New Year, New Look
As the new year begins, there’s a new look to http://www.phillies.com/alumni.
The first vintage photo of this year is a mirror image of Veterans Stadium from a year ago. It is a classic.
The first new feature is a look at the anniversary moments, ranging from 10 years ago to as long go as 120 years. Check it out.
More new features will be coming this week.
This Month’s Calendar
Phillies are sending Cody Asche, Ethan Martin, Cameron Rupp and Maikel Franco to t he Major League Baseball Rookie Program which runs from January 9-12.
Attending the club’s Prospect Development program, January 14-17 at Citizens Bank Park, are Franco, Kelly Dugan, Aaron Altherr, David Buchanan, Jesse Biddle, Leandro Castro and Kenny Giles.
Ryne Sandberg will be in town for 10 days starting on the 17th. He’ll be participating in several PR functions.
Phillies personnel will be appearing at banquets in Williamsport (20), Reading (21), Lakewood (22) , Lehigh Valley (23) and Philadelphia Sportswriters Banquet (27). Mickey Morandini is appearing at the Kennett Square Old-Timers Banquet (18).
J-Roll is being honored at the BAT (Baseball Assistance Team) banquet in New York (21).
Tomorrow, we’ll find out who is being inducted into the Hall of Fame. The 2014 ballot contains 36 players (19 new names and 17 returnees). Candidates who receive 75 percent of the votes are in.
Three former manageres have already been chosen for the HOF. Last year was a shutout at Cooperstown. This year could be a classic crop.
Hall of Fame voting used to be confidential. Now, writers are bragging on how they voted and why. Tweets are everywhere. Shouldn’t writers write the news and not create it? Do they reveal their votes for the President of the US? Perhaps I’m getting grumpy.