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Rise and Phight: 1/28/2022

Rise and Phight: 1/28/2022

Photo by Chris Bernacchi/Diamond Images via Our new commenting system is live The commenting system brought to you by Coral is up and running. We’ll need some time to get used to it as well, so don’t feel like you’re the only one getting adjusted. If there are some comments that seem fishy, feel free to tag them as always, but otherwise keep bringing the discussion. We love it. On to the links. Phillies news: One of the hotter prospects in the Phillies’ system is Logan O’Hoppe. Here is a nice little profile on him. MLB news: There was once upon a time when...
Jan 27, 2022
The Dirty Inning #93: Sticks and Milestones

The Dirty Inning #93: Sticks and Milestones

Photo by Focus on Sport/ Just an excuse to post a Steve Carlton picture, guys. With the arrival of 2022 comes many anniversaries, many of which do NOT involve Steve Carlton’s terrifying 1972 season. The Phillies played seasons in 1902, 1912, 1922, 1932, 1942, 1952, 1962, 1972, 1982, 1992, 2002, and 2012 and guess what they all have in common? They didn’t make the playoffs in any season ending in a “2.” Makes you feel good about their chances this year, huh? On this week’s episode of “The Dirty Inning,” Justin Klugh & Trevor Strunk take a stroll back...
Jan 27, 2022
From the horse’s mouth: Jimmy stays on the ballot

From the horse’s mouth: Jimmy stays on the ballot

Both of these former Phillies are on the All-Star ballot. I actually like one of them. | Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/ Yay for Jimmy, boo for Scott Rolen The 2022 Hall of Fame voting results were revealed this week. Only one player was elected to the Hall of Fame, and he certainly wasn’t a former Phillie. However, two former Phillies did earn enough votes to stay on the ballot another year and perhaps increase their chances in the years to come. Phillies-related thought of the week On his first year on the Hall of Fame ballot, Jimmy Rollins didn’t come close to passing...
Jan 27, 2022
Hittin’ Season #532: Hall of Fame & Labor WARz talk with MLB Network Radio’s Mike Ferrin

Hittin’ Season #532: Hall of Fame & Labor WARz talk with MLB Network Radio’s Mike Ferrin

Photo by Paul Chinn/San Francisco Chronicle via Well, at least Barry got into the Giants’ Wall of Fame. Major League Baseball’s all-time home run king will not be inducted into the sport’s Hall of Fame. Major League Baseball’s 7-time Cy Young Award winner will not be inducted into the sport’s Hall of Fame. A player with three, 60+ homer seasons and 609 career dingers will not be inducted into the sport’s Hall of Fame. Baseball’s all-time hits king is not in the sport’s Hall of Fame. So when you’re there, make sure to check out Harold Baines’ bust!...
Jan 27, 2022
The Good Phight’s top 20 prospects: #19 - Jordan Viars

The Good Phight’s top 20 prospects: #19 - Jordan Viars

Jordan Viars Who doesn’t like young, HS lefty outfielders who can hit? We continue our countdown of top prospects here at The Good Phight, counting backwards from 20 to our top prospect. Jordan Viars, L/L, 18 years old Scouting report, via Fangraphs: Viars is a young, big-framed Texas high school outfielder who is likely headed to a corner in pro ball. He’s short to the ball despite his size, and currently peppers both gaps with doubles contact. He was an athletic two-way high schooler who will be a right field dev project in pro ball. Jay: 20th, Ethan: 20th,...
Jan 27, 2022
Rise and Phight: 1/27/2022

Rise and Phight: 1/27/2022

Photo by Mitchell Leff/ Did they even meet today? Imagine, if you will, a scenario where Mickey Moniak is the opening day center fielder. I don’t think it comes to fruition, especially if the rumors of the team trying to trade for Kevin Kiermaier are true, but what if they can’t get anyone? What if they decide to simply platoon Moniak and, say, Matt Vierling? Is that good enough? Would people be happy? I need baseball to come back. On to the links. Phillies news: Robin Roberts is forgotten sometimes when thinking of Phillies’ greats, but he shouldn’t be at...
Jan 26, 2022
Michael Conforto is a great bounceback candidate for the Phillies to consider

Michael Conforto is a great bounceback candidate for the Phillies to consider

Photo by Rich Schultz/ Free agent outfielder Michael Conforto had a down year in 2021, but he has an excellent track record and his bat could make a big difference in the middle of the Phillies’ lineup. It’s very likely that the Phillies will sign one of the big-bat outfielders remaining on the free agent market. While there obviously haven’t been any rumors of late, the Phillies were said to be in talks with free agents Kris Bryant, Nick Castellanos, and Kyle Schwarber before the lockout, and Dave Dombrowski said back in November that upgrading the outfield was...
Jan 26, 2022
Rise and Phight: 1/26/2022

