<![CDATA[ Broad Street Beat - Phillies]]>Sat, 20 Feb 2016 16:23:06 -0500Weebly<![CDATA[Ryan Howard Named in Doping Report]]>Sun, 27 Dec 2015 18:02:08 GMThttp://www.broadstbeat.com/phillies/ryan-howard-named-in-doping-reportPicture
Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard was one of a number of professional athletes linked to a doping ring, according to a Huffington Post article on Saturday night.

The report names Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning and Nationals infielder Ryan Zimmerman, among others.

The article cites a special report from Al Jazeera's Investigative Unit.

On Sunday, William Burck an attorney at Quinn Emanuel who represents Howard and Zimmerman, called the report "inexcusable and irresponsible," and threatened to go "to court to hold Al Jazeera and other responsible parties accountable for smearing our clients' good names."

The man who implicated Howard and others in the report, Charlie Sly, recanted his claims on Saturday after the story was released.

By: Kyle Babcock
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<![CDATA[Phillies Acquire Jeremy Hellickson from D-Backs]]>Sat, 14 Nov 2015 22:02:48 GMThttp://www.broadstbeat.com/phillies/phillies-acquire-jeremy-hellickson-from-d-backs
The Phillies acquired right-hander Jeremy Hellickson from the Diamondbacks in exchange for Minor League pitcher Sam McWilliams, the club announced Saturday afternoon.

The move, the first under new Phillies General Manager Matt Klentak, adds a veteran arm capable of eating innings to a young Phillies rotation.
Hellickson, the American League Rookie of the Year in 2011, is coming off a season in which he went 9-12 with a 4.62 ERA and 1.33 WHIP in 27 starts for the D-Backs. The 28-year-old righty has struggled a bit over the past three seasons, compiling a 4.86 ERA, but the Phillies are hoping he can return to his form from his first two full seasons in the Majors, in which he went 23-21 with a 3.02 ERA in 60 starts (366 innings).

In exchange for Hellickson, the Phillies send 20-year-old right-hander Sam McWilliams to the D-Backs. An 8th round pick in the 2014 MLB Draft, McWilliams has gone 2-5 with a 4.19 ERA in 16 games (12 starts) for the rookie-level Gulf Coast League Phillies in the past two seasons.

With the Phillies still in the early stages of a rebuild, this move makes plenty of sense, as they need someone to put on the field in the meantime. Best case scenario, if Hellickson can return to his prior form, the move could land the Phillies a nice prospect or two if the Phillies are able to flip him at the trade deadline.

Side note: Hellickson unintentionally broke Maikel Franco’s wrist in August when he hit Franco with a pitch (video below).
By: Kyle Babcock
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<![CDATA[Phillies Decline Cliff Lee's 2016 Club Option]]>Wed, 04 Nov 2015 01:41:43 GMThttp://www.broadstbeat.com/phillies/phillies-decline-cliff-lees-2016-club-option
This is just a formality at this point since it has been known it would happen for a year now, but the Phillies declined to pick up left-hander Cliff Lee's club option for 2016.

As a result, the Phillies will give Lee a nice early Christmas present when they pay him his $12.5 million buyout on November 30 rather than the $27.5 million they would've owed him for the 2016 season.
Lee's career very well may be over after missing all of 2015 with a torn common flexor tendon in his left elbow. The Phillies paid him $25 million for the 2015 season.

At 37 years old, Lee is likely finished after suffering an injury such as this. The veteran lefty first hit the DL in May 2014, but made a return in July 2014, making three starts before being shut down again.

Lee rehabbed during the offseason, but was bothered by the injury again in March. He met with doctors multiple times since then, but has declined to have surgery to repair the torn tendon.

If this is the end for Lee's career, it comes to a close with very respectable numbers. In 13 seasons in the majors, Lee won the AL Cy Young once (2008), was a four-time all-star and compiled a 143-91, 3.52 ERA, 1,824 strikeouts and 1.20 WHIP in 328 games (324 starts).

