Home Tomorrow

For the second straight day, the Phillies headed south over the Sunshine Skyway bridge. Yesterday, Port Charlotte (Rays) and today, Sarasota, (Orioles).  Back home the next two days, Tigers tomorrow and Pirates on Wednesday.

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Billy Bean Inclusion Presentation for Major and Minor League players at the Carpenter Complex indoor facility.  Presentation tomorrow begins at 8 a.m.

Here’s a look at that indoor facility.

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Part of the building houses a large weight room.

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Then, there are seven indoor batting cages that can also be used for pitchers throwing.  This building is in use the year-round.  Right now, the minor leaguers are using the facility which comes in handy when it rains.

Alumni Birthday Candles
Today, C Benito Santiago (50), LHP Terry Mulholland (52).

Stat Fact
Benito is one of six Phillies catchers who hit three home runs in a game.  He did it in 1996.  The other five: Walt Henline (1922), Andy Seminick (1949), Del Wilber (1951), Bobby Estalella (1977) and Mike Lieberthal (2002).

Phun Fact
The Phillies first spring game ever in Clearwater was a 13-1 loss to the Detroit Tigers at Athletic Field, March 11, 1947.

Spring Training Memory
Larry Bowa (SS, 1971-81)
“1967 with the big club.  Dressed in the tiny rookie row at Jack Russell; wore #53.  We all stayed at the Jack Tar Hotel.  After seeing me hit, Gene Mauch said, ‘I can see him catch the ball, see him throw the ball, see him run but when he hits I don’t hear anything.’ Rookies worked out on the old field about a block away.  Somebody named it Iwo Jima.  The infield was filled with stones.  Ground balls were bouncing off my chest, arms, neck.  Hated that place. I remember sitting on the bench next to Larry Hisle.  We weren’t playing. He said something funny, I lowered my head and laughed.  They I saw two feet facing me.  Looked up and it was Mauch.  ‘What’s the count?’  I had no idea.  ‘You’ll learn more watching the game and not laughing.’ Other than that, always enjoyed spring training.  I didn’t have Mike Schmidt’s ability so I had to work hard every year, felt like I had to win a job.  Every year was new, whether you were coming off a bad year or a good year.  Challenges every year.”

Book Signings
**Friday (March 13), I’ll be signing my book, If These Walls Could Talk; 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
**March 21, Dallas Green, The Mouth That Roared; 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Bright House Field, Main Concourse, Section 120.

Weekend Schedule

 

Carpenter Complex becomes a bee-hive of activity as minor league players are reporting, getting their physicals and hold a workout for the first time on Sunday.
6 a.m. Monday they begin lining up for photo day.  In about a week, games will take place involving minor leaguers from other camps in the Tampa Bay area.

Elsewhere
Phillies are home Saturday to Blue Jays and travel to Port Charlotte for a game against the Rays on Sunday.  For folks in the Philly area, both games are on TV.  For folks outside of that area, Saturday’s game is on MLB Network.  All three can be seen on MLB.Com.

FOX Sports is in camp Saturday to tape interviews.

Ryne is taping a PSA for Ronald McDonald House today that includes having lunch with him at Citizens Bank Park’s Executive Dining room for donations of $150.00 or more.

Phillies travel to Sarasota on Monday to face the Orioles.

Phun Fact
Clearwater’s population was around 20,000 when the Phillies first trained here in 1947.

Book Signings
**Saturday, Dallas Green, The Mouth That Roared; 11:45 a.m. to 12.45 p.m.
**March 13, I’ll be signing my book, If These Walls Could Talk; 11:45 a.m. to 121>45 p.m.
**March 21, Dallas Green, The Mouth That Roared; 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Bright House Field, Main Concourse, Section 120.

Sign of the Day
This appears in the indoor batting cages at Bright House Field.  I’m sure you will feel much better knowing this.
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Threes

3 was in order at the Phillies-Yankees game in Tampa on Wednesday afternoon.  Phillies won, 3-1.  CF Odubel Herrera led off, had 3 hits and stole 3 bases. And, 3 members of the 1993 National League pennant-winning Phillies were at the game, Dave Hollins, John Kruk and Mickey Morandini. Kruk was there for ESPN TV.

