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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 Morning Review: Outfield production leads Phillies

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There were several Phillies whose names were in the mix the week leading up to the trade deadline this week. Marlon Byrd’s was a popular one.

Byrd had been here before, last season in fact. He was traded from the Mets to the Pirates and right into a playoff race.

This season, he survived.

So in his second game following the deadline, Byrd showed off more power in a year that may end up being the best of his career from a production standpoint. His 21st home run proved to be the difference in the Phillies 2-1 win over the Nationals. Read the rest of this entry »

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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 The Sound Of Silence: Phillies make no trades at deadline

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The trade deadline has come and gone. For eight hours on Thursday, teams dealt player after player as normal deadline activity ensued.

None of it involved the Phillies.

After many trade rumors surfaced in previous weeks, the Phillies made no trades at the deadline and kept the roster the same as it has been for the past few weeks. 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 Crash And Burn: Phillies routed by Mets in final game before deadline

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As the Phillies closed a series in New York in an afternoon matinee, Ruben Amaro Jr. had nothing to offer the media prior to the game regarding trade talks.

There are just 24 hours left. There are doubts the Phillies get any deal done by this time tomorrow. Amaro’s silence was symbolic. There are no words left.

The same went for the Phillies play on the field. A two-run game snowballed into a seven-run deficit as the Mets piled five runs on the Phillies bullpen in the seventh to easily claim an 11-2 win on Wednesday afternoon at Citi Field. 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 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 The Beat Goes On: Amaro hopeful for Howard, gives vote of confidence

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Many years from now, the current era of Phillies baseball will be identified by one man and his philosophy – that’s if fans choose to remember it at all. It’s almost on a daily basis that Ruben Amaro Jr. pulls out his favorite word. Ironically, it’s a word that doesn’t describe the Phillies.

Amaro spoke about the Ryan Howard situation again prior to Friday night’s game and re-stated his intentions on Howard.

“All I can tell you is that’s not in our best interest,” Amaro said. “It’s not something that we’ve discussed. I fully expect him to be our first baseman next year.”

The problem with the Phillies since Amaro took over as GM has been about living in the past. The franchise was aging, even in 2009, but there were some future pieces lurking in the minor leagues.

Now, they are a depleted franchise – very little talent in the majors, almost nothing in the minors.

But, they have hope. You know, like the song in Damn Yankees. Read the rest of this entry »

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PostHeaderIcon Amaro denies rumors of moving Howard

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For the last 48 hours, rumors have been flying around about Ryan Howard.

First the Phillies were internally discussing releasing the former MVP. Then, legitimate trade rumors surfaced after Thursday’s game.

But on Friday, Ruben Amaro Jr. denied that the Phillies are planning on moving the first baseman at all.

“That is not something we are contemplating,” Amaro said. “I don’t know where that’s coming from.” Read the rest of this entry »

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