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Rich Wilkins
Easton, PA
Interests: Sports, politics, music, culture, pictures.
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(Last night's victory celebration) On April 13th, 2009, the Phillies were visiting the Nationals on what was the home opener there. Harry Kalas was in the booth for pre-game, as usual. Nothing would end like usual though, as Harry would die in the booth a short time before the first... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2014 at Philliedelphia
Photo by Richard Wilkins Jr. It's Opening Day! For the Minor Leagues. The IronPigs, Fightin' Phils, Threshers, and Blue Claws will open today and tonight, and start games that count. For some of the Phillies top prospects, the journey to the big leagues starts today. Here's my team outlooks- Lehigh... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2014 at Philliedelphia
It was just one game, I tell myself, but it was a good one. The offense hit, which only surprised me because of how well they did, not that they don't stink. The starting pitching wasn't good, which did surprise me, but I guess that's the "one day" thing. The... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2014 at Philliedelphia
A few days ago, I posted an outlook for the IronPigs roster. A lot has changed since then. Kevin Frandsen left. Michael Stutes was released. We now know Buchanan will start out in the rotation in Lehigh Valley. Lots has changed. The Rotation- I still have it as Buchanan, Smith,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2014 at Philliedelphia
Photo by Richard Wilkins Jr. A few more days into camp, we now know a little bit more about the 2014 Phillies roster. We know that Ronnie Cedeno isn't making the team, and we know that Bobby Abreu's decision day is now Sunday. We also know that David Buchanan will... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2014 at Philliedelphia
Photo by Richard Wilkins Jr. As the Phillies roster becomes more clear, so too does the IronPigs roster for this season. The last few days have actually opened up more room on this roster though, as a lot of guys are on the MLB DL that would have either been... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2014 at Philliedelphia
Photo by Richard Wilkins Jr. The answer to that title- not quite. However, things are pretty close to set. The Phillies, in cutting Kevin Frandsen yesterday, have 37 players on the 40 man roster now. They have nine non-roster invitees still in camp yet as well. Given that you have... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2014 at Philliedelphia
It's time for another edition of projecting the IronPigs Roster, and for a primer on this, here's my previous projection. This year is harder than others, as the Phillies roster has more moving parts than normal. Anyway, here's where I have it: Starting Pitching- Crowded: I'm assuming for a moment... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2014 at Philliedelphia
Photo by Richard Wilkins Jr. Let me get a couple of obligatory points out of the way on Jimmy Rollins, before I make my main point: I do not believe the Phillies are favored to win anything, or for that matter will win anything. I also think that a $189... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2014 at Philliedelphia
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As we approach March 31st's Opening Day, I came to realize that my first baseball tickets of the year are the exhibition game on March 28th with the Pirates. For that reason alone, when you realize how close the season is, you start looking more seriously at the Phillies roster... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2014 at Philliedelphia
Jesse Biddle throws for the Phillies Jesse Biddle, shown above, is one of the decisions facing the Phillies in assigning minor leaguers this Spring. He's not alone. Tommy Joseph, Maikel Franco, and more are tough calls too. So what do I think they look like? For a primer, here's my... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2014 at Philliedelphia
A week ago, I put out a projected roster for the 2014 Phillies. A week later, a lot of what I wrote feels reinforced. Most of the changes are in who contends for the last spots, not who wins them. The Line-Up: Locked- Revere, Rollins, Utley, Howard, Byrd, Brown, Ruiz,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2014 at Philliedelphia
Mayberry's deal is slightly different than Frandsen's. With Frandsen, we gave him an actually guaranteed deal, instead of entering into the arbitration process with him, as I understand it. I think that was foolish, but we did it. Mayberry, if we cut him, is only owed 6 weeks of pay. That's really not too horrible.
Toggle Commented Feb 24, 2014 on Phillies Roster Projection, 2/24 at Philliedelphia
You guys don't know how much I hope you're right about Galvis over Frandsen. I'd love to see some young guys who can grow make this team. I don't believe it will happen, but I hope you guys are right, and i'm wrong. As for Martin, I feel like making him start more is a waste of time, but it wouldn't be the first time I disagreed with Ruben...
Toggle Commented Feb 24, 2014 on Phillies Roster Projection, 2/24 at Philliedelphia
I wanted to leave the DL stuff until later in camp, but I'm glad you brought it up, because Adams will probably be on the DL, as could potentially Cole if they want to come north with an extra arm and he's going to be a week or two late. I agree with you that the Phillies will give Aumont every chance possible. He has a great arm, and right now he's Ruben's screw up. I lack confidence in him right now, even in the Spring, to show enough though. My guess is that he's behind Stutes and Horst right now. I also think Martin, no matter what he does, will be closing in Allentown.
Toggle Commented Feb 24, 2014 on Phillies Roster Projection, 2/24 at Philliedelphia
Photo by Rich Wilkins This will be my second attempt at predicting the 2014 Phillies roster this Spring. In my first attempt, I said the line-up was mostly locked, the rotation now had some depth, the bench was concerning, and the bullpen an open question. Now what? The Line-Up- Still... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2014 at Philliedelphia
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On Friday, I put out my first Phillies roster projection of the official pre-season. In that prediction, I left a number of 40 man and non-roster invitees off of the roster. Amongst the key parts of my predictions: Gonzalez and Pettibone left out of the rotation, but on the 40... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2014 at Philliedelphia
I've seen a lot of losing, as have all Philadelphia sports fans who are about 30 years old. I was one month old when the Sixers won the 1983 World Championship, and wouldn't see another championship until 2008, at the age of 25. I haven't seen once since, either. I... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2014 at Philliedelphia
Now that camp is open, it's time to take a look at the potential roster of the 2014 Philadelphia Phillies. There are some obvious competitions for the both the 25 man and 40 man rosters, and some of the events of the last day or so change the outlook. So... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2014 at Philliedelphia
Photo by Richard Wilkins Jr. So yesterday I said I wanted to be optimistic about the infield. Today? Cole Hamels Ok, so last year's team went 73-89. Cole Hamels went 8-14. That was in a year where I predicted a Cy Young. Now, yes, wins and losses are a bad... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2014 at Philliedelphia
Chase has me feeling optimistic. Photo by Richard Wilkins Jr. There hasn't been much optimism over the 2014 Phillies this Winter. That's how it goes when you go 73-89, and make no major signings. People temper their excitement. I want to be excited though, so I'm going to make up... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2014 at Philliedelphia
So, it's not even Spring Training yet, but we're thinking about baseball today. The Phillies roster picture is certainly not clear yet, but the IronPigs is even further out. For one, you need to have an idea where the MLB roster is at, and secondly, you need a clue into... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2014 at Philliedelphia
I'll be the first guy to tell you that I'm not a huge A.J. Burnett fan. Some of it is general 2009 anger (how the hell did our line-up not beat him in Game 2?), and some of it is the general thought that A.J. Burnett annoyed me when he... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2014 at Philliedelphia
A few days back, I did a mock-up Phillies roster, and at the time I had some creative thoughts. Right now, I don't. Following a read-up on the Phillies Caravan Banquet in the Lehigh Valley, and what the front office types had to say, I think this roster will look... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2014 at Philliedelphia
You've probably never heard of Yenier Bello. He's a Cuban baseball player who defected from Cuba so he could play Major League Baseball. He plays catcher, he's 28 years old, and he's not too bad. He hit .273, with 13 homers, in 2011 (his last season in Cuba), and they... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2014 at Philliedelphia