WBC Players Leaving Camp

Some players are leaving camp. No, there have been no trades or releases. The World Baseball Classic stars next week and some of those in the Phillies camp are heading for their respective teams.

Eleven players and two coaches from the Phillies are involved with the WBC. Only the Brewers and Twins, 13 each, have more players.

Players include SS Jimmy Rollins (USA), RHP Phillippe Aumont (Canada), INF Pete Orr (Canada), OF Tyson Gillies (Canada), LHP Jay Johnson (Canada), RHP Rodrigo Lopez (Mexico), C John Suomi (Canada),  C Sebastian Valle (Mexico), LHP Cesar Jimenez (Venezuela), INF Lucas Rojo (Brazil) and C Tim Kennelly (Australia).

First-base coach Juan Samuel will be coaching for the Dominican Republic, and Ernie Whitt, the Phillies’ minor league catching coordinator, will manage Team Canada.

On Tuesday, the Phillies will play the Dominican Republic team at Bright House Field.

Camp Notes
Phillies play the Blue Jays in Dunedin on Saturday, a three-mile trip. Bus leaves at 11:30 a.m. which means batting practice will take place at Bright House Field. MLB Network will tape the game and air it at 4 p.m. on Saturday . . . Sunday is a split squad day for the Phillies, one team at home against the Blue Jays and one team in Sarasota against the Orioles . . . Rob Ducey, an outfielder who played for the Blue Jays and Phillies, will throw out the ceremonial first pitch on Sunday. In late June, Duceywill be inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame . . . Citizens Bank Park suite holders are in town for the weekend, which is expected to be on the chilly side. One Tampa TV station is calling for snow flurries during the wee hours of Sunday.

Carpenter Complex Notes
First full squad workout for 170 minor leaguers will take place on Sunday. Workouts are open to the public free of charge. Parking is limited when the Phillies are playing at Bright House Field.

Photo day for the minor leaguers is 6 a.m. on Monday.

Did You Know?
Randy Lerch was traded on this date a long time ago.

The 1893 Phillies dominated the National League offensively.

The distance from the pitching mound to home plate was changed 120 years ago.

You can find all this at http://www.phillies.com/alumni.

Voting for the 2013 Wall of Fame can also be found on this page.

Spring Training Memories
Ozzie Virgil (C, 1980-85)“I was in the Phillies minor league camp in 1977. I remember that I wore No. 44 but I didn’t have a roommate. Lucky me. What impressed me was how good every player was in camp. I enjoyed being in Florida and working to become a better player. The hardest part was seeing your friends get released and sent home.”

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