Saturday, August 8, 2020

2020 Chachi #14 Kyle Garlick


#23
Kyle Bruce Garlick
Outfield

Bats:  Right  Throws:  Right  Height:  6'1"  Weight:  210
Opening Day Age:  28
Born:  January 26, 1992, Chino Hills, CA
How Obtained:  Acquired from the Los Angeles Dodgers for Tyler Gilbert, February 15, 2020
Contract Status:  Arbitration eligible in 2023, free agency eligible in 2026
Major League Teams:  Los Angeles Dodgers 2019; Philadelphia Phillies 2020
First Phillies Card:  N/A
First Phillies Minor League Card:  N/A
First Phillies Team Issued Card:  N/A

Newest Card Added:  N/A

Topps Flagship Set Appearances (1):  2020

0 - Garlick baseball cards in my collection per The Phillies Room Checklist as of 8/6/20.

Complete Chachi Checklist
2020 Chachi New Additions #12
2020 Chachi #14

Garlick, acquired from the Dodgers in February, made the Phillies Opening Day roster and promptly switched from the #72 he had worn throughout the spring to the more appropriate #23.  To date, he's appeared in one game for the Phillies, DH'ing against the Yankees on August 5th and going 0 for 2.

He was sent to the Lehigh Valley alternate training site on August 6th when rosters decreased in size from 30 players to 28.  I'm curious to see if the Lehigh Valley IronPigs issue a Phillies Taxi Squad set.  If they have the rights to those players, it seems as if that could be a popular set with Phillies collectors as it would feature the first Phillies baseball cards for Garlick, Mikie Mahtook, Nick Martini, Cristopher Sanchez and Ronald Torreyes, along with several top Phillies prospects.

Garlick's first mainstream baseball card can be found in Topps Series 2, released in June, and featuring the outfielder with the Dodgers.
2020 Virtual Phillies Wall / 2020 Season Summary Index 2020 Chachi Set Checklist

Friday, August 7, 2020

Series Preview - Braves at Phillies: August 7th to August 10th

2020 Chachi Fan Favorites #13
2020 Chachi 1991 Topps Missing Links #2
Friday 7:05, Saturday 6:05, Sunday 1:05, Monday 6:05
Citizens Bank Park - Philadelphia, PA

At the Ballpark:  This was originally scheduled (pre-pandemic) as Alumni Weekend and there would have been ceremonies to induct Manny Trillo into the Wall of Fame, along with a 40th anniversary celebration of the 1980 World Championship team.  The Phillies are still advertising this as Alumni Weekend on their television broadcasts, so I'm assuming they have a few things in store to mark the occasion.

Sunday's starter for the Phillies is listed as "TBD," but it's expected (and hoped) this will be the big league debut for top pitching prospect Spencer Howard.

Braves 9-5
2nd Place in the N.L. East, 1/2 game behind the Marlins

Braves Probables
Kyle Wright (0-1, 7.50)
TBD
Max Fried (2-0, 2.04)
Sean Newcomb (0-1, 6.57)

Braves Leaders
Average:  Dansby Swanson - .296
Runs:  Freddie Freeman and Dansby Swanson - 11
Home Runs:  Marcell Ozuna - 3
RBIs:  Dansby Swanson - 13
Stolen Bases:  Ender Inciarte and Dansby Swanson - 3

Wins:  Max Fried - 2
ERA:  Max Fried - 2.04
Strikeouts:  Touki Toussaint - 20
Saves:  Mark Melancon - 2
Phillies 3-4
Tied for 3rd Place in the N.L. East, 3 games behind the Marlins

Phillies Probables
Vince Velasquez (0-0, 12.00)
Jake Arrieta (0-1, 5.40)
TBD
Aaron Nola (0-1, 3.97)

Phillies Leaders
Average:  J.T. Realmuto - .333
Runs:  Bryce Harper and J.T. Realmuto - 6
Home Runs:  J.T. Realmuto - 3
RBIs:  J.T. Realmuto - 8
Stolen Bases:  Bryce Harper - 1

Wins:  Zack Wheeler - 2
ERA:  Zack Wheeler - 2.08
Strikeouts:  Aaron Nola - 19
Saves:  Hector Neris - 2

Game 7 - 2020 Topps Utz #23 J.T. Realmuto

Phillies 5Yankees 4
Game 7 - Thursday Night, August 6th in Philadelphia
Record - 3-4, Tied for 3rd Place, 3 games behind the Marlins

One Sentence Summary:  Zach Eflin, J.T. Realmuto and Hector Neris starred in this tense 5-4 Phillies win over the Yankees.

What It Means:  With the Phandemic Krew yelling and blowing air horns beyond the center field gate in Ashburn Alley, the Phillies managed to split the four-game series with the Yankees.  The Braves visit next for a four-game set starting tonight.

What Happened:  Eflin only went four innings, and both runs he allowed were unearned.  He scattered four hits and struck out five, including Giancarlo Stanton and Gary Sanchez twice each.  The bullpen entered in the fifth and other than a two-run home run surrendered by Nick Pivetta to Sanchez, did a decent job.  Neris was needed for four outs and while he made things interesting, he got Luke Voit on a long fly ball to center to end the game.

Realmuto's three-run home run in the first put the Phillies up for good and he threw out a runner (Brett Gardner) in the fourth trying to steal second.  Phil Gosselin, batting fifth and DH'ing, gave the Phillies a 5-2 lead with a two-run double in the third.  He finished the game with an impressive .600 average.

Featured Card:  For the second year in a row, Topps partnered with Utz to produce a set of baseball cards to be included in packages of Utz potato chips.  They went the extra mile this year and created a new design that I actually like more than the 2020 Topps flagship design.  There are 100 cards in the set, with four Phillies including this Realmuto card.

