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Late night with Mark Davis

Late night with Mark Davis

Mark Davis won a Cy Young Award, but it didn’t happen during either stint with the Phillies | Photo by Focus on Sport/ It’s late, you’re bored, so why not read about the Cy Young Award winner who once endorsed Phillies Franks? I started out the month saying I was going to write something every day of December for my Happy Smarty-days event, and that task has proven somewhat difficult thus far. Part of the difficulty is in not clogging up the page with too much nonsense while my colleagues are producing higher quality work. On the other hand, there...
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Rollins has elite counting stats for a shortstop, deserves support for the Hall

Rollins has elite counting stats for a shortstop, deserves support for the Hall

His stats and accomplishments should get him support for the Hall of Fame TBT: reposting from a year ago___This year’s Hall of Fame ballot is being considered by voters this month, and it includes several players with strong Phillies connections: - Curt Schilling: 10th and final time on the ballot — his vote totals jumped in 2019 (to 60.9%) and 2020 (70.0%), but leveled off last year (71.1%), short of the 75% mark needed to get in. This being his last chance may prompt enough additional voters to get him over the top.- Scott Rolen: 5th time — has climbed from 10.2% his...
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Meet the Phillies next flame-thrower: Drew Baker

Meet the Phillies next flame-thrower: Drew Baker

Drew Baker A triple-digit fastball will certainly snatch your attention For fans of the Philadelphia Phillies, the 2021 MLB Draft is remembered as the draft the Phils selected top prospect Andrew Painter in the first round. However, there’s another arm from that summer’s crop of talent, that’s on his way to the bigs. His name is Andrew Baker. Selected in the eleventh round by way of Chipola Junior College, Baker possessed the prospects that teams love to see in young pitchers. During a brief stint in the Cape Cod Baseball League, the right-hander sat in the...
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Rise and Phight: 12/8/2022

Rise and Phight: 12/8/2022

Steven Branscombe-USA TODAY Sports The meetings are over, but the work has just begun In the Rule 5 draft, the Phillies made an unusual move, one that could pay dividends soon enough. They took Noah Song, a right handed reliever out of the Boston system, something that seems straightforward until you realize he is in active duty for the United States Navy. Phillies took Noah Song in Rule 5 draft. He hasn’t pitched professionally since 2019. He’s in the Navy and currently serving. He will not go on 40-man roster. This is a new one!— Matt Gelb (@MattGelb) December...
Dec 7, 2022
Raining on the Taijuan Walker parade

Raining on the Taijuan Walker parade

Hopefully Walker can live up to his contract | Photo by Elsa/ There’s reason to temper expectations regarding the Phillies’ newest starting pitcher I understand why the Phillies signed Taijuan Walker. They needed a veteran starter for the rotation, and he was considered one of the best options out there, especially since he didn’t have a qualifying offer attached to him. The Phillies paid a premium to avoid surrendering more draft picks. You will probably hear a lot about Taijuan Walker's splitter, and for good reason. The instant analysis @TheAthleticMLB:...
Dec 7, 2022
2022 player report card: Alec Bohm

2022 player report card: Alec Bohm

Photo by Mary DeCicco/MLB Photos via He loves this place. After a sensational rookie season, in which he finished second in NL Rookie of the Year voting, Alec Bohm faltered in 2021. The lowest of lows saw Bohm demoted to AAA in late August. Following up a rollercoaster ride that was his first two seasons, expectations were relatively low for the Nebraska native. To start the 2022 season, Bohm, Didi Gregorius, and Bryson Stott rotated around as Joe Girardi attempted to get all three players regular reps. Although he was demoted to the minors the previous season, Alec...
Dec 7, 2022
Rise and Phight: 12/7/2022

Rise and Phight: 12/7/2022

Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports Johnny Middleton opening up the bag once again Last night, the Phillies struck again, signing Taijuan Walker to a four year deal. It might seem a little high, but it shouldn’t surprise us. The markets for these players has been pretty high. Seeing what Turner and Walker have gotten have to get their counterparts still to sign pretty excited. Imagine what is going through Aaron Judge’s head right now. On to the links. Phillies news: Trea Turner is here in the lineup. And that can only mean one thing: Kyle Schwarber doesn’t need to be...
Dec 6, 2022
REPORT: Phillies add lefty Matt Strahm to their bullpen

