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Rich Baxter is the writer/editor at and a baseball fan back to the early 1970s, and the Phillies Talk Podcast at the site is the longest-straming independent show on the Phillies team.

MacPhail offers to exit stage left, Phillies appear ready to make that happen

One of the things that happen eventually in baseball is a change in upper management. This is very much in full swing with the Phillies ‘again’. We’ve been patient in the many years of a rebuild, the years seemed to fly by so fast but here we are looking forward to the next season of 2021 and we’re going to […]

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Major League Baseball pulls the rug on Minor League Baseball teams and leagues

It’s one of the biggest scaling back operations that the MLB has undertaken in a long while. I was talking about this very subject today on The Baseball Talk Radio Show podcast that I do with my good friend, Gary Mack, the host of a long time running Mets themed podcast called Mets Musings. I’ll post a link to that […]

Building blocks of stupidity by the BBWAA

We’ve seen this before, the statue stealers, the attempt to change history, the stupidity that exists in the reasoning of such things. Well, there is more. This is probably a story you didn’t read about, as I haven’t until it was recently brought to my attention by a colleague of mine. Did you even know there was a baseball commissioner’s […]

Howard adding stability to starting rotation and updated odds to win World Series

Embed from Getty Images Spencer Howard was what the Phillies anticipated from him being able to do last night for this Phillies team. He took the ball and earned his first win of his Phillies career. He pitched 5.0 innings and gave up 2.0 R in the ballgame. Embed from Getty ImagesHoping both Hoskins and Harper can get hot at […]

Arrieta gets pummelled by Braves in 2nd, Phils lose

It’s been something that’s been familiar to Phillies fans in the past 3 seasons. Having Jake Arrieta on the mound, which equates to a loss by the end of the game. Last night was no different, despite a brief good outing the last time by Jake Arrieta, he got hit around by the Braves in the 2nd inning last night, […]

Winning is just what the Phillies need now

The Phillies have been on a winning streak, that’s exactly what they need to do at this time in the season, with Labor Day weekend happening next weekend, the sprint of this season is now going to turn into an old fashioned foot race to the finish line. The most recent win coming last night in Philadelphia and after a […]

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Why I’m done with baseball and sports for this year

This year has been a trying time for many in this country and around the world. The Covid-19 crisis has tested us in our spirit and our will to survive. Doing the right precautions to try to prevent the transmission of this virus has been now the norm, as we social distance, wear masks, clean our hands many times a […]

Winning streak extended, Phils starting to look a little better

Embed from Getty Images Embed from Getty Images Hoskins is turning things around at the plate with another HR last night A win last night against the Washington Nationals extended the Phillies win streak to 3-games, as the bullpen pickups seem to have had a positive influence on the team. The Phils banged out 12 H last night in Washington […]