MLB Network Today

By Phillies Insider

2015 AM room

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.

2015 charlie cage

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 from Tampa (Yankees) this afternoon. Game can also be seen on 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.

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