Open Discussion: Week of July 12th

The countdown to the start of the Phillies’ 2020 baseball season is inside two weeks.  They open at home on Friday, July 24th against their nemesis, the Miami Marlins.

The Phillies are playing intrasquad games, but will play scrimmages against the Nationals, Orioles, and Yankees on July 18-20.  All at 6:05 PM, Nationals and Yankees on the road, Orioles at home.

The Phillies’ road trip to Toronto may end up being played in Buffalo or some other non-Canadian site.  Canada may not suspend their strict quarantine rules for MLB and they have some pretty harsh penalties for being outside the “baseball bubble”, $750K and jail time.

The Phillies released 3 minor leaguers last week – RHP Oscar Marcelino, LHP Jose Jimenez, and Jose Pujols.  Marcelino and Pujols were going to be free agents after the season. Jimenz missed all of 2019 with a knee, Pujols missed with an Achilles. Twenty-three-year-old Marcelino was signed in 2014 as an international free agent, spent 3 seasons in the DSL, one in the GCL, one in Williamsport, and split 2019 between Lakewood (3.86 ERA) and Clearwater (7.84 ERA).

It’s a shame, but these guys are probably our first minors’ casualties of no minor league season.

Pujols really came around in 2018.  Pujols suffered his injury in spring training just before the start of the 2019 season.  He was coming off of a .301/.364/.523/.887 season in 95 games with Clearwater.  He was promoted to Reading for 26 games and slashed .270/.365/.427/.792.  These were his best numbers during his career.  His K% was still a little high though.

Marcelino had reached the mid-90s with his fastball, topping out at 95-96 mph.  The 23-year-old struggled with command, 5.5 career BB/9.

Jimenez was throwing in the low 90s in 2017.  The 22-year-old had a 3.71 ERA, 3.0 BB/9, and 11.1 K/9 in his last season with Williamsport in 2018.

Read an interesting article by Joel Sherman in the NY Post this weekend.  In it, he suggests that more player opt outs could be expected after the season begins.  The theory is that once players reach certain service time milestones, they have no reason to continue to risk their and their families’ health.

Milestones include arbitration eligibility (3 years), free agency (6 years), or fully vesting in the pension plan (10 years).  Sherman has spoken to agents and ML executives who anticipate the possibility of such decisions.

I don’t know if any of these would apply to Phillies’ players, but Sherman’s examples are intriguing, especially those who were kept in the minors for enough time to require a seventh season to qualify for free agency.

This is the Phuture Phillies Open Discussion for Phillies and other baseball topics.

Key Dates:

  • June 10-11, 2020 – Amateur Draft
  • June 14, 2020 – Teams can begin to sign non-drafted players
  • June 26, 2020 – MLB Transaction freeze ends, noon ET
  • June 28, 2020 – Deadline for submission of Club Player Pool to MLB, 4:00 PM ET (60-man roster)
  • July 1, 2020 – Training camp reporting date
  • July 23, 2020: Opening Day
  • July 24, 2020: Phillies opener at home v Miami
  • August 1, 2020 – Signing period for 2020 draft picks closes
  • August 31, 2020 – Trade Deadline
  • September 15, 2020 – Deadline for players to be added to Major League roster for postseason eligibility
  • September 28-October 1, 2020 – Minor League Baseball Innovators Summit, Winston-Salem, NC
  • September 30, 2020 – Expiration of the Professional Baseball Agreement between MLB and MiLB
  • October 15, 2020, 5:00 PM EDT – Close of the 2019 international signing period
  • October TBA – Trading resumes, day after the World Series ends
  • October – November TBA, five days after the conclusion of the World Series – Deadline for teams to make qualifying offers to their eligible former players who became free agents
  • November TBA, fifteen days after the conclusion of the World Series – Deadline for free agents to accept qualifying offers
  • November TBA – GM Meetings (Nov. 11-14, Scottsdale, AZ in 2019)
  • November TBA – Owners meetings (Nov. 19-21, Arlington, TX in 2019)
  • November 20, 2020 – Rosters set for Rule 5 Draft
  • November TBA – MLBPA executive board meeting (Nov. 26-29 in Irving, TX in 2018)
  • December 2, 2019 – Last day for teams to offer 2021 contracts to unsigned players on their 40-man rosters
  • December 6-10, 2020 – Winter Meetings in Dallas, Texas, at the Omni Dallas Hotel and Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center Dallas, held in conjunction with the Baseball Trade Show and PBEO Job Fair.
  • December 10, 2020 – Rule 5 Draft
  • January TBA – Rookie Career Development Program
  • January 15, 2021, 9:00 AM EST – Start of the 2020 international signing period

