MacPhail to be Phillies president after season

Veteran executive will first be special assistant to Gillick

MacPhail to be Phillies president after season

PHILADELPHIA -- The Phillies launched a new era Monday afternoon when ownership partner John Middleton introduced Andy MacPhail as the team's next president.

MacPhail's arrival is a significant change for the organization. Middleton's involvement with the announcement is, too.

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Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his Phillies blog The Zo Zone, follow him on Twitter and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Phillies signaling change in business model

In naming MacPhail club president, part owner Middleton reveals own role going forward

Phillies signaling change in business model

PHILADELPHIA -- The Phillies formally introduced Andy MacPhail, who has had success as an executive with three different franchises, as their next club president Monday. At first glance, it looked like a safe, conservative decision. A tee shot down the middle rather than trying for the green with a more risky drive over a water hazard.

A second glance, to MacPhail's immediate right on the dais at Citizens Bank Park, disproved that assumption. There sat John Middleton, a member of the ownership group. That's a big deal. It was the first outward and visible sign that the way the Phillies now conduct their business has changed significantly.

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Phillies start fast, but falter vs. Brewers

Phillies start fast, but falter vs. Brewers

PHILADELPHIA -- For the Brewers Monday, the sixth inning was just a better version of the first five. After recording at least one hit in each of the first five innings, the Brewers kept swinging in the sixth, starting off the inning with six straight hits, scoring three runs and seizing the lead. Milwaukee never looked back from that point, defeating the Phillies, 7-4.

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MacPhail evaluating GM, manager positions

New club president looking to learn about system, decide how to move forward

MacPhail evaluating GM, manager positions

PHILADELPHIA -- Phillies ownership partner John Middleton said Monday that Andy MacPhail will have every resource at his disposal to rebuild the Phillies.

That includes money.

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Sabermetrics to be a part of MacPhail's Phils

Sabermetrics to be a part of MacPhail's Phils

PHILADELPHIA -- Like an eager high school student, Andy MacPhail, hired Monday to become the new Phillies president at the end of the season, was prepared for the pop math quiz his new bosses surprised him with.

Unlike a high school math quiz though, the questions Phillies owners Jim Buck, Pete Buck and John Middleton asked MacPhail weren't about algebra or trigonometry. They were about new-age baseball thinking and the emphasis MacPhail would put on sabermetrics upon becoming president.

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O'Sullivan struggles as rotation decisions loom

With Billingsley set to return, Phils could opt to stick with younger arms

O'Sullivan struggles as rotation decisions loom

PHILADELPHIA -- On a day the Phillies hired Andy MacPhail as the next team president, signifying the beginning of a new era, it was somewhat easy to forget about the team of the present.

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Hamels, Phils set to battle Jungmann, Crew

Hamels, Phils set to battle Jungmann, Crew

One of the hottest batters in the National League will face off against one of the hottest potential trade commodities in baseball Tuesday when Ryan Braun and the Brewers visit Cole Hamels and the Phillies for the second game of a four-game series.

Though Braun, who is fifth in the NL in RBIs since the end of April, has cooled off in June compared with his torrid May, the outfielder has four multi-hit games in his past eight, including a 3-for-5 night in Monday's series-opening 7-4 win over the Phillies. Hamels has faced Braun more times than any pitcher who has never pitched in the NL Central. Braun is 10-for-34 lifetime versus the left-hander with three home runs and five RBIs.

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Franco, Phillies need final All-Star ballot push

Franco, Phillies need final All-Star ballot push

With his stellar June, Maikel Franco is making a legitimate case to be the Phillies' representative at the 2015 MLB All-Star Game. But he'll need some help from the fans by using the 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot until Thursday at 11:59 p.m. ET.

Entering Monday's series opener with the Phillies, Franco was batting .374 in June with an OPS of 1.112 in 99 at-bats. Those marks have improved his batting average on the season to .304 and his eight June home runs pushed his total into double digits with 10, second on the team to Ryan Howard despite almost 100 fewer at-bats. Franco is also second on the team in RBIs and tied for third in runs scored.

