What Is It?

If a security camera is your guess, you are half right.  It is a camera but it is used in video coaching in the Phillies minor league system.  This one is mounted on the batter’s eye on the Richie Ashburn field at the Carpenter Complex.  All four fields at the complex are equipped with four cameras, of which one is in center field.

This particular camera can also be used to tape infield workouts on the half field at Bright House Field located directly behind the Ashburn field.

Each minor league ballpark in the Phillies system is also equipped with four stationary cameras.  Lehigh Valley and Reading may have more camera angles as AAA and AA will have some games on television.

Video coaching is another tool for minor league managers and coaches to use in instructing and developing players.  The Phillies have roving instructors who visit different teams.  The video is highly beneficial to them.  The system allows the Phillies to build a complete video library of every minor league player.

The video system also allows the Phillies to build a library of minor league players in other organizations. Should the Phillies face a pitcher just brought up from the minors, the hitters can watch video. Before, the Phillies manager would call a minor league manager to see if his team faced this certain pitcher.  A verbal report was the best case scenario.

The Phillies video coaching staff includes Kevin Camiscioli (Manager), Marc Sigismondo (Coordinator), Brett Gross (Representative, Minor League Operations) and a video intern on each minor league club.

Wheels’ Clearwater Report
Interesting to see Pete use the squeeze play.  We don’t have much power right now and have to manufacture runs.  It (squeeze) has to be the right combination…base runner and batter.  It is a weapon that can be used but not over used.

It was great seeing the Alumni here on Sunday.  While it was a smaller group than we have for Alumni Day at Citizens Bank Park, they brought back memories.  When you see them you remember the many good seasons we’ve had.

Hope we get Herrera back in the lineup soon so he can be there on opening day. He’s such a good hitter.  He and Maikel are a pretty good one-two punch. Herrera’s also a good person in the clubhouse and on the bench.  While he’s not been playing, he’s been on the bench, chatting, high-fiving and tossing balls to fans.

While it wasn’t in the box score after Tuesday’s game against the Twins, it should have been, Error-Wheeler.  Doing the PA is pretty non-stop during the game.  There are a lot of announcements between innings and tons of lineup changes.  Craig (Hughner, Coordinator, Baseball Communications) does a great job with all the lineup changes.
Phil Hughes was pitching for Minnesota and I thought he said Ryan Pressly was coming in the game so I announced him.  Craig leaned over, “Hughes is still pitching. James Russell is coming in to pitch for us.” I misunderstood Russell for Pressly.  Later in the game, the Twins did bring in Pressly so I said, “now officially pitching for the Twins, number 57, Ryan Pressley.”  Worst part of making the mistake?  It gave Bowa ammunition to bury me.  I reminded him of box scores with E-Bowa.

Drying Time

Each uniform is washed at Bright House Field following every game and then hung to dry. Phil Sheridan, Manager, Home Clubhouse, and oversees the washing of the uniforms. One year Phil figured he did over 3,000 loads of laundry counting spring training and the regular season.

Minor league games continue at 1 every afternoon through April 1 at the Carpenter Complex. Exception is this Saturday when the games start at 10 in the morning.  The games are followed by a meeting in which the rosters will be discussed.  Releases are always possible.

Lens Gem

Another gem from Phillies photographer Miles Kennedy.

Opening Day Phun Fact
April 19, 1900: Phillies win at Boston, 19-17, in 10 innings in the highest scoring opener in baseball history. Boston tied the game by scoring nine in the last of the ninth.

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