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City Officials and Philadelphia Phillies Celebrated Phillies Chairman David P. Montgomery by Renaming a Roxborough Baseball Field in His Honor

David P. Montgomery, Chairman of the Philadelphia Phillies, has devoted 48 years of his life to the Phillies and the City of Philadelphia 
 

PHILADELPHIA - City officials and Philadelphia Phillies former players were joined by youth baseball and softball teams, community members, and family and friends to celebrate the lifelong accomplishments of Phillies Chairman, David P. Montgomery. Daisy Field in Roxborough, where Montgomery played baseball in his youth, was renamed "David P. Montgomery Field," in recognition of his extraordinary contributions to the City of Philadelphia.
 
"David Montgomery is undoubtedly an icon in the Philadelphia sports world and in the local community," said Mayor Jim Kenney. "I am sure that by reading about his accomplishments on the signage at this field, generations of Philadelphians will be inspired by him and his passion for our city."
 
The newly-named David P. Montgomery Field was also recently renovated.   Upgrades to the site include: new asphalt paving around the dugout and backstop; staircases; new player benches; an aerated, seeded, and fertilized infield; new concrete seat walls; and an improved drainage system. 
 
"I would like to thank Mayor Kenney, Councilman Curtis Jones Jr. and all who were involved in making this special honor happen," said Montgomery. "Roxborough means a great deal to me. In May 1957, as a 10-year-old boy, Daisy Field was my 'Field of Dreams.' I got to play Junior League Baseball there and, coincidentally, it was also the same year that Daisy Field opened. I was able to participate in, and benefit from, numerous youth sports opportunities during my childhood. My hope remains that young people today, not just in Roxborough but throughout our great City, will have that same opportunity as I did. Again, I am very thankful for this incredible honor. It means so much to me."

David P. Montgomery, Chairman of the Philadelphia Phillies, has devoted 48 years of his life to the Phillies and the City of Philadelphia 
 

PHILADELPHIA - City officials and Philadelphia Phillies former players were joined by youth baseball and softball teams, community members, and family and friends to celebrate the lifelong accomplishments of Phillies Chairman, David P. Montgomery. Daisy Field in Roxborough, where Montgomery played baseball in his youth, was renamed "David P. Montgomery Field," in recognition of his extraordinary contributions to the City of Philadelphia.
 
"David Montgomery is undoubtedly an icon in the Philadelphia sports world and in the local community," said Mayor Jim Kenney. "I am sure that by reading about his accomplishments on the signage at this field, generations of Philadelphians will be inspired by him and his passion for our city."
 
The newly-named David P. Montgomery Field was also recently renovated.   Upgrades to the site include: new asphalt paving around the dugout and backstop; staircases; new player benches; an aerated, seeded, and fertilized infield; new concrete seat walls; and an improved drainage system. 
 
"I would like to thank Mayor Kenney, Councilman Curtis Jones Jr. and all who were involved in making this special honor happen," said Montgomery. "Roxborough means a great deal to me. In May 1957, as a 10-year-old boy, Daisy Field was my 'Field of Dreams.' I got to play Junior League Baseball there and, coincidentally, it was also the same year that Daisy Field opened. I was able to participate in, and benefit from, numerous youth sports opportunities during my childhood. My hope remains that young people today, not just in Roxborough but throughout our great City, will have that same opportunity as I did. Again, I am very thankful for this incredible honor. It means so much to me."

Joining the Phillies in 1971 at an entry level, Montgomery went on to become one of the most successful and respected executives in Philadelphia sports history. He served as president of the club during one of the greatest eras in franchise history, including construction of a world class ballpark that opened in 2004 and its second World Series championship in 2008. Aside from his success as an executive, his philanthropic spirit is a fine example of the importance of giving back to the community. His efforts in this regard also influenced players, including Cole Hamels, Ryan Howard, Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley and Shane Victorino, to make very significant charitable contributions to Philadelphia neighborhoods.
 
"Mr. Montgomery is a champion for our City who has played a key role in bringing accessible sports-based activities to Philadelphia's youth," said Philadelphia Parks & Recreation Commissioner Kathryn Ott Lovell. "We are so honored to have dedicated and renamed his childhood baseball field after him in recognition of his numerous philanthropic contributions to the city."
 
Montgomery was also one of the driving forces behind the creation of a Major League Baseball Urban Youth Academy in Philadelphia. The Philadelphia Phillies MLB Urban Youth Academy is a strategic relationship between the Philadelphia Phillies, Major League Baseball and City of Philadelphia that enhances the quality of baseball and softball throughout Philadelphia while directly addressing other Philadelphia Parks & Recreation youth development objectives. It has created a dynamic youth program that utilizes baseball and softball to develop the athletic and social potential of participants. The Philadelphia Urban Youth Academy includes outdoor and indoor baseball and softball facilities which were opened in 2015 and 2016. The facilities provide free, year-round baseball and softball training opportunities for over 8,000 players in the Phillies Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) program.
 
