Who Stays?

Who goes and who says.  That’s the burning Phillies question this offseason.

We’ve had the greatest era in franchise history, riding the core of Howard-Utley and Rollins.  No one in baseball history played as many games together as that trio.  Individually, each is the best player at his respective position in franchise history.

Will that trio be broken up? Who are the starting pitchers?  Who’s in the outfield?

There will be plenty written and said about changes this offseason. It is not an easy process, one that may take some patience as Pat Gillick has said.

The annual General Manager’s meetings will be held in Phoenix in November (11-13).  Then, baseball’s winter meetings in San Diego the following month (8-11).  Got to say San Diego is a great place to have “winter” meetings.

It adds up to an interesting offseason, one filled with rumors and more rumors.

Just Wondering
We’ve just finished the 50th anniversary of the Phillies 10-game losing streak that saw a World Series disappear.  I case you haven’t heard, the Phillies had a six and one-half game lead with 12 games to go. They then dropped 10 games in a row.

World Series tickets were printed but never distributed.

Well, this year’s Milwaukee Brewers led the NL Central for 150 days and then finished 24-34 and out of the postseason.

Just wondering if the Brewers have replaced the Phillies in the greatest collapse category.

Clearwater Baseball
Young Phillies prospects continue in the annual Florida Instructional League, a program Paul Owens began in 1967 after Carpenter Complex was built in Clearwater.

The last FIL game this year is October 10.

Baseball than takes a hiatus in Clearwater until February 19, the first spring training workout for pitchers and catchers. Can’t wait.

Magical Moments
One of the magical moments in Phillies history took place on this date in 2008:

NLDS #2 at Citizens Bank Park: Shane Victorino hits a grand slam home run off CC
Sabathia to cap a five-run second inning that lifts the Phillies to a 5-2 win and 2-0 lead
over the Brewers.On base for Shane’s slam were Pedro Feliz, Brett Myers and Jimmy

Also on this date in 1916, Grover Cleveland Alexander recorded his 16th shutout of the season, 2-0, over Boston at Bake Bowl.   The record still stands.

Time of game for the shutout: 1 hour, 20 minutes.  Amazing.

Oh, he finished the season 33-12 with a 1.55 ERA. Amazing.





Larry, I appreciate your Phillies insider knowledge but more importantly I appreciate you sending a thoughtful note to me after graduating college 20+ years ago. I found the note last weekend and posted my own blog about it.


Rick: Thanks for your post and link to your blog. Appreciate sharing the information.

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