Transactions:  Roster sizes decreased from 30 to 28 on Thursday, with Kyle Garlick (of) and Enyel De Los Santos (rhp) both optioned to the Lehigh Valley alternate training site.  Also, Reggie McClain (rhp) was moved from the paternity list to the injured list, retroactive to August 3rd, with a right shoulder impingement.

2020 Virtual Phillies Wall / 2020 Season Summary Index 2020 Chachi Set Checklist

Introducing the 2021 Chachi Set


It certainly feels odd to be seeing pictures of cards from 2021 when we're only a handful of games into the 2020 season.  On Wednesday afternoon, Topps revealed the design for its 2021 flagship set on its social media platforms.  I've accepted I'll probably never love a Topps flagship design again, for the simple reason I prefer the design and design elements from several decades ago.  The 2021 Topps design is fine, and I'll add a Phillies team set and the factory set to my collection, but I won't go out of my way to open boxes and packs of the product.  Gone are the days when a new Topps flagship set's design makes me want to hand collate a set.

Which brings us to the reason for this post.  As has become tradition, whenever Topps teases its first look at the next year's set, I do the same for the next year's Chachi set.  Going with the 1986 Topps design for the 2021 Chachi set was a relatively easy choice.  First, I've already used all the sets from the 1970s, with the exception of the difficult to replicate 1972 Topps set.  Second, I wanted to go back to the 1980s since I'm spending this season working with the 1991 Topps design.  And third, the only sets from the 1980s I've not yet tackled are from 1984, 1986, 1987 and 1989.  I realize Topps will have 1986 Topps-inspired cards in its packs of 2021 Topps, so there will be some correlation there.  It's also a fairly easy design to replicate and after the strain of 2020, I'm all for something that's relatively simple.  Team name at top using the team's primary color and Novel Gothic font, centered photo, name at bottom, position in little circle - simple.  We all deserve an easy and uncomplicated 2021, right?

Here's a look at potential future Chachi set candidates, with dark horse sets from the 21st century entering the mix for the first time ever.

1965 - My favorite Topps design from the 1960s and now the subject of this blog of mine.
1972 - The only set design from the 1970s I've not used yet, given I'm not advanced enough to replicate the font used for team names.
1984, 1987, 1989 - I still can't seem to get the fonts quite right the 1987 and 1989 sets.  And the 1984 set scares me off somewhat as I'd need two pictures of each player.
2000, 2001, 2006, 2008 - How is it I feel more nostalgia for the 2000s than the 1990s at this point?  I've really come to appreciate the design of the 2000 Topps sets, and it could be one of their most underrated designs ever.  Somehow, this is an early favorite for the 2022 Chachi set.
Other Future Candidates - 1981 Donruss, 1981 Fleer, 1982 Donruss, 1983 Fleer, 1985 Fleer, 1987 Donruss

Memory Lane
2014 Chachi Preview #1 (8/8/13)
2015 Chachi Preview #1 (8/15/14)
2016 Chachi Preview #1 (8/11/15)
2017 Chachi Preview #1 (8/10/16)
2018 Chachi Preview #1 (8/7/17)
2019 Chachi Preview #1 (8/20/18)
2020 Chachi Preview #1 (8/2/19)
2021 Chachi Preview #1 (8/7/20)

Thursday, August 6, 2020

Game 6 - 2020 Topps Heritage #53 Aaron Nola

Yankees 3Phillies 1 (Game 2 - 7 Innings)
Game 6 - Wednesday Night, August 5th in Philadelphia
Record - 2-4, 4th Place, 3 games behind the Marlins

One Sentence Summary:  Aaron Nola matched his career high with 12 strikeouts, but a lack of offense and Tommy Hunter led to a 3-1 loss to the Yankees.

What It Means:  It's still early right?  A tenth of the way through this season, the equivalent of 16 games during a regular season, the batting averages for some of the starters is concerning - Roman Quinn .182, Rhys Hoskins .158, Bryce Harper .222, Jean Segura .182, Andrew McCutchen .056 and Scott Kingery .100.

What Happened:  Nola turned in an ace-like performance, with his only blemish being a second inning home run allowed to Luke Voit.  He allowed three hits and one run, with manager Joe Girardi lifting him after six innings and 88 pitches.  Hunter entered in the seventh with the score tied and didn't retire a batter.  After four sharp hits and a hit batter, it was 3-1 Yankees and Hunter was sitting on the bench, stunned.

The Phillies scored their lone run in the second when Andrew Knapp singled Neil Walker home.

Featured Card:  Assuming he makes 9 more starts this season, here's hoping Nola actually gets some run support and then some decent relief pitching to lock down at least a handful of wins for him.

2020 Virtual Phillies Wall / 2020 Season Summary Index 2020 Chachi Set Checklist

Game 5 - Hey, That's Us!


Phillies 11Yankees 7 (Game 1 - 7 Innings)
Game 5 - Wednesday Afternoon, August 5th in Philadelphia
Record - 2-3

One Sentence Summary:  With the Yankees as the home team at Citizens Bank Park, the Phillies offense came to life (briefly) in this 11-7 win.

What It Means:  Hurricane Isaias necessitated the move of this game from the Bronx to Philly, as game one of a double header and with the Phillies and Yankees playing their first seven-inning regulation games in franchise history.  Due to safety concerns, all scheduled double headers this season will go only seven innings, barring any ties at the end of seven.

What Happened:  Zack Wheeler controlled a powerful Yankees line-up, improving his record to 2-0 while pitching six innings of three-run (two earned), six-hit ball.  Reliever Austin Davis struggled mightily in the seventh, allowing four runs in a third of an inning, but Hector Neris needed only one pitch to lock down his first save of the season.

Bryce Harper hit a two-run home run in the third, with J.T. Realmuto adding a solo home run in the fifth.  Realmuto drove in another run in the team's six-run sixth inning.  The entire starting line-up, with the exception of lead-off hitter Andrew McCutchen and DH Kyle Garlick, had at least one hit in this game.

