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They can fail, for whatever reason -- bad trades, bad drafts, bad development -- to improve the farm system. But the Phillies improved the farm system a ton. Their system was ranked 29th out of 30 organizations in 2012 (and 20th in 2015) and was a top-five system in 2016, 2017 and 2018. In 2018, when the club was on the brink of competing for the NL East, Philly probably had the second-best farm system in baseball, plus young major leaguers Rhys Hoskins and Aaron Nola, who had both recently graduated from that system.

Dick Allen played seven seasons in Philadelphia, where he rose to prominence by hammering balls over the Coca-Cola sign and out of Connie Mack Stadium in batting practice. George Gojkovich/Getty Images
"My friends, these [negative] labels have kept Dick Allen out of the Hall of Fame," Schmidt said. "Imagine what Dick could've accomplished as a player in another era, on another team, left alone to hone his skills, to be confident, to come to the ballpark every day and just play baseball."
 
Why do your glasses fog up when you’re wearing a face mask?
British optometrists Margrain and Owen described the mechanism that causes glasses to mist up. Glass or plastic lenses will usually attain a temperature that’s close to that of their environment. When you are in a cool place and exhale into your mask, the mask blocks and re-directs some of your breath up toward the top edge of the mask and under your glasses. the warm moist air of your breath reaches the lens surface. When the warm breath hits the cool lens, the water in the breath condenses causing your lenses to fog up.

The problem with having foggy lenses, apart from being just plain annoying, is that you’ll want to grab your eyeglasses to either wipe them off or lift them temporarily away from your face to allow them to de-fog before re-applying them. And this breaks the cardinal rule of preventing the spread of Covid-19, namely “Don’t touch your face.”

How to stop glasses from fogging up when wearing a face mask?
For all you eyeglass wearers who’ve been struggling to read your grocery list under a constant fog or panicking when you find yourself adjusting your eyeglasses in the supermarket, here are a few tips from medical providers for avoiding foggy glasses while wearing a face mask that won’t harm your glasses.

The Rub-a-Dub-Dub: According to an article published in the Annals of the Royal College of Surgeons of England, a simple method to prevent eyeglass fogging while wearing a mask is to wash your glasses with soapy water, shake off the excess and let the lenses air dry. By not rinsing or toweling off the glasses, you leave a fine soap film on the lenses that reduces the surface tension and causes the water molecules to spread out in an even transparent layer that prevents the glasses from fogging up. In fact, the anti-fogging drops used for scuba masks and ski goggles work exactly this way.

The Tissue Trap: Another trick you can use to prevent your breath from fogging up your glasses is to place a folded tissue between your mouth and the mask. This will absorb the moist warm air before it can reach the top of your mask and get under your glasses. Just remember to tie your mask snugly so that the tissue won’t fall out of the bottom.

Overall, this is a relatively thin market lacking the superstar power of the last couple of offseasons. Still, there are some valuable options. Phillies catcher J.T. Realmuto, Astros outfielder George Springer, Yankees infielder DJ LeMahieu and Braves outfielder Marcell Ozuna are the top position players, with the Reds' Trevor Bauer the top pitching option, followed by the Yankees' Masahiro Tanaka. Liam Hendriks of the A's, who was one of baseball's best closers the past two years, is another intriguing name. Other position players include Justin Turner of the Dodgers, Oakland's Marcus Semien, the Twins' Nelson Cruz, Michael Brantley of the Astros, Jackie Bradley Jr. of the Red Sox and the Phillies' Didi Gregorius. Other pitchers on the market include Taijuan Walker, Jake Odorizzi and Trevor May.Minnesota Twins Face Coverings

Kurkjian: What I will miss the most -- and the least -- about the winter meetings are the millions of trips through the lobby. There is so much to love there, so much to learn and so much misinformation to fear. The lobby has changed dramatically over the years. Now, it's hard to find GMs in the lobby; they're locked in their private suites with their armies of assistants, none of whom can complete a hook slide in the lobby bar at 1:30 a.m.Seattle Mariners Face Coverings
 
"He wasn't surprised," Barta said of Warren. "I alerted him to the fact I absolutely was going to be on the call, but I wasn't going to contribute to the discussion and I was going to recuse myself and the University of Iowa was going to recuse itself from the vote. I did want to listen, because as athletic director I did want to hear how the conversation went."Detroit Tigers Face Coverings

Allen’s time in Arkansas was just the start of his rocky relationship with the Phillies. After a year in Little Rock — where he endured racist taunts from fans and was forced to live in segregated housing while still hitting a league-leading 33 home runs — he was called up to the big leagues. He again made an immediate impact. In 1964, he was named National League Rookie of the Year and finished seventh in the NL MVP voting. Yet his stellar performance didn’t insulate him from belittling treatment off the field.Chicago White Sox Face Coverings