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  • #16
    Through May 31: Despite being in first place in the NL East and having a winning percentage that approaches .600, the Phillies longest winning streak thus far in the 2019 season is only 3 games.
    Last edited by philliesfiend55; 05-31-2019, 07:02 AM.

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    • #17
      In the month of May three Phillies players make their major league debuts, as opposing to zero MLB debuts for March & April. Those MLB debuts were all made by pitchers:

      May 6: Righthanded reliever Edgar Garcia.
      May 12: Lefthanded starter Cole Irvin
      May 26: Righthanded reliever John Dale (J.D.) Hammer.

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      • #18
        Frank Luchessi (1927-2019)

        Frank Luchessi, the Phillies manager from 1970 to 1972, a "baseball lifer" passed away at age 92 on June 8. Luchessi managed seven seasons in the majors. In addition to his time with the Phillies (1970-1972), he managed all or parts of four other seasons in the big leagues with the Texas Rangers (1975-1977) and the Chicago Cubs (1987). Luchessi managed a total of 22 seasons in the minor leagues. He played a total of nearly 1,100 games in 13 seasons in the minor leagues (1945-1957), without ever reaching the big leagues.
        Last edited by philliesfiend55; 06-15-2019, 08:42 AM.

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        • #19
          June 15: Brad Miller has been obtained from the NY Yankees' AAA Scranton-Wilkes Barre team to help as a lefthanded bat off the bench. He played briefly this season for the Cleveland Indians (13 games, 9 for 36 = .250). Miller is a29-year-old lefthanded hitter who is primarily a shortstop, but who can play the outfield and other infield positions. In 2016 he had a unusual (flukish) year in the power department when he hit 30 home runs and drove home 81 runs. His three next best home run totals are 11, 10 and 9 HRs. He is a .240 lifetime hitter with 76 career home runs in seven major league seasons (2013-2019). he will be in uniform today an availabl eto play in the rest of the current series in Atlanta.

          Adam Haseley, whose first major league hit produced the go-ahead run in a game that was eventually won by the Phillies this past week, has landed on the 10 Day Injured list.
          Last edited by philliesfiend55; 06-15-2019, 09:03 AM.

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          • #20
            June 16: Today is the 93rd birthday of 1950 Philadelphia Phillies, National league champion "Whiz Kids" RHP - Bob Miller. He is one of only two survivors of that N.L Championship team (the other being LHP - Curt Simmons who turned 90 last month).
            Miller made his MLB debut with 3 relief appearances in September 1949. He earned a spot in the Phillies starting rotation during 1950 Spring Training. He got off to a great start and he was 8-0 at the all-star game break, but he was overlooked for selection to the National League all-star team. He finished the season at 11-6, with a 3.57 earned run average and he took the loss in Game 4 of the World Series in the NY Yankees four game sweep. Miller pitched for the Phillies in all or parts of 10 seasons (1949-1958).

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            • #21
              July 1: Long-time Phillies farmhand RHP - Tom Eshelman finally makes his major leagues debut as a Baltimore Oriole (at age 25). In Monday's start he went 5 innings allowing 2 runs in a creditable No-Decision performance. Eshelman was the 2017 Phillies minor league pitcher of the year.

              July3: Bryce Harper gets his 1,000th MLB Hit and his 200th MLB home run on one swing of the bat.

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              • #22
                July 10: A Phillies prospect, who is obscure to all but the most fanatical Phillies watchers and studiers of their farm system, will be the International League's starting catcher in tonight's AAA All-Star game in El Paso, Texas. Dominican, Deivy Grullon is having an outstanding offensive season with 12 home runs, 15 doubles, 48 RBI and a .306 batting average. The 23-year-old could soon make his major leagues debut and challenge Andrew Knapp for the Phillies #2 Catcher's job.
                Lefty reliever, Austin Davis, who has been with he Phillies parts of last and this season, in the only other Lehigh Valley All-Star in tonight's game that pits International League all-stars against Pacific Coast League all-stars.

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                • #23
                  Good Lord! How does Phillies backup catcher, Andrew Knapp remain on the Phillies and stay in the major leagues. He is hitting .162.....this following a full season where he hit .198. Knapp must be the worst hitting #2 catcher in the major leagues. What's puzzling is that the Phils have a 23-year-old AAA All-Star catcher named Deivy Grullon who is hitting .306 with 14 home runs and 50 RBI to this point, and Grullon is reputed to have "A cannon for a throwing arm", who appears to be worth his shot in the majors. I'd give Grullon that shot. They could send Knapp down to AAA or make him part of a trade package for the July 31 Trade Deadline, which is now less than two weeks away.

