From Postseason to Check Book Season

The regular season and postseason are history. Now, it’s time for hunting season in which general managers are armed with checkbooks.

Came across the following: “MLB Trade Rumors is proud to present our eleventh annual Top 50 Free Agents list!”

Authors are Tim Dierkes, Steve Adams and Jeff Todd. Not an exact science but an interesting article. Awesome website to add to your favorites, if not already on the list,

According to this article:
7th ranked, Jeff Hellickson, Rangers, 4 years, $60 million.
9th, OF Ian Desmond, Phillies, 4 years, $60 million
32nd, RHP Joe Blanton, Marlins, 2 years, $14 million
46th, RHP Charlie Morton, Royals, 1 year, $8 million
47th, RHP Edinson Volquez, Phillies, 1 year, $8 million
49th, 2B Chase Utley, Angels, 1 year, $8 million

2016 Photo Album

Catcher David Ross poses with Phillie Phanatic prior to the Cubs’ final game in Citizens Bank Park back on June 8. Ross decided the season would be his last and wanted to collect photos from each ballpark. His Philly wish? Phillie Phanatic. Certainly a better photo than posing with a cheese steak.

Ross closed a 15-year career in an unmatched fashion, a home run in his last game, Game 7 of the World Series.

Under The Radar
(Continuing previews of Phillies minor league players who are under the radar. These young prospects are not listed on the list of top 30 prospects but are still considered potential big leaguers).


RHP Luke Leftwich . . . 22 . . . 6-3, 205 . . . L-R . . . Attended Wofford College (SC) . . . Selected by the Phillies in the7th round, June 2015; signed by Aaron Jersild. 3-year college career: 13-13, 261 strikeouts in 220 innings . . . Father was a second-round draft pick of the California Angels in 1990 and pitched in the major leagues (1993-96). Grandfather, Tom Timmermann, pitched for six seasons with the Detroit Tigers (1969–1973) and Cleveland Indians (1973–1974) . . 2015: Began pro career at Williamsport, 2-2, 2.76 ERA for 11 games (9 starts). Allowed 1 ER or none in 6 of those starts . . . 2016: Started season at Lakewood, 7-3, 2.00 ERA for 12 starts. 88 strikeouts led SAL when promoted (June 24) to Clearwater where he was 3-4, 5.07 for 11 starts. Combined for 137 strikeouts in 122.2 innings with just 35 walks. Mid-season All-Star at Lakeland . . . 2-year totals: 12-9, 3.21 ERA, 171 strikeouts in 168.1 innings, 1.30 WHIP . . . Features fastball, curve, slider and change-up.

Unbreakable Record
Continuing a journey through Phillies records that are unbreakable, this week’s spotlight shines on Pete Childs, a little-known Philadelphia native.

Lowest slugging percentage, season: .206, 1902

After playing for both the St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago Cubs in 1901, Pete played second base for the Phillies the following season, his second and last in the majors. He hit .194 in 123 Phillies games. The 30-year-old had five doubles among 78 hits and the rest were singles. That calculates to a .206 slugging percentage. Sorry, Pete, but this is going to be your record for another century.

Information on Pete is skimpy. According to Pete threw right-handed, which figures since he played second. As far as which way he batted: unknown.

Phun Fact

Larry Bowa played in the last game at Connie Mack Stadium (1970), got the first hit in the opening game at Veterans Stadium (1971), managed the Phillies in the last game at the Vet (2003) and the first game at Citizens Bank Park (2004). Last ejection at both the Vet and Jack Russell Memorial Stadium? Bowa. You expected Phillie Phanatic?

And, he’s worn the Phillies uniform longer than anyone in the team’s history, 28 seasons heading into 2017.

This Date
November 10, 1987

Closer Steve Bedrosian wins the National League’s Cy Young Award in the closest
voting ever with 57 points to 55 for Rick Sutcliffe of the Chicago Cubs and 54 for Rick
Reuschel of the Pittsburgh Pirates/San Francisco Giants.

The 29-year-old “Bedrock” was 5-3, 2.83 ERA with a club-record, league-leading 40
saves in 68 games. Of the Phillies’ 80 wins, he had a hand in 45. 15 of the saves came
when he pitched two innings. 40 saves marked the first time a Phillies reliever led the
NL. Along the way, he set an MLB record with 13 consecutive saves, May 25-June 30.

Past Gold
So, position-by-position, who have the most Gold Gloves for the Phillies. Check out the
story at

(Next post: Next Tuesday).

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