Minor league camp number increased to 153 when INF Chase d’Arnaud and OF Darin Mastroianni were reassigned to the Carpenter Complex after Wednesday’s game. That leaves 42 players in the major league camp with seven more games in Florida after today.
Games continue daily at Carpenter Complex through April 3. Two games every day at 1 p.m. with the exception of this Saturday when games begin at 10 a.m. Staff then meets to begin assigning players to four minor league teams and probably cut some players. Lehigh Valley, Reading and Lakewood fly north on April 4. Clearwater Threshers walk 400 feet from the complex to their clubhouse at Bright House Field that same day. Players that don’t make those four rosters will remain at Carpenter Complex in extended spring training. SS J.P. Crawford is sidelined for 4-6 weeks with an oblique strain.
Phillies will fly north after the Thursday, April 2, game to face the Pirates in the annual On Deck Series. Those games at Citizens Bank Park are Friday, April 3 (7:05 p.m.) and Saturday, April 4 (1:05 p.m.).
MLB Network with Harold Reynolds will be in camp on Friday for interviews.
WIP’s Josh Innes and Tony Brown will be on the air live from the Tiki Bar Friday at 1 p.m., which is game time against the Yankees.
Saturday is a long bus ride south to Naples for a game with the Twins. Long as in 2 hours, 45 minutes. Back home Sunday afternoon against the Tigers. Then in Bradenton vs. the Pirates on Monday.
Home plate looks as if it ground but it isn’t. Rather it is artificial turf that looks like ground. The two mounds at the far end are made of ground and clay. Green grass is real. Twelve high, patio-like chairs are available for each team. Six red umbrellas, sponsored by Budwiser, provide some shade.
One person, security’s Rand Stollmack, is in charge of the bullpen. His day for a game day begins at 9:30 a.m. and ends about 30 minutes after the last out. Most game day employees receive a break, which allows for some food or beverages. Rand doesn’t get a break. How about lunch? Pointing to a small blue cooler, “I bring my own lunch.” Today’s menu? “Peanut butter and jelly sandwich.”
Spring Training Phun Fact
The Carpenter Complex clubhouse was named the Paul Owens Training Facility in 2012 in honor of the man whose vision led to the building of the complex which opened in 1967.
Spring Training Memories
Brett Myers (RHP, 2002-2009)
“First minor league camp was 15 years ago at Carpenter Field. Stayed in the Econ-O-Lodge and roomed with Russ Jacobson, a catcher. My memory of my first day was like the first day of school, excited and nervous. Minor league spring training wasn’t the easiest work days back then so there wasn’t much to like about it. You spend all day at the field. When games started we had to do pitching charts and the radar gun and sometimes didn’t get home until 6 p.m. and then had to wake up and do it all over again. It was Groundhog Day. I guess the best thing was when it was over and the season started. Big league spring training was fun because it was like a mini-vacation for our families. The days weren’t as long and we were able to spend time with teammates and our families. Loved when the regular season games started, especially the home games. The support we got from fans in Philly made every season feel like it was going to be a winning one.”