Mixed Bag On Day 2
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Mixed bag of activity on Day 2. Position players took batting practice at Bright House Field, hitting off of the coaching staff. Throwing BP, Juan Samuel was capless, revealing a little more gray hair.
J-Roll and Chase worked on the half field taking ground balls. Pitchers and catchers repeated Day 1, except for Groups 3-4 of the pitchers. Because of a slight rain, their throwing off the mound was moved indoors to the new training facility on the east end of Carpenter Field.
The 21,000-square foot facility includes a 5,000-square foot weight room, six indoor batting cages and a video room. The batting cages double as areas were pitchers can throw off the mound. The facility which replaced a red barn-type enclosure that housed four cages, is used primarily by minor leaguers. Those that live in the area year-round now have a great facility to work out.
The new facility provides the Phillies organization with the finest spring training set up in Florida, by far.
ElsewhereMLB Productions had a crew in camp doing interviews . . . Ryan did his media mass interview just before noon. Seven TV cameras were part of the media mass . . . Chase is doing a Philadelphia Magazine photo session on Friday. He’s the April cover story . . . According to baseballalmanac.com, 46 days until the April 1 season opener and 227 days until the end of the season . . . Chris Wheeler and Larry Andersen are the first Phillies broadcasters in camp.
Did You Ever Wonder?Why can a base runner can be called out for running in fair territory to reach first base which is in fair territory?