Phillies have rarely featured a closer for very long in the role

On the anniversary of Jonathan Papelbon setting the Phillies franchise saves record, a look back at the top closers in franchise history.

Phillies Wall of Famer Jim Thome inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame

Thome delivers his acceptance speech in Cooperstown, New York   On Sunday afternoon, retired Philadelphia Phillies star first baseman Jim Thome finds himself officially enshrined among baseball’s immortals. Also inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame are five more superstars: Vladimir Guerrero, Trevor Hoffman, Chipper Jones, Jack Morris, and Alan Trammell. Even though Thome played just four of his 22 big league seasons with the Phillies, … Continue reading Phillies Wall of Famer Jim Thome inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame

My 2018 IBWAA Hall of Fame Ballot

This past year marked a major change in direction as far as my baseball writing was concerned. For the previous three years, I wrote almost exclusively on the national pastime. As the Fall of 2017 arrived, I decided to return to writing across the broader spectrum of politics, religion, entertainment, and social issues. Baseball is … Continue reading My 2018 IBWAA Hall of Fame Ballot

My 2017 IBWAA Baseball Hall of Fame Ballot

The Internet Baseball Writer’s Association of America (IBWAA) conducts voting in December of each year for its Baseball Hall of Fame.This process is conducted in much the same manner as the formal BBWAA voting, which results in players being inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame at Cooperstown.The IBWAA was born on the Fourth of July in 2009. … Continue reading My 2017 IBWAA Baseball Hall of Fame Ballot