The rosters and lists are up to date as of July 12th … 352 players in the org

Transactions (newest transactions are in bold print)

  • 7/09/2020 – Phillies signed FA RHP Anthony Swarzak to an MiLB contract w/ST invite
  • 7/08/2020 – Reading Fightin Phils released RF Jose Pujols
  • 7/08/2020 – Clearwater released RHP Oscar Marcelino
  • 7/08/2020 – Lakewood BlueClaws released LHP Jose Jimenez
  • 7/04/2020 – Phillies invited non-roster C Henri Lartigue to spring training
  • 7/04/2020 – Phillies invited non-roster RHP Anthony Swarzak to spring training
  • 7/01/2020 – Phillies invited non-roster C Logan O’Hoppe to spring training
  • 7/01/2020 – Phillies placed RHP Tommy Hunter on the 10-day IL retro to June 30th
  • 7/01/2020 – Phillies placed RHP Hector Neris on the 10-day IL retro to June 30, 2020
  • 7/01/2020 – Phillies placed 3B Scott Kingery on the 10-day IL retro to June 30, 2020
  • 7/01/2020 – Phillies placed LHP Ranger Suarez on the 10-day IL retro to June 30, 2020
  • 6/30/2020 – Phillies invited non-roster RHP Connor Seabold to spring training
  • 6/30/2020 – Phillies signed RHP Anthony Swarzak to an MiLB contract
  • 6/30/2020 – Phillies released RHP Anthony Swarzak
  • 6/28/2020 – Phillies invited non-roster RHP Connor Seabold to spring training
  • 6/28/2020 – Phillies placed RHP Seranthony Dominguez on the 60-day IL. Eebow
  • 6/28/2020 – Phillies released OF Matt Szczur
  • 6/28/2020 – Phillies released RHP Drew Storen
  • 6/27/2020 – GCL East released RHP Jason Lott (5/29/20)
  • 6/25/2020 – Phillies signed SS Casey Martin
  • 6/25/2020 – OF Baron Radcliff assigned to Williamsport
  • 6/25/2020 – RHP Carson Ragsdale assigned to Williamsport
  • 6/24/2020 – Phillies signed RHP Mick Abel
  • 6/24/2020 – RHP Mick Abel assigned to GCL East
  • 6/19/2020 – Phillies signed FA RHP Buddy Hayward to an MiLB contract
  • 6/19/2020 – RHP Buddy Hayward assigned to GCL West
  • 6/19/2020 – Phillies signed RHP Carson Ragsdale
  • 6/18/2020 – Phillies signed OF Baron Radcliff
  • 6/18/2020 – Phillies signed FA RHP Blake Brown to an MiLB contract
  • 6/18/2020 – RHP Blake Brown assigned to Clearwater
  • 6/17/2020 – RHP Chase Antle assigned to GCL West
  • 6/17/2020 – LHP Jake McKenna assigned to GCL West
  • 6/17/2020 – RHP Jonathan Hughes assigned to GCL West
  • 6/17/2020 – LHP J.P. Woodward assigned to GCL West
  • 6/17/2020 – RHP Billy Sullivan assigned to GCL West
  • 6/17/2020 – RHP Noah Skirrow assigned to GCL West
  • 6/17/2020 – RHP Sam Jacobsak assigned to Clearwater
  • 6/17/2020 – LHP Jordan Fowler assigned to Clearwater
  • 6/16/2020 – Phillies signed NDFA LHP J.P. Woodward to an MiLB contract
  • 6/16/2020 – Phillies signed NDFA RHP Billy Sullivan to an MiLB contract
  • 6/16/2020 – Phillies signed NDFA LHP Jake McKenna to an MiLB contract
  • 6/16/2020 – Phillies signed NDFA RHP Chase Antle to an MiLB contract
  • 6/16/2020 – Phillies signed NDFA RHP Noah Skirrow to an MiLB contract
  • 6/16/2020 – Phillies signed NDFA RHP Jonathan Hughes to an MiLB contract
  • 6/14/2020 – Phillies signed NDFA LHP Jordan Fowler to an MiLB contract
  • 6/14/2020 – Phillies signed NDFA RHP Sam Jacobsak to an MiLB contract

116 thoughts on “Open Discussion: Week of July 12th

  1. Does anyone have a best guess as to how many players aren’t too keen on playing this year? I suspect a lot of folks have already slapped a huge asterisk on this season, but it’s still a season nonetheless.While a good amount of players can likely afford to take the year off, I’m also guessing that there are guys on entry-level contracts that can’t afford the hit.



