Schmidt Joins Camp
Warm breezes, high humidity and rapidly moving clouds will be followed by thunderstorms and a cold front later today. None of it interfered with the Phillies spring training camp, which is day 5, if you are counting.
First official full squad workout is tomorrow, following a slew of introductions of staff and a speech by Charlie Manuel. Everyone is in camp except Jimmy Rollins who isn’t due officially until tomorrow.
Mike Schmidt began a two-week stint as a guest instructor. He spent time in the indoor batting cages, observing batting practice for position players at Bright House Networks Field and then on the facility’s half field. He and coach Steve Smith will be working on polishing the defensive skills of the third basemen in camp, Pedro Feliz (in photo with Mike), Greg Dobbs, Wes Helms and Eric Bruntlett.
Smith also spent about 20 minutes working solo with Ryan Howard. One of Steve’s drills is to hit one-hoppers at Ryan who is on both knees. The pair then worked on fielding techniques around the first base bag.
The Today Show will be here at 7:30 tomorrow morning to interview Kyle Kendrick who was punked on Friday with a trade to Japan. Brett Myers, the ring leader, will join Kyle and Matt Lauer and Meredith Viera.
The prank, that was originally taped and aired by Comcast SportsNet’s Leslie Gudel, has gotten national attention. Matter of fact, we had to decline some radio requests for Kyle today. Leslie, meanwhile, is appearing on several radio stations.
But, the Today Show? Finally, some fun baseball news. Sure beats more Roger Clemens news.
A reader asked about the fifth starter position in the rotation. Right now, the competition is between Adam Eaton, Kris Benson, J. D. Durbin, Chad Durbin and Travis Blackley. Six weeks from today is opening day and we’ll know by then.
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