Category Archives: Weekly Discussion

Open Discussion: Week of October 14th

The decision has been made to sever ties with manager Kapler and continue with the front office intact and most of Kapler’s staff in place.  Hopefully, we can start to focus on baseball and not suffer too much angst during the hunt for a new manager.  Based on comments during Friday’s news conference, I expect it to be a lengthy process.  In other news … Continue reading Open Discussion: Week of October 14th

Open Discussion: Week of September 30th

My wife and I would like to thank all for your kind thoughts and prayers during our recent difficult times.  Several weeks ago, my wife was diagnosed with breast cancer when a pea size mass was identified after her annual mammogram.  We prepared for her lumpectomy, but during an MRI a week before the procedure, another smaller mass was detected in her other breast.

Her procedure was delayed a week, and changed to a double lumpectomy and the removal of the lymph nodes under her arms for testing.  The surgery went extremely well.  This past week the we received the news that the pathology on her lymph nodes came back negative.  So, she is cancer free.

Now comes radiology and then five years of chemo.  Yeah, five years. Continue reading Open Discussion: Week of September 30th

Open Discussion: Week of September 9th

Well, the Phillies won enough games last week to tease us for another week.  The loss on Nola night was unexpected and heart wrenching.  Oh, well.  The Phillies have gotten back to two games behind the Cubs.  However, the Brewers have caught the Phils, and the Diamondbacks have passed them.  The current standings are – Continue reading Open Discussion: Week of September 9th

Open Discussion: Week of September 2nd

Condolences to Jean Segura whose grandmother passed over the weekend.  Segura is my favorite Phillies’ hitter to watch.  His ability to put balls in play from his expanded strike zone reminds me of those Pirates from my youth – Roberto Clemente, Manny Sanguillen, Richie Hebner, Al Oliver, …

Scott Kingery kept the Phillies close in the wild card race with his bases clearing double yesterday.  The Phillies are 2.5 games behind the Cubs for the final playoff spot. Continue reading Open Discussion: Week of September 2nd

Open Discussion: Week of August 26th

You don’t need me to elaborate on the Phillies recent play.  But, their schedule gets tougher from here on out.  They have seven games against the Pirates (3) and Reds (4), both of whom have better records than the Marlins (haha).  They have five inter-league games against the Red Sox (2) and Indians (3).  They have 18 games against division foes – Mets (6), Braves (7), Nationals (5).  And then, they finish the season with a 3-game series against those pesky Marlins.  Continue reading Open Discussion: Week of August 26th

Open Discussion: Week of August 19th

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

Key Dates:

  • September 1, 2019 – Roster expansion to 40 players (for the last time)
  • September 8, 2019 – Coaches and players report for Instructs
  • September 9, 2019 – Instructs’ workouts begin
  • September 18, 2019 – beginning of the Arizona Fall League
  • October 12, 2019 – Arizona Fall Stars Game
  • October 26, 2019 – Arizona Fall League Championship Game

The rosters and lists are up to date as of August 18th … there are 400 players in the org

