Rookie to Disney

Third basemen past and present chat around the batting cage.

Off To Disney
Severino Gonzalez, a 22-year-old Panamanian right-handed pitcher, climbed aboard the Phillies 8 a.m. bus this morning.  Destination: Disney World.  No, he’s not going vacationing.  The Braves hold spring training there and Gonzalez is starting for the Phillies.  Aaron Harang, today’s scheduled starter, remained in Clearwater to get his work in a Class A minor league game at Carpenter Complex this afternoon. So, Gonzalez made the trip and will be pitching on ESPN TV.

On Friday, another pitcher from Carpenter Complex will be on the mound for the Phillies (the Yankees at Bright House Field).  Say hello to 21-year-old Aaron Nola, last year’s #1 selection in the draft.

A look to the future.

Five Phillies are out of options meaning they need to clear waivers before they can be sent back to the minors: Cesar Hernandez, Freddy Galvis, Justin De Fratus, Andy Oliver and Phillippe Aumont.  Galvis and De Fratus are sure shots to make the club.  Oliver is a rule 5 selection.

Something like 135 players are out of options throughout baseball camps this spring.

My 2 Cents
Media opinions on trading Cole are all over the place.

We are wrong for not trading him earlier.  We should trade him now before he gets hurt.  We should wait until the trading deadline to deal him.  We should lower our demands. We should stick to our demands. We should pay a portion of his salary.

If a trade does happen, I suppose we will be wrong for not getting a better deal.

Spring Training Phun Fact
ICYMI: Molitor and Sandberg yesterday became the first Hall of Famers to manage against each other on the major league level.  They threw out the first ball in tandem. The ball from the first pitch of the game was signed by both and is on its way to Cooperstown.

Spring Training Memories
Scott Franzke (Broadcaster 2006-)
“My first spring training memory came during my junior year at SMU.  Two buddies and I decided to make spring training our spring break so we started driving from Dallas to Florida after the last class on Friday.  We were non-stop with three of us taking turns. We got to Winter Haven where the Red Sox trained. The game was sold out so we wound up buying standing room. We spent two-three days in Florida, staying in the cheapest motels we could find and then drove back to Dallas.

“As far as my first big league camp, 2002 with the Rangers, their last spring in Port Charlotte.  I did the pre- and post-game show on KRLD radio and was a fill-in play-by-play announcer.  My first broadcast ever was the Phillies and Rangers.  Vincente Padilla started for the Phillies.

“What do I like about spring training?  Since living in Philadelphia, the warm weather is definitely appealing.  What don’t I like? This may sound strange, Clearwater Beach traffic.”

100 Years Ago

Orange Grove Fun
Phillies players would often sneak away from spring training in Coffee Pot Park to the orange groves to supplement their meager lunches. Bert Adams, George Chalmers and Oscar Dugey are having fun in one of the groves. Photo: Bob Warrington collection.


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