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
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
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
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)
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
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
Players arrived Sunday for Instucts and Strength and Conditioning. Monday, they began. And, so did we. My friend Steve Potter and I arrived around 9:00 AM and waited until the players came out to take part in exercises and baseball drills at 11:00 AM. They were divided up into groups, and progressed from one activity to another in those groups. Players were on the field for about 2.5 hours. Here’s who and what what we saw these first few days. Continue reading 2019 Instructs, First Week
If you are in the Clearwater during the summer, here are the schedules for the two Phillies squads in the Gulf Coast League.
Start times are subject to change but generally Saturday games are at 10:00 AM and games on all other days are at noon. No games on Sundays.
Games and parking are free. Security will check bags and wand individuals. No baseball bats permitted beyond the security check point. Continue reading 2019 Gulf Coast Phillies Schedule, East and West
Gulf Coast Phillies West
In their initial season, the GCL Phillies West posted a 30-24 record and finished second in the Northwest division, seven-and-half games back under manager Nelson Prada. They remained in contact with first place Tigers West as they steadily increased their lead and weren’t officially eliminated until the day after beating the Tigers and pulling within five games with five games left in the season. Their highlight may have been their 5-2 record against Phillies East which included a 19-1 drubbing in the last game between the two teams. West flirted with batting over .300 as a team for a good part of the season. In addition to Prada, the staff included hitting coach Chris Heintz and pitching coach Matt Hockenberry. Continue reading 2018 Gulf Coast Phillies Recap, Part Two (West)
The Gulf Coast League is a rookie level league in central and southern Florida. It is comprised of 18 teams in 4 divisions and represents 15 organizations – Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Detroit, Houston, Miami, Minnesota, New York (AL), New York (NL), Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, St. Louis, Tampa, Toronto, and Washington. In recent years, the GCL Phillies have done very well. The 2016 Phillies posted a league best 43-15 record, finished first in the Northwest Division, won a one-game semifinal playoff game, and lost the championship series two games to one. The 2017 Phillies again posted a league best 36-22 record, finished first in the Northwest Division, and dropped the one-game semifinal game to the eventual league champion. Continue reading 2018 Gulf Coast Phillies Recap, Part One (East)