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Report: Phillies Interested in Stairs, Price for Coaching Staff

The Phillies have their new manager officially in red pinstripes, introducing Joe Girardi on Monday afternoon.  At the press conference, Girardi mentioned that he would be working with general manager Matt Klentak on filling the team's two coaching vacancies, pitching coach and hitting coach.  A couple names emerged on Monday for those potential jobs.

Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia reported on Monday that the Phillies could consider former Phillies broadcaster and hitting coach Matt Stairs for their open hitting vacancy.  Salisbury wrote, "It would not be surprising to see them consider a reunion with Matt Stairs, their hitting coach in 2017."  Stairs departed the organization for the San Diego Padres after the 2017 season.

Stairs made the move as outgoing manager Gabe Kapler assembled his coaching staff.  Kapler and Klentak ultimately hired John Mallee, who was dismissed this past season and replaced on a pro-tem basis by Charlie Manuel.  Stairs remained with the Padres for just one season, before being dismissed.  It may have been Stairs who took the fall at the time, but Padres manager Andy Green did not last the season.

Salisbury also reports that the Phillies could be considering a big name on the pitching side: Bryan Price.

Former Reds manager and longtime big-league pitching coach Bryan Price has emerged as a strong candidate, according to multiple sources. Price turned down an offer to be the Arizona Diamondbacks’ pitching coach, leading some to wonder if he’s moving toward an opportunity elsewhere. That could be Philadelphia. Or that could be Boston.

Salisbury reports the Phillies might have already interviewed multiple pitching coach candidates.

That report comes as the Phillies  Larry Rothschild was dismissed by the New York Yankees.

Price was once the Reds pitching coach.  When Price started to get interest from teams to be a major league manager, the Reds responded by promoting Price to be manager.  Price was replaced with David Bell prior to last season.


Highlights from Joe Girardi's Introductory Phillies Press Conference

Monday afternoon, new Phillies manager Joe Girardi put on red pinstripes for the first time in his career.  Wearing number 25, as he did while playing for the New York Yankees, Girardi met the media and answered many questions.  Here are some highlights from the press conference

1. John Kruk Once Collided with Girardi, Breaking His Nose... and Visited Him in the Hospital That Night

Girardi told a story of one of his visits to Veteran Stadium to face the Phillies.  He did not have a good night.  Playing catcher, Girardi was involved in a collision at home plate with none other than John Kruk.  Kruk did damage.

Girardi suffered a broken nose and ended up having some back problems that would plague his season.  But in the immediate aftermath, Kruk visited Girardi in the hospital.  That was enough to earn Girardi's respect.

2. As Marlins Manager, Girardi asked Ryan Howard for an Autograph and the Exchange was Funny

Girardi's son was a big fan of Phillies slugger Ryan Howard in 2006 when he was managing the Marlins.  So, Girardi asked the visiting clubhouse attendant to fetch him an autograph from the Phillies clubhouse.

"Tell him I'll sign it when he stops walking me," Howard said.

Girardi had an equally-fun response.

"Tell him I'll stop walking him when he stops hitting home runs off of us".

Girardi ultimately got his signed ball.

3. Analytics are Important to Girardi

Responding to a question from Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia about his analytical approach, 

"I was made fun of as 'Binder Joe'. I do embrace it is important to me because numbers tell a story over time.  They really do.  I'm an analytical guy who has an engineering degree that loves the math, and they can never give me enough information.  I think that it's a tool that we use to assess players in so many ways: One - how we get the best out of players.  Two - physically: are they healthy?  Number three: can you change certain things that make a player more successful?  Those things all intrigue me.  In reality, our goal is to get the best out of players.  What ever tool we have to help us, I love it".

Philadelphia Phillies Twitter will enjoy that there was a Twitter account made in Girardi's honor, "Joe Girardi's Binder".

4. Girardi Will Work With GM Matt Klentak to Select Coaches

Girardi's former pitching coach with the New York Yankees, Larry Rothschild, was dismissed from that position, with the announcement coming just hours before Girardi took the podium.  Would Rothschild be considered for the position?  How will coaches be selected?

Girardi pointed out he did spend seven years with Rothschild, but emphasized that the selection of coaches would be a collaborative process between himself and general manager Matt Klentak.  Girardi said they would consider "every possibility" to finish the coaching staff.  Currently, the Phillies are in need of a hitting coach and a pitching coach.

5. Girardi Has a Strong Opinion of Philadelphia and the City's Passion

Girardi spoke very highly of the City of Philadelphia. "There's passion here", Girardi said without hesitation.  Girardi said he saw it as a player and as a manager.  Even before Girardi faced the Phillies in the 2009 World Series, he had plenty of opportunity to face the Phillies in the National League East as manager of the Miami Marlins, where he was named 2006 National League Manager of the Year.

When Girardi was first promoted to the major leagues, it was before Interleague Play and an unbalanced schedule.  That meant that the Phillies and Chicago Cubs played each other much more often than they do today.   Therefore, many of his early baseball memories came against the Phillies.  

Girardi made his major league debut against the Phillies.  Girardi got his first hit against pitcher Floyd Youmans.  It was the speedy Bob Dernier whom Girardi threw out attempting to steal, the first time that happened in his career.  Philadelphia was the first road trip Girardi ever took.

But Girardi could make those connections with almost every city, as he has extensive experience.  But first and foremost, Girardi said emphatically that he was in town to win.  The pedigree he brings should resonate with the players in the clubhouse.  That seems to resonate with the fans.

