Two early busses (8 a.m.) for the traveling squad to Kissimmee (Astros). Rest worked out at Bright House Field at 9:30 a.m. and then were free for the rest of the day.
Back home Wednesday (Twins) and Thursday (Braves, who are 1-9), although Thursday is another split squad day (at Rays).
Marti Wolever and his six top lieutenants are in camp at Carpenter Complex. This gives them a chance to see the minor league players. Next week, the Latin America scouting group will spend time here.
Joining Marti, recently promoted to Assistant General Manager, Amateur Scouting, are Mike Ledna and Billy Moore (coordinators) and supervisors Sal Agostinelli (international), Gene Schall (east), Brian Kohlscheen (central) and Darrell Conner (west).
After Clearwater, it is on to non-stop scouting in preparation for the draft that starts June 4.
With the free agent signing of Papelbon, the Phillies lost their first round selection, the 31st overall. Losing Madson and Ibanez, the Phillies picked up some extra picks. So, the Phillies enter the draft with the 40th, 60th, 77th and 95 selections over the first two rounds.
**94WIP afternoon crew is broadcasting live from Bright House Field every day from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. through Friday.
**Station’s 9 a.m.-12 noon Saturday crew will do likewise on St. Patrick’s Day, when the Phillies will wear green hats. That’s a home game with the Blue Jays.
**BAT (Baseball Assistance Team) will meet with the minor league players at 7:45 on Wednesday morning and the big leaguers at 9 a.m.
**If different voices were heard Monday on the Phillies radio broadcast, the same are back again today, Matt Provence and Jon Shaffer, the broadcasters for the Lehigh Valley IronPigs. Reading’s broadcaster, Brian Seltzer, will do a couple of radio games next week.
Wall of Fame
Voting on phillies.com ends at 5 p.m. Wednesday, which is also tomorrow. Top five consensus selections will then be presented to a Special Wall of Fame Selection Committee consisting of members of the media, broadcasters and club executives.
The winner will be inducted on Friday night, August 12. John Kruk, the 2011 inductee, will induct the 2012 winner.
Spring Training Memories
“2000 as a 19-year-old kid from Hawaii in the fabled Dodgertown over in Vero Beach. It was my first time away from home. I had always heard about Dodgertown. All of players were there, minor leaguers and big leaguers and several Alumni. We stayed in a dorm, four per room. We all ate in a big dining room along with such stars as Koufax, Wills. I thought this was the best thing ever. Had so much fun. Couldn’t believe I was in same place and playing on the same fields as Jackie Robinson and all the greats.”
For Alumni memories check out www.phillies.com/alumni.