The Phillies are 10-11 after going 2-4 last week. They went 1-2 against the Giants and 1-2 against the Rockies. They go to St. Louis for a 4-game set against the Cardinals and then home next weekend to host the Mets. And, I don’t care. I don’t care because …
BAILEY FALTER MADE HIS MAJOR LEAGUE DEBUT!!!
Bailey Falter Made His Major League Debut!!
Bailey Falter made his major league debut!
Okay, I’m going to take a stroll down my memory lane. Bailey is the first player who I became emotionally invested in who made it to the show.
I started going to the Complex during 2012 Instructs. I couldn’t believe that I could just walk down the driveway and watch baseball players workout on four fields. I just sat on the bleachers trying to avoid the attention of anyone who might ask me to leave.
During 2013 spring training, I realized that the minor leaguers arrived when the major leaguers moved on to their Grapefruit League games in the stadium. I started off by talking to parents rather than players. The first family I can remember talking to was Chris Serritella’s family.
I root for all of the players to make it to the majors. Those who I engage in some way I root a little harder for. I don’t remember the first player I was engaged with who was released, but I remember the first one who was traded – Sam McWilliams. I still take a peek each year to see where he is.
It’s much easier to talk to pitchers than position players at the Complex. They tend to collect in the area behind home plate and along the sidelines. Position players are suited up and in the dugout.
In 2015, Lee Ridenhour was introduced by Kirsten Karbach at the season ticket holders party as Lee “Rocket Arm” Ridenhour, a monicker I used during one of my updates the previous summer. I remember that Brad (a writer here), who was trying to get the Rhineland Rocket to stick for Aaron Altherr, said he was a little jealous that Rocket Arm was picked up by a member of the broadcast media.
2015 was the year I met Falter. I was sitting in the shade by Roberts Field and he brought out a stool from the locker room and sat beside me. We struck up a conversation. I make it a point to talk to him every season. I met his family a couple years ago including his aunt who follows us here. This was a draft where I met a half-a-dozen more players to follow. Plus a future coach in Greg Brodzinski.
I was going to list all the families and players I’ve spoken to over the years. But, it would be too lengthy. Meeting so many nice people and rooting for their sons is one of the perks of living close to the Complex and writing for Phuture Phillies.
So, I watched the Phillies fall behind 3-2 today. When Anderson loaded the bases and the TV coverage broke to a commercial during the anticipated pitching change, I switched over to watch Singing in the Rain on TCM. Probably one of my favorite movies. It has a couple dance routines that rank among my favorites, like Donald O’Conner’s Make Em Laugh.
When I returned to the Phillies game it was 10-2 with Bailey Falter getting ready to throw his first major league pitch. I had the Rockies’ announcers and they were blathering on about something Denver. One announcer finally got back to game coverage, acknowledging that this was Bailey’s first MLB appearance. I forgave the announcers.
I was happy that I hadn’t missed Bailey’s debut. I was happy he got through the seventh inning unscathed. I really didn’t want to see him pitch another inning. I mean it is Colorado. The HR didn’t ruin the experience for me. It was balanced by the announcer pointing out that Bailey got his first strikeout in the eighth.
The TV gun had him at 92 a lot, I saw at least one 93. The HR came on a changeup or slider, whatever he throws at 83. I remember his father watching from the first base side at the Complex. He watches to see that Bailey’s foot is pointed toward home plate. I find myself also watching for that when Bailey pitches. For the record, his foot was pointed correctly.
I’m sure I’m not as happy as he is. Or his family and friends. But, I lived vicariously through him today as he attained his dream. And, I couldn’t be happier for him.
As I mentioned above. He’s the first player I’ve followed closely to reach the majors. I’ve been fortunate to have added more in succeeding years. I’m sure and hopeful he won’t be the last.
BAILEY FALTER IS A MAJOR LEAGUER!!!
This was in my Twitter timeline. Sharing for those who still want Herrera in centerfield.
This is the Alt Site Roster.
My estimates of …
The Phillies’ running payroll is $191,091,962.
The Phillies’ salary against the competitive balance tax is $202,454,782.
The Phillies’ margin under the CBT threshold of $210M is $7,545,218. (spreadsheet)
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- April 1, 2021 – Phillies’ home opener v. Braves
- April 3, 2021 – ST for minor leagues begins
- May 4, 2021 – Opening day for all four full-season affiliates
- June 25, 2021 – Close of the 2020 international signing period
- July 11-13, 2021 – 2021 Amateur Draft
- October 2, 2021 – Phillies clinch a playoff berth in Miami
The rosters and lists are up to date as of April 25th … 320 players in the org
- organization’s rosters (4/25)
- organization’s injury list (4/25), as current as possible, MLB closed Updates
- organization’s Rule 5 eligibility (4/25) (includes player info, assignments, …)
Transactions (newest transactions are in bold print)
There are 12 players who are not in the Phillies Media Guide who I am not counting in the total for the organization. I’m carrying them in their own section on the sheets.
4/22/2021 – Phillies assigned OF Josh Stephen to the Training Site
4/22/2021 – Phillies assigned OF Cornelius Randolph to the Training Site
4/22/2021 – Phillies assigned INF Dalton Guthrie to the Training Site
4/22/2021 – Phillies assigned LHP Ranger Suarez to the Training Site
4/22/2021 – INF Greg Garcia assigned to the Training Site
4/22/2021 – Phillies signed INF Greg Garcia to an MiLB contract w/May 2nd opt out
4/21/2021 – Phillies optioned RHP Ramon Rosso to the Training Site
4/21/2021 – Phillies recalled RHP Spencer Howard from the Training Site
4/21/2021 – Phillies placed SS Jean Segura on the 10-day IL, Right quad strain
4/21/2021 – Phillies recalled SS Scott Kingery from the Training Site
4/20/2021 – Phillies recalled LHP Bailey Falter from the Training Site
4/20/2021 – Phillies optioned LHP Damon Jones to the Training Site
4/20/2021 – Phillies recalled RHP Ramon Rosso from the Training Site
4/20/2021 – Phillies optioned LHP Cristopher Sanchez to the Training Site
4/19/2021 – Phillies placed LHP Matt Moore on the 10-day IL
4/19/2021 – Phillies recalled LHP Damon Jones from the Training Site
4/19/2021 – Phillies recalled SS Nick Maton from the Training Site
4/19/2021 – Phillies placed SS Ronald Torreyes on the 10-day IL
4/19/2021 – Phillies recalled LHP Cristopher Sanchez from the Training Site
4/19/2021 – Phillies placed LHP Jose Alvarado on the 10-day IL
4/19/2021 – LHP Rob Kaminsky assigned to Training Site
4/18/2021 – Phillies signed FA LHP Rob Kaminsky to a minor league contract
4/16/2021 – Reading released C Nerluis Martinez
4/14/2021 – Phillies optioned RHP Spencer Howard to the Training Site
4/14/2021 – Phillies placed CF Adam Haseley on the RL
4/14/2021 – Phillies recalled CF Mickey Moniak from Training Site
4/13/2021 – Phillies recalled RHP Spencer Howard from the Training Site
4/11/2021 – Phillies recalled LHP JoJo Romero from the Training Site
4/11/2021 – Phillies placed RHP Archie Bradley on the 10-day IL