This is the part of spring training where in many aspects, it’s hard to write a narrative of where a team is going to be. This week is sort of a “limbo”for the players. There are way too many players in camp and the minor leaguers who are on the major league roster have yet to be cut.
The major league camp will start cutting players and those players will either be sent to minor league camp or given their outright release. Once that happens, all of the players sent down will have to be placed on a roster and then the players will have to be shifted around and again, some will be given their release as well.
It’s a nervous time. That being said, as far as a story, the story is the minor leaguers are playing other minor leaguers to keep a spot on the roster. It’s as if everyone is waiting for the other proverbial “shoe to drop”.
Baseball Ross and I will have a recap of the week’s intrasquad games tomorrow so be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel, you can find it HERE.
What I thought I’d share today is a series of pictures I took for your enjoyment.
Baseball Ross has a great story on the first minor league intrasquad game. Including video of Joel Fisher’s 3-run homer. I highly recommend you give it a read! You can read it here: https://baseballross.wordpress.com/2017/03/10/catcher-joel-fisher-dominates-in-the-phillies-first-minor-league-intra-squad-game/
Today the first minor league work group list was released. Keep in mind this list is FLUID and will change. The first big change will be when the guys that are currently in the major league camp are sent down. Then some of the players in group 1 (AAA, the far left column) will shift right into AA. Then players in the second column will shift to the third, high a and so on.
So to lay it out the columns from left to right are:
AAA-Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs, AA-Reading Fightins, A+-Clearwater Threshers, A–Lakewood BlueClaws. The fifth column will be the Williamsport Crosscutters/Extended Spring group once the shift of players starts.
Last week my friend who runs the blog Notes from the Sally, which focuses on the South Atlantic League or “Sally” contacted me to use my pictures in his feature on the Lakewood BlueClaws.
I was flattered. When saw his article that is featured on MLB Trade Rumors, I was impressed. I’d highly recommend checking out the article!
Here is the LINK to the article, scroll down to the NOTES FROM THE SALLY.
It’s been FIVE years that I’ve been blogging with WordPress and another seven months on my iWeb site (I’m working on moving those blogs here to WordPress so they are saved). Looking back, it’s amazing all that’s changed in that time. I settled my mother’s estate, we sold everything in Pennsylvania and moved into a condo in Clearwater, built a house, sold the condo, Ross started his blog, we started the Baseball Betsy YouTube channel and the Baseball Betsy and Ross channel, I was interviewed as a “Super Fan” for Philly.com, I had a photo published in a newspaper, I had a video used in Philly.com and I was quoted as a source in a PhillyVoice article.
I’ve met some amazing people, Dickie Noles, Reggie Jackson, Charlie Manuel among others. More importantly, we met our “baseball sons” and I became an “honorary grandmother”.
I feel so lucky for everything that baseball has brought me. All of this and spring training starts TODAY!
Thanks for hanging in here with me, here’s to hoping there’s many more years to come!