Kevin Cooney


Kevin Cooney has been reporting on Philadelphia sports for the past 24 years, including 21 at the Bucks County Courier Times where he covered the Phillies, Eagles and Flyers. He has won two APSE awards and four Keystone Press Awards for his stories. A regular on WIP, Kevin loves to interact with readers on Twitter. Follow him there at @KevinCooney.

January 22, 2020


Kevin Cooney: Curt Schilling trending into Baseball Hall of Fame next year

With an incoming 2021 class that would fit the term “underwhelming”, Schilling is likely 18 months away with his date on a Cooperstown dais. Schilling’s vote total jumped nine points this year. With an empty incoming ballot, that number’s not going down and it is likely that a Schilling only ceremony will cause the sport’s powers-that-be some serious sleepless nights.

January 10, 2020


Kevin Cooney: Phillies need to do more to grab, keep attention of fans

The E-A-G-L-E-S eclipse has ended. And as winters doldrums move forward and the length of time until Florida’s warm and inviting sun draws shorter, the natural attention starts to turn to where the Phillies are with just about a month to spring training.

December 13, 2019


Kevin Cooney: Phillies have 'no other choice' but to 'outspend mistakes'

The Phillies did get a little better. But they are still not good enough. And while you can’t say they are “going cheap”, it is fair to wonder if their financial planning has any kind of plan at all.

December 5, 2019


Kevin Cooney: Phillies taking a big gamble on Zack Wheeler — and they better hope it pays off

It is the time of the year where rational thinking tends to disappear and organizational philosophies get thrown into the wind. The Phillies, right now, are the biggest example of that.

November 6, 2019


Phillies 2019 free agency primer: 9 burning offseason questions

Baseball free agency is the classic example of the sports unofficial motto: "Hurry Up And Wait."

October 28, 2019


Kevin Cooney: What to expect from Joe Girardi as he's announced as new Phillies manager

There is one certainty about the press conference that the Phillies will hold on Monday to introduce Joe Girardi as its 55th manager.

October 12, 2019


Kevin Cooney: Nothing about Phillies press conference showed 'organization working in harmony'

John Middleton was right on Friday: he has been a great CEO for a lot of companies and made a lot of money. But that was in the business world. The sports world is completely different. And John Middleton will only become a great CEO in that world when he understands the line of separation that has to exist between the product on the field and the suite level.

September 29, 2019


Kevin Cooney: If (or when) the Phillies fire Kapler, who should take over as manager?

Eight hundred and ninety-one miles from the home clubhouse at Citizens Bank Park — against a red wall in a Busch Stadium lobby and standing awkwardly next to one another — Joe Maddon and Theo Epstein officially announced their divorce early on Sunday afternoon. The man who lead the Chicago Cubs to their first World Championship since Teddy Roosevelt was President found out that the grace period for a once-in-a-lifetime championship and three appearances in the sport’s final four in five years is three seasons.

September 18, 2019


Kevin Cooney: Is Phillies owner John Middleton willing to admit he's made a mistake?

The question is, will John Middleton do that? Others have and it has paid off in championships and finals appearances. Until he speaks, there is no guarantee either way of how this is going to go.

August 22, 2019


Kevin Cooney: Phillies have been absolutely dismal at developing starting pitching — and it's cost them

Since the day that Andy MacPhail came to the Phillies back in that forgettable summer of 2015- shortly after Ryne Sandberg resigned, about two months before Ruben Amaro was shown the door- he has lived by one constant motto when it comes to free agency.

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