    1. No way to know how many players except those who opt out… The vast majority of players want to play and are playing..

  2. Does anyone think that there will be any trades during this season? If so, wonder if the “virus” will be used as an excuse to not report.

    1. Denny……if I were the GM, I would make sure before finalizing the deal, that each party is agreeable to reporting to the other team.

  3. Kenley Jansen had heart ablation surgery 1.5 years ago he also had Covid go through his entire household. All are doing well. At the time they must have been terrified.

    Not sure if I mentioned it before but I personally have experienced a greatly diminished sense of smell since my trip to FL back in March. At first I shrugged it off as allergies which I suffer from big time during the months of April-June. But here we are mid July and its still not where it should be.

    To the best of my knowledge no one from that FL trip which was 20+ family members, no masks etc.. tested positive or reported any symptoms post trip. Both flights were packed and hardly anyone was wearing a mask. Keep in mind this was just prior to the shutdown and full on mask mandates were not yet in force. We weren’t trying to make any kind of a statement.

    This of course is all anecdotal and unscientific. A part of me is curious to get tested just to see then another part of me is reluctant to waste the test or the time.

    Like I said no one close to me that I was in contact with ever reported becoming gravely ill.

    I’m not trying to suggest anything by sharing this info other than to say I have doubts about the level of fear associated with it.

    Again I hope you guys are all doing well as we inch back towards live baseball games.

    1. DMAR….heres what I have done for a long time now….go to your local drug store…CVS/Rite Aid/Walgreens..which ever you use….pick up a small bottle of iodine….it has a stick application attached to the inside portion of the cap. And don’t worry…the iodine bottles are not normally sealed closed for some strange reason.
      Put it in each nostril….not all the way up like the swab test they are doing, but just around the edge…..if you can smell it great….if not then to assure yourself …get a test thru your doc….they are readily available now.

      Oh…iodine or Povidone-iodine (PVP-I) is a broad-spectrum antiseptic with activity against bacteria, fungi, and viruses. It has been previously used in both intranasal preparations against MRSA as well as oral preparations in in-vitro studies of SARS-CoV, MERS-CoV, H1N1, and rotavirus with good efficacy.

      1. Interesting Romus. I mean I don’t think I need to put iodine up my nose to know my sniffer is really off. Wife said the other night “you can’t smell that?” me: Smell what? Her: “The dog just let one rip.” Me: Nope I don’t smell a thing.

        I know tests should be easy to get now. I guess I’m just weighing the question what is the point of knowing.

        If I had it and was basically asymptomatic except for the smell test LOL what use is that information?

        1. I will send you my old Hemorrhoid pillow, if you cant smell that get the test

        2. dmar i believe the testing purpose is that some people don’t suffer severe symptoms but they can spread it to others that can be severely impacted.. In my opinion that is the hugest concern with sending elementary school children back.

          lots besides C19 could cause smell loss of course

      1. Will do 8mark….

        I’ve been watching the MLB network and some of the video they are getting from these sim games. It’s better than nothing and I won’t be fooled into thinking the season we are going to get is going to fully satisfy me as a baseball fan.

        However it will be exciting in other ways. I think I will like watching teams that otherwise would fade over 162 games stay in the mix over 60.

  4. That’s a shame about Jose Pujols but also kind of expected; he’ll be 25 in September. 2019 was going to be a huge year for him and he had the achilles injury, now COVID wipes out his last chance.

  5. I’ve been watching the 1980 games on YouTube. Just finished with WS Game 6 last night. FYI re-airing of the parade tonight. Being only 5 years old in 1980, it was enjoyable finally watching all those full games. There were some things I already knew (Larry Bowa has a lot of energy and Lonnie Smith really fell down every chance he could) and some things I learned (had no idea how clutch Del Unser was that month and wow was Pete Rose a great player).

    Very fun. On to 1981…..I remember it gets less fun for about 13 years…

  6. Lonnie Smith was a helluva great player……he wasn’t called skates for nothing – but think about how many WS he played in – and how great a player he was for a very long time.
    5 WS ; .277 ba; .341 ops ; 4 hr and 14 rbi in 124 AB— .815 ops. !!! That turned out to be a tough trade, and Moreland also !!! All captured by the “Pope.” Thanks for the reminder !!

