A heartfelt thank you is in order

I wanted to take a moment to say thank you, as we’ve reached a rather substantial milestone here at phuturephillies.com, crossing the 6,000,000 hit mark. When this site was conceived at the end of 2006, it was just an idea in my head. If you know me at all, you know I have lots of ideas, and I fail to follow through on 99% of them, its just the way my mind works. This one, proudly, I’ve followed through on, and it wouldn’t have happened if not for the constant support and encouragement I received from the regular readers way back in the beginning of 2007 when the site really started. I’ve learned a lot since then, especially from the people who have contributed here regularly in the comments. We’ve come a long way from 100 hits a day and a handful of comments a day.

There are a billion people I need to thank, starting with the regular writers here: Gregg, Dave, Chuck, Cody, Andy, and for providing daily updates on our Top 30, Ketch. Gregg really deserves a special mention here, as he’s gone well above and beyond the call of duty, especially when I’ve been strapped for time, to provide breaking news posts and detailed information on all of our affiliates, especially at Lehigh Valley. Those who have contributed posts and features before include: Jordan, Ben, and Ryan. Also, the alumni who have moved on to bigger and better things: Kevin, Jeff, Dan, Zac and anyone else I’ve sheepishly forgotten. Gracious thanks go to Todd, who helps maintain all of the rosters and transactions portions of the site, as well as to Rob, who contributed the current banner to the site. Also Chris, who helped me with some of the CSS edits when we moved to the current layout. A special big time thanks to Michael Schwimer, who has provided invaluable content to the site and helped bring it to other avenues, which has no doubt attracted more readers to the site. A thank you to Kevin Goldstein, Keith Law, and the others I can’t mention (their preference) who have provided me with excellent information and opinions on our prospects.

But the biggest thanks of all goes to YOU, the reader, who keeps coming back here every day, even in the depths of winter when we’re scraping the barrel for things to discuss. Even on the deadest of days this winter, the site still received thousands of hits a day. It is this level of dedication and interaction from you, the reader, who makes this place run. I can’t ever say enough thank yous to those who have donated their time, energy and even money to making this site what it is today. It is your dedication and support that made this place what it is and makes me want to improve it and make it even better.

I hope to see all of you (and a bunch of new faces) when and if we hit 7,000,000 and beyond!

30 thoughts on “A heartfelt thank you is in order

  1. Congratulations could you please start selling adds you deserve to make some money for this

  2. Did someone just ask for ads? Has to be a first. I’ve only been reading the site regularly for about a year, and I have to say I was surprised to find it’s only been in existance for 4-5 years. It’s really a terrific resource, I’d say especially for many of us who don’t use subscription sites like BA and ESPN insider and the like. Keep up the great work!!!

  3. And congratulations to you, PP, for allowing this place to become what it is. It’s the most important Phillies blog/site on the web, imo. There are a ton of places that cover the big club, but none comes close to covering the minors as well as this site does.

  4. Thank you PP for creating and nurturing this site into what it’s become. Keep up the great work!

  5. Funny this comes today. One thing I’ve been thinking is that we don’t know enough about you or the great contributors. There are profiles of our top 30, but not of the most important people on this site. I would love to know about all of you huge fans. I’m sure we are all quite the same in our passions! I’d love to know how this site came to be. Your difficulties, your pains … we all get to see the success, but I want the whole story!

    Thanks so much for all you do for us regulars … not sure what my day would be like if I didn’t visit!

      1. Best player avaailble the first seven rounds then start filling spots after that. Do not draft a closer until later in the draft that is the only exception to consider. You will do fine -3Was this answer helpful?

  6. This is my first post and just wanted to tell you thanks. I hit this site 5-10 times per week year round. Great job.

  7. Been reading this site on a daily basis for at least 3 years now, but rarely ever post. However, today I would like to say congrats on hitting 6 million and thank you for providing this wealth of information.

    Because of you and your idea for this website I now am far more interested in the farm and minor league baseball in general. I sometimes look around the web when major deals go down involving stars for prospects and I got to be honest… I have yet to find a team that has a site devote to the minor leagues that has the kind of information and resources available to fans like this.

    Congratulations, you deserve it.

  8. Been reading for 3/4 years but don’t post often. Congrats! Some exciting news. Tonight on csn at 7 they will be airing the game which features utley ruiz singleton savery ..with oswalt starting should be good

  9. Congrats! I really have to thank you, and all who make this site possible. I have been an every day reader for about 3 years now. Back then, I was hunting for a way to keep up with the Phillies prospects, and then I found this site. It has provided me with so much good information about our beloved Philles and their prospects. So thank you again for all of the work that all of you put into this site.

