CLEARWATER — Baseball fans will watch the Philadelphia Phillies play their first spring training game of the season on March 1 at the usual place but with a different name. Spectrum Field is now called BayCare Ballpark under a new naming rights deal with BayCare Health System announced on Thursday. The six-year deal is between BayCare and the Phillies, but the City of Clearwater, which owns …
Posted: February 26, 2021, 8:52 pm
An important update for fans looking to attend Phillies, Sixers or Flyers games this season.
Posted: February 26, 2021, 7:48 pm
Incredibly, the first Yankees spring training games are right around the corner. The schedule has been tweaked in an attempt to limit travel to the geographic area near Tampa. All the clubs the Yankees will play are located within roughly a one-hour radius, as seen in the below map (thanks to MLB.com for the map, but you can blame me for the hastily-placed logos) The Yankees will face the Toronto Blue Jays, Baltimore Orioles, Detroit Tigers, Philadelphia Phillies and Pittsburgh Pirates this spring.
Posted: February 26, 2021, 7:00 pm
What could go wrong in 2021 Coonrod has the stuff, but Major League history is littered with pitchers who had a solid arsenal of pitches but couldn’t command them well enough to succeed. The Giants ran out of patience with him, and I can’t imagine Joe Girardi will give him a long leash if he’s unable to get batters out. If he continues to have command issues – or can’t handle the pressure – then he’ll find himself buried in the back of the bullpen or in the minor leagues.
Posted: February 26, 2021, 2:58 pm
Rhys Hoskins I’ve been seeing over the course of the last few years a lot of articles that say things generally along the lines of “Rhys has been disappointing because he isn’t hitting 17 home runs every 33 days, why can’t he recapture his rookie form?” Lines like these really agitate me, and let me explain why. If you want my opinion Hoskins is just Pat Burrell if he didn’t play left field, I want to discuss this with the three true outcomes because they both lean a lot towards them.
Posted: February 26, 2021, 2:07 pm
Here are the results: To enlarge image, click here With the ball getting de-juiced this year and the chance MLB overshoots its intended mark, I wanted to draft at least one hitting heavy team that would thrive in a pitching-friendly environment where useful waiver-wire pitchers are plentiful and hitters scarce. I also happen to like a lot of the pitchers who are available in the middle rounds this year, and they’d be especially useful if the ball stays in the park.
Posted: February 26, 2021, 8:00 am
We played a little game of Fungo golf with the pitchers just to get them swinging the bats a little bit, just kind of ramping up very, very slowly the intensity and the feeling of having a bat in their hands and finding the sweet spot,” manager Gabe Kapler said of the lighter training bats called Fungos, which players hit toward targets the same way coaches hit infield practice. So that was a lot of fun. We hit balls and chased them around the diamond.
Posted: February 26, 2021, 12:28 am
Same place, new name.
Posted: February 25, 2021, 7:23 pm
The Detroit Tigers have locked in their first two starting pitchers for spring training games against the Phillies in Lakeland and Yankees in Tampa.
Posted: February 25, 2021, 5:21 pm
Not a lot of love nationally for the J.T. Realmuto contract.
Posted: February 25, 2021, 2:50 pm
Perhaps the most telling commentary on Spencer Howard’s performance in his debut season last year came over the last few weeks when the Phillies signed vets Matt Moore and Chase Anderson.
Posted: February 24, 2021, 8:45 pm
Phillies manager Joe Girardi hopes fans will be at Citizens Bank Park for the opener, calling it a “great way to start the season.” By Jim Salisbury
Posted: February 23, 2021, 7:41 pm
J.T. Realmuto is in a class by himself when it comes to fantasy catchers. Dalton Del Don makes the case for picking the only star at the position and reveals some draft values.
Posted: February 23, 2021, 6:07 pm
The Red Sox weren’t the only team high on Nick Pivetta last summer before the trade.
Posted: February 23, 2021, 3:25 pm
A few extra million bucks spent on the back of the roster can go a long, long way. By Corey Seidman
Posted: February 23, 2021, 3:10 pm
Rhys Hoskins says it’ll be up to Odubel Herrera to earn back trust from the Phillies’ clubhouse. By Jim Salisbury
Posted: February 22, 2021, 9:20 pm
It was just Day 1 of Phillies full-squad workouts but manager Joe Girardi liked what he saw from a lot of players. By Jim Salisbury
Posted: February 22, 2021, 9:08 pm