You see all kinds of interesting things in the Arizona Fall League, and have plenty of time in the sun to make these observations. Take for example the Tampa Bay Rays Double A minor league pitching coach, R.C. Lichtenstein, one of the coaches for the Peoria Javelinas. I have no clue if R.C. is Jewish, but the name Lichtenstein is iconic in Orthodox Jewish Circles (see here). You know how superstitious ballplayers are, so if one is looking for signs from a pitching coach that he’s part of the Lichtenstein Dynasty, what number would his uniform be?
The Phillies pitching coach in the AFL this year is Ray Burris, who plies his trade for their Triple A affiliate, the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs. Nothing came to mind regarding the Burris pedigree, though it brought to mind the infamous Philadelphian Chuck Barris and his legacy The Gong Show – an apt description of how the Phils are developing minor league pitching talent.
The Phillies pitching prospects, hurling for the Scottsdale Scorpions, were underwhelming as expected. All eyes were really on the Phillies prospect Roman Quinn, affectionately known as “Q”.
Q is a fun player to watch, still leading the AFL in steals and runs scored to date. He has great range in center field, and handles the bat pretty well from both sides of the plate. Kind of reminds me of a young, hustling Jimmy Rollins. Would not be surprised to see him in the early part of Spring Training this year.
Well … I’ll miss my $6 Senior Citizen ticket, but am already anticipating return to spend more time here next Fall. It’s a wonderful setting to practice unretirement, and get some work done in beautiful weather this time of year.
My only regret? No luck on the Wednesday Mystery Bobblehead Giveaway ticket. You can’t have everything …