Rule 5 Information for 2019 (last updated 9/30)

(Note that changes after publication are in red text) updated 9/1, 9/4, 9/26, 9/30, 10/9

As baseball teams play their way out of post season contention, the attention of their fans turns to other aspects of baseball.  Some begin to fret over draft position.  Other, more insightful fans, begin to look toward the Rule 5 Draft and the roster maneuvering that precedes it.  One such diversion the Rule 5 Draft provides for me is determining the status of players as the draft draws near. Continue reading Rule 5 Information for 2019 (last updated 9/30)

Phuture Phillies: 2019 James’ Hitting and Pitching Awards Recipients

The winner of the third annual Phuture Phillies, James’ Hitting Award is Alec Bohm.

The winner of the third annual Phuture Phillies, James’ Pitching Award is Spencer Howard.

Both awards are named after Phuture Phillies’ founder and benefactor, James. Continue reading Phuture Phillies: 2019 James’ Hitting and Pitching Awards Recipients

Open Discussion: Week of October 14th

The decision has been made to sever ties with manager Kapler and continue with the front office intact and most of Kapler’s staff in place.  Hopefully, we can start to focus on baseball and not suffer too much angst during the hunt for a new manager.  Based on comments during Friday’s news conference, I expect it to be a lengthy process.  In other news … Continue reading Open Discussion: Week of October 14th

Phuture Phillies: James’ Hitting and Pitching Awards Polls, 2019

With the end of minor league ball for the Phillies’ affilates, we can hold third annual James’ Minor League Hitting Poll and James’ Minor League Pitching Poll.  Both are named after Phuture Phillies’ founder and benefactor, James.   Continue reading Phuture Phillies: James’ Hitting and Pitching Awards Polls, 2019

Survey Says …

Well, I think this has run long enough.  The results aren’t going to change much if I let the polling to run any longer.  The response in all three polls was similar.  Before a hundred votes were cast, the “Go” response for all three was over 60%.  Around 200, the percentages held.  Saturday, with over 350 votes cast, Klentak’s has dipped below 60%, but MacPhail and Kapler are still over 60%. Continue reading Survey Says …

Open Discussion: Week of October 7th

I have brought the Key Dates section up to date after finding almost all upcoming important dates.  It includes the openers for the Australian Baseball League,and the major Latin American Winter Leagues – Mexico, the Dominican Republic, and Puerto RicoVenezuela hasn’t announced, yet.  Probably doesn’t matter.  I heard that players on rosters of Major League organizations at all levels were not allowed to participate. Continue reading Open Discussion: Week of October 7th

A Few Surveys …

I was asked to run a few polls by someone whose opinions I have come to respect and whose interactions with others have been above reproach.  He’d like to know the feelings of the whole Phuture Phillies community on these subjects, not just those who comment.

There are three polls.  No comments.  No multiple voting.  No showing results.

I’ll report the results and allow comments soon after completion.

How do you feel about the Phillies retaining MacPhail.

How do you feel about the Phillies retaining Klentak.

How do you feel about the Phillies retaining Kapler.

 

Open Discussion: Week of September 30th

My wife and I would like to thank all for your kind thoughts and prayers during our recent difficult times.  Several weeks ago, my wife was diagnosed with breast cancer when a pea size mass was identified after her annual mammogram.  We prepared for her lumpectomy, but during an MRI a week before the procedure, another smaller mass was detected in her other breast.

Her procedure was delayed a week, and changed to a double lumpectomy and the removal of the lymph nodes under her arms for testing.  The surgery went extremely well.  This past week the we received the news that the pathology on her lymph nodes came back negative.  So, she is cancer free.

Now comes radiology and then five years of chemo.  Yeah, five years. Continue reading Open Discussion: Week of September 30th

2019 Instructs, Second Week, Jay’s Game and a Camp Day

The guys here for Instructs are continuing to perform the drills I wrote about in an earlier report.  They ended today’s work outs with a couple more contests.  Apparently they have been divided into teams and are keeping score.  I have no idea how that works.  But, there is some partisan cheering during the events.  And some question as to the judges partiality.

They played games Monday at Dunedin and Tuesday at Spectrum Field.  I was unable to make it to the Dunedin game but heard that they turned away spectators. Continue reading 2019 Instructs, Second Week, Jay’s Game and a Camp Day

2019 Instructs, First Week’s Intrasquad Games

The guys here for Instructs are continuing to perform the drills I wrote about in an earlier report.  They ended Saturday’s work outs with bunting and fielding contests.  They played intrasquad games both days at Spectrum Field.  I love watching a game when both teams wear the exact same uniform (Not!). Continue reading 2019 Instructs, First Week’s Intrasquad Games