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PostHeaderIcon Champion Charlie: Manuel owns Wall of Fame Night

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There are many ways to look at the Phillies season in all its forms – the struggles, the failures, the incompetence at fundamentals. It is a far cry from where the Phillies were when Charlie Manuel was at the helm.

Manuel’s tenure as Phillies manager ended on Aug. 16, 2013. Almost exactly a year later, Manuel was enshrined as part of the Phillies Wall of Fame.

“I never would look for awards,” Manuel said, “but if somebody wanted to give me something I’ll take it.” Read the rest of this entry »

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PostHeaderIcon Remember When: Howard’s slam takes you back

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Kevin Durso/Phillies Network

There was a time when no one would leave the ballpark before the final out. There was always a chance for the Fightin’ Phils.

That has been non-existent of late. The Phillies trailed 5-1 to the equally-lowly Astros heading to the eighth. The ballpark, which used to house 45,000 fans on a daily basis, held 26,609 fans on Thursday night. Many of them left then.

Ryan Howard made them pay by taking everyone who stayed back to a time when the Phillies made regular rallies like the one they had on Thursday. He went back to the days when he was a feared hitter at the plate and everybody was thinking about the best-case scenario, not a struggling shell of his former self.

Howard said following Tuesday’s game that people forget what he’s done and focus too much on the present. The present isn’t pretty. As a whole, it is enlarged into a detailed report. If it’s Howard, it’s what Howard is doing wrong.

The same goes for every player on the team. The negatives outweigh the positives and the focus is greater on shortcomings and failures.

The one way to put all of them behind, for a week, a day, an hour is to have success. Instead of delivering the poor result, the result that helps the losses stack up, Howard delivered the win. That’s what people remember. Read the rest of this entry »

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PostHeaderIcon A Letter to Fans of Phillies Network

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Dear Readers,

For most of the past two weeks, there has been an ongoing buildup to the Phillies trade deadline and a lot of discussion to be had. I have been sharing my articles from this website, Phillies Network, throughout that time and have been overwhelmed with the response.

These may not be good times for the Phillies, but it was one of the best weeks I have ever had in regards to the website, not in terms of anything related to profit or readership, but just general interest.

I started Phillies Network nearly five years ago on August 11, 2009. At the time, I was preparing to start my senior year of high school.

There were times when I would find writing for the website to be a bit of a chore, thinking who is honestly going to read this piece that I have forced upon myself to write. There were also times where the writing didn’t seem worth it given my other activities. I have done this alone for five years as a way to showcase my writing on the Phillies and at times, things in college would become too much for me to stay active on the page. So I haven’t been able to put as much into the site at times as I would like for reasons out of my control.

I did not feel that way at all in the last two weeks. It was possibly the most fun I have had sharing things with readers and that goes through playoff runs of two seasons and several other historic moments.

The good times don’t always bring in readers. But this week has been so worth it.

On another note, it hasn’t all been related to the Phillies. I’ve shared articles on the Eagles and Flyers during this time as well and the readership and interest remains high.

The greatest thing I get out of writing is the ability to publish my work and engage a conversation. This week was one of the best for it and I cannot thank you enough for it.

To all of the readers and supporters of all of my efforts this week, whether you read something off of Phillies Network, Eagledelphia or Flyerdelphia. I thank you so much. If you were a long-time reader and follower of any of these sites, thank you for your continued support of my work as well as the work of my colleagues and friends. If you were a new reader, I hope that this week encourages you to stick around, keep reading and discuss things in the future.

This week was only the beginning for me. It was the most anticipated thing I had written about in a long time. The Phillies season has not been exciting. There are days like Saturday and Sunday where a recap doesn’t matter – you don’t need to relive it any more than I do. But it is because of you that I feel that it is my duty to keep writing because if it wasn’t there, I feel that I would have let you down and not held up my end of this discussion.

In the coming weeks, you’ll see me talking more about the Eagles and Flyers as the sports year transitions to the fall and winter sports. Baseball will wrap up in another two months and that will send Phillies Network into a lighter period where baseball talk is not on the forefront.

Again, I hope you follow along. Here is some information to stay up to date on all of my efforts.

If you want to stay up on Phillies baseball, please follow the Facebook page for Phillies Network or follow on Twitter (@PhilliesNetwork). You can always subscribe to both by seeing the sidebar on the right of the screen and clicking on the Facebook and Twitter tabs.

For Eagles news, follow the Facebook page titled Eagledelphia: Football Talk Philadelphia and on Twitter @EagledelphiaPA. It is a highly successful site and you will see my work there a lot during the season.

