Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Phillies Missing Links of the 2000s - #1 Kirk Bullinger

#33
Kirk Matthew Bullinger
Relief Pitcher

The younger brother of fellow pitcher Jim Bullinger, Kirk Bullinger came to Phillies Spring Training camp in 2000 as a non-roster invitee and made the team's opening day roster.  He appeared in three games in relief for the Phillies before landing on the disabled list on April 11th with a lower back strain.  Once healthy, the team activated him and optioned him down to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre where he'd pitch the rest of the season.  While still on the disabled list, his uniform number was unceremoniously relinquished to a young slugger named Pat Burrell who made his big league debut that May 24th.  (Burrell would switch to #5 to start the 2001 season.)

Bullinger became a free agent following the 2000 season, and he'd pitch with Team USA in the 2001 World Cup.  In 2004, he appeared in a career high 27 games with the Astros.

Bats:  Right  Throws:  Right  Height:  6'2"  Weight:  170
Born:  October 28, 1969, New Orleans, LA
Drafted:  Drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 32nd round of the June 1992 amateur player draft.
Major League Teams:  Montreal Expos 1998; Boston Red Sox 1999; Phillies 2000; Houston Astros 2003-2004
Professional Affiliations:  St. Louis Cardinals 1992-1994; Montreal Expos 1995-1998; Boston Red Sox 1999; Phillies 2000; Cleveland Indians 2001; Chicago White Sox 2001; Houston Astros 2002-2004; Pittsburgh Pirates 2005

Phillies Career
3 games, 0-0, 5.40 ERA,  3 1/3 innnings, 4 strikeouts
Acquired:  Signed as a minor league free agent formerly with the Boston Red Sox, January 29, 2000.
Debut:  April 5, 2000 - Pitched the final inning in an 11-3 blow-out loss to the Diamondbacks in Phoenix, allowing two runs on three hits.
Final Game:  April 10, 2000 - Pitched 1 2/3 innings of scoreless relief against the Mets, striking out three - Rickey Henderson, Jon Nunnally and Mike Piazza.
Departed:  Granted free agency on October 2, 2000, and signed with the Cleveland Indians organization on February 8, 2001.

1992 Fleer/ProCards #1583
 
1994 Topps #713
 
1999 Sports Illustrated #53
 
2004 Upper Deck USA
25th Anniversary #29
0 Bullinger Baseball Cards in My Collection
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Other Baseball Cards
First Mainstream Card:  1994 Topps #713
First Topps Base Card:  1994 Topps #713
Last Mainstream Card:  2004 Upper Deck USA 25th Anniversary #29
Other Notable Cards:  1992 Fleer/ProCards #1583, 1999 Sports Illustrated #53

Sources:  Baseball Reference and The Trading Card Database

Phillies Missing Links of the 2000s
1 Kirk Bullinger

This is a continuing series looking at those players who spent time with the Phillies but possess no baseball card proof of their time in Philadelphia.  In some cases, the First and Last Mainstream cards listed above have been subjectively chosen if multiple cards were released in that year.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

2017 Chachi In Action #7 Rhys Hoskins


Padres 7, Phillies 4
Game 116 - Late Monday Night, August 14th in San Diego
Record - 43-73, 5th place, 27 games behind the Nationals

One Sentence Summary:  Rhys Hoskins slugged his first two big league home runs, but the Padres still defeated the Phillies, 7-4.

What It Means:  Hoskins is the first Phillies player to hit the first two home runs of his career in the same game since Scott Rolen did it on August 21, 1996.

What Happened:  Odubel Herrera extended his hitting streak to a career-best 17 games.  Ricardo Pinto allowed most of the damage, giving up five Padres runs on four hits in his two innings of relief.

Featured Card:  Hoskins gets the In Action treatment to celebrate his first (of hopefully many) Major League home runs.

Just One Card - 2000s Phillies Edition (Part Two - 2005 to 2009)

2005 Phillies Team Issue #33
2008 Phillies Team Issue #57
2009 Phillies Team Issue Update #23
Having tackled the Phillies players of the 1980s and 1990s to have never before appeared on a Phillies baseball card, I'm now going to turn my attention to the decade of the 2000s.  I started the Chachi custom baseball card sets in 2005, so the players from 2005 onwards have already appeared (at least in virtual form) on a Phillies baseball card.  But I'll still pay tribute to those players with an official Missing Links card.

By my tally, and I'll readily admit up front that I could be wrong, there were 34 players who suited up for the Phillies between 2000 and 2009 who never appeared on a Phillies baseball card.  But before we get to those 34 players, here are the players who just missed the cut having appeared on exactly one baseball card as a member of the Phillies.  (This is part two, and part one appears here.)