Transactions 
8/18/19 – Phillies sent RHP Jerad Eickhoff on a rehab assignment to Reading
8/18/19 – Lakewood placed RHP Gilmael Troya on the 7-day IL retro to 8/17
8/18/19 – RHP Tom Sutera assigned to Lakewood from Williamsport
8/17/19 – Phillies activated RHP Jared Hughes
8/17/19 – Phillies placed CF Roman Quinn on the 10-day IL, right groin strain
8/17/19 -Lehigh Valley placed RHP Jose Taveras on the 7-day IL, right foot contusion
8/17/19 – Lehigh Valley activated C Matt McBride from the 7-day IL
8/16/19 – RHP Ezequiel Ventura assigned to DSL Red
8/16/19 – Phillies signed NDFA C Willie Estrada; assigned to GCL East
8/15/19 – Phillies transferred RHP Edubray Ramos from the 10-to the 60-day IL, right shoulder impingement
8/15/19 – Phillies claimed RHP Jared Hughes off waivers from Cincinnati
8/15/19 – RHP Jose Taveras assigned to Lehigh Valley from Clearwater
8/15/19 – Rafi Gonell assigned to Lakewood from Williamsport
8/15/19 – Tom Sutera assigned to Williamsport from Lakewood
8/15/19 – Oswald Medina activated from the RL by DSL Red
8/15/19 – Norman Anciani activated from the RL by DSL White
8/14/19 – Phillies placed RHP Jake Arrieta on the 10-day IL retro to 8/12, bone spur
8/14/19 – Phillies transferred RHP Jerad Eickhoff from the 10- to the 60-day IL, biceps tendinitis
8/14/19 – Phillies selected the contract of 1B Logan Morrison from Lehigh Valley
8/14/19 – Clearwater Threshers activated RHP Alejandro Requena from the 7-day IL
8/14/19 – Lehigh Valley activated Jose Taveras
8/14/19 – Clearwater placed Gustavo Armas on the Temporarily Inactive List (TIL)
8/13/19 – Phillies sent RHP Jerad Eickhoff on a rehab assignment to Lehigh Valley
8/13/19 – Reading placed RF Danny Mayer on the 7-day IL
8/13/19 – Reading activated LF Cornelius Randolph from the 7-day IL
8/13/19 – Nick Hundley activated by Lehigh Valley
8/13/19 – Lehigh Valley placed Josh Tols on the 7-day IL
8/13/19 – Jose Taveras assigned to Lehigh Valley from Reading
8/13/19 – FA C Gabriel Ojeda assigned to Clearwater
8/12/19 – LHP Ethan Lindow assigned to Clearwater from Lakewood
8/12/19 – Josh Hendrickson assigned to Lakewood from GCL West
8/12/19 – Dominic Pipkin assigned to Lakewood from Williamsport
8/12/19 – Rafi Gonell assigned to Williamsport from Lakewood
8/12/19 – Oscar Marcelino assigned to Williamsport from Clearwater
8/12/19 – Francisco Morales assigned to Williamsport from Lakewood

Open Discussion: Week of August 12th

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

Key Dates:

  • September 1, 2019 – Roster expansion to 40 players (for the last time)
  • September 8, 2019 – Coaches and players report for Instructs
  • September 9, 2019 – Instructs’ workouts begin
  • September 18, 2019 – beginning of the Arizona Fall League
  • October 12, 2019 – Arizona Fall Stars Game