Lee was first acquired by the Phillies at the trade deadline in 2009, and went 7-4 with a 3.39 ERA in the second half of the season, helping the Phillies to reach their second straight World Series.

The Phillies would trade Lee away in the offseason, but would eventually bring him back in December 2010 on a five-year, $120-million deal, as the pitcher turned down more guaranteed money from the Yankees (take that New York).

Lee finishes his second stint with the Phillies having gone 41-30 with a 2.89 ERA and 1.085 WHIP in 106 starts.

We thank Cliff for his hard work during his time in Philadelphia and wish him the best in any future endeavors.

By: Kyle Babcock
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<![CDATA[Reports: Matt Klentak Selected as Phillies GM]]>Sun, 25 Oct 2015 02:01:06 GMThttp://www.broadstbeat.com/phillies/reports-matt-klentak-selected-as-phillies-gm
The Phillies have reportedly selected the successor to Ruben Amaro Jr. as general manager. As first reported by Nick Cafardo of The Boston Globe, the Phillies will name Angels Assistant General Manager Matt Klentak as their next GM.

The organization has yet to confirm the reports, but Todd Zolecki of MLB.com and CSN's Jim Salisbury have confirmed the report with their sources.
The 35-year-old Klentak is a graduate of Dartmouth College and began his career in baseball as an intern with the Colorado Rockies before moving on to MLB's Labor Relations Department.

Klentak has experience working with the Phillies' new President Andy MacPhail, having worked with MacPhail while in MLB's Labor Relations Department before being hired by him in 2008 as director of baseball operations for the Baltimore Orioles.

Klentak would move to the Angels in 2011, taking on the role of assistant general manager and would earn quite a bit of respect from those in the league.

Now, he finds himself taking the reins of a rebuilding effort for the Phillies at the young age of 35. With an analytics background as well as traditional baseball knowledge, Klentak could be just the man the Phillies need to restore the franchise to the heights it reached from 2007-2011.

In the meantime, Amaro, the man Klentak replaces, could reportedly be named first base coach of the Red Sox.

By: Kyle Babcock
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<![CDATA[Report: Phillies To Interview Kim Ng (and Others) for GM Job]]>Sat, 10 Oct 2015 02:02:09 GMThttp://www.broadstbeat.com/phillies/report-phillies-to-interview-kim-ng-and-others-for-gm-job
According to a report from CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman, the Phillies are set to interview Major League Baseball Senior Vice-President of Baseball Operations Kim Ng and others for the vacant general manager role in the organization.

If true, the report puts the Phillies in a position to make history in a very good way. If hired, Ng would be the first female general manager in any of the four major sports leagues in America, something that is long overdue.

The Phillies will also reportedly interview Indians Vice President of Player Personnel Ross Atkins after having interviewed Former Marlins General Manager Larry Beinfest last month.

But the only story here is Ng.

The 46-year-old Ng is the highest-ranking Asian American woman in Major League Baseball and comes highly regarded.

Having started with the White Sox as an intern in 1991, Ng progressed through the ranks, being promoted to assistant director of baseball operations with Chicago in 1995. In 1998, she was named assistant general manager of the Yankees, becoming the youngest assistant general manager in baseball.

In 2001, Ng became Dodgers vice president and assistant general manager and would later be considered for the general manager job with the organization in 2005 before being passed over. Since then, she has interviewed for the general manager job with clubs including the Padres, Mariners and Angels, but has come away empty handed each time.

Fast forward to 2015, where Ng reportedly finds herself preparing for an interview yet again, this time with the Phillies.

Can Ng break the glass ceiling in the major sports leagues, becoming the first female general manager?

She is certainly qualified. She has my support (not that it matters). The question is, can she get buy-in from the decision makers within the Phillies organization and finally land the role she has worked so hard for in her career.

