The grass is still green. No snow…yet. The concourses have been power washed. The lockers in the Phillies clubhouse are empty. Up on the suite level behind home plate is a large room, named the Board Room. Every other Tuesday morning, a business staff meeting is held there. Department heads and many others spend a couple of hours planning for 2015. As many as 40-45 persons will line the large table and chairs that rim the room.
Baseball operations traditionally start the meeting with updates including highlights of players in the winter league, dates of the winter meetings and Rule 5 draft, medical updates, changes in the development, training and scouting staffs.
Sales updates and plans include season ticket campaign, suites, group, theme nights, community nights. Other departments that participate include Finance, Marketing/Sales, Marketing/Advertising, Events, Communications, Ballpark Enterprises, Human Resource, Facility Management and Administration/Operations.
Copies of the minutes are provided to every employee at Citizens Bank Park.
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Spring training tickets for the public go on sale starting December 8. Three days later, group sales begins. Tickets to individual games during next year’s home schedule go on sale starting February 19, coinciding with the start of spring training.
Next year’s Phillies Charities 5K will take place on March 28. Sales will take place on phillies.com, beginning at 9 a.m. on January 12. Last year, 5,500 runners registered.
Tentative plans are in the works for a first-ever Phillies Bike Race/Ride for next year.
Plans for the various promotions are in the early stage and will continue for the next two-three months. Being digested is how the Phillies will celebrate their first pennant-winning team 100 years ago. After finishing sixth in 1914, the Phillies won the pennant the next season.
The first ever clubhouse sleepover will be held this Saturday night, one of the many items that was part of the Phillies Phantastic Auction inventory last spring. A secret bidder bid over $4,500 and has given the experience to four children from CHOP, along with friends and siblings.
Over 120 fans will attend the Breakfast with Phillie Phanatic on Saturday in the Diamond Club. That afternoon a Bar Mitzvah will take place in the Hall of Fame Club.
As was announced during the World Series, Jimmy Rollins was the co-recipient of the 2014 Roberto Clemente Award. The Rollins Family Foundation will receive $30,000 and
a Chevrolet vehicle as part of the Award. This is in addition to a $7,500 donation the Foundation received for Jimmy’s initial nomination. Previous Phillies winners were Greg Luzinski (1978) and Garry Maddox (1986).
The winterization of the ballpark has started. Plumbers have shut off the water in Suites 30-70 and the main concourse. Electricians have turned on the heaters in concession stands and carpenters have installed snow poles in Harry the K’s and Bull’s BBQ.
Will the snow poles be recycled into baseball bats or toothpicks?