Good-bye Clearwater

Mack-Harris
Phillies and Pirates meet in a two-game, O-Deck Series starting tonight at Citizens Bank Park. From 1903 through 1955, the Phillies and Philadelphia A‘s played pre-season exhibition games called the City Series. Managers in 1943 were Bucky Harris (Phillies) and Connie Mack. Bob Warrington photo.

Outta’ Here
4:02.

The digital clock atop the Bright House Field scoreboard registered the end of the last spring training game yesterday. Good-bye Clearwater. After starting 2-10-1, the Phillies finished 7-7-1, losing the last two via shutouts and getting only three total hits. Hopefully, those bats weren’t boarded on the charter flight home last evening.

Cole tossed two innings in a Class A game at Carpenter Complex at the same time the Phillies and Blue Jays were starting next door at Bright House Field. He threw 30 pitches (20 for strikes) in two scoreless innings.

Cole was on the charter flight, will go with the team to Texas on Saturday for Monday’s opener and then return to Clearwater to continue his rehab program.

After the game, he was placed on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to March 21, along with Gonzalez, Martin, Ruf and Galvis. Adams was put on the DL, retroactive to March 26. Pettibone, who pitched two scoreless innings against the Blue Jays, was optioned to Lehigh Valley.

Clearwater total attendance ended at 121,915. It is the eighth straight spring they have topped 120,000. The 11,210 crowd for the Red Sox on March 21 set a new Bright House Field record.

Starting on Monday, the Phillies will honor longtime owner Claire Betz this season with a patch on their uniforms with the initials “CB.” Mrs. Betz died on Feb. 6. She and her late husband, John Drew Betz, became Phillies owners in 1981.

Minor League Camp
Lehigh Valley, Reading and Lakeland clubs leave Clearwater tomorrow. Players assigned to the Clearwater Threshers carry their bags 600 feet south to Bright House Field.

Players not making those rosters will continue at Carpenter Complex in extended spring training which begins on April 3. Williamsport and the Gulf Coast League Phillies begin their seasons in June.

Releases yesterday: Colby Shreve and Samuel Dove.

Countdown to Opening Day
3 more day and the Phillies 2014 season begins in Texas.

When it comes to which player wore #3 for the most seasons, Todd Pratt comes out on top, six. Hall of Famer Chuck Klein wore it in 1932-33. On the bench, seven seasons each for manager Danny Ozark and coach Claude Osteen. Currently, Marlon Byrd is #3.

Opening Day Moments
April 11, 1907–Following a heavy snowstorm, the Phillies open the season against the Giants in New York’s Polo Grounds. Groundskeepers shovel large drifts of snow onto the outer edges of the field in foul territory. After falling behind, 3-0, disappointed NY fans began hurling snowballs onto the playing field, disrupting play. Fans began rushing the field to continue the snowball fight. After home plate umpire Bill Klem was hit by a snowball, he called a forfeit in favor of the Phillies, 3-0. (Baseball Almanac.com)

Bookmobile“If These Walls Could Talk” is the title of my new book which will be available starting May 1 in book stores and on-line. Triumph Books (triumphbooks.com) is the publisher. Larry Bowa wrote the foreword.

2 Comments

Just FYI……it’s Pettibone not Pettigrew and Lakewood not Lakeland. :). Thanks for your reports, though!

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