Here and There
Quote of the Day
“We’ve got to walk the tightrope now without a net, but our guys aren’t afraid of walking the tightrope without a net. We fall off and we’re dead. But we win today, nobody’s got a net. It’s going to be winner take all. So we think it’s going to be fun,”
Kansas City manager Ned Yost.
October 28, 2009
WS #1 at New York: Chase Utley hits two home runs and Cliff Lee tosses a complete
game, six-hit 6-1 win over the Yankees in the opener.
Everyone in the baseball phase and top management positions with the Phillies is spending three days of organization meetings in Clearwater. It started Monday morning and wraps up in the middle of Wednesday afternoon. Everything is held at Carpenter Field and Bright House Field. Monday and Tuesday sessions began at 8 a.m. and ended at 7 p.m. No tee times; all business.
Departmental sessions the first two days include a thorough review of every player in the system from the Dominican League to the major leagues. General sessions include topics from the human resource department. For Johnny Almaraz, the new scouting director and Rafael Chaves, new minor league pitching coordinator, is it an opportunity to get acquainted.
Wednesday’s sessions are broken down into pro scouting, free agent scouting, player development, major league staff, medical staff and international group. The wheels of change for this off-seasons are slowly beginning to turn.
Winter Ball News
CF Roman Quinn and RH reliever Nefi Ogando have been selected to play in the Arizona Fall League All-Star game this Saturday, 5 p.m. MST. MLB Network will televise the game.
In his first 14 games, Quinn has stolen 10 bases in 11 tries to lead the AFL. Hit his first home run last night. The 21-year-old switch-hitter was a second round selection in 2011. Barring injuries, he could be knocking on the major league doors in 2016 or 2017. Ogando is a 25-year-old reliever acquired from the Red Sox in 2013 foe John McDonald.
Elsewhere: Venezuela: SS Freddy Galvis, OF Cam Perkins, LHP Cesar Jimenez, OF Aaron Altherr . . . Dominican: 3B Maikel Franco, 1B-OF Darin Ruf, RHR Hector Neris . . . Mexico: C Sebastian Valle.
Our deepest sympathy is extended to the families of two Alumni who recently passed away.
Lou Lucier, the second-oldest surviving Phillies Alumnus, died in Millbury, MA, on October 18 at age 96. He pitched for the Phillies in 1944-45.
Ed Keegan, right-handed pitcher signed in 1957 out of Haddonfield (NJ) School, died on October 19 at age 75. He broke in the majors as a 20-year-old in 1959. He also pitched for the Phillies in 1962 and Kansas City A’s in 1961.
Wednesday: LHP Pat Combs (48), RHP Gary Neibauer (70) . . . Thursday: OF Laynce Nix (34), RHP David Coggin (38), RHP Mark Portugal (52) . . . Friday: OF David Dellucci (41) . . . Saturday: LHP Fernando Valenzuela (54), OF Gary Redus (58) . . . Sunday: RHP Ron Reed (72) . . . Monday: RHP Paul Quantrill (46).
Why are Terry Mulholland and Roy Halladay smiling? Answers can be found at
Phillies have turned two unassisted triple plays in franchise history, both by second basemen, Mickey Morandini (1992) and Eric Bruntlett (2009).