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The National League added the designated hitter, so there was room for another big stick on the Phillies’ roster. The problem was that there wasn’t much room on the ledger unless the property was willing to exceed the competitive breakeven tax threshold for the first time in the club’s history.

John Middleton agreed. The Phillies signed Nick Castellanos, pushing the team over the $230 million tax threshold, and the rest is history – though things didn’t always go to plan as the Phillies have locked in the last wild card spot (another new feature this season) en route to the World Series.

“If you’re in this business to make money, you’re in the wrong business,” Middleton said, standing on the wet grass in front of the infield Sunday night as the Phillies celebrated their first pennant in 13 years. “There’s only one reason to be in this business, and that’s to win.”

—Maria McIlwain, Inquirer Sports Staff, @phillysport, [email protected].

As the Phillies’ longest-serving player, Rhys Hoskins felt the pain of four September meltdowns before enjoying the sting of four champagne celebrations in three weeks in October. He reached the majors in August 2017, quickly becoming the face of the Phillies as their rebuilding process tried to gain traction. Hoskins answered questions, took on criticism and was pulled in all directions by sponsors, marketing and charity work. Now he is preparing for a World Series. JT Realmuto said, “I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I don’t think anyone deserves this moment more than Rhys.”

Who starts Game 1? “Common sense” says it will be Aaron Nola.

From Grover Cleveland Alexander to Brad Lidge, here are some highlights from the Phillies’ runs in the World Series.

Next: The Phillies open the World Series at 8:03 p.m. Friday in Houston.

The Sixers were considered one of the NBA’s offseason winners with the additions of PJ Tucker, Danuel House Jr. and De’Anthony Melton headlining a successful summer. Although it didn’t go exactly as planned to start the season, many remnants of the Sixers remained on the sidelines.

Matisse Thybulle, Shake Melton and Furkan Korkmaz experienced the most drastic swings. All three players played sparingly to start the season, and they spoke to The Inquirer’s Gina Mizell about living this new reality.

Next: The Sixers play the Toronto Raptors at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday on the road (NBCSP).

After their bye week, the undefeated Eagles will host the Steelers, who will bring their 2-5 statewide record with them. Seeking to avoid his losing first season as a coach, Mike Tomlin faces a “tremendous challenge” at the Eagles and has referred to several players by name when dissecting his opponent.

On Sunday night, John Tortorella benched stars Kevin Hayes and Travis Konecny ​​for the third period of the Flyers’ 3-0 loss to the San Jose Sharks. Olivia Reiner writes about the coach’s bold decision to do this and the message it sends to the rest of the team about accountability.

One player who won’t be on the bench at the moment is winger James van Riemsdyk. The veteran left Sunday’s game and didn’t return and it turns out he will have to have surgery on a broken finger.

Next: The Flyers are back at home Thursday against the Florida Panthers (7 p.m., NBCSP).

Two constants in Union excellence in recent years have been manager Jim Curtin and captain Alejandro Bedoya.

Curtin was once again recognized for his coaching skills, earning his second Major League Soccer honor as Coach of the Year.

Bedoya, however, was unable to enter the field for the Union in the playoffs, but he hopes to return for the Eastern Conference final against New York City FC. Bedoya was unable to make the conference final last season, when the Union was eliminated by NYCFC, as he was one of six Union starters left out of the game due to COVID-19 protocols. .

He aims to play on Sunday.

Next: The Union hosts NYCFC in the MLS Eastern Conference Final at 8 p.m. Sunday at Subaru Park (FS1, Fox Deportes).

Ryan Carter, Jessie Moses, Taylor Brown and Jezelle Banks are best friends whose lives revolve around basketball. University offers are also starting to arrive.

They are in eighth grade.

As college basketball recruiting trickles down to younger and younger athletes, how do they balance school, hoops, and just being a kid?

  • Boys Latin Tees: The school brings golf – and the doors it can open – to West Philly.

  • Small world: A few high school basketball competitors will soon become teammates at the senior level.

  • Grant it: Penn State quarterback Sean Clifford has heard a lot in his six years of college football. He’ll hear more as the Nittany Lions take on No. 2 Ohio State on Saturday.

  • A difficult call: Drexel football player Caroline Thompson has faced a crossroads – whether to focus on school full-time or play one final season with the Dragons after missing two seasons with a torn ACL. She chose the field.

Who was the MVP when the Phillies won the National League Championship Series in 1980?

The answer is B) Manny Trillo. Mark P. was the first to give the correct answer.

We asked you: Assuming Zack Wheeler, Aaron Nola and Ranger Suárez are ready for the first three games, who starts Game 4 of the World Series for the Phillies and why?

Zack Wheeler. … When pitchers pitched all four days, the number one starter pitched 3 games. With the current schedule and today’s pitchers pitching every five days, the best starter on the team can’t make 3 starts. Wheeler is their best starter. I would start it in game 1, and [Aaron] Nola in Game 2. Some believe the Philies need to win the first two games to win the series. I don’t know, but throwing Wheeler and Nola more often is their best bet. There are two days off in the 7-game schedule. …

With this plan, Wheeler would be set up to launch Game 7 if needed. This will be the 4th day for him since his last start, which he will be able to face at least once. Of the three starters to use, he’s the most rested with this shot, and he’s their best pitcher. If not him, then a 7th game would require a “bullpen” game to decide the series; not preferred. This plan is set up by Wheeler pitching game 1. -John W.

It must be Noah Syndergaard. He has experience on the big stage and is cunning enough to pass 3 innings. It could be followed by [Bailey] weaken and/or [Zach] Efin. I like Falter, but I don’t think he’s ready for the pressure of the start. Of course, if we are 3-0 up, it doesn’t matter who starts. -Pierre S.

Thor with long blond hair. —Ellen G.

Bailey Falter won the #4 spot. He was the unsung hero of September. Yes, he had a rough start in the NLCS and got the quick hook (rightly so), but give him the ball. Syndergaard gets whipped. -Scott J.

We’ve compiled today’s newsletter using reports from Scott Lauber, Matt Breen, Ed Barkowitz, Gina Mizell, Josh Tolentino, Olivia Reiner, Giana Han, Jonathan Tannenwald, Isabella DiAmore, Aaron Carter, Sam Cohn and Matt Ryan .

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