Tuned In



Standing by the third base dugout, Phillies broadcasters watch, observe, witness batting practice at Bright House Field.  Three weeks from today they will be enjoying a day off in Cincinnati.  The Phillies and Reds begin the season the day before (April 4) at 4:10 p.m. Game on ComcastSportsnet.

Minor league games begin this afternoon, at Carpenter Complex, Blue Jays AAA and AA clubs there while two Phillies A teams go to Dunedin.  Tomorrow, AAA and AA games are against the Pirates at the complex . . . Thursday is a camp day.  All games are 1 p.m. . . . Lefty Jim Kaat is in camp as a guest instructor.  He’ll be there for Sunday’s Alumni Day . . . Another former Phillies lefty, Randy Wolf, announced his retirement last week. Wolf won the first game in Houston’s Enron Field and lost the Citizens Bank Park inaugural game . . . Under the direction of Larry Bowa, Scott Rolen will be in camp Thursday morning to work with Maikel Franco.

Bullpen Notes
Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com reported over the weekend that non-roster reliever Edward Mujica has a clause in his contract that he can be released if he’s not added to the 40-man roster by March 26. Ernesto Frieri has the same agreement.  His date is March 31.

Two pitchers who are out of options are RH Jeanmar Gomez and LH Brett Oberholtzer.

Lens Gem

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The half-field on the west side of Bright House Field includes some mounds where pitchers often get extra work daily in the mornings.  Miles Kennedy, Phillies photographer.

Spring Training Memories
Matt Stairs, OF, 2008-09; Phillies Broadcaster
“My first big league camp was 1989 with the Montreal Expos in West Palm Beach, FL. It was their big league camp.  My wife and I lived in an apartment across the street from the park.

“The thing I liked about spring training was learning a lot of hitting and fielding tips from major league players. Also being around players I watched on TV

“Dislike- when I got sent to minor league camp you were just like everyone else, fighting for a job towards a minor league team. I was only in minor league camp over my career for maybe 2 weeks.”

Phun Fact
Two pennant winners trained at Clearwater Athletic Field, the 1941 Brooklyn Dodgers and 1950 Phillies.

Vintage Gem

Brooklyn Dodgers manager Casey Stengel and Phillies skipper, Jimmy Wilson, shake hands before a spring training game at Clearwater Athletic Field on May 12, 1936.  The Dodgers trained in Clearwater then while the Phillies were in Winter Haven. An outfielder, Stengel played for the Phillies in 1920-21. Photo, courtesy of Bob Warrington.

Book Signing
I’m scheduled to sign my new book, The Fightin’ Phillies: 100 Years of Philadelphia Baseball from the Whiz Kids to the Misfits, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., this Friday, March 18, at Bright House Field.  First opportunity to buy the book.

Blog Fact
Today’s the 1,900 blog.  The first one was March 20, 2006. Thanks for reading.  Hope you didn’t fall asleep……too often.

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