa Claus booing incident at a 1968 Eagles game, Sandberg went on to praise his former teammate and current bench coach, Larry Bowa. "First... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Philliedelphia
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(Photo: Matt Rappa) There has been recent speculation that former Phillies manager, Charlie Manuel, would become the next hitting coach for the Baltimore Orioles. However, news tweeted by Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun Wednesday evening put an end to the rumor. Charlie Manuel has declined the Orioles offer to... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Philliedelphia
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According to the Elias Sports Bureau, infielder Reid Brignac has accomplished a feat not seen in Major League Baseball since the beginning of the millenium, and the first of its kind in Phillies franchise history. A scoreless battle Wednesday night, highlighted by a classic pitching duel between Cole Hamels and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2014 at Philliedelphia
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Photo: Andrew Gillen The Phillies have been relatively healthy this season, which is a plus, over their division rivals and other counterparts around the league. The Marlins, for example, just lost their star ace Jose Fernandez due to a necessary Tommy John surgery, and the Mets' ace of their own,... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2014 at Philliedelphia
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Photo: @mattrappa It is hard to believe we are already a little over three weeks into the 2014 regular season already. It felt just like yesterday the Fightins' took their first swings, and threw their pitches, down in Clearwater at Spring Training. 20 games into the season, it is a... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2014 at Philliedelphia
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Photo: @mattrappa Citizens Bank Park opened its doors Tuesday afternoon for its 11th season. With yesterday's disappointing 10-4 defeat to Ryan Braun (three home runs, seven RBIs) and the Milwaukee Brewers, the Phillies are now 3-8 all-time in Citizens Bank Park home-openers. It's honestly hard to believe that Citizens Bank... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2014 at Philliedelphia
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Photo: @mattrappa Well, we are officially two games in to the 2014 regular season. On Monday, Opening Day, we saw an offsensive battle which ultimately ended in the Phillies' favor in a 14-10 victory. Last night was the polar opposite, however, as a pitching duel between A.J. Burnett and Martin... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2014 at Philliedelphia
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Today seems like a great day for a first tweet. Why not!? pic.twitter.com/xunuGo0lbe — Erik Kratz (@ErikKratz31) March 31, 2014 That's right, former Phillies' backup catcher from 2011 through 2013 has joined Twitter. Kratz joins Roy Halladay (@RoyHalladay) as recently departing Phillies that have joined the well-utilized social media website.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2014 at Philliedelphia
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Photo: @mattrappa Opening Day is just five days away, as the Phillies will oppose the Rangers down in Arlington, Texas. There are many doubts going into this upcoming season, however general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. and company still believe that if everything works as planned, the season will not be... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2014 at Philliedelphia
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Last week on Phillies Five, we took a look at the best moments thus far in the career of Chase Utley, with it at the time being just 26 days until the day we all have been waiting for, Opening Day. The first game of the season on March 31st... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2014 at Philliedelphia
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This morning on the WIP Morning Show with Angelo Cataldi, Rhea Hughes and Al Morganti, some shocking, disappointing news was broke. While the Phillies have added many new faces to their broadcasting team this offseason: Jamie Moyer, Matt Stairs and Mike Schmidt, an additional subtraction along-side Chris Wheeler and Gary... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2014 at Philliedelphia
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Last week on Phillies Five, we took a look at the new-look television broadcast team for the Phillies this season. Today, with 26 days until Opening Day, we will honor #26 himself and look at Chase Utley's Top-5 moments thus far in his career. 5. And you can tell everybody...... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2014 at Philliedelphia
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Last week on Phillies Five, we took a look at five reasons fans should be optimistic for the upcoming season. Today, as Spring Training game action officially gets underway, we will explore the current television broadcasters of the Phillies in order from least to most experienced in the profession. 5.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2014 at Philliedelphia
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Earlier this offseason we learned that long-time Phillies broadcasters Chris Wheeler and Gary Matthews Sr. had been relieved of their duties in light of the mega TV contract that was signed between the franchise and Comcast SportsNet. Jamie Moyer and Matt Stairs were named replacements for the duo that drew... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2014 at Philliedelphia
Matt Rappa is now following Frank Klose
Feb 25, 2014
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Upon news of Rich Dubee's dismissal by the Phillies, fans were immediately clamoring for former Phillie and 2008 World Champion, Jamie Moyer, to become the team's new pitching coach for the 2014 season. Well, that never came to fruition obviously, as Bob McClure was hired. But now, another former Phillie... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2014 at Philliedelphia
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Photo Courtesy of The Oregonian's Brent Wojahn Today, the Philadelphia Phillies have (finally) issued a statement in regards to Aaron Fitt of Baseball America's Wednesday report, which stated the Phillies turned in unsigned draft pick, LHP Ben Wetzler, to the NCAA for using an agent. Wetzler was drafted in the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2014 at Philliedelphia
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Photo Courtesy of The Morning Call's Stephen Gross The Phillies are glad to have A.J. Burnett on their pitching staff, as much as A.J. Burnett is glad to be with the Phils, saying, "I'm ready to be part of something special." It has been speculated that the team's interest grew... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2014 at Philliedelphia
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Photo courtesy of the Reading Fightin' Phils As the Phillies continue their preparation for Grapefruit League action next week, players recently have taken part in various fielding and hitting drills. Signs are pointing in the positive direction for players such as Ryan Howard, who is running without a limp in... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2014 at Philliedelphia
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On January 22, 2014, the Philadelphia Phillies brought back outfielder Bobby Abreu on a minor-league deal, reuniting a bond that started in 1998 and ended eight years ago in 2006 when he was traded to the New York Yankees. Abreu last played in Major League Baseball in 2012 for both... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2014 at Philliedelphia
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Last week on Phillies Five, we took a look at five things fans should watch for this Spring Training. Taking that a step further, with the full-squad workouts underway and the first Spring Training game a week from today, let's take a look at five things fans should be excited... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2014 at Philliedelphia
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The news of Roy Oswalt retiring yesterday brought back many memories of the good times of Phillies baseball. R2C2, the Pistachio Girl, when the stadium was sold-out every night no matter who they were playing, or even when the team didn't need to sell 50/50 raffle tickets to draw fans... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2014 at Philliedelphia
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Final: Phillies 3, Red Sox 1. WP: Cliff Lee (6-2, 2.34 ERA) LP: Ryan Dempster (2-6, 4.45 ERA) SV: Jonathan Papelbon (10) Michael Young had been hitless for a little over twenty consecutive bats going into tonight's game. Well, he ended that horrific skid early in the top of the... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2013 at Buzz On Broad