Honors for Chooch

Congratulations to Chooch, the National League Player of the Week. He surely deserves the honor.
He’s the third Phillies catcher to win the award, joining Bob Boone (1979) and Mike Lieberthal (1999).

Mets Series
A two-game series starts tonight. Phillies hold an all-time edge, 475-417.

Mets, however, led 10-9 last season, including 6-3 at Citizens Bank Park. They have won the last four games.

Cole bids for his 100th career win. The Mets seem to have his number, 13-7.

Former Phillies on the Mets include OF Bobby Abreu and pitching coach Dan Warthen. C Travis d’Arnaud was originally drafted by the Phillies.

Number of the Day
259: Phillies team batting average which is second in the NL, but a distant second. Rockies’ .295 leads.

Minor League Report
Lehigh Valley dropped a 4-2 decision to Pawtucket in 11 innings . . . LP: BJ Rosenberg (0-1), 2 R, 3 H, 2 BB, 2 SO, 1.2 IP. Left game in 11th after being hit on the head by a line drive. According to a media report, BJ said he was fine after the game.

Reading lost its fourth in a row, 8-6, at Portland . . . 2B Carlos Alonso, single, 2 doubles . . . LF Cam Perkins, 2-5 . . . DH Chris Serritella, 1st HR . . . LP: Jesse Biddle (2-3); struggled with control, 48 strikes, 38 balls.

Clearwater dropped its third straight, 6-5, to Brevard County . . . 2B KC Serna, 4 hits . . . CF Peter Lavin, double, HR, 2 RBI . . . LP: Jeb Stefan (1-2).

Lakewood was idle.

Extended Spring Training
Some 40 players participate in this phase of the Phillies baseball development program at Carpenter Complex. The players didn’t make the top four minor league rosters but will be assigned to the Gulf Coast League Phillies or Williamsport when their leagues begin play in June.

Players on rehab at the Complex often play in the games. Ethan Martin threw in a game for the first time yesterday, 1 inning, 1 hit, 18 total pitches. Darin Ruf and Miguel Gonzalez will soon get some game experience before moving to a higher pro level in the rehab process. Among the minor league prospects that are rehabbing and playing are SS Roman Quinn and 3B Mitch Walding.

Games are played Monday through Saturday against teams from the Blue Jays, Yankees and Pirates, meaning road trips to Dunedin, Tampa and Bradenton. Starting time is 1 p.m. except 10 a.m. on Saturday. On occasion, there is no game during the week and the day is listed as a “camp day”. That’s the case for the Phillies tomorrow.

There is no admission charge. On most days, sea gulls out-number spectators.

Stats and records are not kept as the primary purpose is instruction, development and rehab.

Routine schedule:
7:00 a.m.–Players report for breakfast (catered by Lenny’s Restaurant).
8:00 a.m.–Mandatory report time for all players, including those on rehab.
8:15 a.m.–Early work begins with coordinators; early hitting in indoor training facility.
9:30 a.m.–Player orientation.
10:00 a.m.–Stretch/long toss/conditioning.
10:30 a.m.–Fundamental of the day.
11:15 a.m.–Batting practice.
Noon—Lunch break.
1:00 p.m.—Play Ball! 7-inning doubleheaders are played 4 times per week.
4:00 p.m.–Postgame conditioning in weight room.

Tomorrow’s early workout schedule is posted on a bulletin board.

Staff includes Roly deArmas (manager), Rafael DeLima (coach), Steve Schrenk (pitching coach), Troy Hoffert (athletic trainer) and Armando Adame (strength & conditioning coach). The various coordinators will also spend time at EST in addition to visiting the four minor league teams.

This Date
April 29, 1981—Needing three strikeouts to reach 3,000, LHP Steve Carlton strikes out the side in the first inning against the Expos in FOUR minutes at Veterans Stadium.

More flashback moments can be found at http://www.phillies.com/alumni. A vintage photo of fans buying tickets at Baker Bowl is included on the page. Check it out.


The attendance numbers you quoted for the Threshers are highly skewed!

While Friday had over 7,000, you did not note that it was Brighthouse customer appreciation night, where up to four people got FREE admission by showing their cable bill. They also had fireworks. Saturday, was another huge promotion where prior to game was a police softball game benefit where participants and their families pushed attendance over 6,000. Again they had fireworks.

Dunedin’s game had no promotions and was at 1 on Sunday. In the heat of sunny, humid day.

The threshers have approximately 700 season ticket holders which if you look at last nights attendance of just under 1,400, meaning that likely only 1000 went through the gates. There was also a promotion, “feeding frenzy” billed as all you can eat for $12. Which, on face value looked like a good deal.

Using those games as a bell weather skews actual data.

Baseball Besty: Thanks for your comment. Give Clearwater credit for promoting, Do understand the 1 p.m. Sunday game in Dunedin but still 387 is a very low figure. Thursday evening game in Dunedin was 570. Not picking on Dunedin, have friends there and some very good restaurants.

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