Day 2

That’s the header on Rich Dubee’s daily schedule: Day 2, February 20th.

Right now, the day begins at 8:30 and the workouts end around 12:45 p.m.  The 8:30 event is a meeting with all the catchers in the coach’s room, followed by a 9 a.m. meeting with pitchers.

The workout begins with exercises at 10 a.m. on the Schmidt field.  Pitchers are divided into four groups.  The workouts consist of bunting, holding runners on base, long tossing, throwing off the mound, an assortment of fielding drills and running (11:50 a.m.).  Then, the hurlers end their day with weight room conditioning.

Catchers continue a little longer: batting practice, fundamentals and running (12:45 p.m.).  Weight room conditioning follows.

Pitching Groups
1–Aumont, Diekman, Herndon, Kendrick, Lee, Pinero, Rosenberg, Schwimer.
2—Halladay, Horst, Hyatt, Purcey, Ramirez, Savery, Valdes.
3—Bastardo, Contreras, Elarton, Hamels, Qualls, Willis, Worley.
4—Blanton, Bush, DeFratus, Misch, Papelbon, Sanches. Stutes.

On Day 2, groups 3 and 4 threw off the seven mounds located between the Roberts and Schmidt fields.  “Eight minutes or 40 pitches, whichever comes first,” instructed Dubee.

Media members, instructors, scouts and baseball administration personnel observed.

About 10 position players took batting practice at Bright House Field while the pitchers did their thing at Carpenter Complex . . .  Later, Utley and Thome worked out with Perlozzo on the half field.  Then, Howard, in gym shorts and a sleeveless t-shirt took ground balls at first base.  Guess where the media mob parked itself . . . Comcast SportsNetwork’s Daily News Live is live every evening this week at 5 from Bright  House Field.

Phillies Coverage
Philly newspapers and TV crews are here but fans can follow the Phillies daily on  Todd Zolecki will again cover the news, tweet and facebook.  Scott Palmer will post video interviews on the site during the week.  And, Phillies Insider will post Monday through Thursday.

Spring Training Memories
Larry Andersen (RHP, 1983-86; 1993-94)
   “Let’s see, that was 1972 which means it was 40 years ago. And you want me to remember what? Heck, I can’t remember where I left my shoes when I get up every morning.
   “Well, it was in Tucson, Arizona and I was one of many minor leaguers with the Indians. We stayed at the Flamingo Hotel. At least I think so. I don’t remember my roommate. But I do remember my number, 112…I think.
   “I was nervous and scared and, after one day, fighting blisters from the Kangaroo spikes. What did I like? Absolutely nothing. I grew up in Washington (State) so the warm weather was nice. But I couldn’t handle the Arizona heat. I really struggled, especially all that running. I hated mornings. Getting up early and riding a bus for a few hours, that wasn’t fun. I slept through most of the bus rides; matter of fact, I slept through most of my spring trainings which was rather apparent if you saw me pitch.
   “I do remember being in the Mariners big league camp in 1981. Maury Wills was the manager. There was another pitcher in camp who looked like me, or so they say. Brian Allard. He was five years younger so I don’t know how we looked alike. I guess it was because we both had hair. Anyway, Maury got us mixed up. He’d call me Brian, and him, Larry. I was having a great spring, which was unusual. Brian was having a terrible spring. I was stressed out that Maury would pick him because he called him Larry. Happy ending, though. I made the club.”

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