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Phillies Announce 2016 Spring Training Guest Instructors

The Philadelphia Phillies have invited a group of former big leaguers to participate in spring training as guest instructors.

Continuing a decades-long tradition, the club has decided to bring in seven alumni during the course of 2016 spring training and the Grapefruit League season.
This year’s group will feature:
Mike Schmidt – the greatest player in Phillies franchise history and arguably the greatest all-around 3rd baseman to ever play the game, Schmitty appeared in parts of 18 seasons with the club from 1972-89. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1995, and has been a guest hitting instructor at spring training with the Phils since 2002. The now 66-year old Schmidt also has coaching experience, having spent the 2004 season as manager of the Phillies’ High-A Clearwater club in the Florida State League. Schmidt, whose first-ever big league game was the subject of a pieceduring our Phillies History Month here at TBOH back in January, also serves as a television broadcaster with the club during regular season Sunday home games.
Charlie Manuel – the manager of the 2008 World Series championship team who guided the club to five consecutive NL East crowns from 2007-2011 turned 72 years old just last month. Manuel was the manager for parts of eight seasons from 2005-12, and currently serves as a senior advisor to new general manager Matt Klentak. He was previously both a hitting coach and manager with the Cleveland Indians. He has an overall career big league managerial record of 1000-826, with a 29-22 postseason record. As a player, Manuel appeared in parts of a half-dozen big league seasons, and another half-dozen in the Japanese professional league.
Jim Kaat – having turned 77 years old back in November, he pitched in parts of 25 big league seasons across parts of four decades.

Kaat pitched with the Phillies from 1976-79, and was a regular member of the starting rotation during the 1977-78 seasons in which the club won a then-record 101 games each year. Kaat won a Gold Glove in each of those two seasons, and was the winner of 16 Gold Glove Awards during his career, including a dozen in a row from 1962-73. He finished 4th in AL Cy Young Award voting the year before coming to the Phils, and finished 5th in the AL MVP voting in 1965. Kaat was also a 3x All-Star. On retirement, Kaat became a broadcaster, and is a 7x Emmy Award winner. Just last year, he was considered by the Veteran’s Committee for the Baseball Hall of Fame. Needing a dozen votes, he received 10, falling just two short.

Greg Luzinski – now 65-years old, “The Bull” is a regular fixture around Citizens Bank Park at his namesake Bull’s Barbecue joint out in the right-center field concourse area. One of the most feared sluggers of the 1970’s, he was with the Phillies from 1970-80, starting with the final year in Connie Mack Stadium, and ending with the first-ever World Series title in franchise history. He finished as the runner-up for the NL MVP Award in both 1975 and 1977, was a 4x NL All-Star, and was a middle-of-the-order threat as that 1970’s era team grew from also-ran to regular contender. He was the 1978 winner of MLB’s Roberto Clemente Award for sportsmanship and community involvement.
Dave Hollins – the 3rd baseman on the 1993 National League pennant winning ‘Macho Row’ team, and one of its key figures. Hollins appeared in parts of a dozen big league seasons, and was with the Phillies from 1990-95, and again at the end of his playing career in 2002. With the Phils, he was an NL All-Star during that magical ’93 summer, and he received NL MVP votes during the previous year when he had a career-high 27 homers and 93 RBI. The now 49-year old Hollins spent the 2004 season as hitting coach with the Mets’ AA Binghamton affiliate in the Eastern League, and currently serves as a scout with the Phillies.
Larry Andersen – the now-62-year old Andersen will be down in Clearwater anyway in his role as a member of the regular broadcasting team, a role that he has filled since the 1998 season. Andersen appeared in parts of 17 big league seasons, including two separate stints with the Phils from 1983-86, and again in 1993-94. This makes him the only player to appear with both the 1983 and 1993 Phillies NL pennant-winning teams, both of which lost in the World Series. He also reached the NLCS with Houston in 1986, and with Boston in 1990. He was famously traded straight-up in August 1990 for a likely future Hall of Famer, Jeff Bagwell.
Matt Stairs – elected to the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame last February, Stairs will turn 48 years old in late February. He spent parts of 19 seasons in Major League Baseball, and is the all-time leader with 23 pinch-hit home runs. He spent the 2008 and 2009 seasons with the Phillies, helping win the ’08 World Series and an NL pennant the following year. Of course, Phils’ fans will always remember him for his famous pinch-hit home run “deep into the night” to win Game Four of the 2008 NLCS in Los Angeles.
The Phillies pitchers and catchers are due to report to Bright House Field in Clearwater by February 17th, with the full squad including position players having to report for workouts beginning the follow Tuesday, February 23rd.