In addition to his work with the Phillies, Montgomery's involvement in sports extends to his current role as chairman of PHL Sports, a division of the Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau.  
 

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Phillies Name Josh Bonifay Director of Player Development

The Phillies have hired Josh Bonifay as director, player development, the club announced today. Bonifay, 40, joins the Phillies after spending the 2018 season as the minor league field coordinator for the reigning World Series champion Houston Astros. 

"Over the past several weeks, we interviewed an impressive group of candidates for this position," said Phillies General Manager Matt Klentak. "Josh really stood out with his combination of leadership, experience and passion for developing players. We believe he is the ideal person to lead our player development efforts, and we are thrilled to welcome him to Philadelphia."

The Phillies have hired Josh Bonifay as director, player development, the club announced today. Bonifay, 40, joins the Phillies after spending the 2018 season as the minor league field coordinator for the reigning World Series champion Houston Astros. 

"Over the past several weeks, we interviewed an impressive group of candidates for this position," said Phillies General Manager Matt Klentak. "Josh really stood out with his combination of leadership, experience and passion for developing players. We believe he is the ideal person to lead our player development efforts, and we are thrilled to welcome him to Philadelphia."

Last season marked Bonifay's second stint with Houston after previously spending six seasons as a minor league manager and hitting coach. Bonifay managed the Greeneville Astros for three seasons from 2013-14 and 2016 and also spent a season as manager of the Quad Cities River Bandits in 2015. He was twice selected as his respective league's Manager of the Year, first in 2013 in the Appalachian League and later in 2015 in the Midwest League. Prior to his minor league managing career, he served as a minor league hitting coach in 2011 and 2012.

"My family and I are extremely excited about joining an organization with a rich history of producing homegrown major league players and I hope to continue the great tradition," said Bonifay. "The Phillies are a tremendous organization with phenomenal people and I am thrilled to be a part of the family."

In between his two stints with the Astros, Bonifay spent the 2017 season with the Texas Rangers as major league field coordinator. He started his coaching career with the Pittsburgh Pirates in their minor league system as a player/coach from 2008-11.

Originally selected by Pittsburgh in the 24th round of the June 1999 draft out of UNC-Wilmington, Bonifay played eight seasons in the minor leagues with the Pirates (1999-2005) and Astros (2006). In 812 minor league games, he hit .284 with an .842 OPS and played every position except catcher and shortstop.

Bonifay is the son of Cam Bonifay, who was general manager of the Pirates from 1993-2001 and currently serves as special assistant to the general manager for the Cincinnati Reds.  

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Fan Appreciation Weekend: Top Things to Know for Final Phillies Series of the Season, September 28-30 vs. Atlanta Braves

This weekend, the Phillies will host the Atlanta Braves at Citizens Bank Park (September 28-30), during the final series of the season. Below are the top things to know.

  1. Let the bidding begin! Final Phillies Charities, Inc. Ballpark App auction features phantastic items. Plus, Paul Owens Award presentation to top Phillies minor league pitcher and player on Friday.

Every day of the Phillies series, fans can bid on signed, new and game-used items in the Phillies Charities, Inc. auction through the Ballpark app until Monday, October 1. Items will be on display throughout the series at the First Base Gate Plaza starting on Friday, September 28.

This weekend, the Phillies will host the Atlanta Braves at Citizens Bank Park (September 28-30), during the final series of the season. Below are the top things to know.

  1. Let the bidding begin! Final Phillies Charities, Inc. Ballpark App auction features phantastic items. Plus, Paul Owens Award presentation to top Phillies minor league pitcher and player on Friday.

Every day of the Phillies series, fans can bid on signed, new and game-used items in the Phillies Charities, Inc. auction through the Ballpark app until Monday, October 1. Items will be on display throughout the series at the First Base Gate Plaza starting on Friday, September 28.

Also on Friday, the Phillies will present the 2018 Paul Owens Awards to position player Austin Listi and left-handed pitcher David Parkinson before the 7:05 p.m. Phillies game. This award was established in 1986 to honor the top player and pitcher in the minor league system and named in honor of Paul Owens, who spent 48 years in the Phillies organization as a scout, farm director, general manager, manager and senior advisor. Presenting the award will be Paul Owens' grandchildren joined by Matt Klentak, Phillies Vice President and General Manager.

