The GM meetings are being held this week in Scottsdale, AZ.
In Phillies’ baseball news this week, the Phillies hired Juan Castro as their new infield coach, replacing recently departed Bobby Dickerson who accepted the job as the Padres’ bench coach. And, catcher J.T. Realmuto added the National League’s Silver Slugger Award fo catchers to his collection of post-season awards. Not bad for a guy the fans left off the NL starting All Star team. Continue reading Open Discussion: Week of November 11th
In Phillies’ baseball news this week, the Phillies hired former Reds’ manager Bryan Price as the their Pitching Coach. And, catcher J.T. Realmuto won the National League’s Gold Glove Award for his position.
Price had served 14 successful seasons as a pitching coach for three different franchises. He was much sought after before finally signing with the Phillies. Continue reading Open Discussion: Week of November 4th
In Phillies’ baseball news this week, the Phillies hired Brian Barber as their Director of Amateur Scouting. He replaces Johnny Almarez who stepped down for personal reasons. A few days later, the Phillies hired Joe Girardi to manage the ball club. He replaces Gabe Kapler who stepped down because , well … he was fired. Miller and Girardi both come from the Yankees organization. If you missed it, I wrote about their backgrounds here. Continue reading Open Discussion: Week of October 28th
Maybe the Phillies announce their new manager on the off day before the World Series starts. Supposedly, they are down to Joe Girardi, Buck Showalter, and Dusty Baker. They also may announce a new Amateur Scouting Director as they have been linked with the Yankees’ national crosschecker, Brian Barber. In other news … Continue reading Open Discussion: Week of October 21st
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
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
Two out of four against the Braves wasn’t bad, I guess. But dropping both games to the Red Sox hurt the Phillies chances of overtaking the Cubs or Brewers, both of whom had winning records last week. Continue reading Open Discussion: Week of September 16th
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
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
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