Alumni Day to Return in 2015

LineUp0198Another photo gem by Phillies photographer Miles Kennedy, the lineup of former players on Alumni Day last week. It was the first ever promotion in spring training. Plans are to continue it every spring in Clearwater.

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Baseball can be a crazy game. The Phillies offense has been meek and week so far this spring. They were the only NL team without a triple going into yesterday at Sarasota.

So, what happened? They hit four triples in a one-run win. According to Phillies records dating back to 1917, the most triples they ever had in a game was 5, August 2, 1986, against the Cubs at the Vet. Three persons in camp played in that game: Sandberg was 0-3 and Sarge 1-3 for the Cubs; Samuel had one of the five triples. The others: Gary Redus 2, Steve Jeltz and the slow-footed John Russell.

Camp Notes
Home today and then at Bradenton (Pirates) tomorrow and Ft. Myers (Red Sox, 7:05) Saturday . . . Back-to-back home games Sunday (Pirates) and Monday (Orioles) . . . Minor league games tomorrow feature the Phillies and Blue Jays class A clubs; 1 p.m. at Carpenter Complex.

CBP Top Ten
Tomorrow is the last day to cast your vote for the top 10 moments in the first 10 years of Citizens Bank Park. You can vote on phillies.com.

Countdown to Opening Day
18. Yes, that’s how many days are left before the Phillies begin the season in the Texas Rangers Globe Life Park.

49 different players have worn #18 since the Phillies began wearing numbers on their jerseys in 1932. When Darin Ruf plays in a game this season, he’ll get credit for wearing the number for three seasons. That will tie him with four other players for longevity: Pancho Herrera, John Vukovich, Kiko Garcia and Chris James. A couple of notable players who have worn the number include Rick Wise as a rookie in 1964 and Shane Victorino in 2006.

Spring Training Memories
Pat Gillick (LHP, minor leagues, 1959-63)
“First spring training was with the Orioles AAA team in Yuma, AZ, 1959. I remember staying at the Starlight Motel. Didn’t have a roommate and can’t recall my uniform number. Did know a couple of the other players which made it easier the first few days. Always liked spring training, the camaraderie and the continuous learning process. Wasn’t anything specific that I didn’t like. One memory that stands out was with the Orioles training camp in Miami in 1962. My locker was between Marv Throneberry and Whitey Herzog. Whitey complained that he wanted something to drink other thank orange juice. Next day, Throneberry came in with a large thermos, saying it was filled with lemonade. Whitey took a sip and passed it on to me. I took a big gulp but it wasn’t lemonade. It was a martini. I had been duped.”

For more memories of spring training by Alumni check out http://www.phillies.com/alumni.

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