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Poll: Your Level of Excitement

Posted by Pat Gallen, Mon, April 04, 2011 08:30 AM Comments: 46

Ben Francisco celebrated this weekend. Did you? (PHOTO: Philly.com)

I know, I know, it’s been three games. Three games are rather meaningless over the span of 162, but they were three damn good games. It’s why I ask this question: What is your level of excitement after the first weekend of games. How high (or low) are you right now?

Many people are elated with how things have gone thus far, and it appears the good times could keep on rolling. But if you recall, the 2010 season started much the same. The team was blistering and his a cold streak that they were unable to snap for several months.

Where are you now? Let us know on today’s PN poll.

Where is your excitement level after the first weekend of the season?

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Time for Castillo to Show Whats Left in the Tank

Posted by Pat Gallen, Wed, March 23, 2011 06:44 AM Comments: 20

(PHOTO: David Malletti, Philly.com)

Maybe his tank really was empty. Maybe Luis Castillo ran out of gas on his way to Clearwater from the Miami area.

Castillo says it was a mix up with his agent on when to arrive, but regardless of why the Phillies new second baseman did not show, it’s an early strike. If he’s serious about making the club when they head north in a week, then he’ll have plenty of work ahead of him, both in the field and at the plate.

Playing in New York, the struggles of a player are well-documented. Castillo had them last year while dealing with leg injuries that allowed him to play in just about half the Mets games. Scouts have recently said they see his tank as bone dry. The Phillies will get a close up view and try to get as far as they can with Castillo for as long as they can.

Do you believe Luis Castillo has anything left in the tank? Before he even steps out onto the field, give us your thoughts by taking part in the poll below. Let us know how you think the Luis Castillo signing will play out.

What will happen with Luis Castillo and the Phillies?

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Poll: Which Phillie is Most Important for 2011?

Posted by Pat Gallen, Wed, March 16, 2011 07:36 AM Comments: 17

Forget the pitching, we’re talking offense right now. Which player on offense needs to have the best season in order for the Phillies to become a World Series team again? That’s today’s poll question, so vote away! And Domonic Brown was excluded for obvious reasons:

For the Phillies to get back to the World Series, which offensive player needs to have the best season?

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Are You Worried About Chase?

Posted by Pat Gallen, Mon, February 28, 2011 09:18 AM Comments: 28


Chase Utley has been sidelined to begin Spring Training games with patellar tendinitis. That’s not a good sign as Utley is now 32 years old and has gotten nipped by the injury bug lately.

Utley says, with rest, the knee should be fine, it’s just not going away as fast as he or the team would like. Some are worried about this setback, some are not. Which category do you fall under? Let us know on the poll below how worried you are about Chase Utley’s knee. (Photo: Mcall.com)

How worried are you about Chase Utley's knee?

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Poll: Most Surprising Free Agent Signing

Posted by Pat Gallen, Mon, January 24, 2011 09:00 AM Comments: 9

Taking a page from MLBTradeRumors.com, let’s take a poll of the most surprising offseason signings. Of the six players who inked deals with news teams, which one was the most shocking to you? You’ll likely say the Phillies grabbing Cliff Lee, but each of these players has their own notable storyline.

Jayson Werth got a lot more money than anyone believed, while Carl Crawford got even more than that. Lance Berkman parlayed a terrible year with Houston and the Yankees into $8 million. Rafael Soriano got $35 million to be Mariano Rivera’s backup. Adrian Beltre turned heads with a huge deal himself after turning down an option year with the Red Sox.

Which of these signings/contracts blew you away? VOTE!

  • Cliff Lee, Phillies, five years and $120MM:
  • Jayson Werth, Nationals, seven years and $126MM:
  • Carl Crawford, Red Sox, seven years and $142MM:
  • Adrian Beltre, Rangers, five years and $80MM:
  • Rafael Soriano, Yankees, three years and $35MM:
  • Lance Berkman, Cardinals, one year and $8MM:

Who's the most suprising free agent signing?

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(Photo: Getty Images)

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The Greatest Phillie: 2000-2010

Posted by Pat Gallen, Mon, January 17, 2011 06:55 PM Comments: 42

Let’s discuss. It’s the slow time of year, so we want to get the baseball juices flowing. What would be better than to talk about the greatest Phillies players of 2000-2010? It’s a conversation piece with no right or wrong answer – only solid arguments backed by fact and opinion.

So tell us: who was the best Phillies player between 2000 – 2010? Yes, that’s 11 years (no, I was not a math major) but who cares. Have fun with it.

The best argument for the greatest Phillie of the decade gets a free t-shirt from Phillies Nation!

  1. Scott Rolen: Was here just 2 1/2 years, but was amazing defensively and put up solid numbers. Rubbed people the wrong way and left on bad terms.
  2. Bobby Abreu: Great offensive player, but played RF like it was little league. One of the best lefty hitters in team history was here until 2006.
  3. Pat Burrell: Pat the Bat always seemed to underachieve but in several season put up some monster numbers. Always a fan favorite, both on the field and at the pub.
  4. Jim Thome: Only spent 2 1/2 incredible seasons in Philly. Beloved by all, one of the nicest guys you’ll ever meet. Also helped usher in a new way of free-agent spending for a once frugal franchise. He was the one who helped open up the wallets in 2003.
  5. Chase Utley: One of the best second basemen in league history, offensively and defensively. One of the hardest workers we’ve ever seen in this town. Can basically do no wrong and has put up great numbers since joining the team full-time in 2005. Chase, you are the man.
  6. Ryan Howard: A power hitter through and through, Howard has put the Phillies on his back late in the season on more than one occasion. Perhaps the greatest masher in team history. An MVP and ROY.
  7. Jimmy Rollins: The heart and soul of this franchise for a decade; has seen his play decline on the wrong side of 30. Still, as he goes, so does this team. Also an MVP.
  8. Cole Hamels: Nearly single-handedly won the Phillies their first title in 28 years. One of the greatest playoffs we’ve seen by a pitcher in a long time. Had bad year in between four very good ones. Becoming an elite lefty in the game.

Who was the greatest Phillie of the past decade?

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Poll of the Day: Charlie Manuel’s Contract

Posted by Pat Gallen, Thu, January 13, 2011 01:48 PM Comments: 18

Does Charlie Manuel deserve a contract extension - and for how long?

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