Posts for Phillies Category

Does Philadelphia Arena Food Pass the Test?

Kevin Kinkead - December 13, 2018

Really cool article over at ESPN.

They did an investigation into the quality of stadium and arena food by collecting “more than 16,000 food-safety inspection reports from health departments that monitor the 111 professional football, baseball, basketball, and hockey facilities across North America.”

In that data, they found that 28 percent of those venues incurred some kind of “high-level violation,” which doesn’t surprise me as somebody who used to work in the food service industry.

Researchers parsed all of this to come up with a nationwide ranking, and all three of the venues in South Philadelphia fell somewhere in the middle of the list, after the jump:

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The Structure of the Andrew McCutchen Deal is Interesting

BWanksCB - December 13, 2018

As we await today’s fresh set of rumors stoked by agenda-driven agents and front offices, Ken Rosenthal checks in with the structure of Andrew McCutchen’s new three-year deal with the Phillies, and I like what the team did here:

The $10 million owed in the first year is pocket change, adding minimal obligation to an already modest 2019 payroll. In theory, it allows the Phils to make more aggressive short-term offers and front-load deals with prospective free agents, which certainly seems to be the organization’s goal. Look no further than their reported reluctance to go three years with J.A. Happ despite the obvious need for a reliable left-handed starter.

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Sports Betting Updates

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FanDuel Sportsbook Review

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DraftKings Sportsbook Promo Code: DraftKings Is Offering a $500 Free Bet

DraftKings Sportsbook has been live in New Jersey for over three full months now and a lot has changed since launch, including promos and bonuses. Here is the current best DraftKings Sportsbook promo code and full review. The season of giving is upon us and our partners at DraftKings Sportsbook are spreading the holiday cheer between now and the end of the month by increasing their $200 free bet offer, which they’ve been running pretty

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The Best New Jersey Sportsbook Promos This Weekend

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“For the Record,” a New Show Featuring Eytan Shander, Brian Westbrook, Krystle Rich, and Geoff Mosher

Kevin Kinkead - December 12, 2018

Programming alert.

We’ve got a new show hosted by:

  • beloved ex-Eagle Brian Westbrook
  • former 97.5 the Fanatic host Eytan Shander
  • former 97.5 the Fanatic host and longtime Eagles writer Geoff Mosher
  • Sixers Outsiders co-host Krystle Rich

It’s a web series and podcast called For the Record and it’s pretty straightforward – just four hosts sitting around and talking about sports and culture for a full hour without commercial breaks or useless phone calls via “Bob from South Philly.”

Phone calls like this:

Host: Bob from South Philly, you’re up.

Bob: Yeah? Hello?

Host: You’re up.

Bob: Oh okay, let me take you off bluetooth.

Host: Okay.

Bob: Yeah, hi? Can you hear me?

Host: I can hear you.

Bob: I want to talk about the Eagles. I think they should bring back John DeFilippo.

None of that on this show.

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It Looks Like Chase Utley Is Going To Work For The Dodgers

BWanksCB - December 11, 2018

I have some bad news for those of you anticipating the newly retired Chase Utley would one day soon come back to work in the city where he spent the first 13 seasons of his career. In fact, you may want to grab a beer and take a seat.

It’s not happening–at least not any time soon:

The disloyalty! The treachery! The duplicity!

Come to think of it, I guess Utley isn’t the first person to betray while in Vegas, but it remains a bitter pill to swallow for those awaiting his triumphant return to usher in the next great era of Phillies baseball.

In all seriousness, Utley has made it clear that he retired in order to spend more time with his family on the west coast, so the Dodgers seemed like the obvious destination for his immediate post-player employment. I don’t really see any problem with it, but…

I don’t know what Jim Thome is doing with the White Sox, but maybe Chase can throw us a bone and back his employer off Harper. Then maybe we can call things even.

Crossed Up: Wanting More

JoyOnBroad - December 11, 2018

Anthony and Bob break down the McCutchen signing and discuss the J.T. Realmuto trade rumors. Other topics include the Phillies’ potential perception problem, Sixto Sanchez as a trade chip, the latest on Bryce Harper and Manny Machado, and more.

Please subscribe to the show ([iTunes] [Google Play] [Stitcher] [RSS]), leave a 5 star review, and follow us on Twitter: @AntSanPhilly @BWCrossingBroad

Check out the other shows on the Crossing Broad Podcast Network including: Crossing Broadcast: A Philly Sports PodcastSnow the Goalie: A Flyers PodcastIt’s Always Soccer in Philadelphia, and Crossing Broad FC: A Soccer Podcast.

Audio after the jump:
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Report: Phillies Involved in J.T. Realmuto Trade Talks

BWanksCB - December 11, 2018

J.T. Realmuto is one of the best players in baseball that you may not know a thing about. Tucked away in the depths of baseball anonymity with the Miami Marlins since his debut in 2014, the 27-year-old Realmuto has emerged in recent seasons as one of baseball’s best young catchers. He led all catchers in fWAR a season ago, slashing .277/.340/.484 over 125 games. Throw in 30 doubles, 21 homers, and 74 RBI from a guy who primarily works behind the dish, and, well, that’s what I would call a pretty strong season.

Man, it would be awesome if the Phillies could get a guy like that. You know?

Well then.

Here’s Realmuto, considered by many around the game to be baseball’s most athletic catcher. Check him out in action, after the jump:
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Here’s What The Phillies Are Getting in Andrew McCutchen

BWanksCB - December 11, 2018

Fear not, Phillies fans.

Despite the team’s trade of Carlos Santana last week, there will be plenty of WALKS coming to Citizens Bank Park this spring. That is, of course, thanks to the Phillies’ reported agreement with 32-year-old free agent outfielder Andrew McCutchen on what’s believed to be a three-year deal worth $50 million. Of course, the immediate concern in the wake of this news has nothing to do with McCutchen at all, but instead what it does in terms of the Phillies’ desire and ability to pursue Bryce Harper. The status of that flirtation remains unchanged in that it remains wholly ambiguous.

For example:

This seems like a fairly reasonable breakdown of where things stand with the Phillies on the Harper front, after the jump:

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Reports: Phillies Signing Andrew McCutchen to Three Year Deal

Kevin Kinkead - December 11, 2018

Per Jim Salisbury, plus Ken Rosenthal and Matt Gelb:

Cutch is 32 years old and split last season with the Giants and Yankees, where he put up a combined .255 batting average and .792 OPS.

Ah, looks like it’s a done deal:

Thoughts?