Maikel’s Debut

#7 in Philly pinstripes is #27 in the Dominican Winter League.  Maikel Franco made his debut with Gigantes del Cibao on Sunday.  Batting third as the DH, he went 2-4 including a home run in his second at-bat.

More Arms
Pitching has been identified as the area the Phillies most want to improve.

GM Matt Klentak already added starter Jeremy Hellickson and two relievers, Dan
Otero and James Russell, although he is a non-roster player.  Late last week right-handed reliever A. J. Achter was claimed on waivers from the Twins and two young, hard-throwing right-handed relievers were added to the 40-man roster, Jimmy Cordero and Edubray Ramos.  One outfielder, centerfielder Ramon Quinn, was also a roster addition.

Achter has put up impressive minor league numbers.  He’ll be in the competition mix in spring training.  Read where he’s more of a control-type pitcher as his fast ball is mostly in the 90 mph range.

The bullpen is where the game is played these days.  It used to be a set-up reliever and a closer but now bullpens are 4-5 arms deep.  Just look at the World Champion Royals.

Wondering when a World Series ended with the starting pitcher on the mound.  Digging through I came up with Jack Morris, Game 7, 1991, a 1-0, 10-inning win over the Braves.  Morris threw all 10 innings, unheard of today in the postseason.

The Phillies roster currently rests at 37 allowing room for more additions.  Looking back at last winter’s 40-man roster, only 19 are back. Nine are pitchers, including Jesse Biddle who is recovering from Tommy John surgery.

Alumni Notes
Ron Roenicke (1986-87) is the new third base coach for the Angels and Rick Schu (1984-87; 1001) returns as the hitting coach for the Nationals. The White Sox named Aaron Rowand minor-league outfield and base running instructor.

1B Frank McCormick, who played two seasons with the Phillies (1946-47), is among six former players, three executives and one of baseball’s earliest organizers on the Pre-Integration Era Hall of Fame ballot.  Pat Gillick is one of the 16-member Hall of Fame Board-appointed electorate charged to review the candidates.  Voting will take place December 7 at baseball’s winter meetings in Nashville.

The right-handed hitting McCormick had double figures in home runs seven times.  Three of those times, he had more home runs than strikeouts, a real rarity. In 6,206 plate appearances, he had just 189 strikeouts.  Defensively, the nine-time All-Star had a 138-consecutive game errorless streak that began in 1945 when he was with the Reds. He holds the Phillies record for highest fielding percentage at his position, .999, making just one error in 134 games in 1946.



Came across the following:
Thanksgiving dinners take eighteen hours to prepare. They are consumed in twelve minutes. Half-times of football games take twelve minutes. This is not a coincidence.

Remember it is legal to overeat on this holiday
So, gobble till you wobble!


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