Based in Reading, Penn., the Reading Fightin Phils are the Double-A affiliate for Major League Baseball's Philadelphia Phillies. The team has been a member of the Eastern League since they were founded in 1967. It didn't take long for the franchise to enjoy success. Originally known as the Reading Phillies, they won the Eastern League championship in only their second year of existence. After another league championship in 1973, however, the Phillies went on a lengthy playoff drought that ran through 1983. The Fightin Phillies climbed back to the top of the Eastern Conference in 1995 and another in 2001. In 2012, it was announced that the team would undergo a change; instead of being the Reading Phillies, the 2013 season would see the birth of the Reading Fightin Phils.The Fightin' Phils' 2019 season saw them put up an 80-59 record but lose in the first round of the playoffs. Under the new name, the team is pursuing their first Eastern League title. Get your tickets to see the Reading Fightin Phils at StubHub.
What are some important games on the Reading Fightin Phils' schedule?
The Fightin' Phils have an intense rivalry with the Harrisburg Senators.Though the two teams aren't in the same division, their close proximity and the Senators' affiliation with the Washington Nationals has created an intense rivalry. Reading also has a rivalry with the Binghamton Rumble Ponies due to their affiliation with the Phillies' rival, the New York Mets. Finally, each season the Fightin Phils and the Altoona Curvebattle one another for Pennsylvania supremacy and the Governor's Cup trophy. You can find out the dates of any of these games at StubHub.
Have any players from the Reading Fightin Phils gone on to play in Major League Baseball?
Since Reading has been an affiliate to the Philadelphia Phillies for more than 50 years, most every Phillies star who was a homegrown player has passed through Philadelphia. Phillies icons like Chase Utley, Jimmy Rollins, Ryan Howard and Scott Rolen were all products of the Double-A squad in Reading. Stars of today's Phillies team also played for the Fightin' Phils. First basemen Rhys Hoskins and Adam Haseley and pitcher Zach Eflin are all Fightin Phils alumni.
Who is the manager for the Reading Fightin Phils?
Shawn Williams return for his second season at the helm of the Reading Fightin Phils in 2020. In 2019, Williams guided Reading to a record of 80-50, the best record in the Eastern League. Williams has been coaching within the Phillies organization since 2013, when he served as a player/coach for Williamsport before transitioning into his managerial career. Before coming to Reading, Williams managed the Clearwater Threshers for two seasons. Over the two seasons he was with Clearwater, Williams put up a record of 144-131.
Where do the Reading Fightin Phils play their home games?
FirstEnergy Stadium is one of the oldest ballparks in all of Minor League Baseball. Initially built in 1951, the stadium cost less than $700,000 to construct. Before the start of the 1989 season, an additional 1,500 seats were added to the stadium that now seats 9,000 fans. In addition to the usual ballpark fare, FirstEnergy has Tompkins VIST Bank Plaza down the first base line that has carnival food and an atmosphere to match. The ballpark has a walk-through area that pays homage to the stadium's lengthy history and provides a look at 70 years of baseball in Reading.
Where can I buy Reading Fightin Phils tickets?
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