February 2010

What to write?

Yes, what to write about?  Pretty quiet around here. 

The annual winter chicken dinner banquet circuit has passed.  Hype is being stored until the start of spring training when the real world begins. 

Took a journey to the Phillies clubhouse this afternoon. Pretty empty.  Every locker is completely naked.  Oh, some name plates remain above the lockers, names that finished the WS.  Roy Hallady doesn’t have a locker or name plate.  Trust me, he will.

Pallets of clear plastic containers line the hallway outside the trainer’s room.  Large red trunks, solid gray containers, duffle bags are elsewhere.  Same for bats and balls. A week from today, all of it will be loaded into a tractor-trailer rig for a journey to Clearwater. 

Charlie Manuel returned to Florida. Happy to report he didn’t see his shadow which means only two weeks until pitchers and catchers work out.  Take that Punxsutawney Phil!

See, I told you there wasn’t much to write about.

Notes and numbers……

Mike Schmidt and Mickey Morandini will be back in uniform as special instructors during part of spring training.  Michael Jack has been doing this for quite a few years.  This will be Mickey’s second straight spring.

Came across Baseball America’s top 10 Phillies prospects for 2000:
1. SS Jimmy Rollins
2. RHP Brett Myers
3. RHP Brad Baisley
4. RHP Ryan Madson
5.  2B Chase Utley
6. SS Anderson Machado
7. CF Reggie Taylor
8. OF Eric Valent
9. RHP Brandon Duckworth
10. OF Marlon Byrd

Phillies begin 29-game spring training schedule in Clearwater on March 4. 

WPHT will broadcast 12 games on radio; 6 will be broadcast on the internet. TV: The Comcast Network, 4; Comcast SportsNet, 3; WPHL, 2; ESPN 2.

Regular season broadcast breakdown: all 162 games on WPHL and WUBA (Hispanic radio); TV: CSN, 102; WPHL, 45; FOX, 9; ESPN, 3; TCN, 3.

Happy Birthday Freddy Schmidt.  A week from Today, Freddy turns 94.  Freddy pitched for the Phillies in 1947 (5-8, 4.70 ERA, 29 games). 

Oldest living Phillies: Art Mahan (96), Alex Pitko (95), Nick Strincevich and Freddy, 94.

Oh, 2B Ford (Moon) Mullen, who played in 118 Phillies games in 1944 (his only big league season), also has a birthday a week from today.  He’s a youngster at 93.