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Rich Wilkins
Easton, PA
Interests: Sports, politics, music, culture, pictures.
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As baseball runs silent in Philadelphia, New York, and Boston, it is alive and well right now in the cities that took some of their former teams- namely the Dodgers and Giants- and just ended in Oakland. California has been pretty good to the ex-pats of the East, at least... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2014 at Philliedelphia
The 2014 season is over, and for a third straight October, the Phillies are watching the playoffs. This is unacceptable, and should never happen. It really shouldn't happen to a $180 million team. In effect this means that the Phillies should either figure out a way to contend in 2015,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2014 at Philliedelphia
The season is over. At 73-89, the Phillies were exactly as bad as they were in 2013, except they finished a spot worse now. The future is bleak, and there is no good pathway forward. None of that matters right now though, because we want to look backwards. I want... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2014 at Philliedelphia
Here's what went right with the 2014 Phillies, as few as this list is: Cole Hamels- He might have been the least lucky pitcher in baseball, but he was really, really good. His opening month health scare not withstanding, his year was nearly perfect. Ken Giles- The young righty was... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2014 at Philliedelphia
Picture by Richard Wilkins Jr. Some initial thoughts on what went wrong in 2014: Cliff Lee's health- If you stopped here, this team was doomed from this. I'm not blaming Cliff so much, he's in his mid-30s and this happens at that age. I'm blaming the Phillies for this killing... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2014 at Philliedelphia
Bobby Abreu will officially retire after today. The Phillies legend was the best offensive player the Phillies have had since Mike Schmidt, over all, and was my favorite player while in Philadelphia. As a Phillie, he posted a .928 OPS, hitting 195 homers, driving in 814 runs, scoring 891 runs,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2014 at Philliedelphia
Tonight I have my last Phillies tickets of 2014. It's been a very disappointing season, for the third straight year. Assuming a 1-2 weekend, which happens a lot to this team, the Phillies will finish the exact same as last year. There's not much to celebrate about the 2014 Phillies,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2014 at Philliedelphia
Photo by Andrew Gillen- Philliedelphia Last night was Kyle Kendrick's last start as a Philadelphia Phillie, though I hope it's not his last appearance. Kendrick is at 199 innings on the year, so I hope that Ryne Sandberg finds a way to get him an inning in the last four... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2014 at Philliedelphia
A week from tonight, the Phillies season will be over, and the off-season will begin. With 85 losses after today's 8-6 loss to the A's, the Phillies won't figure into any more meaningful games. Both Miami and Atlanta are playing out the string at this point, and this final week... Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2014 at Philliedelphia
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 Sep 19, 2014 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 Sep 18, 2014 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
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
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