1. Should the Phillies Wait to Extend Cole Hamels or Do It Now?

    Cole Hamels is a World Series MVP, a world-class pitcher, left-handed and just 28 years old. He's got that SoCal cool about him, a slightly high-pitched and nerdy sounding voice ...

    Ben Ringel Written by Ben Ringel about over 2 years ago 1,982 reads 6 comments

  2. Cole Hamels Beans Bryce Harper: Why Jordan Zimmermann Should Also Be Suspended

    Let me just start out by quoting Jim Leyland . When asked about Hamels' suspension, the Detroit Tigers manager said, "I think five games is way too light... Personally, if I was making that vote, it would be a 15-game suspension — at least...

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  3. Who Will Be a More Successful Big Leaguer: Domonic Brown or Trevor May?

    The Phillies have had their share of farm system success stories over the years. Pat Burrell, Cole Hamels, Ryan Howard, Scott Rolen, Jimmy Rollins and Chase Utley all rose through the minors to become successful and productive Phillies at some point...

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  4. Charlie Manuel's 10 Worst Managing Decisions of the Season

    Charlie Manuel is a guy that players love to play for. He has a good feel for the pulse of his locker room, and that was on full display when he led the 2008 Phillies to a World Series title...

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  5. Why Joe Blanton Will Be an Impact Player for the Philadelphia Phillies in 2012

    Joe Blanton doesn't seem to get a lot of respect among us Phillies fans. We give him nicknames like Heavy B (a nickname I love), want him traded to free up salary space (an idea ...

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  6. Philadelphia Phillies: 7 Reasons Juan Pierre Should Be the Everyday Left Fielder

    After years and years of Pat Burrell and Raul Ibanez manning left field on a day-to-day basis, the Phillies actually had an opening at the position entering 2012. While John Mayberry, Jr...

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  7. Philadelphia Phillies: Why It's Premature to Proclaim the Dynasty Dead

    Well, this isn't exactly the start that we were hoping for. The Phillies have struggled out of the gates early on in this 2012 season, which has understandably brought out some panic and frustration among Philly fans...

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  8. Philadelphia Phillies: Don't Be so Quick to Throw Freddy Galvis Under the Bus

    To anyone who might be freaking out about Freddy Galvis : calm down! It's not that big of a deal that Galvis hit into two double plays in his Major League debut, couldn't get ...

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  9. Philadelphia Phillies: Second-Guessing Charlie Manuel's Roster Decisions

    Let me start by saying that Charlie Manuel is the man. He's the bees knees. He's the perfect manager for this club. You also have to love his interviews after the game...

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  10. Philadelphia Phillies: 10 Reasons They Can Overcome Injury Devastation

    As the Phillies play their final spring games before starting the 2012 season, they are in an unenviable position: many of the key offensive players on the Phils are seriously hurt, and will not be ready to go when the games start to matter...

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  11. Philadelphia Phillies: Ryan Madson's Injury Doesn't Validate Papelbon's Contract

    As I'm sure everyone knows by now, Ryan Madson will miss the 2012 season due to a torn ligament in his right elbow ...

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  12. 11 Unexpected Occurrences That Have Complicated the Phillies' Roster Decisions

    To say the Phillies have had an interesting spring training so far would be an understatement. This Spring has already been chock full of injuries, comebacks, setbacks, unheralded players thriving and established players struggling...

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  13. Philadelphia Phillies: Why the Team Needs to Start Domonic Brown

    Just last season, Domonic Brown was one of the top rated prospects in all of baseball. An elite future seemed imminent, and the only question was when Brown would be given an opportunity to get it started...

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  14. Philadelphia Phillies: Handicapping the Phillies' Left Field Battle

    As much as Phillies fans will miss Raul Ibanez's humongous tobacco cheek, striking resemblance to guitarist Tom Morello , and tortoise-like speed, it's time we get used to the fact that the Phillies will have a new left fielder in 2012...

    Ben Ringel Written by Ben Ringel about over 2 years ago 2,575 reads 8 comments

  15. 10 Ways the Philadelphia Phillies Can Avoid Another First-Round Exit

    One stinking run. The Phillies , as we are all well aware, couldn't score a single run against the St. Louis Cardinals in the deciding game of last year's NLDS...

    Ben Ringel Written by Ben Ringel about over 2 years ago 1,845 reads 5 comments

  16. MLB Spring Training 2012: Philadelphia Phillies Debut a Fast Outfield

    Even though the Phillies lost their Grapefruit League opener to the New York Yankees on Saturday, there was a lot to like about the afternoon...

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  17. 11 Philadelphia Phillies Debuting New 'Looks' This Spring

    While nothing may seem more peaceful than stretching and having a catch in the Florida sun, many of the inhabitants of the baseball world find their roles and bodies in flux during spring training...

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  18. MLB Postseason Expands to 10 Teams: How It Affects the NL East in 2012

    The big baseball news of the day, reported by Ken Rosenthal, is that starting this season the postseason field in each league will expand by one wild-card team...

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  19. Philadelphia Phillies: Ryan Howard's Achilles Checkup Overshadows Good News

    While most of the media reports concerning Ryan Howard leaving spring training today to get his surgically-repaired Achilles checked mentioned the words "setback" and "scare," few ...

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  20. MLB Spring Training 2012: Predicting Every NL East Team's Home Run Leader

    Strikeouts are alright, steals are fine and outfield assists are nice, but home runs are still the most consistently exciting and gratifying plays in baseball...

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  21. 10 Ways a Tough NL East Could Help the Phillies in 2012

    In 2011, the Phillies finished 30 games ahead of the Marlins . Now, in a new stadium in Miami, the Marlins enter 2012 with a new manager (Ozzie Guillen); some new all-stars (Jose ...

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  22. Philadelphia Phillies: Kyle Kendrick's Contract Extension Is Puzzling

    The Philadelphia Phillies announced today that they have signed Kyle Kendrick to a two-year contract extension worth $7.5 million through 2013...

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  23. Philadelphia Phillies: Projecting the Opening Day Bullpen

    Believe it or not, sources have confirmed that the Philadelphia Phillies actually do plan on using relief pitchers this season...

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  24. Philadelphia 76ers: 4 Most Useless Players on the Roster

    The 76ers are one of the best stories in the NBA this season. When a group of teammates come together and play hard (especially on defense) for a common goal, they are certainly ...

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  25. Super Bowl XLVI Aftermath: Why Eli Manning Still Isn't "Better" Than Peyton

    Stop it. Please, producers of Around the Horn, PTI, and Sportscenter, stop asking the panelists, commentators, and hosts if Eli is better than Peyton now. This article is not meant to disparage Eli Manning or the New York Giants in any way...

    Ben Ringel Written by Ben Ringel about over 2 years ago 411 reads 2 comments