Big Day Tomorrow
A dozen infielders and outfielders have their physicals today and then tomorrow spring drills begin for 58 players wearing Phillies uniforms. Six weeks from tomorrow, the season opens: Red Sox vs. Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Opening day roster limit is 25.
Four fields (Ashburn, Roberts, Carlton and Schmidt) at Carpenter Complex plus Bright House Field will be in use.
8:00 a.m., Ryne oversees a meeting of his staff and all the instructors to review the schedule. This happens every morning.
8:30 a.m., players are due to report but they’ll be there plenty early.
9:15 a.m., team meeting with introduction of non-uniform personnel, general rules and policies.
10:15 a.m., bunt defense on Schmidt field for everyone.
11 a.m., pitchers long toss on Schmidt, position players on Ashburn.
11:20 a.m., team fundamentals, two groups, Schmidt and Ashburn fields again.
11:25 a.m., groups 1 and 2 pitchers begin warming for live batting practice. Six catchers in camp get to warm up the pitchers, a chore they face daily.
11:45 a.m., live batting practice for four groups of hitters; Ashburn, Schmidt, Carlton and Roberts fields.
12:10 p.m., pitchers conditioning at Bright House Field.
12:20 p.m., staff batting practice on all four fields. Staff meaning coaches and instructors in camp. Guest instructors are not required to throw BP!
12:50 p.m., defensive work. Infielders on Ashburn, outfielders on Roberts and catchers on Carlton.
1:25 p.m., conditioning for position players on Ashburn field.
Additional one-on-one sessions with certain players can continue following conditioning.
Fans are welcome to attend the workouts. Parking is free and there’s no admission charge. Bleachers are available at Carpenter Complex and fans can wonder around to catch what’s going on each field. Food and souvenirs are available at Carpenter Complex. The Diamond Outfitters store at Bright House Field is also open.
You’ll read about Chase Utley’s media session later on phillies.com. He’s meeting with the media after today’s workout.
Players are drifting into the multi-purpose room near the clubhouse these days to tape video features for Phanavision during the season. Phillie Phanatic has a photo shoot today. Not sure the subject but I’m often unsure of Phanatic’s doings. Life must have been boring before the Phanatic came into being in 1978.
The year is 2004 and the two Paul Owens Award winners are in the big league camp. You might not recognize them because of their uniform numbers: Cole Hamels (79) and Ryan Howard (65).
Darren Daulton stopped by Bright House Field on Sunday and spent time chatting with Mike Schmidt. If you haven’t read it, Todd Zolecki’s story on Daulton being cancer free is a must.