3 More Weeks

Three more weeks until pitchers and catchers take the field to begin the Phillies’ 70th spring training in Clearwater.  Pete Mackanin will greet 36 pitchers and seven catchers and put them through their first workout at Carpenter Complex on February 18.

MLBPipeline’s list of top 10 minor league shortstop prospects lists J. P. Crawford second.  Jim Callis wrote:

“Several teams regret passing on Carl Crawford’s cousin in the 2013 Draft, when he somehow lasted 16 picks despite projecting as an all-around shortstop who undoubtedly would stick at the position. Though Crawford has just average speed, he has tremendous range to go with soft hands and a strong arm, and he’s also a mature hitter who controls the strike zone and owns some gap power.”

ICYMI Jorge Alfaro was listed #3 among catching prospects and Mike Kingery, #10 at second base.

Larry Bowa is being inducted into the Sacramento Sports Hall of Fame on Saturday . . . Chairman David Montgomery will be honored with the Ed Snider Lifetime Distinguished Humanitarian Award at the Philadelphia Sports Writers Association Dinner being on Monday at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Cherry Hill, NJ.

Book shelf
The Champions of Philadelphia: The Greatest Eagles, Phillies, Sixers, and Flyers Teams Ever.  By Rich Westcott.  Foreword by Pat Williams.  Skyhorse Publishing.  Just published.

Legends of the Philadelphia Phillies: Steve Carlton, Tug McGraw, Mike Schmidt and Other Phillies Stars.  By Bob Gordon.  February 2016

The Fightin’ Phillies: 100 Years of Philadelphia Baseball from the Whiz Kids to the Misfits. By Larry Shenk.  Foreword by Larry Andersen.  Triumph Books.  April 2016.

Herb Pennock: Baseball’s Faultless Pitcher.  By Keith Craig.  April 2016.


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