February 13, 2013 |
Excerpt from Daly News staff writer David Murphy's post on High Cheese, Phillies blog: THE FIRST RULE of Clearwater is you do not talk about Clearwater. Actually, that's not true. In fact, it doesn't make sense. Because I'm about to talk about Clearwater to you. Every year around this time I get a slew of emails asking for some recon on the spring-training home of your Fightin' Phils. So, I figured, why not write up a little cheat sheet for everybody to access. This cheat sheet will be tailored to those who usually drink a beer or two when engaging in any sort of vacation activity.
June 17, 2012 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Joe Jordan, in preparation for his new job as the Phillies' personnel director, spent countless hours watching video of minor-leaguers this offseason. He also had numerous conversations with his fellow members of the player development department in an effort to get to know as much as he could about the farm system. Tyler Knigge's name was not one that came up often. "Coming into the year . . . we talked about him a little bit, but not a great deal," Jordan said last week at Bright House Field.
June 19, 2012 |
Chase Utley will take the next step in his rehab when he starts at second base Monday night for Class A Clearwater. Utley has been the designated hitter in his three Florida State League games. He played a few innings in the field Friday in a minor league exhibition between the Phillies' rookie leagues affiliates. Clearwater, coming off the All-Star break, hosts Dunedin at Bright House Field. Utley, who will hit third Monday, is 1-for-13 (.077) in three games with two runs scored.
September 8, 1989 |
The shake-up in the Phillies' minor-league organization resumed yesterday with the announcement that Reading manager Mike Hart and Clearwater manager Glenn Gulliver had not been re-hired. Clearwater coach Tim Corcoran also was dropped. No replacements were named by general manager Lee Thomas and player- development director Del Unser, who assumed that position earlier this week. However, it appears that former Phils manager Lee Elia, who was fired recently as a coach with the New York Yankees, will be hired as manager of the Clearwater club.
February 8, 2013 |
IF OPENING DAY represents the entrée and spring training the appetizer, then Wednesday's moment could be considered the hot bread presented before the appetizer for Phillies fans. As pitchers and catchers prepare to report to Clearwater on Feb. 13, more than a dozen Phillies employees were busy packing up a 53-foot equipment truck early Wednesday morning before sending it on its way to the Sunshine State. The Phillie Phanatic was present, loading the last item, and the truck began the 2-day, 1,058-mile migration south to Bright House Field, traveling through eight states in the process.
August 27, 2012 |
For the second straight season, lefthander Jesse Biddle is finishing fast after starting slow. Biddle, the Phillies' first-round draft choice (27th overall) in the 2010 draft out of Germantown Friends, was 0-2 with a 5.71 ERA in four April starts for high-single-A Clearwater, Fla. He bounced back to go 2-0 with a 1.36 ERA in six May starts and was on his way. With Thursday's 3-0 win over the Daytona Cubs, Biddle ran his scoreless inning streak to 16. In his previous start, he threw seven no-hit innings in an 11-0 win over Brevard County.
December 1, 2011 |
THE CITY OF Clearwater is expected to approve, at a City Council meeting tonight, a $2.9 million renovation to the Phillies' spring training complex. The upgrade would include a 20,000-square foot training center at the Carpenter Complex, with six air-conditioned batting cages, a weightroom, office space and a video room, and new batting cages at Bright House Field, according to the St. Petersburg Times. The plan calls for the Phillies to repay roughly $900,000 over the remaining 12 years of its contract with the city by giving 60 cents on each spring training ticket.
July 16, 1996 |
The last time Tommy Greene and Mitch Williams pitched together was in Game 4 of the 1993 World Series against the Toronto Blue Jays. Greene started and Williams took the 15-14 loss. Three years later, Greene and Williams are reunited with another Phillies team that has clinched a pennant. Trouble is, they're in Clearwater, Fla., home of the Phillies' Class A affiliate in the Florida State League. Each is each trying to make a comeback to the parent club. Last night, Greene and Williams appeared together in a game again, helping Clearwater to a 3-2 victory over the Brevard County Manatees at Space Coast Stadium.
April 28, 2012 |
Ryan Howard has gotten his wish. After Friday's 5-1 loss to the Chicago Cubs, Howard said he hoped to convince the Phillies to allow him to head to Clearwater to resume baseball-related activities. General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said before Saturday's game with the Cubs that Howard will depart Sunday and begin working out on Monday. Howard has been limited since Feb. 27, when he required a procedure to clean an infection from his original Achilles tendon surgery wound.
May 20, 2013 |
When Phillies fifth starter John Lannan was placed on the disabled list last month with a knee injury, one of the players who was in consideration to be called up was Lehigh Valley lefthander Adam Morgan. Eventually Jonathan Pettibone was recalled. Meanwhile, after a strong start this season, the 23-year-old Morgan has struggled. On Wednesday, Morgan allowed 10 runs (just three earned) on 10 hits in 31/3 innings of a 10-1 loss to Norfolk. Morgan was 1-0 with a 1.42 ERA in his first three starts.