Philly Sports Network: Has former Phillies pitcher Cliff Lee earned a spot in Cooperstown?
On Monday, the National Baseball Hall of Fame announced its 2020 HOF ballot. As one would expect from such a prestigious association, the list has no shortage of elite talent.Below is the list of gifted individuals that make up the 2020 ballot, with first-timers' names emboldened:
Bobby Abreuu200b, u200bJosh Beckettu200b, u200bHeath Bellu200b, Barry Bonds, u200bEric Chavezu200b, Adam Dunnu200b, u200bChone Figginsu200b, u200bRafael Furcalu200b, u200bJason Giambiu200b, Roger Clemens, Todd Helton, u200bRaul Ibanezu200b, u200bDerek Jeteru200b, Billy Wagner, Andruw Jones, Jeff Kent, u200bPaul Konerkou200b, u200bCliff Leeu200b, u200bCarlos Penau200b, u200bBrad Pennyu200b, Andy Pettitte, u200bJ.
Philly Sports Network: Odds for Former Phillies on 2020 Ballot
There has been a logjam of the National Baseball Hall of Fame in recent years. After 20 candidates being elected in the past six years, that crowded list is clearing up.On Monday, the 2020 ballot was released. There are 18 new-comers to the ballot this year, including three former Phillies. Bobby Abreu, Cliff Lee, and Raul Ibanez will all have their first chance on the ballot. They will join three other former Phillies already on the ballot; Scott Rolen, Curt Schilling, and Billy Wagner.
Six of the 32 names on the ballot are former Phillies, making up roughly 19% of the total ballot.
The Good Phight: Williamsport season in review
One of the local writers, Mitch Rupert, gave The Good Phight his season in review. Hope you enjoy.It would like take a few guesses to figure out which of the Philadelphia Phillies' minor league affiliates led the organization in ERA. It's a terrible measure of just how good a pitching staff is, but they led the organization nonetheless.
The Williamsport Crosscutters were mired, at one point, in a slump which saw them lose 27 of the season's first 37 games. But it was never because of the pitching staff. It was a staff which was strong from the first day to the last.
Fansided: Phillies 2020 Opening Day roster early predictions
Pitchers and catchers don't report for three more months, and a lot is going to change on the Phillies roster between free agency, trades, and other roster moves.There are two everyday jobs, third base and center field, up for grabs this offseason. Free agents such as Mike Moustakas or Josh Donaldson would fill a big need, while a trade for Starling Marte, Kris Bryant, or Francisco Lindor could shake everything up.
Will Scott Kingery be the starting second baseman, center fielder, or third baseman in 2020? That all depends on the third base market in free agency, what the Phillies could get for Cesar Hernandez in a trade, and what becomes of the center field job.
Phillies Nation: Locked On Phillies 11/20: Charlie Manuel Interview
On the Wednesday Nov. 20, 2019 edition of Locked On Phillies, Phillies Nation Editorial Director is joined by Phillies icon Charlie Manuel.Wednesday evening at 7:30 p.m., Joe Conklin will salute "Philly Sportsmen of the Year" Charlie Manuel and Fran Dunphy at the Xcite Center at Parx Casino. Larry Bowa and Scott Franzke will be in attendance as well. Tickets are still available here.
Manuel, along with Bowa and a group of Phillies executives, will "sleep out" Thursday night into Friday morning to raise awareness for homeless youth in Philadelphia for the Covenant House.
Fansided: Phillies: 3 Options to Play at Shortstop Next Season
The Philadelphia Phillies ended their 2019 season surrounded by a cloud of disappointment and failed expectations. Throw in the fact that their fanbase had to watch a NL East rival hoist the World Series trophy this October, pressure is at an all-time high.One of the many players who failed to live up to the hype this past year was newly acquired shortstop Jean Segura. After hitting over .300 for three consecutive seasons, both fans and coaches alike expected something of the same in 2019.
However, after a year in which he hit .280 and saw massive decline in his defensive capabilities, Segura's name has begun to swirl as a potential trade piece.
The Good Phight: 2019 Phillies in review: Sean Rodriguez
.223/.348/.375, 4 HR, 12 RBI, 1 SB, 0.3 fWAR <em><strong>The good</strong></em>His salary was so low it was like he wasn't even on the roster... <em><strong>The bad</strong></em>
It's truly a miracle this guy somehow hit .223 this season. He was so bad it was almost offensive to the sport of baseball. From July 30 to August 25 he collected--get ready for this--ONE hit. Just for funsies, let's take a look at his hits broken up by month.
April: 15 PA, 3 hits (Okay, that's not too bad, especially with only 15 plate appearances- .
Fansided: Phillies sim trade: Boosting the outfield with Starling Marte
We are representing the Phillies in the 2019 FanSided Offseason Sim, during which the experts for each site act as the general managers, wheeling and dealing on the trade and free agent markets.To kick off the sim, we have our first of several moves made official, and it's a hefty one.
