The end of the line

Hey everyone. As you know I have a tendency to get a bit wordy and wander off on multiple tangents, I’m going to really attempt to keep this short and sweet. Over the last few months, I’ve debated in my head what direction this website was going to go. Some of you have been around since it all started back in December 2006, and some of you have only recently found the site. For the majority of my life, I’ve been an idea person. I have a lot of ideas, my brain works really quickly and in many cases, this prevents me from actually being able to focus on really important things. For 99.9% of all the ideas I’ve ever had, I get involved, I learn stuff, and then I get bored and move on. This site started in the exact same fashion. It started with a few posts, a few page views, and then 6 months later, it was actually a thing. And a year went by, then two, then 5. When I hatched up this idea back in November 2006, I figured I would start it, get bored with it, and then move on to something else. But this site has been the 0.01%.

However, I’ve reached the point where I can no longer keep updating and providing content for the site. In the last few months, putting together even a recap of box scores has become a chore. I used to get deeply involved in the discussions here but had to stop, because it simply became too frustrating and I did not have the time with my new job. Now I barely have the time and motivation to cut and paste 4 box scores a night. Though my mind tends to wander and I jump around a lot, I always commit myself 110% to everything I do, and when I realize I can no longer give 110% I move on. I’d rather go all out and try to do the best I can and move on to something else than stick around and half-ass a project, its just not my nature. The support I have received here over the last 5+ years has been amazing. From the emails to the dedicated users who regularly post in the comments to all of the people who have volunteered their time and energy to the site. I believe what I’ve compiled here makes this site unique, and it will be something I’m forever proud of. The site won’t be removed or deleted or anything else. I’ve received a few offers in the last 6 months to sell the site in its entirely and have it integrated in to some network of sites. That was never my intention, and it’s not my intention now.

I have reached out to someone about possibly keeping the site going. When I have a clear idea as to what will happen going forward, I will provide you with an update. Its been a pretty incredible ride, and I’m extremely thankful for all of the people who’ve come here and provided positive value, as I really believe this turned in to a great little community. If this site does not keep going, I know that a few of you will take the lead and form a new site/place to continue the discussion. I wish I could email all of you individually and thank you for your support, just know that I truly do appreciate everything and maybe our paths will cross again at some point down the road.

83 thoughts on “The end of the line

  1. Sorry to see you’ve reached the end of the line. Have been a fan for a long time now, but understand that sometimes you just have to make the tough decision to move on.

  2. OMG, I am devastated! I’d gladly lend a hand to help. Understood about the time commitment, thing, but I’m sure there is somebody who will want to keep this site up and running

  3. I’ve been a reader for a long time, very rarely commenting, rather just enjoying the ride. Thanks so much for everything you’ve done. You really should be proud and I wish you the best of luck in your future endeavors.

  4. I am real sorry to see this come to an end as I have been an avid reader and occasional contributor. I know the commitment to keep this site running must be very time consuming. Thank you James for all your hard work and I wish you the best in your future endeavors. Thomas

  5. *Wipes tear from eye*

    Thank you for all the work you’ve done with this site over the years.

  6. Completely understand your decision. I believe I found this site back in 07. It’s been great and really helped elevate the knowledge base of myself and probably a larger swath of the fan base than you might expect. Thanks for all of the memories!

  7. Wow, what a shocker. You did an amazing job with this sight. Outside of email,it’s the first thing I check when I get online. Thanks for all of the great work!

  8. Even if this site continues, I will really miss your contributions — not the cut-and-paste box scores, but the very thoughtful annual draft reviews and analysis of your top 30 prospects. That’s material of a quality that really isn’t available anywhere else. It will be missed.

  9. This is woefully inadequate for the joy and fun this site has provided me over the past few years, but sincerely, Thank You.

