A FAN’S VIEW

September 11, 2019

Me and Lee Elia Day 3, Fall Instructs By Steve Potter A few different drills today: **Infielders took ground balls on their knees; object is to get the glove hand out front. **A football was used with the outfielders. They ran a long route with the coach tossing to them as they attempted an over-the-shoulder catch; a fun exercise. **The catchers practiced pitch framing; receiving throws from the pitching machine. **The hitting tee exercise…

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EASTERN LEAGUE PLAYOFFS

September 4, 2019

Spencer Howard (Cheryl Pursell) Highly-touted RHP Spencer Howard will start tonight’s playoff game in Reading. Tickets: https://www.milb.com/reading. Postseason baseball is back in Reading for the first time since 2016. Eastern Division Series begins at FirstEnergy Stadium, Fightins against Trenton Thunder (Yankees) in Game 1 of best-of-5. After missing out on the first-half title due to tiebreakers, Reading took care of business in the second half to halt a three-year playoff absence….

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MINOR LEAGUE REPORTS

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 . . ….

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MINOR LEAGUE REPOR

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…

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MEET COLE IRVIN

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…

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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…

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‘THERE IT IS. HOME RUN NUMBER 500!”

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…

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SCHMIDT’S 4-HOMER DAY

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…

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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…

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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
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