Glanville made his MLB debut with the Chicago Cubs on June 9, 1996, and played for the Cubs (1996-97, 2003), Philadelphia Phillies (1998-2002, 2004), and Texas Rangers (2003). Since his retirement from baseball, Glanville has been a baseball consultant and analyst, and has written extensively about baseball. In addition to a book on his experiences in MLB, he has written articles for The New York Times, ESPN The Magazine, The Atlantic, and The Athletic. Check out a few of his other pieces on race:
On what would have been Opening Day, Fanatics apparel company and MLB announced that Fanatics would be producing hospital masks and gowns, instead of MLB uniforms, to aid in the fight against coronavirus. To start with, they are using the fabric that is normally used to produce New York Yankees and Philadelphia Phillies’ jerseys:
We’re proud to partner with @MLB to support emergency personnel who are fighting against COVID-19 and face a need for masks and hospital gowns. We're utilizing our manufacturing plant in Easton, PA to make masks and gowns out of the same jersey fabric that the players wear pic.twitter.com/5jEg1B2iUa
Shibe Park, home of Philadelphia Blue Jays in 1944
On March 4, 1944, the Philadelphia Phillies announced that Mrs. Elizabeth Crooks had won their team naming contest and their new alter ego would be the Philadelphia Blue Jays. According to SportsLogos.net, Crooks said she chose the name because “’the blue jay reflects a new team spirit, is colourful in personality and plumage, is a fighter with an aggressive spirit who would never admit defeat.’” As a result of her winning entry, Mrs. Crooks won a $100 war bond and a season ticket to Blue Jays games. Check out the 1944 logo here.
The name change was an attempt by the Phillies’ new owner, Bob Carpenter, to improve the image of the team, which had a losing record in the 1930s and early 1940s. Between 1930 and 1945, the Phillies finished higher than 7th place (out of eight) only two times (in 1931 when they were in 6th place and 1932 when they finished in 4th). Attendance also was terrible, though it improved during that time from its lowest point in 1933 with attendance of 156,421 in 1933 to 285,507 in 1945. (The highest attendance during that period came in 1943 with 466,875, perhaps due to new ownership and an improved record, reaching 7th place for the first time in eight years.)
The Little League World Series continues this week, with the final games on Sunday. Which reminds me, I never posted my pictures of Little League Day at the Phillies, which happened on June 23.
The Little Leaguers needed to be at the stadium about 3 hours before the game even started. It was a hot, sunny day, though it wasn’t too bad in the sun. But by the time they reached the doors to the field, those Little Leaguers were ready to go, and they kept inching forward until they finally got the green light to head out:
They poured out of that outfield door and kept on coming as many, many Little Leaguers circled the field:
Their trip around the field was over all too soon, and they had to leave the field:
But I’m guessing it was a moment they aren’t likely to forget soon!
Bryce Harper in 2017, photo by Keith Allison (via Wikipedia)
That got me thinking: how many games have the Nats and Phillies played against each other? How have the Nats fared? How will the Nats do against the Phillies without Bryce?
Well, I have answers to the first two questions. Only time will tell the answer to the third question.
Baseball Reference provides stats for each team’s season. So, here’s how the Nats have fared against the Phillies since 2005 (when the Expos moved to Washington, DC, and became the Nats):
Games played: 260
Games won: 125
Games lost: 135
Runs Scored: 1,109
Runs Allowed: 1,143
Extra innings games played: 29 (14 10-inning games, 5 11-inning games, 5 12-inning games, 2 13-inning games, and 2 14-inning games)
Extra innings games won: 15
Double headers played: 5
Double header games won: 5
Double header games lost: 5
Games decided by walk-off: 29
Number of walk-off wins: 17
Basically, the Nats and Phillies have been pretty evenly matched, though the Nats have lost a few more than they have won (125 wins to 135 losses) and the Phillies have outscored them 1,143 to 1,109. The Nats have a few more wins determined by a walk-off (17) than the Phillies (12).
How have individual Nats pitchers done against the Phillies? Here are the records of a few current and former Nationals pitchers:
Tyler Clippard: 2-5
Ross Detwiler: 3-3
Erick Fedde: 2-1
Gio Gonzalez: 11-7
John Lannan: 3-13
Jason Marquis: 1-4
Tanner Roark: 6-9
Max Scherzer: 8-1
Stephen Strasburg: 10-2
Jordan Zimmermann: 6-8
So, three of the four guys with winning records against the Phillies (Fedde, Scherzer, and Strasburg) are still with the Nats. They should try get the fourth guy back (Gonzalez) – they’re gonna need all the help they can get against the Phillies now.
The Pope is coming to the United States today, and it’s a pretty big deal – even for baseball. Last week, the Philadelphia Phillies gave away “Pope Rookie Cards,” featuring the pontiff and providing his stats.
Last year around this time, Pope Francis made baseball headlines with his attempt at catching a ball tossed to him in St. Peter’s Square. As the New York Daily News reported, “The ball bounced from his extended right hand and fell to the ground – along with his skullcap. If you’re scoring at home, that’s no error on the Pope. He’s infallible.”
It seems like everyone is catching Pope Fever, even my favorite local team, the Bowie Baysox: