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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: Philliedelphia/Frank Klose During last night's Phillies game, Ryan Howard seemed to hit a new low. When all Howard had to do was simply make contact and the Phillies would win the game, he was unable. Having suffered a gruesome achillies injury that some never recover from, Howard still has... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Philliedelphia
#452046650 / gettyimages.com If you stayed up late last night and watched the end of the game, you saw that the Phillies lost to the Giants 9-6. Taking the first two losses in this set of four with the Giants, the Phillies will look to punch their way to a... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Philliedelphia
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What happens when you give up four runs in the bottom of the 14th inning and the team is desperate for an arm that has not thrown? The answer is that you will lose your place on the Phillies roster. Jeff Manship, last night's losing pitcher in the 14-inning marathon,... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Philliedelphia
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He was supposed to be the next big slugger and a really important part of his team's offense. After an offensive explosion of home runs and putting together a season that would put him on the map, he struggled. What seemed like a prolific power hitter and anchor in the... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Philliedelphia
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The Phillies and Giants went into the game with full knowledge that their starters were not likely to go deep into the game. So, the worst thing that could possibly happen for either side was an extra inning game. Therefore, the game went a whole 14 innings and almost six... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Philliedelphia
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The Phillies looked overmatched on paper going into game two. Matt Cain, long-time top starting pitcher, hit the disabled list today. Cain was tonight's scheduled starter. Yusmeiro Petit will get the spot start in Cain's place. Petit is 3-3 with a 3.86 ERA. Petit's workload includes five starts and 21... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Philliedelphia
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The Phillies have not used John Mayberry Jr. too often in recent days. Perhaps it was for good reason: Mayberry has an injury. Thus, Mayberry will head to the disabled list, according to CSN Philly's Jim Salisbury: To recap. Mayberry to DL with left wrist inflammation. Darin Ruf recalled. —... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Philliedelphia
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The Phillies are open for business and two of their relievers are getting attention from around baseball. This time it is the Detroit Tigers. The Tigers reportedly are interested in left-handed reliever Antonio Bastardo, and perhaps even Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon. Jon Morosi of Fox Sports has the scoop: Tigers... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Philliedelphia
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Photo: Philliedelphia/Steve Trapani Phillies ace Cliff Lee returned both to the mound and to to trade rumors on Monday night, in a loss to the San Francisco Giants. While Lee was almost predictably rusty, many scouts were in attendance. In negotiating Cliff Lee's contract, Lee retained the rights to pick... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Philliedelphia
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Some roster moves today as the Phillies welcomed back a few injured players. But there were some casualties: According to Jim Salisbury of CSN Philly, the Phillies made three cuts: Tony Gwynn, Jr. has been designated for assignment Cesar Hernandez has been optioned to AAA Lehigh Valley Koyie Hill has... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Philliedelphia
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Sometimes the parts are greater than the whole. The Philadelphia Phillies team is a total disaster in every way: poor hitting, poor fielding, poor pitching... But yet, the Phillies have many parts that would be more valuable to other teams. The Phillies could almost instantly have a rebuilt farm system.... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Philliedelphia
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Though likely to cause some Phillies fans to get upset, there will be no keeping second baseman Chase Utley out of trade discussion this trade season. While the Phillies just re-signed Utley last season with the idea that both sides were very committed to each other, that has not kept... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Philliedelphia
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The Phillies continue towards the trade deadline with perhaps the single trade candidate who could bring the best return: pitcher Cole Hamels. Whether the Phillies wish to actually trade Hamels, or are doing their due diligence, remains to be seen. One report this morning seems to indicate that they have... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Philliedelphia
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When the Phillies signed Marlon Byrd, it was a homecoming for Byrd. Watching Byrd play during Spring Training, reunited with Ryan Howard, Jimmy Rollins, and Chase Utley, he seemed excited to be with them again. Byrd said the right things last week when asked about being traded, including that he... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Philliedelphia
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The Phillies added a player they long coveted on Thursday night in outfielder Grady Sizemore. Once one of the game's top young talents, Sizemore has battled injury since 2011 after four years of 20+ home runs and 20+ stolen bases. After a roster crunch caused the Boston Red Sox to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2014 at Philliedelphia
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The Philadelphia brass may have a rooting interest in where LeBron James signs this off-season. No, not because he could be coming to Philadelphia nor because the Sixers are looking to compete with Miami this year, but because of the other dominoes it knocks down. Liberty Ballers is reporting that... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2014 at Sixerdelphia
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Earlier today, Rich Wilkins wrote up a trade candidate profile of Phillies starter Cole Hamels, the first in a series that Rich will write. Rich identified some of the teams that he felt that Hamels could go to in a deal: The Dodgers could put together the best package, and... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2014 at Philliedelphia
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There was a point this season that Chase Utley was clearly an All-Star. But, Utley has regressed to the point that he sat during Sunday's finale against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Yet, fan votes decide the All-Star team, so Utley was elected to the All-Star team today. Anthony Rendon of the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2014 at Philliedelphia
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The Phillies outfield production has been consistent in 2014. Unfortunately, it has been consistently awful. John Mayberry Jr. (.219 average with .718 OPS), Domonic Brown, (.224 average and .596 OPS) and Tony Gwynn Jr. (.165 average with .499 OPS) have helped make the Phillies one of the worst offenses in... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2014 at Philliedelphia
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In the ninth inning, before Marlon Byrd hit a home run to bring the Phillies within one, two prominent Phillies employees checked out. Scott Palmer, who does public relations for the team, and miserable Aramark food slinger Greg Luzinski both apparently had seen enough. I caught this picture of the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2014 at Philliedelphia
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One half of an exhibition into the season, and Philadelphia has already lost a guy for the season. Back up guard Pierre Jackson reportedly tore his Achilles in the first half following a collision near the scorer’s table. He had to be carried off the court by teammates Ronald Roberts... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2014 at Sixerdelphia
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Congratulations are in order to Phillies outfielder Domonic Brown and his girlfriend Stephanie Gayle. The couple welcomed London Skyler Brown into the world today. Gayle included these two pictures on her Instagram account this evening. From the looks of the pictures, baby, mom, and dad are all doing very well. Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2014 at Philliedelphia
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Ugly Phillies hats are a tradition in Major League Baseball. Pick an occasion that happens here or there, make a new hat for it, and charge $34.99 to sell them. We've been through plenty of ugly alternate hats throughout the years, and the baseball has added one more: All-Star hats.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2014 at Philliedelphia
#495051423 / gettyimages.com Last night's extra-innings loss to the Marlins drove the Phillies deeper into last place as they fell to the Marlins 5-4 in 11 frames. The Phils showed signs of life late in the game as Marlon Byrd and Cody Asche went back-to-back off Kevin Gregg to tie... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2014 at Philliedelphia
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Some fans of the 76ers had their enthusiasm curbed on Thursday evening when they ended the night with two first round picks, Joel Embiid and Dario Saric, which will not contribute on the court immediately. However, no one said that would prohibit either from helping the Sixers in other ways.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2014 at Sixerdelphia