Spring Training is just around the corner as more players start to arrive in Clearwater. I’ve been in Clearwater since January 21st, training while doing the Co-op program, that the Phillies have set up. This program is a good way for players like me to come down to Florida early and get the chance to throw outside, along with working with the coaches, trainers, and coordinators that are already in Florida. This program allows players to use the facilities along with giving them a job later in the day to make a few extra bucks. A hotel room, breakfast, and lunch have been provided to us. It is a very good deal to take advantage of.
A normal day will consist of waking up around 8 o clock and heading over to the facility for breakfast at 8:30. At 9:00 we will do our tissue prep which will consist of foam rolling, band stretching, hurdles, and arm care. At 9:30 we will stretch as a team and then the pitchers will do our throwing program. Tuesdays and Friday’s are bullpens. After throwing we’ll either do a few PFPs or go right into our conditioning for that day. After conditioning we’ve been bunting and then going to workout. Mondays and Thursdays are leg days, while Tuesdays and Fridays are upper body. Wednesdays we work on agility. Practices have been ending at around 12:30 when we get lunch.
Work starts at 3:00 so from 1:00-2:30 we get to relax in our hotel room. From 3:00-7:00 we are work for the City of Clearwater Parks and Rec department. Our jobs basically consist of going to parks in Clearwater and setting up banners, cleaning dugouts, making soccer goals, and helping out with any tournaments. Recently we’ve been setting up the Philadelphia Union and D.C United Spring Training fields.
I just wanted to give you a quick peek into what life is like down in Clearwater before Spring Training begins. Check out my Instagram (go to contributors page) for more updates. Thanks for reading, and I’ll hopefully write in to you again soon enough!
Jeff Singer – Philadelphia Phillies MiLB pitcher