What Is A Half Field?

half field


What you see is a half field, which probably raises a question, “What’s a half field?” Glad you asked.

Well, there’s no outfield which is why it is called a half field….I guess.  It is a place where infielders can work on defense (fielding grounders, throwing, turning double plays), pitchers can do their PFP drills (pitchers fielding practice, pick offs) and catchers can work on refining their skills in blocking balls in the dirt, always a fun drill.  It also a place that children of players will use sometimes while waiting for dad after games.

Where is this place?  Glad you asked.  It is located on the west side of Bright House Field, opposite the entrance to the Phillies offices and clubhouse.

Day 3 is pretty much like the first two days.  This pattern will continue the next two days.  Sunday, the Phillies play the University of Tampa at 1:05 p.m. at Bright House.

Major League Baseball schedules photo days in each camp. For the Phillies that day is tomorrow. Wire services, licensees and networks will set up stations in the Bright House Field in-door batting cages as well as locations outside. Players will parade through starting as early as 6:30 a.m.  Ever try smiling for a photographer at that hour?

Players and their wives will began posing for a new Phillies Cookbook tomorrow and continue on Saturday.  Community Outreach is in charge of the product which will go on sale at Citizens Bank Park during the season.

The annual Clearwater Chamber of Commerce reception will be held at 5 p.m. tomorrow in the party suites at Bright House Field.  Club executives and a handful of players will attend.

Saturday morning features Major League Baseball oral cancer screening for all players. That night, Chase Utley will be honored at the annual Clearwater For Youth banquet.

Aaron Rowand arrives in camp on Sunday and will be a guest instructor until March 8.

Monday morning begins with domestic violence training for players, coaches and staff, something that MLB is scheduling for each camp.  Workout that day will be shortened for the annual team golf outing in the afternoon.

A new video board and side LED “ribbon” display will be ready for Sunday’s game with the U. of Tampa.  The board is larger, brighter and will offer more video features.

Check out the video on this site for complete details including the debut of some Citizens Bank Park food favorites in spring training.  Two of Bull’s BBQ’s sandwiches are among the new items.

Phun Fact
Greg Luzinski hit the most upper deck home runs in Veterans Stadium history, eight.  His first big league home run landed in the upper deck in left field.  He also is the only player to hit a home run off the Philadelphia Phil and Phyllis/Liberty Bell home run display in dead center field.

Book Signings
**March 7, Dallas Green, The Mouth That Roared; 11:45 a.m. to 12.45 p.m.

**March 13, I’ll be signing my book, If These Walls Could Talk; 11:45 a.m. to 121>45 p.m.

**March 21, Dallas Green, The Mouth That Roared; 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Bright House Field, Main Concourse, third base side.

Just Wondering
During photo day tomorrow how many times will photographers say “cheese”? Which raises the question, what do photographers say when they are taking pictures of cheese?

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