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Is Ryan Howard actually valuable again?

I know you’ve probably heard this before, but the Philadelphia Phillies are not a good baseball team. Sure, they are only seven games out of the first place Washington Nationals, but when one of your best hitters is Freddy Galvis, you know you’re in trouble. However, there is a player on the Phillies who has seemed to emerge from three-year long slump, someone who is somehow...
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4 hours ago  |  Discuss

Ryan Howard Is The Hottest Man In Philadelphia

A few weeks ago, we noted that Ryan Howard seemed to be heating up at the plate. He was seeing the ball well, getting lots of solid contact, and finally started to hit some home runs. Since then, he’s hit .324/.370/.632, with five home runs–including one off a lefty yesterday–and 11 RBI. His 1.002 OPS is 7th in the NL among qualifiers over that time, and his .309 ISO (isolated...
Via Phillies Nation
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Top Reasons For the Phillies’ Recent Success

It was only nine days ago when the Phillies were a season-low 12 games under .500, and held the worst record in MLB. Since then, they have enjoyed a successful stretch of seven wins in their last eight games, which included a six game winning streak; the club’s longest since September 2012. With last night’s win, the Phillies improved their record to 18-24, and are currently...
Via Phillies Nation
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Revere trade rumors; Would you deal him or someone else?

On Wednesday night,’s Todd Zolecki reported the Phillies have had discussions with the Angles about a possible trade of outfielder Ben Revere. The 27-year-old Revere, who is under contract through the 2017 season and is making $4.1 million this season, is batting .258 with 12 RBI and nine stolen bases through 40 games this year. The Angels have a struggling offense and...
Via Phillies Nation
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Phillies go for series win against Rockies

View image | Wednesday night's 4-2 win for the Phillies was their seventh in the last eight games and sets up an opportunity for a second straight series win. Thursday afternoon presents that chance as the Phillies (18-24) look to hand the Rockies (14-23) another loss at Coors Field....
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Ryan Howard Looks to Have Found his Stroke at the Plate

Philadelphia Phillies’ Ryan Howard, right, follows through after hitting a home run off New York Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey during the fourth inning of a baseball game, Friday, May 8, 2015, in Philadelphia. Mets catcher Kevin Plawecki, left, looks on. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum) After a dismal month of April where most of Philadelphia Phillies struggled, including first baseman...
Via The Sports Journal
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Francoeur, Harang providing life to Phillies clubhouse

View image | Cole Hamels said at one point this offseason that he wanted to get out of Philly in any way possible. Jonathan Papelbon has said too much since joining the Phillies in 2012. Chase Utley doesn’t say much of anything, he does. Only this season, he hasn’t...
Via Philliedelphia
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Aaron Harang stays hot despite Phillies loss

Philadelphia Phillies starter Aaron Harang received a no-decision for his outing against the Colorado Rockies on Tuesday, but that hardly put a dent in his terrific start to the 2015 season. Harang gave up three runs, all of which were unearned, but only surrendered three hits, striking out the Rockies seven times. Tuesday was yet another solid outing for the 37-year-old veteran...
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Maikel Franco thriving at the plate since being called up by Phillies

Philadelphia Phillies third baseman Maikel Franco was touted as one of the best hitters in Triple-A upon arriving to Philly, and now the Phillies have experienced Franco's hot-hitting tendencies firsthand this season. Only five games into his call-up stint with the Phillies, Franco is hitting .350/.381/.650 with five runs batted in, three of which he knocked in during a 3-for-4 outing...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Phillies seek seventh straight win behind reliable Harang

The Phillies got strong outing from Cole Hamels and used a three-run sixth inning to secure a 4-3 victory in game one of a four-game series with the Rockies on Monday night. The Phillies win marked their sixth straight, which is the first time they've done so since September 5-12...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Chase Utley’s Average Begins to Head North

Like a Wall Street analyst calling bottom in oil — $2.00 gallons of gasoline were fun while they lasted — I am ready to call another bottom. Chase Utley, the Philadelphia Phillies longtime second baseman, recently saw his 2015 batting average as low as .099. That’s right, a borderline Hall of Fame player’s batting average sat over 100 points below the dreaded Mendoza Line...
Via Baseball Essential
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Woman calls Phillies fan who stole her home run ball a 'dog'

A Philadelphia Phillies fan who ripped a Maikel Franco home run ball out of the hands of Joyce Murphy Kiner, a 63-year-old woman, during Sunday’s game against the Arizona Diamondbacks has been identified on Facebook. The man’s name is Jim Bergen and his identity was discovered after he bragged about snagging the ball on social...Read More The post Phillies fan who ripped away...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Chad Billingsley expected back within 4-6 weeks

