Saturday, November 2, 2019

8 File for Free Agency; Pirela Released

 2020 Chachi Departures #4
  2020 Chachi #23
 2020 Chachi Departures #5 
  2020 Chachi Departures #6
  2020 Chachi Departures #7
On Halloween, the day after the conclusion of the World Series, eight Phillies filed for free agency.  Of the eight, I could see Brad Miller returning to fill a bench role and Drew Smyly might provide some depth at Triple-A.  It would be great to see Corey Dickerson return, but it's not clear how he would fit in to an already crowded outfield.

In a paper move only, outfielder Odubel Herrera was activated from the restricted list where he has languished since mid-May due to his arrest for domestic violence.

  2020 Chachi Departures #8
 2020 Chachi Departures #9
  2020 Chachi Departures #10
  2020 Chachi Departures #11
Finally, outfielder Jose Pirela was released as he'll pursue an opportunity to play in Japan.  In 12 games for the Phillies, Pirela hit .235 (4 for 17) with a home run and two RBIs.  He leaves having appeared on zero Phillies baseball cards, making him a prime candidate for a future Phillies Missing Links custom set.

I'm showing off some of the 2020 Chachi cards I created for these departed players above.  As I've done in the past, I'll also create a variation card for each player with whatever new team they land with.  I have to say I'm enjoying working with the 1991 Topps template more than I thought I would, and I'm looking forward to spending all next season with this design.

Moving On - 2019-2020 Offseason
  • Rob Brantly - c (9/30/19) - Elected free agency.
  • Fernando Salas - rhp (9/30/19) - Elected free agency.
  • Corey Dickerson - of (10/31/19) - Elected free agency.
  • Tommy Hunter - rhp (10/31/19) - Elected free agency.
  • Brad Miller - inf (10/31/19) - Elected free agency.
  • Logan Morrison - 1b (10/31/19) - Elected free agency.
  • Juan Nicasio - rhp (10/31/19) - Elected free agency.
  • Sean Rodriguez - inf-of (10/31/19) - Elected free agency.
  • Drew Smyly - lhp (10/31/19) - Elected free agency.
  • Nick Vincent - rhp (10/31/19) - Elected free agency.
  • Jose Pirela - of (11/1/19) - Released.
New Arrivals - 2019-2020 Offseason
  • Robert Stock - rhp (10/30/19) - Claimed off waivers from the San Diego Padres.


The Shlabotnik Report said...

I've not been the best at keeping up with my blog reading, so I was taken by surprise when I saw the 91T design replicated here... I'd clearly missed the announcement, but found it after clicking on the 2020 Chachi Set Inserts label at the bottom of the post.

Nice job with the 91T; I can say from experience that it's a fun design to work with, but it's also a fair amount of work. due to the photo overlapping the border.

Jim said...

I never realized it before, but each photo used for the '91 Topps cards only overlaps the border on one side. So it's either overlapping on the top, the right or the left, but never on multiple sides. There were also a few examples from the original set where the photo doesn't overlap any of the borders, which I also used on a few cards.