2005
Jose Offerman - 2005 Phillies Team Issue #33
Michael Tucker - 2005 Topps Update #UH4
Ugueth Urbina - 2005 Topps Update #UH80

2006
Rick White - 2006 Topps Phillies Fan Appreciation Day #12

2008
Rudy Seanez - 2008 Phillies Team Issue #57

2009
Paul Bako - 2009 Phillies Team Issue Update #23
Jack Taschner - 2010 Upper Deck #381

2005 Topps Update #UH4
 
2005 Topps Update #UH80
 
2006 Topps Phillies Fan
Appreciation Day #12
2010 Upper Deck #381
 
Just One Card Links
1990 to 1995
1996 to 1999
2000 to 2004
2005 to 2009

Just One Card - 2000s Phillies Edition (Part One - 2000 to 2004)

2000 Phillies Team Issue #44
2000 Phillies Team Issue #46
2001 Phillies Team Issue #55
Having tackled the Phillies players of the 1980s and 1990s to have never before appeared on a Phillies baseball card, I'm now going to turn my attention to the decade of the 2000s.  I started the Chachi custom baseball card sets in 2005, so the players from 2005 onwards have already appeared (at least in virtual form) on a Phillies baseball card.  But I'll still pay tribute to those players with an official Missing Links card.

By my tally, and I'll readily admit up front that I could be wrong, there were 34 players who suited up for the Phillies between 2000 and 2009 who never appeared on a Phillies baseball card.  But before we get to those 34 players, here are the players who just missed the cut having appeared on exactly one baseball card as a member of the Phillies.  (This is part one, and part two will appear in a future post.)

2000
Scott Aldred - 2000 Phillies Team Issue #30 (See here)
Clemente Alvarez - 2001 Phillies Team Issue #55*
Thomas Jacquez - 2000 Pacific Omega #253 (with Vicente Padilla)
Trever Miller - 2000 Phillies Team Issue #46
Carlos Reyes - 2000 Phillies Team Issue #44
Steve Schrenk - 2000 Phillies Team Issue #52 (See here)
Ed Vosberg - 2001 Phillies Team Issue #50

2001 Phillies Team Issue #50
2001 Phillies Team Issue Update #52
2001 Phillies Team Issue #12
2001 Phillies Team Issue #54
2004 Phillies Team Issue Special Edition #58
2001
Felipe Crespo - 2001 Phillies Team Issue Update #52
Brian L. Hunter - 2001 Phillies Team Issue #12^
Eddie Oropesa - 2001 Phillies Team Issue #54

2002
Mike Timlin - 2002 Topps Traded #T31

2004
Lou Collier - 2004 Phillies Team Issue Special Edition #58
Jim Crowell - 2004 Topps Traded #T113
Felix Rodriguez - 2004 Upper Deck #563

2000 Pacific Omega #253
2002 Topps Traded #T31
2004 Topps Traded #T113
2004 Upper Deck #563
*Alvarez appears as the bullpen catcher on this card, but it's close enough for me so I'll count it for this exercise.
^Topps tried to give Brian L. Hunter a card in the 2001 Topps Traded set, but they used a photo of Brian R. Hunter instead so I'm not counting it.  I wrote about this confusion in this post.

Given that Crespo and Collier only appear on hard-to-find team issued photo cards, I'd consider these two of my personal collecting white whales.  Thanks goes out to fellow Phillies collector Rick for sending me scans of these rare cards.

Just One Card Links
1990 to 1995
1996 to 1999
2000 to 2004
2005 to 2009

Monday, August 14, 2017

Series Preview - Phillies at Padres: August 14th to August 16th


Monday and Tuesday 10:10, Wednesday 3:40
Petco Park - San Diego, CA

Phillies 43-72, 5th Place in the N.L. East, 26 1/2 games behind the Nationals
Padres 51-66, 4th Place in the N.L. West, 32 games behind the Dodgers

Phillies Probables:  Jerad Eickhoff (3-7, 4.45), Mark Leiter, Jr. (1-2, 4.08), Nick Pivetta (4-7, 6.09)
Padres Probables:  Travis Wood (1-1, 6.19), Dinelson Lamet (6-4, 5.00), Clayton Richard (5-12, 5.14)

At the Ballpark:  The Padres are giving away a few hats to fans who purchase special theme night tickets.  Tuesday night is Italian Heritage Night with a green, white and red Padres hat giveaway, while Wednesday afternoon is "Way Back Wednesday" with a retro-style hat available.

