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.


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.



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


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”!






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


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 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 and I will gladly send you a copy without the watermark, free, as I always have.


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…

My work has been stolen!

I found out last night that someone has copied pictures from my blog, had players sign them and is now selling them. My pictures are NOT FOR SALE OR PROFIT! I have never ever given anyone permission to use my photographs for anything, other than the players or their families for their own collections! In fact, I GIVE them freely to the players and their families!

So far, I’ve found three copies of the same picture being sold. One vendor removed it from his store’s website with just an email. Sadly, they are still selling it on EBay. I’ve contacted him about that listing and will give him a few hours to remove it, before calling again. The owner claims that he was sold the pictures through eBay and hopefully he will send me the seller’s contact information so I can pursue that avenue.

The third is being sold for $40 on Amazon. I’ve contacted their copyright infringement department and will follow up with them.

I’m beyond angry. I blog and take the photographs for a hobby and for those who like to read Baseball Ross’ blog and my blog. I have NEVER profited from this in any way other than the friendships I have made. That is more than enough for me.

For someone to STEAL my work for their own profit is horrible. In the next few days pending notification from Amazon, I will remove all unwatermarked photos so that this doesn’t happen again. *end rant*.

Sometimes, It’s More Than a Game

Sometimes It’s More Than Just a Game…

I was going to write a perky piece today about the cars being packed into trucks to go north, celebrate those who will move up a level, and commiserate about those who didn’t. Today something happened at the field that took the wind out of my sails.

We found out late, that the games at 1 were cancelled because of the incoming rain and they were having a camp day, playing intra-squad games starting at 10. As we were walking in, an ambulance pulled up behind us then was waved onto Carlton Field. It was then we looked toward first to see a group of coaches and trainers gathered around a player who was laying flat on the ground.

My heart fell. I hurried to the home plate area where I saw someone I knew who told me what happened. The player was Hugo Arrocha-what was described to me was that Arrocha hit the ball and the first baseman had reached across first to catch the ball. When his arm went out, Arrocha collided with his arm and sort of flipped over it, landing on the side of his head/neck.  He was out cold.

There was a deathly quiet over the complex as he was put onto a stretcher. Arrocha did regain consciousness before being put in the ambulance. There was no “traditional polite applause” as he was carted away. Just a eerie silence that was like a cold fog against your neck.
Eventually, the games on that side of the building resumed, but no one’s heart seemed in it. There was no cheering, just a quiet. Most voices were hushed like it was a library.

I have yet to hear Arrocha’s condition. I will update as I find out his condition…

Sometimes, it’s more than a game, it can be someone’s life.

Final Workout Group Posting

Here it is…