Odds ‘n Ends
Gold Glove Department
Polly is the latest Phillies player to win a Rawlings Gold Glove. He’s the third Phillies third baseman to be honored, joining Mike Schmidt, who did it 10 times and Scott Rolen, three times.
So, who were the first Phillies players to win a Gold Glove at the nine different positions? Glad you asked:
P—Jim Kaat, 1977
C—Bob Boone, 1978
1B—Bill White, 1966
2B—Manny Trillo, 1979
SS—Bobby Wine, 1963
3B—Mike Schmidt, 1976
OF—Garry Maddox, 1975
OF—Bobby Abreu, 2005
OF—Aaron Rowand, 2007
From the BlueClaws blog
A former BlueClaws pitcher, lefty reliever Jacob Diekman, will play in the Arizona Fall League’s Rising Stars Game. The Rising Stars game, for the best prospects in the Arizona Fall League, takes place on Saturday night and can be viewed on MLB Network at 7 p.m. Eastern (5 p.m. local).
Diekman has been sensational in the AFL, having thrown 7.1 scoreless and hitless innings. Opposing hitters are 0-22 against him. This follows a season spent with Double-A Reading in which he struck out 83 hitters in 65 innings and held lefties to a .099 batting average (9-91).
Members of the scouting department, Marti Wolever, Bill Moore, Mike Ledna, Darrell Conner, Brian Kohlscheen, Gene Schall and Rob Holiday, are meeting in Phoenix this week for staff reviews and watching the Arizona Fall League.
Former Phillie, Andy Tracy, has rejoined the organization as a minor league manager . . . Two Phillies Alumni are now part of the White Sox big league coaching staff, Mark Parent (bench coach) and Jeff Manto (hitting coach) . . . Dave Hollins, special assignment scout, has been promoted to Major League scout, replacing Jim Fregosi Jr., who left that position to become an assistant to the Royals GM.
Around Citizens Bank Park
Friday, Coca-Cola is having a Phantasy Game on the field and 3M is having a meeting in the Media Room . . . Saturday, Phillies are hosting a walk for ALS . . . Sunday, Phantasy Campers will take batting practice . . . Monday, Ball Girl Tryouts begin and there is an Eagles Tailgate Party that night in the Hall of Fame Club . . . Tuesday, a two-day dental trade show on several levels . . . Tours of the ballpark topped 27,000 this year. Five years ago, the total was 11,000.