Workout day #10 began at 9:00 a.m. with all players and coaches on the Schmidt Field for a discussion about defense with runners on first and third base. These fundamental drills may seem very basic but over the course of the season, proper execution plays a significant difference in the number of games won or lost.
Remainder of the schedule was much the same, with batting practice taking up most of the time. Fans love to watch BP.
When the rest of the team was finished on the fields, third baseman Anthony Hewitt went to the half-field to continue work on fielding drills. Coach Sam Perlozzo and Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt worked with him on positioning of his glove, feet, etc. One of the drills is fielding ground balls while on his knees, just using his glove. A teenager in camp is getting schooled by a Hall of Famer! Pretty cool.
Workout tomorrow will be shorter because of the team’s annual golf tournament.
Charlie Manuel and some of the club officials will attend the Florida Governor’s Baseball Banquet tomorrow night at Tropicana Field. Schmidt and fellow Hall of Famer Robin Roberts will also attend.
The Grapefruit League schedule begins on Wednesday with the Phillies in Bradenton for a 1:05 afternoon game against the Pirates. All but one Phillies Florida games will be broadcast. Twenty will on MLB.com.
Opening day in Clearwater is 1:05 on Thursday afternoon against the Blue Jays. Tickets remain for this game. Bright House Field gates open at 10:35 a.m.
Part VII of Future Phillies was posted here this a.m. Next and last part will be young outfield prospects in the Phillies minor league system. It will be posted later in the week.