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.

>

Final Workout Group Posting

Here it is…

20140324-113837.jpg

Phillies Minor League Workgroup List-Updated as of 3/10/2014

This morning the updated workgroup listing for the Phillies minor league camp was released:

20140311-111222.jpg

The Boys are Back in Town

20140301-215738.jpg
Today was the day I was waiting for, all the minor leaguers returned like the swallows to Capistrano.

It was good to see some familiar faces like Steve Susdorf

20140301-220009.jpg

Cody Overbeck

20140301-220133.jpg

Carlos Alonso

20140301-220223.jpg

JP Crawford

20140301-220519.jpg

Dylan Cozens, Jiandido Tromp and Carlos Tocci (kneeling)

20140301-222144.jpg

Colin Kleven

20140301-222326.jpg

While they are good, I think my favorite picture of the day was seeing good friends, Ranfi Casimiro and Feliberto Sanchez sharing a joke during drills.

20140301-222736.jpg

Position players, catchers and pitchers reported today and they worked through drills and after lunch they had meetings making for a full first day.

Ahh, I love this time of year.

Spring training day five – old and new

As I think about today, I realize there’s two things on my mind, the old and the new. The old? Players like Abreu and Rollins even Howard and Utley. I’m also thinking of the young.

I was able to get Chase Utley’s autograph today. And seeing him up close I realize that in my mind, I still see him as a 25-year-old, even though that’s not true. I see Abreu and for some reason he does seem like he’s been a player forever.

20140222-193033.jpg

It’s almost like what’s old is new. Baseball is a cycle. A player starts, he rises and comes down if you’re lucky you get to see him the whole way through. Like Abreu. He was my mother-in-law’s favorite player. Even when she was at the end of her life, she always wanted to see Abreu play. She’s been gone now, for several years and now her Bobby Abreu is back and it’s sort of bittersweet for me.

And I think of the new, not only like Cody Asche and Darren Ruf but also of some younger guys in the farm system.

Some of the players from the lower levels have started to trickle into camp. I’ve seen Carlos Alonzo, Steve Susdorf,Hoby Milner, Perci Garner and many others. And I’ve also seen some of last year’s Gulf Coast League Phillies trickle into camp.

One of those boys, Rivar Anguilo, made my day today. Sometimes, when you go to the rookie league games. There’s only three or four spectators. If you are one of the people who goes all the time the players get to know you and you get to know them. Last summer, I got to know quite a few of these younger players. Rivar was one of those guys. I made cookies for the boys last summer, I only did it two or three times, but I guess Rivar remembered. When he came into camp today and saw me standing there, his face lit up, it was a huge smile! He came right over and not only did he shake my hand strongly, he gave me a great big kiss on the cheek!

I think that made my weekend! Just to know that little bit of kindness meant so much to someone that six months later they are that happy to see you. People sometimes ask me why I like the lower levels of baseball and this is one reason why. Just a few minutes out of my week to make some cookies for some boys and it must have made an impression.

Just another reason to love baseball.

20140222-194910.jpg

Updated Work Group

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

20130318-132254.jpg

Updated Spring Training list

First round of “shuffling” is complete:

20130313-130652.jpg

2013 Spring Training Work Groups List Released

The 2013 Spring Training Working Groups list has been released:

20130303-171146.jpg

Elevator Day–What can it mean?

It’s a day of moment in the pharm system. Some going up, one coming down. Jordan Whatcott, Frank Gailey and Ryan Duke were all promoted from Reading to Lehigh Valley. Pat Misch was sent from Lehigh to Reading.

So what does it mean?

Personally, between trading Thome (especially without consulting Manuel, who was quoted as saying that he didn’t know that they had traded Thome until after the game) the rumors rabidly circulating that they are looking to deal Cole Hamels to the Rangers OR that the Reds, Dodgers and Yankees are all interested in Shane Victorino and now, all these moves….

I think they are floundering, they are desperate and hopelessly flailing, trying to find something, anything to staunch the bleeding.

As much as I’ve questioned Amarro’s actions over the last year or two, this is the most concerning to me. He obviously knows that his job is on the line. He bet everything that the veterans on this year’s team would be able to pull him through. He spent every dime he could on older players, making a team for now, but the problem is that he over paid and gave older players long term contracts that keep them tied to the franchise. The contracts are also so large that very few teams could afford to inherit these contracts IF we could convince them to take them in a trade.

I’ve come to think of Ruben as “Rabid Ruben”, foaming at the mouth and running around and biting at anyone and anything trying to find something to work. In the meantime, the team is floundering, foundering and nothing will get better until Rabid Ruben is “cured”. By cured, I mean excised like a cancerous tumor.

At this point, it’s OBVIOUS that he’s grasping at straws, throwing in not only the towel but every other piece of laundry in the basket too. Let’s stop the cancer from growing, excise it now, get someone else in there and stop the damage before it gets any worse. Why not do a wholesale housecleaning at the top and also replace Manuel with Hall of Famer, Iron Pigs’ Manager Ryne Sandberg?

They need to keep Hamels. We do not have enough pitching talent for next year without him. I think we have pitchers coming up that might be ready in the future, but not this year and not next year.

As far as Victorino, I like the guy, BUT as I’ve written before, we are flush with young talent that could grow into the position, Derrick Mitchell, Tyson Gillies, Jiwan James, Steve Susdorf, Domonic Brown (if he ever gets healthy) and those are just the guys I can think of off the top of my head. We have to look to these young, talented guys for the future; Rabid Ruben’s habit of looking outside the pharm for senior talent obviously isn’t working, let’s use the talent we’ve home grown and let them lead us into the future and stop looking back.