  10. Wow! Can’t believe that my visit (or posting to) this site 365 days a year could go missing.
    I have had a few disagreements w PP in discussions, but they have only added more flavor to my visits.
    There has never to my memory been ANY nastiness coming from PP which is a sign of his temperate nature and reasoning ability. I’ve watched this site grow like a beneficial wild weed during his maintenance of the site. And I HAVE wondered just how he could dedicate so much of his time to the continuing up-dating as well as his own posted commentary…while still doing well at his “day job.” So I DO understand both his reluctance and necessity for letting go.

    My hope is that somebody more attuned to the technology required to keep the site going will come forward. As a last resort I’d ask PP to sell it to a reliable purchaser with the contractual proviso that it will remain a no-pay site but only with advertising in a separate right-hand column
    like Facebook.

    Right now I’d like to extent my thanks to PP for these many, many enjoyable hours day by day over these years at THIS sire…which is like none other.
    Thank you! And…

    Much future health and happiness!

  11. I stop here every day. Very bummed. Thanks for all the great work you’ve done, and good luck in the future!

  12. ty for the site. and good luck in the future.. enjoyed chatting on here. take care everyone

  13. Well that’s definitely a bummer. I hope the site is able to continue on because it fills a much needed role as far as Phillies information and discussion goes. All the best in the future, James, and thank you for your work up to this point.

  14. Sorry to hear that James. Despite no longer contributing I have stopped in daily. I know the self applied pressure to keep a first rate site can be overwhelming which is why Threshers Nation finally ended last season. Thanks for all of the great work. I’ve met a bunch of great fans thru the site and will miss them all.

    Let me know if there is anything I can do to help

  15. the past 3 years iv been an avid reader of everything on this site, this is a bigger loss then anything we’ve lost the past week. will miss ur contributions immensely… thank you with all my heart and good luck going forward

  16. Please know that in all the hard work, you gave us a place to connect. Thank you for that. What you provided us was more special than you might ever realize. Bravo!

  17. This is the best Phils related site on the web. Thank you so much for your time and efforts. Nothing but the best. Will really miss this place.

  18. Wonderful site that has a great community around it. I don’t post a lot, but I come here first thing every morning. Thanks so much for all the work!

  19. The news that you will no longer maintain this site might be a bigger disappointment for me than the 2012 Phillies. I have only posted a couple of times since I discovered the site 3 or 4 years ago and even then it was only to pose questions here and there. It was very enjoyable to read yours and everyone’s comments, insights and analysis of the farm. There were great discussions daily and everyone was civil. A big THANK YOU to everyone.

  20. Mannnn, this site cannot just collapse. Thank u so much for the hard work. We need to have venue to discuss the Phils and the minors. I hope we can find a way to keep this thing going. The momentum is too strong.

  21. A punch in the gut.

    This is worse than the big team’s play in the Mets series.

    Man, what a sad day when the best minor league site on the net goes dark.

    So long, and thanks for all the fish.

  22. I’m really sorry that it’s reached this point for you, but I can also understand the drain that running a site like this has on a person. In the beginning, I started coming to this site because it provided hope about the future–it was here that I first heard names like Antonio Bastardo and Lou Marson and Domonic Brown. Some of those guys have departed, some of them have disappointed, but this site has never disappointed, because there are always new prospects to wish on. I’m particularly bummed that this piece of news comes at a juncture when I’m starting to lose that sense of joy I’ve had the past few years in watching my Phillies enjoy some unaccustomed success. I feel like now, more than ever, we need that hope. And so I think it’s important to point out to everyone here that, with all due respect to James, much of power of this site has emanated from its community of regular commenters. There’s no reason that the community can’t go on if someone is willing to take up the task of managing it–which is immense, I realize. But I hope someone does it. And I hope that, if you’re not up for keeping it going James, you would at least consider passing it on to someone who has an interest in keeping it going, either as a hobby or on a commercial basis (I don’t mind ads as long as they’re supporting quality content).

    But that said, I really commend you for all the work that you have done in building this community. It’s one of the diversions that makes the drudgery of my days easier, and I’m sorry if it’s added to the drudgery of your days. Please know that your effort, passion and intelligence has really been appreciated. I really do hope, though, that this is not the end of the line for the rest of us.

