Category Archives: Spring Training 2017

2017 Spring Training, Fini

Saturday, the minor league teams closed our their 2017 tour of spring training at the Carpenter Complex.  I arrived around 9:00 AM just to see what was taking place.  As I walked up the drive, IronPigs’ players were making their way to the parking lot, resplendent in their colorful, flowered shirts.  When I lived in Philadelphia, we called them Hawaiin shirts.  Just doesn’t seem right now that I call Florida home.  The players moved in, out, and around the Complex until they boarded a bus for the airport.  Continue reading 2017 Spring Training, Fini

2017 Spring Training, 3/31

Final day of spring training for most players.  The Phillies head north to start the major league season.  Saturday, the IronPigs and Fightin’ Phils break camp and head to Allentown and Reading.  The Threshers vacate the Complex clubhouse and walk over to their regular season home in Spectrum Field.  The BlueClaws will stay in town for a few days before heading to Kannapolis to open their season in North Carolina. Continue reading 2017 Spring Training, 3/31

2017 Spring Training, 3/30

The Phillies completed their 25-man roster Thursday.  Luis Garcia was optioned early and back at the Complex in the morning.  Word filtered around that Adam Morgan and Joely Rodriguez would join the bull pen and complete the pitching staff.

After their blow out loss to the Yankees, Daniel Nava and an emotional Brock Stassi were selected for the final two roster spots.  Jesse Valentin was optioned and Tyler Goeddel was designated for assignment to create the needed 40-man roster spot. Continue reading 2017 Spring Training, 3/30

2017 Spring Training, 3/29 Evening Edition

Camp Day featured one, short intrasquad game at the Complex.  Line ups for both teams consisted of a lot of Group 2 and Group 3 players.  Group 5 sent a bus load to St. Pete to play the Canadian Junior team.  A lot of guys had the afternoon off and either watched the game or took advantage of the time off and left the premises.  The game ended shortly after a large pizza delivery. Continue reading 2017 Spring Training, 3/29 Evening Edition

2017 Spring Training, 3/29 Morning Edition

I found the following in my mail box from one of our readers.  We met last season, but I hesitate to use a person’s name without explicit permission in a post.  It is the account (with minor editing) and some pictures from one of the minor league games at the Yankees complex on Monday, March 27th.  Thank you very much, sir.

“Hi Jim,
I got back late on Sunday night, so I wandered over to the Yankees complex and watched one of the two A games going on.  The Phillies beat the Yanks 6-4.  Barbier and Wojciechowski hit home runs in the 5th inning to give the Phillies the lead.  Reggie Jackson was watching from the Yankees dugout.  Other notables: D. Hall ripped a sharp single to right, Danny Zardon hit a double off of the center field fence Jhailyn Ortiz lined a single to left center, and Rodolfo Duran hit a sharp single to right field and also threw out a baserunner attempting to steal 2nd.
Attached is a photo of the home run ball leaving Wojciechowski’s bat on its way over the right field fence.  Barbier’s homer also went out in right field.
Trevor Bettencourt pitched the 8th and had an effective change up.  Jake Kelzer closed out the ninth.  He gave up a 2 out one-run home run.  Due to my being in zombie mode from the flights back, I can’t remember who started for the Phillies, but he was sharp through 6 innings.
In separate e-mails, I will attach photos of R. Duran’s single to right, and Yankee attempts to pick him off of first base and second base.  You can use any of the photos on the blog.
I am hoping I can sneak away on Friday and get over to Clearwater to see some of the activities at the complex.  Hope to see you, if not, I know I will run into you sometime later this Spring or during GCL games after the draft.”
Thanks again, sir.  I look forward to seeing you at the Complex.



2017 Spring Training, 3/24

Wednesday was a camp day.  The intrasquad games were moved up to 11:45 and almost over when I got to the Complex at 12:45.  So, I went to Legends with a friend and talked baseball while watching the Phillies and Yankees game.  When I got home, I saw the announcement about Dallas Green’s passing.  I didn’t feel like writing, so I dusted off the Pace of Play article that had been sitting in queue for a couple weeks. Continue reading 2017 Spring Training, 3/24

2017 Spring Training, 3/21

Full day at the Complex.  Groups 3 and 4 squared off against the Braves and Group 5 faced SFWL (South Florida Winter League), a team comprised of players released by organizations (and managed by former MLB infielder Hal Lanier) but still hoping to keep their dreams alive. Their age range is 22-28 putting our kids at a slight disadvantage. Continue reading 2017 Spring Training, 3/21