Threshers LHP McKenzie Mills to Marlins in trade for Justin Bour

Today the Phillies picked up 1B Justin Bour for cash and minor league LHP McKenzie Mills.

Mills has had a mediocre year, he has an ERA of 3.51, but is only 2-5 on the season. He’s also given up 7 home runs in 89 innings.

Here is the last picture of Mills in a Clearwater Threshers uniform last night as he walked out in the 5th inning:

This picture is from his last start at home with the Threshers last week:

May be a change of scenery will be just what he needs.

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Phillies #1 Draft Pick, Alec Bohm Prepares for GCL Season

The Phillies have expanded their presence in the Gulf Coast League (GCL) by adding a second team.

Phillies East team, led by Roly DeArmas played today and won over the Yankees. Tomorrow the West team led by Nelson Prada play their first game.

The Phillies #1 draft pick, Alec Bohm was taking batting practice today on Schmidt field.

For now, we are thinking he will be on the West team. He will likely move up after a few games, which is what they did with Adam Haseley last season.

I also took video of his last at-bat. See HERE.

I managed to talk to him after practice and he seems to be a nice guy. I’m excited to see him play and will be there tomorrow so stay tuned!

It’s a Done Deal-Financing in place for New Blue Jays Spring Training Complex in Dunedin

Image by Populous

If you’ve been following this blog for any length of time you will know that I have been invested in the Blue Jays staying in their spring-training home of Dunedin, Florida. I live only a few blocks from the stadium and have served on the Dunedin Stadium Committee for more than four years. I have sat through numerous meetings, city meetings, hearings and spoken before city council-all so I can say:

It’s finally done!

It’s been a long road and the Jays mean a lot to the city of Duneden, this is the only spring-training home they’ve ever known-they’ve been here for 42 years. By the time this deal is done they’ll be here another 25. They’re the only team in major league baseball who hasn’t moved and they won’t be moving for a long, long time.

The city council voted last night and the county voted their approval this morning.

You can read an article outlining the details of the deal HERE and watch the city council meeting HERE.

Ladies and Gentlemen Your 2018 Clearwater Threshers

Tonight is one of my favorite night of the year, the season ticket holder meet the team party. We get a picnic with the players and then they are formally introduced.

Without further ado, I give you your 2018 Clearwater Threshers HERE.

Easter Drinks at Ryan Howard’s Mansion

It was a very special Easter for Baseball Ross and I…we had drinks at Ryan Howard’s Mansion in Belair Beach.

We had a lovely drive over the bridge and the weather was perfect we couldn’t have asked for more.

Notice I didn’t say IN Ryan Howard’s house, just at the house.

April Fools!

Phillies Minor League Roster Released

If you follow me on Twitter, you’ll know I reported that much to our surprise they did not release a workgroup list this year. A workgroup list is a rough list of what teams might be as usually the players who will be on the AAA team are in group 1, AA group 2 and so on.

So today we were surprised by a “master roster” of all the players in minor league camp. There’s no “order” to it other than name or position so it’s not of much value to try to figure out where players may end up when the season begins.

So here it is:

Here’s a clickable copy that may be easier to read: