Every now and then, Phillies Alumni will be featured in Phillies Insider. Just an effort to keep fans up to date on the former Phillies players.
The annual Phillies Phantasy Camp takes place next week in Clearwater, FL. The camp closes with a series of games at Bright House Networks Field on Sunday, January 27. There is no admission charge for Sunday’s games.
A large number of Alumni will be back in pinstripes again during the five-day camp:
Dickie Noles (1979-80; 90), Mickey Morandini (1990-97; 2000), Marty Bystrom (1980-84), Von Hayes (1983-91), Kevin Jordan (1995-2001), Jim Eisenreich (1993-96), Kevin Stocker (1993-97), Milt Thompson (1986-88; 93-94), Ricky Bottalico (1994-98; 2001-02) (photo), Tyler Green (1993; 95-98), Tommy Greene (1990-95), Mitch Williams (1991-93), Kevin Saucier (1978-80), Juan Samuel (1983-89), Ricky Jordan (1988-94), John Denny (1982-85), Warren Brusstar (1977-82), Greg Luzinski (1970-80), Terry Harmon (1967; 69-77) and Larry Andersen (1983-86; 93-94).
Video reports from the camp will be posted on this site with Scott Palmer as the host.
Speaking of Ricky Bo, he’s embarking upon a new career as an analyst for the Lehigh Valley IronPigs telecasts., starting in April. He’ll be in the booth for all of their home 72 home games.
Mitch returns as a baseball analyst for Comcast SportsNet.
Greg Gross (1979-88) will coach with Lehigh Valley and Kevin Jordan at Clearwater. Former outfielder Eric Valent (2001-2002) returns to the organization as a coach with the Williamsport Crosscutters. Randy Ready (1989-91; 94-95) is San Diego’s AAA manager.
Garry Maddox’s (1975-86) annual charity bowling tournament will be held next Tuesday. **** Allen, Milt, Mitch and Von Hayes are among the Alumni who participate in the fun event. Maddox has been hosting this event since the late 1970s.
Von Hayes, who had managed in the minors for a while with the Diamondbacks and A’s, will be the manager of the Lancaster (PA) Barnstormers in the Atlantic League. His pitching coach will be Rick Wise (1964; 66-71).
Frank Lucchesi (1970-72), who managed the Phillies in their last game at Connie Mack Stadium and their first game at Veterans Stadium, is recuperating at his Texas home following by-pass surgery on his heart last month. If anyone wants to send a card to Frank, please send it to my attention at Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia, PA 19148. We will forward any and all cards to Frank.
Sadly, three Alumni passed away this week, former pitching coach Johnny Podres (1991-96), RHP Don Cardwell (1957-60) and RHP Steve Ridzik (1950; 52-55; 66). “Pods”, 75, was a highly-respected and loved pitching coach. Cardwell, 72, was originally signed by the Phils and traded to the Cubs in 1960 in a deal that brought Tony Taylor to Philadelphia. Steve, 78, spent 12 seasons in the majors.