Hodgepodge….or mismash

Something like 140 members of the Phillies baseball operations department—Ruben and his staff, Ryno and his staff, scouts, player development personnel, athletic trainers, conditioning coaches and assorted upper level executives—are wrapping up a four-day organization meeting today in Clearwater. Event took place at the Carpenter Complex and Bright House Field. It was an opportunity for everyone to meet, review the various aspects of the baseball operations phase and enhance the Phillies Way of doing things. It has been nearly 10 years since the Phillies have had an organization meeting.

Ruben and Ryno continue interviewing candidates for the pitching coach and bullpen coach. On the minor league level, Joe Jordan is formulating his staff in player development.

Five minor leaguers from the states are polishing their skills at the Phillies Academy in the Dominican Republic: 2B Andrew Pullin, OF Cord Sandberg (no relation to Ryno), 3B Mitch Waldng, 3B Yan Hernandez and OF Larry Greene.

The annual CHOP Halloween Party was held last night at the Embassy Suites near the airport. Event is held for CHOP patients. Attending were broadcasters Tom McCarthy, Scott Franzke and Gregg Murphy, Alumnus Tommy Greene, Phillie Phanatic and ballgirls.

Upcoming events at Citizens Bank Park:
**November 1, wedding in the Hall of Fame Club and reception in the Diamond Club.
**November 2, fund-raiser for Autism with over 12,000 walkers expected. And, another wedding and reception that night.
**November 3, fund-raiser for ALS with over 4,000 walkers.
**November 5, Kofax (software business solutions) has an all-day meeting in the Media Room and Hall of Fame Club.

Organizations interesting in holding an event at the ballpark should call 215-218-5100.

Alumni Notes
Alumnus Rheal Cormier is part of a group called MC Sports out of New York. The group owns the Reno Aces, a triple-A club for the Diamondbacks. The group has just purchased the Bowling Green (KY) club, a class A minor league team in the Rays’ organization.

Larry Bowa’s broadcasting career with the MLB Network will end at the end of December.

Charlie Manuel was inducted into the Parry McCluer High School Hall of Fame in his native Buena Vista, VA, recently. He starred in football, basketball and baseball in high school.

Tim McCarver is broadcasting his 24th and final World Series, a record. Tim replaced Howard Cosell on the ABC TV crew in 1985. As a player, he hit .311 in 21 World Series games. In 1974, he started the season with the Cardinals before being sent to the Red Sox. Fittingly, his last World Series has the Red Sox facing the Cardinals.

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