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.
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.
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.