Monthly Archives: February 2020

Spring Training, 2/26/2020; Minor League ST Game Schedule

With the Phillies on the road in Fort Myers, the minor league players in town for their mini camp were able to begin practice at 10:00 AM on multiple Complex fields.  Of more importance, the minor league spring training game schedule was finally made available. Continue reading Spring Training, 2/26/2020; Minor League ST Game Schedule

Open Discussion: Week of February 24th

Busy week.  Position players reported, and the first full squad workout was held last Monday.  J.T. Realmuto lost his arbitration case and settled for the $10M consolation prize.  He’ll likely make up the difference in his extension.  Hector Neris settled before his arb hearing for $4.6M.  The Phillies opened their Grapefruit League season in Lakeland and played to an 8-8 tie against the Tigers.  Several young Phillies’ prospects distinguished themselves in the game.  The Phils beat the Pirates in their home opener at Spectrum Field, and the team unveiled an awkward update of the Phanatic. Continue reading Open Discussion: Week of February 24th

Spring Training, Pitchers and Catchers, 2/15/2020

Day 4.  So, a Saturday schedule is the same as the week day schedule … this week.  Position players came out at 9:30 AM and after stretching, they started BP at 9:50 AM.  While the stretching was taking place on Ashburn Field, a group of pitchers came out on Rollins Field and went threw some of their non-throwing exercises. Continue reading Spring Training, Pitchers and Catchers, 2/15/2020

Spring Training, Pitchers and Catchers, 2/14/2020

Day 3.  Happy Valentines’s Day, y’all.  I arrived at the Complex at 8:30 AM.  Learned that the position players would come out at 9:50 AM and that the minor league mini-camp was moving back to the Complex with a 1:00 PM start.

While mingling with security and the other early arrivals, I could see a group of pitchers on Rollins Field going through their towel throwing exercise.  A short time later the early reporting position players came out of the club house and began stretching in left field on Ashburn Field. Continue reading Spring Training, Pitchers and Catchers, 2/14/2020

Spring Training, Pitchers and Catchers, 2/13/2020

Day 2.  I arrived at the Complex at 8:30 AM.  Earlier than the workouts were scheduled to start, but last year the coaches had players out as early as 8:00 AM and sometimes earlier on the half-field in front of Spectrum Field.  A field I used to refer to as Bowa Field, but which I have recently started referring to as Rollins Field. Continue reading Spring Training, Pitchers and Catchers, 2/13/2020

Spring Training, Pitchers and Catchers, 2/12/2020

Today marked the beginning of my ninth Philiies’ spring training.  Pitchers and catchers were scheduled to come out at 11:00 AM, so I was there at 9:00 AM.

Since a lot of position players were among the early reports, they came out at 9:30 AM and  performed their stretching exercises before breaking up on Ashburn, Schmidt, and Roberts Fields for BP.  The groups batted for about 15 minutes and had coaches and instructors on each field. Continue reading Spring Training, Pitchers and Catchers, 2/12/2020

Spring Training Update, 2/10/2020

More new faces.  Monday, we spotted pitchers Addison Russ, Vince Velasquez, Ranger Suarez, Damon Jones, Andrew Brown, Ramon Rosso, Deolis Guerra, and position players Mickey Moniak, Adam Haseley, Scott Kingery, Austin Listi, Darick Hall, Luke Williams, Grenny Cumana, Henri Lartigue, and Coach Bob Meacham.

There are probably a few more here, I just didn’t see them.  One noticeable face I have seen is the new manager.  I imagine he was inside meeting with staff and getting acclimated to the Complex.  (Note that the Complex includes Spectrum Field.  I have developed the habit of referring to just the four minor league fields at the Paul Owens Training Facility as the Complex.  I’m probably not going to change.) Continue reading Spring Training Update, 2/10/2020