 


76ers Stand Tall in Battle of Undefeated Teams, Defeat Atlanta Hawks 105-103

By Kevin McCormick, Sports Talk Philly Staff Writer

Monday night featured a battle between the only two undefeated teams in the Eastern Conference, the Philadelphia 76ers and the Atlanta Hawks. The 76ers traveled to Atlanta and came out on top in a gritty contest, 105-103, to move to 3-0 on the season. 

It was all Atlanta to start off the game as the home team came out on fire from three-point range. The Hawks would put go on to outscore the Sixers 40-31 in the first quarter. However, the Hawks' offense would cool off and the Sixers jumped on the opportunity to get back in the game. They were down 65-63 heading into halftime.

The second half went back and forth, with Philadelphia pulling out the victory in the final minute of the game. Here are our observations from the Sixers' victory in Atlanta.

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Former Phillies Manager Gabe Kapler Lands Second Interview With Giants

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The San Francisco Giants knew well in advance that last summer would be manager Bruce Bochy's last season at the helm.  Bochy made this announcement after Farhan Zaidi was named vice president of baseball operations with the Giants.  Connecting the dots, many speculated that if the Phillies decided to move on from Gabe Kapler, there might be a match there in the manager's seat.

Kapler interviewed for the position, and according to Craig Mish of Sirius XM:

Houston Astros bench coach Joe Espada has also interviewed a second time for the job.

Kapler came to the Phillies from the Los Angeles Dodgers organization, where he served as player development. There, he worked with Zaidi, who served as general manager (though reporting to vice president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman).  The two are said to be close.

So while the Phillies introduced their new manager Joe Girardi on Monday, their former manager might not be out of work for long.


Eagles Acquire Genard Avery From Cleveland Browns

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By Paul Bowman, Sports Talk Philly Editor

As the trade deadline moves closer, the Eagles have made a trade, though it may not be their last.

It certainly is not a move fans were waiting for.

The team announced it has acquired Genard Avery from the Browns for an undisclosed pick.

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Eagles Sign Scott Orndoff To Practice Squad

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By Paul Bowman, Sports Talk Philly Editor

With the trade deadline looming, the Eagles have decided to make a move.

Just not a big one.

On Monday afternoon, the Eagles signed tight end Scott Orndoff to their practice squad.

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Of Note to Phillies: Yankees Fire Former Girardi Pitching Coach Rothschild

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The Phillies are set to introduce their new manager today.  Joe Girardi will be introduced at 1:00 p.m.  While most of Girardi's coaching staff may be carry-overs from outgoing manager Gabe Kapler's staff, Girardi will help the Phillies front office staff two key positions: pitching coach and hitting coach.  After some Yankees moves today, one new candidate will presumably get a look.

The New York Yankees announced today a major coaching change.  Pitching coach Larry Rothschild, pitching coach with the team since 2011, has been dismissed.  No other announcement was made regarding Yankees coaches  Seven of those seasons Rothschild worked with Girardi.

The statement released by the Yankees highlighted Rothschild's strengths:

“I want to personally thank Larry for his near decade of commitment to this organization,” Brian Cashman said in a statement. “Larry cares deeply about his craft and the pitchers under his tutelage, and he played a significant role in our successes over the past nine seasons. There’s a reason why Larry has had the type of distinguished baseball career he’s had, and it starts with experience and dedication that is difficult to emulate.”

The Phillies could use some of that care and experience.

The New York Post described Rothschild as "more old school than new school", though he did use analytics in his approach. If the Phillies think that he is of the good balance that Girardi will be, there could be a real match.


Eagles Evaluation: Eagles Top Bills In Buffalo

By Paul Bowman, Sports Talk Philly Editor

The Eagles were on the brink of essentially wiping out their hopes for the playoffs and getting ready to throw their 2019 season away in favor of the 2020 season.

Instead, the team comes away with their only win on the road, beating a team that was 5-1 heading into the week with their only loss coming against the Packers.

The Eagles now head into a tough three-game home stand against winning teams before ending the season on arguably the easiest part of the schedule for the Birds.

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Flyers-Islanders Observations: Long Night on the Island

By Kevin Durso, Sports Talk Philly editor 

The Flyers had a lot of momentum following a five-goal third period and comeback win over Columbus on Saturday night. It carried over into Sunday's game at the start. Just 67 seconds in, Jake Voracek was on the board and the Flyers were off and running.

Perhaps the Islanders slept through the first shift of the game, giving up the puck on a turnover and the glorious chance for Voracek to put the Flyers in front. From there, nothing was easy for the Flyers offensively and the Islanders gave them a taste of their own medicine with physical play and a tenacious forecheck.

It worked to the tune of a 5-3 result in favor of the Islanders, turning the Flyers quick start into a long night on Long Island.

Here are some observations from the Flyers loss to the Islanders.

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YWT: A Philadelphia Flyers Podcast - YWT #53 - Trending

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The Flyers posted a 3-0-0 record with wins on Monday over Vegas, Thursday in Chicago and Saturday's dramatic comeback win over Columbus. Prior to Sunday's game against the Islanders, the You Would Think crew talked about the successful week and a variety of other topics.

On this week's show, a closer look at the three wins, hot starts to the season for Travis Konecny and Oskar Lindblom, the offensive struggles for star veterans, an update on Nolan Patrick and a look at the balance between goaltenders Carter Hart and Brian Elliott.

Join host Kyle Collington and panelist Mike Giletto Sr. as they break it all down in the newest episode.

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