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Rich Wilkins
Easton, PA
Interests: Sports, politics, music, culture, pictures.
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The 2008 parade down Broad Street might not feel so long ago, but if you go to Citizens Bank Park for a game right now, the only reminders of that team you may see on the field are Chooch and Ryan Howard. Around them is an assembled cast of characters... Continue reading
Some notes on the first week that was: From the department of bad signs- Bourjos and Hunter have 18 at-bats a piece, while Darin Ruf has six. This isn't me telling you how I think Ruf will be awesome, this is me telling you that the .167 and .111 hitting... Continue reading
The Phillies are a better baseball team than they were a year ago, or even when they left town last October. No one should mistake them for their 2011 version, or even their 2005 version, but this team is in a considerably better place. Gone are all of the heroes... Continue reading
These guys will be in Reading, together. Photo by Rich Wilkins The Phillies had been playing close to the vest throughout Spring Training on where they would assign some of their top prospects to start the 2016 season. Some of that was because many of them spent a significant amount... Continue reading
The Grapefruit League is done. The Phillies played in Reading last night, and they will be at Citizens Bank Park tonight against the Orioles. Manager Pete Mackanin has dropped the hints about where he's leaning. I have a couple of changes to my final MLB roster projection. Here's what I... Continue reading
The Phillies have kept busy in the past few days. Gone to the minors are Adam Morgan, Luis Garcia, Elvis Araujo, David Lough, and Ryan Jackson. Out of the organization is Edward Mujica. What's the roster look like now? The Rotation- Jeremy Hellickson, Aaron Nola, Charlie Morton, Jerad Eickhoff, and... Continue reading
Eickhoff won't be back. Photo by Richard Wilkins Jr. I'm always excited for baseball season, and obviously i'm always pumped for my Phillies. This season though, I'm more pumped for the IronPigs, if for no other reason than the opportunity to see all the talent the Phillies have amassed coming... Continue reading
Believe it or not, Spring Training is almost over. We're a week from Easter, and just about two weeks from baseball. We've reached the point in camp when the prospects are gone, opt-out dates are mattering, and there's only really a few jobs open. For the Phillies, this means it's... Continue reading
I'm not the President of the Phillies. I'm not the General Manager of the Phillies either. I'm not the Manager. I'm just a 17 game season ticket-holder of 26 years who attends 40 professional baseball games a year and gets the MLB package to watch even more. I'd like to... Continue reading
Aaron Altherr batting against R.A. Dickey in Dunedin (Photo: Frank Klose/Philliedelphia) The Phillies got some really bad news yesterday- Aaron Altherr is out four to six months with a wrist injury. He's having surgery today in Philadelphia, and his season is in jeopardy. Best case scenario, he's back in July.... Continue reading
Photo by Richard Wilkins Jr. I just did my 2016 MLB "Start of Spring Training" Predictions. All are subject to change for my Opening Day predictions (when we have injury info to use). Here's what I have: Current NL East prediction- 1. @Mets 91-71 2. @Nationals 89-73 3. @Marlins 81-81... Continue reading
Believe it or not, this has the potential to be the most fun Spring Training any of us have ever seen as Phillies' fans. No, this is not a World Series team, though I'd agree with the notion that we're not "tanking." No matter that we're not going to be... Continue reading
I know we just got a record breaking snow storm yesterday, but we're under a month from Spring Training and a return of Phillies baseball. Manager Pete Mackanin spoke this week, giving us some insights into how he sees the team developing. With such a different roster than twelve months... Continue reading
With the trades and roster moves all done for now, the Phillies 40 man roster now has 40 guys on it. They have an additional eight players not on the 40 man roster who are currently invited to camp to test their luck with the Phillies for a 25 man... Continue reading
On the third day, the Phillies got busy. As the Winter Meetings wind down, the Phillies are busy adding and subtracting players, while also announcing some major movements. Some of the news- The Phillies traded Ken Giles to Houston for Vincent Velasquez, Brett Oberholtzer, reportedly outfield prospect Derek Fisher, and... Continue reading
The Phillies are on an impressive off-season path, one in which they may not commit more than this season to any player they pick up. In fact, their roster lacks any players at all who have a signed contract in place that guarantees them to play in Philadelphia beyond 2016.... Continue reading
For a while there, Phillies fans became accustomed to big off-season moves. Jim Thome, Cliff Lee, Roy Halladay, and even Brad Lidge were big named, high priced pick-ups made to try and contend immediately. The Phillies flexed their financial muscle to make fast improvements to the team. The Phillies are... Continue reading
Major League Baseball is talking expansion and re-alignment again. Commissioner Rob Manfred says MLB is considering expansion into Mexico, and eight divisions of four teams each. I have my personal preferences about how they should do this, from re-location of current teams to expansion and re-alignment. First off, the Tampa... Continue reading
The Phillies 2015 line-up was in a constant state of flux, with trades, injuries, demotions and promotions, and all other sorts of issues constantly changing it. The good news is that by the end, the Phillies actually found some pieces that are worth giving another shot in 2016. They moved... Continue reading
In six days, the Phillies 2015 season will mercifully end. Philadelphians will shift their attention to the other teams in town, and there will be a short lull before the free agency period begins. For the Phillies, this period of time will be their chance to evaluate what they have,... Continue reading
Both of these guys could face the roster crunch this off-season. Photo by Richard Wilkins Jr. The Phillies have a full 40 man roster. Full, with 46 players that is. In a quirk of roster rules in Major League Baseball, players on the 60-Day DL do not count on your... Continue reading
Mercifully, the Phillies have a little over a month left in the 2015 season. Soon, it will be September, and it will be time to call up some extra players to give the bench some flexibility, or to get a look at a prospect who might make next year's team.... Continue reading
Chase Utley is going to be traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers, along with $2 million, for two minor leaguers that we don't yet know the identity of. This will bring his wonderful time in Philadelphia to an end. He will go down as the best second baseman in club... Continue reading
In the past I've been accused of not liking some of our 2008 Phillies' heroes, lately that being Chase Utley. I think that's an unfair way to view the different reactions though to Chase Utley's season, and the debate over whether he or Cesar Hernandez should be playing second base... Continue reading
Now that the Phillies have traded away Cole Hamels, Jonathan Papelbon, Jake Diekman, and Ben Revere, there's a ton of roster moves that followed. Obviously they start with all of these guys being removed from the roster. Here's what I have: Matt Harrison, obtained for Cole Hamels, has been added... Continue reading