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Frank Klose
Philadelphia, PA
College professor and doctoral student just blogging for a distraction from the rest of life
Interests: Phillies baseball!
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The Phillies were one of the first teams to step up and offer Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo a private workout. As Castillo is reportedly closer to signing, two favorites appear to be emerging to sign Castillo. Neither of those two favorites are the Phillies. We first heard that the Phillies... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Philliedelphia
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The link between Andrew Wiggins and the Philadelphia 76ers seems to never end. When Wiggins becomes eligible to be traded on Saturday, he is expected to be moved from the team that drafted him number one overall, the Cleveland Cavilers. There are several dominoes to fall, with the biggest uniting... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Sixerdelphia
#487261603 / gettyimages.com What do you do when your General Manager leads the team to three consecutive lifeless, putrid seasons? Give him job security - what else? That appears to be what is happening right now in the Phillies front office. According to Todd Zolecki of MLB.com, Ruben Amaro Jr.'s... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Philliedelphia
#453357756 / gettyimages.com At the trade deadline, A.J. Burnett's player option may have kept him from joining another team. With a potentially expensive deal being locked in, cash-strapped teams feared Burnett would stick around. After tonight's loss to the Seattle Mariners, Burnett may have been speaking from the standpoint of... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Philliedelphia
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The Phillies are desperate for talented young players. After not trading any of their veterans for young talent this trade deadline, one way that the Phillies could have added some was by signing Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo, who is in the process of fielding offers from teams. The Phillies had... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Philliedelphia
#453603804 / gettyimages.com The Phillies shipped starting pitcher Roberto Hernandez to the Los Angeles Dodgers on August 7th, their only trade before or after the trade deadline. In exchange, the Phillies received two players to be named later. The teams have named one, and he is a much higher draft... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Philliedelphia
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The Phillies geared up to face the San Francisco Giants. Tim Hudson was on the mound, and Ryan Howard was out of the lineup. We were all told very plainly by Phillies Manager Ryne Sandberg that Darin Ruf was going to play: But Darin Ruf, just up from Triple A,... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Philliedelphia
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"Where's Chris Wheeler?" I wondered in recent days. Upon Wheels' firing by Comcast Sports Net, we were told that Wheels would remain a part of the Phillies organization and continue to be, as he put it, "be Chris Wheeler". Yet, once his public address announcing during Spring Training ended, we... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2014 at Philliedelphia
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Beloved former Phillies Manager Charlie Manuel is the next to get in on the ice bucket challenge. Charlie passed it on to the Phillies broadcast team: I took #ALSIceBucketChallenge & call out @mstairs12 @jmo50Moyer @JSalisburyCSN @TMacPhils to ice & sign checkto Phillies Charities fight ALS — Charlie Manuel (@CMBaseball41) August... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2014 at Philliedelphia
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Check out Ruben Amaro, Jr. taking the ice bucket challenge here: Post by Philadelphia Phillies. Roy Halladay challenged him, and he did it. Phillies General Manager Ruben Amaro, Jr. did the ice bucket challenge for ALS. And, Amaro kept it going. Who did he tag to do it next? Arizona... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2014 at Philliedelphia
Pat, by the time the Phillies would be good again, Hamels would be long gone. If you get young talent back that will be the next core, you have to make this move.
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A couple weeks ago, we learned that Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard was selling his house. However, it appears that he is not the only one on the Phillies looking to sell. Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels has put his house for sale, too. Lauren Mennen on Philly.com's real estate blog... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2014 at Philliedelphia
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Former Phillies outfielder Jayson Werth always moved to the beat of his own drum. It appears Werth continues to do so with the Washington Nationals. However, this beat is pretty fast and reckless, according to a report. According to NBC Washington, Werth was excessively speeeding in Virginia: According to Fairfax... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2014 at Philliedelphia
#111683358 / gettyimages.com The Phillies' need to rebuild was one of the storylines before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline. Then, NOT making a move became the big story. This offseason those same sentiments should continue. If a report is true, then the Phillies appear to be building framework for... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2014 at Philliedelphia
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The Phillies traded starting pitcher Roberto Hernandez to the Los Angeles Dodgers, Sean O'Sullivan came up for a start the day of the deal. However, the Phillies were apparently looking elsewhere for starting rotation help. Today, the Phillies got it. The Phillies' own Twitter account reported: #PhilliesUpdate: RHP Jerome Williams... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2014 at Philliedelphia
#453088164 / gettyimages.com The last time A.J. Burnett took the mound, it wasn't his best start. It also wasn't his longest start, either. Burnett was ejected in the second inning after making a sarcastic comment to umpire Chris Guccione. Burnett will take the mound tonight with a different umpiring crew... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2014 at Philliedelphia
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Mike Missanelli of 97.5 the Fanatic broke the news the other day that Cole Hamels was claimed on waivers by the Chicago Cubs. From the time of the claim, the clubs had 48 hours to work out a trade. That window provded to be too small, as the teams never... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2014 at Philliedelphia
Kevin - sometimes they agree on the player and then when they're allowed to announce it, they do. @Tom, I don't think the Cubs are looking to block anyone here. They tried to sign Jeff Samardzija to a contract to keep him around for when their prospects mature. Cole Hamels would be doing just that, since they traded Samardzija away.
Kevin - there are ways around that; they can make it a "player to be named" and include him later. "Samora" was a typo, and I will fix it. Thanks!
#453118136 / gettyimages.com We learned yesterday that both Cole Hamels and Marlon Byrd were claimed on waivers by unknown teams. The Phillies have a 48-hour window with the claiming teams to work out a deal, give the player to the other team and they assume the full contract, or simply... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2014 at Philliedelphia
@Mindovermath - I'm not sure that Grady re-signs in Philadelphia. He's a free agent and he's too risky to commit to for any length, and he would be an older player clogging a spot to try a young player.
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Phillies were open for business this trade deadline, but failed to consumate any trades. While seemed to be a given that reliever Antonio Bastardo and outfielder Marlon Byrd would be the first to leave the team, both are still Phillies. While Byrd has publicly made comments that he wishes to... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2014 at Philliedelphia
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The Phillies may have had some help in turning the page on Wednesday, when an unnamed team claimed outfielder Marlon Byrd on waivers. The Phillies have three real options: trade Byrd to the claiming team, give Byrd to the claiming team for no compensation, or pull Byrd back and keep... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2014 at Philliedelphia
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Some good news tonight, in light of what could be much worse. Phillies pitcher Cliff Lee cleaned out his locker to leave the team for the rest of the season today. But as he heads off to heal, the news is not all that bad. Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports:... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2014 at Philliedelphia
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A couple items of note in regards to the Phillies players that have been placed on waivers. This is not something to overreact to, but shows the options (or lack thereof) the Phillies have in making some August deals. First, Cole Hamels has been claimed on waivers, according to Ken... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2014 at Philliedelphia