  • October 26, 2019 – Arizona Fall League Championship Game

The rosters and lists are up to date as of August 11th … there are 398 players in the org

Transactions 
8/11/19 – Phillies signed FA C Nick Hundley to an MiLB contract
8/11/19 – C Nick Hundley assigned to Lehigh Valley
8/11/19 – Lehigh Valley placed 3B Maikel Franco on the 7-day IL, left hand contusion
8/11/19 – Lehigh Valley activated LHP Josh Tols from the 7-day IL
8/10/19 – Phillies signed free agent RHP Nick Vincent to a minor league contract
8/10/19 – RHP Nick Vincent assigned to Lehigh Valley
8/10/19 – Lehigh Valley released LHP Tom Windle
8/9/19 – Phillies placed RF Jay Bruce on the 10-day IL, left flexor strain
8/9/19 – Phillies recalled CF Adam Haseley from Lehigh Valley
8/9/19 – SS Nick Maton assigned to Reading from Clearwater
8/9/19 – SS Raul Rivas assigned to Clearwater from Reading
8/9/19 – RHP Victor Vargas assigned to Williamsport from GCL East
8/9/19 – GCL East sent RF Jose Pujols on a rehab assignment to GCL West
8/9/19 – LHP Samuel Aldegheri assigned to GCL East
8/9/19 – Jose Taveras assigned to Reading from Clearwater
8/9/19 – Seth McGarry activated by Clearwater
8/9/19 – Kevin Gowdy assigned to Lakewood from Williamsport
8/9/19 – Ethan Lindow assigned to Williamsport from Lakewood
8/8/19 – Phillies sent RHP Jerad Eickhoff on a rehab assignment to Reading
8/8/19 – Phillies activated RF Jay Bruce from the 10-day IL
8/8/19 – Phillies optioned Adam Haseley to Lehigh Valley
8/8/19 – Lehigh Valley placed 3B Mitch Walding on the 7-day IL, labrum tear
8/8/19 – Lehigh Valley placed C Matt McBride on the 7-day IL, calf strain
8/8/19 – Williamsport released RHP Adam Cox
8/8/19 – LHP Gabriel Yanez assigned to Williamsport from GCL East
8/8/19 – 3B Maikel Franco activated by Lehigh Valley
8/7/19 – RHP Jaylen Eichler assigned to GCL East (future)
8/7/19 – DSL White placed LHP Nathanael Bido on the 60-day IL
8/7/19 – DSL White placed RHP Alexis Herrera on the 60-day IL
8/6/19 – Lehigh Valley activated LHP Austin Davis.
8/6/19 – Lehigh Valley placed RHP Fernando Salas on the 7-day IL
8/6/19 – RHP Jose Taveras assigned to Clearwater from Reading
8/6/19 – Tom Windle assigned to Lehigh Valley from Reading
8/6/19 – Seth McGarry assigned to Clearwater from Lehigh Valley
8/5/19 – Reading sent RF Jose Pujols on a rehab assignment to GCL East
8/5/19 – Clearwater placed RHP Alejandro Requena on the 7-day IL
8/5/19 – Lakewood sent RHP Jonas De La Cruz on a rehab assignment to GCL East
8/5/19 – RHP Jonathan Petit assigned to DSL Red
8/5/19 – Raul Mendoza assigned to DSL White from DSL Red
8/5/19 – Victor Santos assigned to Lakewood from Williamsport
8/5/19 – Dominic Pipkin assigned to Williamsport from Lakewood
8/5/19 – Ezequiel Ventura assigned to DSL Red from DSL White

