Spring training coverage starts Tuesday when catchers and pitchers take to the fields. The truck from CBP arrived this morning and was emptied and gone by the time I arrived at 9:30 AM. The players went through their calisthenics and stretching exercises before breaking out to their different groups. The featured photo shows the sheer volume of players who showed up early. Pitchers and catchers headed to the Seven Mounds. Several pitchers threw today. First basemen took ground balls, and outfielders shagged flies.
New faces include Cord Sandberg, Chris Coghlan, and Cameron Rupp. Continue reading Clearwater Update #5 (2/10/17)
Spring training coverage starts next week. I got to the Complex as the players took the field at 9:30 AM to begin calisthenics and stretching exercises. Looks like there are over 40 players in Clearwater already.
New faces include Nick Pivetta, Joaquin Benoit, Edubray Ramos, and Scott Hoffman. Continue reading Clearwater Update #4 (2/9/17)
Spring training coverage starts next week. But, I went over to the Complex just to see what was going on. Tuesday night we got heavy rain into the early morning. It was still raining at 5:00 AM. I wasn’t sure what if any thing would transpire today. But, maybe I could identify a few more players. I’m always interested in who shows up early since the players do it on their own dime. Continue reading Clearwater Update #3 (2/8/17)
Spring training coverage starts next week, but I got over to the Complex a little earlier today. The feature picture is Don’s merchandise store, a spring training fixture at the Complex and later outside the west gate at Bright House Field (Spectrum Field when they finally change signage). Continue reading Clearwater Update #2 (2/7/17)
Spring training coverage starts next week, but I was over at the Complex today and saw something of note that I wanted to share with you. I plan on going over everyday this week, so if I see anything else worth reporting, there may be more of these short reports. Continue reading Clearwater Update (2/6/17)
The Carpenter Complex is undergoing a couple of changes. I have been tweeting out pictures of the new scoreboard being installed at the Complex. The first one is finally up behind the right field fence on Ashburn Field. For those not familiar with the naming convention used at the Complex, Ashburn is the field in the south west corner, closest to both the parking lot and the stadium. Continue reading Carpenter Complex Improvements
I had put off reading Matt Imhof’s retirement letter. When I finally read it today, I felt like sharing this remarkable young man’s statement. If you haven’t read it yet, it’s worth a read.
“I won’t be defined by my worst day”
Continue reading Matt Imhof, “Embrace the Struggle”
The Phillies 2017 Media Tour was in Williamsport tonight. I have collected a series of quotes from the event as tweeted by Mitch Rupert. Mitch is the Crosscutters’ beat writer for the Williamsport Sun-Gazette. You can follow Mitch on Twitter here.
Almost all the quotes are from Pete Mackanin and Steve Noworyta, Assistant Director, Player Development (under Joe Jordan). Continue reading Phillies 2017 Hot Stove Banquet – Williamsport, Tweets From Mitch Rupert
The Phillies came to terms with free agent outfielder Michael Saunders today. It has been reported that he agreed to a one-year contract at $9M with an $11M club option and $1M buyout for 2018. The signing occurs in the wake of team president Andy MacPhail stating during an interview on the MLB Network last week that the Phillies were in search of a left-handed bat. Continue reading Phillies to Sign Free Agent Michael Saunders
The Phillies have announced the following 16 players as non-roster invites to spring training this season – J.P. Crawford, Rhys Hoskins, Scott Kingery, Victor Arano, Logan Moore, Colton Murray, Chace Numata, Cameron Perkins, Brock Stassi, Andrew Pullin, Pedro Beato, Taylor Featherston, Dalier Hinojosa, Michael Mariot, Bryan Holaday, and Cesar Ramos.
They join recent the four FA signings who were extended an invitation to spring training when they signed – Sean Burnett, Pedro Florimon, Hector Gomez, Daniel Nava.
I’m not surprised by the inclusion of any the players listed above. In addition to these guys, I expect to see several catchers not listed above in camp. The pitching workload is too heavy for six catchers to handle.