Every Fifth Day is a Halladay

Today, Roy Halladay did not make the trip to Sarasota with the team, he stayed here to pitch in the AAA game against the Blue Jays.

It caused such a stir that the players from the AA game on the other field peered through the fence just to watch him warm up!

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I can’t say he’s doing well so far, he’s given up 3 runs in 3 innings, 2 walks, hit a batter, we also estimate he threw about 70 pitches.

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Carlos Ruiz was catching.

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Delmon Young is batting every inning.

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I’m enjoying myself. There’s nothing better than a day in the stands, sitting with friends and baseball. This is the life.

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One of My Favorite Things

As I’ve written before, one of my favorite things is watching a player start playing and see him climb up the ranks.

I first saw Jesse Biddle pitch in his very first professional game in Williamsport. ( you can read the story HERE).

Back on that first night he played they had auctioned off the jerseys and Jesse’s had gone for over $200 so it was a little too rich for my blood so I didn’t win. I’d thought about it over the years and really wished I had been able to get it.

So one evening near the end of last season I had wandered into the Diamond Outfitters store and there it was…Jesse’s 4th of July Threshers jersey! It made a great birthday present.

As I had gotten to know Jesse a little over the summer I kept meaning to ask him to sign it, but soon the season was over and I missed my chance.

Today, I remembered to bring it with me and he was kind enough to sign it.

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Close up

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Next up: getting it framed!

Updated Work Group

The most recent work group list is in. This is after this weekends cuts.

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What a great day for baseball

It was a great day for baseball. The sun was shining, a cool breeze, two games to watch…ahh, this life is good.

Derrick Mitchell went 3 for 4 with an RBI and a stolen base.

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Derrick Mitchell on his way to steal second.

Kyle Kendrick pitched four innings today in the AAA game.

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They had the minor league pitchers in to practice bunting in scoring situations.

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Austin Wright prepares to bunt.

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Jesse Biddle smiles after successfully executing a sacrifice bunt.

It was just a great day for baseball.

Updated Spring Training list

First round of “shuffling” is complete:

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Minor League Game Schedule

I was asked earlier tonight if the minor leagues had a schedule available online. If they do, Baseball Ross and I are not aware of it.

However, we do have a “connection” i.e. we know the guy who guards the door to the offices at the Complex and he always takes good care of us, schedule and player group list-wise.

So here is the schedule as we have it:

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2013 Spring Training Work Groups List Released

The 2013 Spring Training Working Groups list has been released:

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