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Report: Phillies and White Sox are the Final Two Teams Left for Manny Machado

JoyOnBroad - January 9, 2019

Buenas noches, señoras y señores. A report from the Dominican Republic could provide you all the warmth you’ve longed for on this cold winter evening:

“But, Russ, who in the world is this unverified dude and why should I care?” you ask? Well, friends, Héctor Gómez is a Dominican sports reporter with 70,000 followers. For some perspective, back in November when I wrote about a Venezuelan report that the Phillies were no longer interested in Machado, that writer had only a third of Gómez’ following. Does that mean his information is better? I have no clue. Machado’s family is from the Dominican Republic, so one could infer that Gómez might know someone from Machado’s circle, though that’s far from certain.

For what it’s worth, this report came on the heels of this drop-in from Jon Heyman:

One can only hope Machado makes his mind up soon and that the Phillies make a legitimate offer.

Let’s Improve Ourselves in 2019, Philadelphia

Coggin Toboggan - January 4, 2019

Ahhh it’s a New Year in Philadelphia. The sky is brighter. The people are friendlier. The puke stench from New Year’s Eve is finally dissipating from the 8th and Market PATCO stop, but the urine funk is still holding strong. It’s 2019. It’s a new year with new horizons and new opportunities to better ourselves and our city.

This is the year, Philadelphia. Can you feel it? This is the year we pull ourselves up from this stink hole and really make a difference. I’m not saying this city isn’t already great, or its denizens pitch perfect, but we can all stand to improve and better our lives for the benefit of us and the loved ones we hold so dear.

Even the best of us can improve. Take the venerable John Middleton, for instance. Maybe this year he can resolve to stop saying stupid shit before the opening of free agency that gets everyone’s hopes up for the signing of Bryce Harper and Manny Machado, while it becomes increasingly obvious that neither of them want to play here. Maybe don’t show your hand before the chips are pushed into the pot, John? And hell, maybe have the doors ready and open to Citizens Bank Park when your #1 target actually deems you worthy of a visit and not leave him and his pissed off wife outside in the cold to be accosted by South Philly electricians, right? What do I know, I’m just spit balling here.

Or hey, even Carson Wentz should have a resolution. He has room for improvement, right? Maybe in 2019 he can resolve to stop getting hurt and force us into this never ending quagmire of a discussion on whether he or Nick Foles is the future of the Eagles franchise. I’ve fucking had it. Carson, either get healthy and take this city by the balls or stay hurt and let Foles and his massive genitalia lead us to the promised land. Mother of God.

But it’s time to look at ourselves in this city, starting first at this site. What can we do better, as people and as fans? What are our resolutions for a better 2019 at Crossing Broad?

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Sports Betting Updates

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FanDuel Sportsbook Review

Things have picked up for NJ online sports betting. FanDuel Sportsbook launched their sports betting app in September and they, along with DraftKings, have quickly become the leaders in the space. If you want to know how the sites compare to each other, read our DraftKings Sportsbook vs. FanDuel Sportsbook post. Otherwise, keep reading to get our review of FanDuel and their current bonus offers. Bonus: First deposit matched up to $100 Minimum Deposit: $10 FanDuel

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Here’s How Much Each New Jersey Sports Betting App Made in December

Big milestone for New Jersey sports betting. The state collected more than $1.2 billion in sports wagers dating back to June, when sports betting first became legal in the Garden State. That’s according to data provided by the Division of Gaming Enforcement, which today released a seven-page report with their findings. Year to date, the total handle for both on-site and internet sports betting was $1,247,290,341. That’s billion, with a B.   Handle is the total amount

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Your Complete NFL Divisional Round Weekend Betting Guide

The Eagles-Saints showdown on Sunday afternoon is the weekend headliner, but there’s three other excellent matchups in the NFL playoffs, along with a full slate of NBA, NHL, and college basketball games. It should be a hell of a sports weekend, so now seems like a good time to get in on New Jersey’s legal sports betting action. Enjoy all of the different great games on tap across multiple sports this weekend and take advantage

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There Is A Lot To Like About David Robertson

BWanksCB - January 3, 2019

We have movement. Finally.

According to multiple reports, the Phillies have agreed to terms with free agent relief pitcher David Robertson on a two-year deal that should go a long way towards solidifying what looks to be a formidable bullpen. The details:

The 33-year-old Robertson pitched to a 3.23 ERA with an impressive 1.03 WHIP while holding opposing batters to only a .179 average over 69 appearances with the Yankees last season.

Robertson has excelled in limiting contact throughout his career. He’s posted at least a 10.4 K/9 in each of his 11 Major League seasons. According to FanGraphs pitch data, his fastball velocity in 2018 (92.3 mph) was in line with his career averages, but he went to it in a career-low 42.5% of his pitches. That was partly due to the implementation of what was essentially a previously non-existent slider (14.4%) and an increased reliance on his best pitch, the curveball (42.5%), which often has a knuckle effect.

