SPRING = HOPE FOR PHILS (CHET’S TAKE, 2-20-18)

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Spring training is under way down in Clearwater, Florida, for the 2018 Phillies, and in all honesty, it’s tough here in mid-February to predict how things will go for this group this season. The starting lineup looks pretty decent on paper.  Rhys Hoskins begins his first full season on the big club (albeit at a new position, left field) and …

A CITY READY FOR A TITLE (CHET’S TAKE, 1-29-18)

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As you’ve probably heard, the Philadelphia Eagles are one of 13 NFL teams that have yet to win a Super Bowl. The hope among Birds fans is that we’ll finally see that remedied this Sunday night when the Eagles take on the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LII. If it happens, expect to see the biggest parade in the …

WHO DRAFTED THESE GUYS? (CHET’S PIECE, 10-4-17)

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You might not remember the name Marti Wolever, but he was the Phillies’ director of amateur scouting from 2002 until his firing at the end of the 2014 season. Now, scouting teen-aged ballplayers – and deciding which ones to draft – is not an easy job. You just don’t know how those kids will develop physically, what sort of work …

Special Phillie, Special Kid! (Chet’s Take, 9-29-17)

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These are some tense times in the sporting world, but there have been a lot of pretty cool things that have happened lately, too. (And, no, not just Penn State’s 4th-and-goal touchdown to beat Iowa with no time on the clock late Saturday, followed 18 hours later by that 61-yard Jake Elliott “walkoff” field goal, giving the Eagles a dramatic …

PHILS LOSING ARMS RACE (CHET’S TAKE, 8-23-17)

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As spring training got under way last February down in Clearwater, I wrote a column about being intrigued by the six right-handers who were the front-runners for the Phillies 2017 starting rotation.  As the saying goes, “how’d that work out?” Uggh. Let’s see. Veteran Jeremy Hellickson was a Phillie thru late July, going 6-5 with a 4.73 earned run average, …

REMEMBERING ‘DUTCH’ (CHET’S TAKE, 8-7-17)

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Every Phillies fan is well aware of that 2006 “Chase Utley, you are the man” call by Harry Kalas – 11 years ago this week, by the way. Well, a dozen or so years before that, back in the early 1990s, Darren Daulton was “the man” in terms of Philadelphia Phillies baseball. Our Philadelphia sports teams have had some great …

The Pete Dilemma (Chet’s Take, 8-2-17)

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*UPDATE: The Phillies announced at midday Wednesday that Pete Rose’s plaque will not be added to the club’s Wall of Fame next week. Instead, the team will honor former inductees in a ceremony before the Aug. 12 game vs. the Mets.  Plans to distribute Rose bobbleheads to all fans attending the previous night’s game were also cancelled. The team said …

PHILS AT MIDSEASON: UGH! (CHET’S TAKE, 7-6-17)

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It may seem like the 2017 Phillies season has been dragging on forever, but in actuality, it just crossed the midpoint. Really. And through Wednesday night, the Phils’ MLB-worst record of 28-55 has them on pace for a 107-loss season. Brutal. (Was it really just six years ago that the club won a franchise-record 102 games? That was a very …

Phils’ Summer of ’69 (Chet’s Take, 6-21-17)

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Summer is officially here, and there are loads of great songs about the summer season – from Sinatra’s “Summer Wind” to Sly Stone’s “Hot Fun in the Summertime” to Kid Rock’s “All Summer Long,” plus about 200 others. But one that often sticks in my head is Bryan Adams’s “Summer of ’69,” about him playing in his first band, one …

Who’s Next? (Chet’s Take, 6-12-17)

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It’s a question that’s been asked dozens (hundreds?) of times in various forms since the Phillies’ “golden age” ended with their surprisingly early postseason exit in October 2011: Which of the four major Philadelphia pro sports teams will be next to compete for a championship? For purposes of our discussion, we’ll define”compete for a championship” as: make it to the …