Monday, November 22, 2021

2005 Topps Phillies Team Set

#659 Phillies Team
#288 Larry Bowa MG
#194 Bobby Abreu
#44 David Bell
#550 Pat Burrell
#525 Marlon Byrd
#582 Gavin Floyd
#64 Doug Glanville
#588 Cory Lidle
#170 Mike Lieberthal
#420 Kenny Lofton
#430 Ryan Madson
#514 Jason Michaels
#69 Brett Myers
#630 Vicente Padilla
#492 Tomas Perez
#2 Placido Polanco
#482 Todd Pratt
#312 Chris Roberson
#76 Jimmy Rollins
#25 Jim Thome
#481 Chase Utley
#117 Billy Wagner
#11 Randy Wolf
#257 Tim Worrell
#589 Howard & Hamels PROS
#686 Mike Bourn DP

Updates & Highlights
#UH87 Charlie Manuel MG
#UH143 Pat Burrell LL
#UH183 Bobby Abreu AS
#UH195 Bobby Abreu HRD
#UH113 Bobby Abreu HL
#UH78 Endy Chavez
#UH63 Jon Lieber
#UH288 Scott Mitchinson
#UH287 Kelvin Pichardo
#UH4 Michael Tucker
#UH80 Ugueth Urbina
#UH100 Greg Golson PROS
#UH330 Mike Costanzo DP

2004 Topps Phillies Team Set / 2006 Topps Phillies Team Set

Saturday, November 20, 2021

Phils Acquire Stubbs from Houston, Stockpiling Catchers

2022 Chachi New Additions #5
The Phillies started Friday with two catchers on their 40-man roster, J.T. Realmuto and Rafael Marchan, and ended the day with four.  Donny Sands was acquired from the Yankees in a deal announced a little after 6pm.  Less than two hours later, the team announced the acquisition of catcher Garrett Stubbs from the Astros for outfielder Logan Cerny.  

Cerny was the Phillies' 10th round pick this past June and he only appeared in 13 games professionally with the club, batting .200 (7 for 35).

Stubbs last appeared with the Astros in Game 6 of the World Series, inserted into the game in the ninth inning at catcher shortly before the Braves won the game, 7-0, winning the Championship in the process.  In three seasons with the Astros, Stubbs appeared in 51 games, batting .182 with no home runs and six RBIs.  He's played both corner outfield positions as well as catcher.  Stubbs' rookie card can be found in the 2020 Topps set, and more recently he's appeared in the 2021 Topps Heritage High Numbers and 2021 Topps Update releases.


2021-2022 Offseason Departures

Date

Transaction

Jorge Bonifacio (of) 10/8/21 Released.

Cam Bedrosian (rhp) 11/3/21 Elected free agency.

Archie Bradley (rhp) 11/3/21 Elected free agency.

Freddy Galvis (inf) 11/3/21 Elected free agency.

Ian Kennedy (rhp) 11/3/21 Elected free agency.

Brad Miller (inf) 11/3/21 Elected free agency.

Matt Moore (lhp) 11/3/21 Elected free agency.

Hector Neris (rhp) 11/3/21 Elected free agency.

Andrew McCutchen (of) 11/3/21 Club option declined, elected free agency.

JD Hammer (rhp) 11/5/21 Outrighted, elected free agency.

Odubel Herrera (of) 11/5/21 Outrighted, elected free agency.

Travis Jankowski (of) 11/5/21 Outrighted, elected free agency.

Andrew Knapp (c) 11/5/21 Outrighted, elected free agency.

Ramon Rosso (rhp) 11/5/21 Outrighted, elected free agency.

Ronald Torreyes (inf) 11/5/21 Outrighted, elected free agency.

Mauricio Llovera (rhp) 11/7/21 Elected free agency.

David Paulino (rhp) 11/7/21 Elected free agency.


2021-2022 Offseason Additions





Ryan Sherriff (lhp) 11/5/21 Claimed off waivers from the Tampa Bay Rays.

Kent Emanuel (lhp) 11/19/21 Claimed off waivers from the Houston Astros.

Nick Nelson (rhp) 11/19/21 Acquired from the New York Yankees for Joel Valdez (lhp) and T.J. Rumfield (1b)

Donny Sands (c) 11/19/21 --

Garrett Stubbs (c) 11/19/21 Acquired from the Houston Astros for Logan Cerny (of)

Phils Acquire Reliever Nelson, Catcher Sands from Yankees for Prospects

2022 Chachi New Additions #3
2022 Chachi New Additions #4

After adding four players to their 40-man roster earlier in the day, the Phillies completed their first trade of the 2021-2022 offseason, adding catching and bullpen depth.