Look at this thing:

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Crossing Broadcast: Gearing Up for the Bears, Waiting on Free Agents, The Bottom Dropping Out

JoyOnBroad - January 3, 2019

Bob, Anthony, and Russ address the media-driven narrative around Nick Foles and Carson Wentz, potential playoff scenarios, and when Carson Wentz could be cleared to play. They then react to the delay on Manny Machado and Bryce Harper signings (22:00), Scott Boras’ impact on free agency (44:00) and whether or not Gabe Kapler and Matt Klentak are causing players to question signing with the Phillies (52:00). The guys finish up with a short-term and long-term view on what’s happened with the Flyers to this point and what they could possibly do to get better (55:00). Also, some sports betting tips for this Sunday’s Eagles v. Bears game (1:09:00).

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

For more Flyers content, don’t forget to check out “The Press Row Show” with Anthony and Russ for pregame and intermission coverage of Flyers home games LIVE from press row! The show streams on Facebook Live via the Crossing Broad page and Periscope via Anthony’s Twitter account.

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The Saga Continues: Phils Reportedly Set to Meet with Bryce Harper Next Week

BWanksCB - January 2, 2019

If you have grown weary of what has thus far been an underwhelming Phillies’ offseason, I can’t blame you. Big money and bold statements led to high hopes and great expectations for a memorable winter shopping spree, but as big-name free agents continue to sign elsewhere, fans know only this truth as the calendar flips to 2019 – talk is cheap.

And that’s pretty much where I’m at with this process. So forgive me that I’m not overly aroused by Jim Salisbury’s report that the Phillies plan to meet with Bryce Harper in Las Vegas next week:

In fact, a person close to the player tells NBC Sports Philadelphia that a face-to-face meeting between Harper and Phillies officials is being planned for “the next week or so,” in Harper’s hometown of Las Vegas. Phillies officials met with Harper’s representative, Scott Boras, at the winter meetings in Las Vegas last month. The player was not in attendance at that meeting.


In a vacuum, that the Phillies’ plan to meet with Harper is obviously an encouraging development for those hoping the team lands him, but whereas once upon a time not so long ago I couldn’t get enough of the Harper/Machado developments, I’ve now become borderline indifferent. One report stokes hope, the next pisses on it. So it goes.

Here’s what we know, which is what we’ve known all along.

  1. They’re interested in both players
  2. It’s going to take a monster offer to get either one to come here

And that’s really it. Maybe I’m just being surly on this first work day of the new year, but Vegas odds, Instagram follows, and unsourced material speculating the interests and preferences of these guys have ceased to interest me.

Have the meetings, make the offers, and let’s move on.

Kinkead: the saga continues, Wu-Tang, Wu-Tang

Crossing Broadcast: The Philly/Boston Gap and Eagles Taking Flight

JoyOnBroad - December 28, 2018

Kevin and Russ break down the Sixers’ Christmas Day loss to the Boston Celtics, including the final play and Brett Brown’s decision to let Ben Simmons handle in the final seconds of regulation. The guys also discuss Brett Brown’s coaching style, systems, and adaption of each to his new lineup. They then hit the big talking points leading to Eagles/Redskins, cover the Phillies’ potential mess, and answer some Twitter questions.

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Jim Gardner, Wearing a Detroit Tigers Hat and Hanging Out With Alex Trebek

Kevin Kinkead - December 27, 2018

Let’s check in on Philadelphia’s longest tenured news anchor.

Jim Gardner is spending his holiday break in Israel, where he bumped into… Alex Trebek?

Wait, what? And why is he wearing a Detroit baseball hat? Does he secretly like the Tigers and actually hate the Phillies?

Some of the reaction:


He explained himself in a follow-up tweet, after the jump:

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Report: Phillies Interested in Two-Time Cy Young Award Winner Corey Kluber

JoyOnBroad - December 26, 2018

The Phillies have been mentioned multiple times in the last week plus as one of many teams with interest in acquiring two-time Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber from the Cleveland Indians. The interest in Kluber makes plenty of sense, as he went 20-7 with a 2.89 ERA/3.12 FIP/0.991 WHIP in 215 innings. Jon Morosi of MLB Network and Fox Sports has been beating the drum regarding a Kluber trade:

Today, Morosi dropped this nugget, which should drum up a bit of interest in a thus far underwhelming Phillies offseason:

I know, this is nothing more than pure speculation that the Phillies are interested/involved in discussions for Kluber – far from a report of intensifying talks in an exclusive capacity – but it’s a somewhat encouraging sign for a team that’s yet to spend “stupid money”. It would appear that both the Padres and Dodgers could be in the lead for Kluber, but this is interesting:

If you’re the Phillies, does building a package around top prospect Sixto Sánchez make sense along with a center fielder like Roman Quinn or Odúbel Hererra? It would likely take a bit more to acquire the multiple Cy Young winner. However, if you’re the Phillies, I’m not so sure you could sell a 2019 team devoid of Manny Machado, Bryce Harper, and any other number of high-profile guys the team’s been rumored to be in pursuit of.