Paul Hagen

Paul Hagen - Phillies Columnist

Paul Hagen writes a weekly Phillies column for He’s been reporting and opinionating about the Fightin’s since 1987 which, if you’re old enough, you’ll remember was the year Lance Parrish was signed as a free agent. After 25 years with the Philadelphia Daily News he worked for until 2018. Not a total dinosaur, he’s on Twitter @hagenp.

May 21, 2019


Paul Hagen: Five burning questions as Phillies pass first quarter of 2019 season

Five burning questions now that the season has passed the quarter pole:

May 13, 2019


Paul Hagen: An appreciation of Phillies David Montgomery, who always 'went the extra mile'

Of all the qualities that made David Montgomery exceptional, for me the most striking is how he went the extra mile. Both figuratively and literally.

May 6, 2019


Paul Hagen: Some advice, do not worry about Bryce Harper

This is only an issue because he’s in the process of making $330 million. It puts a target on his back. I get it. Harper gets it. But that doesn’t mean we have to fire off an arrow every time he strikes out.

April 29, 2019


Paul Hagen: Dallas Keuchel, Craig Kimbrel may be tempting, but Phillies must fight urge to sign them

Look, we all love to spend John Middleton’s money. Let’s remind ourselves, though, that the famous quote was that might be willing to be “a little bit stupid” when it came to increasing the 2019 payroll. He didn’t say he was going to be an idiot about it.

April 23, 2019


Paul Hagen: In a slightly alternate universe, Phillies fans would be completely fed up

Just for fun, let’s allow our mind to wander into a baseball Twilight Zone. Let’s imagine that the first week of this baseball season, when the Phillies won five of their first six, mostly by big margins, never actually happened.

April 16, 2019


Paul Hagen: Phillies offense just as much to blame as pitching for recent struggles

When word got out Monday afternoon that Phillies reliever David Robertson had been placed on the injured list with a sore right elbow, it stirred the embers of an already-tired debate about whether the team should – no, must! – sign free agent closer Craig Kimbrel.

April 9, 2019


Paul Hagen: How does the enigma of Vince Velasquez fit into the 2019 Phillies?

Vince Velasquez made his first start of the season Monday night against the Nationals at Citizens Bank Park, a tell-tale indication of where he fits on the depth chart as the Phillies skipped his turn once as they worked around early season open dates in the schedule.

April 3, 2019


Paul Hagen: Nationals fans' bark is worse than their bite as Bryce Harper returns

And with a home run and three RBI in his team's 8-2 win, the Phillies outfielder got the last laugh.

March 28, 2019


Paul Hagen: Odubel Herrera, Maikel Franco face challenges and opportunities in relegated roles

In a convincing 10-4 win over the defending National League East champion Braves, though, much of the heavy lifting was done by third baseman Maikel Franco and centerfielder Odubel Herrera — two guys who have been around for awhile. And you know what they say about how familiarity can breed contempt.

March 9, 2019


Paul Hagen: Bryce Harper already a force on the diamond, and at the box office

In professional sports, there’s little worse than being ignored. With Bryce Harper around, that’s probably not going to happen for a long, long time.

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