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Phillies have just one All-Star in J.T. Realmuto, which few would have guessed a month ago

Phillies have just one All-Star in J.T. Realmuto, which few would have guessed a month ago

When June began, it looked like the Phillies might have four or five All-Stars. Andrew McCutchen was one of the five most productive leadoff hitters in baseball, Jean Segura was hitting over .300 with an OPS over .800, J.T. Realmuto was around .275 with an OPS just below .800 at a thin position, Hector Neris was rolling, Rhys Hoskins' OBP was over .400, and Bryce Harper remained a solid candidate to get many votes to start because of his popularity.

Turns out, the Phillies have just one All-Star: Realmuto.

Pitchers and reserves were announced Sunday night and Realmuto was the Phillies' lone representative.

He has not quite lived up to expectations yet offensively, but Realmuto has still been one of the more productive catchers in the National League and his defense has been outstanding. He leads the majors with a 47 percent caught stealing rate, having thrown out 24 of 51 base stealers. And he plays at a position where the only two better players in the NL in 2019 have been Willson Contreras and Yasmani Grandal.

There was a chance Hoskins could make it, but Freddie Freeman, Josh Bell and Pete Alonso have simply been better. Hoskins' 19 home runs and .915 OPS were not enough.

As for Neris, his gratifying moment will have to wait, if it comes at all. A year ago yesterday, Neris allowed five runs and three homers to the Nationals and was sent to Triple A. Today, he was a strong candidate to make the All-Star team but too many relievers were more deserving.

In 34 appearances this season, Neris has 16 saves in 18 chances with a 3.18 ERA. He's struck out 46 batters in 34 innings and has been better at avoiding home runs in the year of the longball.

If a reliever has to drop out with an injury, Neris shouldn't be far down the list of replacements.

For Realmuto, it is his second consecutive All-Star appearance. He left Sunday's game with what is believed to be a minor hamstring injury.

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Phillies Talk podcast: Massive early-season Phillies-Braves series on tap

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Phillies Talk podcast: Massive early-season Phillies-Braves series on tap

The Phillies will play 40% of their games against the Braves over the next four days, making this a massive early-season NL East series.

Jim Salisbury and Corey Seidman discuss that and more on the latest Phillies Talk podcast.

• How do Phils and Braves match up in 2020?

• How often can the Phillies' bullpen do what it did in series finale vs. Yankees?

• They're lucky to have Hector Neris.

• Starting pitching has been good so far — particularly Zack Wheeler.

• Phillies quietly Top 6 in on-base percentage and slugging.

• Phillies bound for regression one way or the other.

• Yankees complaints.

• J.T. owes the fans a pizza.

• Will we hear the air horn every game now?

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Phillies fans who angered Aaron Boone clown Yankees manager for complaining to umps

Phillies fans who angered Aaron Boone clown Yankees manager for complaining to umps

Pandemic, shmandemic: Philadelphia sports fans are a different breed.

After the Phillies topped the red-hot Yankees on Thursday night, the prevailing storyline wasn't J.T. Realmuto's continued production, or Zach Eflin's strong outing. 

Everyone was talking about Yankees manager Aaron Boone whining about some Phillies fans making a little noise at the ballpark.

Boone stopped play on Thursday to complain about a group of Phillies fans, who call themselves 'The Phandemic Krew', for blowing airhorns when Yankees players were at the plate.

Yes, seriously:

Hmm. Not exactly that tough New York mindset, eh?

Boone complained after the game about the "timing element" of the fans' distractions, because apparently his highly-trained athletes aren't locked in enough to batter the Phillies' bullpen if a few guys from South Jersey make a little noise. 

Unsurprisingly, Phillies fans weren't going to let Boone's antics go unnoticed.

On Friday morning, two members of The Phandemic Krew jumped on 97.5 The Fanatic to talk with Marc Farzetta about getting under Boone's skin, and they went absolutely in on the Yanks' manager.

Here's Oscar, who hails from Camden County, putting it perfectly:

OSCAR: When I was doing it, we were kinda laughing about it, like we did it when Stanton was batting. And they had the TVs out there for us, they put the TVs out there for us, and I was like, 'Yo, I think Boone's complaining about us.' And someone was like, 'They just tweeted about us, complaining about us.' So right away we were like, 'Yo, Boone!' 

FARZETTA: Was it a point of pride when you realized you're a Philadelpha fan, who's not allowed to be in the stadium, and you were still having an impact and getting in the manager's head?

OSCAR: That's definitely a point of pride. I mean, you're talking about Boone, last year they were 'savages', and now they're crying about airhorns. It's definitely some pride, and listen, there's no stopping us. We're still going to be out here for the rest of the season.

That's perfect. Just perfect.

If you missed the reference: a viral hot-mic clip of Boone arguing with umps heard him using some very interesting language to describe his players last season.

Now he's mad about a few horns? You've gotta keep that same energy, Boone!

To top it all off, Phillies fan Taylor Valdez lobbed this idea to the Phandemic Krew, just a little icing on the cake:

Don't be surprised if those shirts start popping up in the Philadelphia area.

As the fans noted, members of the Phandemic Krew were socially distant, they wore masks, and they had hand sanitizer aplenty. They even put a mask on the Phillie Phanatic in their gigantic Phandemic Krew sign. They were taking the COVID-19 pandemic just as seriously as they take Phillies baseball.

The message is clear: don't mess with Philly fans.

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