LA Tutoring Hurlers

Andersen1801Broadcaster Larry Andersen, serving time as a guest instructor for Ryno’s first spring training camp, always has a quick answer.

When asked the last time he was in uniform, “Last month in Phantasy Camp.” Well, it is true but what about real baseball? “1997 right here in the minor league camp.” That season he was the pitching coach for the AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Red Barons. That ended his career in a uniform as he joined the team’s broadcasting team in 1998.

LA can be seen hanging out by the seven pitching mounds at Carpenter Complex, observing and giving tips to the hurlers. A great reliever, he’s paying special attention to the bullpen guys, particularly Aumont.

Pretty soon he’ll trade in his glove for a microphone and join his partner, Scott Franzke, on radio broadcasts. This is their seventh year of being together.

Camp Notes
Players began eye screen tests in the morning and will continue again tomorrow morning . . . A pet calendar, with proceeds benefitting charity, is on the docket for this season. First photo sessions took place today at Bright House Field . . . Pitchers continue to build up arm strength, hitters continue to take BP, fielders continue fielding drills……all in a day’s work today . . . Daily workouts at Carpenter Complex continue this weekend, great opportunity for fans to attend. Free admission and free parking.

Big Bucks
Came across the following on broadandpattison.com: “1917: The Phillies sign Grover Cleveland Alexander to a 2-year contract said to be the highest ever paid to a pitcher — local press estimated it to be around $12,500 per year.”

From the Phillies archives: Following the 1972 season in which Steve Carlton went 27-10, the Phillies signed him to a one-year, $165,000 contract, the most ever for a pitcher.

How times have changed.

Spring Training Fun Fact
Every player and coach has two red new batting practice jerseys and two pair of pants, one gray and one pinstriped. A total of 250 batting practice jerseys were brought to camp.

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