Good morning! Some quick bites on a Friday:
COGHLAN UP: The Phillies signed Chris Coghlan to a minor-league contract with a Clearwater invitation. Again, he has a leg up on competition for a bench spot because he can play just about every position.
It surprises me the Phils didn’t pick up Steve Pearce, who’s basically a better version of Coghlan. But also, there’s no use in debating this guy or that guy when it’s the 12th or 13th offensive player on the roster.
SPRING DUDS: People are getting on the Phillies a little for the team’s spring training uniform, which is decidedly typical (looks like the same red jersey as the home alternate, slightly different from the picture you see with this post).
I agree with the field. If you want to sell merch, spring training is a fine way to introduce something different. A Phillie Phanatic cap … a Liberty Bell design … go for broke, guys.
50 OF 50: As announced yesterday, we’re launching 50 of 50: The 50 Greatest Games of 50 Years on Monday. Every day for 50 days we’ll unveil one of the greatest Phillies games of the last 50 years, counting them down from 50 to 1. We’re very excited. Hope you’ll check it out!