Category Archives: 0. Instructional League

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

2019 Instructs, First Week

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

Florida Instructs; September 24, 2018

The Instructional League began in earnest today when the Phillies faced off against the Toronto Blue Jays at Spectrum Field.  In addition to the 15 or so fans and one baseball reporter (me), there were about 30 scouts and a couple dozen Phillies front office and support personnel in the stands,  Notables included Jorge Velandia, Dana Parks, a guy who looked like Bryan Minniti, and Oneri Fleita.  Fleita was hired last off season to supervise scouting in Mexico.  After the 2015 season, he had been signed by the Tigers as an international crosschecker.  But, prior to that he had spent 25 years in the Cubs organization – notably as the director of the Cubs’ Latin American operations from 1997-2008, Director of Player Development from 2000-2008, and Vice President, Player Personnel from 2011 until his firing when Theo Epstein took over as GM.  Continue reading Florida Instructs; September 24, 2018

Florida Instructs; September 22, 2018

Saturday, the coaches held an intrasquad game among the Instructs participants.  They started a five inning game at 10:00 AM.  Ten pitchers got work, but there were few if any substitutions among the position players.  The most exciting news was that Sixto Sanchez was pitching in the first inning. Continue reading Florida Instructs; September 22, 2018

Florida Instructs; September 20, 2018

Wednesday I turned the calendar on another year, taking the day off from the heat and humidity at the Carpenter Complex.  I returned Thursday to observe similar exercises and drills as the previous couple days.

The format remained the same with the players coming out around 10:00 AM for stretching exercises, conditioning drills, and long toss.  These were followed the various fielding drills for each group – infielders, outfielders, catchers, and pitchers.  Continue reading Florida Instructs; September 20, 2018