A FAN’S VIEW…..Day 5

A FAN’S VIEW…..Day 5 By Steve Potter – Gabe Kapler was the baserunner in morning pickoff drills for Aaron Nola and Jared Eickhoff (photo). Nothing like getting right into the action. Checked out Gabe’s stolen base record in the majors on baseball reference.com. He stole 77 and was caught 30 times. That’s pretty good. – Major League position players didn’t take BP as it was their day for physicals. Tomorrow morning, full…

February 17, 2019
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A FAN’S VIEW….Day 4

A FAN’S VIEW….Day 4 (Steve Potter photo) By Steve Potter – There’s a new banner up at the half field bullpen with the new Phillies logo, just went up today. – New arrivals in camp this morning, Jean Segura and Andrew Romine walked in at around 8:30 AM. Romine had a Seattle Mariners bag. We chided him that he needs to trade that in. He chuckled and agreed. – Workouts for infielders have been…

February 16, 2019
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A FAN’S VIEW: Day 3

A FAN’S VIEW: Day 3 (Steve Potter photo) By Steve Potter – Early Birds: Jake Arrieta, Nick Pivetta, Hector Neris and Enyel De Los Santos all threw bullpens before 9:30 AM on the mounds adjacent to the half field in front of Spectrum Field (photo). Catchers also did framing drills in full gear on the half field receiving from a pitching machine. Odubel was also out early again this morning, having a catch…

February 15, 2019
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A FAN’S VIEW….5 observations for love of game

A FAN’S VIEW….5 observations for love of game (Steve Potter photo) By Steve Potter **Activity on all four fields today at Carpenter Complex, beginning at 12 noon. Bunting on Ashburn, PFP (pitcher’s fielding practice) with coaches hitting baseballs on both Carlton and Roberts and pickoff drills on Schmidt. Also, down the left field line on Schmidt a pitching machine was set up for the catchers as they practiced framing skills. The pitchers were…

February 14, 2019
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A FAN’S VIEW….5 observations for love of the game

A FAN’S VIEW….5 observations for love of the game (Steve Potter photo) By Scott Potter **Activity on all four fields today at Carpenter Complex, beginning at 12 noon. Bunting on Ashburn, PFP (pitcher’s fielding practice) with coaches hitting baseballs on both Carlton and Roberts and pickoff drills on Schmidt. Also, down the left field line on Schmidt a pitching machine was set up for the catchers as they practiced framing skills. The pitchers…

February 14, 2019
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A FAN’S VIEW: Phillies camp officially underway

A FAN’S VIEW: Phillies camp officially underway (Steve Potter photo) By Steve Potter **First day for pitchers and catchers began at 11:30 this morning at Carpenter Complex, a slight delay due to rain. Tomorrow and going forward, start time will be 11 a.m. Minor leaguers who are here early (they aren’t officially due in till later in the month) took the field at 1 this afternoon, also the norm going forward. **A new…

February 13, 2019
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Phillies “Stuff” Headed for Clearwater

Phillies “Stuff” Headed for Clearwater Heading south on I-95 is an Old Dominion Freight Line two-trailer van bound for Clearwater, FL, with Phillies “stuff” needed for spring training. The “stuff” will be unloaded at Spectrum Field on Sunday morning. Pitchers and catchers hold first workout at Carpenter Complex on Wednesday. Full squad is February 18. What’s the “stuff”? Glad you asked….. · 10,000 12 oz. POWERADE cups · 2,400 baseballs · 2,000 short and…

February 8, 2019
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5 Things to know about J. T. (Revised edition)

5 Things to know about J. T. (Revised edition) (USA TODAY photo) **A baseball, football and basketball star at Carl Albert High School, Midwest City, OK. Won state championships in baseball (shortstop) and football (quarterback). Marlins third-round selection in 2010. Turned down Oklahoma State scholarship to play pro baseball. **National League All-Star in 2018. Fourth All-Star Phillies have added this offseason, SS Jean Segura, OF Andrew McCutchen and RHR David Robertsoon. **Had…

February 7, 2019
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5 Things to Know about J. T.

5 Things to Know about J. T. (USA TODAY.com) **A baseball, football and basketball star at Carl Albert High School, Midwest City, OK. Won state championships in baseball (shortstop) and football (quarterback). Marlins third-round selection in 2010. Turned down Oklahoma State scholarship to play pro baseball. **National League All-Star in 2018. Fourth All-Star Phillies have added this offseason, SS Jean Segura, OF Andrew McCutchen and RHR David Robertsoon. **Had the fastest…

February 7, 2019
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A FAN’S VIEW….Alfaro arrives at Complex

A FAN’S VIEW….Alfaro arrives at Complex Listi’s BP (Scott Potter photo) By Steve Potter (Steve is a longtime Phillies fan living in Clearwater who’ll file stories throughout spring training. He’s the author of a book, A Fan’s View, 3rd annual Phillies Minor League Digest, available at Spectrum Field). **With Jorge Alfaro’s arrival today, there are more than 50 players at Carpenter Complex for informal workouts. Earlier this week, the Phillies brought their minor leaguers…

February 6, 2019
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