Where Are You?
Every big league camp includes non-roster players, whether they are young prospects or players with big league experience looking to get back to the bigs.  Many will be assigned to AAA, inventory for down the road call-ups.  Some will be released this month.

Phillies have 18 in camp, of which three were in the same boat a year ago, LHP Cesar Jimenez, RHP Sean O’Sullivan and INF Andres Blanco.

Former Phillies are scattered throughout Florida and Arizona camps: P J.C. Ramirez, OF Ben Francisco (Diamondbacks),

P Joe Savery (White Sox), P Jeff Manship, INF Miichael Martinez (Indians); P John Lannan, OF Roger Bernadina (Rockies); P Joe Blanton, P Ryan Madson (Royals); INF Pete Ross (Brewers); C Wil Nieves (Padres); OF Nate Schierholtz (Rangers); OF Quintin Berry (Red Sox); P Roberto Hernandez (Astros): INF Reid  Brignac (Marlins); P Brad Lincoln, C Sebastian Valle (Pirates); C Steve Lerud (Nationals) and OF John Mayberry (Mets).

Alumni Notes
2B-SS Alex Monchak, the oldest living Phillies Alumnus, turns 98 today. Among all former major leaguers, he and OF Eddie Carnett (98) only trail C Mike Sandlock (99) as the oldest.  Alex played in 19 games with the Phillies in 1940, hitting .143, his only major league experience as a player.  His career in pro ball included 17 seasons in the minors (including 9 as a player-manager), four more as a minor league manager, nine as a scout/instructor for the Angels and 17 big league seasons as a coach (White Sox, A’s, Pirates, Braves).

Condolences to the family of Alex Johnson who died on Saturday at age 72.  Originally signed by the Phillies in 1961, he played parts of the 1964-65 seasons in red pinstripes.  An outfielder, he wound up playing for seven other clubs in the majors, winning the AL batting title, .329, with the Angels in 1970.

Phun Fact
The Cleveland Indians trained in Clearwater in 1946 and relocated to Arizona the next year, paving the way for the Phillies.

Book Signings
**March 7, Dallas Green, The Mouth That Roared; 11:45 a.m. to 12.45 p.m.
**March 13, I’ll be signing my book, If These Walls Could Talk; 11:45 a.m. to 121>45 p.m.
**March 21, Dallas Green, The Mouth That Roared; 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Bright House Field, Main Concourse, Section 120.

 

 

MLB Network Today

 

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Every morning at 8 o’clock, Ryne, the coaches, instructors, Ruben and his staff meet in this room, which is located next to the coach’s dressing room at Bright House Field.  They review yesterday’s events, today and tomorrow’s schedules.  At some point, this is where they will also talk about cutting players from the 58-player camp roster.

Today’s Question
How many batting cages has Charlie Manuel leaned on in his long baseball career?
The answer is probably in the thousands.

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Now that the games have begun playing games, minor league players from Carpenter Complex will dress for the Phillies game, either home or road.  Joe Cynar, Assistant Director, Minor League Operations/Florida, sends an e-mail early every morning with a list of players that will be available for the game.  Tuesday it was three right-handed pitchers, Colton Murray, Seth Rosin and Ryan O’Sullivan.

You can hear Scott Franzke and Larry Anderson on MLB.com from Tampa (Yankees) this afternoon.   Game can also be seen on MLB.com and MLB Network, 1:05 start.

22 major league scouts attended the Phillies first game on Tuesday.

Phillies at Astros in Kissimmee, FL, Thursday afternoon. Busses leave at 8:00 a.m. Cliff Lee is starting.  Wonder how many scouts will be there. Phillies brass will also be watching.  With the 8 o’clock departure, Ryne’s morning staff meeting will be canceled.

WIP’s Angelo Cataldi, Al Morganti and Rhea Hughes will broadcast live from Bright House Field, 5:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Thursday and Friday. John Brazer, Director, Publicity, will line up guests.

3 Questions
Larry Andersen’s last day as a guest instructor was on Monday. He’s now back in the booth.

**What was the most fun part as a guest instructor? “During defensive drills on bunt plays, I got to roll the balls as if I was bunting, which I can’t do.”

**What part was least fun?  “Getting up at 6 a.m. every day.  I generally don’t see the run rise.”

**Was it emotional taking off the uniform for the last time on Monday? “A little until I remembered no more 6 o’clock wake-up calls.”