By: Kyle Babcock
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<![CDATA[The Phillies Did NOT Lose 100 Games This Season]]>Sun, 04 Oct 2015 22:14:32 GMThttp://www.broadstbeat.com/phillies/the-phillies-did-not-lose-100-games-this-season
One game remained on the Phillies schedule.

One shot. One opportunity...to not lose 100 games in 2015.

On Sunday afternoon, the Phillies would manage to avoid picking up their first 100-loss season since 1961 (when they lost 107 games), picking up a 7-2 win over the Marlins in the season finale.

The Phillies fell behind in the early going, allowing Dee Gordon to score on a fielding error in the top of the first inning. Gordon would then homer in the third, giving the Marlins a 2-0 lead, as it began to look as if Miami would complete the series sweep and hand the Phillies loss #100.

The Phillies would respond, however, cutting the deficit in half in the fourth on an RBI double by Andres Blanco before knotting the game at 2-2 in the fifth on an RBI double by Aaron Altherr.

The Phillies broke things open in the seventh, taking the lead on a bases loaded walk by Freddy Galvis before Altherr cleared the bases in the next at-bat with a triple.

Things would get interesting in the eighth, when the Marlins brought in Ichiro Suzuki to pitch (Vine below). The Phillies would add an insurance run in the inning on a double by Darnell Sweeney to stretch their lead to 7-2 on their way to picking up their 63rd win of the season.

And so they did it. The Phillies managed to avoid 100 losses in a season that seemed all but destined for it at multiple points.

Final Record: 63-99

The Phillies will also have the #1 overall pick in the 2016 MLB Draft, which should help with the franchise's rebuild. It will be the first time the #Phillies will have the #1 overall pick in the draft since 1998, when they selected Pat Burrell.

By: Kyle Babcock
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<![CDATA[Phillies Prospect Jesse Biddle Set for Tommy John Surgery]]>Sun, 04 Oct 2015 18:14:19 GMThttp://www.broadstbeat.com/phillies/phillies-prospect-jesse-biddle-set-for-tommy-john-surgery
Not good.

The Phillies announced on Sunday that Jesse Biddle, their 18th ranked prospect according to MLB.com, is set to have Tommy John surgery on his pitching elbow on October 14. The typical recovery time from the surgery is 12 to 18 months.

Biddle, a 23-year-old lefty, was the Phillies first round pick (27th overall) out of Germantown Friends High School in the 2010 MLB Draft.
Since then, Biddle has had a bit of an up-and-down career in the minors, finally reaching Triple-A in 2015, where he struggled to the tune of a 2-4 record with a 6.25 ERA in nine starts.

Biddle missed time in 2014 after being hit by a hail stone and suffering a concussion as a result. He was cleared to pitch again just more than a week after the incident, but still didn't feel well when he tried to pitch.

The lefty struggled immensely in his starts following the incident and eventually was placed on the inactive list to give himself a mental break. Biddle rested for a month before he returned to action but was soon sidelined again, this time by a strained muscle.

Biddle would go to the Puerto Rican Winter League to make up for lost time, but would go 0-1 with a 15.19 ERA in two starts.

Biddle would get back on track a bit at the beginning of 2015, going 7-2 with a 4.24 ERA in 15 starts with Double-A Reading before earning his first shot at Triple-A ball in July. From that high would come another low for Biddle, however, as he compiled a 2-4 record with a 6.25 ERA in nine starts with the Iron Pigs and is now set for Tommy John surgery.

After six seasons in the minors, Biddle faces yet another crossroads, as the Phillies are left wondering once again if their hometown pick from 2010 will ever reach the potential they saw in him when they took him in the first round.

By: Kyle Babcock
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<![CDATA[Jonathan Papelbon Gets Into Fight With Bryce Harper]]>Sun, 27 Sep 2015 23:10:06 GMThttp://www.broadstbeat.com/phillies/jonathan-papelbon-gets-into-fight-with-bryce-harperI normally do not care in the slightest what is going on with the Nationals (even though they were playing the Phillies, who won 12-5), but this is just too good to pass up. Jonathan Papelbon made no friends on his way out in Philadelphia and complained pretty much nonstop from the time he signed his big contract with the Phillies.

