Tuesday, November 03, 2015

Coaching Staff Complete

Here's your 2016 Philadelphia Phillies coaching staff...

Pete Mackanin- Manager
Steve Henderson - Hitting Coach
Bob McClure - Pitching Coach
Mickey Morandini - 1st Base Coach
Juan Samuel - 3rd Base Coach
Larry Bowa - Bench Coach
Rick Kranitz - Bullpen Coach
Bob Stumpo - Bullpen Catcher
Jesus Tiamo - Bullpen Catcher
John McClaren - Catching Coach
Jorge Velandia - Assistant Coach

The newest addition is Morandini, whom some fans remember from the raucous rugrat team of 1993.  He played for the Phillies from 1990-1997 and again in 2000.  He's been coaching within the organization since 2011 and now gets the opportunity to work with high-priced "talent".  Spoiler alert - the mullet is gone.

Autum = Pumpkin Beer:
Coronado Brewing Company never ceases to impress me. They managed to make a less desirable style of beer into one that I actually enjoyed.  Unlike most Americans, I am not a fan of pumpkin beers, but I'm clearly in the minority.  Punk'in Drublic (clever name! and also a rocking NOFX album) is an outlier, I appreciate the nuances of this one compared to the masses. The honey smooths out the palate, rendering the spices not as biting or potent. Subtle pumpkin flavor along with allspice, cinnamon and nutmeg round out the flavor profile. Some caramel sweetness from the malt bill and even a bit of bittering hops for that West Coast flare.  The 8% ABV helps too, as I find most pumpkin beers entirely too thin for the amount of spices they're brewed with.

Commercial Description - Here in the land of eternal sunshine, it can be difficult to differentiate between seasons. Palm tree fronds don’t change color and fall to the sand, though the mercury does drop a few degrees, it’s still as paradisaical as Southern California lore would have you believe. So, from now on, count on this imperial pumpkin ale heralding in the fall season. Brewed with brown sugar, honey, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and a heaping helping of would be jack-o-lanterns, Punk’In Drublic delivers autumn’s trademark flavors along with a hint of West Coast character, whether enjoyed in a pumpkin patch or on the beach.

But wait, there's more.  Coronado decided to pour Punk'in Drublic into bourbon barrels and allow the ale to age...genius! I like the fact that the base beer is still evident in aroma and flavor, and that barrel aging only added character to it, rather than mask its integrity. Spices, oak, bourbon/booze, and pumpkin for the win!  A rare beer treat for sure, seek it out.

13 comments:

Beer-a-Thon said...

Phils claim relief pitcher Dan Otero off waivers from A's. Amazing 2013-2014, bad 2012 & 2015. Worth a shot.

Andrew said...

Cliff Lee paid $12.5M to NOT show up to work for a year. Man, I do not envy him...........

GM-Carson said...

Yeah, and he made around $25M to do the same last year. This is why I hate long term, big money contracts. Ryan Howard's has worked out so well...

Bob D said...

Heck they could have paid me half that at $6 million and I would have not shown up too. I guess in the next week or so the team will add players to 40 man from minors that need to be protected from rule 5 draft.

Beer-a-Thon said...

I'm liking this new GM. I like the way he answers the media. He's seeming as straight forward as he can be without uncovering everything. Amaro was a smug prick that lied through his teeth. I also like the fact that he's talked about performance based merit for playing time. Howard will be a platoon. Ruiz will be backup catcher. All this is good new. He's willing to give Asche another chance in LF, and that's okay, because he is only 25 and had a good minor league track record. Just imagine if Asche progressed a bit and became a LF that hit .275/.740ish with 15 HR. That's not bad.

Bob D said...

Yeah, Amaro had a track record of down playing an injury saying the player was ok and not injured when he was missing an arm or was walking on crutches.

Howard and Ruiz should be back unless they can upgrade at the position. With Rupp, Knapp, and Alfaro near MLB ready the catcher position is pretty set. 1B is an area that the team could look to find a prospect or take a chance on Park from Korea. But no need to move Howard if he is not blocking anyone.

GM-Carson said...

Phils signed James Russell to a minor league contract. He was a decent relief pitcher with the Cubs and Braves until a bad 2015. Maybe he'll have a nice bounce back, as he'll only be 30.

Also, I like the Dan Otero waiver claim. He was really good with the A's from 2013-2014, but bad like Russell last season. Hoping for a bounce back certainly isn't out of the realm of possibility.

Pitching Depth!

Robert Dalton said...

Thoughts on possibly trading Giles?

Beer-a-Thon said...

If Giles brings an excellent return, then yes. But, I mean excellent. Like a starting 1st baseman or at 2nd.

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