Phun Fact
Because of World War II, the Phillies held spring training in Hershey, PA (1943) and Wilmington, DE (1944-45).

Book Signings
**March 7, Dallas Green, The Mouth That Roared; 11:45 a.m. to 12.45 p.m.
**March 13, I’ll be signing my book, If These Walls Could Talk; 11:45 a.m. to 121>45 p.m.
**March 21, Dallas Green, The Mouth That Roared; 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Bright House Field, Main Concourse, Section 120.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Phase 2

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Hard to believe but season #12 at Bright House Field begins this afternoon with a game against the Yankees, as it did in the 2004 inaugural opener. Year #69 for the Phillies in Clearwater.  It begins Phase 2 of my spring training experiences, playing games.  Phase 1 was starting spring training; 3, let’s get the real season started.

Opening day ceremonies will take place as normal and then it’s PLAY BALL.  No Derek Jeter for the Yankees and no Jimmy Rollins for the Phillies.  A new era of shortstops begins for both team.

Rollins’ #11 is being put on ice by the Phillies.  It’ll be a long time until someone wears that number again.   Jeter’s #2 will be retired someday by the Yankees.  He’s a lock for being enshrined in Baseball’s Hall of Fame.  Rollins could get there, depending upon the final years of his career.  Phillies policy is that a player has to be a Hall of Famer before a uniform number is retired.

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Same two teams meet tomorrow in Tampa where the Yankees train.  Phillies buses leave at 9:15 a.m. The travel roster will be posted today on a large bulletin board in the middle of the clubhouse. If your name is circled, you are on the busses.  Otherwise, report to Bright House Field by 8:30 for a short workout.

MLB Network and MLB.com will carry tomorrow’s game.

Next Clearwater game for the Phillies is Friday, the Yankees again.

Just Wondering
Which player will have more stories written…..A-Rod and his return or Cole and his rumors?

Alumni Birthdays
Today: RHP Bobby Munoz (47) . . . Wednesday: OF Lee Tinsley (46), 1B Brian Hunter (46), CH Sam Perlozzo (64) . . . Thursday: RHP Ryan Franklin (42), OF Brian L. Hunter (44), RHP Steve Ontiveros (54), RHP Doug Bird (65), RHP Kent Tekulve (68), OF Jacke Davis (79), INF Al Monchak (98) . . . Friday: RHP Terry Adams (42), INF Cookie Rojas (76) . . . Saturday: OF Keith Miller (52), CH Galen Cisco (79) . . . Sunday: 3B Dick Allen (73) . . . Monday: C Benito Santiago (50), LHP Terry Mulholland (52).

Phun Fact
The Phillies were the first of the current major-league teams to train in Florida when they spent two weeks in Jacksonville in 1889.

Spring Training Memories
Andy Ashby (RHP, 1991-1992; 2000)
“I signed in 1986 so my first spring training was the following year. Remember walking in the first day and seeing all the lockers.  Everything was so well organized.  I was scared to death at the beginning that I would be on the wrong field.  Things started to calm down, formed new friendships and began to learn the Phillies way.  We stayed at the Days Inn near the complex.  Bob Evans restaurant was next to the motel.  My first number was 72.  It was a mesh jersey and I still have it someplace.  Always liked spring training.  As you progressed you saw some of your friends reach the majors and you remember how he worked his butt off. It gave me incentive. Once in the major league camp and being a pitcher, it seemed to be a bit easier.  There were days when you were finished at 10 a.m.  It wasn’t like that in the minor leagues. What didn’t I like? (laughing) “Coming in from 90 degree heat and having hot soup for lunch.”

Book Signings
**March 7, Dallas Green, The Mouth That Roared; 11:45 a.m. to 12.45 p.m.
**March 13, I’ll be signing my book, If These Walls Could Talk; 11:45 a.m. to 121>45 p.m.
**March 21, Dallas Green, The Mouth That Roared; 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Bright House Field, Main Concourse, Section 120.

 

 

Scouts Galore

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The most famous catch in the history of Citizens Bank Park happened when center fielder Aaron Rowand crashed into the fence and busted nose.  The date was May 11, 2006, against the Mets.  He underwent seven hours of surgery and was back in the starting lineup 16 days later.  Aaron’s in Clearwater through Sunday as a guest instructor, a first for him.

