Who’ll Be Backup Infielders?
With J-Roll away for the World Baseball Classic, Galvis and Betancourt will get the most playing time at shortstop. They will also be battling for a spot on the 25-man roster as a reserve infielder.
Both have versatility as does Fransden, who is on the 40-man roster as is Galvis. Betancourt is a non-roster invitee. Michael Young can also play more than one infield postion but the “true” shortstops ae Galvis and Betancourt.
Phillies are south in Bradenton to face the Pirates and then home the next three days . . . Tuesday, they will play the Dominican Republic team from the WBC. Coaching for the DR club is Juan Samuel . . . Minor league camp is in full swing daily, 10 a.m. starts for the workouts. Free parking and admission for fans except on days when the Phillies play next door at Bright House Field . . . The minor leaguers’ day began at 6 a.m. with concussion testing, followed by a two-hour photo session. Their day will end in early afternoon. 164 players are currently in camp.
Hard to Believe, Harry
Nine years ago today, the first game was played at Bright House Field. Marlon Byrd, Phillies centerfielder, got the first hit.
The Phlashback plus many others can be found on http://www.phillies.com/alumni.
The Alumni page will also contain a story about Ford (Moon) Mullen, who died last week at age 96. He was the oldest living Phillie. Condolences are extended to his widow, Jessie, and his family.
Spring Training Memories
Kevin Gross (RHP, 1983-88)
“It was 1981 with the Phillies in Clearwater. I don’t recall my uniform number other than it was a high number. We stayed at the Days Inn. I don’t remember my roomie, maybe Darren Daulton or Ed Wojna.
“I remember initially looking around at all the talent and saying to myself, ‘I have no chance of making it to the majors, let alone the minors.’ After several days I fit in pretty good and did well. The knowledge of the coaches and instructors was impressive and appreciated. I had never been around anything like that before. Waking up each morning to compete for a spot on a team was what I liked the most. I really didn’t have many things I didn’t like about it. I guess one thing would have been a little more time to go fishing.”