  23. Thank you for providing me with my most favorite site on the internet. I visit this site multiple times a day, each and every day. This site made me really pay attention to the Phillies’ prospects. Although I am upset about the possibility of this site going away or not being as good, I completely understand your position, and wish you well. Thank you again for all of the hard work and dedication that you have put into Phuture Phillies. Take care, and good luck to you.

  24. Thanks for all your hard work on the one stop minor league site.As a parent of one of the minor league Phillies I and the players will miss this site.Good luck with your future.

  25. I can already feel myself becoming less knowledgeable on Phillies prospects.

    Thank you for everything

  26. First, let me say a huge “thank you” for all of the hard work and dedication you give to make this site what it is: the BEST source–bar none–for discussions about our minor league players. Like others, this is the very first and very last site I check each and every day. Now, I will have my emotjonal breakdown and say “NO!!!!!!!!!!! PLEASE don’t shut down the site!!!!!” Tell us what to do and we will do it. I’m more than happy to post box scores to keep this lively community going. I am sure others would volunteer to keep the weekly “hot or not” section going too. To quote Jerry McGuire “help US help YOU”. As far as I’m concerned, PP, you can sit back and enjoy the fruits of your labor —you deserve it. We don’t expect anything from you, and you have all of our gratitude forever. Let’s keep a good thing going if at all possible. All the best, Bill.

  27. I don’t post much but I have checked this site every day for the past 3 years. I appreciate all of your hard work, this site has expanded my baseball knowledge so much. Good luck in your future endeavors.

    I really hope someone can keep this site going, as much as I enjoy the threads, the posts and the community are what I enjoy the most. I have never seen such an informative forum without trolling and idiots running amok, I really hope this can continue.

  28. This cements the worst Phillies-related week since 2006. Looks like you’re getting out at a good time though! In all seriousness – James, your hard work on this site was greatly appreciated. Almost all of my knowledge of the Phils’ minor league system came from this site and I thoroughly enjoyed your writing. Best of luck in your future endeavors, but I certainly hope you will be writing about baseball in some type of capacity again soon.

  29. James, this kills me.

    Weird as it may sound as a non-poster, PP has been a constant for me through my ups and downs over the years. If you cannot keep it going, I dearly hope someone will.

  30. Thank you James for many enjoyable hours reading and contributing to this website. I truly appreciate your dedication, which has made this site remarkable and a learning place for me.

  31. Man, thank you very much. Im from brazil, and this site help me a lot to. Thanks for all.

  32. I’ve been here since the beginning. This website epitomizes who I am as a baseball fan. I give 85% of my time to the major league squad, another 15% to the future of the organization. This website has been a catalyst for my unwavering interest in the minor league system. I can’t thank enough those who created and implemented the website. You’ve been a huge part of my life for the past 6-7 years, and I’m honestly saddened by the thought that I might be greeted by different material in the phuture (see what I did there?!?!). Again, thanks for everything, and I hope for no significant changes in the format and content of the website.

  33. I’ve probably only commented about four or five times in the years I’ve been coming here and reading. This has been a data base for me when I need to refresh on a prospect like Diekman, who I suspect will be with the big club by Friday, or a Dave Buchanan. I would think that you would be able to make a significant profit should you decide to sell the site, but James, I have to say, all the best to you in future years and the MLB draft days will never be the same.

  34. Very bummed. It is one of only about 6 sites I read at all. The phillies should bring this quality to this discussion. Hearing about the growth of prospects helps you stay connected to what is coming b

    Excellent work.

