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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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Some good news for Phillies fans looking for the team to rebuild: one top, young talented free agent is on the Phillies radar. Last month the Phillies held a private workout for Yasmany Tomas, a Cuban power hitting outfielder. Andy Martino of the New York Daily News (formerly Phillies beat... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Philliedelphia
The Flyers played tentatively in the early going. Chicago did not. Steve Mason was left high and dry and in a span of 2:06, the game was essentially over. Chicago out-shot Philadelphia, 19-9, in the first period and held a 3-0 lead. When all was said and done, the Blackhawks came away with a shutout win as the Flyers fell in Chicago, 4-0, on Tuesday night at United Center. Once again the Flyers got off to a slow start. They were out-shot, 8-1, through the first 10 minutes. That's when the wheels fell off. Brandon Saad opened the scoring at... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Flyerdelphia
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The Phillies secured one starting pitcher in the 2015 rotation today with a familiar face from the stretch of 2014. Jerome Williams, acquired on waivers from the Texas Rangers after the trade of Roberto Hernandez, will return to the Phillies rotation in 2015. According to a broadcast report during Comcast... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Philliedelphia
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October 14, 1979 With a 4-3 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs in the third game of the season, the Flyers were back over the .500 mark at 2-1-0. They hung on for the victory and were thrilled to get the bad taste out of their mouths from a 9-2 drubbing the night before in Atlanta. They wouldn’t have that taste of losing again for almost three months. That victory over Toronto was the beginning of an uncanny and certainly unexpected 35-game unbeaten streak (25-0-10) that still stands today as the longest undefeated streak in the history of major professional... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Flyerdelphia
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The Phillies were looking for pitching depth in the 2014 offseason. The team felt that they could get it in the form of right-handed pitcher Brad Lincoln. So, the Phillies shipped their backup catcher Erik Kratz and prospect Rob Rasmussen to the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for Kratz. While... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Philliedelphia
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The Phillies seem to be on the fence about what to do with outfielder Domonic Brown. Brown ranked near the bottom in many offensive categories among starting offensive players, and played questionable defense in left field. What could the Phillies do with Brown? The Detroit Tigers might be a good... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Philliedelphia
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On MLB Network Radio last week, Padres Manager Bud Black made an appearance on "Inside Pitch" as he often does. One of the questions asked by hosts Mike Ferrin and Jim Duquette had to do with his approach as a pitcher and what type of adjustments he made. A pitcher... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2014 at Philliedelphia
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When A.J. Burnett signed his deal with the Phillies, the headline in the email sent to fans indicated that the Phillies signed Burnett to a one-year deal. However, the number of starts Burnett made would give him a player option worth up to $12. 75 million for 2015. Burnett made... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2014 at Philliedelphia
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When the Phillies fired Assistant General Manager Marti Wolever, the team was letting go of a long-term employee who had overseen many Phillies drafts. Every draft from 2002 through 2014 was overseen by Wolever. In 2015, the Phillies draft will be overseen by Johnny Almaraz, who served as the Braves... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2014 at Philliedelphia
#455341160 / gettyimages.com Cody Asche can be a fun player to watch. Sometimes referred to as possessing some characteristics of teammate Chase Utley, Asche is seen as a player who plays the game hard, and does some nice things on the field. 2014 was Asche's first year as a starting... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2014 at Philliedelphia
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Prior to 1971 when someone named Harry Kalas came to town, Bill Campbell was the voice of the Phillies. Campbell never left Philadelphia and was well-known to even those who did not hear him call Phillies games. Today, Campbell died at age 91. Campbell had a long and celebrated career... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2014 at Philliedelphia
#458918815 / gettyimages.com Eagles outside linebacker Trent Cole has been around long enough to understand the landscape of the NFC east and who represents this team's biggest rival. When asked after Sunday's 34-28 win over the St. Louis Rams who he and his teammates anticipate playing the most every season,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2014 at Eagledelphia
#151632744 / gettyimages.com Yesterday's report from Howard Eskin of Fox 29 indicated that Phillies ownership had used President and CEO David Montgomery's health as an excuse to push him out of the top spot. Former Phillies General Manager and highly respected baseball man Pat Gillick took his place on a... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2014 at Philliedelphia
#120221430 / gettyimages.com The Phillies have existed in a limited partnership, in which a CEO and President made all the baseball decisions, while the owners did nothing. According to a report, that is about to change. As more of the Phillies owners pass away, Phillies minority owner John Middleton, a... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2014 at Philliedelphia
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The Phillies had a near-major league prospect in left-handed starter Adam Morgan. That is, until he tore his rotator cuff in May, 2013. After missing a couple months with that injury, Morgan made only 16 starts in 2013 before being shut down for all of 2014. Finally, Morgan is on... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2014 at Philliedelphia
#453747524 / gettyimages.com The offseason has begun, and so will repairs of various ailments the Phillies players have. Three players are going to go under the knife this offseason, Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports. Zolecki also updates us on pitcher Cliff Lee, who ended 2014 on the disabled list. Carlos... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2014 at Philliedelphia
#451407284 / gettyimages.com The Phillies signed a young second baseman out of Venezuela at the young age of 16. While it feels like Hernandez has been in the Phillies system forever, he had to grow up while playing in the Phillies system. A very talented second baseman, Hernandez has been... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2014 at Philliedelphia
Steve, When there are young players to watch. I really enjoyed the latter part of 2013 because it felt like there was going to be a new atmosphere. Asche, Hernandez, Ruf all playing, and doing pretty well. Asche got to play, but the team buried the other two. As good as Marlon Byrd was for the Phillies, that was one more veteran taking playing time away from young players.
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The son of Philadelphia Phillies owner John Middleton took to Twitter to take to give a long rant about the state of the Philadelphia Phillies and their fans. It started perhaps because he was tired of answering questions about the team. This Middleton is a Hollywood producer, not the owner.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2014 at Philliedelphia
#456222996 / gettyimages.com Much of the talk before the Phillies played Sunday's season finale against the Atlanta Braves at Citizens Bank Park centered around whether or not Sunday's game would be Ryan Howard's last game as a Phillie. The fans seemed to wonder as much as well, as they gave... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2014 at Philliedelphia
Phillies second baseman Chase Utley always was the shy type. That could be why when ordering a hoagie and french fries at Tony Luke's in South Philadelphia, Utley reportedly used a fake name. Local journalist Jason Wolf reports that when placing his order at the local eatery, Utley used the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2014 at Philliedelphia
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2014 has been a forgettable season for Phillies righthander A.J. Burnett. Dealing with a sports hernia for the duration of the season, Burnett has compiled an 8-17 record and 4.53 ERA heading into his final start. Burnett could be making the final start of his major league career today. While... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2014 at Philliedelphia
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Changes began in the Phillies front office today when the Phillies relieved a long-term and high-ranking employee of his duties. Marti Wolever, a member of the Phillies staff since 1992, will not return to the Phillies in 2015. Wolever's primary role was overseeing the annual amateur draft. The Phillies released... Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2014 at Philliedelphia
#455499326 / gettyimages.com Jonathan Papelbon returned to the mound for the Phillies last night in their win over the Miami Marlins, closing out the game in the ninth inning to preserve a Kyle Kendrick win. This was Papelbon's first appearance since blowing a save to the Marlins last Sunday that... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2014 at Philliedelphia
#455889628 / gettyimages.com While the Eagles were wrapping up their third win of the season in three games, A.J. Burnett took the mound in Oakland to close out the Phillies' three-game series against the Athletics. Burnett was wild, but also injured; he looks like someone who is unwilling to quit.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2014 at Philliedelphia