Featured Card:  And we were there!  Sort of.

When the Phillies announced fans could purchase cut-outs of themselves to be seated in Citizens Bank Park during the season, and that proceeds would benefit Phillies Charities, I knew I needed to order ours.  Jenna showed up a few days ago on the Phillies Instagram feed with the caption "Find Bryce."  She's on the left of the limited edition card above, right behind Richie Ashburn.

We wondered where the rest of us were, and our question was answered when the Phillies posted photos yesterday on Twitter of some of the "crowd."  Appropriately enough, Doug, Ben and I are seated a few rows behind Phillies great Tony Taylor and right in front of current TV broadcast Tom McCarthy.

2020 Virtual Phillies Wall / 2020 Season Summary Index 2020 Chachi Set Checklist

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Series Preview - Yankees at Phillies: August 5th to August 6th

2020 Chachi Fan Favorites #24
2020 Chachi Fan Favorites #5
Wednesday Double Header 4:05, Thursday 6:05
Citizens Bank Park - Philadelphia, PA

At the Ballpark:  The strangeness of 2020 continues.  Tuesday night's game was postponed due to Hurricane Isaias, to be made up as Game 1 of a double header at Citizens Bank Park on Wednesday afternoon.  The Yankees will be the home team for Game 1, with the Phillies as the home team for Game 2.

Yankees 8-1
1st Place in the A.L. East, 3 games ahead of the Orioles

Yankees Probables
Jordan Montgomery (1-0, 1.59)
TBD
Masahiro Tanaka (0-0, 3.38)

Yankees Leaders
Average:  DJ LeMahieu - .412
Runs:  Aaron Judge - 11
Home Runs:  Aaron Judge - 6
RBIs:  Aaron Judge - 14
Stolen Bases:  Mike Tauchman - 3

Wins:  Gerrit Cole - 3
ERA:  Gerrit Cole - 2.55
Strikeouts:  Gerrit Cole - 16
Saves:  Zack Britton - 4
Phillies 1-3
4th Place in the N.L. East, 3 games behind the Braves

Phillies Probables
Zack Wheeler (1-0, 1.29)
Aaron Nola (0-1, 6.75)
Zach Eflin (0-0, 0.00)

Phillies Leaders
Average:  Didi Gregorius - .333
Runs:  Phil Gosselin and Did Gregorius - 3
Home Runs:  Phil Gosselin and Didi Gregorius - 2
RBIs:  Three tied with - 3
Stolen Bases:  N/A

Wins:  Zack Wheeler - 1
ERA:  Zack Wheeler - 1.29
Strikeouts:  Aaron Nola - 7
Saves:  N/A

2020 Chachi #18 Jake Arrieta


#49
Jacob Joseph Arrieta
Starting Pitcher

Bats:  Right  Throws:  Right  Height:  6'4"  Weight:  230
Opening Day Age:  34
Born:  March 6, 1986, Farmington, MO
How Obtained:  Signed as a free agent, March 12, 2018
Contract Status:  Signed through 2020 with club options for 2021 and 2022
Major League Teams:  Baltimore Orioles 2010-2013; Chicago Cubs 2013-2017; Philadelphia Phillies 2018-
First Phillies Card:  2018 Topps Now Spring Training #ST-10
First Phillies Minor League Card:  N/A
First Phillies Team Issued Card:  2018 Phillies Team Issue #49

Newest Card Added:  2020 Topps Now Road to Opening Day #OD-283

Topps Flagship Set Appearances (11):  2010-2020

41 - Arrieta baseball cards in my collection per The Phillies Room Checklist as of 8/4/20.

Complete Chachi Checklist
2018 Chachi New Additions #5
2018 Chachi #30
2018 Chachi Phillies Phestival #16
2019 Chachi #15
2019 Chachi Phillies Phestival #18
2019 Chachi Ballpark Visits #25
2020 Chachi #18

This could be Arrieta's final season with the Phillies as his contract expires at the end of the year, but the team holds a club option for 2021.  Through 56 starts with the Phillies dating back to 2018, Arrieta is 18-20 with a 4.28 ERA.

He's appeared in every Topps flagship set since 2010, with his first appearance coming in the 2010 Topps Update release as an unbearded young pitcher with the Orioles.  Arrieta's greatest success came with the Cubs, winning the N.L. Cy Young in 2015 and helping the club win the 2016 World Series.
2020 Virtual Phillies Wall / 2020 Season Summary Index 2020 Chachi Set Checklist

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Game 4 - Phillies Return! (And They're Not Blown Out!)

2020 Topps Now
Road to Opening Day #OD-283
Yankees 6, Phillies 3
Game 4 - Monday Night, August 3rd in New York
Record - 1-3, 4th Place, 2 1/2 games behind the Braves

One Sentence Summary:  Following a seven-day lay-off due to the COVID-19 outbreak on the Marlins' team, the Phillies returned to play and respectably lost to the Yankees, 6-3.

What It Means:  I'll admit I had braced for a complete blow-out at the hands of the powerful Yankees, but the Phillies hung in there and battled.  Tonight's game has already been postponed due to the effects of Hurricane Isaias, to be made up as a double header at Citizens Bank Park on Wednesday.

What Happened:  Jake Arrieta gave up a first inning home run to DJ LeMahieu and a pair of runs in the third on a Brett Gardner home run and an Aaron Hicks double.  But it could have been a lot worse.  Arrieta lasted five innings, giving up three runs on seven hits.  Deolis Guerra was victimized with a three-run home by Gio Urshela in the sixth, basically putting the game out of reach.

Jay Bruce homered in the third for the Phillies off Gerrit Cole.  A few late inning runs were added on RBI singles from Adam Haseley and Jean Segura.  The game was halted for just over an hour before the seventh inning for a rain delay.

