Former Phillie Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez Reportedly Killed In Car Accident in Havana

Former high-priced signing Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez was reportedly killed in a car accident in Havana, Cuba which was just confirmed by the Phillies. Gonzalez was just 34. He is the second former Phillie pitcher to die in an accident in less than a month. Roy Halladay was killed when his private plane crashed into the […]

More Phillies Minor Leaguers Released-As Of April 2, 2016

Since my last release post, I’ve discovered that four more Phillies minor leaguers have been released. Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez, a Cuban, was given $12 million over four years but had only appeared in 5 1/3 major league innings. Cody Forsythe, who played in Clearwater last season was a surprising release. Calvin Rayburn was a bit […]

Scenes from Phillies Minor League Spring Training-March 24, 2016

It was a busy day at the Carpenter Complex, not only were the AAA and AA Phillies teams playing the Yankees, there was another team (either independent or a college team, even the Phillies players didn’t know which.) playing what will likely become the Gulf Coast League team this summer. While I’m still not up […]

Scenes from Phillies Minor League Spring Training-March 9

It was another beautiful day here in Clearwater. After a cold and wet winter, this warm dry March is a wonderful change.  The one thing that I’ve noticed that’s different from last year is that the atmosphere is lighter and more positive. You see the players with smiles on their faces and a little more […]

7 Teams, 8 Games, 3,200 Miles-A Trip of a Lifetime

It was during the long, cold winter that Baseball Ross and I were sitting and dreaming of warmer days. Somehow we got on the topic of “epic trips” and started brainstorming…what if… At some point one of us said, “what if we saw every single team in the Phillies farm system in a week?” Sure, it […]

It is the Spring of my Discontent

To paraphrase Steinbeck (and badly at that), it is the spring of my discontent. I love baseball, I do, but I’m so frustrated with it, so discontent. There’s so many reasons…almost too many to count, but I’ll try. 1. The injury bug bit early, often and viciously. Roman Quinn, Jiwan James, Cole Hamels, Ethan Martin, […]