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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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