The Reading Phillies Are Now the Reading Fightin Phils, Mascot Is an Ostrich for Some Reason

The Reading Phillies Are Now the Reading Fightin Phils, Mascot Is an Ostrich for Some Reason

After 46 years, the Reading Phillies are no more. Philadelphia’s
Class AA affiliate unveiled the end result of its re-branding process to
anxious fans on Saturday. Say hello to the Reading Fightin Phils.

The Fightin Phils moniker should ease some of the angst over
the name change at least, as it does further the franchise’s long-standing ties
with the Phillies organization. Then again, the ostrich is an odd choice to
represent the city.

As you can see, the logo depicts the gangly bird engaged in fisticuffs. It’s a nod to the popular “Crazy Hot Dog Vendor” who runs
around the field throwing hot dogs into the seats between innings. The
character wears a costume that makes it appear he is riding an ostrich.

The goal is to appeal to kids according to general manager
Scott Hunsicker, via the Reading Eagle’s Mike Drago.

"Our main impetus (in the rebrand) was that we felt the
Reading Phillies (logo) didn't speak to kids," Hunsicker said. "It
was a word. We've got to speak to the children of our community; we've got to
engage them, and kids really latch onto animals.

Damn words. Kids don’t want to read. They want to pet cuddly
animals. Like ostriches…

The re-branding also includes eight new uniforms which use
varying forms of the ostrich and feathered lettering from the logo, or the Baseballtown
signage complete with Bunbino, which Drago describes as an “angry hot-dog figure.”

Fans were staunchly opposed to the changes prior to the
reveal. The Reading Phillies resonates in the area perhaps as much or more
than the Reading Railroad or Reading Outlets. The Fightin Phils breaks from
that tradition, but only slightly.

While unnecessary, none of these alternations truly detracts from
the experience at the ballpark. People will get used to the name and logo over time, no
matter how ridiculous both may seem.

>> R-Phils become Reading Fightin Phils [R-Phils.com]
>> New baseball name in town: Reading Fightin Phils [Eagle]

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Pete Mackanin says Odubel Herrera will stay in CF this season — but beyond?

Pete Mackanin says Odubel Herrera will stay in CF this season — but beyond?

A couple of weeks ago in Los Angeles, Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said there was a chance he could look at Odubel Herrera in a corner outfield spot over the final weeks of the season.

Scrub that idea.

“Not this year,” Mackanin said Monday. “If we decide we're going to do that, we'll encourage him to play a corner in winter ball and then in spring training, if that's what we decide to do.

“I thought about doing that. But I don't know if we want to do that now. We’ll just let him get back on track offensively. I won't say it won't happen here or there. But we're not going to make that move right now.

“Let's try to keep his mind as uncluttered as possible right now. It looks a little cluttered.”

The Phillies have thought about moving Herrera to a corner spot because they have a top center field prospect in Roman Quinn. Also, Aaron Altherr is an excellent defender in center.

Quinn seemed to be on target for a call up after the Eastern League playoffs, but that could be in doubt now that he’s on the disabled list with a concussion.

Still, Quinn may be this club’s centerfielder of the future. And behind him is Mickey Moniak, this year’s top draft pick. He’s a ways away. But it’s worth wondering if the Phillies believe Herrera’s future is at a corner outfield spot. Or whether Herrera will be wintertime trade bait.

Mackanin was asked if he believed Herrera’s future would be in a corner spot.

“You know, I'd rather not really even comment on that,” he said. “I don't want him to think that we're not pleased with him. I just want to keep him confident the rest of the season.”

Herrera’s defense in center field has slipped this season.

“He was better last year defensively,” Mackanin said. “He's made a lot of mistakes this year. I think we've all seen that. But that doesn't mean he's not going to play center field anymore. There's another month left to see what happens.”

Herrera was the Phillies’ lone representative in the All-Star Game. He hit .294 with a .378 on-base percentage and a .427 slugging percentage before the All-Star break. Since then, however, he was hitting .252 with a .314 on-base percentage and a .378 slugging percentage entering play Monday night.

Mychal Kendricks may be only starter to play Thursday vs. Jets

Mychal Kendricks may be only starter to play Thursday vs. Jets

Nelson Agholor, a struggling second-year receiver who may or may not be a starter, likely won't play in the Eagles' preseason finale Thursday against the Jets.

Mychal Kendricks, a fifth-year linebacker who's been a regular starter since he was a rookie, likely will.

"There's a chance," head coach Doug Pederson said Monday. "There's a chance he plays because he hasn't played all preseason, and we still want to get him those live reps and get him ready for Cleveland."

Kendricks played Saturday against Indianapolis after missing the first two preseason games with a hamstring injury suffered in training camp earlier this month. He was still in the game in the fourth quarter, when the rest of the starters had exchanged their helmets for baseball caps.

"Why? Because he hasn't played," Pederson said. "He hasn't played and we just want to see him get game and live reps. That's the bottom line."

And just to be sure, Kendricks is still a starter?

"Oh, yeah. He's another one that we'd love to see again this Thursday night in a short role," Pederson said. "But at the same time he hasn't played all preseason. Stephen Tulloch's another one that we need to see play. So there's an opportunity for these two to get some more reps on Thursday."

Tulloch makes sense. He needs all the reps he can get. And he's also a backup. He should have no problem playing Thursday.

As for Kendricks ... he was not available to the media Monday.

Cornerback Aaron Grymes waived by Eagles

Cornerback Aaron Grymes waived by Eagles

Aaron Grymes was making a serious push to be on the Eagles' 53-man roster until the cornerback's right shoulder slammed into the ground at Heinz Field after an interception.

Grymes hasn't practiced or played since and the Eagles waived the 25-year-old corner on Monday with an injury settlement.

Before coming to the Eagles this spring, Grymes spent three successful seasons in the Canadian Football League and won a Grey Cup as an All-Star for the Edmonton Eskimos in 2015.

There seems to be a decent shot that the Eagles might want to put Grymes on their practice squad.

After the Pittsburgh game, when he had the interception and suffered the injury, Grymes was asked if he would prefer to be on a practice squad or head back to Canada, where he's already a proven star.

“I’ve thought about both of them," Grymes said on Aug. 18. "Both of them are great opportunities. I know that there are teams in Canada that are willing to bring me in and let me play. But then again, you can’t really compare it with this NFL dream I’ve had forever.

"To sign to a practice squad … injuries happen every day, and I think an opportunity could be there. It will be something I sit down with my wife and talk about, sit down with my agent and talk about. We’ll just make the best decision for us from there.”