Rosters Released and Player Releases

It looks like the rosters have been released for all the Phillies minor league teams. Here’s the links:

Lakewood BlueClaws

Clearwater Threshers NOTE: as of publication time they have NOT updated the roster on their website

Reading Fightin’ Phils

Lehigh Valley IronPigs

And finally, according to Baseball America, the following players were released:
RHP Zach Cooper, RHP Colby Shreve, RHP Mike Stutes, LHP Kyler Burke, LHP Nick Hernandez, C Justin Dalles, C Josh Ludy, C Bob Stumpo, 2B Sam Dove, 2B Jim Negrych, 3B Logan Pierce, SS Ronny Cedeno, OF Bobby Abreu

So there you have it.

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Spring Training Ends and the Season Finale of The Walking Dead

As spring training comes to a close, tonight is also the season ending episode of The Walking Dead. Coincidence?

Despite having some talent in the farm system, Ruben Amaro, Jr. has insisted upon drawing from his pool of walkers, I mean The Walking Dead, sorry, maturely-aged veterans. He’s given several players over 30 long-term contracts and acquired others over the age of thirty that were released by their previous teams.

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The age factor is most obviously illustrated by the latest player photos that were released today. Take Chase Utley for example:

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The one exception to the deader is better, I mean seasoned-veterans are better rule is Cody Asche. Two years ago, I had the pleasure watching him play here in Clearwater and now he’s in the Show. He was given a chance out of necessity and he’s stepped up.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I’d rather lose games because of a young guy’s learning curve rather than because Amaro keeps acquiring players over the age of 30. Statistics show that the prime baseball years are 27-30 so why does Amaro keep acquiring players or extending the ones he has long past their expiration date? There are exceptions to the age/expiration date, like Mariano Rivera as a reliever, that is a position that allows for that…but when’s the last time we had a player that was an exception instead of the rule?

The Phillies did not score in their last three GAMES. Then again it’s spring training and like team leader Jimmy Rollins said, “Who cares?”

I do, or did. I’m so frustrated with the state of things, that I now root for players, not the team. I’ll root for Cody Asche and pitcher Mario Hollands, both of whom I’ve watched progress. Both are young, the FUTURE of the team, not the walking dead of today.

I hope I’m wrong…dead wrong.

 

Grullon Gets ‘Em Out!

Today was one of those days when I happened to be in the right place at just the right time. Usually, unless you take several hundred pictures a game you never get that one magical moment captured.

Today, Baseball Ross and I spent the early afternoon at the Phillies game. Afterwards, we meandered to the Carpenter Complex to see what was going on.

I made it back to Roberts Field to watch Deivi Grullon catch…and make a stunningly great play at the plate. I think it was one of the best plays I’ve seen up close…and I got it all on “film”!

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What an amazing play! Sometimes you get lucky and capture it, it’s like catching lightning in a bottle…and I love it!

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Hugo Arrocha is at the Carpenter Complex

Hugo Arrocha, the player injured during a play at first on Monday that required him to be taken from the field in a ambulance, is back at the Carpenter Complex today. He is moving around just fine, though he is wearing a neck brace.

Thank goodness! Let’s hope he’s back on the field soon!

When it’s time to change, you’ve got to rearrange.:

If you’re a fan of the old TV show, “The Brady Bunch”, you’ll undoubtedly remember the episode where Peter’s voice changed while they were performing in a talent show. In the end, they incorporated the difficulty into the song, “when it’s time to change, you’ve got to rearrange” and of course they won the contest.

Well that’s what I’m going to do. I’m going to rearrange….

After discovering that some of my earlier pictures were not only copied to be used on other websites, but someone copied them, got them autographed and sold them for profit. I found a private dealer,
a group on Amazon and someone on eBay selling the same picture. The offenders have either taken them down voluntarily or been forced to take them down by he service they were using. (Yay! The system worked!)

Because of this, I have decided that I will be removing all my older pictures from both this blog as well as http://www.baseballbetsy.com. There will be a few removed from Ross’ blog as well.

What does that mean for the average reader? At first my website and older blogposts will be missing pictures. I will replace them with new versions that contain a watermark. The only people this may affect will be the families of players and players who I have actually given permission to copy the photos. My offer to them is this: just email me at betsy@baseballbetsy.com and I will gladly send you a copy without the watermark, free, as I always have.

*Sigh*

I still can’t believe that someone would have done this. It just makes my head hurt.

I do want to thank those of you who reached out to me to offer support and suggestions as to how to take care of this situation, I appreciate you.

Oh well, now it’s time to rearrange…