Posts Tagged ‘Philadelphia Sports News’

Countdown to MLB Opening Day, Harper Time!

March 5th, 2019 by Leo | No Comments | Filed in Baseball, General, MLB, Phillies, TSP Radio




Phillies Roster

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Phillies sign Bryce, That’s Nice

March 1st, 2019 by Leo | No Comments | Filed in Baseball, General, MLB, Phillies

After months and months of talk here in the Philly area about signing Bryce Harper, finally the Phillies and Bryce signed a contract! The contract is for 13 years and $330 million dollars and Harper, 26, will be 39 when this contract runs out.  But the $25 million AAV of the deal means Harper could possibly be traded at some point in his career. After the announcement of the signing the Phillies sold over 100,000 tickets already for the upcoming season.

Harper has dominated the NL East throughout his career. He’s hit 96 home runs in his career vs. NL East opponents, with an OPS of .909.  In Harper’s 50 career games at Citizen’s Bank Park, he has a .930 OPS with 14 home runs.  With the most home runs being hit in Citizen’s Bank Park, that should mean the Phillies and the fans will have a lot to cheer about in the upcoming years. One thing that seems odd is a no opt-out in the contract, the Boras deal doesn’t have any opt-outs for the player or the Phillies.  Considering Boras typically adds that into the deals, you begin to wonder what actually happened behind closed doors while negotiating the contract.

Why did it take so long? Not really sure other than he was holding out for a better deal even though a lot of people felt deals of this magnitude as “stupid money”.  There are some concerns with Harper’s career so far, he has missed time with injuries, he’s amounted to fewer than 2.0 bWAR in three of his seven big-league seasons. Harper has had inconsistent defense and he struck out a career-high 169 times in 2018.

It should be interesting to see how Harper is received in Washington this year and what other moves the Phillies will make in their bid to win the NL East.  If you would like to check out Harper’s stats you can see them on the Baseball Reference site.  By signing the biggest contract ever you know he made some kind of history, Harper surpasses Giancarlo Stanton for total contract value.  Stanton signed a $325 million extension with the Miami Marlins but Harper will probably hold this title for quite some time.

Some other notable links to brush up on your Harper stats and information, here is a list:

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Roy Halladay elected to the Hall of Fame

January 23rd, 2019 by Leo | No Comments | Filed in Baseball, General, MLB, Phillies

Here in Philly we are all familiar with the tragic loss of Roy Halladay after a plane crash in 2017.  We were all saddened after a long and fantastic career in the MLB, 12 years with the Toronto Blue Jays and 4 years with the Phillies including a Perfect game in 2010.

The Baseball Writers Association of America officially released its 2019 Hall of Fame voting results. there were four players who will be inducted into Cooperstown this July: pitchers Mariano Rivera, Roy Halladay and Mike Mussina, as well as designated hitter Edgar Martinez.

Of course we here in Philly and Toronto were happy to see Roy made the HOF on the first ballot.   During his 16-year career, he won two Cy Young Awards and played in eight All-Star Games. He also won 203 games and figures to be remembered as one of the old school hard working pitcher thanks in part to his 250-inning season in 2010.

Here is an image of his stats over his career that can be referenced at the Baseball Reference website.

Although it has a bittersweet taste, Roy Halladay’s surviving widow and 2 children released a statement after his induction into the HOF that his son Braden wrote.

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Philadelphia Soul shut down the Valor

April 23rd, 2017 by Leo | Comments Off on Philadelphia Soul shut down the Valor | Filed in Football, General, Soul, Sports

Strong Soul Defense Holds Valor to Scoreless Second Half

WASHINGTON— The Philadelphia Soul (2-0) defeated the Washington Valor (1-1), with the final score 49-31 in front of 12,122 fans at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. on Saturday night.

“Tonight was not one of our strongest performances,” said Soul head coach Clint Dolezel.  “We held the Valor to a scoreless second half but there is still some more work to do.”

Soul WR Shaun Kauleinamoku led the receivers with 12 receptions for 125 yards and two touchdowns.  WR Darius Reynolds added six receptions for 76 yards and three touchdowns and WR Ryan McDaniel tallied five receptions for 46 yards.  Washington WR Mike Washington led the Valor receivers with nine receptions for 125 yards and two touchdowns.

