Category Archives: 02. Org Reports

2021 Instructs, 9/28/2021

2021 Instructs started yesterday.  I waited until today to go over to the Complex.  The first day can be tedious with early and on-time arrivals mixing with rehabbers all at once.  Yesterday players hit the field around 9:00AM, but I think that those guys were most likely the rehabbers who had already been on site.  Continue reading 2021 Instructs, 9/28/2021

Open Discussion: Week of November 2nd

I went to the Complex Saturday to watch my third and final Instructional League game between the Phillies and Blue Jays.  Mark Wylie and I were the only TWO people in attendance.  The game started at 9:30 AM and was over by noon.  Word is that a lot of players were going home that afternoon. Continue reading Open Discussion: Week of November 2nd

Open Discussion: Week of October 26th

I went to the Complex Saturday to watch my second Instructional League game between the Phillies and Blue Jays.  I was one of SIX people in attendance – my friend Steve Potter and his wife and daughter, my friend and photo contributor Mark Wylie, me, and Mike from Harrisburg.  Mike read last week’s account of the game and flew in Friday to join us Saturday behind the left center field fence on Roberts Field.  Sort of a Clearwater branch of the Phandemic Krew. Continue reading Open Discussion: Week of October 26th

Open Discussion: Week of October 19th

I went to the Complex Saturday to watch an Instructional League game between the Phillies and Blue Jays.  I was one of five people in attendance – my friend Steve Potter and his wife and daughter, my friend and former photo contributor Mark Wylie, and me.

The game was held on Roberts Field.  If you are familiar with the Complex, you’ll have noticed that a walking and bike path runs down Old Coachman Road, crosses the road at the north end of the Complex parking lot (where the pedestrian light is installed), and continues between the Complex and Clearwater’s regional trash collection point.  The path skirts the outfields on Carlton (CF and RF) and Roberts (LF and CF) Fields. Continue reading Open Discussion: Week of October 19th

2020 Instructs, October 6th (updated 5:15 PM)

The 2020 Instructs have arrived.  Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the players are in a “bubble” and no one not associated with Instructs is allowed inside the Complex.  So, we stand outside the fence with binoculars and cameras with zoom lenses and take in what we can. Continue reading 2020 Instructs, October 6th (updated 5:15 PM)

2019 Instructs, Second Week, Jay’s Game and a Camp Day

The guys here for Instructs are continuing to perform the drills I wrote about in an earlier report.  They ended today’s work outs with a couple more contests.  Apparently they have been divided into teams and are keeping score.  I have no idea how that works.  But, there is some partisan cheering during the events.  And some question as to the judges partiality.

They played games Monday at Dunedin and Tuesday at Spectrum Field.  I was unable to make it to the Dunedin game but heard that they turned away spectators. Continue reading 2019 Instructs, Second Week, Jay’s Game and a Camp Day

2019 Instructs, First Week’s Intrasquad Games

The guys here for Instructs are continuing to perform the drills I wrote about in an earlier report.  They ended Saturday’s work outs with bunting and fielding contests.  They played intrasquad games both days at Spectrum Field.  I love watching a game when both teams wear the exact same uniform (Not!). Continue reading 2019 Instructs, First Week’s Intrasquad Games