REPORT: Phillies add lefty Matt Strahm to their bullpen

Kareem Elgazzar/The Enquirer / USA TODAY NETWORK The hair replacement for Syndergaard Who let the Phillies get hot at these winter meetings? Not content with just Trea Turner and Taijuan Walker, the team has added a lefty reliever to the mix. Left-handed reliever Matt Strahm and the Philadelphia Phillies are finalizing a two-year, $15 million contract, sources familiar with the deal tell ESPN. @Ken_Rosenthal and @MattGelb had them close.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) December 7, 2022 I mean, what else can we ask for? The team needed some relief help, that’s for...
Dec 6, 2022
REPORT: Taijuan Walker signs with the Phillies

REPORT: Taijuan Walker signs with the Phillies

Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports Depth for the rotation Looks like the Phillies have found some money in the mattresses after the Trea Turner deal and moved to the starting pitching market. Source confirms reports: Phillies and Taijuan Walker agree to a four-year, $72 million deal.— Todd Zolecki (@ToddZolecki) December 7, 2022 That’s a hefty hunk of change for Walker, but it’s not a total overpay. As mentioned yesterday, pitchers and position players without the qualifying offer attached to them are going to be in high demand. Perhaps even more so for a team like...
Dec 6, 2022
Trea Turner vs. Trey Sermon: Who ya got?

Trea Turner vs. Trey Sermon: Who ya got?

Trey Sermon may not be the top Trey or Trea in town anymore | Photo by Gregory Fisher/Icon Sportswire via It’s a Tre(a/y) off! Now that the Phillies have agreed on a contract with Trea Turner, it felt natural to compare him to another Philadelphia athlete with an identical sounding (if not spelled) first name: Eagles running back Trey Sermon. I’ll do a quick Dr. Jack style breakdown to determine which Tre(a/y) reigns supreme in Philly! Size Sermon is six feet tall, which is two inches shorter than Turner. However, Sermon outweighs Turner by 40 pounds, 215 to 185....
Dec 6, 2022
Is this the best Phillies lineup with Trea Turner in it?

Is this the best Phillies lineup with Trea Turner in it?

Photo by Harry How/ On the latest Hittin’ Season podcast, we discuss the optimal Phillies lineup with their new shortstop in it! Trea Turner is a Phillie. Take it in. Soak in the bubbles. For a team that has not had an All Star shortstop since Jimmy Rollins in 2005 (although he did win the MVP in ‘07!), the Phillies now have one of the best in the game, a player who consistently hits for a high average, gets on base, slugs dingers on a regular basis, steals a ton of bags and plays an above average defense. The @Phillies just got a lot better... #RingTheBell...
Dec 6, 2022
The Phillies have their shortstop. What should be next on the docket?

The Phillies have their shortstop. What should be next on the docket?

Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports It starts with the mound and those who roam it Alright, the heavy lifting is done. Trea Turner is in the fold, the shortstop market doesn’t need the Phillies’ toes in it anymore and they can move on to the rest of the roster. For a team that came within two games of winning a World Series, there is still a bit of work to do too. What’s next? Pitching. That’s what is next. The top three the Phillies currently have in their rotation would be the envy of anyone in the league. While there might be duos at the very tippy top that other...
Dec 6, 2022
Rise and Phight: 12/6/2022

Rise and Phight: 12/6/2022

Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports They did the damn thing Well, we though there would be activity. After signing Trea Turner to an eleven year deal, the Phillies have pushed the biggest part of their offseason to the side. They had to get a shortstop, and soon, so that they could move on with the rest of their offseason plans. There will probably be a run on pitching now that the top two names are off the market, so it’s great the team has some certainty to their budget with Turner in the fold. What will come next? Probably not a player with a qualifying...
Dec 5, 2022
Phillies agree to terms with Trea Turner

Phillies agree to terms with Trea Turner

Introducing the newest member of the Philadelphia Phillies: Trea Turner | Photo by Ronald Martinez/ The Phillies will reportedly have the All-Star shortstop for the next 11 years According to Jeff Passan, the Phillies have agreed to contract terms with shortstop Trea Turner. BREAKING: Shortstop Trea Turner and the Philadelphia Phillies are in agreement on a contract, a source tells ESPN.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) December 5, 2022 It looks like Turner is taking the Bryce Harper route of a longer contract with a lower average annual value: Confirming multiple...
Dec 5, 2022
Do you remember Matt Vierling more for the commercial or for his play in the field in 2022?

Do you remember Matt Vierling more for the commercial or for his play in the field in 2022?

Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports Mr. CarShield himself was a solid contributor, but that shouldn’t stop the team from upgrading Had you watched any kind of Phillies game this season, you were undoubtedly exposed to the CarShield ad that featured Matt Vierling. Of all the players on the team that could have been the spokesman for the company, Vierling was probably the one who you wouldn’t have picked to be the representative. Sadly, that is probably what Vierling will be remembered for most in 2022. He was on the short side of a center field platoon for most of the...