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The Phillies went 2-3 last week. They split with the White Sox and dropped 2 of 3 against the Mets. Their record stands at 60-70 (16-22 since the break).
The Phillies traded catcher Carlos Ruiz to the Dodgers. That means the Dodgers have more 2008 world champions on their roster than the Phillies.
The Phillies picked up .5 games on the second wild card spot and trail St. Louis by 8.5 games. They still have four teams between them and the second spot and two of them are in their division.
The Phillies’ .462 winning percentage still gives them the 10th worst winning percentage. The Rockies are the 11th worst team, 2.0 games ahead of the Phillies. The Phillies return home for two, three-game series against the Nationals and Braves. In fact, 26 of their remaining 32 games are within the division. The non-division games are all at home against the Pirates (4) and White Sox (2).
The Arizona Fall League should be making roster announcements soon, maybe this week. MLB announced the teams and coaching assignments a couple weeks ago. If you missed them, the Phillies will take part on the Scottsdale Scorpions. They will be managed by the New York Mets’ Tom Goodwin. Our very own Steve Shrenk will act as one of the team’s pitching coaches.
Other teams participating as members of the Scorpions are the Anaheim Angels, San Francisco Giants, New York Mets, and New York Yankees.
Roster announcements started last year on September 1st. Some of the roster rules and guidelines that were in place last year are as follows:
- Each team must provide a minimum of seven players to its AFL affiliate, including a minimum of four pitchers (preferably one pitcher capable of starting plus three relievers) and a minimum of three position players (specific positions determined during prior call/meeting).
- A team may assign additional pitchers and/or players to its AFL team’s “Taxi Squad” (players assigned to an AFL team’s “Taxi Squad” can be activated on Wednesdays and Saturdays only, but a player can be transferred from the Taxi Squad to the 35-man Active Roster to replace an injured player).
- A player can be selected to play in the AFL more than once, as long as the player continues to meet eligibility for selection.
- MLB players (including Rule 5 players) with less than one year MLB Service Time accrued (not including time spent on a Disabled list) as of September 1st are eligible.
- Any player on a AA or AAA Active Roster or Disabled List on August 15th is eligible.
- Two players on an organization’s Advanced Class-A (A+) affiliate’s Active Roster (or Disabled List) on August 15th can be assigned to the AFL.
- Two additional players who were on the Active Roster or Disabled List of a minor league affiliate below AA (A+, A, SS-A, R) on August 15th can be assigned to the AFL.
- Internatiional players from the Dominican Republic, Venezuela, Mexico, Puerto Rico, and/or Australia are eligible only if the player is not on the reserve list of a Winter League club from the player’s home country. Otherwise, there is no maximum limit on the number of international players an MLB organization can assign to its AFL team.
- A player on the Restricted List, Military List, Disqualified List, Ineligible List, or Voluntary Retired List is not eligible to participate in the AFL.
- A player who was on a minor league or MLB DL at the close of the regular season is eligible to play in the AFL as long as the player has been reinstated, but there can be no special limits or restrictions placed on the player’s playing time (other than the automatic restrictions imposed on a player assigned to an AFL team’s “Taxi Squad”).
- A player cannot be assigned to the AFL on a Minor League Injury Rehabilitation Assignment by a club participating in an MLB post-season series (LDS, LCS, and World Series).
- Only players who are under control of an MLB organization are eligible to play in the AFL A free-agent (unsigned player) is not eligible to play in the AFL.
The schedule is available on the AFL site.