Thome at 1B
While two buses headed 1 hour, 5 minutes south on I-75 for Bradenton where the Phillies play the Pirates this afternoon, the focus will be at Carpenter Complex.
Thome is going to play first base in an intra-squad game in the minor league camp. And, Contreras will pitch an inning. Todd Zolecki will have details later on phillies.com.
Last week, the Phillies played the Pirates and Astros in Clearwater. This week, they play the same teams but on the road. Tuesday is Kissimmee. Buses leave at 8 a.m. In both instances, the Phillies will dress in those ballparks.
Back home on Wednesday for the Twins and then another split squad on Thursday.
Tuesday also starts the spring training schedules for the Phillies minor league teams. Every afternoon at 1 o’clock, two games will be played at Carpenter Complex. That means, two Phillies minor league teams will be on the road daily.
There is no admission charge for games at the Complex.
AAA and AA clubs play the Blue Jays at Carpenter on Tuesday, while two Class A teams travel to Dunedin. Other teams that will play the Phillies include the Pirates, Yankees and Tigers.
**Phillies have 57 players in the major league camp. That number will be reduced with the first cuts this week.
**Minors have 167 players at the Complex and that number will obviously grow when the cuts are made.
**Phillies, Lehigh Valley, Reading, Clearwater and Lakewood all begin their regular
seasons on April 5.
**Darren Daulton Foundation is having a charity event (Darren’s Home Runs for Homelessness) on Thursday at the Brown Boxer on Clearwater Beach, 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. Tickets are available at the door.
Spring Training Memories
Stan Lopata (C, 1948-58)
“It was 1948 in Clearwater, at the old field. I was married. Betty and I rented an apartment on the beach. I remember hitting a game-winning grand slam against the Red Sox and being told after the game I was going to the Utica farm team that was training in Kingstree, Georgia.
“Spring training was a fun time. Who wouldn’t want to get out of Michigan and go to Florida? We did a lot of running but I loved to run. That never bothered me. I don’t remember the year but one time Eddie Sawyer, our manager, sent us a letter saying cars and wives would not be allowed in spring training. That didn’t go over too good.”
More Alumni memories can be found on www.philliews.com/alumni.