The same goes for Flyers hockey. On Facebook, follow the page Flyerdelphia: Hockey Talk Philadelphia and on Twitter @Flyerdelphia. I serve as the primary writer there and will be busy during hockey season as well.

Additionally, you can follow me individually on Twitter @KDursoPhilsNet and subscribe to my public posts on Facebook.

I thank you so much for your readership and your conversation through these last two weeks and I hope you stick around to keep reading on all fronts. This is a true passion of mine and I hope that, most of all, that’s what you see when you read these pieces.

Thank you again and happy reading,

Kevin Durso
Creator/Editor/Lead Writer – Phillies Network
Contributor – Eagledelphia
Lead Beat Writer – Flyerdelphia

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PostHeaderIcon Get Organized: Phillies deadline silence continues endless circle of flawed thinking

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In the week leading up to the trade deadline, it was a very real possibility that the Phillies would do nothing. On Thursday afternoon, that nightmare became reality.

The Phillies made no moves at the deadline, leaving a roster struggling to compete completely in tact.

The reality that was realized on Thursday went further than the product on the field or the general manager’s office. The harsh reality is that, as a whole, the Phillies are not just a terrible baseball team. They are a horrible organization from top to bottom. Read the rest of this entry »

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PostHeaderIcon Bewitching Hour: All quiet for Phillies as deadline day hits

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The Phillies are trying to sell and sell high. Let’s put that out there right away.

Ruben Amaro Jr. knows what this time of year means to the Phillies. This is the time for the Phillies to try to take a step back in the right direction. They get there overnight but anything will be a start.

With exactly 24 hours remaining before the deadline, the Phillies lost in humiliating fashion to the New York Mets, 11-2. It wasn’t the first game like that. It won’t be the last.

But this is the day where positives can begin. That’s where the Phillies have a problem.

There is nowhere to go. Amaro is working the phones, trying to deal players. But he also wants a return. He’s not getting that return.

With less than eight hours remaining before the deadline passes, here’s the latest on the Phillies trade efforts and what they mean. Read the rest of this entry »

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PostHeaderIcon UPDATE: No serious efforts from Phillies to trade Hamels

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UPDATE: Following an afternoon filled with rumors of Cole Hamels potential trade, there was a new story on Tuesday night.

FOX Sports Ken Rosenthal reported that, according to sources, the Phillies had “no meaningful dialogue” with other teams regarding Hamels. There were no offers on the table involving the left-hander and they had not made any formal requests of other teams.

Rosenthal added that a source also claimed that a deal involving Hamels was the “least likely” to happen among the deals the Phillies were considering.

CBS Sports Jon Heyman confirmed the same reports and added his take, saying the Phillies should be interested in moving Hamels unlike what their actions suggest.

There was an uproar among fans when Hamels appeared in rumors. For a fan base desperate to see new faces and start a rebuilding process, how could anyone be opposed? Read the rest of this entry »

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PostHeaderIcon Phillies frustrated by trade talks, but ‘not under pressure’

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The saga continues.

With under 48 hours until Thursday’s trade deadline, the news on the Phillies trade front is not good.

Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe updated the Phillies efforts in trade talks with the following tweet. Read the rest of this entry »

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PostHeaderIcon Phillies want ‘the world’ for Hamels

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Monday came and went with little fanfare around the baseball world, especially in relation to the Phillies.

The day was filled with minimal activity. The night brought another lackluster loss.

With three days now left until the trade deadline, the Phillies are trying to act upon what has been another disappointing season from top to bottom. But they aren’t finding much success. Read the rest of this entry »

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PostHeaderIcon Teams not sure if Phillies are ‘committed’ to selling

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The baseball season is a day-by-day journey. Tracking the trade deadline can be a journey in itself. This Phillies team is taking us on quite a journey as the trade deadline approaches.

Everyday, there is something new. On Sunday, it was the possibility that the Phillies may not be able to trade anybody. On Monday, it’s a further affirmed notion.

Buster Olney tweeted the following on Sunday night. Read the rest of this entry »

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PostHeaderIcon Game Changer: Rule 7.13 decides game, continues to make no sense

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“I’d much rather get killed. Seriously, I’d much rather be run over. Come get me.”

Well, someone finally said it.

Those were the thoughts of Diamondbacks catcher Miguel Montero following the Phillies 4-2 win over Arizona on Sunday afternoon.

The reason for the comment: Rule 7.13 – which produced an overturned out call that gave the Phillies the game-winning run. Read the rest of this entry »

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