Pete Mackanin Has "Interim" Removed From His Job Title

The announcement came down this afternoon with a bolt-out-of-the-blue suddenness: the Phillies have decided to remove the "interim" tag from Pete Mackanin. The club announced that he will return with a contract for the 2016 season, one that includes a club option for 2017 as well.Ironically, it was exactly two years ago today that the Phillies removed … Continue reading Pete Mackanin Has "Interim" Removed From His Job Title

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Maikel Franco May Return to Phillies This Season

When last we saw Maikel Franco in an official game, the Phillies rookie had been laid out on the ground at Chase Field in Arizona, writhing in pain after being hit on the wrist by a pitch from Diamondbacks righthander Jeremy Hellickson.The injury happened in the first inning of a game on August 11th, one that the Phils would … Continue reading Maikel Franco May Return to Phillies This Season

Phillies Are Just Passing Time With Darin Ruf

With a likely season-ending injury to Ryan Howard, the Phillies regular 1st baseman for more than a decade, the club has apparently decided to give an increased opportunity for playing time to Darin Ruf, who has spent much of this season and his career shuffling between 1st base, left field, and the bench.In this 2015 season, the Phillies … Continue reading Phillies Are Just Passing Time With Darin Ruf

Reading Eagle: Phillies Top Prospects Survey Results

Back in August, I was contacted by Mike Drago (Twitter: @mldrago) of the Reading Eagle to participate in the publication's annual survey regarding the Phillies' top prospects. The task was to provide my own personal Top 20 prospects list from the team's minor league system. Those were then pooled with the results of lists provided … Continue reading Reading Eagle: Phillies Top Prospects Survey Results

Phillies Likely Shutting Down Ryan Howard for 2015

Phillies fans may have seen the last of Ryan Howard. Well, at least for the balance of the 2015 season, that is.Howard was injured during Monday's series opener with the Nationals at Citizens Bank Park when a throw in the 7th inning from shortstop Freddy Galvis took a short-hop on him, slamming directly into the same left knee which he had operated on … Continue reading Phillies Likely Shutting Down Ryan Howard for 2015