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                  • #24
                    I would love to see Zach Greinke in red Phillies pinstripes. They could pursue him and engineer a trade for the July 31 deadline. Greinke would instantly improve their starting pitching rotation and he's signed through 2021. Instead the Phillies try to make nickel and dime tweak improvements by signing Mike Morin for the bullpen and Drew Smyly for the rotation.

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                    • #25
                      July 29: The Phillies acquired 36-year-old, LHP Jason Vargas from the NY Mets in a trade for minor league catcher, Austin Bossart (playing this season at AA/Eastern League/Reading, PA.).
                      Vargas was 6-5, with a 4.01 e.r.a this season for New York and he is 98-95, with a 4.26 e.r.a lifetime.. He is a one-time American League all-star with the Kansas City Royals when he went 18-11 in 2017,his peak season, and he also tied for the American League lead in Wins that year.. Vargas was a member of the 2015 World's Champion Royals, who defeated the Mets in the 2015 World Series.
                      Last edited by philliesfiend55; 07-30-2019, 02:56 AM.

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                      • #26
                        LHP- Drew Smyly has been absolutely amazing in his first two games as a Phillie.
                        He's 1-0, with a 0.69 earned run average in 13 innings.

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                        • #27
                          LHP-Jason Vargas, newly acquired from the New York Mets, will make his Phillies team debut with a start on Friday, August 2 at Citizens Bank Park Philadelphia against the Phillies' interleague rivals, The Chicago White Sox, during Phillies' Alumni Weekend.
                          OF - Corey Dickerson and RHP - Blake Parker shoul make their team debut soon.
                          In the last days and minutes prior to the Trade Deadline yesterday at 4:00 P.M. EDT.The Phillies also acquired two players who played in the majors ealier this season who are being sent to their AAA club in Lehigh Valley (Allentown, PA).They are Outfielder Jose Pirela,acquired from the San Diego Padres, andrighthander pitcher, Dan Straily, who was acquired from the Baltimore Orioles.
                          I wouldn't forsee too many September call-ups, but the Phillies might need a third catcher by September 1st and Deivy Grullon, 23, has had a good season and could be called up to make his MLB debut. Maunuel Canelo,a middle infielder could also make his MLB debut. some others who have already played for the Phillies like RHP - Drew andersoncould be back in Philly in September.
                          Last edited by philliesfiend55; 08-01-2019, 10:54 AM.

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                          • #28
                            Righthanded reliever David Robinson will miss the rest of the season and his injury could be career ending. The Phillies still owe him about $ 3.4 million for the remainder of this season and $ 10 million for next year. he signed a two-year contract prior to the season. This is reminiscent of when Charlie Morton signed a one-year, free agent contract with the Phillies a few years ago and then only pitched in a handful of games before goingon the Disabled List for the rest of the season. Morton, at least,has had a happy ending as he's come back with three outstanding seasons since then and made the American League All-Sstar team in 2018 (Houston0 and 2019 (Tampa Bay) and he won game seven of the 2017 World Series for Houston.

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                            • #29
                              August 1: RHP-Blake Parker makes his Phillies team debut with one inning of scoreless relief work in the Phillies 9-2 afternoon victory over the S.F. Giants.
                              August 2: OF-Corey Dickerson makes his Phillies debut vs.Chicago white Sox.
                              Last edited by philliesfiend55; 08-04-2019, 01:01 PM.

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                              • #30
                                August 3: Bobby Abreu,45, is inducted into the Phillies Wall Of Fame before the Phillies defeated the Chicago White Sox 3-2 as former starter Nick Pivetta got his first career save..
                                In 2,425 MLB games, Abreu had 2,470 hits, 1,363 RBI, 288 HR, a.291 Batting Average and exactly 400 Stolen Bases in a 18 year career 1996-2012; 2014. He was a Phillie for nine seasons 1998-2006 which were some of his most productive years.. His career batting average as a Phillie was .303. Abreu possessed a great combination of Speed and Power and he also hit for a high batting average with a career best of .335 in 1999, one of his six .300 seasons. Abreu also hit 574 doubles, leading the National league in doubles in 2002 with 50 two-baggers. He had nine seasons with at least 20 home runs and two with at least 30 HRs. Abreu also had eight 100 RBI seasons. In addition, Abreu had 13 seasons where he stole at least 20 bases, six seasons where he stole at least 30 bases and a career high of 40 stolen bases in 2004.
                                Last edited by philliesfiend55; 08-05-2019, 01:39 AM.

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