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Hernandez's 4-hit game ignites thriving Phils

Phillies dealt with many issues over past week, but tallied 16 hits in Game 2 Sunday

Hernandez's 4-hit game ignites thriving Phils

PHILADELPHIA -- In the past week, the Phillies have juggled with the delicate balance between surviving and thriving.

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Single-heavy offense comes to life in nightcap

Single-heavy offense comes to life in nightcap

PHILADELPHIA -- The Phillies used Game 2 of Sunday's doubleheader against the Nationals to salvage a long day and a long weekend.

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Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his Phillies blog The Zo Zone, follow him on Twitter and listen to his podcast. Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the Time. He also can be found on Twitter @WashingNats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Gonzalez shows flashes in deepest outing

Phillies No. 14 prospect tosses 5 1/3 frames, picks up win in Game 2 of twin bill

Gonzalez shows flashes in deepest outing

PHILADELPHIA -- The 2015 season is nearly halfway complete, which means the Phillies should be getting good reads on the players they have in their system.

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Correia hurt by unearned runs in Game 1 loss

Correia hurt by unearned runs in Game 1 loss

PHILADELPHIA -- Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg looked like his old self on Sunday afternoon at Citizens Bank Park.

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Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his Phillies blog The Zo Zone, follow him on Twitter and listen to his podcast. Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the Time. He also can be found on Twitter @WashingNats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Francoeur sparks offense, lapses on defense

Phillies outfielder homers and drives in two, but makes critical error

Francoeur sparks offense, lapses on defense

PHILADELPHIA -- Jeff Francoeur provided most of the Phillies' entertainment in Game 1 of Sunday's doubleheader at Citizens Bank Park.

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Sixth-inning issues costly for Correia, Phillies

Sixth-inning issues costly for Correia, Phillies

PHILADELPHIA -- Managing two games at once isn't easy for anyone, especially not someone who's only been managing his team for three days.

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Prospect Joseph switching to first base

Prospect Joseph switching to first base

PHILADELPHIA -- It seemed inevitable that Tommy Joseph would need to change positions to continue his baseball career.

The change became official this week.

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Revere leaps to make outstanding grab

Phillies center fielder covers nearly 90 feet, robs Moore of extra bases

PHILADELPHIA -- Phillies center fielder Ben Revere got a hit, stole a base and made one heck of a catch in the first two innings of Saturday afternoon's game against the Nationals at Citizens Bank Park.

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Sandberg's decision not Phils' 1st big surprise

Schmidt, Giles and Sawyer also made unexpected departures

Sandberg's decision not Phils' 1st big surprise

PHILADELPHIA -- The news that Ryne Sandberg had abruptly stepped down as manager of the Phillies on Friday hit the organization with the same sort of force as the fierce storm that lashed the region three days earlier. It knocked down speculation, uprooted assumptions and left a trail of disarray in its wake.

It was not, however, the first time the franchise has been stunned by an unexpected departure. In fact, surprises of a similar magnitude occurred on at least three previous occasions.

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Phils rained out, set for twin bill vs. Nats

Phils rained out, set for twin bill vs. Nats

PHILADELPHIA -- Adam Morgan said his goal as a pitcher is to go out and finish a game he started. Saturday, he technically did that.

Morgan's start Saturday vs. the Nationals was cut short, as the contest was postponed due to rain after an inning and a half. Saturday's game has been rescheduled as a doubleheader Sunday. The first game is scheduled to begin at 1:05 p.m. ET, and the second game will begin shortly after the conclusion of the first.

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Sandberg steps down as Phillies manager

Mackanin named to position on interim basis

Sandberg steps down as Phillies manager

PHILADELPHIA -- The fact Ryne Sandberg will not manage the Phillies in 2016 should not shock anybody. The fact he pulled the plug on himself with more than half the '15 season to play should.