The Phillies acquired Nick Nelson (rhp) and Donny Sands (c) from the New York Yankees for minor leaguers Joel Valdez (lhp) and T.J. Rumfield (1b).  Nelson and Sands are now on the Phillies' 40-man roster, bringing the current tally up to 38.  Valdez pitched for the DSL Phillies this past summer and had a 1.63 ERA over 15 starts and 55 1/3 innings pitched.  Rumfield was the team's 12th round pick in 2021 and he hit .250 in 27 games for Low-A Clearwater.  I don't have baseball cards for either Valdez or Rumfield.

Nelson has appeared in 22 games for the Yankees over the past two seasons, going 1-2 with a 6.43 ERA over 35 innings pitched.  He's struck out 40 and has 27 walks.  He's on a Rookie Stars card in the 2021 Topps Heritage set, and he earned his first mainstream solo card in the recently released 2021 Topps Update set.  Sands is intriguing as he gives the Phillies some much-needed catching depth.  In 94 minor league games last season, he batted .261 with 18 home runs and 56 RBIs.  Behind J.T. Realmuto, the Phillies will now have Rafael Marchan, Sands and Logan O'Hoppe as potential back-ups for 2022.  Sands first appeared in a mainstream baseball card set back in 2016 with the Bowman Chrome release.


2021-2022 Offseason Departures Date Transaction

Jorge Bonifacio (of) 10/8/21 Released.

Cam Bedrosian (rhp) 11/3/21 Elected free agency.

Archie Bradley (rhp) 11/3/21 Elected free agency.

Freddy Galvis (inf) 11/3/21 Elected free agency.

Ian Kennedy (rhp) 11/3/21 Elected free agency.

Brad Miller (inf) 11/3/21 Elected free agency.

Matt Moore (lhp) 11/3/21 Elected free agency.

Hector Neris (rhp) 11/3/21 Elected free agency.

Andrew McCutchen (of) 11/3/21 Club option declined, elected free agency.

JD Hammer (rhp) 11/5/21 Outrighted, elected free agency.

Odubel Herrera (of) 11/5/21 Outrighted, elected free agency.

Travis Jankowski (of) 11/5/21 Outrighted, elected free agency.

Andrew Knapp (c) 11/5/21 Outrighted, elected free agency.

Ramon Rosso (rhp) 11/5/21 Outrighted, elected free agency.

Ronald Torreyes (inf) 11/5/21 Outrighted, elected free agency.

Mauricio Llovera (rhp) 11/7/21 Elected free agency.

David Paulino (rhp) 11/7/21 Elected free agency.


2021-2022 Offseason Additions





Ryan Sherriff (lhp) 11/5/21 Claimed off waivers from the Tampa Bay Rays.

Kent Emanuel (lhp) 11/19/21 Claimed off waivers from the Houston Astros.

Nick Nelson (rhp) 11/19/21 Acquired from the New York Yankees for Joel Valdez (lhp) and T.J. Rumfield (1b)

