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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

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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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

If you still haven’t gotten in on New Jersey’s legal sports betting action, now is a great time to check out the various promos some of the best betting apps are offering this weekend – just be sure to hit the “bet now” button or links to take advantage of these deals, as some of them are exclusive to our audience. For those of you in Pennsylvania, PA sports betting is coming soon. FanDuel Sportsbook FanDuel

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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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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:


The Yankees Aren’t Interested in Bryce Harper

Kevin Kinkead - December 11, 2018

Bryce Harper watch.

It feels like this has been going on for something like a year now. Maybe we’ll get some real news this week as MLB’s winter meetings progress.

For now, it seems as though the Yankees are not part of the Harper sweepstakes and are instead focused on Manny Machado. General Manager Brian Cashman said as much when asked about it on Monday.


“No time at all all winter have I said I’m looking for an outfielder,” Cashman said. “The Harper stuff … I’m surprised you’re still asking.”

When he was first asked about Harper during a session with Yankees beat reporters on the first full day of this year’s winter meetings, Cashman rattled off the names of his six current outfielders (Aaron HicksAaron JudgeGiancarlo StantonBrett GardnerJacoby Ellsbury and Clint Frazier) as reasons he isn’t looking for a seventh.

Would the Yankees sign Harper — who could command a total deal worth $300 million or more — and get him to exchange his outfielder’s glove for a first-baseman’s mitt?

“I’m sure it’s potentially a possibility, but it’s not something that we would play on at that level with that type of money, to play somebody like that at first base,” Cashman said.

Yesterday Gabe Kapler raved about Harper and didn’t seem to have much to say about Manny Machado in comparison. Bob wrote about that.

A few more rumors and notes floating around out there, after the jump:

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Cesar Hernandez Played Nearly Half of the Season With a Broken Foot

JoyOnBroad - December 10, 2018

With Major League Baseball’s Winter Meetings underway, the hot stove has been heating up. While Phillies fans are waiting with baited breath for news of a Manny Machado or Bryce Harper signing, some interesting news broke today. Apparently second baseman César Hernández played an extended portion of last season – perhaps the entire second half of the 2018 season – with a broken foot.

A broken foot could absolutely explain the difference in Hernández’s first and second half splits:

While César’s home run and RBI totals were virtually identical, the drastic decline in doubles and triples was staggering. Assuming the injury happened about halfway through the season, you have to give props to Hernández for sticking it out and only missing one game. I am a bit surprised that Gabe Kapler and his sports science folks were in line with playing a guy while he was clearly injured, especially when Scott Kingery – who had his fair share of struggles – only started 37 of the 56 games he played in during the second half of the season. Perhaps this injury could/should have paved the way for Kingery to take over at second base, the position which he moved up through the Phillies’ minor league system playing. Doing so could have allowed him to focus on his task at the plate.

For those hoping a spot could be opened up for Kingery via a trade, don’t hold your breath:

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It Sure Sounds Like Gabe Kapler Wants Bryce Harper

BWanksCB - December 10, 2018

Phillies manager Gabe Kapler met with reporters at the Major League Baseball winter meetings this afternoon in Las Vegas, and let me just say, the guy is a total quote machine:

Without question, acquiring a player of, say, Bryce Harper’s caliber would go a long way towards building up that physical armor, and Kapler was unsurprisingly asked during the session about baseball’s most coveted free agent. His answer did nothing to dispel the rumors of the Phillies’ planned aggressive pursuit of Harper.

Here he is, after the jump:

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