Roster Information for the 2020-21 Off Season

I’ll pin this on the site for reference and update as necessary over the coming weeks.

A flurry of activity will begin the day after the World Series ends.  This could be as soon as October 25th if there is a sweep or as late as October 29th if the series goes seven games.  In any case, the morning after the series ends, a bunch of players get to choose free agency and a smaller bunch sees/takes action on their options. Continue reading Roster Information for the 2020-21 Off Season

Open Discussion: Week of October 12th

MLB completed their scuttling of the Minor Leagues when they transferred the minor league offices to MLB headquarters in New York City.

The Professional Baseball Agreement (PBA) between the two entities expired on September 30th.  The move effectively makes the minor leagues a branch of MLB.  They are already referring to minor league teams as “licensed affiliates”. Continue reading Open Discussion: Week of October 12th

2020 Instructs, October 6th (updated 5:15 PM)

The 2020 Instructs have arrived.  Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the players are in a “bubble” and no one not associated with Instructs is allowed inside the Complex.  So, we stand outside the fence with binoculars and cameras with zoom lenses and take in what we can. Continue reading 2020 Instructs, October 6th (updated 5:15 PM)

Open Discussion: Week of October 5th

I imagine most if not all of you are dissatisfied with Meddleton’s half-measure solution exercised this week.  Although I wasn’t necessarily in favor of removal, Meddleton’s actions don’t really address the issues in the front office, and actually may just perpetuate the status quo for another season.  Continue reading Open Discussion: Week of October 5th

Open Discussion: Week of September 21st

The Phillies went 4-4 last week, but still have a 73.9% of making the playoffs.  They closed out their series in Miami with a loss on Monday, then dropped two of three to the Mets at home.  They began a crucial series against the Blue Jays with a double header sweep on Friday, their first double header sweep since 2012.  They went on to split the remaining two games with the Jays over the weekend. Continue reading Open Discussion: Week of September 21st

Open Discussion: Week of September 14th

The Phillies lost an important double header on Sunday.  But, they aren’t out of the playoff race.  In fact, ESPN gives them an 84.6% chance of making the playoffs.  They give the Marlins a 70.4% chance.  I guess that’s because the Marlins only have one more game against the Phillies. Continue reading Open Discussion: Week of September 14th

Open Discussion: Week of September 7th

The Phillies won 10 of 11 games and overtook the Marlins for second place in the division.  Then they played the second and third games of their four-game series with the Mets.  They dropped both games by a combined 19-2.  They maintained their position, but missed an opportunity to bury a division foe.

Continue reading Open Discussion: Week of September 7th

Open Discussion: Week of August 31st

“We need to win nine out of ten.”  That Bryce Harper quote and a very short, 15-second comment behind closed doors by manager Joe Girardi may have turned the Phillies’ season around.  They went onto a 5-game wining streak and propelled themselves into the thick of the division and wild card races. Continue reading Open Discussion: Week of August 31st