  1. Students and teachers invited to Phillies #HighSchoolSeries on Friday!

Friday is also the Phillies final #HighSchoolSeries. High school students - and their parents and teachers - are invited to go behind-the-scenes prior to the game and learn from Phillies executives. Other highlights include:

  • Hear from a Phillies player about his high school and major league experience.
  • Take photos with the 1980 & 2008 World Series Trophies and meet Mickey Morandini, 1993 National League Champion Phillie and Club Ambassador, and the Phillies Ballgirls.

Visit phillies.com for a full list of speakers, as well as register for the event.

  1. Players honored for their community service at Saturday's Phillies Major and Minor League Service Awards presentation. Plus, the top Phillies scout to be presented with Dallas Green Award.

Prior to the 7:05 p.m. Phillies game on Saturday, September 29, the Phillies Major and Minor League Service Awards will be presented on-field. The Phillies Major League Community Service Award will be presented to Rhys Hoskins in recognition of his work with the Muscular Dystrophy Association of Philadelphia. Presenting the award will be John Weber, President of Phillies Charities, Inc.

Players in the Phillies minor league system volunteered nearly 900 hours during the 2018 season as part of the Step Up program. The Phillies Minor League Community Service Awards will be presented to the players with the highest number of volunteer hours for each minor league team:

  • Lehigh Valley IronPigs: Cole Irvin
  • Reading Fightin Phils: Damek Tomscha
  • Clearwater Threshers: Luke Williams
  • Lakewood BlueClaws: Zach Warren
  • Williamsport Crosscutters: Danny Mayer

Lee McDaniel, Phillies Director, Minor League Operations, will present the awards.

Also on Saturday, the Dallas Green Award will be presented to Phillies International Coordinator, Jesús Méndez. This award is presented annually to an amateur or professional scout who best exemplifies the Phillies' standard for scouting while demonstrating the same loyalty, work ethic and dedication as Dallas Green. Matt Klentak and Sal Agostinelli, Director, International Scouting, will present the award.

  1. Prizes and surprises in store for Fan Appreciation Day on Sunday!

Fans are invited to join the Phillies for the final game of the season on Sunday, September 30, at 3:05 p.m., featuring prizes and surprises throughout the entire game. Plus, all fans will be given a PGW 2019 Schedule Fathead featuring Aaron Nola at the entrance gates.

  1. Phillies' Lee McDaniel to receive team's highest honor: The Richie Ashburn & David Montgomery Special Achievement Award, presented by Montgomery and Jean Ashburn on Sunday.

Also on-field prior to Sunday's Phillies game, David Montgomery, Phillies Chairman, and Jean Ashburn, daughter of the late Phillies' Hall of Famer and broadcaster Richie Ashburn, will present Lee McDaniel with the newly-renamed Richie Ashburn & David Montgomery Special Achievement Award, presented annually to an employee who demonstrates the same loyalty, dedication and passion for baseball as the award's namesake.

Gate Openings: Ashburn Alley opens two hours prior to game time; all other gates open one and a half hours prior to game time.

Fandom: Check in using Ballpark, Citizens Bank Park's official mobile app, to receive special offers for retail, concessions and more. Also, follow the action via @Phillies on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and Snapchat.

Broadcast: For the most up-to-date TV and radio broadcast schedule, please go to Phillies.com. MLB.TV will carry all games during the season.

Traffic Alert: There will be two events taking place in the Sports Complex on September 28 at Citizens Bank Park and the Wells Fargo Center. Please be aware that some parking lots may be unavailable or fill quicker than normal. Fans are encouraged to plan ahead and seek alternate areas to park if your usual lot of choice is full. Log on to www.511pa.com, www.511nj.org or call 511 from any phone to check traffic conditions. Transit services are also available, for a SEPTA schedule please visit www.septa.org.

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Jesús Méndez Selected as 2018 Dallas Green Award Winner

Phillies International Coordinator Jesús "Chalao" Méndez has been selected as the 2018 recipient of the Dallas Green Award, the club announced today.

Méndez, a native of Caracas, Venezuela, is in his second year as the international coordinator, and his 22nd as a member of the Phillies' international scouting department. He was hired by the club in 1997 as the Venezuela scouting supervisor, a title he held until his promotion to Latin American crosschecker in 2010. He was named to his current position in 2017.

Phillies International Coordinator Jesús "Chalao" Méndez has been selected as the 2018 recipient of the Dallas Green Award, the club announced today.

Méndez, a native of Caracas, Venezuela, is in his second year as the international coordinator, and his 22nd as a member of the Phillies' international scouting department. He was hired by the club in 1997 as the Venezuela scouting supervisor, a title he held until his promotion to Latin American crosschecker in 2010. He was named to his current position in 2017.

A former first baseman and outfielder, Méndez played professionally for 10 seasons in the St. Louis Cardinals organization (1986-92) and with three different teams in the Mexican League (1994-96).   