    1. RU…..Poor Lonnie…..probably played more games at Triple A than any MLB player in history…could not break into that OF in the late 70s..Bake, Garry M., the Bull, Jay Johnstone, Greg Gross, and Del Unser and even defensive guru Jerry Martin.

  7. 11 umpires have opted out of the 2020 season and Larry Andersen is an emotional wreck, so I hear🤣

    ….let’s hope Joe West and Angel Hernandez are two.

      1. rocco…I like Federal pretzel…with mustard…get one every game.
        But not outside the park……you know car exhaust pollution and all.

  8. It looks like Liriano, Kelley, Harrison, Walker, and Forsythe will all start on the 30 man roster. There is only one open 40 spot so they will need to find 4 spots. Austin Davis and Gamboa could be the first 2 but who are the next two? Sanchez and/or Stock? Williams? A different pitcher? I’m guessing Sánchez and Stock and keep Williams. A trade is also possible

    1. And Howard and Bohm will likely need 40 spots at some point also. It’s not impossible that only 2 of the 3 veteran IFs makes the 30 and one of Williams or Garlick makes it. The drop to 26 will force them to send this guy down then anyway. Kingery’s health could play a part

  9. Meghan Montemurro
    The Phillies will be streaming their intrasquad games tonight through Friday. The four games can be watched on and on their official YouTube, Facebook and Twitter accounts.
    4:02 PM · Jul 14, 2020

  10. I have been reading the previews of the season, and I find it interesting how little respect that we get. Our lineup isn’t Top 10, nor worthy of Honorable Mention. The same with our Starting Rotation. Another article picking us to finish last, with the Marlins, at 28-32. Another with JTR and Jake Arrieta as trade candidates after we flounder. Those opinions mean little to nothing. I know I am a fan, so my opinion doesn’t count, either. And, I realize we have issues in the BP, and elsewhere. But, I am much higher on our chances, and I think that the new Manager and Coaches mean a lot. And, if our #3 SP, Arrieta, is no good, why is he a top candidate to be traded to a contender? I think he has a good year, and with Nola and Wheeler, we may have a pretty good SR. And then we are the team who bolsters itself at the deadline. Just my 2 cents.

  11. I cant believe how dumb Kenny is, i know him from eleventh street, Never liked him but now he bans fans, okay i can see that, bans any crowds except 100000 protesters, who destroy the city and he tells police to stand down but doing mask, and social distance at games is not allow, but protest are? dumb

    1. rocco……if it is any relief, I think the statues of Whitey, Steve Carlton, Mike Schmidt and Robin Roberta are pretty safe outside the Citizens Bank Park,
      …..for now. Though, hopefully they do not look too deep into Lefty’s background and get misconstrued about his theory on….’Thin Mountain Air’

  12. If Robert Stock can prove to stay healthy and keep his command or even control, and with that heat and decent C/U….he could be a really valuable pen piece….last night K’d 3 of 4 he faced.

  13. I watched the intra-squad game last night… Wasn’t that great all things considered! I thought the pitching looked very good. I’m also not that worried about Puig’s addition to the Braves although I wish he had signed with the Giants. I plan on watching every night through Friday…

    1. Really upset about Josh Harrison opting out. Thought he would have been a great addition.

  14. Funny Romus but no matter what time you pass that stadium. 4 am or 5pm there is always people outside the park

    1. yeah rocco…..people, assume locals getting some exercise, are always strolling around the park

  15. Marchan and Austin Davis added to 60. Still unclear who will lose their 40 spots to add the multiple players to 30.

    1. Marchan made sense. Davis is a 27 year old minor league vet who brings zero to the team in the way of winning games… Again; a minor league vet heavy 60-man roster at the expense of prospects will bite the Phillies in the butt down the road..

  16. Today my favorite track opened, Saratoga, and i cant go, now i know how you guys feel about not going to a ball game I love Saratoga New York .

