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Rich Wilkins
Easton, PA
Interests: Sports, politics, music, culture, pictures.
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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 3 days ago 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 5 days ago 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
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