In this installment of Phillies must-reads, we take a look at some of the most interesting Philadelphia Phillies articles for the first week of the 2016 season.
Long before they donned the Phillies red pinstripes, Freddy Galvis and Cesar Hernandez were boyhood teammates dreaming of one-day turning a double-play on a major league field. Entering their first full-season starting, it's unclear how much longer the duo will start together, with top prospect J.P. Crawford looming. Nonetheless, this story from Matt Breen is a tremendous read.
The Rule 5 draft has been good to the Phils in recent years, plucking Shane Victorino and Odubel Herrera from other organizations. This year, the team attempted to double their luck, taking reliever Daniel Stumpf from the Royals and the first-overall pick in the draft, outfielder Tyler Goeddel, from Tampa Bay. Philly.com's Matt Gelb looks at what impact they could have on this team for 2016 and beyond.
Ryan Howard discusses platooning and his future with the team with a group of reporters, including Ryan Lawrence of Philly Voice.
A long shot to make this team, journeyman outfielder Cedric Hunter came into spring training with no expectations. He hadn't been part of a major league 25-man roster since 2011 and with an expected starting outfielder of Herrera, Peter Borjous and Aaron Altherr, along with Cody Asche locked into a spot, Triple A was the only destination he had planned on. But thanks to injuries and a very impressive spring performance, Hunter not only made the team, but has seen plenty of playing time to start the season. Marc Narducci of Philly.com chronicles Hunter's remarkable return to the show.
Marcus Hayes talks to the "father" of the Phillies family, David Montgomery. He tells how even through his battle with jaw cancer, he was determined to keep the family together.
George Gouvas (@summerofgeorge3) is a contributor to Philliedelphia.com.