Monday the Phillies traveled to the Blue Jays’ Englebert Complex to face a line up that included three position players who are headed to the Arizona Fall League, three pitchers who are also going to the AFL, and Vladimir Guerrero’s talented, 16-year old son. Both teams combined to produce only nine hits, but the Jays were able to turn their six hits into five runs while their pitchers shutout the Phillies on three hits.
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- Well, the drama ended Saturday night. The Phillies will have the first selection in the 2016 Amateur Draft. They will also select first in the Rule 5 Draft and receive the largest portion of International Signing dollars. You can all take solace in the fact that you didn’t suffer through this season for nuthin’.
- The Phillies’ 63 wins and .389 winning percentage were their lowest since they won 59 games in 1972 and posted a .378 percentage. Four years after that nadir, the Phillies won 101 games in 1976. So there’s that.
- The Phillies have made their first offseason decisions when they decided the fates of several members of the coaching staff. Bench coach Larry Bowa, hitting coach Steve Henderson, pitching coach Bob McClure and first-base coach Juan Samuel have been invited back. Bullpen coach Rod Nichols and third-base coach John Mizerock were not retained. Coach Jorge Velandia’s status is not clear. Congratulations to Bob Stumpo!
- Interim GM Scott Proefrock offered some insight into the Phillies’ offseason plans. Really nothing different from what Andy MacPhail stated a couple weeks ago.
- And, how about we accept the fact that Ryan Howard and Carlos Ruiz are going to be on the 2016 roster and not spend a lot of time speculating on trades involving either player. Or releases. Or line ups. Platoon means platoon. Let’s just accept that for now.
- Damn! Jesse Biddle can’t catch a break. The tail end of the Proefrock article mentions that Biddle is having Tommy John surgery on October 14th. There was a time when news like this would have been announced under it’s own headline. Good luck, Jesse!
- Since December 10, 2014 when the Phillies went into rebuild mode and started to dismantle the roster in earnest, the Phillies traded away a lot of players –
- Antonio Bastardo to the Pirates, and
- Jimmy Rollins to the Dodgers in December,
- Jonathan Papelbon to the Nationals on July 28th,
- Cole Hamels and
- Jake Diekman to the Rangers on July 31st,
- Ben Revere to the Blue Jays also on the 31st, and
- Chase Utley to the Dodgers on August 19th.
- I’m sure a lot of Phillies fans are gratified that from the above list of players, all are in the playoffs except Papelbon.