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Phil Watson, Author at Through The Fence Baseball

Phil Watson

I am a veteran of 20-plus years in the newspaper industry as a writer and editor, with my roots as a sports writer and later in my career transitioning to news. I also assisted with the development and maintenance of a newspaper website and also have experience in the advertising arena. I am currently a self-employed sports commentator with a syndicated radio show and blog.

Ryne Sandberg
By Phil Watson On Wednesday, September 18th, 2013
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Will Ryne Sandberg be exception to rule for Hall of Famers in dugout?

  Ryne Sandberg may be the exception not the norm when it comes to Hall of Famers who manage. (Hunter Martin/Getty Images) The last time a Hall of Fame player was in the dugout as a manager was in 2006, when More...

Toronto Blue Jays star Jose Bautista carries his bat and glove during spring training.
By Phil Watson On Thursday, March 21st, 2013
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Toronto Blue Jays preview: All-in for AL East crown in 2013

The return of Joey Bats is the cherry on top of a spectacular offseason for the Toronto Blue Jays and their fans. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press) The Toronto Blue Jays last sampled the postseason in 1993 when More...

Kyle Lohse delivers a pitch to home plate.
By Phil Watson On Tuesday, February 19th, 2013
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Washington Nationals a logical destination for Kyle Lohse

Kyle Lohse may be heading from one playoff contender to another. (Robert Beck/Getty Images) So, how is it that a guy with a 30-11 record, 3.11 ERA and 1.13 WHIP in 63 starts over the last two seasons isn’t More...

Jackie Robinson opted to retire rather than play for the New York Giants. (Warnecke/NY Daily News)
By Phil Watson On Tuesday, December 4th, 2012
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Baseball winter meetings a tradition more than a century old

Jackie Robinson opted to retire rather than play for the New York Giants. (Getty Images) The Major League Baseball world has descended upon Nashville, Tenn., this week for the annual winter meetings. The winter More...

John Gibbons' first tenure as manager of the Toronto Blue Jays was best-known for this 2006 confrontation with pitcher Ted Lilly, left. Gibbons managed the Jays from 2004-08 and was hired last week for a second tour of duty in the job. (Tony Bock/Toronto Star)
By Phil Watson On Saturday, November 24th, 2012
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Second time with same club not always a charm for managers

John Gibbons’ first tenure as manager of the Toronto Blue Jays was best-known for this 2006 confrontation with pitcher Ted Lilly, left. Gibbons managed the Jays from 2004-08 and was hired last week for a second More...


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