While the World Series is going on elsewhere, Citizens Bank Park is pretty quiet. The goal of the organization is to be playing baseball at this time of the calendar year. There have been winning seasons in recent years but not enough to crack the playoffs.
While it is quiet in comparison to St. Louis or Detroit, there is plenty going on with the Phillies.
Aaron Rowand is continuing his rehab by working out at Citizens Bank Park. He and his family have settled in the Philadelphia area.
Baseball operations has completed the major league coaching staff, Pat Gillick flew to Seattle to get Jamie Moyer signed, the Florida instructional League program is finished but six prospects are playing in the Arizona Fall League. Gillick and Mike Arbuckle have spent time in Phoenix checking out the Phillies prospects.
Pro coverage scouts are watching all players in the AFL and filing reports.
Ryan Howard, Chase Utley and bullpen coach Ramon Henderson are part of the USA team that will be playing six games in Japan early next month (Nov. 2-8). Workouts are being held this weekend in Phoenix before the long flight to Tokyo.
Game times for spring training games are a work in progress. The season schedule is being tweaked but won’t be finalized until the national TV dates have been selected by FOX and ESPN.
The 2007 wall calendar, 2006 video yearbook, the 2007 season ticket brochure, winterizing Citizens Bank Park, reseeding and fertilizing the playing field, regarding the infield, winter tour planning meetings and the promotion schedule for next season are projects that are underway or soon to be tackled.
Stay tuned for further updates behind the scenes.