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.

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.

August 5, 2019


Paul Hagen: The Phillies could face unforeseen consequences for demoting Maikel Franco

Bottom line, Franco is now an IronPig for the first time since 2015 because a decision was made that that makes the Phillies a better team. On paper, that could be true.

July 29, 2019


Paul Hagen: Will the Phillies be buyers or sellers at the deadline? It's complicated.

The Phillies squandered a late five-run lead in Game 4 of the 1993 World Series, at the time officially the longest (four hours and 14 minutes) and unofficially one of the sloppiest (played through drenching rains) in history.

July 21, 2019


Paul Hagen: Roy Halladay's Hall of Fame induction was upliftingly exuberant and unspeakably sad

Baseball players are our constant summer companions. We spend virtual time with them night after night. Our emotions become entwined with their successes and failures. We feel like we know them. We don’t know them at all.

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.

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