Honors for Chooch
Congratulations to Chooch, the National League Player of the Week. He surely deserves the honor.
He’s the third Phillies catcher to win the award, joining Bob Boone (1979) and Mike Lieberthal (1999).
A two-game series starts tonight. Phillies hold an all-time edge, 475-417.
Mets, however, led 10-9 last season, including 6-3 at Citizens Bank Park. They have won the last four games.
Cole bids for his 100th career win. The Mets seem to have his number, 13-7.
Former Phillies on the Mets include OF Bobby Abreu and pitching coach Dan Warthen. C Travis d’Arnaud was originally drafted by the Phillies.
Number of the Day
259: Phillies team batting average which is second in the NL, but a distant second. Rockies’ .295 leads.
Minor League Report
Lehigh Valley dropped a 4-2 decision to Pawtucket in 11 innings . . . LP: BJ Rosenberg (0-1), 2 R, 3 H, 2 BB, 2 SO, 1.2 IP. Left game in 11th after being hit on the head by a line drive. According to a media report, BJ said he was fine after the game.
Reading lost its fourth in a row, 8-6, at Portland . . . 2B Carlos Alonso, single, 2 doubles . . . LF Cam Perkins, 2-5 . . . DH Chris Serritella, 1st HR . . . LP: Jesse Biddle (2-3); struggled with control, 48 strikes, 38 balls.
Clearwater dropped its third straight, 6-5, to Brevard County . . . 2B KC Serna, 4 hits . . . CF Peter Lavin, double, HR, 2 RBI . . . LP: Jeb Stefan (1-2).
Lakewood was idle.
Extended Spring Training
Some 40 players participate in this phase of the Phillies baseball development program at Carpenter Complex. The players didn’t make the top four minor league rosters but will be assigned to the Gulf Coast League Phillies or Williamsport when their leagues begin play in June.
Players on rehab at the Complex often play in the games. Ethan Martin threw in a game for the first time yesterday, 1 inning, 1 hit, 18 total pitches. Darin Ruf and Miguel Gonzalez will soon get some game experience before moving to a higher pro level in the rehab process. Among the minor league prospects that are rehabbing and playing are SS Roman Quinn and 3B Mitch Walding.
Games are played Monday through Saturday against teams from the Blue Jays, Yankees and Pirates, meaning road trips to Dunedin, Tampa and Bradenton. Starting time is 1 p.m. except 10 a.m. on Saturday. On occasion, there is no game during the week and the day is listed as a “camp day”. That’s the case for the Phillies tomorrow.
There is no admission charge. On most days, sea gulls out-number spectators.
Stats and records are not kept as the primary purpose is instruction, development and rehab.
7:00 a.m.–Players report for breakfast (catered by Lenny’s Restaurant).
8:00 a.m.–Mandatory report time for all players, including those on rehab.
8:15 a.m.–Early work begins with coordinators; early hitting in indoor training facility.
9:30 a.m.–Player orientation.
10:00 a.m.–Stretch/long toss/conditioning.
10:30 a.m.–Fundamental of the day.
11:15 a.m.–Batting practice.
1:00 p.m.—Play Ball! 7-inning doubleheaders are played 4 times per week.
4:00 p.m.–Postgame conditioning in weight room.
Tomorrow’s early workout schedule is posted on a bulletin board.
Staff includes Roly deArmas (manager), Rafael DeLima (coach), Steve Schrenk (pitching coach), Troy Hoffert (athletic trainer) and Armando Adame (strength & conditioning coach). The various coordinators will also spend time at EST in addition to visiting the four minor league teams.
April 29, 1981—Needing three strikeouts to reach 3,000, LHP Steve Carlton strikes out the side in the first inning against the Expos in FOUR minutes at Veterans Stadium.
More flashback moments can be found at http://www.phillies.com/alumni. A vintage photo of fans buying tickets at Baker Bowl is included on the page. Check it out.