The Phillies are just 5 games into their Grape Fruit league schedule but there are some players gaining some attention. Some are for the their great play and others are for their disappointing performances. Its impossible to tell if a hot spring will mean a hot regular season but it can't be a bad thing. Here's a look at both the good and the bad of the first 5 games.
I hope you enjoyed the first part of the series as I looked what the Phillies lineup might look like in 3 years. Today I'll take a look a the 2016 staff. Early in the spring, the Phillies are already showing signs of transitioning to the future as Hamels is the faovirite to start Opening Day. The Phillies system is not stacked with postion players but it has plenty of arms who could be in the major's soon.
Its hard to imagine a Phillies team without Rollins, Utley and Ruiz but that will likely be the reality a few years from now. The Phillies have traded away a lot of minor league talent to upgrade their big league club over the last few years. But there is still a plenty of talent on the Pharm. Did you ever wonder what 2016 Phillies might look like? I decided to take a look.
The Phillies currently have 59 players invited to the big league camp. They will use the grape fruit league games to decide what 25 will go north with the team in late March. While 59 are in camp, I would guess that only about 35 have a realistic chance of making the team. There are 19 players in camp as non-roster invitee's. This means that they are not on the Phillies 40 man roster and would have to be added if they were to make the team.
There's never been a more successful manager in the history of the Philadelphia Phillies. At age 69, Charlie Manuel is entering his 9th season as skipper for the Phillies. With a World Series Championship in 2008 Uncle Cholly has endeared himself to Philadelphia. The waddle, the stuttering, the smile, the baseball mastery. Entering the last year of his contract Charlie isn't all fun and games in 2013.
It was late August 2012, the Phillies were in Atlanta with a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the 4th. Braves SS Paul Janish hit a blooper to center, sending the 6'4 230 pound Chipper Jones barreling towards home. Mayberry laced the throw right to Kratz, with no time to react Chipper smashed into Kratz almost simultaneously as the ball arrived. It was an impressive hit with an even better catch by Erik Kratz! Kratzy didn't even seem to blink, popped up and showed the ball to Doc. It was right then and there that Kratz earned his red pinstripes. The Phillie phaithful were impressed. It doesn't hurt that it happened against the disdained Chipper Jones, Laaarrrryyy!!
The recent success of the Baltimore Ravens and Audubon, New Jersey. native Joe Flacco and his impending expiring contract have made this discussion a hot button in the last few days. Flacco has a lot of leverage in contract negotiations His agent has recently said that he tinks his client deserves to be the highest paid QB in all of football. Several different experts have given there opinion topic. But I'll take a statistical view on the debate and has the show says, "Numbers Never Lie."
The Eagles shocked a lot of people yesterday when the announced that QB Michael Vick had agreed to take a significant pay cut by resturcturing massive contract. Most had assumed that Vick would be following the old regime out the door and we would start fresh with Chip. Yesterday's news was mostly greeted with negitivity. I was one of the few who thought Vick would be back and I don't think its the end of the world if he's under center for the birds in 2013
Michael Vick has been a polarizing figure every since the Eagles signed him after his brief prison stay. Its rare that brothers agree on a lot of things. And we at Brotherly Love Nation are divided on this topic. My colleague has already stated that he does not believe Michael Vick should or will be a member of the team in 2013. But I think that he is the teams best offense to run Chip Kelly's offense. I will give you my reasons for why I think Vick should be on the team in 2013.
The Phillies "P" is iconic. It is Philadelphia. From Richie Asburn to Chase Utley it is considered an honor to wear the P, no matter the color or style of print. In part one of the History of the Phillies, the "P" and their Uniforms we looked back at the birth of the sports worlds oldest team.
In Part Two we take a look at the 1950 Whiz Kids, red pinstripes, Veterans Stadium, and the first World Series Title for the Philadelphia Phillies! We also delve into the short lived life of Phil and Phyllis and the iconic birth of the Phillie Phanatic!
Let us know what your favorite moment in Philadelphia sports history is, as well as your favorite uniform of all-time!