"This really is an honor for me to receive this award," Méndez said. "I never could have imagined it. We have so many people that work so hard for this organization, and for me to be the recipient of the Dallas Green Award is incredibly special to myself and my family."

The 2018 Dallas Green Award will be presented on the field on Saturday, Sept. 29, prior to the 7:05 p.m. game against the Atlanta Braves. The award was established in 2011 to honor the accomplishments of Green, who spent 62 years in professional baseball, 46 of which were with the Phillies. Green passed away in March 2017 at the age of 82.

The award is presented annually to an amateur or professional scout who best exemplifies the Phillies' standard for scouting while demonstrating the same loyalty, work ethic, dedication and passion as the award's namesake. It is also recognition of the scout's ability to judge not only a player's talent, but also his character and heart.

Past winners of the Dallas Green Award have been Dick Lawlor (2011), Bill Harper (2012), Eddie Bockman (2013), Gordon Lakey (2014), Sal Agostinelli (2015), Roy Tanner (2016) and Joey Davis (2017).

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Phillies Employee Award to be Renamed Richie Ashburn & David Montgomery Special Achievement Award

For the past 20 years, the Phillies have presented the Richie Ashburn Special Achievement Award to a member of the organization who demonstrates the same loyalty, dedication and passion for Phillies baseball as the award's namesake. 

Phillies President Andy MacPhail announced today that the award will be renamed the Richie Ashburn & David Montgomery Special Achievement Award.

For the past 20 years, the Phillies have presented the Richie Ashburn Special Achievement Award to a member of the organization who demonstrates the same loyalty, dedication and passion for Phillies baseball as the award's namesake. 

Phillies President Andy MacPhail announced today that the award will be renamed the Richie Ashburn & David Montgomery Special Achievement Award.

Montgomery, who currently serves as chairman, has embodied the spirit of the award over his 48-year accomplished Phillies career. Perhaps his greatest legacy has been his demonstration of class, benevolence, integrity and philanthropy. 

"During their combined 95 years with the Phillies, Richie and David are undoubtedly the two most significant figures in club history who have exhibited loyalty, dedication and passion for the game," said the team's Executive Vice President, Dave Buck. "Because of these commonalities, Richie and David became very good friends. I have no doubt that Richie is smiling down, knowing that the award now bears his special friend's name as well."

"As a family, we've been fortunate to know David for all of his 48 years with the Phillies. Every time you see David, you're always greeted with a smile," said son of Richie Ashburn, John Ashburn. "There are some commonalties that David and our father shared - the love of the game, love of the people they work with, love of the organization and love of the greatest fans in the country. On behalf of our father, it's a great honor to have David Montgomery's name forever attached to this award."

The inaugural recipient of the newly-named award is Director of Minor League Operations, Lee McDaniel, a 23-year Phillies employee. McDaniel, who will be honored on Sunday, September 30, during pre-game festivities, was left speechless when he learned that he would be the first employee to receive the award now named after a man for whom he has a profound level of respect. 

"Lee attributes how he conducts business to what he has learned from David over the years which explains, in part, why he is so deserving of this award," said MacPhail. "Aside from his level of professionalism, Lee's love of the game and his career accomplishments in player development, his instrumental role in establishing the academies in the Dominican Republic and Venezuela, and his tireless work during the Florida Instructional League and spring training are just a few highlights of why Lee is such a worthy recipient."

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Ballpark Buzz: Top Things to Know for Phillies vs. Marlins (9/14-16) & Mets (9/17-19)

This week, the Phillies host the Miami Marlins (September 14-16) followed by the New York Mets (September 17-19) at Citizens Bank Park. Below are the top things to know.

  1. On Friday, Phillies to host a spooktacular celebration at Halloween Night and celebrate school spirit with Cabrini University Night. Plus, William deVry from "General Hospital" to throw out a ceremonial first pitch and local heroes will be honored with the National Liberty Museum Award of Valor, presented by Chevrolet.

On Friday, September 14, fans are in for some scary good fun at the Phillies Halloween Night at the 7:05 p.m. Phillies-Marlins game. Fans are encouraged to dress up in their best Halloween costumes. There will be a kid-friendly haunted house in the Phanatic Phun Zone behind Section 112, weather permitting. Plus, fans purchasing tickets through the Theme Nights Page will receive an exclusive Phanatic Mask.

This week, the Phillies host the Miami Marlins (September 14-16) followed by the New York Mets (September 17-19) at Citizens Bank Park. Below are the top things to know.

  1. On Friday, Phillies to host a spooktacular celebration at Halloween Night and celebrate school spirit with Cabrini University Night. Plus, William deVry from "General Hospital" to throw out a ceremonial first pitch and local heroes will be honored with the National Liberty Museum Award of Valor, presented by Chevrolet.

