Nothing like launching the holiday shopping season this Saturday, December 5, at the Majestic Clubhouse Store in Citizens Bank Park. The guest list includes Phanta Claus, the Galapagos Gang, Charlie Manuel, Mickey Morandini, Tom McCarthy, Larry Andersen, Scott Franzke, Chris Wheeler and real, live reindeer.
Plus, a tour of the Phillies clubhouse that is decorated for the holidays. Oh, the tour is for people only, not reindeer. Sorry, Rudolph.
Seems like a bonanza for selfies. Hey, turn your selfie into your holiday card.
For complete details, visit http://www.phillies.com/events.
Third Waiver Claim
Right-handed reliever Michael Mariot, 27, was claimed on waivers by the Phillies from Kansas City, who designated him for assignment when finalizing the 40-man roster on November 20. He’s the third right-handed reliever the Phillies have added via waivers as Matt Klentak stock piles bullpen inventory.
Mariot’s career minor league numbers: 26-17, 3.34, 179 games (31 starts), 27 saves, 392 strikeouts, 118 walks in 420.2 innings. Included was the 2011 season for the Wilmington Blue Rocks. He was up and down with the Royals three times in 2014 and twice this past season while pitching in AAA for the Omaha Storm Chasers. His career big league numbers: 1-0, 6.11 for 19 appearances.
Steve Adams of http://www.MLBTradeRumors.com reported Mariot throws a fast ball (91-92 range), slider and change-up.
Mariot was a starter and reliever for three years at the University of Nebraska. He was drafted in the eighth round following his junior year in 2010. The following draft, the Phillies selected one of his teammates in the fourth round, Cody Asche.
Did You Know?
Everybody knows the Phillies finished with the most losses in the majors last season, 99.
Their percentage was .389. Well, that is tops in 2015 among the four Philadelphia sports teams, Flyers, Eagles and 76ers.
This gem surfaced on the ComcastSportsnet Eagles post-game show on Thanksgiving. Comment was made by Governor Ed Rendell, one of the four regulars on the show.
The Fightin’ Phillies: 100 Years of Philadelphia Baseball from the Whiz Kids to the Misfits is the title of my new book which will be available starting April 1, 2016, in book stores and on-line. Larry Andersen wrote a hilarious foreword. Publisher again is Triumph Books (triumphbooks.com).
Spring training is a baseball ritual that takes place every February and March in the sunny south. But, it wasn’t always that way. According to available records, spring training for the Phillies from 1883-1901 took place in Philadelphia. Through 1946, they bounced around, including three World War II years in which the government forced the team to train near home. But, in 1947, the Phillies supplanted the Cleveland Indians in Clearwater, FL, and they have been there ever since. By now you may have guessed there’s a chapter on spring training and the Phillies three homes, Clearwater Athletic Field, Jack Russell Stadium and Bright House Field.