Odds ‘n Ends
Ruben and Ryno continue to discuss a coaching staff this week. Both head to Clearwater early next week to catch a glimpse of the Florida Instructional League which ends October 11. Ruben will oversee an organization meeting in Clearwater at the end of this month (27-30)—scouting, player development, athletic trainers/flexibility trainers, Ryno and his coaches and baseball administration staff will participate.
After being shut down for the month of September, Marti Wolever and his scouting staff are currently watching instructional league games in Florida and Arizona, college scout days, fall showcases and amateur leagues that play in the fall.
First moves in re-shaping the roster came when pitchers Tyler Cloyd (Cleveland) and Raul Valdez (Houston) were claimed on waivers yesterday. It is common for teams to ask waivers on players at this time of the season. Next month, teams will have to finalize their 40-man winter roster.
Everyone knows the Phillies struggled offensively this season. They weren’t alone.
In figures just out……the combined batting average in the majors this season was .253, lowest since .244 in 1972.
Phillies will have six players in the Arizona Fall League–OF Aaron Altherr, OF Kelly Dugan, RHP Ken Giles, RHP Mike Nesseth, RHP Kyle Simon and LHP Austin Wright reported to the Peoria Javelinas yesterday. Schedule runs from October 8 through November 14. You can follow the league on http://www.MLBFallBall.com.
Phillies will also have players in winter leagues in Venezuela (season starts October 10) and the Dominican Republic (October 18). Names will come later.
Around the Park
Maintenance and winterization work has begun throughout the park, including power washing the entire seating bowl. Batting practice for season ticket holders continues the next two days. Once that is out of the way, work will begin on prepping the field for the winter.
Tours of the ballpark, including the clubhouse, will continue during the off season (215 218 5360).
Meetings, wedding receptions, birthday parties, holiday parties can be held at the park. For details, call 215 218-5100.
Never thought I’d root for the Pirates but got to pull for a Pennsylvania team.
Phillies flavor on the Pirates include Marlon Byrd (outfielder), Nick Leyva (third base coach), Bob Walk (broadcaster) and Kent Tekulve (pre- and post-game radio).
Trivia question: Who was the starting centerfielder for the Phillies when Citizens Bank Park opened in 2004?
Day-by-day great moments in Phillies history can be found on http://www.phillies.com/alumni.
Check it out.