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Andrew Gillen
Brooklawn, NJ
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Photo: Philliedelphia/Andrew Gillen Well-documented has been the strenuous process of Ruben Amaro Jr. trying to find the perfect partner in hopes of trading away the services of left-hander Cole Hamels. With the team headed into a several-year-long rebuilding process, moving the 2008 World Series Most Valuable Player seems to be... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2015 at Philliedelphia
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Photo: Courtesy Ben Davis' Twitter page Following the 2013 season, we learned of the departure of two Phillies TV broadcasters, Chris Wheeler and Gary "Sarge" Matthews. Their replacements, Matt Stairs, Jamie Moyer, and Mike Schmidt, weren't met with the most positive of reviews, but many fans were ready to give... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2015 at Philliedelphia
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Photo: Courtesy metsblog.com After months of discussion and varying degrees of interest, Cuban baseball stud Yoan Moncada has officially become an MLB free agent, and is now completely free to sign with any baseball organization. Concerns over Cuba-United States relations have been cleared, and now, the bidding wars will commence... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2015 at Philliedelphia
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Photo Courtesy: mlb.com As a confirmation of my piece earlier this week, Cuban infielder Yoan Moncada has received word that he will be granted unrestricted MLB free agency. A report from Jesse Sanchez of mlb.com details a message sent from the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2015 at Philliedelphia
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Photo: mlb.com Yesterday, I wrote at length about the possibility of Cuban switch hitter Yoan Moncada signing with the Phillies and accelerating their rebuilding process. One of the hurdles that stood was, despite his being grated MLB free agency, teams needed to wait until Moncada was cleared by the US... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2015 at Philliedelphia
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Photo: Courtesy The Greedy Pinstripes Back in the end of June last season, Cuban infielder Yoan Moncada left his home country in hopes of filing for MLB free agency. At just 19 years of age, Moncada immediately became an interest for many teams, with the ability to build and groom... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2015 at Philliedelphia
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Photo: Philliedelphia/Andrew Gillen When the Jimmy Rollins trade rumors really started swirling during the Winter Meetings, it seemed as though Ruben Amaro Jr. was finally ready to break up the party and rebuild the Phillies organization. Talks about Chase Utley on the move as well, and Amaro's conversation with Ryan... Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2014 at Philliedelphia
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Photo: Philliedelphia/Andrew Gillen December 10th, 2014, will forever be known as the day Ruben Amaro Jr. and the Phillies finally began the process they should have started two years earlier. Already today, Jimmy Rollins has waived his 10-and-5 rights to move out to the Los Angeles Dodgers (though, not confirmed... Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2014 at Philliedelphia
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UPDATE: The return for Bastardo seems to be another left-handed pitcher in the form of Joely Rodriguez. Joely has been in the Pirates organization since 2010. Rodriguez was named the Arizona Fall League pitcher of the week in the last week of October 2014 by going 2-0 with a 1.13... Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2014 at Philliedelphia
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Photo: Philliedelphia/Andrew Gillen In the middle of the 2012 season, the end of the Phillies' five-year playoff run, Cole Hamels signed his six-year, $144 million extension with the only team he has ever played for. At the time, anyone with more than just a casual interest in the team, or... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2014 at Philliedelphia
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With a series finale in Miami and a three-game homestand against the Atlanta Braves remaining in their season, the Phillies are headed for a possible massive overhaul this offseason. Now that every National League playoff spot has been filled, these last four games have, well, no real meaning. However, if... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2014 at Philliedelphia
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Photo: Philliedelphia/Andrew Gillen The list of complications with this year's Phillies club is relatively extensive. One of those issues, a reoccurring symptom for a majority of the season, is the team's failure to string together an offensive output. That particular hindrance shown once more last evening, with the Phils unable... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2014 at Philliedelphia
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With just a handful of games remaining in a season, fans hope to see their team put together some entertaining ballgames to round out the year. Crooked numbers and clutch hits are typically the most desired outputs, especially with no playoff runs in sight. Tonight, fans of the Phillies were... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2014 at Philliedelphia
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As several teams prepare for the postseason, or are trying to make that final push for October, the Phillies will instead play out their final six games before heading home for the winter. They'll begin a set of three games against the Marlins in Miami, then return to Philadelphia on... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2014 at Philliedelphia
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Photo: Philliedelphia/Andrew Gillen After two disappointing one-run losses in San Diego, the Phillies offense was finally able to string together enough runs in support of their starting pitcher. Of course, those runs happened to come behind the one guys that probably didn't need that many, Cole Hamels. Nevertheless, the team... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2014 at Philliedelphia
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From the onset of Spring Training, and perhaps long before February, the 2014 season didn't come off as a "playoff" year. Instead, it was to be a season of the elder players making their way out while the young blood got their biggest opportunities. While the former part of that... Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2014 at Philliedelphia
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Photo: Philliedelphia/Andrew Gillen Monday night, it was obvious that the zero run effort in support of Jerome Williams would not help produce a victory. Last evening, a four run improvement was still not enough to hand the victory to A.J. Burnett after his five run outing. Each final score in... Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2014 at Philliedelphia
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Past seasons have resulted in favorable numbers for the Phillies when they travel to play the Padres in San Diego. There was no reason to believe this season would be any different, and with the Phils having already swept the Padres earlier this season, a series victory seemed all but... Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2014 at Philliedelphia
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Last night was nothing short of disappointing for the Phillies and their fans. For starters, the matchup featured two teams with no chance to punch their ticket into the offseason, leading to very little excitement on either side of the ball. Then, Andrew Cashner was able to go the distance... Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2014 at Philliedelphia
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With a rather "interesting" gesture and seven-game suspension looming over the team the last 24 hours, the Phillies have made more headlines this late in the season than anyone had anticipated. A series against the Padres may not be the most interesting matchup happening the next few weeks, but the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2014 at Philliedelphia
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A.J. Burnett got his second opportunity this season to face off against his former team. Burnett, the Opening Day starting pitcher for the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2013, contemplated retirement this offseason before choosing to sign a short deal with the Philadelphia Phillies. Back in the summer, when the Phillies took... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2014 at Philliedelphia
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Andrew McCutchen and Russel Martin led the Pirates six-run offensive output last evening in support of Vance Worley. The display helped hand Pittsburgh their second victory of the series, and now gives them the opportunity to win three of four from the Phillies going into tonight's ballgame. With playoff implications... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2014 at Philliedelphia
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With a split in the first two games in the series, the Philadelphia Phillies and Pittsburgh Pirates had two very different agendas going into both tonight and tomorrow night's games. For the Pirates, it was about both maintaining their second Wild Card spot in the National League and chasing down... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2014 at Philliedelphia
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Monday night, the Phillies had a great chance to open up their series with the Pittsburgh Pirates with a victory. Even after an eighth inning blow up by Kyle Kendrick, a late three-run rally nearly put them into that position. However, it wasn't enough in the eventual 6-4 loss. Last... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2014 at Philliedelphia
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With the spoiler tag firmly tied around this 2014 Phillies team, the series against the Washington Nationals gives the fans a chance to watch some interesting matchups. While the Nats have all but wrapped up a playoff appearance, they have not secured the National League East title, and tonight's game... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2014 at Philliedelphia