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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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Jimmy Rollins has meant a lot to the City of Philadelphia. From "The Team to Beat" to his MVP award, and most importantly the 2008 World Championship, Phillies fans and Rollins have been through much together. Rollins purchased a full-page ad in tomorrow's Philadelphia Inquirer to thank the fans for... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Philliedelphia
View image | gettyimages.com Phillies second baseman Chase Utley issued a statement today, responding to the trade of shortstop Jimmy Rollins, his double-play partner for the last 11 years. Through the Phillies Twitter account, Utley said: Chase on @JimmyRollins11: pic.twitter.com/5pxUovXx9I — Phillies (@Phillies) December 19, 2014 Of course, Utley probably... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Philliedelphia
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(Photo: Matt Rappa) For 6,751 days, Jimmy Rollins has been a member of the Philadelphia Phillies organization. In 2,031 games started over that span of time, Rollins has fielded 18080.1 innings while committing only 143 errors. That's approximately 126 innings, or 14 games, per error. A three-time All-Star (2001, 2002... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Philliedelphia
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News broke today that outfielder Matt Kemp's physical revealed that he has arthritis in both hips. The San Diego Padres and Los Angeles Dodgers agreed to a deal that would send Kemp to the Padres for catcher Yasmani Grandal and pitcher Zach Eflin. Eflin was supposed to be shipped to... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Philliedelphia
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Chris Stigall, via his Twitter page Local talk show host Chris Stigall of WPHT, the Phillies flagship radio station, upset many yesterday with some comments about local cancer survivor Julie Kramer. Stigall laughed about her visit to the "Ellen" show, and Chase Utley's promise to let her come visit during... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Philliedelphia
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The Phillies trade with the Dodgers is still not official. Rollins still remains listed on the Phillies' 40-man roster. The Phillies are waiting, according to reports) for the Dodgers to finish a deal with the San Diego Padres first. The Dodgers agreed to send outfielder Matt Kemp to the Padres... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Philliedelphia
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You are probably not aware, but AM radio still exists. That is probably why CBS Radio, parent company to Phillies flagship station 1210 AM recently bought Wired 96.5 and 92.5 WXTU. I am sure that 96.5 will become KYW News Radio any day now. But at CBS's other AM station,... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Philliedelphia
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You are probably not aware, but AM radio still exists. That is probably why CBS Radio, parent company to 1210 AM recently bought Wired 96.5 and 92.5 WXTU. I am sure that 96.5 will become KYW News Radio any day now. But at CBS's other AM station, the one which... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Philliedelphia
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The Baltimore Orioles continue their search for a hitting coach to replace the departed Jim Presley, who was reassigned within the Baltimore Orioles organization. It is not the first time, but former Phillies manager Charlie Manuel is linked to the job once again. According to Roch Kubakto of MASN, Manuel... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Philliedelphia
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Phillies foe the Atlanta Braves got a new ballpark back in 1997, just seven years before the Phillies opened Citizens Bank Park. Could you imagine the Phillies building a new stadium ten years from now? The Braves are doing it, in what will be Sun Trust Park in the northern... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Philliedelphia
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Photo: Wikipedia Commons At Philadelphia Eagles Head Coach Chip Kelly's press conference today, Kelly told reporters that he had no update on the status of Eagles linebacker Trent Cole. Cole was injured during last night's game against the Dallas Cowboys. According to a report, Cole's injury is indeed diagnosed, and... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Eagledelphia
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Julie Kramer of Tabernacle, New Jersey, was diagnosed with stage four cancer at the young age of 23. Kramer got everyone's attention by dancing in her hospital room just hours after major surgery for cancer. Kramer is a huge Phillies fan, and her favorite player Chase Utley came bearing gifts.... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Philliedelphia
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Five days ago, the Phillies and Dodgers agreed on a deal that would send shortstop Jimmy Rollins to the Dodgers. All this time later, Rollins still remains listed on the Phillies' 40-man roster. Indications were that Matt Kemp, headed from the Dodgers to the Padres in the deal, needed to... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Philliedelphia
View image | gettyimages.com This offseason has been filled with trade chatter about Phillies ace pitcher Cole Hamels. Hamels has been linked at one point or another to the Chicago Cubs, Boston Red Sox, San Francisco Giants, Texas Rangers, San Diego Padres, and the Houston Astros. Hamels himself has really... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Philliedelphia
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At the annual Winter Meetings, we saw Jon Lester sign with the Chicago Cubs, and the Boston Red Sox accumulate starting pitchers left and right. Some have argued that the Phillies ran out of suitors. While many argue the Red Sox badly need an ace, the team seems to have... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Philliedelphia
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Matt Swartz from Hardball Times wrote a comprehensive piece that seeks to answer a question: What went wrong with the Phillies? The headline is, "Extending Ryan Howard is Not What Killed the Phillies". But this piece is much, much more. Swartz notes, even if the deal went well, the Phillies... Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2014 at Philliedelphia
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The Phillies began their tear-down of their existing roster by sending Jimmy Rollins to the Los Angeles Dodgers as part of a three-team trade with the San Diego Padres, pending Matt Kemp's physical. The Phillies need to acquire a starting pitcher or two before next season begins and the team... Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2014 at Philliedelphia
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Photo: Wikipedia Commons Yesterday afternoon around 5:00 p.m. news broke that the Phillies and Los Angeles Dodgers had agreed to a deal that would send shortstop Jimmy Rollins to the Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for an unknown return. Yet, while the Dodgers have finalized other deals, including one that... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2014 at Philliedelphia
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Photo: Philliedelphia/Andrew Gillen The former Phillies effect will be back in full swing this fall as a former Phillies player has joined the rival New York Mets: john mayberry jr. agrees to mets deal. major-league deal. — Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) December 11, 2014 Some feared he would end up back... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2014 at Philliedelphia
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Losing Jimmy Rollins was tough for Phillies fans. What if the Phillies lost Chase Utley, too? If the Phillies were willing to deal the one, they may have been willing to deal the other. The Phillies talked about it, too. Tim Brown of Yahoo sports reports: In course of Rollins... Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2014 at Philliedelphia
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The Phillies have made a significant trade for the first time in the 2015 offseason and for the first time from their core that won the 2008 World Series. With rebuilding the focus this offseason, the Phillies would have to cut ties with some of the organization's favorite players, if... Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2014 at Philliedelphia
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The Phillies are ready to rebuild, but the team has some mainstays in shortstop Jimmy Rollins, second baseman Chase Utley, and first baseman Ryan Howard. If the team wishes to rebuild, something has to give to clear spaces for young players that the Phillies could acquire. While Rollins and Utley... Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2014 at Philliedelphia
#453757164 / gettyimages.com Now that Jon Lester has agreed to sign with the Chicago Cubs, the teams who lost out on Lester's services are scrambling to make alternate plans. One of those teams is the San Francisco Giants, who targeted Lester in recent days. They may have never really been... Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2014 at Philliedelphia
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Photo: Wikipedia Commons The shopping may begin. Jon Lester had to sign with a club in order for the Cole Hamels market to really heat up. After considering the Los Angeles Dodgers, San Francisco Giants, Chicago Cubs, and Boston Red Sox, Lester has found a new home. Ken Rosenthal of... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2014 at Philliedelphia
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"I should be somewhere else", Antonio Bastardo said last season, after the trade deadline passed and the Phillies did not trade him. With the left-handed side of the Phillies bullpen now primarily in the hands of Mario Hollands and Jake Diekman, Bastardo was and remains expendable. The Phillies may finally... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2014 at Philliedelphia