Monday, September 26, 2016

#JDF16


Valley Forge Autographs! - 5 for 1, Skates, Sarge & Inky

1986 Tastykake Phillies #9
1982 Fleer #259
1982 Donruss #441
1993 Medford Phillies #22
We attended the Valley Forge baseball card show on Sunday and a full summary of our haul can be found in this post from yesterday.  While we weren't tracking down cool Phillies cards for Doug's collection or "old and weird" Phillies cards for his Dad's collection, we were standing in line to obtain autographs from former Phillies players.  At first, I was going to only get a Von Hayes autograph, but the relatively low price per autograph ($10) convinced me to stand in line to meet the other former Phillies as well.  All four were very gracious with their time and they seemed happy to be there. They each shook Doug's hand and Sarge (Gary Matthews) pointed out that he particularly liked Doug's haircut and glasses.

Honestly while it's nice to have these autographs, the biggest thrill for Doug is just getting to meet these former players.  He asked me about each of their careers and who they played with and why they were "good" players.  We talked about how when I was a kid, my Dad would take me to baseball card shows where I'd meet Art Mahaffey or Del Ennis or Don Larsen and then my Dad would tell me all about these guys I had never heard of before.  We then talked about him taking his kids to baseball card shows in the future where the signers would be Aaron Nola and Cameron Rupp and Cody Asche.  I can't wait to go with him to those future shows.

Just when I thought I was finished with very limited edition 2016 Chachi inserts, I decided to make one more four-card set to commemorate our day.

2016 Chachi
Valley Forge Autographs #1
2016 Chachi
Valley Forge Autographs #2
2016 Chachi
Valley Forge Autographs #3
2016 Chachi
Valley Forge Autographs #4

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Baseball Card Show Report - Valley Forge 4

1941 Play Ball #9
1957 Topps #174
1958 Hire's Root Beer #43
1959 Topps #338
On Sunday, Doug and I attended the Philadelphia Sportscard & Memorabilia Show in Valley Forge. Doug had actually saved Christmas money for this show and he's spent the last few weeks preparing his checklists.  We had a fantastic day, and I'm OK with the fact that Doug came away with way more cards than I did.  I'm always grateful to those dealers that give Doug some extra attention, especially when they realize that this kid is truly a collector and not just looking for the big hits.

There were four former Phillies signing autographs on Sunday, and Doug admittedly had never heard of any of them.  That being said, we still decided to buy four autograph tickets so that he could at least meet them and add to a growing autograph collection.  I'll have a separate post coming up to show off our new autographs.

Doug was very happy going through the bargain bins and he added a small stack of vintage (1970s is vintage to him) Hall of Famer cards to his collection.  He also came away with a bunch of newer Phillies cards and some more Mike Trout cards for his growing player collection.  He's within a few cards now of completing his 2016 Topps Opening Day set, and he needs just one more card (Johnny Bench) for a complete 2016 Topps Bunt set.  Not to leave out his brother Ben, Doug hunted down an autographed Ben Revere card and a signed 8 x 10 photo of Revere for his brother's collection.

1948 Philadelphia Bulletin
Stand-Ups
1949 Philadelphia Bulletin Phillies
While we weren't adding cards to Doug's collection, I managed to add a bunch of cool cards to my collection as well.  The "newest" card I brought home was from 1971:
  • I wanted to add at least one of the four following big stars to my 1971 Topps set:  Ernie Banks, Willie Mays, Bench or Roberto Clemente.  I came away with both the Banks and Bench cards along with several other semi-stars and a few high numbers.  I'm slowly making progress on this set and once it's completed I'll be the proud owner of a complete run of Topps sets from 1970 through 2015.
  • I picked up a nice assortment of Phillies cards from the 1950s and 1960s, with the highlight being the addition of Sparky Anderson's rookie card from the 1959 Topps set.
  • I found a gorgeous (and cheap!) Pinky May card from the 1941 Play Ball set.
  • I found a few oddball Dick Sisler items from newspaper sets from the late 1940s.
  • Finally, I added two 1911 T205 Gold Border Phillies cards to my collection, and I'll show these off in a future post.
It was truly a fantastic day and we're already making plans for our next big baseball card show outing!