  10. Congrats on 6,000,000! This site is truly amazing. Hats off to everyone that makes this magic happen!
    I have been a Phillies fan for many many years, but like many others, struggled following some serious losing teams, to then ‘Wish’ there was some young stars on the horizon to help the big squad. Back then I would grab any magazine I could find ‘Baseball America’ etc to follow the Phillies’ minorleaguers. Now I almost like following the minors more than the big team. When I stumbled on this site a few years ago it was like I died and went to heaven. I just read the comments for the first year or so and now I regularily check the site at least twice a day, every day and add my comments now and then. Keep up the great work!

    1. The first 4 or 5 rounds, I pick the best pyealr available. Then I begin to fill my positions. I do look for the best infielders early though. They tend to be thin. +3Was this answer helpful?

  11. yo u do man holmes. u work hard all fo owa pleasha. keep up da good work son

  12. I have to say, I’d love to have a PP get togeather for drinks in Philly. I’m from NYC and I’d make the trip down for it.

  13. I’d like to add my name to those who have given kudos to you, PP, on your great site. I bet I’m one of your older followers, as I started rooting for the Phillies way back in 1950, the year of the Wiz Kids. I am a die-hard all Philly sports fan, but with a preference by a hair’s breath for baseball and, thus, the Phillies.

    Just one quick story: I lived in Iran with my wife and burgeoning family from 1970-74. One can just imagine what it took to follow the Phillies on a daily basis, but I managed. I had both the Bulletin and Inquirer mailed to me, along with The Sporting News, of course. For those of you who don’t remember what TSN used to be, it was literally the bible of baseball with box scores of every game played over the preceding week prior to publication. The problem was that they came by slow boat and wouldn’t arrive until roughly three weeks after printing. So, I had to pretend that sports news three weeks old was current. What a drag, as you can imagine.

    Fast forward to today. Like many of the old guys, with the big club being so abysmal over long stretches of time, the only shred of hope we had was to follow the minor leaguers and hope for a better day sometime in the future. I still am an inveterate fan of the Phillies’ minor league system and eat up the box scores. One thing I really like to do is to construct how a game flowed just by “reading into” the box score. It’s fun to do. Do I have a life? Some would argue, no. I say, yes.

    In any event, your streamlining the box scores to eliminate all but what the Phillies’ prospects do in a game is perfect. Who cares about the Sea Dogs (I live near Portland, ME and actually see some of their games, especially when Reading comes to town. Too bad they only make one visit a season.)?

    As an older fan, I have a perspective that can only come with age and experience. Your speed of delivery is masterful. I quenches the insatiable appetite of those of us who can never get enough stuff reported about our favorite team, especially in the realm of minor league baseball. Again, many thanks.

  14. Congrats on such a significant milestone. This is a great site!

    BTW, if anyone gets Comcast SportsNet Philly, the Clearwater game is on with Utley, Ruiz and Oswalt.

  15. Oswalt’s given up a run in four innings. He looks OK. Actually, it should be no runs. He had a guy struck out and the ump missed the call.

  16. Yes congratulations PP for the 6 mil and I am sure the next 6 mil will come even faster since this farm system is so much fun to follow!! I vote that comcast starts showing more Phils minor league games especially games from Clearwater and Lakewood right now!! Too bad it wont happen.

  17. Thank YOU so much for this web site. As a die hard Phils fan in California, PhuturePhillies is my Bible for keeping tabs down on the pharm. I so look forward to the box scores each night. Without question, the reader comments are the most intelligent, well-supported and well-thought out of any Phillies-related site I visit. Keep up the top work!

  18. I need to comment again on just how great this site is. I know that running it does taken a ton of effort and just want to be one of many to let you know how awesome and appreciated it is.
    I was one of the ‘nubies’ who read and never posted a couple years ago and it is great to see more of those people sending you their commented support.

    Also, a great idea with the daily box score to keep comments flowing (and ending in some cases!) each day.

  19. Thank you for this site. I cut my baseball teeth as a teen on the 93 Phils (thus my handle) and a devotion to baseball has been growing ever since. And this site contributes to it!

    I’ve noticed an uptick in minors related news on CSN and Philly.com — I don’t think its a stretch to say that such reporting is related to the success of this site. Well done.

  20. I have been a regular reader of this site since 07′. Thank you PP along with all the other regular contributors for providing such valuable intel on not only the Phillies’ organization but the game of baseball in general.

  21. “Bigger and better things” is a stretch, PP… this is still the authority for Phils’ minor leaguers, and we’d all be lost without this site. Congrats, and keep up the great work.

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