Eyes
As everybody knows, the Phillies are in the process of changing the face of the club, seeking to get younger and more athletic.   Rollins, Byrd and Bastardo are gone.  More may follow.

Scouts from other clubs will be eyeing the Phillies every day during the Grapefruit Leaguegames. There will be very few empty seats where the scouts sit behind home plate.

The Phillies, too, will have scouts throughout Florida and Arizona, scheduled by Mike Ondo, Director, Pro Scouting.  Combing Florida are Sonny Bowers, Howie Freiling, Dave Hollins, Jon Mercurio, Ed Wade and Roy Tanner.  Charley Kerfeld, Special Assistant to the GM, hangs his hat in Clearwater but will be spending a lot time in other Florida ballparks.

Scouts in Arizona include Craig Colbert, Steve Jongewaard, Jesse Levis, Del Usner, Dan Wright and Gordon Lakey.  Every Wednesday morning, Ruben hosts a conference call with all of the pro scouts, getting updates from other camps.

Two senior advisers, Dallas Green and Charlie Manuel, will spend their time with the Phillies during spring training.  Dallas sees many games but will also watch the Phillies minor leaguers when they begin camp. Charlie will work with hitters in Clearwater when the Phillies are on the road while also checking young hitters at Carpenter Complex.

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Among the visiting scouts is Brandon Duckworth, former Phillies pitcher who’s in his second year working for the Yankees. Duckworth is the young dude in the picture above.

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Yankees at Bright House Field tomorrow afternoon kicks off the Grapefruit League season.  Game is on Comcast SportsNet, Phillies radio, MLB Network (tape delayed) and MLB.com. Gates open at 10:30 a.m. for the 1 p.m. game.

Bat boy will be Chris Lang, 11-year-old grandson of the late Phillies manager, Danny Ozark.  One of Chris’s Christmas wishes was to see “Poppie’s team” play. His family is driving over from Vero Beach.

ESPN TV will have a crew in Clearwater tomorrow to tape interviews.

New Alumni Notes have been posted on http://www.phillies.com/alumni. Look for Pat Burrell’s photo. Also, check out  a vintage “A Peek of the Past” photo, members of the 1915 Phillies fishing in St. Petersburg.

Phun Fact
100 years ago the Phillies trained in St. Petersburg’s Coffee Pot Park. If you haven’t seen the story about spring training back then, go to http://www.phillies.com/alumni.  Phillies went on to win their first ever National League pennant.

Spring Training Memories
Marlon Anderson (2B, 1998-2002)
“1996 at Carpenter Field.  Stayed at the Econ-O-Lodge or Holiday Inn, right down the street. My roommate was Torrey Pettiford, a teammate the year before at Batavia. Walking in the clubhouse the first time made me a little nervous.  First few days was uneasy, making sure I was at the right place at the right time according to the daily schedule.  Always liked spring training because of the relaxed atmosphere.  There was no pressure.  It was a matter of getting your body and mind in shape for the season.  What didn’t I like?  The early mornings every day.  Getting up at 7 a.m., totally a different lifestyle than the season.”

Book Signings
**March 7, Dallas Green, The Mouth That Roared; 11:45 a.m. to 12.45 p.m.
**March 13, I’ll be signing my book, If These Walls Could Talk; 11:45 a.m. to 121>45 p.m.
**March 21, Dallas Green, The Mouth That Roared; 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Bright House Field, Main Concourse, Section 120.

 

 

Burrell & 100 Years Ago

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Pat Burrell was a slugger.  All sluggers blast home runs, drive in runs, strike out and go in slumps.  Pat was no different.  But, the fans never really got on him.  Del Ennis was booed badly in the 1950s, Mike Schmidt in the 1970s and now Ryan Howard is hearing it.

As was announced yesterday, Pat is going into the Wall of Fame on July 31.  Some people don’t think he belongs.  Others do.  It seems to be that way ever year.

Charlie Manuel, as the 2014 inductee, gets to induct Pat come July.  That’s neat.  We’ll figure out a way to surprise Pat as far as unveiling his plaque. Pat will also be the guest of honor at the Alumni Luncheon for Seniors, Thursday noon, July 30.  Ticket information will be announced later.  He’ll also be on hand for Alumni Night on August 1 and Sunday, the final day of Alumni weekend.

