Aug 13, 2017

Phillies Alumni Weekend 2017


Philadelphia Phillies Alumni Weekend
Citizens Bank Park - August 13, 2017
Honoring the legacy of the Philadelphia Phillies and the life and career of Darren Daulton.

Dan Warthen (1977)
Mark Leiter (1997 - 1998)
Kevin Jordan (1995 - 2001)
Rich Surhoff (1985)
Howie Bedell (1968)
Bob Conley (1958)
Gene Garber (1974 - 1978)
Don Money (1968 - 1972)
Andy Ashby (1991 - 1992, 2000)
Art Mahaffey (1960 - 1965)
Doug Clemens (1966 - 1968)
Brandon Duckworth (2001 - 2003)
Terry Harmon (1967 - 1977)
Mike Rogodzinski (1973 - 1975)
Desi Relaford (1996 - 2000)
Rheal Cormier (2001 - 2006)
Pete Mackanin (player: 1978 - 1979, manager: 2015 - current)

1983 NL Champion Phillies
Von Hayes (1983 - 1991)
Gary Matthews (1981 - 1983) 1983 NLCS MVP

1980 World Champion Phillies
Bobby Wine (player: 1960 - 1968, coach: 1972 - 1983)
Marty Bystrom (1980 - 1984)
Del Unser (1973 - 1974, 1979 - 1982)
Warren Brusstar (1977 - 1982)
Dickie Noles (1979 - 1981, 1990)
Bake McBride (1977 - 1981) 1974 NL Rookie Of The Year
Larry Christenson (1973 - 1983)
Manny Trillo (1979 - 1982)

2008 World Champion Phillies
Matt Stairs (2008 - 2009)

Phillies Wall Of Fame
Steve Carlton (1972 - 1986) x4 NL Cy Young, Hall Of Fame: 1994
Mike Schmidt (1972 - 1989) x3 NL MVP, 1980 World Series MVP, Hall Of Fame: 1995
Dick Allen (1963 - 1969, 1975 - 1976)  1964 NL Rookie Of The Year, 1972 AL MVP
Greg Luzinski (1970 - 1980)
Tony Taylor (1960 - 1971, 1974 - 1976)
Bob Boone (1972 - 1981)
Juan Samuel (1983 - 1989)
Mike Lieberthal (1994 - 2006)
Charlie Manuel (manager: 2005 - 2013)
Jim Thome (2003 - 2005, 2012)

1993 NL Champion Phillies
Bill Giles (president: 1982 - 1997, general manager: 1984 - 1987)
Larry Bowa (player: 1970 - 1981, coach: 1989 - 1996, 2014 - current, manager: 2001 - 2004)
Jim Eisenreich (1993 - 1996)
Kevin Stocker (1993 - 1997)
Tommy Greene (1990 - 1995)
Milt Thompson (player: 1986 - 1988, 1993 - 1994, coach: 2003 - 2010)
Mickey Morandini (player: 1990 - 1997, 2000, coach: 2016 - current)
Larry Andersen (player1983 - 1986, 1993 - 1994, broadcaster: 1998 - current)
John Kruk (player: 1989 - 1994, broadcaster: 2017 - current)

** 2017 Phillies take the field **

Moment of silence to honor Phillies who passed away in the past year
Choo-Choo Coleman (1961)
Juan Bell (1992 - 1993)
Greg Jelks (1987)
Bob Sadowski (1961)
Bill Champion (1969 - 1972)
Bob Bowman (1955 - 1959)
Mark Brownson (2000)
Dallas Green (player: 1960 - 1964, 1967, manager: 1979 - 1981)
Todd Frohwirth (1987 - 1990)
Ruben Amaro (1960 - 1965)
Roy Sievers (1962 - 1964)
Bob Kuzava (1955)
Jim Bunning (1964 - 1967, 1970 - 1971) Hall Of Fame: 1996
Herm Starrette (coach: 1979 - 1981)
Gene Conley (1959 - 1960)
Darren Daulton (1983 - 1997)

Aug 6, 2017

Darren Daulton: 1962 - 2017


Rest in peace, Dutch.

Aug 1, 2017

Nerdy Phillies Fan: Projecting Winter 2017


The Phillies managed to trade away all of their veteran rentals for young prospects (most of whom do not need to occupy a roster spot), an increase to their ability to spend on international talent, and an intriguing left handed outfielder who may not have been given a fair chance to succeed in Baltimore.  All things considered, it's been a successful trade deadline for Matt Klentak.

However, the team now finds itself in strange territory.  We have a number of guys who give you just enough production to keep them from being released, but not enough that they have significant trade value.  We also have a number of prospects who are either ready or very close to being ready who are blocked by members of the 25 man roster who are, at best, league average.  We also a glut of young talent in the outfield at all levels, and not enough spots on the 40 man roster to keep them all.

While I'm very patient with this rebuilding process, we're coming very close to the line where change is unavoidable, and the safe road isn't always the wisest choice.  Here are some thoughts from a fan on the moves that I would like to see this winter to continue the rebuilding process into the 2018 season.

Jul 28, 2017

Welcome to Philly, Hyun Soo Kim


Hyun Soo Kim
Left Field - Philadelphia Phillies
Earlier today, the Phillies traded Jeremy Hellickson to the Baltimore Orioles for left handed bullpen prospect Garrett Cleavinger and former Korean Baseball batting champion, Hyun Soo Kim. I'm not sure why the fourth place Orioles wanted a 10 week rental on a starter with a 4.73 ERA, but getting anything back for a pitcher that we weren't going to keep after this season is a win.

Even better, this trade gives us a reason to blast this song at Citizen's Bank Park.

Welcome to Philadelphia, Hyun Soo Kim.

Jul 27, 2017

Plug & Play Arcade


This photo has been making the rounds in arcade gaming and collecting communities for a while.  Usually, it's shared as a joke, but I think it's brilliant.  I'm sure it was fun to make and to play.