Last day of pitchers and catchers…

As a spectator, watching the pitching and catching drills is not the most exciting thing to watch. There’s very little actual ball throwing. There is a lot of pantomiming of throwing a ball then catching a ball hit by a coach so that you can practice throwing a hit ball to a base.

You might catch a peek to the “seven mounds” area behind the locker room building where there are seven pitching mounds. Here, they throw an abbreviated session before returning to more drills.

Once the pitchers are done, they change and run along the warning track for a while.

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That’s where I THINK I saw Joe Savery this morning. I believe he is the 2nd from the left in the plain red shirt.

From there, Baseball Ross and I wandered over to Bright House to watch the position players take batting practice while awaiting being called in to the locker room for their physicals.

I got to see one of my favorites, Kelly Dugan take BP today.

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It seemed like an average day, but was I surprised when I heard that the Oakland A’s picked up Joe Savery. I wish Joe all the best as Ross and I have been watching him progress for a long time.

Updated Work Group

The most recent work group list is in. This is after this weekends cuts.

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They’re Movin’ On UP!

Dominic Brown
Dominic Brown

It was the Jefferson’s Theme song that said:

We’re movin’ on up,
To the big time…
We finally got a piece of the pie!
The same could be said for several of the IronPigs. Within a few hours of losing the Governor’s Cup, five of the IronPigs were given their tickets to the big time. Justin DeFratus, Brandon Moss, Joe Savery, Erik Kratz and Domonic Brown got the call.

Justin DeFratus
Justin DeFratus

Justin DeFratus started the season with Reading, but was called up to the IronPigs midseason. This is his first trip to the Bigs.

Erik Kratz
Erik Kratz

Catcher Erik Kratz has played in the majors before, briefly, with the Pittsburgh Pirates. Kratz was an All-Star catcher this year in the International League.

Brandon Moss
Brandon Moss

This won’t be the first trip to the majors for Brandon Moss. He has had brief stints in the majors with several of his former teams. Moss lead all hitters in the International League with a .385 average and 4 home runs in the playoffs this year.

Joe Savery
Joe Savery

Pitcher Joe Savery is having an impressive year. He started the year in Clearwater as a position player, playing both first base and left field. Then he moved up to Reading as a designated hitter and relief pitcher. After his brief stop in Reading, he was called up to Lehigh Valley as a full time reliever. Not bad for a guy who was considering giving up the dream and going back to college this fall.

My favorite picture of Dominic Brown...Spring Training 2011. He had been taken out of the game and came and sat on the wall next to me and talked to fans as he signed autographs.
My favorite picture of Dominic Brown…Spring Training 2011. He had been taken out of the game and came and sat on the wall next to me and talked to fans as he signed autographs.

Domonic Brown is returning to the Phillies, he has bounced back and forth most of the season. The picture above is one I took in Spring Training. Domonic had finished playing for the day and instead of heading to the locker room, he sat down on the wall next to me. He sat there for quite a while talking with the fans and just enjoying watching the game with us.

Congratulations to all five newly promoted Pigs!

Phillies’ Minor League Players Picked for International Tournament

Tuffy Gosewisch
Tuffy Gosewisch

On September 15, USA Baseball announced the 2011 World Cup/Pan Am Team. These are minor league players who are not currently on Major League Baseball 40-man rosters.

Reading’s Tuffy Gosewisch (pictured above) and the Iron Pigs’ Joe Savery (pictured below) were chosen.

Joe Savery

It is worth mentioning with Savery being promoted to the Phillies, his eligibility for the tournament is in question.

I’d also like to mention that Reading’s Chris Kissock (pictured below) and Jay Johnson, a left-handed pitcher for Lakewood were picked for Team Canada.

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Chris Kissock

Wake Me Up When September Ends-Phillies Clinch NL East

Sept 18 201 Wake me up in October headline

There it is, the Phillies’ Magic Number is ZERO! They have clinched the NL East!

They clinched it the earliest in franchise history with 13 games left to play (six games sooner than the previous record.) This was win 98…if they win 2 more of the next 12 games, it will only be the third time in franchise history where they have won a hundred games or more in a season.

I saw this “front page” on Philly.com’s sports page and the only think I could hear in my head was Green Day’s “Wake Me Up, When September Ends”. It’s been running through my head all day.

How amazing was their win last night? Just think, for Joe Savery, Justin DeFratus, Brandon Moss, Erik Kratz and Dominic Brown, they hadn’t even been with the team for twenty four hours!

What struck me is that they are the team with the most losses in a franchises’ history, yet here they are back-to-back-to-back-to-back, or FIVE TIME NL EAST CHAMPIONS!

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