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.

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.

August 13, 2019


Kevin Cooney: Phillies' decision to bring back Charlie Manuel leaves more questions than answers

The winningest manager in Phillies history — one who has a World Series ring on his resume, one that would place him as one of the great teachers of hitting in the game – returned to uniform for the first time since 2013. He will replace John Mallee as hitting coach in a last gasp effort to save a once-promising season with under 45 games to go.

August 9, 2019


Kevin Cooney: Ignore the standings, 'this Phillies team isn’t close to being ready to win again'

No matter what the standings say, this Phillies team isn’t close to being ready to win again. And when a team doesn’t win, the fans get angry and search for a sign that the organization is feeling the same pain that they are.

August 1, 2019


Kevin Cooney: It wasn't splashy, but Phillies got it right at the trade deadline

Just a hunch, but Corey Dickerson probably didn’t send people flocking to the websites ordering Phillies tickets for August and September.

July 20, 2019


Kevin Cooney: Baseball 'officially loves Jayson Stark back'

This weekend, the game officially loves Jayson Stark back. Now with The Athletic, Stark is the latest Philadelphia winner of the J.G. Taylor Spink award presented by the Baseball Hall of Fame. He will be honored in Cooperstown on Saturday at the Awards Ceremony and presented on Sunday at the induction ceremony along with the late Roy Halladay, Mariano Rivera, Edgar Martinez, Mike Mussina, Lee Smith and Harold Baines.

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