Jumping from here to there………
Congratulations to Ryne Sandberg who was named the minor league Manager of the Year by Baseball America. Ryne returns for his second season as manager of the Lehigh Valley IronPigs in 2012.
Phillies scouting staff is busy, even though there is basically no baseball being played at this time of the year. In anticipation of the draft, some scouts are doing in-home visits with potential draft picks. Workouts are being scheduled throughout the warm climates of the country, including one in Puerto Rico today.
Phillies season ticket holders are being be treated to an phillies.com Q&A with Ruben Amaro Jr. Questions were submitted by season ticket holders, a sampling will be given to Tom McCarthy to ask Ruben. Q&A will be posted on phillies.com on Friday evening, providing some weekend reading.
Today’s the deadline (5 p.m.) for online voting for the final slot on the Phillies Mural, which will be unveiled sometime next summer. Final candidates include Del Ennis, Greg Luzinski, Carlos Ruiz, Shane Victorino, Cliff Lee and Jim Thome. If you haven’t cast your vote on phillies.com, hurry. Over 5,600 fans submitted names for the final slot and the six listed drew the most votes. Thanks to all who participated.
Membership drive for the 2012 Fightin’ Phils Fan Club is underway. 650 signed up the first week. Renewals or newcomers by January 1 will receive a complimentary copy of Video Dan Stephenson’s 2011 DVD yearbook, “Making History.” A record 2,424 fans were members in 2011.
Promotion schedule for 2012 is being fine-tuned by Kurt Funk, Scott Brandreth and their respective staffs. One of the items is a Charlie Manuel 646 collectible baseball to commemorate the 646 wins for Charlie, most in Phillies history. The item will be given on Kids Appreciation Day, Saturday, April 14. Turkey Hill is the sponsor.
Things are heating up (or frozen up) for the NHL Winter Classic (Flyers vs. Rangers) that will take place at Citizens Bank Park, January 2. Additional seats in the form of bleachers have been installed in center field. If there was a baseball game, Shane would be stationed under the bleachers.
Then on Monday, construction of the ice rink begins.
I can hear Richie Ashburn talking with Harry Kalas, “Hard to believe, Harry, that there’s going to be an ice hockey game on the ball field. What’s next, mud wrestling?”