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Bless You Boys Mar 29, 2015

Detroit Tigers player preview: Can Blaine Hardy repeat his 2014 success this year?

Blaine Hardy is one of five pitchers vying for a spot in the Tigers' Opening Day bullpen. For a period of time after making his major league debut in June, 2014, Blaine Hardy was arguably the most effective pitcher in the Detroit Tigers' bullpen. Through August 22, Hardy posted a 1.84 ERA over 29 innings, giving up just one home run, and striking out 25 while walking just 12 batters. Hardy had replaced Phil Coke as the primary left-handed pitcher in the bullpen, and was given the ball in some key situations. His 1.39 WHIP and 3.49 fielding independent pitching ratio (FIP) were not nearly as...
MetsBlog Mar 16, 2015

Mets never had interest in reliever Phil Coke

The Mets never saw Phil Coke as someone who could help their bullpen, sources told reporter Marc Carig (Newsday, March 14). According to MLB Trade Rumors, Coke chose to sign a minor-league deal with the Cubs last week …

Coke anything but vanilla

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Calling him the “definition” of a left-handed reliever -- as in off-center a little -- Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon says newcomer Phil Coke will be in uniform Sunday when the team takes the practice field before playing the Texas Rangers in a Cactus League game. Coke, 32, agreed to terms earlier this week on a minor-league deal, but Maddon says he’s definitely in the mix for a role in the Cubs bullpen. Coke has a career 4.
Baltimore Sun Mar 5, 2015

Cubs add experienced lefty Phil Coke to bullpen

MESA, Ariz. — The roles may change and so will the makeup of a deep Cubs bullpen.
Bless You Boys Mar 5, 2015

Phil Coke signs minor league contract with Chicago Cubs

Coke finished his five-year run with the Tigers with a 17-24 record and 4.25 ERA. The Phil Coke era in Detroit came to an unceremonious end today. Coke agreed to a minor league contract with the Chicago Cubs, according to Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal. Coke will join the Cubs in their major league camp in Mesa, Arizona tomorrow. Coke apparently turned down a major league offer to sign with the Cubs, one of the media darlings of the offseason after hiring new manager Joe Maddon and signing free agent left-handed pitcher Jon Lester. The Cubs went 73-89 last season, but have a farm system believed...
Grand Rapids Press Mar 5, 2015
Phil Coke agrees to minor league deal with Cubs: 'No bull, I'm going to miss being a Tiger'

Phil Coke agrees to minor league deal with Cubs: 'No bull, I'm going to miss being a Tiger'

A source told MLive.com that Coke met with several teams this week in Arizona, including the Texas Rangers. The source also confirmed that Coke turned down an offer for a major league contract. Phil Coke has a new home. But he's going to miss his old one. Coke has agreed to a minor-league deal with the Chicago Cubs after spending five seasons with the Detroit Tigers. "No, bull, I'm going to miss being a Tiger," Coke told MLive.com via a phone call Thursday morning. "I enjoyed my time there." Coke is 22-27 with a 4.16 ERA and a 1.423 WHIP in 383 appearances...
MetsBlog Mar 5, 2015

Phil Coke is still available, expected to sign by Thursday

Free-agent LH reliever Phil Coke is expected to sign a new team today, after which he’ll report to Spring Training (Nicholson-Smith, Mar. 5). He’s had several minor league offers on the table, but had been holding out for …
Bless You Boys Mar 2, 2015

Should the Detroit Tigers sign Phil Coke?

Veteran left-handed relief pitcher Phil Coke is still a free agent who could be signed to a minor league contract. Should the Tigers bring him back? Phil Coke has been both a fan favorite and one of the greatest sources of controversy on the Detroit Tigers’ roster for the past five seasons. From his famous "glove slam" when he closed out the 2012 ALCS against the New York Yankees, to sprinting in from the bullpen when called into the game, to the series-ending run allowed in the 10th inning as the Tigers were swept out of the 2012 World Series, memories of Phil Coke are ingrained in the...

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