Pardon this self-promotion. What would have been the Fifth Annual Phillies Minor League Digest was derailed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead, we put together this history of the Phillies’ minor league affiliates – “Life in the Minors”.
Is available on Amazon. My friend and companion at the Carpenter Complex and Spectrum Field, Steve Potter, is the co-author of the digest. This year he worked with retired Phillies’ PR exec, Larry “Baron” Shenk. Steve received participation from several photographers including Mark Wylie. My participation was limited to editing as there were no Clearwater Threshers and the Gulf Coast League seasons on which to report. Continue reading Life in the Minors – the Fifth Annual Phillies Minor League Digest
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Feel free to discuss the 2021 international signing period, too. It began on January 15, 2021, and runs through June 25, 2021.
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I arrived at the Complex before 9:30 AM. There was some action on Bowa Field. So, I started there. Pitchers came out early to throw bullpens. I caught the last groups. If you follow me on Twitter, I was able to Tweet a lot of today’s action. Continue reading Spring Training 2021, Day Six (Mon., 2/22/21)
Last Tuesday, the Phillies made their 31 non-roster invites (NRIs) to spring training (ST) public. This year they made a distinction between ST and a Mini Camp (MC) that is being run simultaneously. Regardless of their designation, 75 players are allowed in Clearwater plus rehabbing employees. Since Tuesday, there have been a few additions and one subtraction.
Continue reading Open Discussion: Week of February 21st
I arrived at the Complex around 9:30 AM. As is my custom, I spoke briefly with the security guards. They weren’t able to provide much in the way of information about the day’s schedule other than the obvious, “Both field’s are set up for BP”. Continue reading Spring Training 2021, Day Four (Sat., 2/20/21)
What happened to Day Two?
I arrived at the Complex at 10:40 AM. The guard, Rick, told me that I missed batting practice which had ended at 10:20 AM. (I found out today that BP consisted of Andrew Knapp, Rafael Marchan, and Jeff Mathis. It started at 10:05 and lasted just 15 minutes.) Continue reading Spring Training 2021, Day Three (Fri., 2/19/21)
Okay! Here We Go! First day of Spring Training! I’m heading over to the Complex around soon.
It’s a chilly, overcast, 61 degrees with a 57% chance of rain. Rain chance dissipates to 0% and temps rise to 66 degrees around noon and a high of 72 degrees by 3:00 PM.
Hope to have some news and photos to post here later today.
As I leave the house at 10:15 AM, the 57% has changed to 100% as a light drizzle is beginning to fall. Crap. Off to the Complex. More later.
It’s later !!! Continue reading Spring Training 2021, Day One (Wed., 2/17/21) updated