‘THERE IT IS. HOME RUN NUMBER 500!”

April 18, 2019

© Rusty Kennedy, Associated Press As a 23-year-old rookie in 1973, Mike Schmidt hit .196 with 18 home runs in 132 games. Not the greatest start. However, when his 18-year career with the Phillies ended in 1989, he had amassed 548 home runs. A Hall of Fame inductee and the greatest player in Phillies history. Schmidt couldn’t have written a more dramatic script for his 500th home run on Saturday afternoon April…

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SCHMIDT’S 4-HOMER DAY

April 17, 2019

Mike Schmidt was the center piece in a wild win in Wrigley Field on this date back in 1976. Schmidt and the Phillies were in Chicago for a two-game series, Saturday and Sunday afternoons. In the Saturday game, he set a club record hitting four consecutive home runs, including a 10th-inning game-winner off right-hander Paul Reuschel as the Phillies hung on, 18–16. Their record stood at 2–3. “I arrived in Chicago in…

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A FAN’S VIEW…Complex & game notes

March 24, 2019

By Steve Potter Day 40 **The Minor League Camp Awards were announced before today’s game. The Bill Giles Award went to James Smith and the Larry Rojas Award went to Rafael Marchan. The awards go to the best American born and international born players in camp. The John Vukovich Award for outstanding coaching went to catching instructor Ernie Whitt. **I got to the Complex early this morning to witness a couple fun…

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A FAN’S VIEW….Nick impressive

By Steve Potter Day 36 **Jake Arrieta pitched in the minor league game on Roberts Field today against the AAA Jays contingent. From my vantage point in Spectrum Field I can see the Roberts scoreboard. Looks like they scored four runs on Jake. **Because of Tuesday’s rainout in West Palm, Seranthony Dominguez, Edubray Ramos, Victor Arano and Drew Anderson were also scheduled to pitch at the complex. **Bryce Harper got his first Phillies…

March 20, 2019
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A FAN’S VIEW….wash outs

Jean Segura faces Adonis Medina By Steve Potter Day 35 Rain washed out the game with the Astros in West Palm Beach. It also deterred the Tigers from traveling to Clearwater for the A level minor league contests and the AAA/AA games scheduled in Lakeland. **The Phillies instead played two intrasquad games, one on Ashburn Field and the other on Roberts Field. **Andrew McCutchen, Jean Segura and Scott Kingery all batted in the…

March 19, 2019
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A FAN’S VIEW…relieved about Harper’s injury

By Steve Potter Day 31 Our son, Dan, took the photo of Bryce Harper after he was hit on his right ankle by a 96-miles-per-hour fastball on Friday. Relieved by the media reports today that the x-rays were negative. He was to play Sunday but we’ll just have to wait and see. Astros 13, Phillies 5 **Dylan Cozens played center field, he’s done that multiple times already this spring. While the big…

March 16, 2019
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A FAN’S VIEW…A Gift W

By Steve Potter Day 31 Phillies 3, Jays 2 **The Phillies won on a bases-loaded walk by Gift Ngoepe (photo). A Gift win so to speak. Jean Segura drove in the Phillies first run with a line drive single in the third inning. Nick Williams tied the game in the bottom of the ninth with a double, his second hit of the game. **Excellent outing for Nick Pivetta….command, velocity and stuff. Nick…

March 15, 2019
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A FAN’S VIEW…Bed for baseball trade

By Steve Potter Day 30 Spent the afternoon at the Complex watching the single-A minor league games after being flattened by the flu bug for the most of this week. Glad to trade the bed for baseball. In the game on Ashburn Field managed by the Williamsport crew the Phillies prevailed over the Blue Jays 2–1. There was shade to sit in on Roberts Field so that’s where we went! The…

March 14, 2019
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A FAN’S VIEW…9 wins, 7 losses, 3 ties

March 13, 2019

(phillies.com) By Steve Potter Day 29 Odubel and Cesar each took five at-bats in the minor league games at Carpenter Complex this afternoon. Both are scheduled to make their Grapefruit League debuts with Hernandez playing second base tomorrow against the Pirates and Odubel DH’ing on Saturday. Bryce Harper will not play Thursday but will be in the lineup Friday-Saturday and Sunday, beat writers tweeted tonight. Phillies 5, Yankees 5 **2B Sean Rodriquez…

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A FAN’S VIEW….W in Sarasota

By Steve Potter Day 26 **Jason Springer and Jeffrey Cohen from ESPN 610 Philadelphia have been at the Complex the past few days taping segments of their show High Hopes which features the Phillies minor leagues. I was honored to be a guest this morning. It’s great to see shows of this kind with a focus on our development program and the young up and comers. **There’s been a flu bug running…

March 10, 2019
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