Here’s the open discussion thread for Phillies’ talk and other topics. Another slow week. Here are some random stories/thoughts to start the conversation.
Let’s see. Tim Lincecum hopes to hold a showcase in early February to show that he is able to pitch after recovering from hip surgery (link). Meanwhile, Cliff Lee hopes for the perfect fit while providing assurances that he will be 100%, but he may decide to sit out the 2016 season.
I posted a comment in another thread, but felt I should place an excerpt here,
Coach Shawn Williams lives in the Clearwater area during the off season and was at the Complex with several young players who had reported early. They had spent the day hitting and such in Bright House Field since the Complex had been taken over by Phantasy Campers. I approached him by one of the fields.
We talked about “C” Randolph and his hitting (I told him you guys didn’t like the pick when it was announced, but had ranked him as our # 4 prospect 7 months later) and the likelihood of his starting in Lakewood in spite of Joe Jordan’s statement to Mitch Rupert that he might start in Wiliamsport.
Then it clicked. Coach Williams is local. Did he visit the Complex during the period when Tocci and others were working on strength and conditioning this fall? (Yes, he did!). Did he see the players? (Yes, he did!) DID FRANKLYN KILOME ADD ANY MUSCLE? (YES, HE DID!). Kilome is listed at 6’6, 175. A improvement to a Miguel Nunez type physique of 6’6, 215 is probably too much to hope for. But, 190-200 pounds would be nice.
I noticed several young players at the Complex. The only one I recognized for sure was Mark Leiter. I think I saw Scott Kingery and Jason Zgardowski, but it’s difficult without names on their shirts.
Jim Salisbury writes that Jimmy Cordero has closer stuff in a BA article behind the paywall (link).
Scott Boras supports the Power Five Conferences’ decision to allow high school athletes to have the help of an agent if selected in Rule 4 draft (link). I agree and believe any player who has to make an important decision regarding his future should be allowed to have legal guidance without it effecting his “amateur” standing. I also believe that the NCAA should be required to pay the athletes who generate their sports profits.
Commissioner Manfred has described the idea of the National League adopting the DH as gaining support among National League executives (link). This spurred the conducting of a bevy of polls for the opinions of fans. So, I am curious what Phuture Phillies’ readers think about the DH. How many if any are in favor of bringing this terrible, horrible mutation of the sport to the National League. This poll will be open for several days. Please don’t feel you have to see your opinion win by voting more than once. Thank you.
And finally, as I put this together, Rhys Hoskins is going all monster mode in Australia. As I sign off here he has –
- driven a sacrifice fly to deep center field that the outfielder caught with his back to the infield that scored a run and moved another runner to third from where he would score later in the inning,
- pulled a bases clearing, three-run triple down the line into the left field corner and scored later in the inning, and
- reached on a throwing error on a hard hit ball to the third baseman. That’s 1-2 with a run scored, double, SF, 4 RBI, and a .304 batting average through 4 innings,
Hoskins’ Sydney Blue Sox can’t make the playoffs, but Cord Sandberg’s Canberra Cavalry will begin their playoff run next weekend. Sandberg will get a chance to duplicate Brian Pointer’s 2015 accomplishment of playing for the team that wins the ABL’s Claxton Shield.