CLEARWATER, Fla. - It is not uncommon for teams to shut the clubhouse door and have early-morning meetings in spring training, but the Phillies are the only club in baseball to have had one of this kind.
Phillies players yesterday listened to a mandatory 90-minute presentation from a group called MVP - Mentors in Violence Prevention.
The group, affiliated with Northeastern University's Center for Sports and Society, specializes in the education and prevention of gender violence.
The subject took center stage in the Phillies' universe last summer when ace pitcher Brett Myers was charged with assaulting his wife, Kim, in Boston. The charges against Myers were dropped in October, but that has not removed the Phillies from dealing with the larger-scale issue.