Kevin Cooney

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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.

September 18, 2019

Phillies

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

Phillies

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

Phillies

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

Phillies

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

Phillies

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

Phillies

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.

July 18, 2019

Phillies

Kevin Cooney: Phillies' struggles put owner John Middleton in a tough spot moving forward

When you look across Darien Street from Citizens Bank Park — near where the old welcome center existed to show the ballpark off before it was built to suite holders — there’s a brand new building with the Phillies logo that is going up in front of it.

July 10, 2019

Phillies

Kevin Cooney: Despite all-in approach to season, Phillies must resist urge to be impulse buyers at deadline

The Phillies have arrived at the impulse-buy portion of the season. In baseball terms, impulse-buy season is when the trade deadline arrives, and you are tantalizingly close to a playoff spot even though you haven’t really been that great for a really long time.

June 24, 2019

Phillies

Kevin Cooney: Kapler, Klentak must do better — or this Phillies season will be over soon

Gabe Kapler’s jaw clenched tightly late on this Sunday afternoon. His eyes shot lasers in the direction of the people who asked questions about his faltering baseball team. The defense of his players — the ones who are laying the groundwork for his permanent trip back to California — was noble in its tenor.

June 21, 2019

Phillies

Kevin Cooney: Slumping Phillies' manager Gabe Kapler deserves a break... for now

The storm has rocked the boat that Kapler and the Phillies are riding on, battering it pretty good. But this will be the time you find out if the man in the manager’s office is the right guy for the job — or someone who go down with the ship.

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