100 Years Ago

Bob Warrington, a Philadelphia native who is a baseball history buff, has authored an interesting story about the Phillies’ spring training in 1915.  Check it out at http://www.phillies.com/alumni.

That 1915 team went on to win the first pennant in Phillies history.  More stories about that team and that season will be posted on http://www.phillies.com/alumni the next eight months.

We certainly know of the Whiz Kids, the 1980 World Champions, 1983 and 1993 pennant winners and have lived through the golden era of 2007-2011.  But, we don’t know much about the National League pennant winners of 100 years ago..  That’s the purpose of these online stories coming up.

Sunday
An exhibition game involving the Phillies and the University of Tampa at Bright House Field is scheduled for Sunday, 1:05 p.m. It is a big event for UT.  The president and notable Alumni will throw out the first ball, the band, cheerleaders, dance team and mascot will all be there. Gates open at 10:35 a.m., the same for all Clearwater games.

Also on tap Sunday, Baseball Chapel will take place early in the morning.  BC holds services at every major league and minor league team throughout the season.

Phillies broadcasters will have their annual production meeting with Ruben and Ryne after the game. It’s a chance for the broadcasters to catch up on the camp and players. Tom McCarthy, Matt Stairs, Ben Davis and Greg Murphy will be on TV for the first time Tuesday afternoon (Yankees at Clearwater).  Scott Franzke and Larry Andersen will have their first radio broadcast that day.

Phun Fact
It took four years to build Veterans Stadium and 62 seconds to implode it.

Book Signings
**March 7, Dallas Green, The Mouth That Roared; 11:45 a.m. to 12.45 p.m.
**March 13, I’ll be signing my book, If These Walls Could Talk; 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
**March 21, Dallas Green, The Mouth That Roared; 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Bright House Field, Main Concourse, third base side.

What Is A Half Field?

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What you see is a half field, which probably raises a question, “What’s a half field?” Glad you asked.

Well, there’s no outfield which is why it is called a half field….I guess.  It is a place where infielders can work on defense (fielding grounders, throwing, turning double plays), pitchers can do their PFP drills (pitchers fielding practice, pick offs) and catchers can work on refining their skills in blocking balls in the dirt, always a fun drill.  It also a place that children of players will use sometimes while waiting for dad after games.

Where is this place?  Glad you asked.  It is located on the west side of Bright House Field, opposite the entrance to the Phillies offices and clubhouse.

Today
Day 3 is pretty much like the first two days.  This pattern will continue the next two days.  Sunday, the Phillies play the University of Tampa at 1:05 p.m. at Bright House.

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Major League Baseball schedules photo days in each camp. For the Phillies that day is tomorrow. Wire services, licensees and networks will set up stations in the Bright House Field in-door batting cages as well as locations outside. Players will parade through starting as early as 6:30 a.m.  Ever try smiling for a photographer at that hour?

Players and their wives will began posing for a new Phillies Cookbook tomorrow and continue on Saturday.  Community Outreach is in charge of the product which will go on sale at Citizens Bank Park during the season.

The annual Clearwater Chamber of Commerce reception will be held at 5 p.m. tomorrow in the party suites at Bright House Field.  Club executives and a handful of players will attend.

Saturday morning features Major League Baseball oral cancer screening for all players. That night, Chase Utley will be honored at the annual Clearwater For Youth banquet.

Aaron Rowand arrives in camp on Sunday and will be a guest instructor until March 8.

Monday morning begins with domestic violence training for players, coaches and staff, something that MLB is scheduling for each camp.  Workout that day will be shortened for the annual team golf outing in the afternoon.

ICYMI
A new video board and side LED “ribbon” display will be ready for Sunday’s game with the U. of Tampa.  The board is larger, brighter and will offer more video features.

Check out the video on this site for complete details including the debut of some Citizens Bank Park food favorites in spring training.  Two of Bull’s BBQ’s sandwiches are among the new items.

Phun Fact
Greg Luzinski hit the most upper deck home runs in Veterans Stadium history, eight.  His first big league home run landed in the upper deck in left field.  He also is the only player to hit a home run off the Philadelphia Phil and Phyllis/Liberty Bell home run display in dead center field.

Book Signings
**March 7, Dallas Green, The Mouth That Roared; 11:45 a.m. to 12.45 p.m.

