Another Mystery Face
Coneheadless, if there is such a word, LA will be making another appearance as a guest instructor in spring training before returning to the radio booth. Other Alumni who’ll be guest instructors include Charlie Manuel, Matt Stairs, Dave Hollins, Jim Kaat, Greg Luzinski, Mike Schmidt, Roy Halladay.
Who Will It Be?
New http://www.phillies.com/alumni feature story is about anniversary moments tied to 2016. Check ‘em out.
Noticed an interesting pattern in the story. Ed Delahanty hit four home runs in a game for the Phillies in 1896. 40 years later, Chuck Klein did it. 40 years later, Mike Schmidt did it. So, 40 years later brings us to 2016. So, who will hit four in game this season? Cesar Hernandez?
Rule 5 draftee OF Tyler Goeddel has an older brother (Erik) who is a relief pitcher with the Mets. Erik, 27, was a 24th round selection out of UCLA in 2010. Tyler, 23, was the Rays’ first-round pick in 2011. They have never faced each other.
RHP Mark Appel and Eagles TE Zach Ertz attended the same high school (Monte Visa, Danville, CA) and played their respective sports at Stanford University.
1,979. That’s how many players have worn a Phillies uniform since 1883, the ball club’s first season. Will someone be #2,000 this season? Dennis Orlandini, an ardent Phillies follower, alerted us of that possibility. He also said 1B Earl Torgeson became #1,000 in 1953.
Alphabetically the all-time roster goes from 2B-3B Ed Abbaticcio (1897-1898) to 1B Jon Zuber (1996; 1998). The most common name, Miller, 14 of ‘em. Longest, Al Hollingsworth (LHP, 1938-39)
I’ve taken you through eight chapters of my new book, The Fightin’ Phillies: 100 Years of Philadelphia Baseball from the Whiz Kids to the Misfits. Somehow, I missed Chapter 5. Must have been a senior citizens mental burp. Triumph Books is the publisher of the book which is scheduled for an April 1 unveiling. Larry Andersen wrote the foreword.
Unbreakable Records is Chapter 5. It deals with hitting, pitching and defensive records set by Phillies players in a single season, records that will never be broken. Never is a dangerous thing to say but there are a flock of Phillies records that won’t ever be broken. Here’ one: 2B Emil (Dutch) Verban had 573 plate appearances in 1947 and struck out just eight times. Yep, eight strikeouts. Not a typo.