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.

October 23, 2019


Paul Hagen: Curt Schilling a perfect fit to coach Phillies pitchers.... hear me out

“I know pitching. I’ve always known pitching. I know pitching as well as anybody alive,” he said by phone. “I think I was and could be and am an incredibly good teacher.”

October 10, 2019


Paul Hagen: In firing Gabe Kapler, John Middleton makes it clear who runs the Phillies

After days of contemplation stretched to weeks stretched to months, Phillies managing partner John Middleton finally handed down his verdict Thursday. Manager Gabe Kapler, gone after two unique seasons.

September 30, 2019


Paul Hagen: Burning questions for the Phillies as intriguing offseason begins

I won’t get a vote. But if managing partner John Middleton asked me to run the org meetings, here are the answers he’d get to the most pressing questions confronting his franchise...

September 24, 2019


Paul Hagen: Should Kapler be back? And other random thoughts on the now-eliminated Phillies

Here’s a special elimination edition of Random Thoughts after a 4-1 loss at Washington in the first game of Tuesday’s doubleheader made it official. Including the out-of-sight-out-of-mind outfielder, whether or not manager Gabe Kapler should be back, what former NFL great Joe Theismann can teach top prospect Alec Bohm and putting Bryce Harper’s season in perspective.

September 16, 2019


Paul Hagen: Why don't Phillies fans seem to care about a team in the thick of a playoff race?

So the Braves rolled into Citizens Bank Park last week and all the ingredients for some September drama were in place. A first-place division rival. A home team desperately needing wins to keep its postseason chances alive. The only thing missing, as it turned out, was spectators.

September 9, 2019


Paul Hagen: In defense of Phillies GM Matt Klentak

You’ve probably guessed by now that I’m not inclined to eviscerate Phillies GM Matt Klentak. If you fervently believe he’s the problem, it will be better for your blood pressure if you stop reading now. Otherwise, please continue.

September 3, 2019


Paul Hagen: The Phillies can still make a postseason run — but will they?

When Gabe Kapler says, as he has so many times lately, that this year’s edition still has a run left or still has its best baseball of the season ahead of it or something along those lines, there’s only one possible response. Of course, it can happen. But will it happen for this team, this year?

August 26, 2019


Paul Hagen: What's even worse for Phillies than losing to the Marlins?

And what’s even more troubling is that the problems so neatly illustrated go far beyond losing twice to the team with the National League’s worst record. As unsightly as that was – and there aren’t enough words in a thesaurus to fully describe the ugliness – it ultimately was just three games.

August 19, 2019


Paul Hagen: Is there a Bryce Harper-Charlie Manuel conspiracy?

This may be wrong. This may be off base. This may be what my parents used to eloquently refer to as a bunch of baloney. At the same time, who doesn’t love a good conspiracy theory?

August 12, 2019


Paul Hagen: For Kapler and the Phillies, actions must speak louder than words

I’d like to propose that we all stop squandering so much time and psychic energy worrying about what Gabe Kapler says, especially in his postgame press conferences.

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