This is the courtesy thread for comments and discussion about the Phillies and other BASEBALL topics.
Back on April 17th, I wrote the “I have a solution” portion of the weekly Open Discussion. Surprisingly, only a few thought that ten games into a season was too early to call for a managerial change. I countered that it wasn’t ten games into a season, but rather two years and ten games into a manager’s contract.
I am not happy that Joe Girardi was fired this week. Certainly, the players bear most of the responsibility for the team’s poor play so far this season. I was surprised that Bobby Meacham was also let go. I am happy though that the change was made with as little turnover as possible.
In the wake of the change, the Phillies are enjoying a four game winning streak. They need to win most (if not all) series in order to make up ground in the races. The sweep this weekend was both satisfying and exhilarating. They negated Ohtani (2-10, 2 runs scored, one double, 3 walks, 4 K, and a caught stealing) and Trout (0-11, run scored, one walk, and 4 K). But, let’s not forget that the current winning streak started with a win in Joe Girardi’s last game.
The FCL and DSL start their seasons Monday. I plan on attending the FCL Phillies’ home opener against the Blue Jays.
Hopefully, the Phillies’ staff responsible will finally update the FCL and DSL rosters and bring their transactions up to date. I know of 4 players on the FCL roster who have been released, are playing on independent teams, and are still listed as active in the Phillies organization on the FCL roster.
I’ve wrestled with the next decision for several days and have decided that this will be the last Open Discussion I publish. I think it is timely since the Phillies look like they have turned things around, and we fans shouldn’t have anything to complain about for a week or two.
I have not enjoyed keeping this site going lately. I probably got too close to players and families as Romus articulated in the comments last week. I do not enjoy reading the relentless criticism of players whose families I know. Especially when the person doing it keeps it up even when he doesn’t get the response he’s looking for.
I can’t control who comments without making the site private. I don’t believe that is what James had in mind. I don’t want to have to block commenters and have to personally filter comments to keep blocked individuals from coming in under another name. You don’t see the extra work that entails, but I see all those comments and do not enjoy all the names I’ve been called by people hiding behind made-up names and made-up email addresses.
So, no more Phillies talk. There are plenty of sites that encourage Phillies discussion. Just not here for the foreseeable future. This was created as a prospect site. So, just prospect stuff. And, “breaking” news. Like a managerial firing or big trade on an ad hoc basis.
The articles for Hinkie are written and queued up through the draft. I’ll still provide our extensive draft coverage and the subsequent signings. And, I’ll report on the FCL and FSL games that I attend. Maybe after a few months, the bad eggs will go elsewhere.
- June 6, 2022: Opening Day for the Florida Complex League
- June 6, 2022: Opening Day for the Dominican Summer League
- July 15-19, 2022: All-Star Week in Los Angeles
- July 17-19, 2022: MLB Draft
- August 2, 2022: Trade Deadline (6 p.m. ET)
- October 5, 2022: Final scheduled day of the regular season
- December 4-11, 2022: MLB Winter Meetings in San Diego
6/05/2022 – Phillies activated Didi Gregorius from the 10-day IL
6/05/2022 – Phillies placed SS Nick Maton on the 10-day IL retroactive to 6/4, shoulder
6/05/2022 – CF Roman Quinn elected free agency
6/05/2022 – Phillies sent CF Roman Quinn outright to Lehigh Valley
6/05/2022 – Lehigh Valley activated LHP Braeden Ogle from the 7-day IL
6/05/2022 – Clearwater activated LHP Rafael Marcano from the 7-day IL
6/05/2022 – SS Albert Jerez assigned to FCL Phillies from Clearwater
6/04/2022 – Reading activated CF Hunter Markwardt from the 7-day IL
6/04/2022 – Reading transferred RHP Noah Skirrow to the Development List
6/04/2022 – Clearwater placed CF Yhoswar Garcia on the 7-day IL retroactive to 6/3
6/04/2022 – Clearwater activated RF Jadiel Sanchez from the 7-day IL
6/04/2022 – SS Randy Vasquez assigned to Clearwater from DSL Red
6/02/2022 – Lehigh Valley activated 3B Will Toffey from the 7-day IL
6/02/2022 – Clearwater activated CF Yhoswar Garcia from the 7-day IL
6/02/2022 – RHP Oswald Medina assigned to FCL Phillies from Clearwater
6/01/2022 – Phillies designated CF Roman Quinn for assignment
6/01/2022 – Phillies placed SS Jean Segura on the 10-day IL, right index finger fracture
6/01/2022 – Phillies recalled LHP Cristopher Sanchez from Lehigh Valley
6/01/2022 – Phillies recalled SS Nick Maton from Lehigh Valley
5/31/2022 – Phillies sent C Rafael Marchan on a rehab assignment to Lehigh Valley
5/31/2022 – Phillies sent SS Didi Gregorius on a rehab assignment to Lehigh Valley
5/31/2022 – Lehigh Valley placed LHP Damon Jones on the 7-day IL retroactive to 5/30
5/31/2022 – Lehigh Valley activated RHP Tyler Cyr from the 7-day IL
5/30/2022 – Phillies activated CF Mickey Moniak
5/30/2022 – Phillies optioned LHP Bailey Falter to Lehigh Valley
5/30/2022 – Phillies traded RF John Andreoli to Minnesota