    1. My favorite philly, he didnt do anything great, but real steady player, steal a base if you need it make a great play, like the play on Jesse Gonder in buntings no hitter, i loved him he was a really good player,

      1. I remember when TT came up to bat he looked at the top of his bat and crossed himself.

  17. I watched the intra-squad game last night and again I thought the Phillies pitching was very good. It’s certainly ahead of our hitting. I was particularly interested in innings 5-7 when Howard pitched. Howard has a filthy CU. Same arm slot as the FB with late downward movement. It’s an out pitch that only a few pitchers in baseball have today. he has a +CB and with no radar gun a FB that seems to be in the low to mid-90’s. He seemed to get a little gassed in the 7th and his control wavered a bit… Undoubtedly he would be an asset out of the pen and with some innings and build up of stamina a potential 5th starter…

    1. So you tube is the only place to see these intra squad games? Will they be televising any of the games on Comcast?

      If you know. Matt W thought after seeing Howard that he may be the 3rd best starter on the roster and I would tend to agree with that.

      1. I watched it on Facebook last night ….Twitter also has it, besides YouTube
        These are just the intrasquad games as they are listed…..when the play the Os I think it is Comcast.

  18. I’m confused about the whole service time issue. I don’t think the Phils do anything with him that doesn’t give the team that extra year until FA. I am not sure if that means a week or a certain number of games before he can be called up, but I know it is something. And, I agree Hawkeye. Mr. Howard’s son looks like a real special Pitcher.

    1. matt13……quite frankly, I do not see the big hang-up with Bohm or Howard that people keep complaining about….all we are talking about is 9/10 games into the season, and they can be added to the 26, at that time….it will not be30 since it goes down to 28 then finally 26, with the 3 player taxi squad when on the road.
      So by the first week of August , if they are doing well in LHV and healthy, they start their MLB careers.

      1. What do you mean by doing well in LHV there are no minor league games being played?

        If ever there was a season that you see less service time manipulation this would be it IMO. But then again money is still going to play a big role.

        1. They will be playing intra-squad games……lets face it, they will be measured and evaluated….plus the fact they have to avoid any injury that will deter their development.

  19. I’d like to get really excited about Howard, Pivetta, and Arrieta after last night’s outings. However, I do need to understand that they were pitching against the Phillies.

  20. Joe West has said he definitely will umpire this year. He has no concerns he said. I don’t know what Angel intends on doing but I’m sure whatever he thinks most screws over the league he will do.

    That probably means he will ump this season as well. That guy is a total JO

  21. My god friends son was one of 25 Pennsylvania players to play in the Sprayberry Jackets show case in GA this past week Resized_Resized_IMG_6791.jpeg

    1. Good….sorry apparently I don’t know how to share a picture but the high school fields down there are amazing…

  22. Thanks Romus, I knew it was some number of games or time frame. I just didn’t know how much. In a regular season, it is the first or second week of May. Whatever it is, I think the team waits before they are activated.

    1. Anybody know who the Phillies’ intersquad pitcher was the other day. Tall African American right handed thrower without a number on his white Phillies’uniform. He threw great!

      Frandsen was talking so much in tgese 3 games I turned the sound off.


      1. Wasn’t he Robert Stock? I think I heard the announcers last night say that he did well in he innings.

        1. Stock is short, a little stocky, and white. But he also threw well, sbeaky fast with short quick delivery.

  23. As someone who grew up with the early 1960’s Phillies and loving them ever since I could not simply allow the death of Tony Taylor to go under discussed or rarely mentioned. Taylor was much too important to the success of those Gene Mauch led clubs to ignore. The question for me is where to start…so lets start at the beginning.

    Taylor was the first big trade that Mauch made after taking over the Phils 2 games into the 1960 season and even then his eye for talent was prescient. Oh, the Phils had Pancho Herrera and Tony Curry to be sure but neither was around past the ’61 season so it was truly Taylor that was the first player of color to star for the Phils. And Mauch knew it when he acquired Taylor and waxed poetically about it at the time. It turned into such a brilliant move that Taylor represented the Phillies in the 1960 All-Star game, his only appearance in the mid summer classic ironically enough.

    Taylor gave the Phils some flair and eventually formed with Cookie Rojas, Bobby Wine and Ruben Amaro what Jim Bunning once claimed was the greatest foursome of middle infielders on one team that he had ever seen. His best individual year was in 1963, the year the Phils really turned the corner from pretender [1962] to contender [1963] and of course paved the way for the magical, mystical but ultimately tragic ending in 1964.

    Ah, 1964, if you weren’t around then you have forever been denied what probably was the most memorable season in any Phillie phans mindset. It certainly is for me and I have loved ’77, 80, 93, 2008-11 as much as anyone. But for those of us who grew up listening to transistor radios for the baseball scores there never will be a year like 1964. And Taylor was right in the middle of it.

