Troubled past complicates Allen's odds of reaching Cooperstown

Slugger listed on Golden Era Ballot to be voted on during baseball's Winter Meetings next month.

Curt Schilling shares his opinion on current state of the Phillies

Candid as always, Schilling points to poor handling of contracts as a reason for Phillies' troubles.

New book due out this fall looks at importance of baseball post 9/11

Gordon explores the symbiotic relationship between baseball, journalism and nationalism.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Sources: Phillies scaling back interest in Yasmani Tomas

By PATRICK GORDON | Managing Editor
November 20 2014, 3:00 pm EST.

The Phillies have been closely linked to Yasmani Tomas for nearly three months, but sources indicated Thursday the club may be scaling back their interest in pursuing the Cuban slugger.

Tomas, 23, has extreme power and a major league ready bat, but the Phillies front office is not sold on the possibility of sliding him into a corner outfield slot, according to multiple sources.

"They need his bat, but he's built more for the [American League] so he won't have to play defense everyday," said one American League executive. "Defense, by far, is this guy's biggest drawback."

Tomas is believed to be looking for a contract larger than the $72.5 million deal Rusney Castillo signed last summer with the Red Sox.

As reported by The Review last week, Tomas expects to be in San Diego to speak with potential suitors during next month's baseball's Winter Meetings.

In addition to the Philadelphia, San Francisco, San Diego, Kansas City and Cleveland have all demonstrated an interest in inking Tomas. Atlanta has also shown an interest, especially now having moved Jason Heyward to Saint Louis.

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Borders added to Phillies' minor league development staff

By PATRICK GORDON | Managing Editor
November 18 2014, 2:45 pm EST.

Pat Borders spent nearly 25 years as a professional ballplayer, so it's only natural for him to have a desire to become involved in managing.

"I just hope I can bring the energy and fun that I had when I played the game to these young players in the system," Borders told

The' addition of Borders highlighted Tuesday's announcement of the Phillies' developmental staff for 2015. A former World Series MVP and a two-time World Series winner, he'll manage short-season single-A Williamsport.

Dave Brundage and Dusty Wathan will return next season as managers of triple-A Lehigh Valley and double-A Reading, respectively. Greg Legg and Shawn Williams were promoted; Legg to single-A Clearwater and Williams to single-A Lakewood.

The entire staff under Legg in Clearwater is new; Nelson Prada, who managed the team last year, was reassigned to coaching duties in Lakewood.

The Phillies' farm system combined last season for the worst winning percentage in baseball (.439).

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Monday, November 17, 2014

Schilling speaks out about GM Amaro, state of the Phillies

Curt Schilling was in town last week for his induction into the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame, so The Review caught up with him for a few minutes to discuss his career in Philly and the present state of the Phillies; he spoke candidly and wasn't afraid to place blame on the front office.  .

Troubled past haunts Allen and his Hall of Fame chances

Dick Allen

Recognized as one of the most polarizing players of the last 50 years, Dick Allen is the best offensive player of his generation not enshrined in the Baseball Hall of Fame. He has one last chance to gain entry via the Golden Era Ballot when a committee gathers to vote in December during baseball's Winter Meetings.