Finally, the Phillies full squad began their spring workout. Sixty-three players took to the fields at the Carpenter Complex Monday morning in front of a sparse crowd. In another break from recent tradition, the players broke up into groups on three fields for stretching and throwing. Continue reading First Full Squad Workout, 2018
Days two and three of pitchers and catchers were the same as day one.
On day two, the only difference in the routine was that Wednesday’s non-pitching group threw from the mounds, and the pitching group went through the PFP stations. Newly signed Drew Hutchinson, was present, in uniform, and taking part in the workout. The groups were – Continue reading Pitchers and Catchers, Days Two and Three, 2018
The start of 2018 Spring Training finally arrived. Pitchers and catchers came onto the fields at the Carpenter Complex at 11:00 AM and began their spring workouts.
Under the Kapler Regime, spring training will look very different to those who became familiar with the camps held by Charlie Manual and Pete Mackinon. The first noticeable change was the later start. Other changes include greater use of all fields. More involvement by coaches and staff. Shorter, more intense sessions. And a distinction between “throwing” pitchers and “non-throwing” pitchers.
Here’s what I saw (or didn’t see) today. Continue reading Pitchers and Catchers, First 2018 Workout
Another beautiful Monday morning in Clearwater. I got to the Complex early again. My friend Steve met the Phillies’ truck Sunday morning and was interviewed by a local television station. We found out this morning why the players go to the weight room before practice starts – to stretch before exercising. Lots of people on the fields today – coaches, trainers, and some baseball operations people. The major league coaches are in uniform, so they stood out from the players, who were wearing a variety of workout apparel. Thirteen players made their first appearance today. Continue reading Just Two Days Until Pitchers and Catchers
Beautiful morning in Clearwater Friday. I arrived at the Complex early just in case the workouts started early again. My Complex buddy, Steve Potter, arrived early too. They didn’t start early, but we got to see the players as they crossed from the stadium to the building that houses the weight room and batting cages until practice started. We got to engage with a lot of the players. They seem to be more likely to stop and talk before practice starts. Six new faces today. Continue reading Five Days Until the Official Start of Spring Training
Heavy fog in Clearwater this morning. I arrived at the Complex early only to find out I was late. The players began their workout early to accommodate afternoon meetings. The only new face was Jiandido Tromp.
There has been a change to the players’ reporting date. Pitchers and catchers will undergo physicals on Monday and Tuesday next week. Their first workout will be on Wednesday, February 14th. Valentine’s Day. The first full workout is still on the 19th. Continue reading Less Than a Week Until the Official Start of Spring Training
Back in shorts and shirt sleeves today. Looks like the weather is finally ready to cooperate with spring training. Players still outnumber coaches and spectators, but that will surely change by next Thursday. There were less than a dozen fans in attendance as the players began their workout in right field on Mike Schmidt Field. Continue reading One Week Until the Official Start of Spring Training
The schedule for Phillies’ minor league games is out. This version is up to date as of January 12, 2018 and includes all games in the Northern Area. Continue reading 2018 Phillies Minor League Schedule
The temperature in Clearwater was a little warmer Friday morning. There was very little breeze as a handful of spectators, four to be exact, took up their positions to watch 31 ball players take to Robin Roberts Field at the Paul Owens Training Facility, a place I often refer to simply as the Complex. Continue reading The “Unofficial” Start of Spring (Training)
After what seemed like an interminable delay, the Phillies have announced the signings of several players to minor league contracts and the extension of invitations to spring training to same. Continue reading Phillies Announce Non-Roster Invites, 1/4/2018