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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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Mike Adams, we hardly knew ye. The Phillies announced officially that they would be declining Mike Adams' contract option for 2015: The Phillies have declined their option on RHP Mike Adams for the 2015 season. #PhilliesUpdate — Phillies (@Phillies) October 30, 2014 Adams signed a two-year, $12 million deal with... Continue reading
Posted 58 minutes ago at Philliedelphia
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Earlier this offseason, the Phillies had stated that the entire coaching staff from 2014 was "invited to return". That meant, of course, that those not under contract would certainly be allowed to pursue other options before deciding to accept. The Phillies announced today (via Todd Zolecki of MLB.com) that the... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Philliedelphia
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Brayden Schenn and Wayne Simmonds were acquired from the Los Angeles King in the same trade, and have seemed to almost always be on the same line since. They don’t have outstanding numbers as just a pair, but looking deeper into the numbers shows some surprising results. Schenn and Simmonds had a corsi for percentage of under 50 (48%) when they were together last year overall. However, would their 3rd line mate have a significant impact on their play? When Schenn and Simmonds were on the ice with Vincent Lecavalier, they struggled. Unfortunately this was one of the most common... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Flyerdelphia
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Wikipedia Commons One of Major League Baseball's brightest young players has died in a terrible tragedy. Oscar Tavares, considered one of the top prospects in Major League Baseball, has reportedly died in a car accident in his home country the Dominican Republic: Can now confirm: Oscar Taveras, 22, has died... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Philliedelphia
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The Phillies have been very aggressive this offseason in terms of number of moves, considering that the World Series is not over yet. You might ask, "Aggressive? Jerome Williams and Grady Sizemore?" These moves may not be the minor moves that they appear to be on the surface. Instead, these... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Philliedelphia
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On this day in 1979, Tim Kerr was signed by the Flyers as an undrafted free agent out of the Ontario Junior Hockey League as a member of the Kingston Canadians. This 6'3" forward was not the greatest skater, but the Flyers scouts liked his size and his knack for scoring goals around the net. After playing in seven games with their AHL affiliate Maine Mariners in 1979-80, Kerr got his break – literally – with the big club in the 1980-81 season. He made the club when a roster spot opened up due to a broken leg suffered by... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Flyerdelphia
#454725128 / gettyimages.com When Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon opted out of his contract yesterday, fans from almost every team in baseball, including the Phillies, cried out for their team to hire Maddon as their manager. Maddon is generally regarded as one of the top managers in the game.... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Philliedelphia
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For the first time in the history of award, there were co-winners of the Roberto Clemente Award. The Roberto Clemente Award recognizes a player (or in this case two players) who embody the late Clemente's commitment to service to the community. Clemente died in a plane crash on New Years... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Philliedelphia
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Photo: Philliedelphia/Steve Trapani The Phillies have been relatively aggressive thus far this offseason, which technically has not begin yet, since as many as five games of the World Series remain. The Phillies re-signed free-agent-to-be Grady Sizemore and minor league catcher John Hester. Additionally, the Phillies outrighted outfielder Tony Gwynn Jr.,... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Philliedelphia
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Anaheim Goalie Frederik Anderson makes a save against the Flyers. (Photo by Amy Irvin/38Photography) Since losing their opener to the Penguins, the Anaheim Ducks are about as red hot as a team can be. Led by goaltender Frederik Anderson and right winger Corey Perry, the Ducks have won six in a row to move to 6-1-0 on the season. Anderson has been in net for all six victories during the streak. He has a 6-0 record on the year with a 1.32 goals against average, a .951 save percentage and one shutout. Offensively, Perry leads the team with eight goals... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Flyerdelphia
#120221528 / gettyimages.com Phillies fans may have thought this to themselves, but the Phillies interim president is being very clear: Do not expect the Phillies to contend anytime soon. In an interview with John Clark on CSN Philly, Gillick spoke about the rocky road the Phillies face ahead: "I think... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Philliedelphia
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The Phillies began adding offseason catching depth by adding a cather on a minor league deal. John Hester, most recently with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, has agreed to join the Phillies on a minor league deal with Spring Training invite, according to Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish:... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Philliedelphia
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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 Oct 22, 2014 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 Oct 21, 2014 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 Oct 21, 2014 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 Oct 18, 2014 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 Oct 18, 2014 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 Oct 16, 2014 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