Hi and welcome to the site. If you’re a regular visitor, I appreciate you continuing to come back. If you’re new, please take a look at the following items, which should hopefully explain to you how the website is set up.
Who are you?
We are a collection of fans, running the site because we love baseball, and more specifically, the Minor Leagues. The site was formerly run by James, who began work on the website in 2006. Since then, the site has grown, and a number of other key contributors have come in to the fold, providing regular updates on the Phillies’ minor league system. Gregg currently directs the website, with assistance from others.
Where do I find info on particular players?
If you look at the top of the website in the status bar, you will see a header that says “Profiles”. If you hover your mouse over that header, it will provide drop-down menus where you can access profile pages for a selection of Phillies prospects. Each prospect page contains bio info, a summary of the player’s playing career thus far, a scouting report, videos, and articles. At the bottom of each profile will be a date telling you when the profile was last updated. Additionally, if you look to the right side of the site midway down, you will see links to players names, as well as other general links. By clicking on a player’s name on the right side of the page, you will see all of the posts written on this site specifically dedicated to that player. I’m in the process of categorizing a number of older posts, so it may not be 100% complete, but it should give you a start.
Are there rules for commenting on an article?
As the site is currently configured, anyone can leave a comment as “Anonymous”…I recommend picking a username of some sort and using the same one every time. We’ve kind of formed a tight knit community here with a group of regulars, and it helps to have a name to put with someone’s opinion. Of course this isn’t required, and if you never comment and just have one thing to say and don’t want your name or even a fake name attached to it, that’s your prerogative. I have only 2 rules when it comes to comments: be respectful and keep it on topic. The first one should be self-explanatory. Don’t insult someone you disagree with by name calling, using abusive language, or any other arguing tactic that went out of style in 3rd grade. The second one is more specific and requires more explanation. This site is geared toward the minor leagues. There are tons of Phillies websites out there that cater to the big league club, and I frequent a number of them. I go there to discuss the big league club, I don’t go there to discuss prospects. Due to demand, I have created a weekly post to allow for all big team related chatter. My goal is to keep this chatter out of other unrelated posts for 2 reasons. One, my hope is for the content here to be archival, including the discussion. If I want to go back and look at a post in 2 years, I don’t want to wade through 30 comments dealing with how the big league team did that night or how much you dislike player X on the big league team. Second, the people who help me with this site do so on a voluntary basis. They donate their time and energy to provide you interesting content, organization reports, interviews, and other interesting stuff. Extend them the respect they deserve by not taking their posts off topic and just posting the first unrelated thought that came to. It shouldn’t be difficult. If you think either rule is unfair, that’s your right, just know that this is my site, my baby, and I am overprotective of it. I think these are simple requests.
This is very important. If someone attacks you and breaks rule #1, do not react in the comments. Simply send me an email, alert me to the issue, and I will take care of it. Things get out of hand when people can’t let something go and continue to insult back and forth. Those comments will simply be removed, and if the person does not stop, their IP address will be banned. Don’t make me do that. We’re all capable of behaving like adults.
Where are the ads? Do you make money off the site? Can I donate?
I pay a yearly fee to keep the site ad-free, and I turn down at least 4-5 chances a month to have ads placed on the site for things like online gambling, ticket broker sites, hand lotions, and everything else. My goal is for this website to look clean, simple, and professional. I think ads cheapen the place up, and its not worth it for me to make a few dollars a month and see unsightly ads and links all over the page. That’s a personal preference. I make no money on the day to day operation of the site, and in fact, I spent money out of pocket every year to remove the ads, to keep the phuturephillies.com domain in tact (and not use a .wordpress.com url), and to allow for customizations to the site to make it more aesthetically pleasing. If you would like to donate money, you certainly can. There is a paypal link at the top right of the site, and if you do not want to use paypal, you can simply email me to figure out another manner. Donations are all voluntary, I won’t ask for money on the site, because that isn’t the reason I started this place. Anything and everything is greatly appreciated, trust me.
I’m always thinking of ways to make the site better. I am very busy, and a lot of my ideas end up getting lost in the shuffle between a number of other ventures. If there is something you’d like to see more of, please let me know. My email address can be found at the top right of the page, and it is phuturephillies at gmail dot com. I welcome any and all feedback, I just can’t promise it is something I’ll be able to implement.