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Spare me another article on athletes missing out on the last ounce of their privilege due to the coronavirus quarantine Continue reading
The damage to spectator sports might not be so much that we don’t have them right now. The damage might very well be that when they return we’ll no longer want them around. Continue reading
Embed from Getty Images By Mitch Nathanson, Historical Columnist Regardless of whether you found yesterday's unveiling of a rejiggered Phanatic acceptable or not we should all be clear as to what that unveiling represents: the organization's determination to hoard every last dollar out there. Without getting into the specifics of... Continue reading
Do you like our new green man? We do not like him, say Phillies fans. Continue reading
The Phillies reacted to the death of Kobe Bryant by retiring Roy Halladay's number. Wait, what? Continue reading
Baseball’s original sin resides in the chasm between what we want it to be and what it in fact is. When it fails it’s not that it fails differently but that it fails in ways that show that its no different than any other institution in American life Continue reading
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Mike Fiers's sin was not lying but telling too much of the truth. In the insular world of baseball, he'll be made to suffer for it. Continue reading
Embed from Getty Images By Mitch Nathanson, Historical Columnist ‘Twas the night before Christmas and throughout CBP No one was happy, least of all Girardi The winter meetings took place just a few days before, Where they won a few battles but just lost the war. For while Didi was... Continue reading
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Marvin Miller spoke the words that set the players free. Dick Allen lived them. Cooperstown should take note of that reality. Continue reading
Embed from Getty Images By Mitch Nathanson, Historical Columnist Seeking to capitalize on the growing number of fans not in any way interested in actually watching professional sports, executives of both the Phillies and Flyers have recently undertaken bold initiatives to tap into this burgeoning market. “We recognize that along... Continue reading
Embed from Getty Images By Mitch Nathanson, Historical Columnist Kevin Cook watched a four-decade-old baseball game on the internet and decided to write 253 pages about it. Or at least that’s how it feels. Although his book is officially titled “Ten Innings at Wrigley,” the first two-thirds of it screams,... Continue reading
The brainwashing is nearly complete. Baseball is not only run by bean counters; its most ardent supporters consider themselves kindred spirits. To the astonishment of just about everybody, the accountants won. Who knew they were even playing? Continue reading
Embed from Getty Images By Mitch Nathanson, Historical Columnist The demise of Deadspin has me thinking: who will be the Phillies’ fourth starter next season? Not really. It has me wondering where I’ll go to get the snarky, biting, tough insight I always looked forward to every time I clicked... Continue reading
Embed from Getty Images By Mitch Nathanson, Historical Columnist If the rumors are true, then be afraid. Be very afraid. If the Phillies are, in fact, considering Dusty Baker, Joe Girardi, Buck Showalter and – are you kidding me? —Mike Scioscia to be their manager next year, it’s over. Really,... Continue reading
Embed from Getty Images By Mitch Nathanson, Historical Columnist So the big question out there with regard to the recent dismantling of Sports Illustrated is What Does It All Mean? Of course, if we’re looking at this thing cosmically, Deadspin’s Ray Ratto is, as per his usual, right on the... Continue reading
Embed from Getty Images By Mitch Nathanson, Historical Columnist In a span of about a day earlier this week, baseball readers who follow such things were treated to what amounted to a succinct and well-argued summation of the existential box baseball finds itself trapped inside these days. With the start... Continue reading
Embed from Getty Images By Mitch Nathanson, Historical Columnist The last 24 hours haven’t been the best for the concept of free speech. Moments after smacking a game-winning home run last night, Sean Rodriguez smacked that portion of the Phillie fan base with the temerity to boo him beforehand. Those... Continue reading
Embed from Getty Images By Mitch Nathanson, Historical Columnist One of the more interesting aspects of the dust-up between the design firm Harrison-Erickson (H/E) and the Phillies over the copyright to the Phillie Phanatic is that H/E really, really, really does not want to win it. It finds itself in... Continue reading
Embed from Getty Images By Mitch Nathanson, Historical Columnist Following up on yesterday’s blockbuster news of a lawsuit between the Phillies and the design firm Harrison/Erickson, Inc. (H/E) over who ultimately owns the rights to the Phillie Phanatic, here’s how things got where they are and how they most likely... Continue reading
Embed from Getty Images By Mitch Nathanson, Historical Columnist Interesting article in the Inky the other day, pontificating on the future role of Nick Pivetta. Once considered a prime candidate to fill the role of starter, now considered for a role in the bullpen, his ultimate role remains unsettled. But... Continue reading
Embed from Getty Images By Mitch Nathanson, Historical Columnist With the Dodgers in town, no better time to dredge up the most disastrous moment in Phillies history. Which is saying something, because this franchise has been involved in more disasters than Godzilla. You can have your Mitch Williams/Joe Carter moment... Continue reading
Embed from Getty Images By Mitch Nathanson, Historical Columnist So you’re at work one day and your boss sidles over with a suggestion he swears will make you more productive and, therefore, more valuable to the company. As he talks through it everything sounds great – you’ll become markedly better... Continue reading
David Montgomery helped to create perhaps the most comfortable, welcoming work environment in professional sports during his decades with the Phillies. And the Phillies are forever playing catch-up on the field because of it. Continue reading
New Phillie Brad Miller was issued perhaps the most unwanted uniform number in franchise history. He probably won't wear it for long. Continue reading
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