January 22, 2020
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
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
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
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
Baseball free agency is the classic example of the sports unofficial motto: "Hurry Up And Wait."
October 28, 2019
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
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
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
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
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.