First Camp Cuts

As early as 7 a.m. today, nine players were told “Charlie wants to see you.”  Dubee was the messenger to the pitchers, Mackanin had the duty to notify the position players.

The message:  you’re being sent to Carpenter Complex and the minor league spring training camp.  That leaves 48 players in camp.  Opening day limit is 25.

Todd Zolecki has all the news on the cuts.

BP this morning was divided, the players listed for the game worked out at Bright House Field.  Others hit at Ashburn Field at Carpenter Complex.

While the Twins took BP at Bright House Field, Rollins spent time on the half field butting for base hits with Pierre and Sandberg.

Minor league RHPs Michael Cisco (#41) and Tyler Cloyd (26) are on the travel roster for the game at Port Charlotte tomorrow.  Joe Cynar e-mails the list whenever minor leaguers are added.  Joe has the world’s longest title: Manager, Minor League Equipment and Florida Training Complex Operations.

Weekly Call
Ruben and his staff, who are based at Bright House Field, held their weekly conference call with the team’s pro scouts. 

Those covering camps in Florida include Sonny Bowers, Jon Mercurio, Howie Freiling, Dave Hollins and Roy Tanner.  Arizona clubs are being followed by Jesse Levis, Danny Wright, Gordon Lakey, Del Unser and Dean Jongewaard.

Ed Wade, Dallas Green and Pat Gillick will also check out Florida teams from time to time.

As March approaches the mid mark, teams are beginning to zero in on their needs and surpluses. 

Around Camp
**Mike Schmidt, Cole Hamels and Chris Wheeler played in the pro-am at Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club on Monday.  Innisbrook is hosting the Transitions Championship PGA tour event this week.

**Two games on Thursday, Braves at Clearwater and Phillies split squad in Port Charlotte to face the Rays.

**Group of Phillies sponsors will be here this weekend.

Spring Training Memories
Greg Luzinski (OF, 1970-80)

 “My first day was 1969, an invitee to spring training. I wore No. 19 from Day One. I remember being in the back room at Jack Russell Stadium with all the other rookies. I was a first baseman that first year and Deron Johnson, the team’s first baseman, took me under his wing a little even though I was technically fighting for his job. He helped me out a lot right from the beginning.

“Once January came every year, you got anxious for spring training. We used to get there and spend time getting in shape. That’s different today as the players are in better shape. Clearwater was a great place to bring the kids. We’d stay on the beach near other families. The kids had a better time than we did. I didn’t care for road trips, especially the three-day trips. You could get more work done when you played home games compared to road games. Plus, back then, to go south from Clearwater you had to take Route 41. With all the traffic lights, trips took longer than today.”

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