The Philadelphia Phillies may have the best managers and coaches in the world lined up to work with the team. The Phillies themselves are some of the best players in the world, but that doesn’t mean they don’t still have their work cut out for them. No matter how you line them up, however, the Phillies have a great group of coaches standing up this year. The list includes manager Charlie Manual, hitting coach Milt Thompson, pitching coach Rich Dubee, bench coach Pete Mackanin, first base coach Davey Lopes, third base coach Sam Perlozzo, bullpen coach Mick Billmeyer, bullpen catcher Tim Gradoville, director of medical services Dr. Michael Ciccotti, M.D., athletic trainer Scott Sheridan, assistant athletic trainer, Mark Anderson, ATC and conditioning coordinator Dong Lien.
What do all these aforementioned members do? They work together to make a really great team out of the 40-man roster that will be heading off to Spring Training soon. The roster includes pitchers Joe Bisenius, Joe Blanton, Andrew Carpenter, Carlos Carrasco, Clay Condrey, Chad Durbin, Adam Eaton, Sergio Escalona, Scott Eyre, Cole Hamels, J.A. Happ, Kyle Kendrick, Brad Lidge, Ryan Madson, Robert Mosebach, Jamie Moyer, Brett Myers, Drew Naylor, Scott Nestor, Chan Ho Park, J. C. Romero and Michael Zagurski; catchers Chris Coste, Lou Marson, Joel Naughton, Ronny Paulino and Carlos Ruiz; infielders Eric Bruntlett, Greg Dobbs, Pedro Feliz, Brad Harman, Ryan Howard, Jimmy Rollins and Chase Utley; and outfielders Raul Ibanez, Geoff Jenkins, John Mayberry, Matt Stairs, Shane Victorino and Jayson Werth.
So where do you take a great group of coaches and trainers and managers with a 40-man roster? Well, if you’re the Phillies, you get everyone packed and ready to go and you head down to Clearwater, Florida. Bright House Field will host the Phillies this year for Spring Training and the 2009 Grapefruit League season, which officially begins with a charity game on February 26 against the Blue Jays.
The games continue with a lineup that includes games against the Rays, Canada in an Exhibition game, the United States in an Exhibition game, Tigers, Reds, Braves, Pirates, Cardinals, Reds again, Blue Jays again, Twins, Yankees back to back in two games, Red Sox, Astros and Blue Jays a third time in the month of March.
With this kind of line up and thorough Spring Training, it sounds as though the Phillies will have very few moments to stop and get sore or sit around and relax but then this is baseball season coming up and if the Phillies are as excited as they should be about getting back into the swing of things, then there won’t be a dull moment in the training, on the field, in the games or any other time that the Phillies are doing what they love to do best, which is playing baseball.
As the time winds down, local events are winding up for the Phillies as well, including the opportunity bid cold weather a fond farewell.