Fundamentals (pick-offs and run-down plays), batting practice and infield drills were the key parts of Day 9 at Carpenter Field today.
During BP, a group of pitchers practiced sliding under the watchful eyes of Davey Lopes. Sometimes this exercise can bring some humor. Fortunately, there were no injuries.
Catchers ended their day at Bright House Field catching pop ups. Coaches preferred the background of a ballpark as to the open spaces of Carpenter Field.
Two more days of Carpenter Field and then the 34-game spring training schedule begins, Florida portion. First game is Wednesday afternoon at Bradenton (Pirates). As Todd Zolecki reported in The Zo Zone blog yesterday, Jamie Moyer and Joe Blanton will be the first two pitchers against the Pirates. It will be sort of a home game for Jamie who lives in Bradenton and commutes daily to Clearwater. Scott Eyre has the same commute.
First Bright House Field game is Thursday afternoon (Blue Jays). Workers spent the day positioning vinyl advertising billboards on the green outfield walls.
One of the advertisements on the scoreboard is the St. Petersburg Times. Strangely, there hasn’t been one word in the Times sports section about the Phillies. Today marks the fifth consecutive shutout. If you want to follow the Phillies, bring your computers to Florida and check out phillies.com. Zolecki will keep you well informed. Scott Palmer will also have some interesting video features.
A nutritionist will speak to the players at 8:30 tomorrow morning . . . The annual team golf tournament will take place Tuesday afternoon. Best to watch the comedy channel as opposed to the golf channel . . . Jimmy Rollins (Nike and Dick’s Sporting Goods), Cole Hamels (New Era) and Mike Schmidt (Turtle Wax) have been involved in commercial shoots . . . Radio stations from the Philadelphia market will be visiting camp and going live from Clearwater. Will keep you posted.