Featured Card:  These Topps Now Road to Opening Day cards still seem appropriate for these early games.  It's early August, but in my mind it feels like the baseball season is still stuck in late March/early April.  I'm having difficulty dealing with the time jump.

Transaction:  Reliever Reggie McClain was placed on the paternity list and Enyel De Los Santos was recalled from Lehigh Valley.

2020 Virtual Phillies Wall / 2020 Season Summary Index 2020 Chachi Set Checklist

2020 Chachi #15 Adam Haseley


#40
Adam Donald Haseley
Outfield

Bats:  Left  Throws:  Left  Height:  6'1"  Weight:  190
Opening Day Age:  24
Born:  April 12, 1996, Orlando, FL
How Obtained:  Selected by Phillies in 1st round of June 2017 amateur player draft
Contract Status:  Pre-arbitration eligible
Major League Teams:  Philadelphia Phillies 2019-
First Phillies Card:  2017 Bowman Draft #BD-115
First Phillies Minor League Card:  2017 Choice Williamsport Crosscutters #12
First Phillies Team Issued Card:  N/A

Newest Card Added:  2020 Topps #667

Topps Flagship Set Appearances (2):  2019-2020

33 - Haseley baseball cards in my collection per The Phillies Room Checklist as of 8/2/20.

Complete Chachi Checklist
2017 Chachi Almost #12
2017 BlueClaws Signing Autographs #6
2019 Chachi Ballpark Visits #4
2019 Chachi #46
2019 Chachi Phillies Phestival #6
2019 Chachi Photo Night #13
2019 Chachi Photo Cards #40
2020 Chachi #15

Haseley was the 8th overall pick in the 2017 amateur player draft, and he made his big league debut last season on June 4th.  Haseley and Roman Quinn are expected to split center field duties during the abbreviated 2020 season.
2020 Virtual Phillies Wall / 2020 Season Summary Index 2020 Chachi Set Checklist

Monday, August 3, 2020

Series Preview - Phillies at Yankees: August 3rd to August 4th

2020 Chachi Fan Favorites #1
2020 Chachi Fan Favorites #23
Monday 7:05 and Tuesday 6:05
Yankee Stadium - New York, NY

At the Ballpark:  Let's try this thing again.  The Phillies paused their season following last Sunday's game against the Marlins amid news of a COVID-19 outbreak among most of the Marlins' players and their staff.  The entire four-game home and away Yankees series, originally scheduled for last week, was postponed and the entire weekend series against the Blue Jays was postponed as well.  That's seven games that will need to somehow be made up or just erased from the already shortened 60-game schedule.

The Phillies were supposed to be in Miami for a three-game series beginning Tuesday night, but instead they'll kick off their postponed away and home series against the Yankees.

A moot point now, the Blue Jays were scheduled to be the home team for their postponed series as Canada would not permit the club to play in Toronto this season due to ongoing pandemic concerns.  Honestly, just typing up this stuff is surreal.  My mindset at this point is to enjoy these games while they last as it's hard to imagine the season playing out uninterrupted to its conclusion all the way to October.

Phillies 1-2
Tied for 3rd Place in the N.L. East, 2 1/2 games behind the Braves

Phillies Probables
Jake Arrieta (0-0, 0.00)
Aaron Nola (0-1, 6.75)

Phillies Leaders
Average:  Didi Gregorius - .364
Runs:  Phil Gosselin and Did Gregorius - 3
Home Runs:  Phil Gosselin and Did Gregorius - 2
RBIs:  Three tied with - 3
Stolen Bases:  N/A

Wins:  Zack Wheeler - 1
ERA:  Zack Wheeler - 1.29
Strikeouts:  Aaron Nola - 7
Saves:  N/A
Yankees 7-1
1st Place in the A.L. East, 2 games ahead of the Orioles


Yankees Probables
Gerrit Cole (2-0, 3.09)
J.A. Happ (0-0, 9.00)

Yankees Leaders
Average:  DJ LeMahiru - .400
Runs:  Aaron Judge - 10
Home Runs:  Aaron Judge - 6
RBIs:  Aaron Judge - 14
Stolen Bases:  Mike Tauchman - 3

Wins:  Gerrit Cole - 2
ERA:  Gerrit Cole - 3.09
Strikeouts:  Gerrit Cole - 12
Saves:  Zack Britton - 3

2020 Chachi #17 Vince Velasquez


#21
Vincent John Velasquez
Starting Pitcher

Bats:  Right  Throws:  Right  Height:  6'3"  Weight:  212
Opening Day Age:  28
Born:  June 7, 1992, Montclair, CA
How Obtained:  Acquired with Mark Appel, Brett Oberholtzer, Thomas Eshelman and Harold Arauz from the Houston Astros for Ken Giles and Jonathan Arauz, December 12, 2015
Contract Status:  Arbitration eligible in 2021, free agency eligible in 2022
Major League Teams:  Houston Astros 2015; Philadelphia Phillies 2016-
First Phillies Card:  2016 Phillies Team Issue #28
First Phillies Minor League Card:  N/A
First Phillies Team Issued Card:  2016 Phillies Team Issue #28

Newest Card Added:  2020 Topps #402

Topps Flagship Set Appearances (6):  2015-2020

31 - Velasquez baseball cards in my collection per The Phillies Room Checklist as of 8/2/20.