  35. I moved out to the Middle East for employment purposes and I can’t tell you how much this site has help me stay connected with the Phils. This site has actually changed my passion from the major league squad to the minors. I get more excited about following their paths from Schwimmer, to Singleton, Bourne, Corrasco the list goes on. Even outside of the organization I still follow this players and check in on them from time to time. I have gone to non phillies baseball games around the country because I would be in town and a former prospect was called up or was pitching, i.e Corrasco (Cle), Drabek (Tor) Gonzalez (Oak), heck I am still waiting for the Philly Boy Mike Costanza to break through so I can catch him in Cincy sometime. This site has a major change on me and how I view baseball now. I can’t even begin to tell you how many people I have recommended this site to and I also apologize because half… okay more than half have probably had some idiotic comment along the way. This is my first post as I always just enjoyed the banter, updates, first hand accounts, and indepth analysis. So with that I guess it’s closing time! Where every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end. James I wish you well on your new beginnings! Thank you so much for improving my love for the game of baseball.

  36. I’ve been a fan from the start. Sorry to see you go, but am thankful for what you did. This was a great site and undertaking on your part. Hope to still see your tweets. Will you still be doing mostlyawasteoftime?

  37. I read this site everyday but rarely comment. I am so sad to see this close as it is the first site I goto in the morning. I hope you find a way to keep it going as it has been a huge source of joy for me. Thanks for all you have done.

  38. Dag James, say it aint so?
    I appreciate all of the posts wishing you the best, but i am taking a different tact. YOU CANT SHUT IT DOWN! I have been digesting your crack for years and i need to be weened off over time. Please? Pretty please?? After the draft, then maybe we’ll talk?

  39. I remember the Blanton trade (goodbye Outman and Cardenas), the Quintin Berry moment of glory, and the great Cupboard Raid of 2009-2011. I’ll always enjoy the satisfaction of having known who guys like Galvis and Bastardo were YEARS before my Dad. Thanks for everything, James, and best of luck.

  40. I haven’t been a poster during the past 2 or 3 years, but I’ve visited this site 365 days/year since the beginning. I come here mostly to learn. This is where I learned the difference between control and command. This is where I learned that a prospect’s age approriateness is usually more important than his stats. This is where I learned that a prospect’s mastery of the strike zone and his OBP is more important than his batting average. Those were just a few of the things learned.
    BRAVO!! for everything this site has accomplished over the years. Thank You!!!
    If the site disappears it will be sorely missed by countless. I hope it sticks around somehow.

  41. PP – thanks for everything. It’s bee a wonderful stop on the internet for me for years. I hope it continues in some way. Regardless, thanks so much for the site & the dedication you’ve shown over the years!

    1. Great site James and I, for one, will really miss the site and even if it continues, your contributions. I’ve been a daily visitor since I found it 5 years ago. Awesome job on the site and an awesome job keeping it pure and commercial free.

      Best of luck with everything.

  42. I’m pretty sure my initial reaction to this headline was a Wilhelm Scream. I just want to echo the sentiments everybody else has here. This site has been amazing and a daily visit for me the past 3-4 years. To think of how much my understanding and interest in the minors has grown is amazing and that is entirely responsible to you.

    Thank you for creating and operating this site. I hope that it continues to operate as I am sure there are no shortage of caretakers who would love to carry on your mission here and I hope that you have the time to stay involved in some fashion, even if its nothing more than an Emeritus status.

    Regardless, what you have created here is a beautiful thing and should not be a weight on your shoulders or something to stress over. I hope you will be able to sit back and enjoy the fruits of your labor as you watch your creation carry on into the future.

  43. PP, I understand your reasons for stopping Phuture Phillies but your site was the best Phillies outlet around. Thank you for all your efforts and best of luck in the future. I don’t know Latin but I will leave you with two German words: “Danke” and “Aufvierdersein”.

  44. OH NOOoooo!!! Very sad to hear the news but completely understand. To make matters worse…this is happening right before the June draft, which is almost like Christmas time for us junkies.

    All my best,

  45. Thank you very much for all your efforts ….and very good luck in the future…this site has been fantastic.

  46. Was afraid this day was coming but it doesn’t make it any less sad. Thanks for all your hard work PP. You put together a truly incredible resource and you made me a better baseball fan. Thanks for all your hard work.