On Friday, September 14, fans are in for some scary good fun at the Phillies Halloween Night at the 7:05 p.m. Phillies-Marlins game. Fans are encouraged to dress up in their best Halloween costumes. There will be a kid-friendly haunted house in the Phanatic Phun Zone behind Section 112, weather permitting. Plus, fans purchasing tickets through the Theme Nights Page will receive an exclusive Phanatic Mask.

Prior to Friday's game, the National Liberty Museum Award of Valor, presented by Chevrolet, will be given to Philadelphia Fire Lieutenant Alan Westfield of Squad 72, Philadelphia Police Sergeant Maureen Carroll of the Special Victims Unit and Philadelphia Police Officer Christopher Binns of the SWAT Unit. Phillies' Rhys Hoskins will join the award recipients on-field. This award honors extraordinary police officers and firefighters in the tri-state area who have made an impact in their communities through their heroics and bravery.

Additionally, William deVry, who stars as Julian Jerome on "General Hospital," will throw out a ceremonial first pitch as part of Sandy Rollman Ovarian Cancer Foundation Night.

Friday is also Cabrini University Night! Cabrini cheerleaders will be at the First Base Gate Plaza prior to the game and on-field with Cabrini's Cavalier. Plus, the Cabrini Dance Team will perform with the Phanatic in the fifth inning.

  1. Cheers to the Phillies German Heritage Celebration on Saturday. Also, wounded service men and women along with their transport pilots to be recognized on-field. Plus, Phillies Charities, Inc. Jersey Sale on Sunday!

On Saturday, September 15, fans will be treated to the 10th annual German Heritage Celebration at the 7:05 p.m. Phillies game against the Marlins. Highlights include live music and dancing, and a taste of Germany can be found at the "break" area behind Pavilion Section 210 featuring a beer braised bratwurst and a black forest cupcake. Former NFL player and accordionist, Don Bitterlich, will roam the concourse playing his accordion pregame and German men's chorus, Franklinville-Schwarzwald Männerchor directed by Mark Fairchild, will perform the national anthem. Plus, fans purchasing tickets through the Theme Nights Page will receive Phillies German Heritage Celebration Lederhosen socks.

During the game, be on the lookout for members of the Philadelphia Wings of the National Lacrosse League on-field with the Phanatic!

Also on Saturday, wounded veterans and pilots from Patient AirLift Services (PALS) for Patriots will be introduced on-field. PALS is a program that transports service men and women to receive life-saving care and life-changing services. PALS also partners with Major League Baseball to fly veterans from Walter Reed Army Medical Center to baseball games.

On Sunday, September 16, fans can visit the Phillies Charities, Inc. Jersey Sale at the First Base Gate Plaza to purchase signed and unsigned, new, team-issued and game-used jerseys before and during the 1:35 p.m. Phillies-Marlins game. The sale begins when gates open at 12:05 p.m. and continues until the fifth inning or while supplies last.

  1. Start the week with a music-filled Monday with Band Night and the Philadelphia Orchestra Quartet. Plus, it's Drexel University Night!

On Monday, September 17, the Phillies along with the Sforzando Music Group will host the fourth annual Phillies Band Night at the 7:05 p.m. Phillies-Mets game. Bands from the following schools will perform together pregame on Citizens Bank Way: AMP Colorguard - Camden, NJ; Chestnut Ridge Middle School - Sewell, NJ; Delsea Regional High School - Franklinville, NJ; Exeter Senior High School - Reading, PA; Gateway Regional High School - Woodbury Heights, NJ; Hammonton High School - Hammonton, NJ; Lower Cape May Regional High School - Cape May, NJ; Marlton Middle School - Marlton, NJ; Penncrest High School - Media, PA; Richard M. Teitelman Middle School - Cape May, NJ; Ridley High School - Folsom, PA; Washington Township High School - Sewell, NJ; and Whitehall High School - Whitehall, PA.

The Washington Township High School Minutemen Marching Band will also perform a 10-minute pregame show on-field and the Penncrest Roaring Lions Marching Band will perform the national anthem.

Plus, the Philadelphia Orchestra Quartet directed by Philip Kates will perform "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" as part of the Philadelphia Orchestra's fourth annual Audience Appreciation Day.

Monday is also Drexel University Night! Drexel's Mario the Magnificent will welcome Zeena Patel, Drexel Pre-Junior and Special Events Co-Op, who will throw out a ceremonial first pitch on behalf of Drexel University. Plus, the Drexel University Dance Team will perform with the Phanatic in the fifth inning.

