Reading Fightin Phils

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Team History[edit]

The Reading Fightin Phils, formerly of the Eastern League and briefly in Double-A Northeast, generated a short-lived controversy with their October 2012 announcement of a nickname change. The Philadelphia Phillies farmhands play their home games at FirstEnergy Stadium in Reading, PA.

The Fightins are now owned by their parent, the big Phils having bought the R-Phils in 2008.

The controversy was grounded in both tradition and being baseball's version of a favorite son. After years of being buffeted by affiliation and franchise changes, Reading - which is in the Phils' protected territory - joined Philly's farm system in 1967. Thus, a Phillies team in the Phillies' backyard that had gone by "Reading Phillies" with an aka of "R-Phils" for nearly a half a century had said: "We're changing brands." With many fans assuming "Phillies" was being abandoned, controversy was no surprise and might even have been the publicity-generating goal. It was quickly quelled by the November 4th reveal: "Fightin Phils" - a throwback to the 1950s Phillies "Whiz Kids".

The Fightins play Copa de la Diversión Hispanic engagement campaign games as Luchadores de Reading (Reading Wrestlers).

Year-by-Year Record[edit]

Year Record Finish Manager Playoffs Hitting coach Pitching coach Coach
2013 62-80 12th Dusty Wathan Frank Cacciatore David Lundquist
2014 66-76 9th(t) Dusty Wathan Rob Ducey David Lundquist
2015 80-61 1st Dusty Wathan Lost League Finals Mickey Morandini / Frank Cacciatore David Lundquist
2016 89-52 1st Dusty Wathan Lost in 1st round Frank Cacciatore Steve Schrenk
2017 72-68 4th (t) Greg Legg John Mizerock Steve Schrenk Greg Brodzinski
2018 64-73 8th Greg Legg Kevin Riggs Steve Schrenk Greg Brodzinski Rico Brogna
2019 80-59 1st Shawn Williams Lost in 1st round Kevin Riggs Aaron Fultz Nelson Prada
2020 Season cancelled
2021 48-65 10th Shawn Williams Tyler Henson Brad Bergesen Nerluis Martinez
2022 61-77 9th Shawn Williams Tyler Henson Matt Hockenberry Mycal Jones
2023 Al Pedrique Tyler Henson Brad Bergesen Ray Ricker

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