The Mets locked up the NL East on Saturday, but that apparently hasn't stopped Papelbon from complaining.

Papelbon and Harper appeared to exchange words after a Harper at-bat, which led to the two coming to blows in the dugout. Video below.

By: Kyle Babcock
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<![CDATA[Cesar Hernandez Placed on 60-Day DL]]>Tue, 15 Sep 2015 10:43:24 GMThttp://www.broadstbeat.com/phillies/cesar-hernandez-placed-on-60-day-dlPicture
Phillies second baseman Cesar Hernandez's season officially came to an end on Monday when the club announced he has been placed on the 60-day disabled list.

Hernandez was injured in a collision at first base with the Cubs' Anthony Rizzo in the seventh inning of Sunday's game (video below), dislocating his left thumb and suffering ligament damage in the thumb as well.

The 25-year-old will have surgery on Wednesday to repair the ligament damage. The estimated recovery time for this type of surgery is usually around three months, so Hernandez should be fine for next season.

Hernandez had been solid in 2015, batting .272 with a 20 doubles, four triples, one home run, 35 RBIs, 57 runs scored and 19 stolen bases.

The Phillies have brought up infielder Chase d'Arnaud for depth in the absence of Hernandez, but the bulk of the work at second base is expected to go to Darnell Sweeney and Andres Blanco.

Sweeney, who was acquired in the trade that sent Chase Utley to the Dodgers, has hit .200 with three home runs and 10 RBIs in 50 at-bats (59 plate appearances) this season.

The veteran Blanco is batting .301 with an .883 OPS, 18 doubles, five home runs and 19 RBIs in 183 at-bats in 2015.
By: Kyle Babcock
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<![CDATA[Hernandez Injured in Phillies' Win]]>Mon, 14 Sep 2015 00:36:12 GMThttp://www.broadstbeat.com/phillies/hernandez-injured-in-phillies-win
The Phillies were able to pull out a 7-4 win Sunday afternoon against the Cubs to split a four-game series, but suffered a loss even in victory.

Cesar Hernandez suffered a dislocated left thumb in a collision with the Cubs' Anthony Rizzo at first base in the seventh (video) and there is concern about the ligament in his hand. Hernandez will visit a hand specialist on Monday, and it appears the injury could bring the 25-year-old's season to an end a few weeks early.
The Phillies would fall behind in the top of the first on an RBI single by Kris Bryant, but would respond immediately, taking a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the frame on a sacrifice fly by Ryan Howard and RBI single by Cameron Rupp.

Howard would extend that lead with a two-run home run, his 22nd of the season, in the bottom of the third.

The Cubs would slowly chip away at the Phillies' lead, entering the seventh down just 4-3.That is when the fateful play that will potentially end Hernandez's season took place.

With two outs in the seventh, Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo would hit a ground ball to Hernandez for what would seemingly be the third out. Hernandez would drop the ball while trying to flip it to Howard, however.

Hernandez would recover the ball and get to first after Rizzo had reached the base, colliding with him and sending both men to the ground. Hernandez would exit the game immediately, and in visible pain, with a dislocated left thumb.

The Cubs would also tie the game during the play, but the Phillies would be able to regain the lead in the bottom of the inning on a wild pitch. The Phillies would tack on two insurance runs in the bottom of the eighth on their way to a 7-4 win, but would suffer the loss of Hernandez in the process.

Hernandez had been solid in 2015, batting .272 with a 20 doubles, four triples, one home run, 35 RBIs, 57 runs scored and 19 stolen bases.

With Hernandez likely finished for the year, Darnell Sweeney, who was acquired in the trade that sent Chase Utley to the Dodgers, could see additional playing time. The 24-year-old Sweeney has hit .191 with three home runs and nine RBIs in 47 at-bats (55 plate appearances) this season.

By: Kyle Babcock
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