Myers Reaches 100….pitches

With the Phillies in Ft. Myers, Bright House Field was rather quiet on this Good Friday.

Those that didn’t make the trip south worked out in the a.m. and then enjoyed the rest of the sunny, warm, cloudless Clearwater day.

Carpenter Field was buzzing, however.  A large crowd was on hand to watch Brett Myers pitch in an AAA game against the Blue Jays.  The goal was to continue building up Myers’ arm strength and get him to 100 pitches.  He did that with two out in the top of the seventh.  He gave up four runs, all in that inning.  “Must have thrown 100 pitches that inning alone,” he quipped as he walked back to Bright House Field. 

Jayson Werth spent the afternoon at Carpenter Field getting at-bats in both games, AA and AAA.  “Jayson is approaching his 42nd at-bat,” kidded pitcher John Ennis.

Detroit Tigers at sold out Bright House Field.  500 berm tickets will go on sale at 9 a.m. 

A pre-game brunch and Q&A session with Werth, Greg Dobbs and a couple of broadcasters will be held for Phillies fans that are part of a Spring Training USA group tour.  Over 160 are on the tour.

After Thursday’s game, Pat Gillick and his staff and Charlie Manuel and his staff met for over an hour to discuss the final roster make-up.  The minor league camp will have a longer meeting tomorrow after the 10 a.m. minor league games at Carpenter Field.  There’s one more week of spring training and four minor league rosters (Lehigh Valley, Reading, Clearwater and Lakewood) need to be finalized in addition to the Phillies’ 25-man opening day roster. 

Chris Coste will sign his new book post-game near the Tiki Pavilion.

Next two games are on TV, Comcast SportsNet (tomorrow) and CW Philly (Easter afternoon) . . .   WPHT (1210 AM) will broadcast the next three games.  That means the games can also be heard on . . . LHP Niles Jordan, 82, who pitched for the Phillies in 1951, died March 15 in his Sedro-Woolley, MA, home.  “Glorious and awestruck” is how Niles described his major league debut. 

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Mr. Shenk:
Sorry to hear about the death last week of former Phillies’ pitcher Niles Jordan. He was #37 (in age) on my list of “The Oldest Phillies- A List Of all Known Living Phillies players born before 1930” listed under the Phila. Phillies section of the website

(It is a fan site and its free).

There are now 71 living Phillies players who were born before 1930.

What kind of progress has been made in determining this year’s Phillies Wall Of Famer? Usually the list of potential candidates is thinned to five final candidates. Have we reached that stage yet?

Speaking of lists (and I’m a somewhat compulsive list compiler) have you ever wandered how long it takes a typical franchise to go through 100 players? How about 500? What about 1,000? Well if the Phillies are typical of other major league franchises, I have the answer to that last question.

It has taken the Phillies 64 seasons to go through their last 1,000 players. Since Opening Day, 1944, the Phillies have used a total of 1,002 different individual players in regular season games. Tied for first are all of the players who appeared in the ’44 season opener, played on April 18, 1944. The 1,000th to make his Phillies’ team debut during that period was RHP John Ennis on 8/26/2007. Catcher, Pete LaForest was the 1002nd and last in that 64-year period to play for the Phillies, debuting on September 5 of last season.

Dennis Orlandini

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