Dave Hollins

Phils Cut Ties With Five Talent Evaluators

It’s no surprise that the Phillies will lose $100-million or more as a result of the COVID affected 2020 season. With that type of loss on the books, it also shouldn’t come as a surprise that the team is cutting corners wherever possible and one of those corners came in the scouting department where four pro scouts and a special assistant were let go today.

Two of the names are well-known to Phillies fans. Pete Mackanin and Dave Hollins were both let go in the cuts. Mackanin had been a player, a coach, a manager and most recently as an assistant to the general manager. With GM Matt Klentak being let go, cutting one of his assistants was almost a no-brainer. Hollins came to the Phillies as a Rule 5 pick and was the starting third baseman on the 1993 Phillies who were National League Champions. He later moved to first base and was traded to Boston for outfielder Mark Whiten and then was dealt to Minnesota in the deal that brought David Ortiz to the Red Sox. Hollins had a second stint with Philadelphia in 2002 as a utility player and then retired following one season back in town. Hollins again came back to Philadelphia as a scout in 2011.

The other scouts were lesser known to fans but two had local ties. Howie Freiling and Jesse Levis were both graduates of Northeast High. Freiling joined the organization in 2008 and Levis came to the Phillies in 2011. Another pro scout, Jeff Harris was also let go.

It’s possible that other cuts will be made prior to the start of the 2021 season.


Didi Gregorius

Gregorius may be out of Phillies plans for 2022

When the 2022 season begins, Didi Gregorius will be 32-years old. While that’s not old age, in baseball terms, it’s old enough to make people wonder if the end is approaching when you have an off season, which Gregorius did in 2021. With 13 home runs, Gregorius hit the fewest of any full season in […]

Joe Dillon

Phillies change up coaching staff

The Phillies got to work on their off-season plans even before the regular season was even over. The first casualties were coaches Joe Dillon and Juan Castro. Dillon served as the team’s hitting coach and Castro, who formerly played for the Phillies, was the club’s infield instructor. “I think they worked extremely hard, but we […]