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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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View image | gettyimages.com Early this offseason, we learned that the New York Mets were interested in then-Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins. Early reports were that Rollins rejected a trade to the Mets. But after arriving in camp with the Los Angeles Dodgers, Rollins' tune appears to have changed. Rollins spoke... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Philliedelphia
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Pierre in Spring Training 2013 with the Phillies Juan Pierre was a member of the Phillies just one year, in 2012. However, Pierre was a fan favorite, as he hit for a high batting average during his season in Philadelphia. After sitting out 2014, Pierre has officially retired. Clark Spencer... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Philliedelphia
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Papelbon after closing out 2014's joint no-hitter The Phillies lost a potential destination for closer Jonathan Papelbon today when the Milwaukee Brewers agreed to terms with Francisco Rodriguez. In the past, the Toronto Blue Jays and Brewers were the two teams most-closely linked to Papelbon. With the Brewers no longer... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Philliedelphia
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Photo: Wikipedia Commons Josh Hamilton was one of baseball's best stories. Drafted in the first round, Hamilton proceeded to fall and fall hard. On drugs, forgotten, fragile, Hamilton made a near miraculous recovery to rise to one of baseball's brightest stars. Today, a report surfaced that Hamilton would be meeting... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Philliedelphia
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The look on Cliff Lee's face (above) was right after he threw a pitch for the final time in 2014. July 31, the non-waiver trade deadline, when conceivably Lee could have been traded, he sprained his pitching elbow. Now in camp, trade rumors were already swirling upon Lee, even before... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Philliedelphia
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Photo: Wikipedia Commons Dez Bryant's play may have helped keep the Eagles out of the playoffs in 2014. The Cowboys were reportedly working on a new long-term contract for their star. But those talks have reportedly come to a screeching halt, as Bryant may be in a great deal of... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Eagledelphia
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Photo: Philliedelphia/Steve Trapani Cliff Lee is one of the most popular Phillies of most of our lifetimes. After 2009, Lee captured Phillies' fans hearts with a dominant stretch run and 2009 playoff run. Then, as soon as he captured peoples' hearts, he was gone. Traded to Seattle. But the Phillies... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Philliedelphia
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Ruben Amaro, Jr. has Cuban blood. His grandfather, Santos Amaro, has a Cuban background. But, the Phillies general manager has not let his ancestry push the Phillies toward signing any of the many free agent Cuban players in recent years. Today, Amaro explained why: there is simply too much risk.... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Philliedelphia
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Photo: Philliedelphia/Kevin Durso The rich got richer the yesterday when the Boston Red Sox landed free agent infielder Yoan Moncada. Moncada worked out for reportedly 10-12 teams, before agreeing to terms with the Boston Red Sox for a signing bonus around $30 million. The Red Sox will have to pay... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Philliedelphia
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The Phillies promotional schedule got a bit more defined last week when the team made some adjustments in time for tickets to go on sale (tickets became available on Thursday). The Phillies have mostly issued bobble figurines of current players (or in the case of Hunter Pence, recently traded players).... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Philliedelphia
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In part one of this series, we looked at ways one may travel from Philadelphia to Phillies Spring Training to Clearwater, Florida. Part today will look at options for where to stay when attending Spring Training. This decision is not as easy as it may seem. Two choices: beach or... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Philliedelphia
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Your browser does not support iframes.; Chase Utley does not say much. But when he does speak, Utley appears to have an affinity for a certain "f" word. First were the mic'd Utley's response to boos in New York during the All-Star game at Yankee Stadium. Then came the World... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Philliedelphia
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Ruben Amaro, Jr., with 97.5 the Fanatic's Mike Missanelli during Spring Training 2013 Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro, Jr., was very blunt while making an appearance on 97.5 the Fanatic in December: the Phillies are better off without Ryan Howard. Even though you know it, I know it, Amaro knows... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Philliedelphia
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Eyebrows were raised a little bit last week when the Phillies scheduled media availability for all of the team's veteran players. That is, all of the big-name veterans except for first baseman Ryan Howard. It seemed like a stretch at the time, but perhaps the reason was that Howard was... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Philliedelphia
Cole Hamels talking 2day and sounds like he is backtracking fr comments in USA today bout wanting to go place and win pic.twitter.com/aEhk62wNfl — Howard Eskin (@howardeskin) February 21, 2015 Cole Hamels took his turn at the mic today and tried to find a balance between comments he made to... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2015 at Philliedelphia
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Friday was Jonathan Papelbon's turn to do the Phillies media. While Cole Hamels wishes he was somewhere else and Cliff Lee plays with his Magic 8 Ball, Papelbon was equally blunt...and equally critical. In his meeting with the media, Papelbon said that he is not on board with the Phillies... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2015 at Philliedelphia
Lee is now using a magic eight ball to answer questions for him. pic.twitter.com/HAo9L27N3m — Ryan Lawrence (@ryanlawrence21) February 19, 2015 The Phillies circus media circuit continues. Today's interview was that of Phillies left-hander Cliff Lee, who is coming off of an elbow injury and reports to camp hoping to... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2015 at Philliedelphia
View image | gettyimages.com The Phillies pitchers and catchers have yet to have their cleats touch the chilly Clearwater turf yet. However, thanks to a long Phillies offseason of publicly and not-publicly shopping their ace pitcher Cole Hamels and publicly stating that the Phillies were better off without Ryan Howard... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2015 at Philliedelphia
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Courtesy the Wall Street Journal Alex Rodriguez is sorry. How Rodriguez chose to share this with the world was a hand-written letter for all fans to see that he really truly, for real, is actually, legitimately sorry after lying to everyone for so long. Since the apology is really basic... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2015 at Philliedelphia
View image | gettyimages.com The Los Angeles Dodgers are built to win right now. That is why their offseason included acquisitions of shortstop Jimmy Rollins, second baseman Howie Kendrick that cost the team prospects. However, the Dodgers' win-now attitude could be in jeopardy after one of their key players has... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2015 at Philliedelphia
View image | gettyimages.com The Phillies made another big move in the front office today. The Phillies already elevated Hall of Fame general manager Pat Gillick to the role of president, pushing aside long-time president David Montgomery to the chairman role he held before taking over the reigns of the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2015 at Philliedelphia
View image | gettyimages.com Last night a news report from the Fox Station in Fort Myers, Florida, announced that Eagles safety Nate Allen had been arrested. Allen was pulled over by police after an allegation that Allen exposed himself was made to police. The initial report only indicated that Allen... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2015 at Eagledelphia
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The Phillies are ready to break camp and the roster is still loaded with veterans that the team was unable to move. So, as Spring Training opens, the Phillies have made several veteran players available to the media for the inevitable barrage of questions that are on the minds of... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2015 at Philliedelphia
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The Phillies pitchers and catchers are due to report tomorrow morning to Clearwater, with the first workout coming on Thursday. As I write this, the weather is 72 degrees in Clearwater, with partly cloudy skies, while I am putting off going outside to shovel out my car and walkways. If... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2015 at Philliedelphia
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The NBA stars return to the court tonight to show off their different skill sets in "All-Star Saturday" from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Players from not just the All-Star rosters, but the entire league, will compete in the Shooting Stars Challenge, the Skills Challenge, Three Point Shootout and the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2015 at Sixerdelphia