Complete Chachi Checklist
2016 Chachi New Additions #10
2016 Chachi #18
2016 Chachi #35 HL
2016 Chachi #69 Pitching Leaders - with Jeremy Hellickson and Jerad Eickhoff
2016 Chachi #70 Strikeout Leaders - with Jerad Eickhoff and Jeremy Hellickson
2016 Chachi Archives #8
2016 Chachi Photo Day #18
2017 Chachi #18
2017 Chachi Photo Night #27
2018 Chachi #15
2018 Chachi Phillies Phestival #15 - with Adam Morgan
2019 Chachi #17
2019 Chachi #60 - Weird Loss HL with Roman Quinn
2019 Chachi Phillies Phestival #4 - with JD Hammer
2020 Chachi #17

2020 Virtual Phillies Wall / 2020 Season Summary Index 2020 Chachi Set Checklist

Sunday, August 2, 2020

2020 Chachi #8 Scott Kingery


#4
Scott M. Kingery
Second Base

Bats:  Right  Throws:  Right  Height:  5'10"  Weight:  180
Opening Day Age:  26
Born:  April 29, 1994, Phoenix, AZ
How Obtained:  Selected by Phillies in 2nd round of June 2015 amateur player draft
Contract Status:  Signed through 2023 with a club options for 2024, 2025 and 2026
Major League Teams:  Philadelphia Phillies 2018-
First Phillies Card:  2015 Bowman Draft #138
First Phillies Minor League Card:  2016 Choice Reading Fightin Phils Top Prospects #12
First Phillies Team Issued Card:  2018 Phillies Team Issue #4

Newest Card Added:  2020 Topps Big League #234

Topps Flagship Set Appearances (3):  2018-2020

81 - Kingery baseball cards in my collection per The Phillies Room Checklist as of 8/2/20.

Complete Chachi Checklist
2017 Chachi Almost #17
2018 Chachi #12
2018 Chachi Friendly Encounters #4
2019 Chachi #11
2019 Chachi Phillies Phestival #20
2020 Chachi Preview #2
2020 Chachi #8

Kingery was in his first opening day line-up to start the 2020 season, as the team's new regular second baseman.  In 2018, he appeared in 119 games at shortstop and last season in played 65 games in center field with 41 games at third base.  The Phillies (and Kingery) are hoping that having a steady position only increases his offensive production.

Kingery missed the start of Summer Camp while he recovered from COVID-19.
2020 Virtual Phillies Wall / 2020 Season Summary Index 2020 Chachi Set Checklist

2020 Chachi #7 Jay Bruce


#9
Jay Allen Bruce
Outfield

Bats:  Left  Throws:  Left  Height:  6'3"  Weight:  230
Opening Day Age:  33
Born:  April 3, 1987, Beaumont, TX
How Obtained:  Acquired from the Seattle Mariners with cash considerations for Jake Scheiner, June 2, 2019
Contract Status:  Signed through 2020
Major League Teams:  Cincinnati Reds 2008-2016; New York Mets 2016-2017; Cleveland Indians 2017; New York Mets 2018; Seattle Mariners 2019; Philadelphia Phillies 2019-
First Phillies Card:  2019 Topps Now #328
First Phillies Minor League Card:  N/A
First Phillies Team Issued Card:  N/A

Newest Card Added:  2020 Topps Total #207

Topps Flagship Set Appearances (14):  2005, 2008-2020

14 - Bruce baseball cards in my collection per The Phillies Room Checklist as of 7/31/20.

Complete Chachi Checklist
2019 Chachi #45
2019 Chachi Phillies Phestival #1 - with Phil Gosselin
2019 Chachi Photo Night #6
2019 Chachi Photo Cards #23
2020 Chachi #7

Before spring training this year, Jay Bruce switched his uniform number from #23 to #9 to honor his boyfriend friend who unexpectedly passed away in December.

Bruce was the opening day DH for the Phillies and he started in left field in the third game of the season.  He's expected to serve both roles - DH and corner outfielder - throughout this shortened 2020 season.

Phillies collectors may not ever have an official team-issued photo card for Bruce, as there was no update set issued late last year and the team won't produce a set for 2020.  He appeared on three different Topps Now cards in 2019 and by my count he's appeared on five different Topps products so far in 2020.
2020 Virtual Phillies Wall / 2020 Season Summary Index 2020 Chachi Set Checklist

Saturday, August 1, 2020

2020 Chachi #32 Rob Thomson / Bryan Price / Joe Dillon CO


#59
Robert Lewis Thomson
Bench Coach

Bats:  Right  Throws:  Right  Height:  6'0"  Weight:  200
Opening Day Age:  56
Born:  August 16, 1963, Stratford, Ontario, Canada
Major League Teams:  N/A
As a Coach:  New York Yankees 2008-2017; Philadelphia Phillies 2018-

First Phillies Card:  2018 Phillies Team Issue #59
First Phillies Minor League Card:  N/A
First Phillies Team Issued Card:  2018 Phillies Team Issue #59

Newest Card Added:  2019 Phillies Team Issue 2 #59

Topps Flagship Set Appearances (0):  N/A

4 - Thomson baseball cards in my collection per The Phillies Room Checklist as of 7/30/20.

Complete Chachi Checklist - Thomson
2018 Chachi #27 - with John Mallee, Rick Kranitz and Jose David Flores
2019 Chachi #27 - with John Malle and Chris Young
2019 Chachi Photo Night #10 - with Paco Figueroa
2020 Chachi #32 - with Bryan Price and Joe Dillon

If you're looking for mainstream baseball cards for these Phillies coaches, there are only a few options.  Thomson appears on a short-printed coaches card in the 2009 Topps Heritage set.  Price appears in the 2016 and 2017 Topps Heritage sets as the Reds' manager.  Dillon's only baseball card in a Topps product is numbered to 2,999 and can be found in the 2001 Bowman's Best set.
#19
Bryan Roberts Price
Pitching Coach

Bats:  Left  Throws:  Left  Height:  6'3"  Weight:  220
Opening Day Age:  57
Born:  June 22, 1962, San Francisco, CA
Major League Teams:  N/A
As a Coach:  Seattle Mariners 2000-2006; Arizona Diamondbacks 2007-2009; Cincinnati Reds 2010-2013; Philadelphia Phillies 2020
As a Manager:  Cincinnati Reds 2014-2018

First Phillies Card:  N/A
First Phillies Minor League Card:  N/A
First Phillies Team Issued Card:  N/A

Newest Card Added:  N/A

Topps Flagship Set Appearances (0):  N/A

0 - Price baseball cards in my collection per The Phillies Room Checklist as of 7/30/20.

