J-Roll, Shane, Pat, Cole, Curt
J-Roll and Shane are back in camp and wasted no time in getting back in the lineup. Todd Zolecki wasted no time in posting the lineup this morning in the Zo Zone.
It has seemed strange without them around here. And, it certainly changes the appearance of the lineup.
After today, eight more games in Florida for Jimmy and Shane to sharpen their batting strokes.
Once the Grapefruit League season ends April 2, the Phillies will be home April 3 (7:05) and April 4 (1:05) for games against the American League Champion Tampa Bay Rays. Tickets for each game at Citizens Bank Park are available.
Pat Burrell will make his first appearance in a different uniform. The Phillies are planning a little salute to him prior to the Friday, April 4, game.
Cole, Blanton and JC are each pitching at Carpenter Complex this afternoon. Hamels is starting for one of the Class A clubs against the Pirates. Joe will be on a different field in a similar situation.
Big club is in Dunedin for a 1 o’clock game (Park is pitching). Guess where the media will be camped? If you guessed Dunedin, you are incorrect.
Curt Schilling announced his retirement yesterday. The record book will show he last pitched in 2007 and that he put up some impressive numbers, especially the postseason. He will be eligible for the Hall of Fame in 2013.
Had lunch yesterday with veteran scribes Bill Conlin (Daily News) and Hal Bodley (MLB.com) later chatted with Jayson Stark (ESPN.com). Subject: is Curt a HOF pitcher. General consensus: there was none. On one hand, yes. On the other hand, no.
One thing that is certain, Curt will be a member of the Phillies Wall of Fame some day. According to our guidelines (“retired for three years”), he will be eligible in 2011, the same year that Mike Lieberthal is eligible.
Curt won 101 games in nine seasons in a Phillies uniform. Only Phillies with more wins: Steve Carlton (241), Robin Roberts (234), Grover Cleveland Alexander (190), Chris Short (132) and Curt Simmons (115). All are in the Toyota Wall of Fame in Ashburn Alley.