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Andrew Gillen
Brooklawn, NJ
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View image | gettyimages.com Fresh off the heels of the blockbuster trade with the Texas Rangers headlined by Cole Hamels, the Philadelphia Phillies' minor league system received a much-needed overhaul. The top-ten ranking of the organization's best prospects have been given a facelift from every major baseball surveyor. From the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2015 at Philliedelphia
View image | gettyimages.com Just hours ago, reports surfaced of Carlos Gomez being traded from the Milwaukee Brewers to the New York Mets. That deal would have included pitcher Zack Wheeler and infielder Wilmer Flores. However, once the team's game finished this evening, Mets general manager Sandy Alderson threw ice... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2015 at Philliedelphia
View image | gettyimages.com Just yesterday, it appeared as though it would come down to the Los Angeles Dodgers and Texas Rangers when it came to the services of Cole Hamels. Now, sitting just about 46 hours from Friday's 4:00pm trade deadline, one of those teams has seemingly taken a... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2015 at Philliedelphia
View image | gettyimages.com When Ryne Sandberg stepped down as manager of the Phillies last Friday, it was Pete Mackanin that was given the role, albeit with the interim tag. Mackanin has experience with this sort of situation, as he's been an interim manager twice before in his career (2005... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2015 at Philliedelphia
View image | gettyimages.com For what seems like months, even years at this point, rumors and blatant signs of the Phillies' intentions to trade Jonathan Papelbon have swirled. From the infamous "crotch grab" to several instances of not-so-kind words about the Philadelphia fanbase, the team's all-time saves leader has never... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2015 at Philliedelphia
View image | gettyimages.com Yesterday, we learned news of Phillies left-hander Cole Hamels preferring not to be sent to the Houston Astros in a trade. In that same report, we did learn that the three-time All Star would be willing to accept a move just a few hours north of... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2015 at Philliedelphia
View image | gettyimages.com Yesterday, the Philadelphia Phillies went 1-1 in their split squad performance against the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox. Today, Cole Hamels took to the hill to take an a third team from the American League East, the Baltimore Orioles. Hamels, hanging heavily in the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2015 at Philliedelphia
View image | gettyimages.com All-time Major League Baseball hits leader Pete Rose has filed for reinstatement to baseball. Rob Manfred, the newly appointed commissioner of the league, spoke out on the subject Monday afternoon. "I do have a formal request from Pete. What I intend to do is be in... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2015 at Philliedelphia
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Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez warms up before today's game. Photo: Philliedelphia/Frank Klose With a single solo home run being the one shred of offense in yesterday's victory over the Baltimore Orioles, the Philadelphia Phillies were starving for production. Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez took to the mound in hopes of being on the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2015 at Philliedelphia
View image | gettyimages.com Yesterday, news broke of Texas Rangers ace Yu Darvish likely heading toward Tommy John surgery. Such a loss seemed to have put Texas as the frontrunners for the services of Cole Hamels. Before that, it seemed like all but a foregone conclusion that Hamels was shipping... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2015 at Philliedelphia
View image | gettyimages.com Following a 4-2 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays yesterday, the Philadelphia Phillies (1-3-1) have now lost three consecutive Spring Training games. Today, they'll look to reverse that trend and repeat what they did the last time right-hander Kevin Slowey took to the mound. This will... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2015 at Philliedelphia
View image | gettyimages.com The "Cole Hamels Trade Rumor" horse has been beaten to death twice this offseason, but a recent development in the Texas Rangers camp may open up the proverbial floodgates for a move. A report from the Associated Press on ESPN.com indicates that Yu Darvish, the ace... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2015 at Philliedelphia
View image | gettyimages.com Jerome Williams will make his second appearance of this young Grapefruit League season. Thus far, he has seen two innings of work, allowing just one hit and striking out a single batter. The Phillies (1-2-1) are in Clearwater for today's afternoon ballgame, as the Toronto Blue... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2015 at Philliedelphia
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Photo: Philliedelphia/Andrew Gillen Jim Murphy, the seven-year Phillies minor leaguer, is "done playing" baseball at the age of 29. Jay Floyd of PhoulBallz.com caught up with the first baseman of the 2014 Iron Pigs, and Murphy shed some light on his decision. "I didn't get a spring training invite from... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2015 at Philliedelphia
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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