Memory Lane
Valley Forge 1 - September 2010 - Thinking of my Dad
Valley Forge 2 - October 2012 - Doug's first baseball card show
Valley Forge 3 - September 2014 - Meeting Darren Daulton
Valley Forge 4 - September 2016

Saturday, September 24, 2016

2016 Topps #488 Colton Murray

Mets 10Phillies 5
Game 154 - Friday Night, September 23rd in Flushing
Record - 69-85, 4th place, 20 1/2 games behind the Nationals

One Sentence Summary:  Jeremy Hellickson and the Phillies bullpen were hit hard in this 10-5 loss to the Mets.

What It Means:  Manager Pete Mackanin summed up this game nicely with this opening quote during his post-game press conference, "Well, that was a shame."

What Happened:  After pitching one of the best games of his career in his last outing, Hellickson couldn't escape the fifth inning in this game.  His final line wasn't pretty - 4 1/3 innings, 6 runs on 7 hits and 3 walks.  Maikel Franco (24) homered for the second time in two nights and Darin Ruf added his first home run of the season.

Featured Card:  Making his first appearance in over a week, Colton Murray was one of a string of Phillies relievers who allowed the Mets to tack on runs in this ballgame.  However, he's the only one of the bunch with a 2016 Topps card, and I imagine it will stay that way.  I haven't seen a checklist for the 2016 Topps Update set yet, but I would be extremely surprised if Frank Herrmann, Patrick Schuster or Severino Gonzalez made the list.

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2016 Topps Bunt #109 Maikel Franco

Mets 9Phillies 8 (11)
Game 153 - Thursday Night, September 22th in Flushing
Record - 69-84, 4th place, 20 1/2 games behind the Nationals

One Sentence Summary:  The Phillies bullpen couldn't hold two, two-run leads in the 8th and 11th innings and the Mets used home runs to seal their dramatic 9-8 win.

What It Means:  The Phillies have lost 84 games to this point in the season, but this was by far the worst of the bunch.

What Happened:  Up 6-4 in the ninth, Jeanmar Gomez served up a two-run home run to Jose Reyes to send the game into extra innings.  Up 8-6 in the 11th, Edubray Ramos allowed a three-run home run to Asdrubal Cabrera to give the Mets the win.  In his last 17 appearances, Gomez has an 11.20 ERA (17 runs in 13 2/3 innings).  After a solid (and surprising) run as the team's closer this season, he may have saved his final game for the club.

Featured Card:  Ryan Howard (23), Cameron Rupp (16) and Maikel Franco (23) all homered in this game.  Franco's was the biggest blast, as it was his three-run shot in the eighth that gave the Phillies a temporary 6-4 lead.  Franco has struggled mightily in the second half, and this was only his fifth home run since the All-Star break.  In that span, he's hit .223 with only 9 doubles.

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Thursday, September 22, 2016

Series Preview - Phillies at Mets: September 22nd to September 25th


Thursday, Friday and Saturday 7:10, Sunday 1:10
Citi Field - Flushing, NY

Phillies 69-83, 4th place in the N.L. East, 20 games behind the Nationals
Mets 80-72, 2nd place in the N.L. East, 9 games behind the Nationals

Phillies Probables:  Adam Morgan (2-10, 5.57), Jeremy Hellickson (12-9, 3.57), Alec Asher (1-0, 2.16), Jake Thompson (3-5, 5.62)
Mets Probables:  Seth Lugo (4-2, 2.35), Steven Matz (9-8, 3.40), Noah Syndergaard (13-9, 2.63), Robert Gsellman (2-2, 3.13)

At the Ballpark:  It's Fan Appreciation Weekend at Citi Field, with a whole host of giveaways scheduled.  On Friday, all fans will receive a Mets t-shirt and on Saturday all fans will receive a Mets fleece blanket.  On Sunday afternoon, the Mets final home game of 2016, all fans will receive a 2017 schedule magnet.

