Elevator Day!

I really don’t remember a day when THIS many promotions happened:

From Reading to Lehigh Valley

LHP Joey Denato

OF Andrew Pullin 


From Clearwater to Reading

RHP Ranfi Casimiro

OF Herlis Rodriguez 

IF Drew Stankiewicz 

To make room Jose Antequerra from Reading to Lakewood 

Also Clearwater’s 3B Damek Tomcha to the 7 day DL.

This comes a day after Clearwater lost the first half to the Tampa Yankees. With this many moves and Tomscha on the DL, it will be interesting to see what happens. This leaves Clearwater missing FOUR players. Hopefully they will post the corresponding moves before tonight’s game. May be I should bring my mitt to the game just in case? How’s the song go? Put me in coach! I’m ready to play today, look at me, I can be centerfield! 

EDITED TO ADD: 

For Clearwater:

Derek Campbell activated from DL

Will Hibbs, RHP from Lakewood 

Atlanta Braves Sign Big Piece Ryan Howard to Minor League Deal! 

MLB reports that the Atlanta Braves have signed former Phillies’ 1B Ryan Howard to a contract!


The report states that Howard will report to Braves’ extended spring training in Kissamee then to AAA Gwinnett in Georgia.

Guess those $80k in doorknobs won’t pay for themselves! If you want to see the nicest house of any minor league player, you can see my article HERE! (Complete with video!)

Ladies and Gentlemen Your 2017 Clearwater Threshers 

It is a warm night here in Clearwater with a strong breeze coming in off the Gulf of Mexico, a perfect night for the season ticket holder annual introduction to the team party. 


You can watch the video HERE.

The staff as announced is:

  • Shawn Williams, Manager
  • Aaron Fultz, Pitching Coach
  • Rob Deucy, Hitting Coach
  • Mike Hedta, Trainer
  • Mike Lynch, Strength and Conditioning 

Pitchers:

  • Tommy Berjans 
  • Ranfi Casimiro 
  • Austin Davis
  • Seranthony Dominguez 
  • Edgar Garcia
  • Tyler Gilbert
  • Cole Irvin
  • Franklyn Kilome 
  • Luke Leftwich
  • Blake Quinn
  • Jeff Singer
  • Jose Taveras
  • Alberto Tirado
  • Jacob Waguespack

Catchers:

  • Austin Bossart
  • Deivi Grullon
  • Gregory Rivero

Infielders:

  • Grenny Cumana
  • Wilson Garcia
  • Jan Hernandez 
  • Emmanuel Marrero
  • Drew Stankiewicz 
  • Damek Tomcha

Outfielders:

  • Zach Coppola
  • Mark Laird
  • Jose Pujols
  • Cornelius Randolph
  • Herlis Rodriguez 

List of “Unaccounted For” Phillies Minor League Players

As a blogger and Phillies fan, this has been one of the most difficult years. There has been very little information released by the team as to whom they have released. They have not been forthcoming with any of this information. 

In fact, the final rosters were not even made available to the general public. I luckily have a number of eyes on the inside who provided a copy of the roster I posted earlier. 

Baseball Ross and I have spent the last hour or so pouring over all the rosters that have been released this year and compared it to the final assignments to come up with a list of players that are “Missing in Action”. I hesitate to say released as there is no official word and for all we know the player could have been sent back to the Dominican academy or retired and it’s not fair to say “released”. So here is the list of players that are no longer on any of the rosters.

Pitchers:

  • Jesse Beal RHP
  • Kale Fultz RHP
  • Scott Harris LHP
  • Scott Hoffman RHP
  • Carlos Indriago RHP
  • Ulises Joaquin RHP
  • Jordan Kurakawa RHP
  • Will Morris RHP
  • Jose Nin RHP
  • Geury Ortiz RHP 
  • Oskerelly Sanchez LHP
  • David Whitehead RHP

Position Players:

  • Luis Espiritu INF
  • Daniel Garner C
  • Christian Marrero OF
  • Luke Maglich OF
  • Evan Rogers INF

THE PHILLIES MINOR LEAGUE ROSTERS HAVE BEEN POSTED!

Thanks to a dear friend, I have a copy of the newly posted final rosters! I have not had time to go over them and see who was released.

So here you go:

Note:

* denotes a left-handed player

# denotes a switch hitter/pitcher

Remembering Phillies Legend Dallas Green

Today was one of those days where my aching “Frankenfoot” was just too painful for me to bear weight so as I rested I decided to read Dallas Green’s book, “The Mouth That Roared.”

After his passing this week, I feel doubly lucky that when I bought the book, I bought it directly from him.  Two years ago, he had a book signing at then Brighthouse Field. I bought a ticket specifically to see Dallas. 

This is what I wrote at the time:

Dallas Green is now a member of the Phillies front office, but is most recognized as the manager of the 1980 World Series winning Phillies team. He’s often around the Carpenter Complex and he too, often says hello to me in passing. He recently had a book signing of his book, “The Mouth That Roared-My Six Outspoken Decades in Baseball.”

I purchased a book and when I got to the table to have it signed, I recounted to Green that as a young child I was *cough, cough* “sick” the day of the World Series parade so that I could stay home and watch it on television. I asked him to “not tell my mother I faked illness to see the parade” and he had a hearty laugh.

Dallas Green laughing at me telling him about faking illness to watch the 1980 World Series victory parade on TV.

He even left a nice inscription in my book.

Dallas Green laughing at me telling him about faking illness to watch the 1980 World Series victory parade on TV.

When I read that inscription today, it really hit me, it felt like while he is gone, that big personality will go on, carried on in his book and in the memories of us who loved seeing him at Spring Training and at games.    

RIP Dallas Green, Rest In Peace.