Notes…Non-musical type

May 30, 2018

Bye-bye Babe . . . Minor league honors . . . Draft time . . . This date Babe Ruth started his career as a 19-year-old kid with the Boston Red Sox and ended a 22-year career at age 40 with the Boston Braves. He spent six seasons with the Red Sox before being sold to the New York Yankees for $100,000. The rest is history. What is largely unknown is that the Phillies were involved in the beginning and the…


Phils embark on one of the longest road trips of the year

Embed from Getty Images This Dodgers team for 2018 was picked by many to do really well, that hasn’t worked out too well yet for them  A West Coast road trip is usually a long one, and this road trip that the Phillies are on even has a stop in Chicago to visit the Cubs after going to LA and San Francisco. It’s a 10-game road trip, and hopefully the…

May 28, 2018

Notes and stuff

May 23, 2018

Vince Velasquez (Miles Kennedy photo) Familiar pitching foes . . . Alumni Honors . . . Minor League honors . . . Just wondering Tonight is the last time the Phillies will see the Braves for a while. Something like 102 games for the Phillies before they go to Atlanta for four games starting September 20. They two teams close out the season at Citizens Bank Park the following weekend. The two teams met 12 times in the Phillies first…


Phillies are starting to associate themselves with winning

Embed from Getty ImagesThe Cardinals are going back home to face the Phillies after a victory today in Minnesota The Phillies managed to play in Baltimore today despite a threat of rain and the washout from last night that will be made up on July 12th. More than play today in Balto, the Phillies managed to win their 24th game of the year and improved their road record to 8-10…

May 16, 2018

Minor League Notebook

May 9, 2018

Eickhoff at the Complex (Steve Potter photo) Rehab notes from Clearwater . . . More weekly honors . . . Players of the month for April Plenty of news is coming from Clearwater these days. Making his first rehab assignment with the Clearwater Threshers on Sunday was Mark Leiter Jr. Yesterday, Jared Eickhoff tossed in competition for the first time in extended spring training. According to Steve Porter, “In a noon contest at Carpenter Complex against what’s commonly referred…


Revolving Roster in Phillies rehab program

May 3, 2018

Rehab players in Clearwater (Steve Potter photo) (Steve Potter, long-time Phillies fan living in the Clearwater area, offers his observations of the Phillies rehab program). Under the watchful eye of coach Ray Burris, one-time big league pitcher, Phillies players working their way back from injuries go about their work daily at Carpenter Complex, independently from the young prospects in extended spring training. Rehabbing players wear red t-shirts without names while EXT…


Hodge-Podge Notes

April 18, 2018

№ 500 (Rusty Kennedy photo Schmidt’s historic home run days . . . Minor league players of the week . . . What is EXT? Without a doubt, Mike Schmidt is the greatest player in Phillies history. His career featured many great moments but two home run moments stand out, both in April, exactly 11 years and one day apart. Yesterday (April 17, 1976) he drilled four consecutive home runs in a wild 18–16, 10-inning win over the Cubs…


Non-Musical Notes, 3rd verse

April 11, 2018

(Phillies photo) Where do Phillies and their four minor league teams rank in age . . . Snow balls lead to opening day forfeit . . . He said it; “he” being Larry Andersen. Super far Steve Potter has researched pitching staffs and position players in the Phillies organization and where they rank in age in their respective league. Major Leagues: (Phillies) Position players average age, 26.3 (youngest) . . . Pitchers average age, 26.7 (youngest). International League: (Lehigh…


Minor league weekend report

April 9, 2018

Lehigh Valley got its season underway after being snowed out on Friday; won season opener . . . Reading won its first game . . . Clearwater and Lakewood fell to 1–3, Standout Star 3B-1B Zach Green, Reading . . . B-R, T-R . . . Finished a triple shy of the cycle on Sunday; drove in 1st run in B1 and homered (#1) to the opposite field to tie the game in B6 . . . 5–8 in last 2 games; .417 for 3 games . . . 24-year-old…


Non-Musical notes, 2nd verse

April 4, 2018

Citizens Bank Park’s inaugural opener “Stuff” from Citizens Bank Park . . . birthdays . . . the minor leagues Inaugural opener at Citizens Bank Park (Miles Kennedy photo) came on April 12, 2004. That means tomorrow is the park’s 15th opener. So what is the Phillies record in these games? (Whispering…..they’ve won 3). Fear not! We’re in the #BeBold era! We only look ahead, not in the past. Did You Know? Larry Bowa managed the last game at…