Opening Day, 22 Days Away
Manager Wants to See YouThose words were delivered to six players before yesterday’s game: RHP Luis Garcia, RHP Michael Stutes, OF Aaron Altherr, OF Leandro Castro, OF Kelly Dugan and C Sebastian Valle. The message: you are being assigned to the minor league camp next door a Carpenter Complex.
Then, after the game, LHP Jesse Biddle got the same message.
Camp now totals 51 players. Have to get to the 25-man opening day limit by March 30.
Frank Coppenbarger is the Director of Team Travel and Clubhouse Services. Team travel today meant having two busses for Ft. Myers and a game with the Twins. Departure was 7:45 a.m.
He didn’t ride the bus, instead drove his mini-van, a 2-hour, 45-minute journey, which meant he beat the busses. First order of business will be to pick up tickets to fill the orders of the players and executives. He’ll stay around for BP and then take that sweaty gear back to Clearwater. A couple of clubhouse personnel will take care of the unpacking, the game and packing in Ft. Myers. When Frank returns to Bright House Field, more personnel will wash the sweaty gear from Ft. Myers. Otherwise, all that would take place after the busses return, which will be sometime between 6 and 7 p.m. There’s more washing to be done (uniforms) then.
Three minor league pitchers, Jordan Guth, Ryan O’Sullivan and Austin Wright, got to take the trip to Ft. Myers.
Back home tomorrow to host the Braves. Same teams meet the following day in Orlando . . . Starting Tuesday afternoon, two minor league games will be held at Carpenter Complex. That’ll be the same schedule through March 28. So, while the Phillies are out of town on Tuesday, fans can see two minor league games. Free parking and free admission. Players from the major league camp will also make appearances in minor league games from time to time . . . WXTU will broadcast live tomorrow morning (8-10) from the Tiki Bar . . . After the game, the Phillies staff and Clearwater Threshers staff will salute two 25-year employees, scout Roy Tanner and Opie Cheek, head groundskeeper in Clearwater. Each will receive a 25-year ring.
Countdown to Opening Day
22 more days until the Phillies begin the season in Texas.
Well, 33 different players have worn the number for one season. You’ll never guess who are the co-leaders with five years each….OF Mike Anderson and OF Jason Michaels. Three-year club includes Bobby Dernier, Karl Drews, Woodie Fryman, Ruben Gomez, Tony Gonzalez, Jim Hearn, John Herrnstein and Herm Wehmeier. That group spans several decades. But, there are more oddities: Cecil (Turkey) Tyson had one hitless AB as a pinch-hitter in 1944, Mike Schmidt was #22 when he made his big league debut in 1972 and a pitcher, Snipe Hansen, was the first to wear it in 1932. Currently, pitching coach Bob McClure has the number.