Yet, another photographic gem from Phillies photographer, Miles Kennedy. Kevin Fransden, a hard-nosed back-up infielder, goes all out in practice. Don’t see that very often.
Squad game at Bright House Field at 12 noon today . . . Jimmy Rollins is taping a Mizuno commercial on the half-field . . . All the Phillies broadcasters are in camp and will meet with Ryno following the game, a chance for the broadcasters to get briefed on the players and the manager’s philosophy . . . First Grapefruit League game is tomorrow afternoon, visiting Blue Jays at 1 (radio, television, mlb.com). 70% chance of rain is forecast . . . Chris Coste, the new baseball coach at Concordia (MN) College, will throw out the first ball, along with Clearwater Mayor George Cretekos . . . Annual meeting with the Major League Baseball Players Association will be held in the clubhouse beginning 8:30 in the morning.
Opening Day Countdown
34 more says until the Phillies open the season in Texas, against the Rangers.
So, who are the most notable Phillies to wear that number? Paul Byrd, Barry Lersch, Tom Underwood, Gary Matthews, Kevin Millwood, Cliff Lee and Roy Halladay. Best of the group? Easy, Doc, author of two no-hitters, first pitcher in Phillies history to have a pair. Just think, three no-hitters were tossed by a Phillie wearing this number: Doc’s two and Millwood’s, the last no-hitter in Veterans Stadium. A.J. Burnett is currently wearing #34.
Spring Training Fun Fact
Chase Utley wore #80 in his first spring training camp at Jack Russell Memorial Stadium in 2000.