Notes: Schmidt pays Seminoles visit
Hall of Famer talks to Florida State players; Phils claim Olmedo
CLEARWATER, Fla. -- The door to the visitors clubhouse opened Tuesday and instantly, the eyes of each player on the Florida State Seminoles lit up.In walked Phillies legend Mike Schmidt for a 30-minute chat on what each of their dream futures might hold. "It's hard to summarize everything he said," said FSU catcher/closer Buster Posey, one of the top prospects in the nation. "He talked about baseball on and off the field, and his approach on hitting." Learn anything? "Oh my gosh," Posey said. "I'd love to be able to pick the guy's brain for a few years. It was an honor for him to come in and talk to us. This was the first time I've been around a Hall of Famer. The main thing was that this was a guy who hit 548 home runs and his main point was about his respect for the game and his respect for people. I think that's unique, considering the accomplishments he's had." Though the game was rained out, the Seminoles can take that experience and the memory of the game they played here last season. Posey recalled being behind the plate that night last spring and watching Chase Utley smack a deep home run. "A changeup off the dirt that he poked over the center-field fence," Posey said. "It got out of there in a hurry. I'll take the blame for [calling the pitch]. We take the blame for everything." Phillies claim Olmedo: The Phillies claimed infielder Ray Olmedo off waivers from the Pirates, adding another utility player to the team's inventory. Olmedo, appeared in 27 games for Toronto last season. The 26-year-old batted .290 with one homer and 26 RBIs in 97 games for Triple-A Syracuse. He'll provide insurance in case of an injury to Eric Bruntlett or Jimmy Rollins.
A native of Venezuela, Olmedo was originally signed by Cincinnati as an amateur free agent in 1999. He has a .228 average with two homers and 26 RBIs in 198 career games for Cincinnati (2003-06) and Toronto (2007).To make room on the 40-man roster, the Phillies designated right-hander John Ennis for assignment. Philling in: Joe Savery and Josh Outman, who were scheduled to pitch Tuesday, will now pitch Thursday, and J.A. Happ will go Friday. ... This is the Phillies' 62nd year in Clearwater for Spring Training, and the fifth year at Bright House Field. The Phillies and their opponents will use designated hitters in each of their first 10 home games this spring. Beginning March 17, Philadelphia's pitchers will bat in all home games. Coming up: Left-hander Jamie Moyer kicks off the Grapefruit League season against Cincinnati's Jeremy Affeldt. Travis Blackley, Clay Condrey, Carlos Carrasco and Ryan Madson are also scheduled to pitch. Last season, the Phillies set a single-season attendance record with 121,519 fans in 15 Spring Training dates.
Ken Mandel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.