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  • philliesfiend55
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    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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  • philliesfiend55
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    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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  • philliesfiend55
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    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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  • philliesfiend55
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    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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  • philliesfiend55
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    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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  • philliesfiend55
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    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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  • philliesfiend55
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    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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  • philliesfiend55
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    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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  • philliesfiend55
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    May 19: The Phillies pitchers give up four home runs to Colorado, but the Phillies survive and win 7 to 5 at Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia, PA. Bryce Harper and J.T. Realmuto homer for the Phillies and rookie reliever, Edgar Garcia gets his first major league win. Jean Nicasio gets a Hold and Pat Neshek gets the Save.

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  • philliesfiend55
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    May 19: LHP - Curt Simmons, one of only two survivors of the 1950 "Whiz Kids", National League Champions, turns 90 years of age today. (Born: 5/19/1929). Simmons won 193 games, 115 as a Phillie (1947-1960) and he had a 20 year major league career, going on to more success with the St. Louis Cardinals in the 1960s. He played from 1947 to 1967, except for 1951 (Military Service). If not for Simmons losing the final month of the 1950 season, all of the 1951 season and the first month of the 1952 season to military service, when his Army Reserves Unit was activated for 20 months during The Korean War, Simmons would have been a 200 game winner.

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  • philliesfiend55
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    May 18: Bryce Harper hits one of the longest home runs in the 16-year history of Citizens Bank Park. He hit a pitch against the Rockies that traveled over the batting eye in dead center field that landed in Ashburn Alley. (measured at 466 feet from home plate). It turned out that the Phillies needed every single run, including Haper's solo shot as they defeated the Rockies 2-1.

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  • philliesfiend55
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    May17: Another good outing by lefty, Cole Irvin. He is 2-0, 2.77 e.r.a. with 13 IP, in his first two major league starts.

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  • kevin80
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    We won four games in last six games.
    • 5/8. @ STL. W 5-0.
    • 5/10. @ KC. L 5-1.
    • 5/11. @ KC. W 7-0.
    • 5/12. @ KC. W 6-1.
    • 5/13. vs MIL. W 7-4

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  • philliesfiend55
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    May 12: Lefthander, Cole Irvin makes the most impressive MLB Debut of any Phillies pitcher in many years. His numbers: 7.0 IP, 5 Strikeouts, 1 walk, 5 hits allowed, 1 run allowed (it was earned) and he kept the Kansas City Royals' lineup off balance all afternoons with a great example of control pitching. Irvin does not win with a blazing fastball. Almost alll of his sliders, curves and change-ups registered in the 80s. His fastest pitch of the day clocked in at 91 MPH. The Phillies erupted for a six run, fifth inning that insured that Irvin would be the winning pitcher in his major league debut. That was the only inning the Phillies scored in, but it was more than enough as the Phillies finished up their road trip with a 6-1 victory over the Royals in Kansas City.

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  • philliesfiend55
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    After not using any rookies for the first 5 1/2 weeks of the season two Phillies pitchers are making their MLB debuts within a week.
    May 6: RHP - Edgar Garcia made his MLB debut. The reliever is 0-0 with a 3.00 E.R.A. in three appearances so far.
    May 12: LHP - Cole Irvin will make his MLB debut today in a start against the Royals in Kansas City. He replaces Vince Velasquez who has landed on the Injured List. Irvin may make a minimum of three starts while Velasquez recovers from his injury.

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