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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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(Photo: Matt Rappa) Opening Day is right around the corner, and the Phillies have just a couple of games left at home, down in Clearwater, before heading back to Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia for exhibition baseball against the Pittsburgh Pirates in what is called the On-Deck Series. Today is... Continue reading
Posted 14 hours ago at Philliedelphia
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When Roy Halladay walked off the pitching mound for the last time in 2013, something just was not right. With a 4-5 record and 6.82 earned run average, it was not how Halladay envisioned exiting the game. Now, after spending some time at the zoo, flying planes, and taking selfies... Continue reading
Posted 16 hours ago at Philliedelphia
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Let the "Phillies drive me to drink" jokes begin. The Phillies unveiled their new food items to media last night at Citizens Bank Park and some of the new items may surprise you. The alcoholic content will be rising in 2015 along with the loss total. Michael Klein of the... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Philliedelphia
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The equipment is getting packed up as the Phillies prepare to head back north to Philadelphia for this weekend's "On Deck" series. The Phillies will make their last Spring Training road trip of the year as the team heads to nearby Dunedin to take on the Toronto Blue Jays. Given... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Philliedelphia
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View image | gettyimages.com The Phillies answered two questions about their Opening Day roster today with the announcement of two roster moves. First, the Phillies announced that outfielder Domonic Brown would begin the 2015 season on the disabled list. Then the Phillies gave right-handed starter Kevin Slowey his outright release... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Philliedelphia
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Photo: Wikipedia Commons The 2015 season begins on Monday and the Phillies do not know who is going to pitch the fifth day yet. After Miguel Alfred Gonzalez was reassigned to minor league camp, the Phillies saw Kevin Slowey get shelled and they put their tail between their legs and... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Philliedelphia
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View image | gettyimages.com A popular former Phillies player will be taking on a prominent role in the 2015 season. Unlike the last 19 seasons, it will not be on the baseball field. Raul Ibañez, who has not formally retired but has not latched on to another team, will be... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Philliedelphia
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The Phillies decided that they could no longer tolerate Ben Revere's arm in center field. It is almost funny, since Revere has made one highlight reel catch after another in left field. The shame of the situation is that the Phillies simply cannot afford to waste left field on someone... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Philliedelphia
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Despite another great performance by goalie Steve Mason, the Flyers lost a tough one on Saturday afternoon to the San Jose Sharks, 3-2, in a shootout at Wells Fargo Center. The Flyers were without defenseman Mark Streit and Carlo Colaiacovo, who were scratched due to the flu. Defenseman Brandon Manning and Mark Alt were called up from the Lehigh Valley Phantoms to step in this afternoon. With the Flyers scheduled promotion being "Kid's Day," calling up a couple of the kids from the Phantoms seemed fitting. At 4:38 of the first, a failed clearing attempt by the Flyers resulted in... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Flyerdelphia
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It's a battle of major league veterans today as the Phillies and Twins meet at the Twins Spring Training home of Fort Myers. Jerome Williams is on the hill for the Phillies. Ervin Santana is on the mound for the Twins. The trip is long to Fort Myers so a... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Philliedelphia
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The Phillies will get a look into the future today as they send their second pitching prospect of the week to major league camp. Aaron Nola, the Phillies' first round pick in 2014, will get his first chance with the big leaguers today. Some felt that Nola deserved an opportunity... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Philliedelphia
Thanks, Paul - I fixed it. Many Phillies fans share your sentiments. Probably why we mixed it up: wishful thinking.
This afternoon, Cole Hamels rebounded from a rough outing in his last start, but unfortunately Ken Giles got hit hard as the Phillies eventually ended up falling to Toronto, 4-1. After a struggling for most of the spring, Cole Hamels looked more ready to start Opening Day. In five innings... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Philliedelphia
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The Phillies head to nearby Dunedin to take on the Toronto Blue Jays, as they begin the last leg of Spring Training action. Cole Hamels will take the hill for the Phillies while the Blue Jays counter with Aaron Sanchez. Both starters likely will make just one more appearance after... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Philliedelphia
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The Phillies planned rebuild is still only marginally complete. As the Phillies publicly stated that they were better off without Ryan Howard on their roster, the honesty in the situation helped gain an ally in trading Howard: Howard himself. While Howard remains on the Phillies, the Phillies have tried to... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Philliedelphia
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We know that the Phillies performed poorly on the field in 2014. Off the field financially the Phillies may have been much worse. The 2014 Phillies had the largest payroll of their existence in 2014 at a reported $186 million by year's end. The Phillies had nothing to show for... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Philliedelphia
View image | gettyimages.com Former Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins opened up to Fox Sports insider Ken Rosenthal today in an extensive interview that covered a variety of topics. Rosenthal did not hesitate to ask Rollins tough questions: did he fail to run out every ground ball? But, Rollins answered all,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2015 at Philliedelphia
View image | gettyimages.com This afternoon at 1:05, the Phillies look to rebound from a 7-6 loss yesterday against the Red Sox, as they host the Twins at Bright House Field. David Buchanan looks to build on his already strong spring stats while former Met starter Mike Pelfrey gets the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2015 at Philliedelphia
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Cole Hamels took the mound in Clearwater today against their closest neighbors in Florida, the Toronto Blue Jays. Hamels was mostly good, sans two home runs off of a couples bats of Blue Jays hitters in the first inning. Both Jose Reyes and Jose Bautista took Hamels deep to give... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2015 at Philliedelphia
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The Phillies rebuild did not go too far; the team moved in trade shortstop Jimmy Rollins, outfielder Marlon Byrd, and pitcher Antonio Bastardo. Among the old guard, first baseman Ryan Howard and second baseman Chase Utley remain. Moving Howard is something the Phillies have tried and we are well aware.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2015 at Philliedelphia
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Phillies right fielder Domonic Brown left the Phillies-Yankees game last night with soreness in his Achilles. Since he had been bothered by it for a few days, Brown had an MRI to see if there was any type of tear that would indicate a bigger issue. The news was good... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2015 at Philliedelphia
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Will the Phillies trade Cole Hamels before Opening Day? While things had slowed down, injuries to some top pitchers have changed the trade landscape. We all know that Boston does not wish to give up a top prospect in order to land Hamels, but might someone else? Jon Heyman of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2015 at Philliedelphia
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Elvis Araujo pitches against the Boston Red Sox on Sunday, en route to a win. (Photo: Philliedelphia/Frank Klose) One of the bright spots in the early going of Spring Training has been Phillies left-handed reliever Elvis Araujo. In five and one-thirds innings, Araujo has allowed just one run, while showing... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2015 at Philliedelphia
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Photo: Philliedelphia/Matt Rappa In Bradenton the Phillies took on Vance Worley and the Pittsburgh Pirates this Friday afternoon, the last time the two teams will face each other in Florida. Most of the Phillies offense stayed home in Clearwater today. The Phillies tagged their former pitcher for three runs in... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2015 at Philliedelphia
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In a marketing gimmick, an Atlantic League baseball team is marketing itself by claiming it is trying to acquire Ryan Howard. Since the Phillies are reportedly willing to eat $50 million of the $60 million left on Howard's deal. Could a small, independent baseball team come up with that $10... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2015 at Philliedelphia