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Rich Wilkins
Easton, PA
Interests: Sports, politics, music, culture, pictures.
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Maybe I'm reading this wrong from David Murphy: As with Castillo, Tomas' eventual landing place will be determined by who values him the most. Since every team in the majors will be operating off the same information - Tomas' track record in Cuba's Serie Nacional and the World Baseball Classic... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Philliedelphia
Nola's final start, in Trenton. Like most Phillies fans, I'm excited by Aaron Nola's potential. He was a very plus arm in the college ranks, being the SEC Pitcher of the Year twice in his career at LSU. After we made him the #7 overall pick in the 2014 draft,... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Philliedelphia
The minor league season is over. The results are ugly: The Lehigh Valley IronPigs (AAA) finished 66-78, 15.5 games out of first, in last. Reading's Fightin' Phils (AA) finished 66-76, 22 games out of first, in last. The Clearwater Threshers (High-A) finished 32-38 in the second half, 10 games out... Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2014 at Philliedelphia
Photo by Richard Wilkins Jr. With last night's loss, the Phillies are 57-72, a full 17.5 games out of first. With 33 games left, quite clearly they aren't going anywhere at all. Between now and September 28th though, they will play major league games that count in the standings, even... Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2014 at Philliedelphia
Ryan Sandberg on not playing Darin Ruf in the second game with the Angels in Anaheim last night: "I can see what [Ruf] can do on the defensive side of things. I think he's fine in left field. I think he's very good at first base, but with the situations... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2014 at Philliedelphia
Photo by Richard Wilkins Jr. The minor leagues are in their home-stretch. With only a few weeks left, a lot of players are trying to prove their worth right now. Here's a brief update on each team. Lehigh Valley (AAA)- The IronPigs are 57-65, and in last place in the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2014 at Philliedelphia
Picture by Richard Wilkins Jr. I was happy to be there for Charlie Manuel's induction to the Phillies Wall-of-Fame on Saturday night. I generally hold Charlie in high regard for his tenure as manager. Obviously 2008 was awesome. But can we break that team up already?? Call me ungrateful if... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2014 at Philliedelphia
I see my fair share of IronPigs baseball living 15 minutes from the stadium and having a partial-season ticket plan. The games are fun, and the baseball is relatively good. This season, the IronPigs primarily have been used to get a look at younger talents, to mixed results, and that's... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2014 at Philliedelphia
Well since the Phillies suck, why not watch the minors? Oh wait, the IronPigs, Fightin' Phils, and Blue Claws are in last, and the Threshers are second to last, with the worst record in the league (they play halves). At least Williamsport is in second. This week saw some decent... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2014 at Philliedelphia
He needs to go. Photo by Richard Wilkins Jr. Now that i've aired out my feelings about the failed deadline for the Phillies, now it's time to look forward. I remain steadfast that a rebuild is needed, but the Phillies are not going to rebuild. It isn't the cards, regardless... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2014 at Philliedelphia
Like most fans, I was pretty shocked that the Philadelphia Phillies didn't trade anyone yesterday. Obviously we didn't trade Cole Hamels, Cliff Lee, Chase Utley, or Jimmy Rollins. We also didn't trade suddenly valuable on the market Antonio Bastardo, the very productive in 2014 Marlon Byrd, the durable A.J. Burnett,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2014 at Philliedelphia
The Phillies are 47-61 at the two-thirds mark of the season. In other words, they are on pace for a 70-92 season. Their pace has gotten worse as the season has went, both as a team and individually. Things that were true, like Ryan Howard being on pace for 30... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2014 at Philliedelphia
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The Phillies got spanked around the yard yesterday by the hapless Mets franchise, losing 2 of 3 in the series. Their AAA team broke an 11 game losing streak. Their AA and higher A ball affiliates all carry embarrassingly bad records into the end of July. The Phillies, as a... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2014 at Philliedelphia
Photo by Richard Wilkins Jr. Cole Hamels threw eight shutout innings tonight. He has a 2.55 ERA this season. He's one of the best pitchers in baseball. Apparently he's not even being discussed seriously in any trades. This is making some people doubt anyone will be traded. If I had... Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2014 at Philliedelphia
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I've ripped Ruben a lot of late. Why? Because his baseball team sucks, and he's doing very little about it. The natural reaction of some is, "what would you do then?" It's fun to think about that, so here is what I would be doing in his shoes. Cole Hamels-... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2014 at Philliedelphia
Most Phillies fans spent the 1990s hating Tom Glavine, and with good reason. The dude was really good, and the Braves kept winning our division, even past the 1990s. We got a small measure of revenge for those years when Glavine lost the final game of the 2007 season for... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2014 at Philliedelphia
The Phillies completed a 3-4 week, and remain hopelessly behind in the NL East, in last. By contrast, the last place AL East Boston Red Sox, the reigning world champions, traded Jake Peavy today. The Phillies just stood still. Cole Hamels is "barely available," Cliff Lee isn't really back yet... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2014 at Philliedelphia
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Phillippe Aumont is back in the majors. Why? I have no idea. I watched him just over a week ago stop no inherited runners from scoring in relief of Barry Enright in the fourth inning of an IronPigs game, then saw him back in Philadelphia a couple of days ago.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2014 at Philliedelphia
Photo by Richard Wilkins Jr. I've been watching Cole Hamels since he came up. I've seen him win some big games, and lose a few too. He's won a World Series MVP award, made some All-Star teams, and become the ace of the staff. He's under contract through 2018 at... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2014 at Philliedelphia
The Phillies are considering releasing Ryan Howard this off-season. That makes total sense. Ryan Howard is hitting .224 with a .682 OPS. You can take the 60 RBI's, and to a lesser extent the 15 homers, and shove them as far as I'm concerned, they don't nearly make up for... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2014 at Philliedelphia
Photo by Richard Wilkins Jr. If the 2014 Phillies are a failure, one has to hope it's limited to 2014. After all, the 2012 and 2013 Phillies were already bad teams that shed some talent. Looking ahead to 2015 though, it's hard to shed the entire roster. Two starting pitchers,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2014 at Philliedelphia
Photo by Richard Wilkins Jr. I re-start the trade candidate profiles with a change-of-scenery candidate in Dom Brown. The Phillies left-fielder has struggled mightily this year, and is probably undoing any positive vibes from his strong month 2013 season. Teams that could want him- There's no team that's going to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2014 at Philliedelphia
Photo by Richard Wilkins Jr. It's the All-Star Break. We're going to hear a lot about trades. The Phillies won't be buying this year, but they may be looking inward to see what they have. In my view, these are their top prospects. If a player is on the MLB... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2014 at Philliedelphia
Tonight, Chase Utley will play in the All-Star Game for the sixth time in his career with the Phillies. The 15th pick in the 2000 draft is second to only Mike Schmidt in All-Star game appearances for Phillies position players. It's been three years off for Utley at the mid-summer... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2014 at Philliedelphia
Following last night's loss, we're all back thinking about trades again. If we're thinking about trades, Marlon Byrd's name almost has to come up. To me, he should have some very high value right now, and if he doesn't, he might be worth keeping. I'll explain more later. Yesterday we... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2014 at Philliedelphia