Trade Deadline 10 Days Away

Ten days remain.

Yep, there are 10 more days before the July 31 trading deadline ends.  The curtain will come down at 4 p.m. (EDT) that day (Friday).  Phillies are in San Francisco that night, the second of a four-game series.  Ruben Amaro Jr. will be making that road trip.

Teams have scouts everywhere, big leagues and minor leagues, trying to get a handle on players that could be involved in trades.  That said, there were only a half-dozen at Citizens Bank Park last night.

Meanwhile, the rumor mill will continue churning daily.  Major writers such as Peter Gammons, Jayson Stark, Jerry Crasnick and Ken Rosenthal will be trying to get the scoops.  There are other websites that will also be competing to break the story.

Then, toss in the fan bloggers and the circus gets bigger. 

The NBA, NFL and NHL all have trade deadlines, too.  But, nothing compares to the media coverage in baseball.  Nothing.  We blow away the other sports.

Just another example of why baseball is the national pastime.

Stolen Base Leaders
Center fielder Anthony Gose of the Lakewood BlueClaws stole three more bases last night.  He’s the overall leader in all of the minor leagues.

Phillies top five stolen base leaders in the minors:
Gose, Lakewood (53)
CF Quintin Berry, Reading (34)
2B Harold Garcia, Lakewood (30)
CF Javis Diaz, Clearwater (20)
CF Rich Thompson, Lehigh Valley (18)

Thanks largely to Gose and Garcia, Lakewood leads the South Atlantic League with 131 steals.

Garcia, by the way, was the Phillies minor league player of the week for lasts week.  Reading RHP Michael Stutes won the pitching award.

Phillies Insider appears on twitter as barons63.


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