A. J. Today

First of four games this spring against the Pirates on tap this afternoon at Bright House Field. A. J. makes first start today

Tomorrow, 8:15 a.m. bus for trip south to Port Charlotte and the only spring match-up against the Tampa Bay Rays. Hard to believe the Rays don’t visit Clearwater this year.

8:15 a.m. may appear to be early but pity the minor leaguers. Photo day is tomorrow morning, 6:30 start. Flash bulbs would be needed to get my eyes to open at that hour. Even earlier is the WIP morning show that will be live from the dark Tiki Bar starting at 5:30 a.m. this week.

With the Phillies out of town tomorrow, the minor leaguers will continue their daily 10 a.m. drills at Carpenter Field. Parking is free at the complex when the Phillies aren’t home.

Opening Day Countdown
We’re down to 29 more days for the Phillies first game at the Texas Rangers.

The longest-tenured player to wear this number was Stan Lopata, 10 years (1949-58). Others with multiple years, Grant Jackson, six (1965-70) and four each, John Kruk (1991-94), Wendell Magee (1996-99) and Marlon Byrd (2002-5). Hall of Famer Chuck Klein wore seven different numbers with the Phillies including #29 for three seasons (1940-42). When Jimmy Rollins came up in 2000, he was #29. Currently, Cameron Rupp.

Spring Training Fun Fact
Courtesy broadandpattison.com:
1946–The Phillies open spring training in Miami beach with a scrimmage in Flamingo Park. It will be the last year they train somewhere other than Clearwater.

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