Daily Archives: December 1, 2006

Guide to following the Phillies minor leagues

Consider this your one stop guide to getting all of the information you need to keep up to date on the Phillies minor league system.

1. RSS news

What is RSS? For those who aren’t familiar with this not new, but very helpful tool, check out this guide on RSS readers, which details what they are and why they are important. My recommendation is

Google Reader

But there are tons of readers out there, you can find the one that suits you best.

For those of you with an iPhone, if you choose to go with Google Reader I highly recommend the “Feeds” iPhone app, which allows you to access your Reader account on your phone. The layout is very clean and easy to figure out.

Once you have a Reader, you need to subscribe to feeds. Here is my list of recommended feeds geared toward the minor leagues

Phuture Phillies feed (duh!)

Lakewood BlueClaws news
Clearwater Threshers news
Reading Phillies news
Lehigh Valley IronPigs news

minorleaguesplits Phillies daily recap

Scouting the Sally (covers SAL league prospects)

2. Daily Scoreboards

South Atlantic League Daily Scoreboard
Florida State League Daily Scoreboard
Eastern League Daily Scoreboard
International League Daily Scoreboard

3. Listening to minor league games

You can find links to the radio affiliates here

Lakewood – Shoresportsnetwork.com
Clearwater – Does not have a dedicated station. You can sometimes find audio from the Threshers’ opponents, so a quick google search would possibly yield results there.
Reading – ESPN 1240
Lehigh Valley – Official Website plus ESPN 1320

Another incredibly useful application if you have an iPhone is Wunder Radio. At $6.99 its a tad pricey, but its well worth it. You can stream thousands of radio stations from across the world, and it now has a feature to play in the background so you can browse the web in Safari while listening.

In the Search box, type in “WOBM 1160” for the Lakewood feed. If you type in “WNPV 1440” you should get the IronPigs feed. I’m still working on finding a working stream for Reading.

4. Other resources

Firstinning.com has a feature called the player tracker, which allows you to bookmark players and view their stats up a daily basis. Sign up for a free account, log in, and then search for a player’s name. When you get to that player’s page, click the link at the top that says “Add player X to your player tracker now”. This feature allows you to add a collection of players you want to follow without having to browse through the stats of guys you’re not interested in. First inning also offers a daily report of Phillies prospects which you can see here.

Site overview

First off, thank you for stopping in. If this is your first visit, please read the following info then take a look around the site. My hope is that you’ll keep coming back and tell others who you think might be interested about the site.

About Me

My name is James, I’m an avid Phillies fan now living in Boston. I started this site in late December 2006 on a whim, and the site has grown slowly and steadily over the last 2 years. I’m not a scout, I don’t work for the Phillies, and I am in no way affiliated with the organization. What you’ll find on this site is simply an aggregation of information on the Phillies minor league system from top to bottom with my opinions and takes added in along the way. If you have any questions about the site, send me an email.

About the Site

This site is run through WordPress.com. I’ve made the decision to keep the site ad-free, I receive no revenue from running this site, and all expenses (domain registration, media storage) are paid for by me and me only. The site features writings by me, as well as various contributors and authors. All work done here is done on a volunteer basis.

I’ve also added a free message board, which you can find here.

Donations

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Rules for Discussion

I’m not big on coming up with complex sets of rules, but I do have a few, and I’d ask that you please follow them.

1. No foul language. This one is self-explanatory. If you can’t say it on cable tv during the day, don’t type it here.
2. No spamming. If you have a web site that you think my readers would enjoy, please email me and we’ll talk about a link exchange. Posting your blog/site on my site over and over again won’t get you added.
3. Please be considerate of others. This one is really simple. Just treat others here as you’d like to be treated.
4. Please try to limit the discussion of the big league club. This has been discussed before, but the goal of this site is really to focus on the minor league aspect of the organization. If you’re looking for an outlet to discuss the big league club, I highly recommend The Good Phight and Beerleaguer.
5. You can’t edit your comments, so please take a moment to review what you’ve typed before you hit submit.
6. If you want to directly respond to something that someone typed, you can use this format in your comment;

(blockquote)enter text you want to quote here(/blockquote)

Replace the ( ) with a carrot bracket like this < on one side and the other carrot bracket to close it. I can’t type it out or it will be invisible on this page.

And the text will show up as quoted.

7. Do not post full articles from other sites here. I do not want to get in trouble for posting full copyrighted articles. If you find an article that you think is interesting, post a brief blurb and then give the link so others can check it out.
8. If you make a comment and it doesn’t show up, its probably because the post has been caught in the SPAM filter. WordPress has an automatic SPAM catcher, but it sometimes catches legit posts for no explainable reason. If you made a comment and it didn’t show up, send me an email and explain what you posted and then I’ll look for your comment in the queue.
9. Try your best to use a reasonable amount of punctuation and sentence structure. There is nothing more frustrating than seeing a good point go overlooked because the message was unreadable. Just take a few extra seconds and make sure your message will be clear and easy to understand.
10. Do not compare current prospects to Hall of Famers.

That’s really it. If you have any questions or concerns, please drop me an email.