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Rich Wilkins
Easton, PA
Interests: Sports, politics, music, culture, pictures.
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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 2 days ago 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 6 days ago 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 7 days ago 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
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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
I'll still miss Jimmy though. Photo by Richard Wilkins Jr. Last season, the Phillies had a healthy Chase Utley and Jimmy Rollins. Ryan Howard played all season. Marlon Byrd exceeded many of our expectations. Carlos Ruiz was healthy. The old players stayed on the field, and played all season, with... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2015 at Philliedelphia
When the clock struck twelve on midnight, the reign of MLB's Commissioner, Bud Selig, came to an end. After 22.5 years, the man who owned the Brewers for over 20 years before taking this job, was done in baseball. I personally was never a fan. I think he employed a... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2015 at Philliedelphia
Photo by Richard Wilkins Jr. Reports have the Phillies in serious talks to trade Jonathan Papelbon to the Milwaukee Brewers this morning. I have no idea what the Phillies are looking for, or what Milwaukee is offering, but this is a deal the Phillies should get done. Why? The Brewers... Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2015 at Philliedelphia
David Murphy is out with a piece that tries to make a good argument for keeping Ryan Howard, but instead makes the best argument for Maikel Franco starting the season in AAA. He makes two main points- If Franco spends about 40 days in AAA, he won't be a free... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2015 at Philliedelphia
Pedro Martinez will appear on no one's top five Phillies pitchers ever, though one could argue he's the second best pitcher to ever throw for the team. The Expos, Red Sox, Mets, and Phillies righty dominated MLB hitters in the steroid era, a time when 50 home run seasons were... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2015 at Philliedelphia
Photo by Richard Wilkins Jr. Well, it's official, the Phillies have signed Aaron Harang to a one-year, $5 million deal for 2015. At the moment, Harang slots behind Hamels and Lee as the third starter, just in front of David Buchanan. Jerome Williams will be the front runner to be... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2015 at Philliedelphia
A lock to make it? Well, the Phillies are certainly in rebuilding mode now. They traded their third veteran this off-season yesterday, sending Marlon Byrd to the Cincinnati Reds for prospect pitcher Ben Lively. Byrd joins Jimmy Rollins, Antonio Bastardo, and Roberto Hernandez amongst the jettisoned, and Lively becomes the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2015 at Philliedelphia
Cesar Hernandez could finally get a real shot. Photo by Richard Wilkins Jr. Jimmy Rollins has been traded, and the Phillies appear poised to do more moving forward. While no one is overly concerned right now with what the 2015 team looks like, the reality is that they will have... Continue reading
Posted Dec 22, 2014 at Philliedelphia
Photo by Richard Wilkins Jr. If you can give any credit at all to the front office (and I don't give much), it's fair to say that the Phillies were very active at the Winter Meetings this year. A couple of trades, some rumored near trades, and a few Rule... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2014 at Philliedelphia
Photo by Richard Wilkins Jr. With the not complete, but done, trade of Jimmy Rollins to the Dodgers now seemingly done, I wanted to take a moment to acknowledge one of the greatest Phillies' careers ever. When Jimmy Rollins came up in 2000, gas could be bought for around a... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2014 at Philliedelphia