August 23, 2019

Spencer Howard (fightins.com) Fightin Phils move closer to second-half title behind a dominant performance by RHP Spencer Howard . . . Crosscutters are no-hit. Lehigh Valley, International League North Division **IronPigs (60–67) and the Mets were suspended after 1 inning with Syracuse leading, 1–0 . . . Game will be completed next week when the IronPigs are in Syracuse for a 3-game series . . . Final 3 home games this weekend. It begins at 7:05 tonight against the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders . . ….



June 18, 2019

Simon Muzziotti (Nathan Ray) June 17 minors MINOR LEAGUE REPORT Two draft picks from 2017 earn weekly honors . . . To take the 1st-half division title, Reading needs W and Trenton L tonight. Players of the Week (June 10–16) Player — INF Austin Listi, Reading… Listi, 25, posted a .455/.478/.727 slash line, going 10-for-22 with two home runs, four RBI and three runs scored over six games. The right-handed hitter is batting .353 (18–51) with a double, four homers, 12 RBI…



May 12, 2019

(Cheryl Pursell) LHP Cole Irvin . . . Age: 25 . . . 6–4, 219 . . . B-T: L-L . . . Born: Yorba Linda, CA (1/31/94) . . . 2012 graduate of Servite HS (CA) . . . 2016 grad of U. of Oregon . . . Drafted by Blue Jays (29th round, 2012), Pirates (32nd round, 2015), Phillies (5th round, 2016) . . . Tommy John surgery prior to sophomore year at Oregon (2014) . . . Worked on the Angel Stadium ground crew for two summers . . . @Swirvin_irvin19. 2019: 2–0, 2.25 for 6 starts…


We have lost a beloved friend

May 8, 2019

David Montgomery By Larry Shenk To everyone, he wanted to be called David. To everyone, David Montgomery was beloved by, well, everyone. As the president, Bill Giles set the tone, work hard and have fun. We became a family. When David succeeded Bill, he continued the tradition. David knew every employee by a first name, including scouts and player development personnel not based in Philadelphia and summer interns. He made it…



April 18, 2019

© Rusty Kennedy, Associated Press As a 23-year-old rookie in 1973, Mike Schmidt hit .196 with 18 home runs in 132 games. Not the greatest start. However, when his 18-year career with the Phillies ended in 1989, he had amassed 548 home runs. A Hall of Fame inductee and the greatest player in Phillies history. Schmidt couldn’t have written a more dramatic script for his 500th home run on Saturday afternoon April…



April 17, 2019

Mike Schmidt was the center piece in a wild win in Wrigley Field on this date back in 1976. Schmidt and the Phillies were in Chicago for a two-game series, Saturday and Sunday afternoons. In the Saturday game, he set a club record hitting four consecutive home runs, including a 10th-inning game-winner off right-hander Paul Reuschel as the Phillies hung on, 18–16. Their record stood at 2–3. “I arrived in Chicago in…


A FAN’S VIEW…Complex & game notes

March 24, 2019

By Steve Potter Day 40 **The Minor League Camp Awards were announced before today’s game. The Bill Giles Award went to James Smith and the Larry Rojas Award went to Rafael Marchan. The awards go to the best American born and international born players in camp. The John Vukovich Award for outstanding coaching went to catching instructor Ernie Whitt. **I got to the Complex early this morning to witness a couple fun…


A FAN’S VIEW….Nick impressive

By Steve Potter Day 36 **Jake Arrieta pitched in the minor league game on Roberts Field today against the AAA Jays contingent. From my vantage point in Spectrum Field I can see the Roberts scoreboard. Looks like they scored four runs on Jake. **Because of Tuesday’s rainout in West Palm, Seranthony Dominguez, Edubray Ramos, Victor Arano and Drew Anderson were also scheduled to pitch at the complex. **Bryce Harper got his first Phillies…

March 20, 2019

A FAN’S VIEW….wash outs

Jean Segura faces Adonis Medina By Steve Potter Day 35 Rain washed out the game with the Astros in West Palm Beach. It also deterred the Tigers from traveling to Clearwater for the A level minor league contests and the AAA/AA games scheduled in Lakeland. **The Phillies instead played two intrasquad games, one on Ashburn Field and the other on Roberts Field. **Andrew McCutchen, Jean Segura and Scott Kingery all batted in the…

March 19, 2019

A FAN’S VIEW…relieved about Harper’s injury

By Steve Potter Day 31 Our son, Dan, took the photo of Bryce Harper after he was hit on his right ankle by a 96-miles-per-hour fastball on Friday. Relieved by the media reports today that the x-rays were negative. He was to play Sunday but we’ll just have to wait and see. Astros 13, Phillies 5 **Dylan Cozens played center field, he’s done that multiple times already this spring. While the big…

March 16, 2019