On The Road Again

Phillies are heading south out of Clearwater today (Bradenton, Pirates) and tomorrow (Ft. Myers, Red Sox). Then, back home on Sunday to face the Pirates.

Saturday will give the Phillies a taste of the regular season, a 7:05 night game followed by a 1:05 day game. Busses for Ft. Myers leave at 1 p.m. and are projected to return to Clearwater around 1:30 a.m. Sleep quick for Sunday’s game.

Tomorrow night’s game will be televised on the MLB Network.

With the team out of town tomorrow fans can catch two Phillies Class A clubs playing the Blue Jays at Carpenter Complex. The Paul B. Stephens Special Olympics Kids will have lunch at the complex and then watch the games.

Camp Notes
Seven players were sent to the minor league camp this morning: LHP Jeremy Horst, C Tommy Joseph, OF Tyson Gillies, OF Zach Collier, LHP Cesar Jimenez, RHP Ken Giles and INF Andres Blanco.

C Lou Marson was released. C Sebastian Valle was brought back from the minor league camp. 44 players left in camp.

E-Mail Bin
From Donald: “I wonder if it would be possible to enter the Phillies managers who took the Phillies to the playoffs or to the World Series in a special place on the wall.”

Appreciate the inquiry, Donald, but I believe we need to maintain the parameters we have for the Wall of Fame: you need to be elected. Dallas Green is in the Wall (2006) and Charlie Manuel’s being inducted in August. Pat Moran (1915 NL pennant winner manager) has never been on the ballot. Eddie Sawyer (1950) was on the ballot a long time ago and didn’t garner many votes. Danny Ozark and Jim Fregosi have been on the ballot in recent years and I suspect they will be there again next spring.

Countdown to Opening Day
17 more days and the Phillies 2014 season opens against the AL West Rangers in Texas.

Another close race as to which Phillies players have worn #17 the longest: Terry Harmon, eight seasons; Ricky Jordan, seven and Scott Rolen, six. Rogers McKee wore it on the last day of the 1943 season when he recorded his only big league win at age 17 years, 7 days, the youngest pitcher ever to win a game.

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