We are now just past the half-way point of the 2016 season, and what better time to assign arbitrary letter grades to certain key members of the team with Phillies beat writer for Calkins Media, Kevin Cooney? Kevin and I also talk about the team’s red-hot offense, the importance Pete Mackanin has had as manager of this team, and what the Phils might to do at the trade deadline this month.
Also, the 2016 MLB All Star Game is next week, and a lot of people are bothered by the Every Team Must Have A Representative Rule. Joining me to talk about the game, who got snubbed, that rule and why we still watch the game is The Sporting News’ always terrific Jesse Spector.
Plus, Baseball Prospectus is out with their midseason Top-50 prospects, with J.P. Crawford landing at the top. And ESPN’s Keith Law put two Phillies on his 25 under 25 list, but mysteriously left one out.
In addition, we’ll have your weekly look at the team’s top prospects and our Stat of the Week.