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Ryan Howard Starts His Last Phillies Spring Training

I started following the Phillies again over Ryan Howard. He captured my attention back in 2004.  As a 24-year-old, he had hit 46 home runs between AA and AAA that season.  He finally did get the call as a September … Continue reading

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Let’s Get The 2016 Phillies Spring Training Season Started!

It was one of those Ernie Banks,”let’s play two” days here in Clearwater. Especially when temperatures touch 70 degrees under a clear blue sky. Phillies pitchers and catchers reported along with other position players who wanted to getting a head … Continue reading

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Battle For The Phillies First Baseman Of The Future Starts In Spring Training

When Phillies General Manager said,  “In our situation it would probably bode better for the organization not with [Howard] but without him.”,  the first base job was officially declared open.  The only problem was no other team considered themselves better … Continue reading

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Who is the heir apparent to Ryan Howard? Could it be Rhys Hoskins?

One of the recurring questions this offseason has been what to do with Ryan Howard?  Article after article has been written to about this problem.  It seems no one wants him including the Phillies.  General Manager Ruben Amaro Jr. has … Continue reading

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Dylan Cozens Off To A Big Start In Australian Baseball Pre-Season Action

Offseason baseball is in full swing and Phillies prospects are busy in many places.  Dylan Cozens is off to a big start in preseason Australian action for the Melbourne Aces.  Darin Ruf is struggling and Maikel Franco made his debut … Continue reading

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Which Phillies Prospect Will Be The Next Ken Giles and Breakout This Offseason?

The 2013 season was a fascinating breakout year for Phillies, now set-up eight inning reliever, Ken Giles.  In mid season with the Clearwater Threshers that year we watched him go down on the mound after throwing a pitch with an … Continue reading

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The Phillies Have A Power Outage At the A Ball Level and The AAA and AA Teams Have Injuries

If you look at blocks of ten games during the season, the Phillies two A ball teams are off to the worst start of any teams in minor league baseball.  After the first ten games of the season the Clearwater … Continue reading

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Who’s Standing Behind The Batting Cages Can Tell Interesting Stories in Phillies Spring Training

I like to see who is standing behind the batting cage when batting practice takes place in  Phillies spring training.  This morning after base running and fielding drills on Schmidt and Ashburn Fields, I drifted over to Roberts and Carlton … Continue reading

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Can The Phillies Kyrell Hudson and Brody Colvin Have Breakout Minor League Seasons?

Last season we had chances to see three of the best breakout seasons ever by Cody Asche early with the Clearwater Threshers, Darin Ruf late with the Reading Phillies and Tyler Cloyd all season at AA, AAA and with the … Continue reading

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Jesse Biddle out pitches R.A. Dickey In a Four Inning Start in the AAA Game

It was like “Cy  Current” vs. “Cy Future”  this afternoon at Englebert Field in Dunedin in a AAA game with the Phillies and the Blue Jays.  Two, two run home runs, one by Cody Overbeck and the other by rehabbing … Continue reading

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