WCAU-TV Philadelphia also ran a story about the press conference put on by the Phillies. It includes video discussing the "Signature Hot Dog":
Hatfield's web site has for some time stated that their Phillies hot dogs are served at the ball park. Some media photos of the choices for the signature hot dog clearly show a small skinless dog.
As the WCAU video clearly shows, the Phillies threw a press conference and fed the media free ball park food. Maybe that is why this story about a skinless hot dog got onto the AP wire.
So what we probably have here is a skinless, mediocre dog that is to be gussied up with some topping combinations. As I've stated many times, if you don't start with a good dog, it doesn't matter what you do to it. It will probably be the same frank that the Phillies promote on dollar dog night. That would be too bad especially since the Yankees and Mets have both upgraded their franks in recent years. So have the Red Sox and Twins. Probably other teams as well.
For years the Red Sox served a poor quality frank as their "Fenway Frank". A year ago they switched to a quality dog made by Kayem.
As a Mets fan, I was subjected to years of Kahn's, Armour, and Ballpark. I stopped eating hot dogs at the games. I think the Yankees also used a cheap frank. Then a few years ago I noticed Nathan's and Hebrew National at both stadiums. The Mets also added a kosher Abele's & Heymann's frank. And since beer goes well with hot dogs, many ballparks began offering quality microbrews. Which would be the equivalent of a good regional frank or one from a butcher shop.
Philly should follow suit. I'd rather have a plain, steamed Hebrew National than a Hatfield (non N.Y. deli style) frank with some good or unique toppings. Better yet, get a quality dog, then top it with the Amish pepper hash. I know good dogs can be found in Philly. It would be nice to have a good hot dog with my beer rather than a $10.00 or $12.00 cheesesteak.