December 2010

Saturday in the Park…

The Reading Phillies held an firstenergy stadium.jpgexciting event at the ballpark on Saturday, December 18, for fans interested in purchasing season tickets and mini-plans for the 2011 season.

The event, which featured holiday music, hot dogs, hot chocolate, and more, helped spark interest in the upcoming 2011 season — a season which will be like no other in Baseballtown history! Over 300 fans flocked to the ballpark to see the $10 Million Renovations to their beloved stadium — and all 300 left with smiles on their faces.

For over three hours, R-Phils front office members walked fans around the ballpark for a tour of the renovations. All fans who came out that day, got an up-close look at FirstEnergy Stadium. Saturday’s special event was something, the R-Phils say, will probably happen again in the near future!

As everyone knows, America’s Classic Ballpark will look better than ever before, thanks to the $10 Million Renovations this offseason. Set to be done in time for the 2011 home opener (April 14), the R-Phils staff members were pleased to be able to show fans what they can expect on that exciting Thursday night in April.

Check out this video, which was put together by R-Phils video director Andy Kauffman, from Saturday’s event.

Stay tuned for more exciting news out of Baseballtown! News on the R-Phils Team Store coming soon!

Former R-Phils Making Headlines…

Welcome back to “Philling You In”, the only blog dedicated to everything Reading Phillies! The Winter Meetings are over, even though it’s not technically winter yet, and hot stove baseball is heating up by the day!

Last week, the Phillies made a huge splash by signing Cliff Lee — giving them perhaps the greatest rotation in the history of the sport. It will definitely be interesting to see the Big Phour take the hill.

As I was looking for a blog topic, I noticed late last night that the Braves and Yohan Flande agreed on a minor league contract. Flande, 25, was also invited to spring training. Two weeks ago, I wrote about Flande in-depth, after his release from the Phillies organization. You can view that blog entry here.

With that, it’s time for your weekly update on former R-Phils who are in the news. Also, if you would like a list of all the former R-Phils, please take a look at the R-Phils All-Time Roster.

Steve Roadcap ’09-’10 — roadie.jpgSigned by the Cincinnati Reds as a professional scout.

Former R-Phils manager Steve Roadcap, who guided the R-Phils to a playoff appearance in 2009, was signed by the Cincinnati Reds as a scout. Roadcap posted a 144-139 mark over his two years in Baseballtown.

A former Major League catcher, “Roadie” spent five years as a manager in the Phillies organization. He had a record of .500 or better in three of his five years. Mark Parent was named as the next R-Phils manager back in November. Parent led Lakewood to the SAL championship in 2010. 

Marlon Anderson ‘(96-’97) — Named hitting coach of the Hagerston Suns (Class-A affliate of the Washington Nationals. 

Drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in the marlon_anderson_autograph.jpg2nd round of the 1995 draft, Anderson spent 12 seasons in the ‘Bigs, and compiled a .265 batting average with six teams. The former infielder/outfielder made his Major League debut on September 8, 1998 with the Philadelphia Phillies — launching a pinch-hit home run off Mets reliever Mel Rojas during his first-ever Major League at-bat. He had 43 at-bats that year in the Majors, and hit .326 with one home run and four RBIs.

A native of Montgomery, AL, Anderson spent 1996 and 1997 in Baseballtown, and was a solid contributor for the R-Phils. In 1997, he hit .266 with 10 home runs, 62 RBIs, and 27 stolen bases. A year later, as a member of the Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Red Barons, Anderson was named the International League Rookie of the Year.

Throughout his career, Anderson was one of the best clutch hitters in the game. While he never really had a position, he proved to be a valuable player on many different teams over the years. His new position as hitting coach should be perfect for him. He will probably get to work with future superstar Bryce Harper — which should be great for the Nats top prospect. Maybe someday we’ll see Marlon back in the Phillies organization – stay tuned!

Brandon Duckworth  — ’00 & ’03 (R) — duck.jpgSigned to a Minor League contract by the Boston Red Sox

Duckworth spent the 2000 season in Baseballtown, and a year later, made his Major League debut with the Phillies. After being part of the Billy Wagner trade in 2003, Duckworth was out of the organization. He would, however return in 2010, spending the entire campaign in Lehigh Valley.

Now, the former Major Leaguer has signed on with the Boston Red Sox, and should help — if healthy, at the Minor League level.  

News & Notes…

Back to blogging, but first off, how about this cold weather? This is only the beginning to the winter season, and man is it COLD!

Anyways, things are moving along in the baseball world — especially this week with the Winter Meetings. It’s a great time of year for rumors, trades, free agent signings, and everything else associated with getting ready for the 2011 season. I wish I was in Orlando so that I could be a part of the excitement — but for now, I’ll follow all the news from Reading.

Let’s take a look at some news and notes around the Phillies organization — enjoy!

Yohan Flande — Flande, Flande_Yohan_full.jpgwho spent the entire 2010 season with the R-Phils and posted a 10-8 mark with a 4.38 ERA in 27 starts, was released by Philadelphia on Tuesday. The 24-year-old, who was a member of the Phillies 40-man roster, allowed 178 hits over 158.1 IP.

Here are some more notes on Flande from the 2010 season:

Made 27 starts and went six or more innings 19
times… Led the club with 4.38 ERA… Posted a 7-3 mark with a 2.93 ERA in away games (13 games)… Had a
season-high seven strikeouts in his final start of the season (9/2 vs. NBR)…
Won back-to-back starts (8/10 @ AKR) and (8/17 vs. AKR)… Posted a 1.52 ERA in
April (4 starts)…

It will be interesting to see where Flande ends up. Before the 2010 season, the Dominican native posted a 27-15 mark with a 2.78 ERA in 76 games in the minors. Originally signed by the Phillies as an amateur free agent in 2004, Flande pposted a 7-1 record with a 2.52 ERA with Clearwter in 2009 — before his promotion to Reading.

Among his accomplishments in 2009, the lefty was named as the Phillies Minor League Pitcher of the Week twice, Phillies Minor League Pitcher of the Month for Apriil, and was a Florida State midseason All-Star. Also in ’09, Flande pitched for the World Team at the MLB Futures Game in St. Louis.

The Phillies also released RHP Jesus Sanchez, who was also a member of the Phillies 40-man roster. Obtained by the Phillies in the Bobby Abreu deal in 2006, Sanchez, 23, posted a 9-7 record with a 2.99 ERA for Clearwater in 2010. The release of both young pitchers opens up two spots on the Phillies 40-man roster.

The Rule 5 Draft is Thursday, let’s see what happens next!