  1. Enjoy the Irish Heritage Celebration presented by Aer Lingus on Tuesday.

On Tuesday, September 18, fans will be treated to the 12th annual Irish Heritage Celebration presented by Aer Lingus  at the 7:05 p.m. Phillies game versus the Mets. Highlights include live music and dancing and a taste of Ireland can be found at the "break" area behind Pavilion Section 210. Local Irish rock and party band Shenanigans will perform in Ashburn Alley from 5:00-6:30 p.m. and Irish dancers from Riley Irish Dance School, McDade-Cara School of Irish Dance and Peters School of Irish Dance will dance on-field as Celtic music group RUNA performs. RUNA will also perform the national anthem and the Atlantic City Fire Department Sand Pipers Pipes and Drums will perform in centerfield. Plus, fans purchasing tickets through the Theme Nights Page will receive a Phillies Irish Heritage Celebration Hat.

  1. Celebrate Dominican Night presented by Dominican Republic on Wednesday.

On Wednesday, September 19, fans are invited to Dominican Night presented by Dominican Republic at the 6:05 p.m. Phillies-Mets game. Tu Kan Tipico from Santiago, Dominican Republic, will perform on-field from 5:35-5:45 p.m. and Phillies players from Dominican Republic will be recognized.

Gate Openings: Ashburn Alley opens two hours prior to game time; all other gates open one and a half hours prior to game time.

Fandom: Every Monday is Miller Lite Monday; fans 21+ are invited to enjoy a discounted price on Miller Lite around the ballpark on Monday, September 17. Plus, check in using Ballpark, Citizens Bank Park's official mobile app, to receive special offers for retail, concessions and more. Also, follow the action via @Phillies on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and Snapchat.

Broadcast: For the most up-to-date TV and radio broadcast schedule, please go to Phillies.com. MLB.TV will carry all games during the season.

Traffic Alert: We want you to be aware that there will be two events taking place in the Sports Complex on September 15, 17, 18 and 19 at Citizens Bank Park and the Wells Fargo Center. Please be aware that some parking lots may be unavailable or fill quicker than normal. Fans are encouraged to plan ahead and seek alternate areas to park if your usual lot of choice is full. Log on to www.511pa.com, www.511nj.org or call 511 from any phone to check traffic conditions. Transit services are also available, for a SEPTA schedule please visit www.septa.org.

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Listi And Parkinson Named 2018 Paul Owens Award Winners

The Phillies have selected first baseman/outfielder Austin Listi and left-handed pitcher David Parkinson as the recipients of the 2018 Paul Owens Award, presented annually to the organization's top minor league player and pitcher.

Listi, 24, batted .312 (133-426) with 25 doubles, one triple, 18 home runs, 84 RBI, 63 runs scored and 62 walks in 123 combined games between single-A Clearwater and double-A Reading in 2018. He also posted a .412 on-base percentage with a .502 slugging percentage. Earlier in the season, he collected two hits and three RBI in the Florida State League All-Star Game. The right-handed slugger reached base safely in 23 consecutive games (.500 OBP) from April 25-May 19 when he was playing for Clearwater. While at Reading, Listi posted a 16-game hitting streak (.387 AVG) from June 26-July 14, which was tied for the third-longest hitting streak in the Eastern League. Among all Phillies minor leaguers, he finished second in RBI and third in batting average this season. Additionally, he is the first Phillies minor leaguer since 2008 (Michael Taylor) to post a season slash line better than .310/.410/.500 (minimum 500 plate appearances). A native of Huffman, Texas, he was selected by the Phillies in the 17th round of the June 2017 draft out of Dallas Baptist University.

The Phillies have selected first baseman/outfielder Austin Listi and left-handed pitcher David Parkinson as the recipients of the 2018 Paul Owens Award, presented annually to the organization's top minor league player and pitcher.

Listi, 24, batted .312 (133-426) with 25 doubles, one triple, 18 home runs, 84 RBI, 63 runs scored and 62 walks in 123 combined games between single-A Clearwater and double-A Reading in 2018. He also posted a .412 on-base percentage with a .502 slugging percentage. Earlier in the season, he collected two hits and three RBI in the Florida State League All-Star Game. The right-handed slugger reached base safely in 23 consecutive games (.500 OBP) from April 25-May 19 when he was playing for Clearwater. While at Reading, Listi posted a 16-game hitting streak (.387 AVG) from June 26-July 14, which was tied for the third-longest hitting streak in the Eastern League. Among all Phillies minor leaguers, he finished second in RBI and third in batting average this season. Additionally, he is the first Phillies minor leaguer since 2008 (Michael Taylor) to post a season slash line better than .310/.410/.500 (minimum 500 plate appearances). A native of Huffman, Texas, he was selected by the Phillies in the 17th round of the June 2017 draft out of Dallas Baptist University.