Phillies Leaders
Average:  Cesar Hernandez - .294
Runs:  Cesar Hernandez - 59
Home Runs:  Maikel Franco - 17
RBIs:  Maikel Franco - 59
Stolen Bases:  Cesar Hernandez - 12

Wins:  Aaron Nola - 9
ERA:  Aaron Nola - 3.02
Strikeouts:  Aaron Nola - 125
Saves:  Hector Neris - 13

Padres Leaders
Average:  Wil Myers - .239
Runs:  Wil Myers - 58
Home Runs:  Wil Myers - 24
RBIs:  Wil Myers - 58
Stolen Bases:  Manuel Margot and Wil Myers - 11

Wins:  Jhoulys Chacin - 11
ERA:  Jhoulys Chacin - 4.06
Strikeouts:  Jhoulys Chacin - 112
Saves:  Brandon Maurer* - 20

*Now with the Royals

1982 Topps #480
1982 Topps #330
1982 Topps Appreciation:  For the third time since I've been preparing these series preview posts, here's a look at the cards of two pitchers forever linked since they were traded for each other on February 25, 1972.

1970 Topps Appreciation, from 2016
1973 Topps Appreciation, from 2013

Alumni Weekend Continues with More Autographs


Mets 6, Phillies 2
Game 115 - Sunday Afternoon, August 13th in Philadelphia
Record - 43-72, 5th place, 26 games behind the Nationals

One Sentence Summary:  The Mets dampened the good vibes brought on by the annual Phillies Alumni Day, defeating the Phillies 6-2.

What It Means:  The Mets took three out of four in this series, and the Phillies now head to the West Coast for games in San Diego and San Francisco.

What Happened:  Zach Eflin allowed home runs to Michael Conforto and Curtis Granderson in his 5 1/3 innings of work.  The Phillies went 2 for 11 with runners in scoring position, failing to capitalize twice with the bases loaded.  The fifth inning was cut short when Odubel Herrera ran right into an out at third, as Freddy Galvis was already manning the base.  Rhys Hoskins collected his first big league hit and RBI.


Featured Cards/Field Report:  My wife Jenna and youngest son Ben joined in the fun for this game, as the four of us set out to meet some more Phillies alumni.  The Phillies truly do a great job with this stuff.  Before the start of the game, five tables were set up throughout the ballpark, each with two members of the 1980 World Championship team signing autographs.  We made it to four of the five tables, with the boys getting autographs from Warren Brusstar, Dickie Noles, Bob Boone, Bake McBride, Larry Christenson, Marty Bystrom, Manny Trillo and Greg Luzinski.

We settled into our seats and enjoyed the pre-game ceremony introducing over 40 former Phillies players and once again honoring the late Darren Daulton.  Members of the 1993 Phillies team each appeared on the field wearing Daulton's #10 jersey.


Mid-way through the game, we walked over to an alumni photo both and the boys had their pictures taken with Jim Eisenreich, Milt Thompson, Kevin Stocker and Tommy Greene.  Doug added autographs from Stocker and Greene to the Wall of Fame print he had received on Saturday night. By Doug's tally, he added 22 (!) alumni autographs to his collection on Saturday and Sunday.

I should also mention we received four 15-card packs of the special Topps National Baseball Card Day Phillies sets as we entered the ballpark.  This is a fantastic giveaway, the only problem with it being there are 20 cards in a complete set.  With the four packs we received, we were able to put together only two complete sets.  Still, it's a great looking set and Jenna and Ben don't seem to mind too much (yet) that their sets are missing a few cards.

Ben looks on as Freddy Galvis bats

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Wall of Famers Return and Doug's Big Night of Autographs


Phillies 3, Mets 1
Game 114 - Saturday Night, August 12th in Philadelphia
Record - 43-71, 5th place, 26 games behind the Nationals

One Sentence Summary:  The Wall of Famers returned for a pre-game ceremony and Aaron Nola continued his dominant second half performance as the Phillies won, 3-1.

What It Means:  This was Nola's 10th consecutive outing allowing two runs or less, which no other Phillies pitcher has accomplished since 1893.

What Happened:  Nola struck out eight in his seven innings of work, allowing just one run (a solo home run to Yoenis Cespedes) and two hits.  Cesar Hernandez and Freddy Galvis delivered RBI singles.


Featured Cards/Field Report:  Doug and I attended this game, and while none of the current Phillies were signing autographs pre-game, he was able to get quite a few autographs later in the Hall of Fame Club.

The Phillies brought back past Wall of Fame inductees for an on-field ceremony, and they then paid tribute to Jim Bunning, Dallas Green and Darren Daulton.  All three Wall of Famers had passed away this year.  Mike Schmidt delivered an emotional speech remembering each of the former Phillies, and he also recognized Ruben Amaro, Sr., who had passed away earlier this year as well.

