MLB Power Rankings: The Padres reach a season high and the Phillies are flying

Every week,​ we​ ask all​ of our baseball​ writers​ — both the​ local​ scribes​ and the national team,​ more​ than​​ 30 writers in all — to rank the teams from first to worst. Here are the collective results, the TA30. The first time Ozzie Smith made an All-Star team was 1981, and The Wizard was … Read more

Buyers or sellers at MLB trade deadline? 7 teams that have to prepare for both

The trade deadline outlook will change significantly for many teams in the 50 days between now and Aug. 2. Eight teams appear to be clear sellers, as I wrote in an article a little over a week ago. The next tier, which includes seven teams, could end up as buyers or sellers depending on their … Read more

Phillies fire Joe Girardi after poor start to season

Joe Girardi’s seat went from hot to up in smoke. The Philadelphia Phillies fired their manager amid a 22-29 start to the 2022 season, the team announced Friday. Girardi, making his weekly appearance on Sirius XM’s MLB Network Radio on Friday morning, seemed to understand where it all when wrong for him and his squad. … Read more

Philadelphia Phillies fire manager Joe Girardi after 22-29 start

The Philadelphia Phillies have fired manager Joe Girardi, president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski announced Friday. The move was made with the Phillies at 22-29, having lost seven of their past nine games and sitting in third place in the National League East, 12 games behind the New York Mets. “It has been a frustrating … Read more

Rosenthal: How Bryce Harper adjusted to DH role, with a word from Phillies great Jimmy Rollins

Guilt, that’s the best word to describe what Bryce Harper was feeling when former Phillies great Jimmy Rollins approached him inside the home clubhouse at Citizens Bank Park on May 5. Harper’s guilt stemmed from an elbow issue that prevented him from playing right field. From his sub-par offensive showing at a time when he … Read more

2022 MLB Mock Draft 1.0

The two biggest stories of this MLB draft class are: (1) Whoa! That’s the son of [notable big leaguer]; and (2) the upside of the four prep position players at the top. These two issues overlap as the projected top two picks below are the sons of Andruw Jones and Matt Holliday. Also in the … Read more

Phillies’ Nick Castellanos hits another homer at untimely time

Broadcasters beware: Nick Castellanos did it again. With the Phillies hosting the Giants on Monday, NBC Sports Philadelphia play-by-play man Tom McCarthy took a moment in the bottom of the second inning to describe a new feature at Citizen’s Bank Park. The American Gold Star Mothers Chair of Honor will be an unoccupied seat that will … Read more

MLB Power Rankings: The Dodgers resume the throne and the Reds are out of the basement

Every week,​ we​ ask all​ of our baseball​ writers​ — both the​ local​ scribes​ and the national team,​ more​ than​​ 30 writers in all — to rank the teams from first to worst. Here are the collective results, the TA30. Welcome back to the best fantasy football fight club column in the world! I’m Levi … Read more

Joe Girardi not worried about job security despite Philadelphia Phillies’ growing NL East standings deficit

Phillies manager Joe Girardi says he is not worried about his job security amid a losing stretch that has dropped Philadelphia 10½ games behind the New York Mets in the National League East. The Phillies have lost 10 of their past 14 games and ended their seven-game road trip in disappointing fashion Sunday night, when … Read more

Memorial Day MLB standings check

It’s Memorial Day, MLB fans! And you know what that means: You can now officially look at the MLB standings. The saying goes, among baseball fans, that you should avoid checking the standings until Memorial Day, which puts us two months into the season. That gives teams time to play enough games to add meaning … Read more