Pat Neshek scares Rhys Hoskins fans

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Pat Neshek scares Rhys Hoskins fans

Pat Neshek is unofficially a Phillie once again, and he’s got jokes.

The lone All-Star for the 2017 Phillies, Neshek wore No. 17 in his short stint with the team last season. No problem, when he rejoins the team in spring training this season, he will get his number back, right?

Enter Rhys Hoskins.

After a relatively slow start to his MLB career for the first few games, Hoskins went on an absolute tear, belting 18 home runs in less than one-third of the season during his rookie campaign. During that time, a lot of fans probably bought a ton of Rhys Hoskins No. 17 jerseys.

Well, Neshek is back and he wants his number back. He posted this tweet Thursday.

He let 22 minutes go by before responding with this Tweet.

Some fans were not amused with his first post.

That’s a pretty funny joke and it shows that Neshek, who is an avid baseball card collector, is a true fan of the game, kept up with how his former team was doing while he was away last season and has a decent sense of humor.

Looks like Neshek will find a new number, but Phillies fans will hope he’s just as effective in it as he was last season in No. 17.

Shohei Ohtani with the sick Phillies burn but does Philly have a shot?

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Shohei Ohtani with the sick Phillies burn but does Philly have a shot?

Remember Shohei Ohtani? AKA "Baseball's Superman" AKA "The next Babe Ruth."

He can pitch. He can hit. He can do it all. And the Japanese star is likely headed to MLB in the near future.

We wrote about how the Phillies should make a pitch for him and it turns out HE WANTS TO COME TO PHILADELPHIA!

Wait, what's that? Not to play for the Phillie per se? Shoot.

From a Q&A done with MLB.com back in February that has just surfaced this week:

MLB.com: What cities are you curious about and would like to see?

Ohtani: The Rocky Balboa statue, I want a picture of that.

MLB.com: Philadelphia has a baseball team, you know.

Ohtani: No, I just want to visit there.

OUCH. Just ouch.

You can learn more about Ohtani here

Big money teams like the New York Yankees, Los Angels Dodgers, Texas Rangers, and a west coast team like the Seattle Mariners are frontrunners for Ohtani's services. The fact they have large Japanese communities appears to help. Word is he'd also prefer an AL team so he can hit as DH on days when he's not pitching. Not great for the Phillies.

But some in MLB circles believe the Phillies to be a sleeper pick for Ohtani. From Keith Law on Buster Olney's podcast (via NJ.com):

"My sleeper for him would be the Phillies," Law said. "They have very little in terms of long-term commitments. The roster is currently young, but likely to improve. They have a disadvantage, obviously, they don't have the DH spot--which I do think is going to be significant. But I think the Phillies probably have a better shot than the average fan would realize."

Phillies beat writer Todd Zolecki also took a look at the Phillies chances, noting manager Gabe Kapler played in Japan in 2005 and has a sense of the baseball culture there. Not to mention Japanese baseball legend Charlie Manuel is also a Philly baseball legend.

And if Ohtani doesn't end up signing with the Phillies, Philly fans can just camp out at the Rocky Statue near the Art Museum if they want to get an up-close look at the next Babe.

Gabe Kapler enjoyed ice cream in truly bizarre fashion

Gabe Kapler enjoyed ice cream in truly bizarre fashion

Gabe Kapler: interesting and bizarre dude.

By now we've heard dozens of tales of the Phillies' new manager's unique personality and spent plenty of time reading his cooky lifestyle tips on his website, but thanks to Phillies beat writer Matt Gelb, we are now treated to some truly wonderful and wacky tales of Kapler's time as a minor league manager.

Kapler spent one season managing the Greenville Drive, a low-A team in the Red Sox organization, in 2007 when he was recently retired from MLB. Gelb spoke with a handful of players from that team who spoke very highly of Kapler but also shared some fantastic stories worth amplifying.

Kapler is obviously a health nut but just how far will he go for the sake of his health? Incredibly far. How about bringing his own organic eggs and peanut butter on minor league road trips? How about doing full sprints in the empty city streets late at night after losses to let off some steam? How about beating one of his players in a wrestling match so badly that it made the professional ball player feel like a child?

The whole story is full of nuggets like this, but it's the ice cream bit that is truly bonkers. (h/t Tim Britton)

“He was so into health,” Still said. “He’s addicted to ice cream. So he would sit there and lick ice cream but have a cup and spit it into it. He would lick it just for the taste but didn’t want to eat it. I told him, ‘Dude, that’s like Unabomber type stuff.’ That’s a thing he did.”

So there it is, conclusive proof that you have to be willing to lick ice cream and spit it into a cup to have that kind of muscle-builder body.

That's the most ridiculous bit from the story, but it's also worth reading to get a glimpse of the kind of manager of men Kapler was -- and could be with the Phillies.

Many players seemed to have loved just how involved Kapler was on a day-to-day basis, from the weight room to sharing meals to getting involved in batting practice. It's going to be very interesting to see how that translates to the Major League Level.

I guess the moral of the story is: nobody tell Kapler about the free ice cream in the Phillies press box.