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The Phillies (82-80) played pitifully this past week and lost the games they needed to win in order to qualify for the playoffs for the first time since 2011. They went 1-5 getting swept by Atlanta in the biggest series they’ve had in ten years. Then they lost 2 out of 3 to Miami. They did post their first winning season since the aforementioned 2011 season. Yay.
Dombrowski gave Girardi a vote of confidence over the weekend. So, the manager responsible for one of the worst bullpen ERAs in history (2020) and the most blown saves in a season (2021) gets another chance next season. Yay.
You probably noticed that I lost interest in posting the Recaps. I had planned on posting a Recap on Saturday to recognize the winning seasons and the division win by the two DSL squads. But, a family emergency arose and changed plans. So, let me recognize them today.
The DSL Phillies White finished in first place in the San Pedro Division with a 36-20 record and the fourth best winning percentage (.643) among the league’s 6 divisions and 46 teams. The DSL Phillies Red finished in second place in the South Division with a 33-24 (.579) record, 3.0 games (2 losses) behind the first place team.
White finished the season with a 2-1 win over Red. giving them bragging rights with a 5-4 edge in the nine games they played head-to-head. They also threw a perfect game at the DSL Brewers1 team on Friday. Pedro Reyes (2-2, 2.93) and Jaydenn Estanista (3.23) pitched five and two innings respectively in the seven-inning affair.
A couple weeks ago the FCL Phillies finished with a 26-14 record. Because of a COVID shutdown, they played far fewer games than many other teams, but their .650 winning percentage was fourth best in the 18-team league.
Those three teams were the only teams in the organization to post winning records. Sunday, Lehigh Valley closed out their season with a 10-1 loss at the hands of Connor Seabold. David Paulino held the Sox to 3 runs in six innings, but the bullpen imploded again.
The IronPigs finished with a 53-75 record. They lost their final 9 games, 12 of their final 13, and finished 7-20 after September 1st.
The team honored their “Pigs Pitcher and Player of the Year” Sunday. LHP Jeff Singer (3-3, 4.74 in 44 games, 53.0 innings, 67 strikeouts) and CF Mickey Moniak (.238) in a season where he was yoyoed back and forth between Triple-A and the majors (recalled and optioned 7 times). He led the team with 8 triples, 15 HR, 65 RBI, was second with 15 doubles, 87 hits, and 46 runs. He also led the team with 101 strikeouts.
I was also going to report on Friday’s Instructs intrasquad game and Saturday action in a single report, but … Ethan Wilson homered off Cristian Hernandez in the first inning on an 0-2 slider. Freddy Francisco homered later in the seventh inning on a blast into the LF bleachers. Jordan Viars hit the ball hard. Lee Hao Yu reached base twice on hard hit balls. He beat a successful pickoff throw with a swim move back to first base that the umpire missed (Roly De Armas).
Fourteen different pitchers threw in the 7-inning game. Most looked good. We watched from outside the South Gate. I’ll be inside for games on Monday and Tuesday against the Blue Jays this week. Watch it rain.
Well, Harper’s MVP candidacy is in the hands of the voters. I think it could come down to how important RBIs are. Older voters are still married to the old stats. Younger voters have a different, lower opinion on the importance of RBIs when comparing players.
Wheeler’s Cy Young candidacy may have lost traction with those 23 earned runs in 43.0 innings in August.
Hector Neris set the team record for strikeouts by a reliever with his 520th for the second out in the fifth inning. He surpassed the 519 by Ron Reed (1976-83). Neris did it in far fewer innings (407.2 v. over 750.0).
It’s a little early for me to start speculating about what will happen in the offseason. Give me a week or two. But, two things of note.
- I think I would resign Neris. He was very effective as a setup guy and will always take the ball. He is never unavailable in his own mind.
- I think Dombrowski has to address Girardi’s contract situation. Yeah, he said Joe would be back next season. But, how effective can a lame duck manager be when there is a GM on the active roster? Dombrowski is only on a 5-year contract. Is he really going to spend 40% of that time with a manager he didn’t pick? I think he should fire or extend the manager. Does it not matter because he still has an eye on Nashville? Hmm.
The Phillies fired two coaches before the game – hitting coach Joe Dillon and fielding coach Juan Castro. The assistant hitting coach is unlikely to be back (the new hitting coach will likely hire his own assistant). Well, at least we know whose fault it was for the poor hitting and poor fielding.
