As a blogger and Phillies fan, this has been one of the most difficult years. There has been very little information released by the team as to whom they have released. They have not been forthcoming with any of this information.
In fact, the final rosters were not even made available to the general public. I luckily have a number of eyes on the inside who provided a copy of the roster I posted earlier.
Baseball Ross and I have spent the last hour or so pouring over all the rosters that have been released this year and compared it to the final assignments to come up with a list of players that are “Missing in Action”. I hesitate to say released as there is no official word and for all we know the player could have been sent back to the Dominican academy or retired and it’s not fair to say “released”. So here is the list of players that are no longer on any of the rosters.
This is the part of spring training where in many aspects, it’s hard to write a narrative of where a team is going to be. This week is sort of a “limbo”for the players. There are way too many players in camp and the minor leaguers who are on the major league roster have yet to be cut.
The major league camp will start cutting players and those players will either be sent to minor league camp or given their outright release. Once that happens, all of the players sent down will have to be placed on a roster and then the players will have to be shifted around and again, some will be given their release as well.
It’s a nervous time. That being said, as far as a story, the story is the minor leaguers are playing other minor leaguers to keep a spot on the roster. It’s as if everyone is waiting for the other proverbial “shoe to drop”.
Baseball Ross and I will have a recap of the week’s intrasquad games tomorrow so be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel, you can find it HERE.
What I thought I’d share today is a series of pictures I took for your enjoyment.
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 bounce in their steps. It seems to be almost the opposite of last season, at least, so far.
Unless you’re someone who’s unnecessarily loquacious, there’s really not a lot that you can say about watching the endless drills of the first week of spring training. So my contribution will be a series of pictures depicting today’s activities.
José Taveras tracks down the ball during PFPs-Pitcher Fielding Practice.
Zach Green begins to spring for the ball.
Deivi Grullon snags the ball from the pitching machine.
Rhys Hoskins makes contact in batting practice.
Miguel Gonzalez begins long tossing before going into the bullpen.
Aaron Brown and Dylan Cozens during base running drills.
Alberto Tirado pantomimes a toss in PFPs.
Evan Crower was a quarterback at Stanford University who still had a year of eligibility when he was signed by the Phillies.
Derek Campbell gets ready to fire to first.
Matt Imhof smiles after a successful throw to first.
Christian Merraro is ready to fly.
Drew Stankiewicz swings for the fence.
Alexis Rivero tracks down the ball during PFPs.
Mitch Walding throws to second.
Newcomer Jeff Singer played last season for the Camden Riversharks. He looked sharp today.
Baseball Ross and I will be back at it tomorrow, another day in paradise.
If you have questions about the list, I’ve answered the most common ones HERE.