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Matt Rappa
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Another Oregon Duck has joined the Eagles' organization. Thursday evening, Twitter user Greg Richards (@eaglesnut) brought attention to a newly-created front office position by the Philadelphia Eagles, Logistics Coordinator, of which is listed under their Football Operations staff on PhiladelphiaEagles.com. This position was filled in February by a man named... Continue reading
Posted 1 hour ago at Eagledelphia
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Cliff Lee starting against reigning 2013 World Series champions, the Boston Red Sox, on March 21, 2014 at Bright House Field in Clearwater, Florida. (Photo: Matt Rappa) Phillies left-handed pitcher Cliff Lee will make his first start on the mound in over seven months this afternoon as he opposes the... Continue reading
Posted 14 hours ago at Philliedelphia
Despite not being able to sign a Major League contract last season, 16-year veteran infielder Placido Polanco, at the age of 39, is not quite ready to call his playing career a wrap. In an interview with El Nuevo Herald's Jorge Ebro, Polanco reveals that he is '90 percent retired',... Continue reading
Posted 15 hours ago at Philliedelphia
The Philadelphia Phillies (0-0-1) and the New York Yankees (0-0-1) will face each other this afternoon in a rematch from yesterday's 5-5 tie at Bright House Field. Starting Pitching Matchup: Philadelphia Phillies (0-0-1) New York Yankees (0-0-1) RHP Kevin Slowey 2014: (1-1, 5.30 ERA) RHP Nathan Eovaldi 2014: (6-14, 4.37... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Philliedelphia
Hours removed from the shocking report by ESPN's Adam Schefter that the Philadelphia Eagles have traded franchise-leading rusher LeSean McCoy to the Buffalo Bills, in exchange for Oregon Duck-alumnus, linebacker Kiko Alonso, fans are still clamoring on social media. Last night, I spoke with former Eagles right guard from 2004-2009,... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Eagledelphia
According to a report from Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald, the Philadelphia Phillies are not interesting in re-acquiring outfielder Shane Victorino through a trade with the Boston Red Sox. The Red Sox have been long-linked with the Phillies as potential suitors in a trade that would send 2008 World... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Philliedelphia
Jerome Williams David Buchanan and the Philadelphia Phillies will kick-off Spring Training this afternoon against 2009 World Series rivals, the New York Yankees. (Note: A late-decision by the Phillies had Buchanan instead starting today's game, 'flip flopping' with Williams as CSN Philly's Jim Salisbury writes). Yankees' infielder Alex Rodriguez, who... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Philliedelphia
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View of seat at Bright House Field, opening its doors for its 12th season of Spring Training baseball. (Photo: Matt Rappa) The Philadelphia Phillies will take the field for their first game action of the season this afternoon against the University of Tampa Spartans, who are 13-1 overall as a... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Philliedelphia
After being asked by Comcast SportsNet's Michael Barkann if he thinks he will ever utter the words 'we've just traded Cole Hamels', Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. replied, "I would sincerely doubt it." Amaro Jr. followed by saying, "I know there's a lot of speculation coming from a lot... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Philliedelphia
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Murphy, with colleague Larry Andersen, at the 2014 Phillies Phestival. (Photo: Matt Rappa) Saturday morning, Phillies' broadcaster Gregg Murphy joined 97.5 The Fanatics' Jon and Sean Show to talk about the current state of the team, how he likes being a part of the broadcast team, and when we can... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Philliedelphia
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With the first Grapefruit League game of 2015 set to get underway Tuesday with Jerome Williams starting on the mound, Phillies' outfielder Ben Revere is surely ready for the season ahead and improving his game even further. (Quote: @JeffSkversky) On October 1, 2014, Revere had surgery to remove two screws... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Philliedelphia
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Spring Training is closer than you may think. In just a few days, Phillies players will lace up for game action for the first time since their 2-1 defeat against the Atlanta Braves on September 28th to close out the 2014 season. Friday afternoon, Ryan Lawrence of the Philadelphia Daily... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Philliedelphia
In 2015, 41-year-old Ichiro Suzuki will be entering his fifteenth season of Major League Baseball and his first with the Miami Marlins, after spending the first nine seasons of his professional career over in the Japan Pacific League. Suzuki spent his first 11 seasons, and a large part of his... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Philliedelphia
