Notes and numbers……

Mike Schmidt and Mickey Morandini will be back in uniform as special instructors during part of spring training.  Michael Jack has been doing this for quite a few years.  This will be Mickey’s second straight spring.

Came across Baseball America’s top 10 Phillies prospects for 2000:
1. SS Jimmy Rollins
2. RHP Brett Myers
3. RHP Brad Baisley
4. RHP Ryan Madson
5.  2B Chase Utley
6. SS Anderson Machado
7. CF Reggie Taylor
8. OF Eric Valent
9. RHP Brandon Duckworth
10. OF Marlon Byrd

Phillies begin 29-game spring training schedule in Clearwater on March 4. 

WPHT will broadcast 12 games on radio; 6 will be broadcast on the internet. TV: The Comcast Network, 4; Comcast SportsNet, 3; WPHL, 2; ESPN 2.

Regular season broadcast breakdown: all 162 games on WPHL and WUBA (Hispanic radio); TV: CSN, 102; WPHL, 45; FOX, 9; ESPN, 3; TCN, 3.

Happy Birthday Freddy Schmidt.  A week from Today, Freddy turns 94.  Freddy pitched for the Phillies in 1947 (5-8, 4.70 ERA, 29 games). 

Oldest living Phillies: Art Mahan (96), Alex Pitko (95), Nick Strincevich and Freddy, 94.

Oh, 2B Ford (Moon) Mullen, who played in 118 Phillies games in 1944 (his only big league season), also has a birthday a week from today.  He’s a youngster at 93.





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Happy birthday to Freddy Schmidt (94) and Ford “Moon” Mullen (93) who share this Tuesday, Feb. 9 (the day after tomorrow) as their birthday.
Mullen, is an interesting case, because for several years, he was reported as being dead by a major baseball encyclopedia. Actually, his date of death was the date of death of another former MLB player with the surname of Mullen (a rather bizarre TYPO). Eventually the source got it right, but poor “Moon” was still around but was reported as no longer being “above ground” for roughly a decade from the mid-90s to the middle of the last decade.
Looking less than a month into the future, a player you mentioned as being the 3rd oldest Phillie, pitcher Nick Strincevich will turn 95 on March 1. Strincevich was with the Phillies for just over one month in 1948, after being acquired that May 15, but he really wasn’t a marginal player. He was a fixture on the Pittsburgh Pirates pitching staff for most of the 1940s. Good years by Nick and Elwin “Preacher’ Roe elevated the Pirates from perennial second division, even cellar-dweller finishes to a second place finish with 90 wins in 1944 and a ten game over .500 fourth place finish (in an eight team league) in ’45. Nick was 14-7 in ’44 and 16-10 the following year. Overall he had a decent 46-49 record with a 4.05 ERA for his career. You can’t blame Nick if he bleeds Pirates Black & Gold after spending nearly all his career with the Bucs. (Boston Braves 1940-41; Pitsburgh 1941 – May 1948 and the Phillies May-June 1948). Nick was 0-1 in 6 games pitched, including one start with Philadelphia, the final stop on his major league career. He was released on June 18, 1948 so that future Hall Of Famer, a 21-year-old, Robin Roberts could make his major leagues debut later that day.

Dennis Orlandini (Cuban Comet) – (Nickname of One of the greatest players not in the Baseball Hall Of Fame – Orestes “Minnie” Minoso).

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