After a W and L on Sunday, one of those split-squad days, it is back to one game Monday and Tuesday and the lone day off of spring training on Wednesday. Pirates in town today, Rays tomorrow. Cole is pitching today bringing out a flock of scouts.
Continuing a tradition started in the late 1970s by the late Tug McGraw, Phillies will wear green jerseys on Tuesday, St. Patrick’s Day.
144 minor league players are now playing four games a day, two every day at Carpenter Complex. Wednesday is a camp day so there won’t be any Phillies games that day at all. But, fans can still watch the workouts that start at 10 in the morning.
115 Fans had brunch this morning at Bright House Field as part of Spring Training USA. Scott Palmer was the MC.
Wes Whittington, a Phillies game-day employee for 50 years back in Philly, will be honored pre-game today.
Susan Ingersoll-Papaneri (Director, Baseball Administration) met with minor league players early this morning to review their medical insurance programs.
Larry Christenson and Rex Hudler were camp visitors on Sunday. LC is in Tampa for business. Rex is a TV commentator for the Royals in Arizona but they do only two spring training telecasts so he came east with two of his sons.
Still awaiting more RSVP’s for Saturday’s Alumni Day. Gates open at 10:30. Several Alumni will sign autographs from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. All Alums will be introduced on the field starting a 12:45 p.m. Blue Jays are at Bright House Field that day.
Birthdays today: INF Abraham Nunez (39) and RHP Charles Hudson (56).
100 Years Ago
A rookie manager named Pat Moran led the Phillies to their first pennant. You can read all about Moran at http://www.phillies.com/alumni.
Dick Allen set a Phillies spring training record with 9 home runs in 1964. Ryan Howard broke the record in 2006 with 11.
Spring Training Memories
Doug Clemens (OF, 1966-1968)
“Having signed with the Cardinals in August 1960 and going to the big leagues the next month, my first spring training actually started at the major league level for a few weeks the following spring in St. Petersburg. I was starry-eyed being on the same field with the likes of Stan Musial, Bob Gibson, Kenny Boyer, Bill White, Curt Flood. Stayed at a motel and roomed with Tim McCarver. I was sent down to the Cardinals’ minor league camp in Homestead, FL, after two-three weeks.
“My first day memory was just seeing this amazing sight of ball fields littered with what seemed like hundreds of players. A sight I’ll never forget! There were instructors and coaches with megaphones, yelling and screaming as we were assembled on different fields by team. What I didn’t like about spring training was that regardless of how hard you tried to be in good condition for spring training, it didn’t seem to work. Working indoors in the north could not match the outdoor surroundings and physical activities presented at spring training. Getting in shape that first spring resulted in numerous aches and pains along the way.”
Yep, Bull’s BBQ has made it south from Citizens Bank Park to Bright House Field. Menu here is a bit more limited. Unlike Philly, Bull is not there to sign autographs although he will be among the Alumni signing on Saturday.
Jesse Biddle, Adam Morgan, Ethan Martin, John Hester, Sean O’Sullivan and Aaron Altherr were assigned to Carpenter Complex this morning. OF Xavier Paul was released.