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Rich Wilkins
Easton, PA
Interests: Sports, politics, music, culture, pictures.
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Ryne Sandberg did not do a great job managing the Phillies. I think that gets stated too much, and probably over-stated by some fans, but it's true. He made plenty of in-game blunders, and he was a terrible communicator. The team played poor fundamental baseball and didn't always seem ready... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2015 at Philliedelphia
Aaron Nola has been pretty good in the minor leagues. Of course, if you are a Phillies fan, you already know that though. You've heard about him in Clearwater, maybe even caught a start of his since he got to Reading. You've seen his stat sheet somewhere, or caught a... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2015 at Philliedelphia
The awful reality of the Phillies current 9 game losing streak, and their 100 loss pace, is that there is no player in the system that will change any of these outcomes. They are going to get humiliated in some games and that's just a fact of life. It doesn't... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2015 at Philliedelphia
There's a fairly solid argument that Chase Utley is the greatest second baseman in Phillies' history. He won a title here, made many All-Star Games here, and was a leader of a great team. There was a solid five year stretch where he either was or arguably was the best... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2015 at Philliedelphia
I was in my hotel just outside of Pittsburgh on Saturday night when I heard the news that Dom Brown had been recalled from AAA-Lehigh Valley. I have to admit, I almost felt like leaving Pittsburgh then. I have seen Dom Brown plenty this season at IronPigs games. Based on... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2015 at Philliedelphia
Dom Brown isn't very good at professional baseball. I know that's actually kind of hard to accept for some Phillies fans, but it's necessary. Yes, Dom was once one of the top prospects in all of baseball, and yes, he was on the All-Star team in 2013. Yes, he's still... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2015 at Philliedelphia
Yes, there have been three big Phillies stories in the past 24 hours- J.P. Crawford to Reading, Cody Asche back to play left-field, and Grady Sizemore DFA'ed. You've heard about those by now probably though, and so I won't bore you too much with those. Here's a few other notes... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2015 at Philliedelphia
View image | I've been a fan long enough to not be mocked by Ruben. The Phillies are a 95-ish loss team, or worse. Ruben Amaro is in his seventh season leading the front office. He's been in the front office even longer. His tenure in charge has been... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2015 at Philliedelphia
It shouldn't be all that shocking that Chad Billingsley is going to the DL, though it should be troubling. After all, Billingsley has had some arm problems in recent years, though they were mostly with his elbow, and not his shoulder. His strained shoulder has no timetable at this time,... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2015 at Philliedelphia
View image | From his MLB debut in 2006 on, Cole Hamels has been a fixture in the Phillies rotation, putting up some of the best numbers in baseball, and in club history. The odds are though that those days are numbered, and that Hamels will end up in... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2015 at Philliedelphia
I know the Phillies probably have the worst team they've had since entering Citizens Bank Park. I know they also had some cold weather yesterday. These are not conditions that usually draw huge crowds to the ballpark. They certainly didn't do that yesterday. The paid attendance for the Phillies-Marlins series... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2015 at Philliedelphia
Here's the minor league teams at a full week and a half in. Lehigh Valley IronPigs (AAA-International League)- They are 3-8 so far. Maikel Franco has been the clear star, slashing .386/.438/.682/1.119, with ten extra base hits, including eight doubles so far. Russ Canzler has posted a .324/.415/.471/.885 so far.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2015 at Philliedelphia
Through last night's IronPigs game, Maikel Franco is putting up a .385/.442/.667/1.109 slash line in AAA. That's pretty impressive. The most developed of the Phillies top tier of prospects has eight extra-base hits over his first nine games, and is providing the kind of pop that the Phillies themselves could... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2015 at Philliedelphia
This post should go without too much explanation. Today is Opening Day for MLB, and so I announce my predictions for the season that began last night in Chicago. Here are my predictions for the 2015 season: NATIONAL LEAGUE East Washington Nationals- 102-60 Miami Marlins- 85-77 New York Mets- 75-87... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2015 at Philliedelphia
The Phillies finalized their rosters throughout the system today, from the Major Leagues down. We now know what the teams will look like, and can predict how they will do. Let's take a look at the big league club and upper minors. Leading off: The Phillies Rotation- Cole Hamels, Aaron... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2015 at Philliedelphia
Cody Asche on last year's rehab assignment. Photo by Richard Wilkins Jr. Cody Asche's back is stiff. J.P. Crawford has an oblique injury. Mario Hollands needs elbow surgery. Dom Brown has achilles issues. Jerome Williams has had hamstring issues. Cliff Lee is probably done. Jeff Francoeur had some oblique issues.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2015 at Philliedelphia
Photo by Richard Wilkins Jr. Today is Sunday March 22nd, and in about two weeks, baseball will begin up North here. It might not seem so close, with the snow on the ground and all, but it is. This means roster decisions are now heating up, and who ends up... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2015 at Philliedelphia
Happy first day of Spring! As it snows up north here in Philadelphia and Allentown, the rosters for the Phillies and IronPigs become a bit more clear, and yet less so as well. Aaron Harang got through his start, and if he doesn't have an issue after this one, could... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2015 at Philliedelphia
So the Spring has moved on far enough that injuries and performance are starting to impact who will make this team. Cliff Lee, despite what he and the team says, probably will not be able to come north, in my opinion. Ethan Martin's mysteriously diminished fastball won't allow him to... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2015 at Philliedelphia
Well, the Phillies fought to a draw with the almost-equally hopeless Yankees in yesterday's official Spring opener, so they are unofficially 0-1-1 so far in Clearwater, 0-0-1 officially. Ryan Howard played well in the game, a good sign, and the team didn't lose. Howard even spoke positively afterwards. There was... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2015 at Philliedelphia
So it's Opening Day of official Spring Training games, and the Phillies have already lost to the University of Tampa, a Division II college team. No biggie though, right? I mean half the players in the line-up won't be here in three weeks. So, let's look forward at a topic... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2015 at Philliedelphia
The full squad finally arrived in Clearwater now, all 40 man members and the 18 non-roster invitees to camp. Baseball season has arrived! On Sunday the Phillies will play their first game (against the University of Tampa), and even with the dark days ahead, I'm excited. Here's my look at... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2015 at Philliedelphia
Well, it's Spring Training, and the Phillies not only have to put together a big league roster, but four full-season affiliates too. Today, we're going to focus on the AAA roster, and who might be on it for the 2015 season. If you're a partial season ticket holder like me,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2015 at Philliedelphia
With some of the changes to the Phillies roster in the last week, the IronPigs are looking like a very different team too. Their rotation is coming into view now, as is their bullpen. How this roster looks is always challenging, because you have to also guess how the big... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2015 at Philliedelphia
Photo by Richard Wilkins Jr. Well, Chad Billingsley is a Phillies pitcher now, not the guy throwing against them in the NLCS. If you're not excited by the Billingsley era, I don't know what will excite you? How does this change the roster? Well, here's my updated look at it:... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2015 at Philliedelphia