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PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA - NOVEMBER 01: Bryce Harper #3 of the Philadelphia Phillies celebrates after hitting a two-run home run against the Houston Astros during the first inning in Game Three of the 2022 World Series at Citizens Bank Park on November 01, 2022 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

When the news came out that Bryce Harper would be getting Tommy John’s surgery the assumption was we would not see him until the All-Star break. Especially considering he didn’t get the surgery until late November. But then Bryce kept hitting recovery goals early. He has progressed much faster than anyone anticipated. And now today, we learned that they would not be putting him on the 6-day IL, meaning they think he could be back by the end of May. So to get more on the timetable for Harper’s return, The Best show Ever talked to Scott Lauber from the Philadelphia Inquirer.

So could he actually be back that early? Here is what Scott Lauber had to say…

“It has gone about as smoothly as they could or they expected. He progressed from dry swings to every other day he was hitting underhand flips in the batting cage. Now he is doing that every day. And this is what it is like. It is just baby steps…

I have heard the same thing you guys heard. Their intention is to not put him on the 60-Day IL. I won’t tell you that is not a meaningful development. But I would also caution you to not make too much of it. They could always put him on that list and backdate it to Opening Day. If let’s say they need a 40-Man roster spot on April 15th, they can put Harper on that list, and backdate it to March 30th, He would still be eligible to come off the list on May 30th. We shouldn’t just assume that because they have not put him on that list, they expect him back by the end of May.

It is possible. I have been someone who from the start who has said to bet the under non that back by the All-Star Break timeline. I know Bryce Harper, and I know how he operates. Anyone who knows him knows how he is wired. If you are telling me the All-Star break, I would tell you it will be before that. if you are telling me before the end of May, I am not so sure it will be before that. But it might not be too far after that.” 

You can listen to the full conversation with Scott Lauber below…

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The Audio Vault- The 12 Most Memorable Plays in Phillies' History

See what Andrew Salciunas found in The Audio Vault today. Anthony and Andrew have been down in Clearwater all week taking in Spring Training. And so in the Audio Vault, they have been counting down great Phillies moments. On Monday they looked at the best moments from the Phillies’ Regular Season in 2022. Yesterday they looked at the 10 best plays from the postseason. But today they are mixing it up a little bit. They looked at the most memorable plays in Phillies’ history.

From Roy Halladay throwing a perfect game, to Bryce Harper having “the swing of his life,” to Matt Stairs hitting one “into the night”. These are the plays that we can’t stop thinking about. The ones we still play highlights of years later.Including moments from 1980, all the way up to the present and last year’s postseason run. Andrew picked his 12 most memorable plays.

With Andrew down in Clearwater, he got Matt Minarik to help him pull the Audio from the Vault. See what plays made Andrew’s list of the most memorable in Phillies history below. And you can listen to the full segment at the bottom of the article to hear Anthony and Andrew’s reactions to each play.

Here are Andrew’s most memorable plays in Phillies’ history…


  • 1980 World Series- Bob Boone Drops a Foul Ball, But Pete Rose Catches it

    This one is memorable not just for it coming in a big moment, but also for how weird it was. It was Game 6 of the World Series. Frank White popped it up. Both Bob Boone and Pete Rose ran out to make the play. And when Boone dropped the ball, Rose was there to catch it.   

  • 1987- Mike Schmidt's 500th Home Run

    There is only one Phillies player with 500 HRS. Michael Jack Schmidt. The moment he hit number 500 had to make this list. Especially with the great Harry Kalas on the call.

  • 1993- The Wild Thing Gets a Walk Off Hit

    It is not often a closer comes up with a walk-off hit. But that is exactly what happened in 1993. In the second game of a doubleheader, where there were numerous rain delays, Mitch Williams came up to the plate with a runner in scoring position. And while most people were already in bed, Mitch Williams walked it off.

  • 1993 NLCS- Darren Daulton Doubles off Greg Maddux to Give Phillies the Lead in Game 6

    It was a 0-0 tie deep into game 6 of the NLCS vs the Braves in 1993. But then Darren Daulton stepped to the plate vs Greg Maddox. And he did not disappoint. He hit a double down the rightfield line to knock in two runs.


  • 2007- Phillies Clinch NL East After Mets Collapse

    2007 was the start of an era of NL East dominance for the Phillies. But it took an epic collapse by the Mets for the Phillies to win it that year. And seeing the Mets choke makes the Phillies winning it that much sweeter.

  • 2008 NLCS- Stairs Rips one Into the Night

    Six words no Phillies fan will ever forget, Stairs rips one into the night.



  • 2008 World Series- Utley Throws Home

    Of all the many great Utley hits, it is a play in the field that got him onto the list of memorable plays. Him faking a throw to first, just to throw Bartlett out at the plate, is perhaps the most notable play from the World Series.

  • 2009 NLCS- Jimmy Rollins Walks It Off vs the Dodgers

    2009 did not have the great finish 2008 did, but it still had great moments. Notably, Jimmy Rollins walk-off hit vs Jonathan Broxton in game 6 of the NLCS.

  • 2010- Roy Halladay Perfect Game

    Despite being here for just 3 seasons, Roy Halladay cemented himself in Phillies lore. He threw two no-hitters, including this perfect game vs the Marlins.

  • 2010- Roy Halladay's Playoff No Hitter

    How do you top a Perfect Game? By throwing a no-hitter in the playoffs.


  • 2019- Bryce Harper's Walk Off Grand Slam

    Before he became known for a different game-winning HR (which we will get to) there was this Walk Off Grand Slam. What can you say about this that John Kruk’s “Wow” and harper’s “That was sick” haven’t already said?

  • 2022- The Swing of Harper's Life

    And of course, there was Harper’s game-winning HR in the NLCS last year.



  • Listen to the full segment below...