Donny Sands (c) 11/19/21 --

Friday, November 19, 2021

Prospects Added to 40-Man Roster; Emanuel Claimed from Astros

2022 Chachi New Additions #2
 
2021 Bowman Prospects #BP-79
 
2021 Choice Reading
Fightin Phils #25
2021 Choice Reading
Fightin Phils Update #39

The Phillies added four players to their 40-man roster on Friday afternoon, bringing the current roster tally up to 36, at least temporarily.  Here's a look at the four new players who will suit up in big league camp when pitchers and catchers report to Clearwater in mid-February.
  • Luis Garcia (ss) - Not to be confused with the former Phillies reliever who spent six seasons with the Phillies between 2013 and 2018 and enjoyed a career resurgence out of the Cardinals' bullpen last season, this Luis Garcia is a 21-year-old infield prospect who played for Clearwater and Jersey Shore last season.  Garcia has had a ton of baseball card appearances already, with 18 cards in my collection dating back to 2018.
  • James McArthur (rhp) - McArthur made it up to Double-A Reading in 2021 and at two levels last season he was 2-6 with a 4.25 ERA over 20 appearances, including 15 starts.  He too has been a frequent subject of Bowman and minor league team sets since 2018.
  • Jhailyn Ortiz (of) - Ortiz is now 23 and he continued to show power last season at Reading and Jersey Shore.  In 95 games at both levels he batted .250 with 23 home runs and 54 RBIs.  Ortiz was one of the top international free agents in 2015 and he signed with the Phillies as a 16-year-old for $4.2 million.  He's had cards dating back to 2016 in Bowman products and Phillies minor league team sets.
  • Kent Emanuel (lhp) - This lefty reliever was claimed off waivers from the Astros, where he had worn uniform #0 during his brief stint with the club.  He appeared in 10 games with Houston in 2021, going 1-0 with a 2.55 ERA over 17 2/3 innings pitched, before his season was cut short by an elbow injury.  He underwent UCL surgery, missing the remainder of the season.  Emanuel's first mainstream card can be found in the recently released 2021 Stadium Club Chrome set, but more importantly he's the second addition to the somewhat rare 2022 Chachi New Additions insert set. 
Memory Lane
2009 Additions - Quintin Berry, Yohan Flande and Jesus Sanchez
2010 Additions - Cesar Hernandez, Matt Rizzotti, Harold Garcia, Freddy Galvis and Justin De Fratus
2011 Additions - Phillippe Aumont, Jake Diekman, Tyson Gillies and Sebastian Valle
2012 Additions - Zach Collier, Ethan Martin, Trevor May and Jonathan Pettibone
2013 Additions - Aaron Altherr, Kelly Dugan, Tommy Joseph and Rob Rasmussen
2014 Additions - Jesse Biddle, Adam Morgan and Nefi Ogando
2015 Additions - Jimmy Cordero, Roman Quinn and Edubray Ramos
2016 Additions - 11 prospects
2017 Additions - Seranthony Dominguez, Franklyn Kilome, Ranger Suarez, Jose Taveras and Engelb Vielma
2018 Additions - Arquimedes Gamboa, Edgar Garcia and Adonis Medina
2019 Additions - Garrett Cleavinger, Mauricio Llovera, JoJo Romero and Cristopher Sanchez
2020 Additions - Kyle Dohy, Bailey Falter, Damon Jones, Nick Maton, Francisco Morales and Simon Muzziotti
2021 Additions - Kent Emanuel, Luis Garcia, James McArthur and Jhailyn Ortiz

Thursday, November 18, 2021

Bryce Harper Wins 2021 N.L. MVP Honors


On Thursday evening, the greatest player in Phillies franchise history, Mike Schmidt, announced the winner of the 2021 National League MVP Award live on the MLB Network.  Having Schmidt announce the award fortunately turned out to be something of a spoiler as he gleefully announced Bryce Harper as the award's recipient and the latest member of the Phillies small fraternity to win one of the league's highest annual honors.

Surrounded by family and friends, Harper was visibly moved and got emotional after the announcement.  It turned out the vote wasn't that close, with Harper receiving 17 first place votes and 348 points overall.  The Nationals' Juan Soto finished second with six first place votes and 274 points, while Padres shortstop Fernando Tatis, Jr. received a pair of first place votes and 244 points to finish third.  Harper won the award previously in 2015, making him the fifth player in baseball history to win the award with two different franchises, joining Alex Rodriguez, Barry Bonds, Frank Robinson and Jimmie Foxx.

On Wednesday night, Zack Wheeler was robbed (in my opinion) of a Cy Young Award as the Brewers' Corbin Burnes won in the National League.  Wheeler was the only other Phillies to receive MVP votes.

Harper claims the eighth MVP award in Phillies franchise history, and I'm excited to see all the MV3 merchandise for sale at the ballpark in 2022!

Phillies MVP Winners
  • Chuck Klein, 1932
  • Jim Konstanty, 1950
  • Mike Schmidt, 1980, 1981 and 1986
  • Ryan Howard, 2006
  • Jimmy Rollins, 2007
  • Bryce Harper, 2021

Monday, November 15, 2021

2021 Topps Phillies Team Set

#428 Phillies Team Card
#317 Jake Arrieta
#277 Alec Bohm
#308 Jay Bruce
#460 Zach Eflin
#561 Didi Gregorius
#250 Bryce Harper
#590 Adam Haseley
#162 Rhys Hoskins
#244 Spencer Howard
#464 Scott Kingery
#622 Rafael Marchan
#431 Andrew McCutchen
#510 Adonis Medina
#457 Mickey Moniak
#171 Hector Neris
#537 Aaron Nola
#79 Roman Quinn
#611 J.T. Realmuto
#508 JoJo Romero
#109 Jean Segura
#653 Vince Velasquez
#160 Brandon Workman

Update
#US250 Alec Bohm RD
#US271 Spencer Howard RD
#US19 Chase Anderson
#US64 Archie Bradley
#US218 Connor Brogdon
#US285 David Hale
#US164 Andrew Knapp
#251 Nick Maton
#US201 Brad Miller
#US171 Matt Moore
#US324 Ronald Torreyes
#US150 Zack Wheeler

2020 Topps Phillies Team Set / 2022 Topps Phillies Team Set