The Phillies announced Friday afternoon that Sandberg had resigned as manager. Pete Mackanin will be the interim manager at least through the weekend, but what happens after that is very much up in the air.

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Phils go down swinging to game's 'best pitcher'

Galvis prevents no-hitter with sixth-inning double; Revere takes Scherzer deep

Phils go down swinging to game's 'best pitcher'

PHILADELPHIA -- Max Scherzer's résumé is well known.

After the Phillies' 5-2 loss Friday night, outfielder Ben Revere said he believes the numbers Scherzer had been posting coming into the game were on his teammates' minds. And how could they not be? The right-hander had tossed back-to-back shutouts and allowed just one hit and three total baserunners in those games while he struck out 26.

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Harang, Phillies can't compete with Scherzer

Harang, Phillies can't compete with Scherzer

PHILADELPHIA -- For the third consecutive start, Max Scherzer flirted with a no-hitter, but after 16 straight full hitless innings, Scherzer proved to be human on Friday as the Nationals defeated the Phillies, 5-2, at Citizens Bank Park.

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Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the Time. He also can be found on Twitter @WashingNats. Nick Suss is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Mackanin's time at Phils' helm is open-ended

After former manager Sandberg's resignation, 'good baseball man' takes over

Mackanin's time at Phils' helm is open-ended

PHILADELPHIA -- Pete Mackanin is the guy for now. What happens in the future is a mystery.

Ryne Sandberg surprised the Phillies on Friday when he announced his resignation to president Pat Gillick and general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. Sandberg said the team's poor record and imminent changes to the front office -- sources told MLB.com that Andy MacPhail will join the organization in a prominent leadership role before the end of next week -- played a factor into his decision, which he had been mulling for more than a week.

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'Somber day' for Phillies as Ryno resigns

Players take accountability for season's struggles after manager steps down

'Somber day' for Phillies as Ryno resigns

PHILADELPHIA -- The Phillies aren't pretending the news doesn't hurt.

"I'm still numb," interim manager Pete Mackanin said. "I think the whole team is. Everybody is kind of surprised that it happened. He just woke up this morning and came to the conclusion that that was what he was going to do. It's not fun. It's kind of a somber day."

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Losing takes hefty toll on old-school Sandberg

Losing takes hefty toll on old-school Sandberg

PHILADELPHIA -- For six seasons, nearly 1,000 games, Ryne Sandberg knocked around the Minor Leagues. He rode the buses and paid his dues. When he had a setback, he brushed himself off and continued to chase his big league dream.

What distinguished Sandberg from all the prospects and suspects trying to climb that most difficult ladder is that he was already an unqualified success. In his playing career, he won a National League Most Valuable Player Award. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2005. Still, he was driven to become a Major League manager.

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Crawford goes deep to power Double-A Reading

Phillies No. 1 prospect leads off game with homer and No. 13 prospect launches grand slam

Crawford goes deep to power Double-A Reading

A trio of future Phillies made their mark on the Minor Leagues Friday night, including the team's No. 1 prospect J.P. Crawford.

The 2015 All-Star Futures game selection and baseball's No. 16 overall prospect led off the second game of a doubleheader with a solo home run that would prove to be the winning margin in Double-A Reading's 4-3 victory over Akron. The shot was his second of the season as a Fightin Phil and first since June 7. Crawford has shown a steady bat -- .291/.400/.436 -- since his promotion in late May and has eight doubles and 20 walks in 26 contests.

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Franco making All-Star, NL ROY Award case

Franco making All-Star, NL ROY Award case

PHILADELPHIA -- Maikel Franco had 10 RBIs in two games this week against the Yankees, so when he went 0-for-4 with one strikeout in Wednesday's 10-2 loss at Yankee Stadium, it confused a few people.

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Hamels gives back to Philly with charity event

Despite trade rumors, lefty says Philadelphia is his family's home

Hamels gives back to Philly with charity event

PHILADELPHIA -- The sixth annual Diamonds and Denim charity event wasn't necessarily the last.

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