JT Realmuto and Kyle Schwarber Win Silver Slugger Awards

Philadelphia Phillies catcher JT Realmuto and outfielder Kyle Schwarber were announced as 2023 Silver Slugger Award winners. Major League Baseball made the announcement on Thursday evening.

This is Realmuto’s third Silver Slugger Award and Schwarber’s first.

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Philadelphia and Trea Turner, Perfect Together?

The MLB Hot Stove is boiling over with rumors that free agent shortstop Trea Turner is on the top of the Philadelphia Phillies wishlist and the Phillies are reportedly on the top of his.  

It has been rumored for some time that the Phils were infatuated with Turner and would pursue the 29-year old in free agency.  There was even chatter from Los Angeles that Turner, a former Washington National, was longing to return to the East Coast.  This made connecting the dots and playing fantasy free agency a fun exercise.  

But rumors from various sources are just that, rumors.  However, in the past 24-48 hours, it’s gone from rumor and innuendo to insider chatter.  

I’ve always subscribed to the theory of “where there’s smoke, there’s fire” and with Turner and the Phillies it’s nearing a damn 3-alarmer. 

It all began with NBC Sports Philadelphia’s Phillies Talk podcast with Jim Salisbury and Corey Seidman.  On the pod, which dropped on Monday or Tuesday, Seidman asked the venerable Salisbury if he believed Turner to Philadelphia was a legit possibility. 

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Phillies Hot Stove: Jean Segura Now a Free Agent

As expected, the Philadelphia Phillies declined the club option for infielder Jean Segura. The 32-year old is now a free agent.

The move allows the Phillies to pursue some big name free agents such as Trea Turner, Xander Bogaerts, or Dansby Swanson. Free agency begins at 5:00 PM/Eastern on Thursday.

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Phillies Manager Rob Thomson Snubbed in NL Manager of the Year Voting

It’s a regular season award, 111-games isn’t a big enough sample size, blah, blah, blah.

NL Manager of the Year Voters (probably)

Everyone knew this was coming, but Major League Baseball’s antiquated and dumb voting rules have screwed Philadelphia Phillies manager Rob Thomson out of a prestigious award. Topper wasn’t selected as the NL Manager of the Year.

Hell, he didn’t even make the final cut.

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World Series Game 6: Phillies Dream Run Ends, Houston Astros Win the World Series

The Philadelphia Phillies improbable run to the World Series has come to an end. The Houston Astros defeated the Phillies in World Series Game 6 by a score of 4-1 to win their second World Championship in 5-years.

Yordan Alvarez’s 3-run home run in the 6th inning turned out to be the game winner.

Both starters engaged in a classic pitches duel.

The Phillies struck first in the 6th on a solo home run from Kyle Schwarber off of Astros’ starter Framber Valdez.

It looked like that’s all the Phillies would need as Zack Wheeler was dealing through five. Things unraveled for the Phillies in the bottom of the 6th inning.

Wheeler hit Astros catcher Martin Maldonado, who may or may not have leaned into the pitch, to start the inning. After a groundout by Jose Altuve and a single by Jeremy Peña, Phillies manager Rob Thomson pulled Wheeler after just 70-pitches.

The move proved to arguably be Thomson’s first —and biggest— mistake as Phils manager.

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World Series Game 5: Astros Edge Phillies 3-2, Take 3-2 Series Lead

The Houston Astros defeated the Philadelphia Phillies 2-1 on Thursday night to take a 3-2 series lead. The World Series will shift back to Houston on Saturday night with the Phillies facing elimination.

Houston took a 1-0 lead two batters into the game when Jeremy Peña drove in Jose Altuve with a single off Noah Syndergaard. Syndergaard was able to hold the Astros to the one run in the inning.

Philadelphia punched back when Kyle Schwarber homered off Justin Verlander to lead off the Phillies half of the inning.

That would be all the Phillies could muster until the 8th.

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