Open Discussion: Week of March 2nd

The Phillies bolted out to a 6-1-1 record in Grapefruit League games.  The play during the games is more important than the scores and victories.  More than 30 players from the minor league mini camp have been assigned to the games.  Those among them who have gotten playing time, as well as others of their minor league brethren who were among the non-roster invites have  acquitted themselves well. Continue reading Open Discussion: Week of March 2nd

Spring Training, 2/26/2020; Minor League ST Game Schedule

With the Phillies on the road in Fort Myers, the minor league players in town for their mini camp were able to begin practice at 10:00 AM on multiple Complex fields.  Of more importance, the minor league spring training game schedule was finally made available. Continue reading Spring Training, 2/26/2020; Minor League ST Game Schedule

Open Discussion: Week of February 24th

Busy week.  Position players reported, and the first full squad workout was held last Monday.  J.T. Realmuto lost his arbitration case and settled for the $10M consolation prize.  He’ll likely make up the difference in his extension.  Hector Neris settled before his arb hearing for $4.6M.  The Phillies opened their Grapefruit League season in Lakeland and played to an 8-8 tie against the Tigers.  Several young Phillies’ prospects distinguished themselves in the game.  The Phils beat the Pirates in their home opener at Spectrum Field, and the team unveiled an awkward update of the Phanatic. Continue reading Open Discussion: Week of February 24th

Spring Training, Pitchers and Catchers, 2/15/2020

Day 4.  So, a Saturday schedule is the same as the week day schedule … this week.  Position players came out at 9:30 AM and after stretching, they started BP at 9:50 AM.  While the stretching was taking place on Ashburn Field, a group of pitchers came out on Rollins Field and went threw some of their non-throwing exercises. Continue reading Spring Training, Pitchers and Catchers, 2/15/2020

Spring Training, Pitchers and Catchers, 2/14/2020

Day 3.  Happy Valentines’s Day, y’all.  I arrived at the Complex at 8:30 AM.  Learned that the position players would come out at 9:50 AM and that the minor league mini-camp was moving back to the Complex with a 1:00 PM start.

While mingling with security and the other early arrivals, I could see a group of pitchers on Rollins Field going through their towel throwing exercise.  A short time later the early reporting position players came out of the club house and began stretching in left field on Ashburn Field. Continue reading Spring Training, Pitchers and Catchers, 2/14/2020

Spring Training, Pitchers and Catchers, 2/13/2020

Day 2.  I arrived at the Complex at 8:30 AM.  Earlier than the workouts were scheduled to start, but last year the coaches had players out as early as 8:00 AM and sometimes earlier on the half-field in front of Spectrum Field.  A field I used to refer to as Bowa Field, but which I have recently started referring to as Rollins Field. Continue reading Spring Training, Pitchers and Catchers, 2/13/2020