WHAT IS GOING ON?

November 8, 2019

(Miles Kennedy photo) Astronomical home run numbers in 2019….who’s to blame? By Larry Shenk **A record 6,776 home runs were hit in the majors. **Twins and Yankees each topped 300. Never been done before. **The Phillies set a club record by giving up 258 long balls. Four teams yielded more. **58 players hit 30 or more. You guessed it, a record. **Triple-A leagues used the same baseball as MLB. Result: A record 5,749 home runs, roughly 3,100…

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JOE GIRARDI NUGGETS

October 24, 2019

The 55-year-old is the Phillies 55th manager. Has been a World Series champion as a catcher (1996, 1998, 1999, Yankees) and a manager (2009, Yankees against the Phillies). Wore #25 as the Yankees catcher, the number he will wear for the Phillies. Earned a bachelor of science degree in industrial engineering from Northwestern University (1986); was a three-time All-Big Ten academic All-American catcher; first freshman to be elected president of a…

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WORLD SERIES MEMORIES

October 20, 2019

1980 parade (Phillies photo) I have mine. What are yours? By Larry Shenk Been privileged to be part of five Phillies World Series as well as other fall classics while assisting Major League baseball. Every person in the game dreams of a World Series ring and I have two. Here are my top memories: #1 Easy — The 1980 World Championship. First one was special because well, it was the first one in franchise…

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A Gaggle of 2019 Memories

October 15, 2019

Exciting opening day (phillies photo) Memories: the mental capacity or faculty of retaining and reviving facts, events, impressions. OK, here goes….. **Bryce Harper’s spring training press conference on the first base dugout roof at Spectrum Field. **His arrival triggered the largest sale of a uniform jerseys in one day. **Harper bowing to the fans in right field as he takes the field on opening day, wearing Phanatic look-a-like shoes. Electricity filled the air…

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A GAGGLE OF SEASON MEMORIES

October 15, 2019

phillyvoice.com Memories: the mental capacity or faculty of retaining and reviving facts, events, impressions. OK, here goes….. **Bryce Harper’s spring training press conference on the first base dugout roof at Spectrum Field. **His arrival triggered the largest sale of a uniform jerseys in one day. **Harper bowing to the fans in right field as he takes the field on opening day, wearing Phanatic look-a-like shoes. Electricity filled the air at CBP. **Scott Kingery’s inside-the-park…

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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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