Parkinson posted a 1.45 ERA (20 ER, 124.1 IP), which was the lowest mark among all qualifying pitchers in Minor League Baseball during the 2018 season. The 22-year-old is the second Phillies minor leaguer to have the best ERA across the minors in one of the last three seasons (also: RHP Sixto Sanchez, 0.50 ERA in 2016). In 22 combined games (21 starts) between single-A Lakewood and Clearwater, Parkinson went 11-1 with 141 strikeouts, posted a 1.01 WHIP (91 H & 35 BB) and held opponents to a .202 batting average. From May 14-June 25, he logged a 34.0-inning streak in which he did not allow an earned run. The lefty from Henrico, Va., finished the season with the second-most strikeouts among all Phillies minor league pitchers and was tied for second in wins. Twice named South Atlantic League Pitcher of the Week this season, he was selected by the Phillies in the 12th round of the June 2017 draft out of the University of Mississippi.

"Austin and David both had incredible seasons in 2018," assistant general manager Bryan Minniti said. "Austin opened everyone's eyes with his offensive output, and he has a bright future in this game. David's competitiveness and ability to miss bats led to dominating performances at both Lakewood and Clearwater, which proved to be integral to both teams reaching the playoffs this year."

The Paul Owens Award was instituted in 1986 and is named for the late Paul Owens, who spent 48 years in the Phillies organization as a scout, farm director, general manager, manager and senior advisor. The players will receive their awards on the field on Sept. 28, prior to the Phillies' 7:05 p.m. game against the Atlanta Braves.

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Phillies Ballpark Buzz: Top Five Things to Know for Nationals Series (September 10-13)

Only 12 home games remain for the 2018 regular season - as the Phillies playoff race continues! The Phillies are returning to Citizens Bank Park on Monday and lead off the week with a three-game series against the Washington Nationals (September 10-13). Below are the top five things to know.

  1. Rhys Hoskins honored on-field as Phillies' nominee for the 2018 MLB Roberto Clemente Award on Monday.

On Monday, September 10, the Phillies will honor Rhys Hoskins for being their 2018 nominee for MLB's prestigious Roberto Clemente Award prior to the 7:05 p.m. game. Being presented by Phillies Charities, Inc. President John Weber, this award annually recognizes a player from each club who best represents the game of baseball through extraordinary character, community involvement, philanthropy and positive contributions, both on and off the field.

Only 12 home games remain for the 2018 regular season - as the Phillies playoff race continues! The Phillies are returning to Citizens Bank Park on Monday and lead off the week with a three-game series against the Washington Nationals (September 10-13). Below are the top five things to know.

  1. Rhys Hoskins honored on-field as Phillies' nominee for the 2018 MLB Roberto Clemente Award on Monday.

On Monday, September 10, the Phillies will honor Rhys Hoskins for being their 2018 nominee for MLB's prestigious Roberto Clemente Award prior to the 7:05 p.m. game. Being presented by Phillies Charities, Inc. President John Weber, this award annually recognizes a player from each club who best represents the game of baseball through extraordinary character, community involvement, philanthropy and positive contributions, both on and off the field.

  1. Phillies honor first responders from September 11, 2001, on Patriot Day Tuesday with pre-game salute and in-game base change.

The Phillies will honor those who lost their lives as a result of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, at Tuesday's 7:05 p.m. game during the team's Patriot Day Salute. Fans are invited to be in their seats by 6:30 p.m.:

  • National anthem and "God Bless America" will be performed by trumpeter Jonathan Packard.
  • An All Service Color Guard will present the colors.
  • Members of the Philadelphia Police Department and Philadelphia Fire Department, along with members of the United States Military, will carry the 50 state flags onto the field.

As part of Patriot Day, first responders on September 11, 2001 will be honored as the Rothman Hometown Heroes and change the bases in the third inning. Among those taking part are:

  • Deputy Dennis Reeves was with the District Court in Kennett Square, Pa. in 2001 and along with five other Pennsylvania State Constables volunteered to go to New York, where they worked at the tower site to attempt to locate the plane beacons.
  • Deputy Fire Commissioner Craig Murphy of the Philadelphia Fire Department led the Philadelphia Firefighters taskforce to assist the New York City Fire Department at Ground Zero.
  • Sergeant Paul Bryant of the Chester County, Pa. Sheriff's Office was at Ground Zero with his K9 partner Azeem. Bryant will be accompanied by his current K9 Don, a human remain detection (HRD) who won the United States Police Canine Association #1 Best in the Nation for cadaver award for 2016 and 2018.
  1. "French Quarter" returns to Citizens Bank Park to cheer on Aaron Nola on Wednesday.