    Few realized that those ’64 Phillies only had 3 truly everyday players…Johnny Callison, Richie Allen….and Tony Taylor. Oh, it wasn’t his best year, in fact a case can be made that had he duplicated his ’63 season in 1964 the team would have had such a huge lead heading into the final two weeks of the season that even a 10 game collapse wouldn’t have been enough to stop them.

    Still, he was in the middle of many of their epic rallies, played solid defense at second base, represented really their only stolen base threat and, of course, there was the brilliant play against Jesse Gonder in the 5th inning that ultimately saved Bunning’s perfect game.

    He stayed with the team till he was moved to Detroit in 1971 but came back in 1974 to finish his career with the team in 1976 and his arrival actually set up a firestorm [through no fault of his] that may well have derailed any chance the ’76 Phils had of defeating the Reds in the NL playoffs. Richie Allen and Dave Cash wanted Taylor on the playoff roster and made a big stink about it one week before the playoffs. Taylor had hardly played that year but the Phils made him a coach for the playoffs but those close to the team say the fracture was never glued back together with Allen and Cash and they both left as free agents at the end of the year.

    Not so Taylor, who was a coach, scout and minor league assistant for decades and is still one of the most beloved Phillies of all time. In fact, a case can be made that he is one of the few players NEVER to get booed while wearing the team’s pinstripes.

    Tony Taylor will be missed, may he rest in peace.

    1. I was only a year old in ’64 but I clearly remember my dad occasionally visiting the Milmont Inn on Belmont Avenue in Milmont Park (my home as a young lad in the ’70s and ’80s. TT frequented the establishment himself. Another great guy who knew how to make the Philly area his home away from home.

      1. Hah…an OLP guy! Ray Didinger was an OLP guy, and a Bulldog…about 15 years earlier.

  24. Oh two more things I forgot to mention when discussing Taylor and the ’64 Phillies. The next time you hear an announcer talk about the Taylor made double play, don’t think of who turned it or who hit into it. Think of Tony Taylor as it was after him that then announcer Byron Saam coined the phrase since Taylor was so adept at turning the DP. So adept that Saam would say, “and there was a Taylor made double play” in honor of the defensive wizardry of TT.

    You also often read how those of us who were phans of the ’64 Phils refer to it with affection as the Summer 0f ’64. Those are not merely words, they are facts. Bunning twirled his perfect game on June 21, the first day of summer and at the end of the day the Phils had a 2 game lead [they swept a DH from the Mets that day] and for many of us, that was the day that we truly began to believe they could win the NL pennant, it was their coming of age day.

    This lasted till Sept. 21, the first day of Fall…when the Phils, with a 6.5 game lead and 12 to play, saw Chico Ruiz steal home in a 1-0 loss, the first of what would be a 10 game losing streak.

    It truly was the Summer of ’64.

  25. Cal Dreamin, great recap.

    Lots of memories. Like most, I loved Tony Taylor. One of my favorite memories was a game at Connie Mack Stadium where the Phillies came from behind in the final inning and won on a Tony Taylor double. Outside the ballpark as we were leaving was a guy on a street corner was hawking his product: “Tony Taylor peanuts. Get your Tony Taylor peanuts here,” he shouted.

    1964 was doubly important for me. Not only for the memories of Bunning’s perfect game, Callison wining the All-Star Game with a home run, the 10-game losing streak. But also, it was the last time I was an avid Phillies fan. After that year came college, the Army, career, marriage, moving to Maryland and then to downstate Delaware, inside the Phillies area of influence but far enough away that going to games was not convenient and there were other demands on my time.

    It has only been in the last few years that i once again have the opportunity to focus day in and day out on the Phillies, aided in great part by PhuturePhillies (thanks, Jim and all of you who post here).

    Finally, I have only one thing to say — darn that COVID-19!

  26. Enjoying these comments on the’64 Phils. I was 12. As kids that summer we were certain we were going to the W.S., Callison would be MVP, Allen would be ROY and Tony Taylor would be wearing that “hat helmet” we wanted instead of the Little League model. My little brother and I went to our grocery store in Willingboro and bought a Callison autographed ball we intended to keep forever. Played catch with it – and ruined Johnny’s signature – the next day

  27. Life takes us in so many different directions. Life is so long for us, yet it is too short. Welcome back into the fold, SWFL Frank.