Phillies Leaders
Average:  Cesar Hernandez - .291
Runs:  Odubel Herrera - 82
Home Runs:  Maikel Franco and Ryan Howard - 22
RBIs:  Maikel Franco - 79
Stolen Bases:  Odubel Herrera - 24

Wins:  Jeremy Hellickson - 12
ERA:  Jeremy Hellickson - 3.57
Strikeouts:  Jared Eickhoff - 154
Saves:  Jeanmar Gomez - 37

Mets Leaders
Average:  Yoenis Cespedes - .283
Runs:  Curtis Granderson - 76
Home Runs:  Yoenis Cespedes - 30
RBIs:  Yoenis Cespedes - 81
Stolen Bases:  Jose Reyes - 9

Wins:  Bartolo Colon - 14
ERA:  Noah Syndergaard - 2.63
Strikeouts:  Noah Syndergaard - 210
Saves:  Jeurys Familia - 49

1970 Topps #302
1970 Topps #634
1970 Topps Appreciation:  Jeff James has no connection to the Mets, but he's one of the few remaining Phillies cards from the 1970 Topps set I've yet to feature this season in these series preview posts.  In 35 games with the Phillies in 1968 and 1969, James went 6-6 with a 4.52 ERA over 147 1/3 innings pitched.  He was included within both the 1969 and 1970 Topps sets.

I wrote about Bud Harrelson's career and Phillies tenure in a series preview post from 2012:
In March 1978, the Phillies acquired Bud Harrelson from the Mets for Fred Andrews and cash.  Harrelson had spent the first 13 years of his career with the Mets and reunited with his former teammate and friend Tug McGraw, he hit .214 in 71 games with the '78 Phils. 
Harrelson retired following the season, but an injury to Larry Bowa, early in the 1979 season, convinced Harrelson to un-retire and come back to the Phillies.  (He became a teammate of former brawl-mate Pete Rose on the 1979 Phillies - see here and here.)  He hit .282 in 53 games in 1979, but was released at the end of spring training in 1980.  He played in 87 games for the 1980 Texas Rangers before calling it a career.

2016 Phillies Team Issue 2 Update #19 Tommy Joseph

Phillies 8White Sox 3
Game 152 - Wednesday Night, September 21st in Philadelphia
Record - 69-83, 4th place, 20 games behind the Nationals

One Sentence Summary:  The Phillies stunned Chris Sale and the White Sox with an offensive barrage and an 8-3 win.

What It Means:  This was very unexpected.  Sale had his worst outing of the season, allowing six runs on seven hits in just four innings of work.

What Happened:  Tommy Joseph went 2 for 5 with three RBIs, including a two-run home run (21) off Sale in the first inning.  Maikel Franco and Cameron Rupp also drove in a pair of runs a piece. Jared Eickhoff won his 11th game, limiting the White Sox to three runs - all on solo home runs.

Featured Card:  Joseph is now one home run behind Ryan Howard and Franco (22) for the team lead.

Field Report:  I attended this game as part of a work function, so that does that even really count?

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Doug's Continuing Phillies Autograph Adventures

2016 Topps Phillies #PP-12
2016 Topps #431
2016 Topps Phillies #PP-13
2016 Topps Phillies #PP-6
Phillies 7White Sox 6
Game 151 - Tuesday Night, September 20th in Philadelphia
Record - 68-83, 4th place, 20 games behind the Nationals

2016 Phillies Team
Issue 2 #12
One Sentence Summary:  Odubel Herrera paced the offense with a three-hit night as the Phils hung on to beat the White Sox, 7-6.

What It Means:  Herrera had been in a prolonged slump, so it's nice to see him get hot for the final weeks of the season.  I attribute his three hits in this game to my son yelling at him in the dugout before the game, getting Herrera's attention, flashing the bull horns at him and having Herrera return to bull horns right back.

What Happened:  Herrera hit a two-run home run (15) in the first inning and added an RBI single in the fifth.  Roman Quinn and Tommy Joseph also had a pair of hits with Quinn knocking in a pair of runs.  Michael Mariot recorded his first career save after Jeanmar Gomez allowed three runs in the ninth and had to be removed.

Featured Cards/Field Report:  Doug and I attended this game together, with Doug immediately heading down to the Phillies dugout 90 minutes before first pitch to claim his spot for autograph seeking.  His patience paid off as several players and a few coaches came over to him to sign his cards.  Jared Eickhoff was a repeat signer for Doug, and Freddy Galvis was a pleasant surprise as he signed right before the start of the National Anthem.  Coaches Mickey Morandini and Dusty Wathan also signed with Wathan adding his autograph to the Phillies team card from the 2016 Topps set. Spending the most time signing was probably Darin Ruf, who was very gracious with his time.

