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Autograph of the Week: Phillies prospect Jesse Biddle

Jesse Biddle, a 22-year-old Philadelphia native, has been ranked among the top prospects in baseball for the past three seasons.

Last summer, Biddle pitched at CitiField in the All-Star Futures game. This summer, he spent time recovering from a concussion caused by a piece of hail.

Though Biddle’s final record with the Reading Fightin Phils is an ugly one (3-10, 5.03 ERA, 1.482 WHIP), he had several strong performances late in the season that offer hope for a better 2015.

Signed Jesse Biddle 2011 Topps Pro Debut Minor League Materials baseball card from my collection
Signed Jesse Biddle 2011 Topps Pro Debut Minor League Materials baseball card from my collection

I’ve had this relic card from Topps’ 2011 Pro Debut set for a few years now. I was finally able to get it signed last weekend when Reading visited Trenton for a season-ending series.

Although my friend Bart and I decided to leave before the rain-delayed game eventually started, I was able to get a couple dozen baseball cards signed before the bad weather arrived.

Rainbow over Trenton Transit Center (Photo credit: Paul Hadsall)
Rainbow over Trenton Transit Center (Photo credit: Paul Hadsall)
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Minor League Monday: 2012 Reading Phillies (1st) team set

Autographed Darin Ruf 2012 Reading Phillies card from my collection
Autographed Darin Ruf 2012 Reading Phillies card from my collection

The Reading Phillies put together a 76-66 record under manager Dusty Wathan in 2012. They made the playoffs, but lost to the Trenton Thunder in the first round. They are the Double-A affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies, a relationship that has existed since 1967. (They will play as the Reading Fightin Phils starting in 2013 for reasons known only to the team’s ownership and executives.)

The Reading Phillies are one of the few teams in recent memory that produced two full team sets to sell in the same year. The later set is still available from the team. I suppose I should try to pick one up, but at this point I may just wait and see if they mark them down next year.

The first set, made by MultiAd Sports, includes 31 cards and I was able to get 16 of them signed before or after games between the R-Phils and Thunder in Trenton this season. Continue reading “Minor League Monday: 2012 Reading Phillies (1st) team set”

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The Reading Phillies are now the Reading Fightin Phils…

The Reading Phillies unveiled their new identity┬átoday – they now hope to be known as the Reading Fightin Phils.

I suspect that everyone who doesn’t work for the team will continue to call them the Reading Phillies.

In case anyone is still unclear about the motive for the re-branding, I think this quote explains things very well:

The completely different Baseballtown color scheme means that the team will also wear a slew of corresponding on-field wear. With both the home and Baseballtown color schemes, the Reading Fightin Phils will have the most on-field gear of any minor league team in history.

2013 Reading Fightin’ Phils home jersey image taken from the team website

I actually do like the new home jerseys, which are modeled after the 1950 Philadelphia Phillies ones. The new ostrich logo ties in with the popular Crazy Hot Dog Vendor mascot, and it’s more interesting than the old Reading Phillies ones. I didn’t bother to pick up a cap this year when I went to a couple of Reading Phillies games – if I make it back out there next year, I might want an ostrich cap for my collection.