Now 2 More Weeks
Countdown to spring training now is down to two weeks from today. In their 70th spring training in Clearwater, the Phillies have the finest set-up in Florida with Carpenter Complex and next door Bright House Field. Both are located between Route 19 and Old Coachman Road.
One of the many daily drills is PFP, pitchers fielding practice. There’s a vintage photo on http://www.phillies.com/alumni of Tommy Qualters covering first base during PFP in 1956 at Clearwater Athletic Field. Even though Jack Russell Stadium was in its second year, the Phillies held a rookie mini-camp prior to spring training that year at the old ballpark.
On the same webpage is an interesting story on Glenn Wilson by Paul Hagen. Wilson confides to Hagen that he had some serious problems while playing for the Phillies. Strange as “Glen-bo” was one of the fun guys to be around.
Another New Arm
So who is this fella? A big dude, 245 pounds on a 6-foor-3 frame. Has been strictly a reliever with the Cubs and Mariners on a limited basis. In nine minor league seasons, he started and relieved. His last start was 2012. He was originally signed by Seattle out of Venezuela, traded to the Cubs and then claimed on waivers by the Pirates on December 23. He features a four-seam fastball, an average of 92 mph.
By my count, he’s pitcher #37 in camp. He’ll be in Clearwater instead of Bradenton and Biddle will be in Bradenton instead of Clearwater. Pronunciation: yo-AIR-vees meh-DEE-nah.