Final Florida Days

Final Florida days are here.  A week from today, the season starts in DC.

Prior to this afternoon’s game, three annual awards were presented on the field.

The Bill Giles and Larry Rojas awards were first presented in 1999 to two players in the Phillies minor league spring training camp, one being Hispanic.

The winners are chosen on the following criteria: love and respect for the game of baseball, an outstanding work ethic and pride in being a member of the Phillies.  These attributes describe Giles and the late Rojas.

Pitcher Jarret Cosart received the Giles Award and catcher Sebastian Valle, the Rojas Award.

Started in 2007, the John Vukvoich Award is presented annually to an instructor in the Phillies organization that embodies the characteristics of the award’s namesake: loyalty, dedication, competitiveness, knowledge, honesty and a terrific work ethic.

This year’s honoree is the field coordinator of the Phillies minor league system, Mike Compton.

Outta Here!
Minor league camp released the following 12 players this morning: LHP Spencer Arroyo, RHP Freddy Ballestas, RHP Ryan Bergh, RHP Joe Bisenius, LHP Sean Grieve, RHP Rick Guttormson, RHP Jordan Meaker, RHP Todd Van Steensel, 1B Jeremy Hamilton, OF Gus Milner, OF Arlon Quiroz and OF Brad Wilkerson.

Outta Here! II
Time to close down the Bright House Field office.  Will be heading home on Wednesday.  Will have one more post tomorrow, the annual spring training review.  Then, Phillies Insider will be on the inactive list until April 5.

Thanks for reading.  Also, thanks for voting for Phillies Insider in the NCAA tournament-style blog competition.  Phillies Insider reached the 18-blog bracket before being eliminated by Crashburn Alley on Saturday.  Now, I know how Kentucky basketballers feel.

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