Who’s First at First?

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On Friday, the Phillies equipment truck will be loaded at Citizens Bank Park.  Two days later it will be unloaded at Bright House Field in Clearwater. Among the trunks and boxes are dozens of hats the Phillies will wear this spring. Pretty cool.

Who’s First at First?
The Phillies were established in 1883 so guess who has played the most games at first base? Pretty easy guess.  Now, who’s third on the list?  Shockingly surprising.  Check out the story at http://www.phillies.com/alumni.

Outside Observation
Paul Swydan, Fangraphs.com: “It’s highly unlikely that the Phillies will be a good team in 2016. But they have a solid mix of players who should make for an entertaining brand of baseball, and the franchise has done a great deal to turn things around in the last year. They have very few old and fading veterans, a healthy dose of players who are not only exciting, but as Corinne Landrey recently pointed out, are excited for each other. They even have an interesting reclamation project in Peter Bourjos. It won’t all be wine and roses — let’s not speak of the bullpen — but it is the type of team that you can dream on, and that’s exciting.”

Best Tools
Jim Callis has written a story about the best tools among the top 100 MLBPipeline prospects.  Strongest arm goes to catcher Jorge Alfaro:

“Some evaluators rate Alfaro’s pure arm strength as an 80, though it doesn’t always play to that level because he’s not a clean receiver and his footwork can get sloppy. He threw out just 29 percent of base stealers last year and has erased just 27 percent as a pro, but no catcher can record sub-1.8-second pop times (mitt to glove at second base) as easily.”

Here It Is!

Fightin' Phillies
The cover of my new book which will be on sale starting April 1, no foolin’. 320 pages of Phillies history and Behind the Scenes stories.  Triumph is the publisher. Larry Andersen wrote the foreword.

The book provides insight into a potpourri of faces, places, events, and personalities in Phillies history. One of the many historic performance features is about Jimmy Rollins passing Mike Schmidt as the franchise’s all-time hits leader.

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