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.

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.

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.

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