Here and there
Placido Polanco will sign autographs (first 500 guests) on Saturday in the Majestic Clubhouse Store at Citizens Bank Park;12 noon until 1:30 p.m. . . . Phillie Phanatic and Phillies ballgirls will be there. Free parking in Lot P on Darien Street.
Sunday night is the first showing of the Phillies 2009 Video Yearbook, Legends of the Fall. It will take place at the Broadway Theatre in Pitman, NJ. Writer and producer Dan Stephenson will be there. Video Dan has again produced a classic. Tickets are on sale now at https://secure.mlb.com/phi/ticketing/y2010/dvd_screening_form.jsp.
Scouting director Marti Wolever and his assistant, Rob Holiday, met with the scouting supervisors this week in Omaha to begin plans for the 2010 scouting season that leads to the annual First-Year Player Draft in June. Phillies have the 26th selection in the first round, I believe.
Ruben Amaro Jr. has been here there and everywhere this month. Went to MLB meetings in Arizona, the Professional Baseball Scouts Foundation’s annual awards banquet in LA, the Baseball Assistance Team banquet in NY, the opening of the Phillies new baseball academy in the Dominican Republic. Tonight, he’s attending the Reading Phillies banquet. Thanks to cell phones, text messaging and his staff, he was able to conduct his normal baseball business while on the go.
Ruben also participated in the first-ever two-day Prospect Education Program held at Citizens Bank Park.
Robin Roberts (Scout’s Dream Award) and Bill Giles (Bud Selig Award) were honored at the banquet in LA . . . Brad Lidge was honored at the BAT banquet for his contributions to the community.
First spring training workout for pitchers and catchers will take place in Clearwater, FL, three weeks from today!