Here are some of the photo highlights of the night, and please click each picture to enlarge.
The lonely autograph seeker
Wathan signs, Joseph chats
Doug on Phanavision
Philadelphia sunset
Phillies during National Anthem
Phillies during National Anthem
Herrera's home run
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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Final Look at 2015-2016 Phillies Player Moves

2016 Topps #115
2016 Topps #622
2016 Topps Pro Debut #42
2016 Topps Phillies #PP-17
Barring any roster moves in the next two weeks, which would be highly unlikely, I believe the listing below represents the final look at Phillies transactions made both prior to the start of the season and during the season.  This is quite a list, and I suspect the list of 2016-2017 Phillies transactions will be just as long if not longer.

I'll start compiling the 2016-2017 Moving On/New Additions list shortly after the final pitch is thrown on October 2nd.

Moving On - 2015-2016 Offseason
  • Chase d'Arnaud - inf (10/9/15) - Outrighted off 40-man roster, elected free agency and signed as a minor league free agent the Atlanta Braves, 11/24/15.
  • Justin De Fratus - rhp (10/9/15) - Outrighted off 40-man roster, elected free agency and signed with the Seattle Mariners, 12/2/15.
  • Erik Kratz - c (10/9/15) - Outrighted off 40-man roster, elected free agency and signed as a minor league free agent with the San Diego Padres, 11/8/15.
  • Sean O'Sullivan - rhp (10/9/15) - Elected free agency and signed as a minor league free agent with the Boston Red Sox, 12/11/15.
  • Kevin Correia - rhp (10/10/15) - Elected free agency.
  • Adam Loewen - lhp (10/10/15) - Outrighted off 40-man roster, elected free agency and signed as a minor league free agent with the Arizona Diamondbacks, 11/7/15.
  • Dustin McGowan - rhp (10/10/15) - Elected free agency and signed as a minor league free agent with the Miami Marlins, 12/10/15.
  • Seth Rosin - rhp (10/10/15) - Elected free agency and signed as a minor league free agent with the San Diego Padres, 2/8/16.
  • Brian Bogusevic - of (10/26/15) - Outrighted off 40-man roster, elected free agency and signed with the Orix Buffaloes of the Japanese Pacific League, 12/9/15.
  • Domonic Brown - of (10/26/15) - Outrighted off 40-man roster, elected free agency and signed as a minor league free agent with the Toronto Blue Jays, 2/25/16.
  • Chad Billingsley - rhp (11/2/15) - Elected free agency.
  • Jeff Francoeur - of (11/2/15) - Elected free agency and signed as a minor league free agent with the Atlanta Braves, 2/22/16.
  • Aaron Harang - rhp (11/2/15) - Elected free agency.
  • Jerome Williams - rhp (11/2/15) - Elected free agency and signed as a minor league free agent with the St. Louis Cardinals, 6/3/16.
  • Cliff Lee - lhp (11/2/15) - Team option declined and elected free agency.
  • Jordan Danks - of (11/6/15) - Outrighted off 40-man roster, elected free agency and signed as a minor league free agent with the Texas Rangers, 1/19/16.
  • Ethan Martin - rhp (11/6/15) - Elected free agency and signed as a minor league free agent with the Atlanta Braves, 12/11/15.
  • Jonathan Pettibone - rhp (11/6/15) - Elected free agency and signed as a minor league free agent with the Chicago Cubs, 1/29/16.
  • Nefi Ogando - rhp (12/2/15) - Claimed off waivers by the Miami Marlins.
  • Ken Giles - rhp (12/12/15) - Traded with Jonathan Arauz to the Houston Astros for Mark AppelHarold ArauzThomas Eshelman, Brett Oberholtzer and Vince Velasquez.
  • Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez - rhp (4/1/16) - Released.
  • Ken Roberts - lhp (4/1/16) - Released.
New Additions - 2015-2016 Offseason
  • James Russell - lhp (11/12/15) - Signed as a minor league free agent formerly with the Chicago Cubs.
  • Jeremy Hellickson - rhp (11/14/15) - Acquired from the Arizona Diamondbacks for Sam McWilliams.
  • Emmanuel Burriss - inf (11/18/15) - Signed as a minor league free agent formerly with the Washington Nationals.
  • Frank Herrmann - rhp (11/18/15) - Signed as a minor league free agent formerly with the Pittsburgh Pirates.
  • Michael Mariot - rhp (11/30/15) - Claimed off waivers from the Kansas City Royals.
  • Peter Bourjos - of (12/2/15) - Claimed off waivers from the St. Louis Cardinals.
  • David Hernandez - rhp (12/9/15) - Signed as a free agent formerly with the Arizona Diamondbacks.
  • Tyler Goeddel - of (12/10/15) - Selected from the Tampa Bay Rays in the Rule 5 draft.
  • Daniel Stumpf - lhp (12/10/15) - Selected from the Kansas City Royals in the Rule 5 draft.
  • Charlie Morton - rhp (12/12/15) - Acquired from the Pittsburgh Pirates for David Whitehead.
  • Brett Oberholtzer - lhp and Vince Velasquez - rhp (12/12/15) - Acquired with Mark Appel, Harold Arauz and Thomas Eshelman from the Houston Astros for Ken Giles and Jonathan Arauz.
  • Andrew Bailey - rhp (12/17/15) - Signed as a minor league free agent formerly with the New York Yankees.
  • Cedric Hunter  - of (1/12/16) - Signed as a minor league free agent formerly with the Atlanta Braves.
  • David Lough - of (1/25/16) - Signed as a minor league free agent formerly with the Baltimore Orioles.
  • Taylor Featherston - inf (2/10/16) - Acquired from the Los Angeles Angels for cash considerations.
Departed During the 2016 Season
  • Daniel Stumpf - lhp (7/25/16) - Returned to the Kansas City Royals.
  • Andrew Bailey - rhp (8/6/16) - Released and signed by the Los Angeles Angels to a minor league contract, 8/13/16.
  • Brett Oberholtzer - lhp (8/6/16) - Designated for assignment and claimed off waivers by the Los Angeles Angels, 8/9/16.
  • David Lough - of (8/22/16) - Released and signed by the Miami Marlins to a minor league contract, 8/23/16.
  • Carlos Ruiz - c (8/25/16) - Traded with cash to the Los Angeles Dodgers for A.J. Ellis, Tommy Bergjans and a player to be named later (Joey Curletta).
  • Taylor Featherston - inf (9/10/16) - Designated for assignment.
Arrived During the 2016 Season
  • Jimmy Paredes - of (6/1/16) - Purchased from the Toronto Blue Jays.
  • Phil Klein - rhp (6/19/16) - Claimed off waivers from the Texas Rangers.
  • Patrick  Schuster - lhp (8/12/16) - Claimed off waivers from the Oakland Athletics.
  • A.J. Ellis - c (8/25/16) - Acquired with Tommy Bergjans and a player to be named later (Joey Curletta) from the Los Angeles Dodgers for Carlos Ruiz and cash.
Memory Lane

