Phillies

Glen Macnow: Maikel Franco, Odubel Herrera will decide whether Phillies can be great

As Philadelphia sports fans, we wait. We hope. We curse. We reminisce. When not one team has won a playoff round in 20 combined seasons, it’s all we can do.The 2017 Phillies, alas, will make that 21 combined. I’m not telling you something you don’t know. But the franchise has down-the-road...

Monday, April 3, 2017 - 1:12pm

Season preview: 6 intriguing Phillies storylines as 2017 season begins

Here's what to keep an eye on in the season's early going as things get underway on the diamond this week:Nola’s comebackThat saying, “one setback for a major comeback,” applies perfectly to what Aaron Nola will be dealing with during the 2017 season. Nola was tabbed to be the future ace of the...

Sunday, April 2, 2017 - 2:10pm

Opening Day start is another homecoming (of sorts) for Phillies' Jeremy Hellickson

They don't have a Major League Baseball team in Iowa, so the Cincinnati Reds are about as close as Jeremy Hellickson could get when he was growing up in Des Moines.Now nearing his 30th birthday, the Phillies starting pitcher is getting his second straight Opening Day start, ironically enough in...

Sunday, April 2, 2017 - 1:52pm

Phillies' Pete Mackanin hopes to keep same batting order all season

From 2007 until somewhere in 2012, Phillies fans far and wide knew the batting order without even looking. As Philly won five consecutive NL East titles, Jimmy Rollins always led off, Chase Utley always hit third and Ryan Howard was always batting cleanup.Pat Burrell, Raul Ibanez, Hunter Pence or...

Sunday, April 2, 2017 - 1:34pm

Aaron Nola will be Phillies No. 5 starter, but won't pitch like one

The Phillies and manager Pete Mackaninhave finished sculpting the 2017 Opening Day roster, rotation and lineup, and Aaron Nola — once the Phillies' future ace starter — will be pitching Saturday against the Nationals, the Phillies fifth game of the season.Nola was shut down with a right elbow...

Sunday, April 2, 2017 - 1:18pm

Phillies 2017 theme nights include 'Star Trek,' 'Game of Thrones,' Charlie Brown

The Phillies are expected to take a step forward on the field in 2017, perhaps knocking on the door of contention with an ambitious and talented young club.With an improved product on the field, the Phillies are also giving fans a bevy of other reasons (including an incredible variety of gourmet...

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 - 1:51pm

As spring training nears its end, where are the Phillies prospects?

Up until a few years ago, patience was a seldom used word around the Philadelphia sports world.It has since become synonymous with all of the city’s franchises, whether it be with Carson Wentz’s development, the Sixers’ process or the Flyers' stockpiling of high-end prospects. While the Sixers...

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 - 12:49am

Phillies make risky decision to bring back 'college nights'

Any Phillies fan who was around in 2007 remembers college nights.The team offered an exceptionally reduced ticket price back in April of that year for anyone with a college ID. It ended pretty much how one would expect.In addition to a small handful of drunken fans running onto the field that...

Tuesday, March 28, 2017 - 11:25pm

5 ways to get drunk at Citizens Bank Park this Phillies season

Baseball games used to be known, alcoholwise at least, for serving plain old generic American beer.And while the Phillies make it pretty simple to get a Bud Light almost anytime you want at Citizens Bank Park, they've continued to expand their adult beverage offerings just as they offer more and...

Tuesday, March 28, 2017 - 10:45pm

Glen Macnow: My guide to predicting the Phillies 2017 win total

The Phillies won 71 games in 2016. Vegas odds have them ever-so-slightly improved, putting this season’s over-under at 72.5. So what’s your number? Here’s a handy guide. For each question you answer “yes” to, add two wins to 72.5. For each “no,” subtract two.1.Will Aaron Nola and Vince Velasquez,...

Monday, March 27, 2017 - 10:53pm

Fantasy baseball: Add Greg Bird, Marcus Semien, Aaron Nola

Our long national nightmare is nearly over. No, not that one…here we’re referring to the lack of baseball. Opening Day is right around the corner, and not a moment too soon.After last week’s look at the busts, let’s end draft season on a happy note with the 2017 All-Bargain team.Catcher: Brian...

Monday, March 27, 2017 - 2:29am

Should Phillies be concerned with struggling starting pitching?

The Phillies are stuck in a transition phase when it comes to their starting rotation.They aren't quite turning the page, ready to rely on young and upcoming pitching — but they also aren't relying on a staff of wry old veterans.With Jeremy Hellickson and Clay Buchholzanchoring the Phils' rotation...

Monday, March 27, 2017 - 1:08am

Dallas Green, Phillies' World Series manager, dies at 82

Dallas Green, who as Phillies manager took the team to their first World Series title in 1980, died Wednesday. He was 82."The Phillies have lost a great man and wonderful friend," the Phillies organization posted on Twitter. "Our thoughts and prayers are with his family."He died of kidney failure...

Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 12:28am

Dozens eager for chance to snag foul balls at Phillies games

Deep in the underground tunnels beneath Citizens Bank Park, Terry Ryan stood in a line with about 40 other young women waiting for a shot to become a ball girl for the Philadelphia Phillies.She looked around at those attending Friday’s tryout and acknowledged that she wasn’t a typical ball-girl...

Monday, March 13, 2017 - 5:00am

Phillies spring training: Whose stock is up, whose is down after two weeks?

With just about half of Phillies spring training in the books, there has been a lot to sort through on the field. Is this team as good offensively as it appears to be? Will the pitching improve?As position battles head up in advance of cuts starting, here's a look at a handful of players who have...

Sunday, March 12, 2017 - 4:10pm

Phillies offense shining, pitching sliding in spring training reversal

The Phillies haven't been contenders since 2011, back when the remnants of their World Series squad were still among the best players in baseball.Now with every single member of the 2008 title squad gone, the new-look Phillies are in spring training hoping to make strides.If the first two weeks of...

Thursday, March 9, 2017 - 2:25am

Fantasy Baseball: Say no to Billy Hamilton, Carlos Martinez, Eric Hosmer

Everyone loves chasing the next big thing in fantasy baseball. There’s nothing more satisfying than finding a bargain, after all. But experienced fantasy owners know that correctly identifying players whose draft-day prices are too high can be even more critical to their championship hopes. Here...

Sunday, March 5, 2017 - 4:49pm

2017 Fantasy Baseball sleepers: Dansby Swanson, Jarrod Dyson

In recent years, the amount of publicly available information about baseball has increased substantially in both quantity and quality. As a result, it’s become more difficult to identify fantasy sleepers, or even to agree on whether the term means much of anything anymore. If your league is...

Wednesday, March 1, 2017 - 1:59pm

Bringing the power: Phillies lead all MLB teams in homers this spring

The Phillies have an embarrassment of riches on offense this season.With so many closely grouped, young talented players fighting for 25 roster spots, there has been impressive play by both household names — like Maikel Franco (who started the spring with four hits in five at bats) —and dark horses...

Tuesday, February 28, 2017 - 3:31pm

Glen Macnow: For Phillies, losing seasons end now

You’ve been resilient, Phillies fans. Hanging loyal through the demise of Halladay, Utley and Howard. Mothballing those No. 6 Rollins and No. 35 Hamels jerseys when your favorite ballpark apparel became mere nostalgic keepsakes.You gritted your teeth through Dom Brown and Ben Revere. Attended games...

Monday, February 20, 2017 - 1:46pm