View image | gettyimages.com As first reported by CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman, the Milwaukee Brewers have re-signed closer Francisco Rodriguez to a two-year deal, with a team option for a third year. FOXSports.com's Ken Rosenthal later added that the contract will be worth $13 million. This news is not good for... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Philliedelphia
The Philadelphia Phillies have announced that Pat Burrell, 2008 World Series champion, will be this year's Toyota Wall of Fame inductee. And the 37th inductee into the #Phillies Toyota WOF is… Pat Burrell! Induction ceremony on 7/31 prior to the game. pic.twitter.com/EAkHV4lQWM — Phillies (@Phillies) February 26, 2015 In nine... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Philliedelphia
Sixers' CEO Scott O'Neil joined Angelo Cataldi & The Morning Team today on SportsRadio 94WIP to talk about the current state of the franchise, and what they envision moving forward. On plans for the future of the franchise: "There are some great models out there. You can look at Oklahoma... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2015 at Sixerdelphia
The Red Sox' recent signing of Cuban prospect Yoan Moncada has made it even more apparent that the franchise has overwhelming depth at the infield and outfield positions. Phillies' ace Cole Hamels, 31, has been linked to Boston as a possible trade destination throughout the entire offseason, as they seek... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2015 at Philliedelphia
View image | gettyimages.com The Philadelphia Phillies and Comcast SportsNet have announced that Ben Davis will replace Jamie Moyer this upcoming season as color commentator. Davis will join Tom McCarthy, Matt Stairs, Mike Schmidt and Gregg Murphy on television, who will be returning under their similar roles from this past... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2015 at Philliedelphia
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Baseball, the game recognized as America’s pastime, is in danger of losing its appeal to the younger demographic as offensive run production continues to decline throughout Major League Baseball. Making changes to reverse this trend has already been prudently considered by Rob Manfred, the tenth and newly-named commissioner. Manfred, who... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2015 at Philliedelphia
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(Photo: NBA.com) As the 3 p.m. trade deadline on Thursday fast approaches, and with just 29 game remaining in the season, it's time to start thinking towards next year's campaign. Today, in conjunction with Sixers' season ticket renewals opening up for current holders, the following video was released with a... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2015 at Sixerdelphia
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(Photo: @Phillies) The Philadelphia 76ers have been highly criticized over recent seasons under general manager and President of Basketball Operations, Sam Hinkie. Their "tanking" strategy, deliberately losing in order to gain a higher draft pick, has been looked down upon by most national experts. Fans in Philadelphia have praised their... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2015 at Philliedelphia
View image | gettyimages.com As the Phillies and Comcast SportsNet seek to finalize their broadcast team with just a few days left until pitchers and catchers report, the station's New York Mets affiliate, SNY, made an addition to their own today that may be recognizable to some Phillies fans. Nelson... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2015 at Philliedelphia
View image | gettyimages.com According to The Philadelphia Inquirer's Keith Pompey, the Philadelphia 76ers did not sign point guard Tim Frazier to a second, 10-day contract. Frazier, 24, made his NBA debut on February 6, 2015 after signing a ten-day contract with the Sixers the day prior. That night, in... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2015 at Sixerdelphia
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According to the Miami Herald, the Miami Marlins have been awarded the 2017 Major League Baseball All-Star game, the 88th edition overall and first for the state of Florida. 2017 will mark the third consecutive year a National League-based venue will hold All-Star festivities. Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2015 at Philliedelphia
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(Photo: @SixersFranklin) Tuesday afternoon at the Franklin Institute, the third mascot in team history, fittingly named "Franklin", was unveiled to onlooking Sixers fans. Christian Cosby, in-arena host of the Sixers, led the event's festivities. Even the Phillie Phanatic was in attendance to welcome the newest mascot to the city. Best... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2015 at Sixerdelphia