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Series Preview - White Sox at Phillies: September 20th to September 21st


Tuesday and Wednesday 7:05
Citizens Bank Park - Philadelphia, PA

White Sox 72-78, 4th place in the A.L. Central, 14 1/2 games behind the Indians
Phillies 24-17, 2nd place in the N.L. East, 1 game behind the Nationals

White Sox Probables:  James Shields (3-10, 6.94), Chris Sale (16-8, 3.03)
Phillies Probables:  Jake Thompson (2-5, 5.64), Jared Eickhoff (10-14, 3.74)

At the Ballpark:  There are special theme night tickets available for both these games, but there are otherwise no giveaways scheduled.

White Sox Leaders
Average:  Jose Abreu - .300
Runs:  Adam Eaton - 84
Home Runs:  Todd Frazier - 37
RBIs:  Jose Abreu - 96
Stolen Bases:  Adam Eaton and Todd Frazier - 12

Wins:  Chris Sale - 16
ERA:  Chris Sale - 3.03
Strikeouts:  Chris Sale - 215
Saves:  David Robertson - 35

Phillies Leaders
Average:  Cesar Hernandez - .290
Runs:  Odubel Herrera - 79
Home Runs:  Maikel Franco and Ryan Howard - 22
RBIs:  Maikel Franco - 77
Stolen Bases:  Odubel Herrera - 22

Wins:  Jeremy Hellickson - 12
ERA:  Jeremy Hellickson - 3.57
Strikeouts:  Vince Velasquez - 152
Saves:  Jeanmar Gomez - 37

1970 Topps #56
1970 Topps Appreciation:  This is the first card of two on which prospects Joe Lis and Scott Reid would appear as Phillies Rookie Stars.  Both would appear on Rookie Stars cards again within the 1971 Topps set - Lis with Willie Montanez and Reid with Greg Luzinski.

