One of the best things about Fall Instructional League is the weather. The last few weeks of Gulf Coast League were brutal, mid nineties every day, 90-100% humidity, no breezes. The games started at noon and by one, you felt fried.
Fast forward a few weeks FIL starts at one, the temps are mid-eighties, humidity is mid-eighties and the breeze is fantastic. They also have been holding the games at Bright House which allows for seats and shade. Baseball life couldn’t get much better.
The baseball? Well it’s, well, interesting. The players are here to work on pieces of their game so the emphasis is on the instruction not winning. Pitchers that were lights out look like their struggling because they may not be allowed to use their “good” pitches.
It’s also time for scouts to check out talent as you can see by the large number of scouts in the stands today:
I don’t mind who wins or loses. I’ve gotten to know quite a few of the young players and I quite enjoy watching them learn and progress. It’s also better than what happens in just a few weeks—the end of all of the seasons. That dark dearth of time between the World Series and Spring Training. Well, there is Australian baseball and Baseball Ross and I have gotten up at 3 am to watch some games but it’s not the same.
Players seen on the field today:
Aaron Altherr, Jan Hernandez, Jose Puljols, Art Charles, Andrew Pullin, Nick Hanson, Carlos Duran, JP Crawford, Larry Greene, Ricardo Pinto, Cord Sandberg, Devi Grullon, Jesse Therrien, Willians Astudillo, Dylan Cozens, Nefi Ogando, Tyler Buckley, Danny Child
Final Score: Phillies 9, Tigers 7
TOMORROW’S PHILLIES FIL GAME AGAINST THE PIRATES WILL BE AT BRIGHT HOUSE NOT PIRATE CITY…GAME TIME 1pm
Players in the stands:
Feliberto Sanchez, Shane Watson, Ranfi Casimiro, Luis Encarnacion, Roman Quinn
(There’s more but I can’t see all the names on jerseys)