Philadelphia Phillies Wiretap

Phillies Fire Hitting Coach Steve Henderson

Oct 3, 2016 1:56 PM

The Philadelphia Phillies have fired hitting coach Steve Henderson.

Philadelphia finished the season last in the Major Leagues in runs scored.

Henderson joined Philadelphia in 2012.

Meanwhile, the Phillies retained six other coaches including Larry Bowa (bench), Rick Kranitz (bullpen), Bob McClure (pitching), John McLaren (catching), Mickey Morandini (first base) and Juan Samuel (third base).

Associated Press

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Ryan Howard Thanks Fans Before Final Game With Phillies

Oct 3, 2016 1:26 AM

Ryan Howard thanked Phillies fans and the organization and saluted his teammates in an emotional speech during a pregame ceremony Sunday before his final game with the team.

The 2006 National League MVP choked up a few times and fought back tears when he told the crowd: "My family has grown with all of you.''

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Mets Clinch Wild-Card Spot

Oct 1, 2016 4:40 PM

The reigning National League champions are returning to the postseason. 

Decimated by injuries, the Mets nonetheless clinched a wild-card berth Saturday with a 5-3 win over the Phillies. They will host the Giants or Cardinals on Wednesday.

Tags: New York Mets, Philadelphia Phillies, Game Recap, Misc Rumor, Team Achievement

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Phillies Likely To Pursue Veteran Arm

Sep 29, 2016 4:01 PM

Matt Klentak says the Philadelphia Phillies have placed a priority on adding a veteran pitcher this offseason.

In recent months, Pete Mackanin has publicly stated his desire to add an experienced bat or two.

"I don't think we will ever have the luxury of ignoring starting pitching," Klentak said. "Starting pitching is the name of the game. We saw it for the first month or two of the year. Every night we were pitching. Our starters were performing. ... We were competitive almost every night. At times, throughout the rest of the season, we've sputtered along. ... But if you can dictate the pace of the game on the mound, you always have a chance to win. We're never going to ignore that."

Jim Salisbury/CSN Philly

Tags: Philadelphia Phillies, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Mets Scratch Noah Syndergaard's Start On Saturday

Sep 24, 2016 2:59 AM

So much for the Mets lining up Noah Syndergaard for the National League wild-card game on Oct. 5.

Syndergaard's scheduled start on Saturday against the Phillies has been shelved because the ace is suffering from strep throat.

Left-hander Sean Gilmartin instead will make a spot start for the Mets.

Tags: New York Mets, Philadelphia Phillies, Injury, Misc Rumor

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Pete Mackanin Wants To See Phillies Add 'Go-To' Bat

Sep 13, 2016 3:10 PM

The Philadelphia Phillies may be a few years from contention, but they could look to add some veteran bats this winter.

Pete Mackanin has made it clear that he'd like to see the front office add some offense.

"We just need some professional hitters in the middle (of the lineup)," Mackanin said. "We need at least a guy in the middle who is a go-to guy."

As a team, the Phillies have slashed .223/.293/.360 in their last 50 games.

Ryan Lawrence/Philly Voice

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Phillies Expected To Pursue Veteran Position Players In Free Agency

Sep 9, 2016 8:09 AM

The Philadelphia Phillies plan to target one or two veteran position players in free agency this offseason.

Martin Prado and Ian Desmond appear to be likely options at this point.

The Phillies want to bolster their everyday lineup as their young core comes together with an eye on meaningful baseball in 2017.

Jon Heyman/Fan Rag

Tags: Philadelphia Phillies, Free Agent Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Dodgers Trade A.J. Ellis To Phillies For Carlos Ruiz

Aug 26, 2016 2:09 AM

The Dodgers added a chemistry test to the equation Thursday, trading beloved backup catcher A.J. Ellis to the Phillies in order to improve the team's fortunes against left-handed pitching.

The Dodgers landed right-handed hitting catcher Carlos Ruiz in the transaction, as well as cash considerations, while minor league pitcher Tommy Bergjans and a player to be named later also went to the Phillies along with Ellis.

Tags: Los Angeles Dodgers, Philadelphia Phillies, Misc Rumor, Official Trade

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Carlos Ruiz, Ryan Howard Clear Revocable Waivers

Aug 24, 2016 4:20 PM

Carlos Ruiz and Ryan Howard have both cleared revocable waivers and can now be traded without restriction.

Only one week remains for players to be dealt while remaining eligible for the postseason rosters of their new clubs.

