ESPN TV Next 2 Games

After today, down to nine more games in Florida before the On-Deck Series with the Blue Jays at Citizens Bank Park (March 29-30) and the season opener in Atlanta on April 1. Modell’s Sporting Goods Home Opener is 17 days away.

Another sign that spring training is winding down came from an e-mail from Frank Coppenbarger, Director of Team Travel and Clubhouse Services….”.equipment truck leaves Clearwater on March 27 for Citizens Bank Park. Bring your belongings to BHF on the 26th”

Today’s game is the first of three to be televised by ESPN. Other two: Yankees tomorrow and at Detroit on March 27.

Camp Notes
J-Roll is back in camp after the WBC. He was among the group that worked out at Bright House Field this morning, the players who didn’t go to Disney World for the Braves game . . . Cliff is pitching in a minor league game at Carpenter Complex this afternoon and J-Roll is playing in that game . . . Hall of Famer Jim Bunning is in camp for three days . . . Mike Schmidt’s stay in camp ends today . . . ESPN 97.3 out of Atlantic City (Mike Gill) is live form the Tiki Bar this afternoon and tomorrow afternoon, 2 p.m.-6 p.m.

Complex Notes
Phillies host Pirates AA and AAA teams today at Carpenter Complex . Remember the 1 p.m. games are open to the public at no charge . . . Tomorrow, the two Class A clubs from the Pirates are at the complex while the Phillies AA and AAA teams go to Bradenton . . . LHP David Newman was released this morning. Over the weekend, the following were released: Chris Duffy, Luis Gonzalez, Guantlett Eldemire, Stefan Jarrin, Moises Rivas and Tim Kennelly.

Wall of Fame Voting
5 p.m. Wednesday is the deadline to vote for the 2013 Wall of Fame inductee.

Alumni weekend includes the annual luncheon for Seniors on August 1, Wall of Fame induction on August 2, Toyota Alumni Night on August 3 and a salute to the 1993 NL champions on August 4.

Spring Training Memories
Jim Kaat (LHP, 1976-79)
“I wore No. 21 with the original Washington Senators training in Orlando, Florida. I was nervous but proud to wear a big league ‘uni’. Coming out of Michigan, I loved the warm weather. There was only one field in those days and I didn’t like the amount of time they made us stand around in the outfield doing nothing.”


Just four more Spring training games at Bright House Field, Clearwater after today
(3/22 – Atlanta; 3/24 – Boston; 3/26 – Tampa Bay; 3/28 – Toronto). With the extra week due to the WBC, in terms of calendar days it’s one of the longest Spring Trainings ever, but it seems to have gone by very fast and feels like one of the shortest..

Gauntlett Eldemire was a lead off hitter/base stealer type and was one of the fastest guys in the organization. The poor kid just couldn’t avoid injuries, however.
Australian Tim Kennelly was a infielder for a couple of years in the Phillies system that they tried to convert to a pitcher, unsuccessfully.

They just started try Kennelly on the mound last season. I thought he was a “work in progress” and was going to get a fair shot this year?

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