Neither player would receive a solo Phillies mainstream baseball card, although Lis appeared in both the 1971 and 1972 Phillies Photocards set.  Lis served as a back-up outfielder for the Phils between 1970 and 1972 and he was shipped to the Twins in November 1972 as part of the Cesar Tovar deal. He wrapped up his eight-year career with 9 games for the expansion Mariners club in 1977.

Reid appeared in 38 games with the Phillies in 1969 and 1970, hitting .147 (10 for 68).  Following his playing career, Reid served as a scout for the Phillies and he was responsible for the signing of Mike Maddux.  He later worked in the front offices for the Cubs and Marlins, and he's currently a senior advisor for the Tigers.

Monday, September 19, 2016

1961 Topps Stamps John Buzhardt

Marlins 5Phillies 4
Game 150 - Sunday Afternoon, September 18th in Philadelphia
Record - 67-83, 4th place, 21 1/2 games behind the Nationals

One Sentence Summary:  A dropped pop-up in the eighth inning led to the Marlins winning this game, 5-4.

What It Means:  This was an ugly loss for the Phils.  Cesar Hernandez drifted way over to first base on a pop-up that had been called by Tommy Joseph.  The two infielders collided, the ball was dropped and Marcell Ozuana, who had hit the pop-up, eventually came around to score the winning run.

What Happened:  Hector Neris was on the mound for that mess, and a batter earlier Neris had allowed a two-run home run to Christian Yelich.

Freddy Galvis hit his 20th home run in the sixth inning, giving the team four infielders with 20 or more home runs for the first time in franchise history - Galvis, Joseph, Ryan Howard and Maikel Franco.

Featured Card:  Thanks to a Tweet from Matt Gelb, I can feature this stamp of John Buzhardt who was the starting pitcher for the Phillies back on May 17, 1961.  The starting line-up fielded yesterday by the club was the first time the Phillies starting nine had all been under 27 years old since that date 55 years ago.  Here's a link to the full box score from that game.

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Sunday, September 18, 2016

2011 Topps ToppsTown #TT2-37 Jeremy Hellickson

Phillies 8Marlins 0
Game 149 - Saturday Night, September 17th in Philadelphia
Record - 67-82, 4th place, 21 1/2 games behind the Nationals

One Sentence Summary:  Jeremy Hellickson held the Marlins to three hits and needed 106 pitches to toss a complete game shutout.

What It Means:   I missed this semi-milestone when it happened this past week, but with their 64th win of the season on Tuesday night the Phillies have officially improved over their 63-99 record in 2015.  Now if they can win their final 12 games in a row, they'll finish with a somewhat impressive 79-82 record.  Seems reasonable.

What Happened:  Hellickson won his 12th game of the season, the first Phillies pitcher with that many wins since Cliff Lee won 14 in 2013.  The Phillies had a five-run first inning, capped by a bases clearing, three-run double from A.J. Ellis.  Tommy Joseph hit his 20th home run of the season in the second inning.

Featured Card:  I'm fresh out of Hellickson's Phillies cards to feature for this post, as I've already featured the five Phillies cards of his in my collection.  So let's flash back to 2011, which is the year Hellickson last tossed a complete game shutout.  As a member of the Rays, he blanked the Orioles at home on May 13th and he go on to win A.L. Rookie of the Year honors.

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Saturday, September 17, 2016

2016 Topps Tier One Prime Performers Autographs #PP-JPA Jimmy Paredes

Phillies 4Marlins 3 (13)
Game 148 - Friday Night, September 16th in Philadelphia
Record - 47-58, 4th place, 15 games behind the Nationals

One Sentence Summary:  Jimmy Paredes hit a bases loaded, walk-off single in the 13th to score Peter Bourjos and give the Phillies a 4-3 win.

What It Means:  The win probably wasn't Topps Now worthy, but it was still exciting.

What Happened:  Up until the winning hit from Paredes, the biggest Phillies hit from this game was Ryan Howard's solo home run (22) in the bottom of the sixth.  The Phils held a 3-2 lead going into the eighth, but Edubray Ramos surrendered a pinch-hit home run to Derek Dietrich.  Frank Herrmann pitched a scoreless 12th and 13th innings for the win, his first since 2011.

