Today is the first day of the 2009 DSL season. The Phillies play in the Santo Domingo North division. Last year they finished 6.5 games behind the Mariners in second place with a 35-30 record. It is a strange 5-team division with 2 affiliates from the A’s. This leads to lots of off days and also uncertain competition. The second A’s team is usually mediocre, so the quality of competition varies considerably and can be hard to judge.