Behind the Scenes
Well, let’s see what’s going on with the Phillies. Understandingly, fans are really interested in who’s on third, on the bench and in the pen next season. That news will come.
The lesser news is happening behind the scenes with various departments: events team is working on the 2010 promotion calendar; creative services, preparing two brochures (season tickets and groups); communications, annual winter tour; sales, focusing on season ticket campaign; advertising, reaching out to incumbent and new sponsors; head groundskeeper, overseeing new turf installation; community outreach, charity events; ballpark enterprises, scheduling events for Citizens Bank Park; facility management, winterization of the ballpark; publications, wall calendar and media guide; pro scouts, checking out the Dominican, Venezuela and Mexico winter leagues; financial, year-end reports; video, finishing the 2009 video yearbook (Raul Ibanez will be the narrator).
We learned yesterday afternoon J. A. Happ was runner-up in the NL Rookie voting by the writers.
Tomorrow, the AL and NL Manager awards are announced. Speculation is Jim Tracy (Rockies) is going to be the winner. All Charlie has done is win back-to-back pennants. What more can he do to claim this award?
Friday is the deadline for adding minor league players to the 40-man roster which means they would be exempt from the Rule 5 draft during next month’s winter meetings. Phillies added three players to that list today.
Marti Wolever, Director of Scouting, received the Mid-Atlantic Scouts Association Executive of the Year Award last Saturday in Aberdeen, MD . . . For the sixth straight year, the Clearwater Threshers were honored by the Florida State League with Best Overall Award in the annual Sports Turf Crew Awards. Credit goes to Opie Cheek, the head groundskeeper, who won the Sports Turf Manager of the Year Award for the sixth consecutive year as well. There isn’t a finer playing field than Bright House Field.
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