Featured Card:  Added to the roster on June 1st through a trade with the Blue Jays (for cash considerations), Paredes is probably one of the least known members of the 2016 Phillies roster.  His sole Phillies card can be found within the second series, team-issued photo card set but Topps has included him in several of their sets this year.  As a member of the Orioles, Paredes cards can be found within Topps flagship, Topps Heritage, Topps Gypsy Queen, Stadium Club and Topps Tier One.  I (cheaply) added the card featured here to my collection through a recent COMC purchase.

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Friday, September 16, 2016

Series Preview - Marlins at Phillies: September 16th to September 18th


Friday and Saturday 7:05, Saturday 1:35
Citizens Bank Park - Philadelphia, PA

Marlins 73-73, 3rd place in the N.L. East, 14 games behind the Nationals
Phillies 65-82, 4th place in the N.L. East, 22 1/2 games behind the Nationals

Marlins Probables:  Tom Koehler (9-11, 3.97), Jose Urena (4-6, 4.89), Andrew Cashner (1-4, 6.13)
Phillies Probables:  Adam Morgan (2-10, 5.73), Jeremy Hellickson (11-9, 3.76), Alec Asher (1-0, 1.46)

At the Ballpark:  On Sunday afternoon, all adult fans will receive a Budweiser desert camo Phillies t-shirt.

Marlins Leaders
Average:  J.T. Realmuto - .313
Runs:  Christian Yelich - 72
Home Runs:  Giancarlo Stanton - 25
RBIs:  Christian Yelich - 91
Stolen Bases:  Dee Gordon - 20

Wins:  Jose Fernandez - 15
ERA:  Jose Fernandez - 2.99
Strikeouts:  Jose Fernandez - 241
Saves:  A.J. Ramos - 36

Phillies Leaders
Average:  Cesar Hernandez - .288
Runs:  Odubel Herrera - 74
Home Runs:  Maikel Franco - 22
RBIs:  Maikel Franco - 75
Stolen Bases:  Odubel Herrera - 21

Wins:  Jeremy Hellickson - 11
ERA:  Jared Eickhoff - 3.74
Strikeouts:  Vince Velasquez - 152
Saves:  Jeanmar Gomez - 37

1970 Topps #564
1970 Topps Appreciation:  As we wrap up the 2016 season, I need to find places to feature 1970
Phillies cards of players who had no logical connection to the Phillies' opponents throughout the year. Johnny Briggs, who spent his entire 12-year career with the Phillies, Brewers and Twins is one such player.  I had this to say about Briggs a few years ago before a Brewers series:
Johnny Briggs spent the first eight years of his career with the Phillies before being traded to the Brewers in April 1971 for Pete Koegel and Ray Peters.  His best season may have been 1972 when he hit 21 home runs and drove in 65.  Briggs appears as a Phillie within Topps sets from 1965 to 1971.

1987 Donruss #432 Don Carman

Pirates 15Phillies 2
Game 105 - Friday Night, July 29th in Atlanta
Record - 47-58, 4th place, 15 games behind the Nationals

One Sentence Summary:  Jared Eickhoff allowed four home runs and relievers Severino Gonzalez and Colton Murray poured gasoline on this dumpster fire of a game as the Phillies lost, 15-2.

What It Means:  Well that escalated quickly.

What Happened:  Until the train went completely off the tracks in the seventh inning, Eickhoff had allowed just three hits but all three were solo home runs.  Gonzalez (2/3 inning, 3 hits, 2 walks and 5 runs) and Murray (1/3 inning, 4 hits and 3 runs) made sure the game was completely out of reach.

Featured Card:  As we were driving home, Scott Franzke relayed that Eickhoff was the first Phillies pitcher to surrender four home runs but only three earned runs since Don Carman in 1987.  Eickhoff should have been out of the seventh, but Maikel Franco booted what should have been the third out of the inning.  The next batter, Jordy Mercer, hit a pinch-hit, three-run home run and all three runs were unearned.

Field Report:  Jenna and I were at this game along with a few thousand fellow Phillies and Pirates fans.  As expected, we had plenty of leg room and we mercifully left the ballpark after Mercer's home run.  We were both disappointed to see that Roman Quinn has not yet been given a giant Topps baseball card in the starting line-up display in Ashburn Alley.


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