    1. Thanks Ciada.

      I knew I was back when I attended a Spring Training game a few years back and whoever was catching for the Phillies let a pitch get past him. A bunch of guys behind me started saying things like “Andy Seminick would have had that one. Stan Lopata would have had that one. Clay Dalrymple would have had that one.

      Finally, i chimed in: Choo Choo Coleman would have had that one. I got a lot of pats on the back from these strangers and I knew I wasn’t a stranger. I was a fellow Phillies fan. Or maybe it’s Phellow Phillies Phan.

  28. Matt Breen says the Phillies will keep Bohm and Howard off the major league roster for the first 5 games in order to retain the extra year of service. Bryce Harper expects to see Howard start game 6 of 2020, which makes sense actually, considering the SPs may need more time to stretch out, plus Wheeler may be on paternity leave. 1 Nola, 2 Arrieta, 3 Eflin (back?…or Irvin as #5 in a bullpen game), 4 Velasquez, 5 Pivetta, 6 Howard may make up the temporary 6 man rotation until things settle. I trust Girardi and Price to figure it out.

    1. I think Howard will be up before Bohm….unless a position player on the 30 goes down early with an injury. As it stands now Bohm probably may not get many ABs thru a week….whereas he could face live pitching every day in LHV.

      I know the roster stays at 30 … then goes to 28 before August 8th, and then to 26 two weeks later, before August 22nd. Then there is the 3-person Taxi Squad…one being a catcher.

      What are the rules on shuttling players to and fro from CBP to Coke-Cola (Alt Training Site)?….they may be able to do that with Bohm to keep him sharp ilo of sitting on the pine at CBP for any stretch of time.

  29. CalDreamin, Tony Taylor was my original favorite player. I started being a fan in 1960 at 6 years old, and saw a game for the first time at Connie Mack during that ’61 season. I will never forget seeing that green grass for the first time after walking out from the dingy concourse into the seats. Tony was the first autograph I ever got, also, after meeting him at a Drugstore in the Wynnefield Heights section of the city.

    1. matt13…how about that…my first game was summer of ’61…and also having the same feeling looking at that pretty deep green grass and the RF Ballentine scoreboard and wall.
      It was against the Cardinals and being in the LF foul area, with our Little League team, can remember Ken Boyer at third base.

        1. LOL…you funny man rocco….make me laugh.
          …now, not like clown funny…don’t want to upset you.

      1. Romus and Matt, it is interesting how many of us remember that bright green field under the lights as our visually dramatic first impression Me, too.

  30. Those Cards teams seemed to have an All Star at every position, Romus. I learned to dislike the Cards early on. Remember Julian Javier and Dick Groat and Bill White, who we later traded for? I think that they, with Boyer, actually made the All Star team together one year. Baseball was the first sport I loved, and even though that ’61 team was so awful, I was hooked as a Phils’ fan.

    1. yeah matt….the Cardinals had those great players all those years…did not seem fair ..then throw in the great Bob Gibson and his catcher Tim McCarver.
      Phillies and Cardinals did have some kind of trade chemistry going on there for quite a long time..
      And then we finally did get Carlton later for Rick Wise…I guess the blind squirrel story is true.

  31. And, of course, the Dick Allen trade changed the landscape of Baseball forever, when Curt Flood refused to come here. On another topic, I just read that it is only 6 days that Spencer and Alec Bohm need to stay in the “minors”, whatever that looks like this year, and then can be called up and the team gets the extra year of service time.I don’t think there is any question other than the Phils will do exactly that.

    1. matt…if Wheeler goes out on paternity after his first start, and if Eflin’s back remains sore…then Howard could get the Yankees start in game 6, which is scheduled for July 29th @ Yankee Stadium…oh boy. no easing in, right into the frying pan!.
      Not sure Girardi would be keen on that…he may want to ease him in.

  32. Great reflections on the old days. TT was my favorite. i remember going to a “Bat Day” at Connie Mack and asked the usher for a Tony Taylor Bat. he gave me one. That was back in the days when you got a real Louisville Slugger at bat day. a few years later i got a Bill White bat on bat day. great memories of the days. will never forget them.

    1. i remember Romus telling me he got a Babe Ruth bat on bat day in the 30s, What a great memory

      1. rocco….you make me laugh, a funny guy,
        mind you…but not like I said before, a clown ….but a funny guy.