Key Dates: most are guesstimates based on previous years. Italics are those dates that will be dependent on the new CBA,
- September 27, 2021: First day of Fall Instructs
- October 3, 2021: Regular season concludes
- October 5, 2021: Postseason begins – AL Wild Card Game
- October 6, 2021: NL Wild Card Game
- October 7, 2021: AL Division Series begins
- October 8, 2021: NL Division Series begins
- October 13, 2021: Opening day for the Arizona Fall League
- October 15, 2021: AL Championship Series begins
- October 16, 2021: NL Championship Series begins
- October 26, 2021: World Series begins
- October 30 – November 3, 2021: Trading resumes, day after the World Series ends
- October 31 – November 4, 2021: 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 14-19, 2021: 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, 2021: Deadline to submit 40-man rosters before Rule 5 Draft
- November TBA: MLBPA executive board meeting (Nov. 26-29 in Irving, TX in 2018)
- December 1, 2021: CBA expires
- December 2, 2021 – Non-tender Deadline – last day for teams to offer 2022 contracts to unsigned players (pre-arb and arb eligible) on their 40-man rosters
- December 2021: Winter Meetings in Nashville
- December 2021: Rule 5 Draft
- December 15, 2021: Close of the 2020 international signing period
- January TBA – Rookie Career Development Program
- January 15, 2022, 9:00 AM EST – Start of the 2021 international signing period (I gotta check this)
- January 2022: Deadline for teams and arb eligible players to submit salary figures to arbiter
- February 16, 2022 – Voluntary spring training reporting date for pitchers, catchers, and players recovering from injuries
- February 21, 2022 – Voluntary spring training reporting date for position players
- February 23, 2022 – Mandatory spring training reporting date
- February 26, 2022: First spring training games
- February 26, 2022: at New York Yankees (Tampa), Time TBA
- February 27, 2022: v. Minnesota Twins (Clearwater) (SS) 1:05 PM
- February 27, 2022: at Toronto Blue Jays (Dunedin) (SS) Time TBA
- February 28, 2022: at Boston Red Sox (Fort Myers) Time TBA
- March 1, 2022: v. Detroit Tigers (Clearwater) 1:05 PM
- March 2, 2022: v. New York Yankees (Clearwater) 1:05 PM
- March 3, 2022: at Baltimore Orioles (Sarasota) Time TBA
- March 4, 2022: v. Atlanta Braves (Clearwater) 1:05 PM
- March 5, 2022: at Tampa Bay Rays (Port Charlotte) Time TBA
- March 6, 2022: v. Pittsburgh Pirates (Clearwater) 1:05 PM
- March 7, 2022: OFF DAY
- March 8, 2022: v. Toronto Blue Jays (Clearwater) (SS) 1:05 PM
- March 8, 2022: at Detroit Tigers (Lakeland) (SS) Time TBA
- March 9, 2022: at Minnesota Twins (Fort Myers) Time TBA
- March 10, 2022: v. New York Yankees (Clearwater) 1:05 PM
- March 11, 2022: at Toronto Blue Jays (Dunedin) Time TBA
- March 12, 2022: v. Baltimore Orioles (Clearwater) 1:05 PM
- March 13, 2022: at Tampa Bay Rays (Port Charlotte) Time TBA
- March 14, 2022: v. Boston Red Sox (Clearwater) 1:05 PM
- March 15, 2022: OFF DAY
- March 16, 2022: v. Toronto Blue Jays (Clearwater) (SS) 1:05 PM
- March 16, 2022: at New York Yankees (Tampa) (SS) Time TBA
- March 17, 2022: v. Baltimore Orioles (Clearwater) 1:05 PM
- March 18, 2022: at Detroit Tigers (Lakeland) Time TBA
- March 19, 2022: v. Pittsburgh Pirates (Clearwater) 1:05 PM
- March 20, 2022: at Toronto Blue Jays (Dunedin) Time TBA
- March 21, 2022: at Atlanta Braves (North Port) Time TBA
- March 22, 2022: v. New York Yankees (Clearwater) 1:05 PM
- March 23, 2022: v. Detroit Tigers (Clearwater) 1:05 PM
- March 24, 2022: at Baltimore Orioles (Sarasota) Time TBA
- March 25, 2022: v. Toronto Blue Jays (Clearwater) (SS) 1:05 PM
- March 25, 2022: at Pittsburgh Pirates (Bradenton) (SS) Time TBA
- March 26, 2022: at New York Yankees (Tampa) Time TBA
- March 27, 2022: v. Tampa Bay Rays (Clearwater) 1:05 PM
- March 28, 2022: at Toronto Blue Jays (Dunedin) Time TBA
- March 29, 2022: at Tampa Bay Rays (Tropicana Field) Time TBA
- March 30, 2022: OFF DAY
- March 31, 2022: Opening Day for 2022 season
- March 31, 2022: at Houston Astros Time TBA Season Opener
- April 8, 2022: v. Oakland A’s 3:05 PM Home Opener
- July 2022: 2022 Rule 4 Amateur Draft
10/2/2021 – Phillies placed RHP Connor Brogdon on the 10-day IL, right groin tightness
10/2/2021 – Phillies recalled RHP Seranthony Dominguez from Lehigh Valley
9/30/2021 – Phillies sent CF Roman Quinn on a rehab assignment to Phillies Organization
9/28/2021 – Phillies recalled 3B Alec Bohm from Lehigh Valley
9/28/2021 – Phillies activated RHP Connor Brogdon
9/28/2021 – Phillies optioned RHP Ramon Rosso to Lehigh Valley
9/28/2021 – Phillies optioned 2B Luke Williams to Lehigh Valley