Jayson Stark/ESPN

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MLB Clears Ryan Howard, Ryan Zimmerman In PED Probe

Aug 19, 2016 4:25 PM

Major League Baseball has cleared Ryan Howard and Ryan Zimmerman of any wrongdoing in its investigation of an Al-Jazeera report on performance-enhancing drugs, saying that neither player violated the sport's drug program.

It was announced Friday that MLB had completed its investigation, which "did not find any violations of the Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program by either Howard or Zimmerman."

Al-Jazeera reported in a December documentary that Howard and Zimmerman, along with several other professional athletes, allegedly received shipments of performance-enhancing drugs.


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Phillies Planning To Play Aaron Altherr In Center Field
The plans have many wondering if the Phillies plan to dangle Odubel Herrera in trade talks this winter.

Jim Salisbury/CSN Philly

Phillies Turn First Triple-Play At Petco Park
The Phillies turned the first-ever triple-play at Petco Park on Sunday afternoon.

Mike Axisa/CBS Sports

Phillies To Promote Jake Thompson For Saturday Start
The Phillies will promote Jake Thompson and he'll make his first Major League start on Saturday.

Ryan Lawrence/Philly Voice

Phillies Aren't Motivated To Move Jeanmar Gomez
Jeanmar Gomez has a 2.83 ERA in 47 2/3 innings as the club's closer.

Jayson Stark/ESPN

Rangers Targeting Phillies' Vince Velasquez
The 24-year-old is 8-2 with a 3.34 ERA in 17 starts this season, striking out 103 batters in 91 2/3 innings.

Cash Kruth/MLB

Pirates Eyeing Trade For Jeanmar Gomez
The Pirates are among the teams interested in trading for Phillies closer Jeanmar Gomez.

Chad Thornburg/MLB

Red Sox Have Scouted Jeremy Hellickson Recently
Jeremy Hellickson is one of many rotation options the Red Sox are considering, according to sources.

Jon Morosi/MLB

Phillies To Skip Aaron Nola's Next Start
The Phillies hope the time off for Aaron Nola will "clear his head."

Phillies Prospect Loses Eye After Freak Accident
Matt Imhof, who sustained a traumatic injury to his right eye late last week during a freak training accident, had his eye removed on the recommendation of doctors.


Phillies Aren't Expected To Spend Big In Free Agency
The Phillies will have money to spend this coming offseason, but they aren't expected to use it on a weak class of free agents.

Matt Gelb/Philadelphia Inquirer

Police Cite Man Who Threw Bottle At Ryan Howard
A man accused of throwing a beer bottle at Ryan Howard during a game earlier this month has been cited for disorderly conduct, according to police.


Stephen Strasburg Improves To 10-0
The Nationals beat the Phillies by the score of 9-6 on Friday night.

Phillies Take Mickey Moniak; MLB Draft Round 1 Results
The Phillies used the first overall pick on California high school outfielder Mickey Moniak.

RealGM Staff Report

Phillies Could Draft Cheaper Player To Use Money On Second Rounder
The Phillies have the first overall pick in Thursday's Major League Draft and have been linked to A.J. Puk, Kyle Lewis, Corey Ray and Blake Rutherford.

Keith Law/ESPN

Kyle Lewis Shooting Up Draft Boards
The Phillies are expected to take either A.J. Puk or Mickey Moniak with the first overall pick, but Kyle Lewis is gaining steam.

Jim Callis/MLB

Phillies To Evaluate Vince Velasquez's Sore Biceps
The Phillies are expected to re-evaluate Vince Velasquez on Thursday after he left Wednesday's start against the Cubs with biceps soreness.

Jerry Crasnick/ESPN

Phillies Nearing Long-Team Decision At First Base
Ryan Howard has been slowly losing starts to Tommy Joseph.

Corey Seidman/CSN Philly

Fan Throws Beer Bottle At Ryan Howard In Philadelphia
The Phillies and local police are investigating an incident in which a fan at Citizens Bank Park threw a beer bottle from the stands at Ryan Howard on Saturday.


Phillies To Bench Ryan Howard For 3-4 Days
The Phillies plan to bench Ryan Howard over the next few days in the wake of the worst statistical month in franchise history.

Jayson Stark/ESPN

Joe Girardi Compares Luis Severino To Roy Halladay
The Yankees have sent Luis Severino to Triple-A to regain the form he showed in a brief Major League stint last season.

Andrew Marchand/ESPN