Open Discussion: Week of August 5th

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

Key Dates:

  • September 1, 2019 – Roster expansion to 40 players (for the last time)
  • September 8, 2019 – Coaches and players report for Instructs
  • September 9, 2019 – Instructs’ workouts begin
  • September 18, 2019 – beginning of the Arizona Fall League
  • October 12, 2019 – Arizona Fall Stars Game
  • October 26, 2019 – Arizona Fall League Championship Game

The rosters and lists are up to date as of August 4th … there are 398 players in the org

Transactions 
8/4/19 – Phillies activated 2B Brad Miller from the 10-day IL
8/4/19 – Phillies activated RHP Hector Neris
8/4/19 – Phillies optioned 3B Maikel Franco to Lehigh Valley
8/4/19 – Tom Windle assigned to Reading from Lehigh Valley
8/4/19 – Jose Taveras activated by Lehigh Valley
8/4/19 – Seth McGarry assigned to Lehigh Valley from Reading
8/4/19 – Kevin Gowdy assigned to Williamsport from Lakewood
8/4/19 – Taylor Lehman activated by Lakewood
8/4/19 – Cristian Lima released by DSL Red
8/4/19 – Carlos Valero activated by DSL Red
8/3/19 – Phillies sent 3B Mitch Walding outright to Lehigh Valley
8/3/19 – Pittsburgh claimed RHP Yacksel Rios off waivers from Philadelphia
8/3/19 – Lehigh Valley placed LHP Austin Davis on the Reserve List
8/3/19 – Reading sent RF Jose Pujols on a rehab assignment to GCL West
8/3/19 – Nick Williams activated by Lehigh Valley
8/2/19 – Phillies sign RHP Jaylen Eichler to a future services contract
8/2/19 – Phillies placed LHP Adam Morgan on the 10-day IL retro to 8/1, left flexor strain
8/2/19 – Phillies activated LF Corey Dickerson
8/2/19 – RF Danny Mayer assigned to Reading from Clearwater
8/2/19 – Reading placed RHP Luke Leftwich on the 7-day IL
8/2/19 – Clearwater activated RF Ben Aklinski from the 7-day IL
8/2/19 – Lakewood sent RHP Jonas De La Cruz on a rehab assignment to GCL West
8/2/19 – Jose Taveras assigned to Lehigh Valley from Reading
8/2/19 – Garrett Cleavinger assigned to Reading from Clearwater
8/2/19 – Taylor Lehman assigned to Lakewood from Williamsport
8/2/19 – Manuel Silva activated by Lakewood
8/2/19 – Victor Santos assigned to Williamsport from Lakewood
8/2/19 – Carlos Valero assigned to DSL Red from GCL East
8/2/19 – Roger Parraga suspended by DSL White
8/1/19 – RHP Hector Neris roster status changed by Phillies
8/1/19 – Phillies activated LHP Jason Vargas
8/1/19 – Phillies optioned LF Nick Williams to Lehigh Valley
8/1/19 – Phillies released RF Dylan Cozens
8/1/19 – Lehigh Valley activated RHP Dan Straily
8/1/19 – Lehigh Valley placed LHP Josh Tols on the 7-day IL, right ankle contusion
8/1/19 – C Kevin Escalante assigned to GCL West from DSL Red
7/31/19 – Lehigh Valley activated Edgar Garcia
7/31/19 – Reading activated Jose Taveras
7/31/19 – Seth McGarry assigned to Reading from Lehigh Valley
7/31/19 – Garrett Cleavinger assigned to Clearwater from Reading
7/31/19 – Gustavo Armas assigned to Clearwater from Reading
7/31/19 – Manuel Silva assigned to Lakewood from Williamsport
7/31/19 – Carlos Valero assigned to GCL East from GCL West
7/31/19 – Cam Beauchamp assigned to GCL West from GCL East
7/31/19 – Phillies designated RF Dylan Cozens for assignment
7/31/19 – Pittsburgh traded LF Corey Dickerson to Phillies
7/31/19 – Baltimore traded RHP Dan Straily to the Phillies for cash
7/31/19 – RHP Dan Straily assigned to Lehigh Valley
7/31/19 – RHP Colton Eastman assigned to Reading from Clearwater
7/31/19 – GCL West activated C Carlos Oropeza from the RL
7/31/19 – GCL West released C Carlos Oropeza
7/30/19 – Phillies signed FA RHP Blake Parker
7/30/19 – Phillies optioned Edgar Garcia to Lehigh Valley
7/30/19 – 3B Mitch Walding designated for assignment by the Phillies
7/30/19 – Phillies sent RHP Jerad Eickhoff on a rehab assignment to Clearwater
7/30/19 – RHP Jose Taveras assigned to Reading from Lehigh Valley
7/30/19 – Lehigh Valley activated 1B Logan Morrison from the 7-day IL
7/30/19 – C Jack Conley assigned to Reading from Clearwater
7/30/19 – Reading placed C Nerluis Martinez on the 7-day IL
7/30/19 – RHP Jack Perkins assigned to Clearwater from Lakewood
7/30/19 – Clearwater sent OF Ben Aklinski on a rehab assignment to GCL West
7/30/19 – C Rafael Marchan assigned to Clearwater from Lakewood
7/30/19 – C Juan Aparicio assigned to Lakewood from Williamsport
7/30/19 – C Mitchell Edwards assigned to Williamsport from GCL West
7/30/19 – RHP Engel Estevez assigned to GCL East from GCL West
7/30/19 – GCL West activated RHP Robinson Martinez from the RL
7/29/19 – Lehigh Valley IronPigs activated LF Jose Pirela
7/29/19 – Reading Fightin Phils activated C Nerluis Martinez from the 7-day IL
7/29/19 – Phillies trade C Austin Bossart to the Mets for LHP Jason Vargas and cash considerations
7/29/19 – RHP Yacksel Rios designated for assignment by the Phillies
7/29/19 – Clearwater sent OF Ben Aklinski on a rehab assignment to GCL East
7/29/19 – LHP Jhordany Mezquita assigned to Lakewood from Williamsport
7/29/19 – LHP Taylor Lehman assigned to Williamsport from Lakewood
7/29/19 – RHP DJ Jefferson assigned to GCL East
7/29/19 – C Rafael Marchan assigned to Clearwater from Lakewood
7/29/19 – C Juan Aparicio assigned to Lakewood from Williamsport

Open Discussion: Week of July 29th

Sell … Sell … SELL!!!  Ah, sell whom?  Sell what?  I don’t know that we have anyone in whom a contender would be interested, whom we would also want to deal.  Maybe, the Phillies remain buyers, looking forward to the 2020 season.  Perhaps such additions add a pulse to this team and they catch the added benefit of contending into September. Continue reading Open Discussion: Week of July 29th