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Rich Wilkins
Easton, PA
Interests: Sports, politics, music, culture, pictures.
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I was thinking about this after word broke that Cliff Lee was done for 2015, and probably retiring- Cliff Lee and Chase Utley are both likely to get their buyout checks this Winter, and not be a part of the 2016 Phillies. Next season is the end of the infamous... Continue reading
Posted 1 hour ago at Philliedelphia
Last night was the 100th game of the IronPigs season. Part-time Phillies pitcher and prospect Severino Gonzalez was pitching, prospect Aaron Altherr is on fire, and they were honoring prospect Jesse Biddle for being pitcher of the week in the International League (AAA) last week. Oh, and they had fireworks... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Philliedelphia
Let me make a somewhat bold prediction- I don't believe that Cole Hamels will make his start for the Phillies on Saturday. Yeah, I know, not so bold, there clearly are offers out there for him now, but if I'm wrong on this, I'm not sure he'll get dealt before... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Philliedelphia
About the only nice part about being 29-62 is that there is no pretense that a single game on the field actually matters after the All-Star Break. The Phillies are a basically rotten team, and that isn't going to change in 2015, regardless of what goes on in the front... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2015 at Philliedelphia
View image | Back before most fans were watching him yet, I was seeing Cesar Hernandez play in Allentown. I'm not all that shocked to see him succeeding in the Major Leagues right now, or that he appears ready to take Chase Utley's job. The passage of time clearly... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2015 at Philliedelphia
I like a lot of things the Phillies have done over the last calendar year. I like seeing Maikel Franco playing every day in Philadelphia. I like the Andy MacPhail hiring. I like seeing Crawford and Nola closer to the majors. I liked the Jimmy Rollins trade, and have enjoyed... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2015 at Philliedelphia
Jimmy Rollins has had a tough season at the plate, tough enough that some people openly wonder if he'll get through the season as the Dodgers' shortstop. Even so, I had last night's game circled on my calendar, and had noticed about a week ago that it was coming up.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2015 at Philliedelphia
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