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Rich Wilkins
Easton, PA
Interests: Sports, politics, music, culture, pictures.
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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 7 days ago 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 7 days ago at Philliedelphia
Photo by Richard Wilkins Jr. It's Winter Meetings week in Major League Baseball, and everyone will be watching the big stories of the week around the league. Where will Jon Lester land tops those stories, but there are others out there, including a potential for Matt Kemp to be moved,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2014 at Philliedelphia
The market for Cole Hamels is picking up. Even though that seems weird, it's true. Boston is now more sure of what it can move, and what it wants to spend. Los Angeles now knows what it needs. Others are now more sure of the market in which they are... Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2014 at Philliedelphia
From my buddy Frank's post on a potential Hamels trade: Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe says that the right offer for Hamels simply has not come yet: The Phillies just want a fair package for Hamels, one of the best pitchers in baseball, and they haven’t heard one. GM... Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2014 at Philliedelphia
Inspired by my fellow Philliedelphia writer Brandon Apter's post about the Phillies off-season, I wanted to weigh in with my realistic hopes and expectations for this off-season, and what the 2015 Phillies will look like. I've been an advocate for trade everyone, overhaul the roster, and all of that talk... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2014 at Philliedelphia
Cole Hamels is probably going to get traded, and it's probably going to be to the Boston Red Sox. Hamels reportedly wants to be dealt. The Phillies need a return on him, and to clear his money. Boston is being reported as a good fit for both. In fact, reports... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2014 at Philliedelphia
The Phillies haven't been to the playoffs in three seasons, haven't been .500 in two, and are coming off back-to-back 89 loss seasons. Things are pretty rough, and the possibility of selling off this off-season (or for that matter not), means a team that is likely not going to be... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2014 at Philliedelphia
My early thoughts on the GM Meetings and Phillies chatter: I'm not a huge fan of trading Cole Hamels, and I'm certainly not at all a fan of trading him to Boston. I disagree with my friend Frank's assessment that Boston has good young talent- I see little I'm interested... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2014 at Philliedelphia
Photo by Richard Wilkins Jr. Tony Gwynn Jr. Andres Blanco. Sean O'Sullivan. Now, B.J. Rosenberg. All are gone. Cesar Jimenez and Grady Sizemore are guaranteed some money to come back. Kyle Kendrick, Mike Adams, and Wil Nieves are all free to walk away in a week when free agency begins.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2014 at Philliedelphia
As the sting of the 73-89 season both fades and is aggravated by the World Series being on, the off-season is well under way. Here are a few thoughts by me on the events so far. While I think Pat Gillick is the smartest man in baseball, the Phillies interim... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2014 at Philliedelphia
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