Around the fifth inning, we decided to take a walk and as is normally the case during Alumni Weekend, there was a large contingent of autograph seekers stationed outside the suite where the alumni were holding their reunion.  As alumni entered and exited the suite, some would pause to sign while others would not.  Here's a summary of our night:
  • Larry Christenson and Jim Eisenreich were the first Phillies alumni we spotted signing, and both took their time to sign for anyone who wanted an autograph.  The same can be said for Manny Trillo and Bake McBride.
  • While waiting for other alumni to exit the suite, I noticed Desi Relaford and Mike Lieberthal casually chatting about 10 feet away.  I called Doug over and both players graciously signed his Wall of Fame print and posed for pictures.
  • Rheal Cormier was also interacting with fans and the two of us got a selfie together.
  • Next out the suite door was Jim Thome, who immediately went right for Doug, grabbed his print and asked him where we wanted to have it signed.  It should be noted that Doug was by far the youngest autograph seeker in the area, as the majority of people waiting were more experienced collectors, equally excited to add a long-sought after autograph to their collections. Kudos to Thome and the other signers for going out of their way for the younger fans, and then making sure to sign for the older fans as well.
  • Shane Victorino briskly walked past, not acknowledging any of the fans.  Doug was disappointed, but that went away when Tony Taylor emerged.

Tony Taylor . . . the Phillies great singled out Doug and spent about two minutes talking to him.  He talked about the players on the print, he told Doug to follow his dreams and he told Doug to never give up.  He talked about kindness and helping others and hard work.  He wanted Doug to promise to never throw away the print and to remember everything he had told him.  Finally, he told Doug to pass on everything to his kids and to bring his kids to Phillies games when they were older.  Doug took it all in.  I took it all in.  It was a very cool moment.
  • The last two signers were Charlie Manual and Bobby Wine.  Wine, the long-time Phillies player and coach, took one look at Doug's straight brim on his baseball cap and admonished him to, "Bend that brim for God's sake!"  He then grabbed the hat and bent the brim.
There were throngs of people around Thome and Manuel, so I didn't get good photos of those two, but I've created a custom card set for the other autograph signers.  It was a fantastic experience for Doug (and me) and one neither of us will soon forget.

Memory Lane - Past Induction Ceremonies/Alumni Weekends
2009 - Harry Kalas
2010 - Darren Daulton
2011 - John Kruk
2012 - Mike Lieberthal
2013 - Curt Schilling
2014 - Charlie Manuel
2015 - Pat Burrell
2016 - Jim Thome
2017 - Tribute to Jim Bunning, Dallas Green and Darren Daulton

Saturday, August 12, 2017

2017 Topps Allen & Ginter #61 Tommy Joseph

Mets 7, Phillies 6
Game 113 - Friday Night, August 11th in Philadelphia
Record - 42-71, 5th place, 26 games behind the Nationals

One Sentence Summary:  The Phils battled back to tie the game in the eighth, but Amed Rosario hit his first big league home run off Hector Neris in the ninth to lead the Mets to a 7-6 victory.

What It Means:  As Jim Salisbury Tweeted, the Phillies are 0-5 against the Mets at home this season and they've been out-homered 17-4 in those games.

What Happened:  Cesar Hernandez's solo home run (7) tied the game up temporarily.  Nick Pivetta pitched only 4 2/3 innings, allowing six runs (five earned) on seven hits, including two home runs.

Featured Card:  Tommy Joseph has been slumping lately, and the addition of Rhys Hoskins, a fellow first baseman, to the roster can't be great for his confidence.  But in this game he had a pair of hits, knocking in a pair of runs.

Transaction:  Prior to the game, Vince Velasquez landed on the 10-day disabled list and Ty Kelly was recalled from the IronPigs.

2017 Chachi #53 Rhys Hoskins

#17
Rhys Dean Hoskins
First Base-Left Field

Bats:  Right  Throws:  Right  Height:  6'4"  Weight:  225
Born:  March 17, 1993, Sacramento, CA
Home:  Sacramento, CA
Drafted:  Selected by the Phillies in the 5th round of the June 2014 draft
Teams:  Phillies 2017
Acquired:  Via draft

2014 Choice Williamsport
Crosscutters #14
2014 Bowman Draft Picks
#DP122
21 Hoskins Baseball Cards in My Collection per The Phillies Room Checklist
First Card:  2014 Choice Williamsport Crosscutters #14
First Phillies Card:  2014 Bowman Draft Picks #DP122
First Topps Flagship Base Card:  N/A
First Phillies Team Issued Card:  N/A
Latest Card:  2017 Choice Lehigh Valley IronPigs #1

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