Hard to believe the minor league season is almost over. 1 month to go.
I wanted to thank loyal reader Dave for providing two more first person reports. I held these back because I didn’t want them to get lost in the trade shuffle. But here they are, take a look. The first report is from the Reading game on July 27th and the second report is the Lehigh Valley game on July 28th. Enjoy
It is certainly time appropriate to review the Phillies trades over the last several years, looking at how players progressed (or didn’t) since they were traded.
Mike Costanzo, Michael Bourn, Geoff Geary for Brad Lidge and Eric Bruntlett. As a Phillies fan, they is simply no way that you can complain about this trade even with Lidge’s injury woes. Lidge’s 2008 was right up there with the top closer performances in history and the Phillies, very possibly, may not have won the Series without him. Bourn has grown up to be an All Star caliber CF and a game changer on the bases. Mike Costanzo, now 27, and a former 2nd round pick of the Phillies in 2005 is playing AAA ball in the Reds organization, and is suffering through many of the same problems he did with the Phillies organization. He does not project as a major league player and actually spent time in the Independent Atlantic League last season. Continue reading A retrospective look at the Phillies Trades