  47. Thanks, James, for all the amazing effort here. Like so many readers on this site, it is one of my favorite sites to visit on each and every day.

  48. This is seriously sad. But I can’t say it’s terribly suprising. I understand why you’re moving on and am really hoping for the reins can be grabbed. This site DESERVES to continue on. It’s like in my industry, you’ve provided the start up capital, and now you’re about to sell to another VC fund in a second round of financing with a new vision and new energy. James this idea of yours has been great. I’ve been reading this site for the last 6 years, and posting consistantly the last 3-4. It’s really expanded my knowledge of baseball from a typical no-nothing fan to what I am today (still imperfect but much better). Please don’t just let it die.

  49. Daily reader but rare poster…

    It’s been said many times over already but it bears repeating: There is no other site like this out there. James, you’ve done yeoman’s work in pulling this together and we are all better educated fans for it. Thank you for your dedication to this site, its community and our future Phillies. You’ve graced us with such a unique perspective on player development and your insightful analysis was first class (I openly admit to trolling the discussions looking specifically for your comments). Following this site over the past 4-5 years was like having access to some secret insider’s guide to Phillies’ minor league baseball. Your top-30 prospectus felt a little like Christmas to me. And I hope that when you mentioned a “new job” you are referring to the new scouting department that RAJ recently hired you to direct.

    Let me finally say that I admire how you are stepping away without compromising the integrity and tone you’ve fostered throughout this community. I couldn’t think of a worse fate for such a beloved piece in (what’s apparent from these comments) so many of our lives. It was a rarity to find such a frank and non-combative forum for real substantial discussion. In my humble opinion it made this site peerless among other online baseball resources.

    Best wishes to you in your new endeavor. Do write!

  50. James, thanks for all you’ve done to advance the knowledge base of us all regarding the drafts and minor league player evaluations. You’ll be missed. However, that doesn’t mean that you can’t post like the rest of us if someone else takes over…

  51. Sad to hear and totally understandable….I’ve lurked here for more then a little while and have always found your site to be extremely informative. I hope Phuture Phils lives on.

    ps- I LOVED the “So Long and Thanks for all the Fish” comment about 60-somethin comments above me.

    GO PHILLIES!!!! (yes, even when they play all poopy)

  52. A tear in my eye. Good luck in all your future endeavors, and make sure to check back in once in a while after you’re gone.

  53. Thank you for all of your hard work. This has been a great site and valuable resource for information (and entertainment).

  54. I want to go back
    And do it all over again
    But I can’t go back I know
    I want to go back
    Cause I’m feeling so much older
    But I can’t go back I know…

    Please let some one else run the site, post the boxes, Hot & Not, Transactions, etc.

    You come back as a guest columnist when you have time and please comment occasionally.

    Thanks for everything and good luck to you, James.

  55. If I went to the doctor and he told me i had a terminal illness i doubt i would feel any worse than i do right now. Have visited this site everyday for the past 4-5 years but this is the first time I’ve felt compelled to post. I’ve learned so much from this site from BAIP to WAR to way to much about 16 YO’s from third world countires that we all have probably committed some kind of crime. James, this sight is a amazing and I thank you for the 15 minutes of hope and happines you have given me everyday in this shitty god-for-saken world. That being said , with the state of the major league club, this is the time when we need this site the most. I hope there is a way to keep this going.

  56. Very sad day in the Phillies web sports scene. Your insight will be very missed but we have been all the better that we were able to read it and have the website for all these years. Wish you the best of luck in your future endeavors.

  57. Do not let the site perish. I’m sure a group of posters would love to pick up the baton. Probably way too much for one person, but a group of people with divided responsibilities surely could carry on the site until and if you decide to take the site back. I do websites on the side and my business partner and I would host the site and keep the system manage the site if there were others that helped with content.

  58. Longtime reader, rare commenter. Just one more person saying thanks for all you’ve done. I read a lot of baseball sites; this is one of the best.

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