Complete Chachi Checklist - Price
2020 Chachi #32 - with Rob Thomson and Joe Dillon

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#33
Joseph William Dillon
Hitting Coach

Bats:  Right  Throws:  Right  Height:  6'2"  Weight:  225
Opening Day Age:  44
Born:  August 2, 1975, Modesto, CA
Major League Teams:  Florida Marlins 2005; Milwaukee Brewers 2007-2008; Tampa Bay Rays 2009
As a Coach:  Washington Nationals 2018-2019; Philadelphia Phillies 2020

First Phillies Card:  N/A
First Phillies Minor League Card:  N/A
First Phillies Team Issued Card:  N/A

Newest Card Added:  N/A

Topps Flagship Set Appearances (0):  N/A

0 - Dillon baseball cards in my collection per The Phillies Room Checklist as of 7/30/20.

Complete Chachi Checklist - Dillon
2020 Chachi #32 - with Rob Thomson and Bryan Price
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2020 Chachi #26 Reggie McClain


#39
Reginald Kristen McClain
Relief Pitcher

Bats:  Right  Throws:  Right  Height:  6'2"  Weight:  180
Opening Day Age:  27
Born:  November 16, 1992, Duluth, GA
How Obtained:  Claimed off waivers from the Seattle Mariners, January 31, 2020
Contract Status:  Arbitration eligible 2023, free agency eligible 2026
Major League Teams:  Seattle Mariners 2019; Philadelphia Phillies 2020
First Phillies Card:  N/A
First Phillies Minor League Card:  N/A
First Phillies Team Issued Card:  N/A

Newest Card Added:  N/A

Topps Flagship Set Appearances (0):  N/A

0 - McClain baseball cards in my collection per The Phillies Room Checklist as of 7/30/20.

Complete Chachi Checklist
2020 Chachi New Additions #10
2020 Chachi #26

McClain's cardboard appearances have been sparse to date, with his only two cards, per the Trading Card Database, featured in the 2016 Choice Everett AquaSox and the 2020 Topps Seattle Mariners team sets.

He wore #60 throughout spring training and Summer Camp before switching to the lower #39.

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Friday, July 31, 2020

2020 Chachi #9 Roman Quinn


#24
Roman Tredarian Quinn
Center Field

Bats:  Switch  Throws:  Right  Height:  5'10"  Weight:  175
Opening Day Age:  27
Born:  May 14, 1993, Port St. Joe, FL
How Obtained:  Selected by Phillies in 2nd round of June 2011 amateur player draft
Contract Status:  Arbitration eligible in 2022, free agency eligible in 2025
Major League Teams:  Philadelphia Phillies 2016, 2018-


First Phillies Card:  2013 Bowman Prospects #BP95
First Phillies Minor League Card:  2012 Choice Williamsport Crosscutters #24
First Phillies Team Issued Card:  2017 Phillies Team Issue #24

Newest Card Added:  2020 Topps Total #138

Topps Flagship Set Appearances (3):  2017, 2019-2020

68 - Quinn baseball cards in my collection per The Phillies Room Checklist as of 7/28/20.

Complete Chachi Checklist
2016 Chachi #63
2016 Chachi Fan Appreciation Day #1
2017 Chachi Almost #23
2018 Chachi #47
2019 Chachi #34
2019 Chachi #60 - Weird Loss HL with Vince Velasquez
2019 Chachi Photo Night #7
2020 Chachi #9

The oft-injured Quinn hopes to stay healthy throughout this shortened 2020 season.  He was on the injured list three times in 2019 and he missed most of 2017 with a left arm injury.  He's always been a favorite in our household, and we're pulling for him at The Phillies Room HQ.

I'm a little surprised at the number of Quinn's baseball cards in my collection, but then again he's been appearing on prospect and minor league cards since 2012.
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2020 Chachi #6 Jean Segura


#2
Jean Carlos Enrique Segura
Third Base

Bats:  Right  Throws:  Right  Height:  5'10"  Weight:  220
Opening Day Age:  30
Born:  March 17, 1990, San Juan, DR
How Obtained:  Acquired with Juan Nicasio and James Pazos from the Seattle Mariners for J.P. Crawford and Carlos Santana, December 3, 2018
Contract Status:  Signed through 2022 with a club option for 2023
Major League Teams:  Los Angeles Angels 2012; Milwaukee Brewers 2012-2015; Arizona Diamondbacks 2016; Seattle Mariners 2017-2018; Philadelphia Phillies 2019-
First Phillies Card:  2018 Topps Now Offseason #OS55
First Phillies Minor League Card:  N/A
First Phillies Team Issued Card:  2019 Phillies Team Issue #2

Newest Card Added:  2020 Topps Big League #120

Topps Flagship Set Appearances (8):  2013-2020

26 - Segura baseball cards in my collection per The Phillies Room Checklist as of 7/28/20.

Complete Chachi Checklist
2019 Chachi New Additions #1
2019 Chachi #2
2019 Chachi #50 - 9th Inning Homers HL
2019 Chachi Phillies Phestival #22
2020 Chachi #6

The team's regular shortstop in 2019, Segura shifted over to third base to start the 2020 season with the arrival of new shortstop Didi Gregorius.

The well-traveled infielder has readily available baseball cards featuring him with each of the five teams he's played with during his career so far.  Even though he only played one game with the Angels, his original team, he appears on a number of Bowman sets in an Angels uniform throughout 2010, 2011 and 2012.

