Earlier this week, I updated the R-Phils All-Time Roster.
If you would like to check out the new R-Phils All-Time Roster page, you can view it here. Enjoy!
It’s always fun to take a look back at some of the players that called Baseballtown home over the years. As I was updating the document, I was also looking through old photos, trying to find the right ones to add to this year’s edition. I kept a few of the photos from last year’s edition, but added a ton more. That’s one cool thing about the press box here, we have tons of photos! We also have tons of baseball cards too!
What’s your favorite baseball card? I remember collecting cards as a kid, and I loved it. I don’t think I ever out-grew baseball card collecting. I think it just got too out of hand with all of the different brands. Oh, and how about the fact that a pack of cards only has four cards now? Oh, and no gum, haha. Well, actually, that’s a good thing. That gum was horrible! Gum shouldn’t be crunchy.
So, it is the offseason, and one of the big topics around this time of year is the promo schedule.
Each year, the R-Phils staff compiles some of the best promotions in all of Minor League Baseball. Every Wednesday, at 8:00 AM, we discuss the promo schedule, and try to make it as awesome as possible. While I won’t give it away just yet, I must say — stay tuned, you are going to love it! We have some great ideas for the 2012 season.
One of the other topics this week was the National League Rookie of the Year award. Craig Kimbrel of the Atlanta Braves took home the honor after an impressvie season as the Braves’ closer. Kimbrel, 23, receieved all 32 first-place votes — winning the award unanimously. He set a Major League record for saves with 46 and had a 2.10 ERA.
The Braves also had Freddie Freeman earn votes. Freeman came in second place in the voting, behind his teammate.
Finishing third in the voting was former R-Phils starter Vance Worley — who enjoyed a solid season with the Phillies in 2011. Worley, 24, posted an 11-3 mark with a 3.01 ERA over 25 games (21 starts).
Worley spent 2009 and 2010 in Baseballtown, and combined to go 16-16 with a 4.43 ERA over 46 games (all starts). He was an Eastern League All-Star in both seasons. His best season of the two, came in 2010, when he went 9-4 with a 3.20 ERA, before earning a promotion to the Majors.
While he didn’t win the award, Worley was definitely worthy of it. The young right-hander has a bright future ahead. Good luck Vanimal — we loved having you here in Reading.