It started last year with Alec Asher and Jerad Eickhoff. But Saturday, the first of the three marquee names in the 2015 Cole Hamels’ trade makes his big league debut with the Phillies. Jake Thompson came to the club last July with other top-flight prospects Nick Williams and Jorge Alfaro, injured MLB starter Matt Harrison, and Asher and Eickhoff, in exchange for Hamels and lefty reliever Jake Diekman. This weekend he becomes a big leaguer, and the 2000th player ever to wear the uniform of the franchise, (as has been tracked by The Good Phight’s @tgpschmenk, among others).
Author’s Note: This website is home to a lot of in-depth baseball analysis. This piece is no such thing. In the words below, you will find little else but pure, useless trivia.
Today’s game is the halfway point in the Phillies’ spring training schedule and Opening Day can’t come soon enough. Spring training is an awful tease that tricks me each year into rejoicing that “Baseball is back!” before realizing that the only baseball things that actually happen in March are utterly meaningless games, depressing reports of catastrophic injuries, and needlessly alarming reports of ultimately non-catastrophic injuries. In desperate need of relief from a bad case of the March baseball doldrums, I was thrilled when a statistical oddity in Wednesday’s exhibition game gave me an excuse dive head first into a baseball-reference dot com binge.