Rise and Phight: 1/26/2022

Are we closer to an agreement? Another day and more movement on the labor front. While the players might not be happy with yesterday’s talks, the fact that the talks are still happening is helpful. Oh and the Hall of Fame vote came in. On to the links. Phillies news: While no Phillies were voted in to the Hall, Scott Rolen inched a little closer while Jimmy Rollins lives to fight another year. The team does have the stars for a run, they just need the players surrounding them to improve. MLB news: David Ortiz was the only player elected to the Hall of Fame yesterday....
Jan 25, 2022
Announcement: A new commenting system is coming to The Good Phight

Announcement: A new commenting system is coming to The Good Phight

Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports Coming Thursday, comments will look different. Hey everyone. I’m Tanya, and I oversee all of our baseball communities for SB Nation. This Thursday will be a big day for our community: we’re moving our comments to a new platform, developed especially for SB Nation. All of our MLB communities will be moving to the new platform, and I’m excited about the change. Some of you may already be familiar with this new platform as it rolled out to our NFL communities in 2020 and to many of our soccer sites and our NHL and NBA communities last...
Jan 25, 2022
Hittin’ Season #531: A’s trades, Klentak memories & labor WARz

Hittin’ Season #531: A’s trades, Klentak memories & labor WARz

Photo by Tim Warner/ The latest podcast touches on the greatest baseball games ever played, too! Is there a deal to be made? Multiple outlets have named the Phillies and Athletics as potential trade partners when the MLB lockout finally ends, specifically because of two players: third baseman Matt Chapman and center fielder Ramón Laureano. Last season, the Phillies received 1.7 fWAR of production from the center fielders, 6th-worst in MLB. At third, they received 0.7 fWAR, 7th-worst. Chapman, who was worth 6.7 and 6.1 fWAR in 2018 and ‘19, respectively, had a down...
Jan 25, 2022
Philadelphia's Ballparks, Part I: Turning pro

Philadelphia's Ballparks, Part I: Turning pro

Remembering the parks that Philly’s pro baseball teams have called home “People ask me what I do in winter when there’s no baseball. I’ll tell you what I do. I stare out the window and wait for spring.” – Rogers Hornsby We scheme and dream about what kind of Phillies team the 2022 season and beyond will bring, but we also daydream about bright green manicured fields, warm sunshine, and the sounds of the game. And in Philadelphia those sights and sounds have played out at professional games in at least 14 different parks, representing the full spectrum from rocky...
Jan 25, 2022
Rise and Phight: 1/25/2022

Rise and Phight: 1/25/2022

Photo by Ben Hasty/MediaNews Group/Reading Eagle via News? News! Obviously, the bulk of news that hit yesterday had to to with the little bit of movement in talks regarding the new CBA between the players and owners, so let’s get down to brass tacks. On to the links. Phillies news: Matt Klentak has a new job with a new employer. Fare thee well, Matthew. Once the lockout is over, what is the perfect outcome for these Phillies? Here is a list of the nine greatest Phillies of all time. Little to quibble with, though I’d personally have Hamels over Howard. MLB...
Jan 24, 2022
The Good Phight’s top 20 prospects: #20 - Dominic Pipkin

The Good Phight’s top 20 prospects: #20 - Dominic Pipkin

Jersey Blue Claws Let’s start with a right-hander that provides some depth with a tinge of upside We’re going to begin our countdown of top prospects here at The Good Phight, counting backwards from 20 to our top prospect. Dominic Pipkin, RHP, 22 years old Scouting report, via Fangraphs: The big-framed Pipkin has grown into the sort of velocity hoped of him when he was an amateur prospect, and he sat mostly 94-96 mph when healthy in 2021. He’s had trouble developing dynamic secondary stuff (though his relatively new mid-80s slider looked pretty good in its early...
Jan 24, 2022
The Good Phight’s top 20 prospects

The Good Phight’s top 20 prospects

Photo by Chris Bernacchi/Diamond Images via So it begins... It’s prospect season and everyone is excited to share their opinions. Based on what we’ve seen from the national guys, the Phillies’ system still isn’t in the top tier of player development programs, but there are signs of a pulse among their players. They possess somewhere between one and three top 100 prospects in the game depending on who you follow closest, with a few candidates to breakout and join that list later on. What we’ll do here is share our top twenty prospects we like here at The Good...
Jan 24, 2022
Rise and Phight: 1/24/2022

Rise and Phight: 1/24/2022

Photo by Bill McCay/ Still nothing, but today should be eventful As we continue enduring the lockout, there is still a dearth of news in the baseball landscape. The links are getting harder and harder to find, but we’ll continue trying to unearth some of the more interesting things we can find. On to the links. Phillies news: Scott Franzke is in possession of a one-year extension on his radio deal, but will have another new partner in 2022. Can’t remember if I posted this, but in case I didn’t, here’s a deep dive into two distinct fastballs Aaron Nola...