Matt Breen, Philly Inquirer

Matt Breen

Philly Inquirer

Philadelphia, PA, United States

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Recent articles by Matt:

Aaron Nola, two other Phillies players missing from summer camp for unexplained reason

Nola, center fielder Adam Haseley and catcher Christian Bethancourt have yet to report to summer camp, and manager Joe Girardi declined to explain why. “We’re trying to work our way through that,” he said. → Read More

Former Phillies pitcher Tyson Brummett dies in plane crash

The Phillies drafted Brummett in 2007's seventh round and he reached the majors for a day in 2012. He was 35 years old. → Read More

Phillies’ Bryce Harper said he feels safe as Angels’ Mike Trout says he’s conflicted about playing

Could a season - one that tested fan’s spirits with an ugly labor battle and already carries legitimacy questions due to a 60-game season - survive without its brightest stars? → Read More

Bryce Harper says it would be ‘terrible and sad’ if Phillies don’t re-sign J.T. Realmuto

Bryce Harper wore a J.T. Realmuto shirt this week as baseball returned, but he said he wasn't trying to send a message to the front office to re-sign his favorite player. → Read More

Phillies mysteriously place four players on injured list on eve of summer camp

One of the players, Tommy Hunter, was known to contract COVID-19 last month during an outbreak at the team's facility in Clearwater, Fla. → Read More

Minor-league baseball season cancelled by the coronavirus

While Major League Baseball prepares this week to return, the farm teams that funnel players to the big leagues shut their doors Tuesday. → Read More

Phillies set initial player pool before starting ‘Summer Camp’ this week in South Philly

The pool, which is the list of players the Phillies plan to use for the 60-game season, can include up to 60 players. The Phillies’ initial pool includes 53. The team will begin training this week at Citizens Bank Park and FDR Park. → Read More

Phillies release Matt Szczur, Drew Storen ahead of roster deadline

The Phillies altered their roster for the first time in three months by releasing Szczur and Storen from their minor-league deals hours before setting their spring-training roster. → Read More

MLB’s new designated hitter rule could phase out what Matt Stairs did best

Matt Stairs extended his career by succeeding in one of baseball’s hardest roles, moving from team to team as a slugging pinch-hitter. But now that niche could be fading away. The National League will use a designated hitter this season as Major League Baseball implements a DH in both leagues. → Read More

Baseball’s shutdown allowed Phillies outfielder Matt Szczur time to work on his other art

The outfielder from Cape May has spent baseball's shutdown painting in his garage. Now it's time to play ball. The former Villanova star could play for the Phillies this season. → Read More

You know baseball is back because Phillies have same old bullpen questions

The Phillies will need a good bullpen since starters are expected to begin the season with innings limits. Finding the right arms is the issue. → Read More

Phillies sign first-round pick Mick Abel

It’s uncertain when Mick Abel will be able to actually pitch in a game, but the Phillies’ first-round draft pick did officially begin his professional career on Wednesday by signing with the team after touring Citizens Bank Park. → Read More

What you need to know about the Phillies, MLB, and watching the 2020 baseball season

No high-fives. No spitting. No Phillie Phanatic on the field -- Major League Baseball will play, look and feel a lot different this year. → Read More

Phillies should begin shortened MLB season with prospects Spencer Howard, Alec Bohm on the roster

If baseball begins a truncated season next month, the Phillies will be hard pressed to find reasons for keeping Bohm and Howard off the major-league roster. → Read More

1980 Phillies unsung heroes: Del Unser went from the racquetball court to the World Series

Unser's pinch-hitting and clutch hits in the playoffs and World Series were crucial to the Phillies' 1980 World Series title run. → Read More

What if the Phillies had been able to avoid the 1964 collapse by making a trade seven years earlier?

What if the player who powered the Cardinals past the Phillies in 1964 was playing for the Phils instead? → Read More

Phillies would be challenged by new-look division

Many of the best teams in the majors last year would reside in the Phillies' division under the latest plan that has surfaced. Making the playoffs would be quite an accomplishment for the Phillies. → Read More

Phillies will refund your money for April and May games

The Phillies are offering fans two options for their April and May tickets: a credit to their account for missed games that could be used for future games in 2020 or 2021, or their money back. → Read More

Phillies could play this season in empty Citizens Bank Park under new MLB plan

Major League Baseball is discussing a plan to begin the regular season as early as June with teams playing at their traditional home ballparks. But the games would be played without fans and the teams would be aligned in three 10-team regional divisions. → Read More

Phillies’ affiliate in Williamsport says it’s not yet eliminated; talks continue with MLB

The short-season, Class-A New York-Penn League is said to be on the chopping block. Williamsport is a member. → Read More