  33. Romus – My first game was on September 22, 1957. My oldest brother had just left for boot camp and my father and mother took my older siblings and me to the Bronx to visit family who owned a bakery. We took the train from New Haven (my father didn’t drive). Before our last Sunday afternoon dinner, we left my mom and my sister at the bakery and went to Yankee Stadium.

    The Yanks were playing the Red Sox. All I can really remember was a lot of walks and Ted Williams hitting a home run and the game ending with the Yankees winning 5-1. Thanks to Baseball Almanac a lot was filled in. Tom Sturdivant won his 15th game and Sal “The Barber” Maglie got the save. Williams went 2-2 with two walks. Trivia: Why was Maglie called “The Barber”?

  34. ciada, I believe it was because he liked to pitch hitters very close in, so “close shave” became “the Barber.”

  35. Ciada and matt 13 – Maglie was a fierce competitor. I agree he earned his name because he was not afraid to throw inside – at any time. He also always seemed to have a three day beard growth and I think he had a 5 o’clock shadow an hour after he shaved. His won – lost record is downright frighteningly good and he did pitch for all of the NY teams, including a no hitter as an old man !!! One of my favorite pitchers of all time. Sal, “the barber” !!!

  36. Forsythe released. Walker, Harrison and Torreys – 2 of these 3 make the 30 with Gosselin going to Lehigh Valley. Plus Williams or Garlick will make the 30. Will need 2 40 man spots for Harrison and Walker (or Torreys). Will need another 40 spot for Kelley. Liriano will get the open 40 spot. Who will be released? I think Suarez can go on a Covid list, freeing up a 40 spot for Kelley.

    1. Liriano release a bit of a surprise but it tell you they have enough lefties and want Kelley
      I love the Walker addition. I’m assuming Harrison will be next add

    2. Hinkie – quite apart from statistical analysis – my instincts say Arrietta is going to have a good year – surprisingly so…..I wouldn’t be surprised that when the chips are down he ends up pitching a meaningful game – on purpose, not by rotation turns.

    1. The cut-out carboard faces placed in seats ….not sure that will go over too well.
      Piped-in cheers… long as it is not obnoxiously long.

      1. Howards curve ball is nasty, Really first time i saw him, Romus are you giving out Cut outs of you for Christmas? i want one

          1. I’m a proponent of filling seats with stuffed animals.

            I’d also pipe in the “Everybody hits!” guy … and … (as I’ve mentioned about 300 times) the Phillies should bring back an organist. The Dodgers, Pirates, and Braves use the guy on the keyboards, and they add a lot to the games.

            I’ll be happy to see baseball back, but the truth of the matter is no matter what clubs do to supplement the ballpark experience, it is the fans that really complete game. Baseball is going to seem really empty without them.

            1. yeah…never quite understood why they took the organist out..I know they blare the music between innings for sure.

            2. George Akerley… organist by day…phillies by night.

              “Whether at a Phillies game or a prayer service, organist George Akerley plays with heart and soul. “It’s not that different being at the ballpark or in church. Both places have congregations,” he said last week during his final “Throwback Thursday” appearance of the season at Citizens Bank Park.
              “Both congregations have their hymns,” he said. “Although I don’t think the Lutherans want to hear ‘Take Me Out to the Ball Game’ on Sunday. And Phillies fans don’t want to hear ‘A Mighty Fortress,’ either.”
              But in both places, Akerley said, his performance is about, “Let’s go, let’s have some fun!”
              An ebullient fellow who really does seem to love what he does, Akerley lives with his wife and son in Oaklyn, where he’s the longtime organist at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church.
              Live organ music at professional baseball games dates from 1941 at Wrigley Field. In the following decades, the sound of the instrument was a defining element of the baseball experience — the aural equivalent of peanuts and Cracker Jacks — nationally and in Philly.

              By the time Citizens Bank Park opened in 2004, however, recorded pop tunes were beginning to dominate. And the death of longtime Phillies organist Paul Richardson two years later marked the end of an era.
              But the success of the nostalgia-themed “Throwback Thursday” promotion sparked a front-office discussion last year about reviving live music, said Teresa Leyden, manager of entertainment for the Phillies.
              “We floated around the notion of having someone play the organ again, and Mark DiNardo [director of broadcast and video services] spoke highly of George,” she said.
              The two men had worked together for the Flyers. Starting in the 1990s, Akerley was the house organist at Flyers home games for 11 years. “Five hundred and fifty games,” he recalled. “It’s a lot calmer playing for the Phillies. Calmer, and not as cold.”

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