Pictures from Phillies Spring Training 2018-Day 3

There has been much made about Manager Gabe Kapler’s “start at 11” change to spring training. We didn’t rush and arrived at 10:30 and found that they had started at 10! Not only that, it was the annual golf outing so they would be quitting early as well.

So in here are the highlights of what little practice we got to see:

Mark Leiter, Jr.
Mark Leiter, Jr.
JD Hammer
JD Hammer
Zac Curtis
Zac Curtis
Pedro Beato
Pedro Beato
JD Hammer
JD Hammer
Victor Arrano
Victor Arrano
Joely Rodriguez
Francisco Rodriguez
Pedro Beato
Pedro Beato
Zac Curtis
Zac Curtis
Hoby Milner, Hector Neris and Adam Morgan
Hoby Milner, Hector Neris and Adam Morgan
JD Hammer
JD Hammer

We’ll be back at it tomorrow…

Advertisements

Tebow-Game 1 Highlights 

Before the game:

Lines to get in-long before the gates open-this is the handicapped line.

The concourse is as full as spring Training.

These people only want Tebow’s autograph. (And they were rude.)


You can watch his first at at bat HERE.
EDITED TO ADD:

Here is video of Tebow hitting a 2-run single HERE.

Hot Mic! Hot Mic!-Edited

I just had one of the best laughs I’ve had in a while. Baseball Ross tuned in on MiLB.tv to watch the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs versus the Rochester Red Wings.  The logos were on the screen but no announcement of a delay or anything.

So Ross could hear talking but not very loudly, afraid that there was a problem with the computer he asks me to check with the iPad since I have my nice Bose earphones paired to it. I tune into the game….

The game was in a delay, but the announcers didn’t know their mics were still on! As people do when they have time off at work-they we’re goofing around and let’s just say the language could be “colorful”.

I immediately looked up then twittered the team: 

They didn’t notice right away…but then…

“Uh guys, someone just tweeted that they can hear us in here!”

(Everything went silent)

“I think they tuned in to watch the game on MiLB.tv and the mics are on.”

There was some murmuring about whether they were on or not so I twittered:


(Basically a cleaned-up version of the earlier conversation.)

Next thing you hear is that they are scrambling to find the “hot” mic.

They check each mic…with “hello”

I twittered back “hello.”

After a few more minutes of scrambling, it went silent.

Best laugh I’ve had in a long time! 

So when we got the alert that the game was about to start after the rain delay we tuned back in, what do you know—-THE MICS WERE OPEN AGAIN!

Being the benevolent soul I am, I tweet to them to let them know and then…

“Hi Betsy! Hi Baseball Betsy! She’s back, guess she’s the only one listening to us!”

What a hoot!  Best.NightEver!

Elevator Day!

I really don’t remember a day when THIS many promotions happened:

From Reading to Lehigh Valley

LHP Joey Denato

OF Andrew Pullin 


From Clearwater to Reading

RHP Ranfi Casimiro

OF Herlis Rodriguez 

IF Drew Stankiewicz 

To make room Jose Antequerra from Reading to Lakewood 

Also Clearwater’s 3B Damek Tomcha to the 7 day DL.

This comes a day after Clearwater lost the first half to the Tampa Yankees. With this many moves and Tomscha on the DL, it will be interesting to see what happens. This leaves Clearwater missing FOUR players. Hopefully they will post the corresponding moves before tonight’s game. May be I should bring my mitt to the game just in case? How’s the song go? Put me in coach! I’m ready to play today, look at me, I can be centerfield! 

EDITED TO ADD: 

For Clearwater:

Derek Campbell activated from DL

Will Hibbs, RHP from Lakewood 

Phillies Minor League Action-A Day in Pictures

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. 

Matt Hockenberry
Ulises Joaquin
Carlos Indriago
Miguel Nunez
Jake Kelzer
Jhailyn Ortiz
Alex Wojciechowski hits a ball right at Jesus De Los Santos
Cole Stobbe
Greg Pickett
Ben Pelletier
Orestes Melendez

Joel Fisher shines in first minor league intrasquad game

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/