As we approach the start of Spring Training, I would like to take this opportunity to say, “Hello” to all the Phuture Phillies readers and also tell you a little about me.
I retired from a civil service position in the fall of 2011 and moved to Clearwater within 6 weeks. I began devoting my time to following the Phillies off season moves. I visited all the sites you probably access to keep abreast of baseball news. I was growing increasingly appalled at the amount of negativity on most Phillies sites when I found Phuture Phillies.
I became a Threshers season ticket holder in 2012. I discovered that Gulf Coast League games were played at the Carpenter Complex that summer. I learned about the Florida Instructional League that autumn.
In 2013, I attended fewer Grapefruit League games and spent more time at the minor league spring training games. When camp broke, I continued to attend the extended spring training games, then the GCL, and finally the FIL.
I have learned a lot reading the posts in Phuture Phillies and the comments of you readers. I am happy to repay you by reporting what I see in Clearwater. Since I get to see most of the players in the organization as they pass though the Carpenter Complex, I try to form my opinions based on what I see before reading the scouting reports. My opinions are quite often “wrong“.
I assume that your interests early in the spring would be the progress of young players like Altherr, Dugan, C. Hernandez, Ruf, Asche, Galvis, Martin, Munson, Gonzalez, Biddle, Giles, Franco; and to a lesser extent Collier, Gillies, R. Hernandez, Lincoln, Hollands, Valle. Let me know if this is correct or if there are any omissions. If you have a special interest in a any player and would like me to provide you with updates contact me.
I am looking forward to serving you this season.