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.

July 15, 2019


Paul Hagen: Has Bryce Harper been a disappointment so far for Phillies?

Which brings us to Bryce Harper. You know, the guy who set off a gusher of enthusiasm in these parts when he was signed as a free agent during spring training and is only half a season into a 13-year deal. Breaking news: There are some who’ve been disappointed in him.

July 8, 2019


Paul Hagen: Some random Phillies thoughts heading into the MLB All-Star break

The Phillies rotation already resembled the late stages of a Jenga game even before Jake Arrieta conceded late Saturday night that he sort of, kinda, maybe, might be dealing with some sort of physical problem which has since been reported to be a bone spur in his elbow.

July 1, 2019


Paul Hagen: Series vs. Braves could determine fate of Phillies’ season

So, yeah. Even though the All-Star Game hasn’t been played yet, this is an important series for the Phillies. Because of what it means in the standings right now and because of the ripple effect it could have on how the days between now and the deadline unfold.

June 25, 2019


Paul Hagen: Phillies, GM Matt Klentak opting for patience over clubhouse shakeup

For over a hundred years, baseball teams have been known to make changes simply to shake things up when performance falls short of expectation. Matt Klentak couldn’t disagree more.

June 17, 2019


Paul Hagen: Phillies can knock out two NL East hopefuls after important upcoming stretch

There are still about two weeks to go before the mathematical midpoint of the schedule is reached. It’s a horrible cliché, but there are still so very many games left to play. The Phillies came out of the weekend 2 ½ games behind the Braves. Could have been better, could have been worse.

June 10, 2019


Paul Hagen: Mapping the Phillies biggest needs for help at the trade deadline

While it’s still more than six weeks to the deadline, it’s not too early to start thinking about this stuff. Remember, the ability to make deals with waivers has been legislated out of existence. So the door to acquiring outside help slams shut once the calendar flips to August.

June 4, 2019


Paul Hagen: Will Bryson Stott be great? You never know with Phillies prospects

So, congratulations to UNLV shortstop Bryson Stott for being the Phillies first-round draft pick Monday night. And, let’s remind ourselves once again all that he's guaranteed is a sizable signing bonus; the slot value for the 14th player selected overall in this year’s draft is $4,036,800.

May 28, 2019


Paul Hagen: What should the Phillies do with Odubel Herrera?

In March, 1977 disgruntled Texas Rangers second baseman Lenny Randle pummeled manager Frank Lucchesi before an exhibition game in Orlando. Lucchesi had barely been admitted to the hospital before owner Brad Corbett said Randle would never play another game for the team.

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.

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