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Eagles-Bears preview

September 16th, 2016 by Kyle Lutz | Comments Off on Eagles-Bears preview | Filed in Eagles, Football, General, NFL

Location- Soldier Field, Chicago, IL
Weather- 81 and sunny
Time/Channel- 8:30 PM ET, ESPN
Point Spread + Over-Under Line- Bears by 3, O/U 42 1/2

Injury Report

Eagles

Leodis McKelvin (cornerback)- questionable (hamstring)
Zach Ertz (tight end)- doubtful (ribs)

Bears

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Report: Flyers-Penguins to play outdoor Home and Home series

February 6th, 2016 by Ryan Waterman | Comments Off on Report: Flyers-Penguins to play outdoor Home and Home series | Filed in Flyers, General, Hockey

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The Philadelphia Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins already have one of the most heated rivals in the NHL. That rivalry is about to take a step to the next level, according to one report.

Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette is reporting that the Penguins and Flyers are “working on an agreement” to play a home-and-home series of outdoor games, beginning in 2017. The agreement would see the first outdoor installment take place in Pittsburgh, where the Penguins would host the Flyers at Heinz Field. It remains unclear if this game will be the next installment of the NHL’s Winter Classic, but this could mark the first time that the NHL will revisit a location for the event. For those that may not remember, the Penguins hosted the Washington Capitals at Heinz Field for the 2011 Winter Classic.

While the location for game one is clearly known, the Philadelphia portion is not. The Flyers hosted the Rangers in the 2012 Winter Classic, which took place at Citizens Bank Park. However, a recent trend seems to suggest that they could be headed for a date at Lincoln Financial Field. Out of the last twelve outdoor contests, a total of seven have taken place at football stadiums, all of which have generated attendance numbers over 50,000 fans or higher. The 2011 Heritage Classic at McMahon Stadium in Calgary was the lone exception, tallying just over 41,000 fans.

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At one point, it was discussed that the two teams would face-off at Beaver Stadium in State College, but it doesn’t seem to be in the cards anymore.

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Super Bowl 50 Preview, Analysis and Prediction

February 1st, 2016 by Kyle Lutz | Comments Off on Super Bowl 50 Preview, Analysis and Prediction | Filed in Football, General, NFL

In the first Super Bowl without roman numerals attached to the title, it should be a good one, with two of the best quarterbacks in recent history squaring off against each other. One of the two’s a future hall-of-famer, and arguably the best signal caller in NFL history, in Denver’s Peyton Manning, who’ll most likely retire after the game (at age 39), and the other’s a future-MVP (who could very well win it after this year) in Carolina’s Cam Newton.

Carolina finished with one of the best regular seasons in NFL history this year, starting their season 14-0, and ending up as the NFC’s # 1 seed, at 15-1. They led the league in most All-Pros selected, with six, and Pro Bowlers selected, with 10. With their 15-1 regular-season record, they became just the sixth team in NFL history to accomplish the feat, since the league adopted a 16-game-schedule format in 1978, and just the seventh team to win at least 15 or more games in a season (in 2007, New England went undefeated).

Out of those seven teams, only two (the ’84 49ers and ’85 Bears) teams won the Super Bowl. Carolina’s head coach, Ron Rivera, was a backup linebacker on that ’85 Bears team. This is his fifth year coaching the team, and only his second winning season so far. On the flip side, Denver’s head coach, Gary Kubiak, is in his first year with Denver, after coaching Houston for eight seasons from 2006-13. This season was Kubiak’s reunion with Broncos’ GM/executive VP of Football Operations, and Hall of Famer, John Elway, after the former backed up the latter in Denver years ago (1983-91).

Peyton Manning certainly has experience, whether that’s a good or bad thing, in postseason games, as he ranks second all-time in quarterback postseason starts. Next Sunday’ll be his 27th career postseason start, which will keep him in second place, four games behind his rival Tom Brady, who he beat in the AFC Championship Game a week ago. Manning is 13-13 in those games, with one Super Bowl win, while Brady is 22-9 in 31 playoff starts, with four wins.

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