Phillies Fall Classics VIII: 1993 World Series Game Five

It appeared as if the clock was about to strike midnight on the 1993 Philadelphia Phillies worst-to-first Cinderella season. 
After splitting the first two games in Toronto, the Blue Jays had won the next two games at Veteran’s Stadium to take a 3-1 stranglehold on the World Series.
In Game Three, the Jays’ powerful lineup had laid waste to the Phillies, demolishing them by a 10-3 final. 
But what happened in Game Four was even more debilitating to the Phils’ collective spirit.
After the Blue Jays scored three times in the top of the first off Tommy Greene, the Phillies bats decided that they were not going to let Toronto run away and hide again, answering with four of their own off Jays’ starter Todd Stottlemyre.
Through four innings, the Phillies led 8-7 in what was developing as a slugfest. Little did the fans that night at The Vet know, they hadn’t seen anything yet. 
Over the next three innings, the Phils powered their way to a 6-2 advantage, taking an overall lead of 14-9 on the scoreboard.
Up by five runs going to the top of the 8th inning, the Phillies were just six outs away from tying the World Series at 2-2. 
And then the Blue Jays’ bats, silent for most of the previous four innings, finally awoke, and with a vengeance.
Toronto scored six times in that top of the 8th to re-take the lead at 15-14. Just as suddenly, perhaps demoralized by the unrelenting pressure, the Phillies’ bats went silent and scoreless. 
ESPN would rank this 9th on their “10 Greatest World Series Games” list.

Unfortunately for the Phillies, they ended up on the losing end, and so entered Game Five needing to win just to stay alive.

Phillies’ manager Jim Fregosi would send Game One loser Curt Schilling to the mound, where he would be facing off in a rematch with Toronto’s Juan Guzman
In that series opener at SkyDome, Schilling had been staked to leads of 2-0, 3-2, and 4-3, but he was unable to hold any of them.
During the 2013 regular season, the 26-year old power righty had finally begun to emerge as the big-time starting pitcher that he would become over the next decade or so. 
He led the Phillies’ staff with 34 starts, 7 complete games, 235.1 innings, and 186 strikeouts in what was the second of nine seasons in red pinstripes.
On the exact 13th anniversary of the only World Series championship clincher in Phillies’ franchise history, Schilling would deliver the next chapter in my Phillies Fall Classics series.
On a damp, unseasonably mild night in South Philly, Schilling was in command almost from start to finish. He would get in a bit of a jam in the top of the 8th innings, but pitched his way out of it. Almost single-handedly, he would will the Phillies back into this series.
With their young ace firing on all cylinders, it was up to the Phils’ offense to find a way to get to Guzman. 
In the bottom of the 1st, they manufactured a run for an early lead. Lenny Dykstra, the team catalyst all season, led off with a walk and then took off to steal 2nd base. When Toronto catcher Pat Borders threw the ball away, Dykstra ended up on 3rd. He would score one batter later on a ground out by John Kruk, and the Phillies had a 1-0 lead.
In the bottom of the 2nd, Darren Daulton led off with a double into the left center gap, and came around on a two-out RBI double off the bat of rookie shortstop Kevin Stocker
That lead held, and held, and held, as Schilling and Guzman battled into the 8th with that same 2-0 sitting on the scoreboard.
In that top of the 8th, the Jays’ bats, held to just three scattered hits and three walks to that point by Schilling, finally got to him. 
It was the bottom of the order that got the big righty in trouble, as Borders and Rob Butler each singled to start things off. 
Jays’ skipper Cito Gaston had sent speedy Willie Canate in to pinch-run for Borders, and he had zipped to third base on Butler’s hit.
Now the top of the order came up in the form of future Hall of Famer Rickey Henderson
With runners at first and third and nobody out, Henderson grounded back towards Schilling with Canate breaking for the plate. Schilling quickly threw home to Daulton, and Canate was caught in a rundown, Daulton exchanged throws with 3rd baseman Dave Hollins, and Canate was out at the plate.
Schilling still had the tying runs on base. But he first struck out veteran center fielder Devon White swinging, and then got another future Hall of Famer, 2nd baseman Roberto Alomar, on a grounder to Phils’ 2nd baseman Mariano Duncan to end the threat.
In the top of the 9th, with the score still just 2-0 in favor of the Phillies, the Blue Jays would send a trio of dangerous hitters to the plate. 
With Schilling already having thrown more than 130 pitches, Fregosi chose to try to ride his big horse all the way home.
Schilling began by getting Joe Carter on a fly ball to short center field that was handled easily by Duncan. Then he retired John Olerud on an easy grounder to short, Stocker firing to 1st baseman Kruk for the second out. 
The last chance for Toronto was yet another future Hall of Famer, Paul Molitor, and Schilling got him to punch a liner to Dykstra for the final out of the ball game.
The Phillies had cut the Toronto Blue Jays lead in the World Series down to 3-2. They were back in the series, but were still kicking themselves over the big blown 8th inning lead a day earlier. 
Had they put that one away, they would now lead the series. Instead, despite this Schilling gem, the Jays would go home to Toronto just a win away from a 2nd consecutive world championship.
These never-say-die Phillies would not simply shrink away in that Game Six, and would in fact take a lead into the bottom of the 9th. 
However, as every baseball fan now knows, Joe Carter beat Mitch Williams, and Toronto beat the Phillies in the World Series.
But before that happened, Curt Schilling delivered the first in what would be a career full of memorable postseason performances that may some day help him become the only member of that wonderful 1993 Phillies team to reach the Baseball Hall of Fame.