What Should the New Reading Phillies Team Name Be?

What Should the New Reading Phillies Team Name Be?

The Reading Phillies announced over the weekend that they'll be making an announcement on November 17th to unveil the new name of their baseball franchise. After 46 years as the R-Phils, the team will be going through a rebranding process.

From the MILB website:

"Since 1967, the Reading Phillies have been proud affiliates of the
Philadelphia Phillies," said Reading General Manager Scott Hunsicker.
"Our relationship is the longest affiliation in the minor leagues and
there has never been a better time to be a Phillies affiliate..
Considering the heritage and fun nature of Baseballtown, our entire
front office is extremely anxious to unveil and share our new name with
everyone on November 17th."

Not only will you get a chance to learn the new team name on November 17th, but you can also visit with Santa or shop at the Hillbilly Hoff's Baseblltown Yard Sale.

Now, much of the initial response I saw to Twitter over the weekend was the typical "I hate change!" reactions.

Given that the name change is now happening whether you like it or not, what do you think a solid team name for the team in Reading would be?

My favorite thus far:

Tonight's lineup: With only RHPs left, could Ryan Howard start every game?

Tonight's lineup: With only RHPs left, could Ryan Howard start every game?

If healthy, Ryan Howard is expected to start all three games in the Phillies' final series of the season Sept. 2-4 at home against the Mets.

He might also start the entire Braves series.

The Phillies' final six games are all against right-handed starting pitchers: Julio Teheran, Mike Foltynewicz and Josh Collmenter in Atlanta; Robert Gsellman, Bartolo Colon and Noah Syndergaard with the Mets. That could mean six starts for Howard before his time with the Phillies expires.

Howard's batting average has been below .200 for practically the entire season, but he's been much better since the All-Star break, hitting .259/.325/.598 with 11 homers, five doubles and 25 RBIs in 123 plate appearances (see game notes). He went 0 for 6 in his last two starts but homered in each of his two previous starts to reach 23 for the third year in a row.

Here's the Phillies' full lineup Tuesday against Teheran:

1. Cesar Hernandez, 2B
2. Roman Quinn, LF
3. Odubel Herrera, CF
4. Maikel Franco, 3B
5. Ryan Howard, 1B
6. Cameron Rupp, C
7. Freddy Galvis, SS
8. Aaron Altherr, RF
9. Jerad Eickhoff, P

Matt Kemp is out of the Braves' lineup.

1. Ender Inciarte, CF
2. Adonis Garcia, 3B
3. Freddie Freeman, 1B
4. Nick Markakis, RF
5. Tyler Flowers, C
6. Jace Peterson, 2B
7. Dansby Swanson, SS
8. Mallex Smith, LF
9. Julio Teheran, P

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Howie Roseman makes complete 180 with latest roster move

Howie Roseman makes complete 180 with latest roster move

Howie Roseman solidified his hold on Executive of the Year Tuesday when he re-signed guard Darrell Greene to the practice squad and released JaCorey Shepherd from the practice squad. Shepherd was signed on Wednesday when Greene was previously released.

The Eagles were undefeated with Shepherd on the practice squad this year.

But they're also undefeated with Greene on the practice squad.

Roseman did not return messages requesting comment about Shepherd's seven-day stint with the Eagles.

Once Roseman realized he had actually NOT signed Lito Sheppard, the deal was voided.

The Eagles don't play this coming weekend so we were hard-pressed for any actual news.