A FAN’S VIEW….Day 9; last workout day as games start tomorrow

A FAN’S VIEW….Day 9; last workout day as games start tomorrow (Steve Potter photo) By Steve Potter **Today’s early morning bullpen sessions on the half-field mounds included Jake Eickhoff, Drew Anderson, Vince Velasquez and Victor Arano. It all started at 8:30. Eickhoff seemed to be letting it go without any issues. Another encouraging sign was infielder Sean Rodriquez taking ground balls on the half field; looked to be moving pretty well. He had…

February 21, 2019
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A FAN’S VIEW….Day 7 of spring training

A FAN’S VIEW….Day 7 of spring training (Steve Potter photo) By Steve Potter – Stadium lights were on when I arrived at 8 a.m. as it was photo day. Indoor batting cages at the stadium were used with additional photos taken on the field and half field. Was able to get a photo of David Robertson. – Since yesterday was a holiday there were quite a few kids in attendance. One of the…

February 19, 2019
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A FAN’S VIEW….Day 6

A FAN’S VIEW….Day 6 (Steve Potter photo) By Steve Potter **Jake Arrietta and Nick Pivetta threw bullpens on the side mounds by the half field this morning at 8:45 with Rhys Hoskins, Dylan Cozens and Nick Williams standing in as batters. Victor Arano and Tommy Hunter followed Jake and Nick. **I noticed Gabe Kapler keeps a notes journal, presumably of his observations. He had it with him this morning as he watched Jake…

February 18, 2019
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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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