Polly on 3rd
Day 4 is finished, the daily workouts for pitchers and catchers, that is. Golf, fishing, family time, shopping are options for the rest of the day.
Tomorrow position players get their physicals and then Tuesday everybody takes to the field.
Polanco has been here for the first four days of camp. When everyone finishes their opening stretching, he, coach Sam Perlozzo and minor league infield coordinator Doug Mansolino spend time on the half field at Bright House Field. Ground balls at third base are part of the daily routine.
“Polly” has played third in the past but that’s going to be his daily location now. Perlozzo’s chief concern is avoiding a sore arm. Throws from second and third base are different animals. Patience will be the key ingredient.
A daily feature will be spring training memories by Phillies Alumni, who were asked three questions: (1) Memories of their very first spring training; (2) What they liked the most about spring training, and (3) What did they like the least.
Dennis Bennett (LHP, 1962-64)
“1958 in Johnson City, TN. That was a rookie league that started playing in June and we trained there after I signed. The following year was my first in Florida. I was in Leesburg. I remember walking in the hotel and meeting 20-30 teammates. The next day, I walked in the clubhouse and there must have been 30-40 black players. I didn’t know that the blacks couldn’t live where the whites did. I was shocked to learn that. I was a thrower and Ben Tincup, a pitching coach, really helped me become a pitcher. The instruction in spring training was by far the best I had ever received. I loved baseball and enjoyed every spring. After spring training in 1959, I was sent to Bakersfield where Paul Owens was my manager. Early in the season, I got shelled in the first game of a double-header. Between games, Paul came up to me, ‘You’re starting the second game.’ I couldn’t believe it. I pitched a 3-hit complete game.”