Segura was an All-Star with the Brewers in 2013 and with the Diamondbacks in 2018.
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Thursday, July 30, 2020

2020 Chachi #4 J.T. Realmuto


#10
Jacob Tyler Realmuto
Catcher

Bats:  Right  Throws:  Right  Height:  6'1"  Weight:  212
Opening Day Age:  29
Born:  March 18, 1991, Del City, OK
How Obtained:  Acquired from the Miami Marlins for Jorge Alfaro, Sixto Sanchez, Will Stewart and international bonus pool money, February 7, 2019
Contract Status:  Signed through 2020
Major League Teams:  Miami Marlins 2014-2018; Philadelphia Phillies 2019-
First Phillies Card:  2018 Topps Now Offseason #OS67
First Phillies Minor League Card:  N/A
First Phillies Team Issued Card:  2019 Phillies Team Issue #10

Newest Card Added:  2020 Topps 1985 Topps Baseball #85TB-35

Topps Flagship Set Appearances (6):  2015-2020

46 - Realmuto baseball cards in my collection per The Phillies Room Checklist as of 7/28/20.

Complete Chachi Checklist
2019 Chachi New Additions #7
2019 Chachi #5
2019 Chachi #52 - All-Star
2019 Chachi #70 - Gold Glove
2019 Chachi Friendly Encounters #10
2020 Chachi #4

I sincerely hope this isn't the last year Realmuto features in my custom Chachi sets, but the All-Star catcher is a free agent following this season and it sure seems as if he'll test the free agent market.

The best catcher in baseball has had a ton of Phillies cards released in 2019 and so far in 2020.

We met Realmuto last May at Carl's Cards & Collectibles where he signed a few things for us and posed for his Friendly Encounters card with Doug.
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2020 Chachi #5 Didi Gregorius


#18
Mariekson Julius Gregorius
Shortstop

Bats:  Left  Throws:  Right  Height:  6'3"  Weight:  205
Opening Day Age:  30
Born:  February 18, 1990, Amsterdam, Netherlands
How Obtained:  Signed as a free agent, December 13, 2019
Contract Status:  Signed through 2020
Major League Teams:  Cincinnati Reds 2012; Arizona Diamondbacks 2013-2014; New York Yankees 2015-2019; Philadelphia Phillies 2020


First Phillies Card:  2019 Topps Now Offseason #OS-50
First Phillies Minor League Card:  N/A
First Phillies Team Issued Card:  N/A

Newest Card Added:  2020 Topps #519

Topps Flagship Set Appearances (8):  2013-2020

10 - Gregorius baseball cards in my collection per The Phillies Room Checklist as of 7/28/20.

Complete Chachi Checklist
2020 Chachi New Additions #8
2020 Chachi Photo Cards #18
2020 Chachi #5

Gregorius has appeared in Topps flagship sets dating back to 2013.  His first Phillies baseball card, from the Topps Now Offseason set, came out in late December following his official signing with the club, and he's been photoshopped into a Phillies uniform in several other Topps releases since then.

To date, only his Topps Now Road to Opening Day card features him wearing an actual Phillies uniform, and I'm not counting his Topps Living Set card as that's a painting.

Gregorius is signed to just a one-year deal which means his only Phillies cards may feature him with no fans in the stands.  It also means that sadly he may never appear in a team-issued photo card set.
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Wednesday, July 29, 2020

2020 Chachi #30 Ramon Rosso


#60
Ramon Antonio Rosso
Relief Pitcher

Bats:  Right  Throws:  Right  Height:  6'4"  Weight:  240
Opening Day Age:  24
Born:  June 9, 1996, Santo Domingo Centro, DR
How Obtained:  Signed as a minor league free agent, February 14, 2017
Major League Teams:  Philadelphia Phillies 2020


First Phillies Card:  N/A
First Phillies Minor League Card:  2018 Choice Lakewood BlueClaws #23
First Phillies Team Issued Card:  N/A

Newest Card Added:  2019 Choice Reading Fightin Phils #19

Topps Flagship Set Appearances (0):  N/A

4 - Rosso baseball cards in my collection per The Phillies Room Checklist as of 7/28/20.

Complete Chachi Checklist
2020 Chachi #30

Rosso was a somewhat surprising addition to the Phillies' Opening Day roster but he impressed manager Joe Girardi enough that he made the team over veteran non-roster righty relievers such as Blake Parker, Robert Stock, Bud Norris or Anthony Swarzak.  Rosso made his big league debut on opening day and had a shaky performance, throwing a pair of wild pitches.

He wore #84 throughout the spring and in Summer Camp but switched to #60 for the regular season.
Rosso's only baseball cards to date can be found in the 2018 BlueClaws team set and in all three team sets issued last year by the Double-A Reading Fightin Phils.
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2020 Chachi #16 Zack Wheeler


#45
Zachary Harrison Wheeler
Starting Pitcher

Bats:  Left  Throws:  Right  Height:  6'4"  Weight:  195
Opening Day Age:  30
Born:  May 30, 1990, Smyrna, GA
How Obtained:  Signed by the Phillies as a free agent, December 9, 2019
Contract Status:  Signed through 2024
Major League Teams:  New York Mets 2013-2014, 2017-2019; Philadelphia Phillies 2020
First Phillies Card:  2019 Topps Now Offseason #OS-48
First Phillies Minor League Card:  N/A
First Phillies Team Issued Card:  N/A

Newest Card Added:  2020 Topps Big League #183

Topps Flagship Set Appearances (8):  2013-2020

6 - Wheeler baseball cards in my collection per The Phillies Room Checklist as of 7/24/20.