**March 13, I’ll be signing my book, If These Walls Could Talk; 11:45 a.m. to 121>45 p.m.

**March 21, Dallas Green, The Mouth That Roared; 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Bright House Field, Main Concourse, third base side.

Just Wondering
During photo day tomorrow how many times will photographers say “cheese”? Which raises the question, what do photographers say when they are taking pictures of cheese?

Day 2

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Day 2 today follows Day 1 (yep, really). All four fields at Carpenter Complex will be used again.  Sign is mounted on a fence as the players leave their Bright House Field Clubhouse for workouts at Carpenter.

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Fans lined the bleachers at Carpenter Complex to watch first day of workouts on Schmidt Field.

Elderly to youth.  Yep, Larry Andersen (left) is passing on some pitching knowledge to David Buchanan.

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Drying time for jerseys following Day 1.

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Off The Fields
Today, video tapings will take place pre- and post-workout in the multi-media room.  Video will be used on Phillies telecasts and PhanaVision . . . “What’s New at Bright House Field” will be revealed for the media in the left field concourse at 1:30.

Tomorrow, is signing day in the multi-media room.  Over 8,000 items (balls, caps, bats) will be signed by the players for the team’s Community Outreach department.  That begins at 8 and continues after the workout . . . Players will also undergo eye exams starting at 8 . . . And, players are also measured for new uniforms by Majestic.  Each player gets two home and two road uniforms.

Phun Fact
Dan Plesac recorded the last out in the history of Veterans Stadium, fanning Atlanta CF Ryan Langerhans in the top of the ninth inning, September 28, 2003. He’s also on record as allowing the fifth and final hit in the career of Larry Andersen, an eighth-inning single to right field, April 18, 1993, at Wrigley Field.

Plesac is in camp as a guest instructor through Friday.  So is LA.  Perhaps we can recreate LA’s historic at-bat off Plesac.  This time it would be in slow motion.

Day 1

Introductions and speeches are out of the so it’s to the fields for everyone in Day 1 of spring training.  Officially.  A week from today and the games begin.  Six weeks from today and it’s baseball for real.

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Catchers have their work cut out for them.  Daily they are needed to warm up pitchers.  Then, there’s catching batting practice.  Eventually, Grapefruit League games.  Plus dragging around a large equipment bag filled with their gear.  If you can catch and throw, your chances at a lengthy big league career are enhanced. But, you have to be willing to work.

Alumni Birthdays
Wednesday : 1B-OF Danny Cater (75) . . . Thursday: RHP Scott Service (48) . . . Friday: RHP Cliff Politte (48), OF Matt Stairs (47), C-!B John Wockenfuss (66) . . . Sunday: LHP Omar Daal (43) . . . Tuesday: OF Ron Gant (50), SS Chico Fernandez (83).

This Date
February 25, 1972: Phillies GM John Quinn pulled off his last trade, sending Rick Wise to the Cardinals for Steve Carlton.

Pace of Game
MLB has made some changes to speed up the pace of game.  The pace helps dictate the length of games.

Here’s a drastic idea: remove time of game from box scores. Baseball isn’t played by a clock so why should it be clocked.  Length of games isn’t an issue in the NBA, NFL, NHL or Senior Citizens bingo.

Phun Fact
Dallas Green is in his 60th year in pro ball.  He recounted his first spring training ever, 1956:

“Bob Conley, Don Cardwell, Chris Short and I were invited to a mini-camp before the big league camp opened in Clearwater. Short and I rode the train from Wilmington, Delaware. We stayed at the West Coast Hotel, three to a room. We weren’t allowed to have cars so we walked everywhere. We were kept around to throw BP TO Hamner, Jones, Ennis, Ashburn and those guys. We were young, wild, could throw hard and we were trying to impress everyone. The vets hated us, didn’t want to face us.

“Later, I was sent to Bennettsville, SC, where the Phillies low minor league players trained. I wore No. 177 or 176.”

Shocking
Over the course of the last year, Phillies Insider has had one view each from Norway, Libya, Cambodia, Tajikista, Guadeloupe, Senegal, Slovenia, Colombia, Madagascar, Argentina, Ukraine, Hong Kong, Virgin Islands, Pakistan, Algeria, Guam, Jamaica, Montenegro, Morocco, Estonia.

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