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With Gabe Kapler fired, where does Phillies job rank among managerial vacancies?

With Gabe Kapler fired, where does Phillies job rank among managerial vacancies?

It took 11 days, but the Phillies finally made the move on Thursday, firing Gabe Kapler after two years as manager. 

They are now the eighth team to make a managerial change this offseason, and these eight openings are not equal. What would the power rankings look like based on desirability? 

This was more difficult than it may seem. There is no clear-cut No. 1 job and cases could be made for several teams.

1. Mets

Yes, I'm going with the Mets. Why? Because of all the teams in search of a new manager, they have the best combination of young talent and established talent.

A lineup can be built around Pete Alonso, Jeff McNeil and Michael Conforto. Another couple pieces are needed but that's a solid foundation. Add in Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Marcus Stroman and the possibility of a returning Zack Wheeler and that's still one of the game's best rotations. Plus, the Mets could still package Syndergaard in a trade for upgrades elsewhere.

The knocks on the Mets job are their recent history, their ownership's lack of commitment to spending to the size of the market, and the pressure-cooker environment. But Chicago and Philadelphia are also pressure-cooker environments, and this Mets core seems closer to winning 90 games than the current cores of the Phillies and Cubs.

2. Phillies

A case could be made to have the Phillies lower on this list. The new manager, whoever it may be, will have several hurdles. He will be tasked with winning now, and he'll know how he'll be received if he doesn't. The expectations here will probably still exceed the actual talent level of the 40-man roster because of the elite pieces (Bryce Harper, J.T. Realmuto, Aaron Nola) in place.

There's also the question about the front office, who are now one straw away from being let go themselves. If that were to happen, that manager's job will be in jeopardy again because a new front office would be hired and likely want its own man.

Yet even with those considerations, this is a decent job for a prospective manager because of ownership's commitment to winning. If you come here, you know John Middleton and the ownership group will spend to put the right pieces around Harper and the Phils' core. 

3. Padres

Of the teams with vacancies, the Padres have the most young talent: Fernando Tatis Jr., Chris Paddack, Joey Lucchesi, Dinelson Lamet, a couple top prospects in lefty Mackenzie Gore and centerfielder Taylor Trammell. Plus, Manny Machado.

San Diego isn't a bad place to live, either. The downside of this job is the Padres' spending history and how far they still are behind the Dodgers.

4. Cubs

Things have gotten stale on the North Side. The core that was so good from 2015-18 did not meet expectations in 2019, especially down the stretch. One of Kris Bryant or Javier Baez could be moved this offseason. The rotation is aging. The bullpen is mediocre and Craig Kimbrel didn't help. 

Like in Philly, the expectations will be for the Cubs to be better than their roster currently is.

5. Angels

Mike Trout single-handedly makes this a better job than any of the teams lower on the list. They haven't yet won with him but will have a chance to figure out the right formula as long as he's there.

6. Giants

Great organization, winning history, intelligent front office ... but far away from winning with too many unproductive veterans. 

7. Royals

No history of spending, no elite young pieces in place, worse position than the Twins, Indians and White Sox.

8. Pirates

Things have really bottomed out in Pittsburgh. The trade of Austin Meadows and Tyler Glasnow to Tampa Bay for Chris Archer set the Pirates franchise back years.

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Bradley Cooper and plenty of stars came out for Eagles-Jets at the Linc

Bradley Cooper and plenty of stars came out for Eagles-Jets at the Linc

Eagles tickets remain a hot commodity in Philadelphia ever since the Birds defeated the New England Patriots in Super Bowl 52.

There are certain guys in town who don't have to worry about shelling out a couple hundred bucks to watch the Eagles beat up on the likes of the New York Jets. And there were plenty of those VIPs in the house on Sunday at the Linc.

Bradley Cooper was in a suite alongside Eagles owner Jeff Lurie and it appears as if he brought his cute little daughter Lea to her first game.

Plenty of other guys who know a thing or two about big games were in the stands as well. MLB was well represented with hardcore Eagles fan Mike Trout sitting in his normal seats on the field. Bryce Harper was rocking some Eagles green alongside his lineup mate Rhys Hoskins.

And the Sixers were represented by Ben Simmons rocking a No. 25 Eagles jersey alongside comedian Michael Blackson.

The hometown crowd and the stars in attendance were treated to an easy Eagles victory over the Jets. Maybe Bryce, Rhys, Ben, Mike, and Bradley should come to every game from now on because they brought some good luck.

It would have been fun if the Eagles had let Ben or Bryce suit up for the second half. They probably could have gotten an easy sack.

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Eagles superfan Mike Trout makes bold prediction for Birds in 2019

Eagles superfan Mike Trout makes bold prediction for Birds in 2019

When it comes to famous Philadelphia Eagles fans, nobody is a bigger supporter than Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout. 

The Millville, New Jersey native attends as many games at the Linc each season as he possibly can. He’s tight with the Eagles players and they’ve been known to reward him with keepsake footballs after scoring touchdowns. Trout returned the favor by gifting some bobbleheads to the Birds a couple of seasons ago.

So when Jim Salisbury caught up with Trout out at the MLB All-Star festivities in Cleveland on Monday, of course he had to ask him about his prediction for the Birds this coming season.

“Going to the Super Bowl, baby,” Trout said.

He was also asked about DeSean Jackson's return. 

"I'm excited. Big playmaker. He's a big part of the offense and is going to help Carson Wentz out a lot."

Trout and Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz have been known to go hunting together in their free time. Maybe next time they go they'll have another Super Bowl victory to reminisce over.