The first trade of our offseason simulation will net the Phillies outfielder Starling Marte and reliever Keone Kela from the Pittsburg Pirates.
Here's the breakdown of the full deal.
There's a lot going on in this trade, so let's break it down.
The Phillies center field job is currently split between Adam Haseley and Scott Kingery.
Philly Sports Network: Bryce Harper vs. Manny Machado: Who Had the Better First year?
As the 2019-2020 MLB Free Agent period is underway, it's time to look back at the two superstars that signed during the last offseason. Bryce Harper and Manny Machado will forever be linked due to the 2018-2019 offseason. Both were expected to and signed mega year deals with new teams. They both were paid and are set for the future.Machado signed first, leaving Los Angeles and driving a few hours south to San Diego. On February 19th, Machado agreed to the largest free-agent contract in North American sports history. San Diego locked up Machado for 10 years, giving him $300 million.
Phillies Nation: Sean Rodriguez - Sean Rodriguez! - hits walk-off home run
After Pat Burrell hit a walk-off home run against the San Francisco Giants on May 2, 2008, Harry Kalas repeated Burrell's name a second time just to make sure what he had just seen actually happened. That's about how Monday night's Philadelphia Phillies victory felt, with Sean Rodriguez, not exactly the most popular Phillie, lining a walk-off home run to help the Phillies secure a crucial victory.It did appear for a few innings Monday night that Jason Vargas and Brad Miller would lead the Phillies to an important - albeit uninspiring - victory.
With Maikel Franco having been optioned to Triple-A Lehigh Valley (on his birthday) Monday, Miller, one of the players that the Phillies elected to keep over him, ended a scoreless tie in the bottom half of the fourth.
Philly Sports Network: Seranthony Dominguez is Key to Phillies' 2020 Bullpen Success
Once upon a time, Seranthony Dominguez ran rampant on Major League hitters during his rookie season. His season was excellent, but it started out even stronger.In his first 16 IP, Seranthony didn't allow a single run. He allowed all of 5 baserunners; 3 hits, 1 walk, and 1 hit by pitch. Add 17 strikeouts into the mix and you get sheer dominance.
His first 2 earned runs came at the hand of Adam Morgan who couldn't secure a 5-3 lead against the Cubs. In what was one of the Phillies' worst losses of 2018, Morgan allowed a walk-off grand slam to Jason Heyward.
Phillies Nation: What will the 2020 Baseball Hall of Fame ballot look like?
The 2019 Baseball Hall of Fame class was a special one from a Philadelphia Phillies perspective, because Wall of Famer Roy Halladay was elected in his first turn on the ballot. Nationally, Mariano Rivera - widely considered to be the greatest closer of all-time - became the first player to ever be unanimously inducted into the Hall of Fame. Edgar Martinez, Mike Mussina, Harold Baines and Lee Smith also were part of a rather large Hall of Fame class.2020 may perhaps be the most interesting Hall of Fame class in recent memory. Derek Jeter is the only likely Hall of Famer to appear on the ballot for the first time next year, which means that 2020 is likely to be the defining year on the ballot for those connected to performance-enhancing durgs, Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens specifically.
The Good Phight: Can the Phillies Harness Their Speed?
Last year, the Phillies stole fewer than 60 bases - 59, to be exact - for the for the first time since 1973, when they stole just 51. Their 70.2 percent efficiency placed them ahead of the eventual World Series champion Astros by a hair, and gave them only the ninth-lowest rate in the game. It's a far cry from the halcyon days of Davey Lopes, and Chase Utley going 23-for-23, but at least it...well...leaves a low bar to clear?Benchmarking pleasantries aside, there's actually some reason to believe the Phillies could be well-suited for a much more aggressive approach on the bases in 2018; steals, extra bases, the whole lot.
Fansided: Philadelphia Phillies 2019 Holiday Gift Guide
It's the most wonderful time of the year, Philadelphia Phillies fans! But before you start chugging egg nog and filling up on cookies, you need to take care of your holiday shopping. But don't worry, because we've compiled a list of some of the coolest items out there.But before we get into it, we've got some important information to share. You can save 10% on every purchase from FOCO the entire month of November by using the code FanSided10 at checkout. So make sure the fan cave isn't ignored and pick up some awesome collectibles.
Phillies Nation: Locked On Phillies 11/18: The J.T. Realmuto episode
On the Monday Nov. 18, 2019 edition of Locked On Phillies, Phillies Nation Editorial Director Tim Kelly reviews J.T. Realmuto's first season in Philadelphia.Kelly also looks at the possibility of the Phillies inking the All-Star to a long-term deal this offseason.
Locked On Phillies is a daily Phillies podcast hosted by Tim Kelly that's part of the Locked On Podcast Network. You can listen to and download Locked On Phillies on the new podcasting app Himalaya, as well as Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts and Spotify.