Schmidt, 64, is considered by many to be the greatest third baseman in baseball history.
The Phillies franchise leader in home runs (548, 15th all-time), Schmidt led the National League in home runs a record eight times. He is a three-time National League MVP, a 12-time All-Star and 10-time Rawlings Gold Glove winner.
This spring will mark the first time in 13 years that Schmidt won't be in Clearwater as an instructor, working with hitters and infielders. Schmidt rejoined the organization in 2002 as a special hitting instructor and has remained in that capacity, although he spent the 2004 season as the manager at Class A Clearwater.
Schmidt spent all 18 years of his playing career with the Phillies before retiring in 1989. In 1995, Schmidt became the 26th player in history to be elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame on the first ballot.
The Phillies will have 26 instructors in camp this spring, including the regular major and minor league coaching staffs. Besides Halladay and Lidge, Gary "Sarge" Matthews, dismissed from the Phillies' broadcast team 2 weeks ago, will be in camp as an instructor, along with 1993 NL pennant alumni Larry Andersen and Dave Hollins.
Halladay, a two-time Cy Young Award winner, entered the offseason as a free agent for the first time in his career, but retired from his playing career last month after battling through back-to-back, injury-plagued seasons. Halladay and his family live near the Clearwater area.
Lidge, the Phillies' team MVP in 2008, when he was a perfect 48-for-48 in save opportunities en route to a World Series championship, officially retired as a Phillie in August. Lidge last played a major league game in 2012. The former closer was one of Comcast SportsNet's top choices to replace Matthews and Chris Wheeler in the TV broadcast booth, but told the Daily News earlier this month the timing wasn't right, as he wanted to spend more time with his family in Colorado.
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