New #55

Desperate for a warm thought?

First day for pitchers and catchers in Clearwater, FL, is 44 days away!  Individual spring training tickets go on sale next week.

Game times are finalized for the Phillies’ Grapefruit League schedule. We’ve also received the ESPN Sunday night TV schedule and the list of FOX Saturday telecasts for the regular season.  So, pocket schedules are being finalized and the home schedule on this site is being updated.

Happy Birthday
Know it is a day late, but Happy Birthday to Charlie Manuel.  Phillies January birthdays include three catchers, Darren Daulton, Mike Lieberthal and Carlos Ruiz.

New #55
Danys Baez has been assigned #55, last worn by Clay Condrey.  After passing a physical exam, Baez met the media this afternoon in the Media Room and then headed back to Miami, where it is cold but much warmer than Philly.

A native of Cuba, Baez defected to Costa Rica prior to the last game of the Pan American Games (August 1, 1999) while in Winnipeg, Canada.  He pitched for the gold-medal winning Cuban National Team. and spoke no English at the time. That fall he signed as a free agent with Cleveland.

Last native Cuban to play for the Phillies?  According to my research, Tony Perez in 1993.  The 1964 Phillies had three, Tony Taylor, Cookie Rojas and Tony Gonzalez.

Cooperstown Bound?
Baseball Writers make their announcement tomorrow afternoon.  Phillies Alumni have selected their Hall of Fame candidates.


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