The Phillies officially announced Monday that right-handed pitcher Chad Billingsley was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right lat muscle. According to a report from, the right-hander is expected to return to the rotation somewhere between four and six weeks. Billingsley has a history with elbow injuries, which kept him sidelined the past two seasons for...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Franco Breaking Through Largely for Phils

Philadelphia Phillies’ Maikel Franco rounds the bases after hitting a home run in the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks, Sunday, May 17, 2015, in Philadelphia. The Phillies won 6-0. (AP Photo/Laurence Kesterson) Maikel Franco is going to need a new hat. His old one was covered in shaving cream following Sunday’s game at Citizens Bank Park. The...
Via The Sports Journal
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Phillies fan takes home run ball away from woman (Video)

A Philadelphia Phillies fan continued to give his people a bad name on Sunday when he cold-heartedly stole a home run ball away from a woman who was about to pick it up. As you will see in the video below, the ball landed in the flowers just beyond the outfield wall and the woman...Read More
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Rude Phillies fan pushes woman aside for home run ball (Video)

A rude Philadelphia Phillies fan pushed a woman aside to grab a home run ball during the eighth inning of Sunday's game against Arizona.Phillies 3B Maikel Franco hit the HR into the left-center field stands to lead off the bottom of the eighth. The woman in the front row tried to catch the ball but it glanced off the edge of her glove and fell onto the floor in front of her. She...
Via Holdout Sports
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Roster Moves Worth Reporting But Aren’t Worth The 300 Words – Vol. 22

For Baseball Hot Corner’s articles to be recognized by Google, they put a requirement on all blogs that each post/article should be 300 words or more.  That’s usually not a problem for major breaking trades or free agent signing news.  But sometimes, there are trades and signings that do happen that are interesting, but might not need the requisite 300 word analysis.  Nevertheless...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Phillies pitcher hit in throat with throwback from catcher (Video)

Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Sean O'Sullivan was accidentally hit in the throat with the throwback from catcher Cameron Rupp during the top of the sixth in Sunday's game against Arizona.It happened with two outs and D-backs runners on first and third after O'Sullivan had delivered his 2-2 pitch high for ball three. O'Sullivan was looking to first base, so he wasn't ready when...
Via Holdout Sports
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Storyline: Nola’s Odds for the 2016 Phillies

Questions regarding recent personnel decisions move quickly from third base and left field to the mound, where Aaron Nola will soon don a Philadelphia Phillies’ uniform. Will he be here this year if he has continued success? Barring injuries, yes, he’ll take five turns in September and slot in second behind Cole Hamels due to trades. Nola Is Dominating Double-A Offenses. ...
4 days ago  |  Discuss

With Gregor "the Mountain" Clegane in Town the Phillies Challenge D-Backs to Trial By Combat

One of the coolest things about being a celebrity is that many of them get invited to hang out with baseball teams before games and take in a little batting practice. What dude has not wished he could hit a few baseballs in a major league park? Friday afternoon the Philadelphia Phillies had a rather large guest at the park--Gregor Clegane, aka, the Mountain (or Hafthór Júlíus...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Philadelphia Phillies Hitting and Defense Back Pitching in Win

Philadelphia Phillies shortstop Freddy Galvis, left, gets the force out at second on Pittsburgh Pirates’ Jung Ho Kang, right, of South Korea during the fifth inning of a baseball game, Thursday, May 14, 2015, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola) Behind the pitching of right hander Aaron Harang, some timely hitting, and some good defense the Phillies were able to take their...
Via The Sports Journal
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Jeff Francoeur is still a blast to watch

Jeff Francoeur is a bad baseball player on a bad baseball team. Now 31, the days of “The Natural” are long over. Francoeur has turned into a journeyman since the Braves dumped him onto the Mets in 2009 for Ryan Church, playing for the Mets, Rangers, Royals, Giants, Padres, and Phillies in the majors over the past six seasons. He hasn’t played in as many as 100 games with...
Via The Outside Corner
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Phillies demote Cody Asche to Triple-A to learn left field

Life comes at you fast and it looks like that happened to Philadelphia Phillies third baseman Cody Asche. Last night, Asche was optioned to Triple-A Lehigh Valley as the Phillies believe that he is better suited playing left field. This news was shocking to everybody in the clubhouse including Asche, who had this to say about his demotion, “Going forward as an organization, it’s...
Via Total Sports Live
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Phillies Fan Barehands Foul Ball With Baby Strapped To His Chest (Videos)

Talk about the best Mother’s Day ever. During the fourth inning of Sunday’s New York Mets-Philadelphia Phillies game at Citizens Bank Park, Mets infielder Daniel Murphy fouled a ball into the stands behind home plate gave us a new hero in the form of this Phillies fan father. As it turned out, that dad’s barehanded catch actually made for the perfect day. Comcast SportsNet’s...
11 days ago  |  Discuss

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