Complete Chachi Checklist

2020 Chachi New Additions #7
2020 Chachi Photo Cards #45
2020 Chachi #16

Wheeler makes his Topps flagship debut in the 2013 Topps Update set, and he's appeared in each flagship set since.  He'll need to wait for the 2020 Topps Update set for his first flagship Phillies card.

Of the Topps cards of his in my collection currently, only his 2020 Topps Now Road to Opening Day and 2020 Topps Total cards feature him wearing an actual Phillies uniform.  His other Phillies baseball cards feature him in a photoshopped uniform.

His first official Phillies card, from the 2019 Topps Now Offseason set, features him in a Mets uniform and was limited to a print run of only 167.
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Tuesday, July 28, 2020

2020 Chachi #13 Phil Gosselin


#8
Phillip David Gosselin
Infield-Outfield

Bats:  Right  Throws:  Right  Height:  6'1"  Weight:  188
Opening Day Age:  31
Born:  October 3, 1988, West Chester, PA
How Obtained:  Signed by Phillies as minor league free agent, December 18, 2018
Contract Status:  Arbitration eligible following 2020 season, free agency eligible following 2023 season
Major League Teams:  Atlanta Braves 2013-2015; Arizona Diamondbacks 2015-2016; Pittsburgh Pirates 2017; Texas Rangers 2017; Cincinnati Reds 2018; Philadelphia Phillies 2019-


First Phillies Card:  2019 Phillies Team Issue 2 #9
First Phillies Minor League Card:  N/A
First Phillies Team Issued Card:  2019 Phillies Team Issue 2 #9

Newest Card Added:  2019 Phillies Team Issue 2 #9

Topps Flagship Set Appearances (1):  2015

1 - Gosselin baseball card in my collection per The Phillies Room Checklist as of 7/28/20.

Complete Chachi Checklist
2019 Chachi #33
2019 Chachi Photo Cards #9
2019 Chachi Phillies Phestival #1 (with Jay Bruce)
2019 Chachi Phillies Phestival #2
2020 Chachi #13

Gosselin, known affectionately by his teammates as "Goose" or "Barrels," has had only a few mainstream baseball card appearances despite playing parts of eight seasons in the majors.  He's had just one Phillies card to date, in the team's second series of team-issued photo cards last season.

Other than his 2015 Topps flagship appearance, Gosselin also has cards in 2011 Topps Pro Debut, 2016 Topps Heritage and 2017 Topps Heritage.

Gosselin returned to the Phillies in 2020 after being outrighted off their 40-man roster on November 4th.  He re-signed with the team on December 20th and was the first of the many non-roster invitees invited to 2020 spring training.  Originally a long-shot to make the team, his extremely hot bat during spring training and Summer Camp won his roster spot and led the team to release Josh Harrison.

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2020 Chachi #3 Bryce Harper


#3
Bryce Aron Max Harper
Right Field

Bats:  Left  Throws:  Right  Height:  6'3"  Weight:  210
Opening Day Age:  27
Born:  October 16, 1992, Las Vegas, NV
How Obtained:  Signed by the Phillies as a free agent, March 1, 2019
Contract Status:  Signed through 2031
Major League Teams:  Washington Nationals 2012-2018; Philadelphia Phillies 2019-
First Phillies Card:  2019 Topps Bryce Harper Art Card #A
First Phillies Minor League Card:  N/A
First Phillies Team Issued Card:  2019 Phillies Team Issue #3

Newest Card Added:  2020 Topps 2030 #T2030-14

Topps Flagship Set Appearances (9):  2012-2020

130 - Harper baseball cards in my collection per The Phillies Room Checklist as of 7/24/20.

Complete Chachi Checklist
2019 Chachi Greatest Moments #1
2019 Chachi New Additions #8a
2019 Chachi New Additions #8b
2019 Chachi #3
2019 Chachi Ballpark Visits #2
2019 Chachi Photo Night #2
2019 Chachi Ballpark Visits #24
2019 Chachi #63a - Walk-Off Grand Slam HL
2019 Chachi #63b - Walk-Off Grand Slam HL
2020 Chachi #3
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Monday, July 27, 2020

Game 3 - 2020 Topps Road to Opening Day #OD-282 Adam Haseley

Marlins 11Phillies 6
Game 3 - Sunday Afternoon, July 26th in Philadelphia
Record - 1-2, Tied for 3rd Place, 1 game behind the Braves and Marlins

One Sentence Summary:  The Phillies lost in ugly fashion to the Marlins, 11-6.

What It Means:  Not great.  Needing to get off to a fast start, dropping the opening series to the Marlins isn't going to help.  The Marlins were even playing without several key players too, as reportedly at least four of their everyday starters are now out with COVID-related issues.  And it won't get easier as the Phillies now face off against the Yankees for their next four games.

What Happened:  Vince Velasquez, who looked great at times throughout spring training/summer camp, looked awful in his first start of 2020.  He departed with a line of 3 innings pitched, 4 runs on 3 hits including a pair of home runs.  Cole Irvin didn't fare much better getting tagged for 4 runs on 5 hits in his inning of work.  Reggie McClain allowed a three-run home run to Brett Anderson and Nick Pivetta gave up a solo home run (a bomb) to former Phillie Corey Dickerson for good measure.

2020 Chachi Almost #9
The Phillies offense managed to leave the bases loaded in the fifth, sixth, eighth and ninth innings, going 2 for 13 with runners in scoring position.  On a positive note, Bryce Harper hit his first home run of the season in the first.

Featured Card:  Another positive note is the four-hit game turned in by Adam Haseley, the first of his career.  In his first start of the season, Haseley led off and went 4 for 6.

Transaction:  Robert Stock, designated for assignment when his roster spot was needed prior to the start of the season, was claimed off waivers by the Red Sox on Sunday afternoon.  The Phillies had claimed him off waivers in October and at one point he seemed a lock for the Phillies' bullpen.

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