On Wednesday, September 12, fans are again invited to purchase tickets in the "French Quarter," Sections 108 and 109, to cheer on Aaron Nola for his next scheduled start at the 7:05 p.m. Phillies game. The game ticket includes a Nola T-shirt and Mardi Gras beads. Plus, all fans can enjoy a taste of New Orleans, with jambalaya featuring shrimp, chicken and andouille sausage and hurricane cocktails for sale at the concession stand behind Section 109.

  1. Former Major League Baseball player and MLB Network analyst Eric Byrnes to stop at Citizens Bank Park on his way to completing his "Triathlon Across America" on Wednesday.

Also happening on Wednesday, former MLB outfielder Eric Byrnes will be introduced on-field prior to the Phillies game, as well as play WIFFLE ball with fans in The Yard. Byrnes is currently completing a "Triathlon Across America" for his Let Them Play Foundation in order to help bring awareness to the dwindling Physical Education programs in public schools across the country.

  1. Hundreds of young ballplayers to parade on-field Wednesday.

Also on Wednesday, Phillies Baseball Academy campers will parade around the field before the 7:05 p.m. Phillies game. These ballplayers participated in the 2018 Baseball Academy including: Malvern Prep, Archbishop Carroll High School, Great Valley High School, Moorestown High School, Pennington School, Upper Dublin High School and Wilmington Friends School.

Gate Openings: Ashburn Alley opens two hours prior to game time; all other gates open one and a half hours prior to game time.

Fandom: Check in using Ballpark, Citizens Bank Park's official mobile app, to receive special offers for retail, concessions and more. Also, follow the action via @Phillies on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and Snapchat.

Broadcast: For the most up-to-date TV and radio broadcast schedule, please go to Phillies.com. MLB.TV will carry all games during the season.

Traffic Alert: We want you to be aware that there will be two events taking place in the Sports Complex on Tuesday, September 11, and Wednesday, September 12: on both days there will be a Phillies game at 7:05 p.m. and an Elton John concert at 8:00 p.m. Please be aware that some parking lots may be unavailable or fill quicker than normal. Fans are encouraged to plan ahead and seek alternate areas to park if your usual lot of choice is full. Log on to www.511pa.com, www.511nj.org or call 511 from any phone to check traffic conditions. Transit services are also available, for a SEPTA schedule please visit www.septa.org.

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Scheiner, Warren and García Earn Organizational Honors for the Month of August

Lakewood third baseman Jake Scheiner, Lakewood left-hander Zach Warren and Gulf Coast League Phillies-West shortstop Luis García have been named Phillies Minor League Hitter, Pitcher and Defender of the Month, respectively, for August.

The 23-year-old Scheiner batted .347 (25-72) with six doubles, two triples, three home runs, 15 RBI, 12 walks, a .466 on-base percentage and 1.077 OPS in 21 games during August. He hit safely in each of his first 10 games in the month, and in 18 of his 21 total. Scheiner's .466 on-base percentage ranked fourth among all combined single-A players in August, and his 1.077 OPS ranked 10th. The 6-foot-1, 200-pound third baseman finished the season with the best on-base percentage (.372) in the South Atlantic League, ranked second in average (.296) and fourth in hits (134) and total bases (213). Scheiner was selected by the Phillies in the fourth round of the June 2017 draft.

Lakewood third baseman Jake Scheiner, Lakewood left-hander Zach Warren and Gulf Coast League Phillies-West shortstop Luis García have been named Phillies Minor League Hitter, Pitcher and Defender of the Month, respectively, for August.

The 23-year-old Scheiner batted .347 (25-72) with six doubles, two triples, three home runs, 15 RBI, 12 walks, a .466 on-base percentage and 1.077 OPS in 21 games during August. He hit safely in each of his first 10 games in the month, and in 18 of his 21 total. Scheiner's .466 on-base percentage ranked fourth among all combined single-A players in August, and his 1.077 OPS ranked 10th. The 6-foot-1, 200-pound third baseman finished the season with the best on-base percentage (.372) in the South Atlantic League, ranked second in average (.296) and fourth in hits (134) and total bases (213). Scheiner was selected by the Phillies in the fourth round of the June 2017 draft.

Warren, a 22-year-old reliever, appeared in nine games in relief, striking out 24 batters, walking two and allowing just two runs (one earned) in 10.0 innings of work. He converted all five of his save opportunities, improving to 15 of 16 on the season. No other pitcher in the minor leagues had as many strikeouts in as few innings pitched in August, and Warren finished his season with exactly 100 strikeouts in 56.2 innings, striking out 44.4 percent of the total batters he faced (100 of 225). He ranked second in the South Atlantic League in strikeouts per 9.0 innings among relievers (15.88) and second in saves. The Vineland, N.J., native was selected by the Phillies in the 14th round of the June 2017 draft.

García, 17, did not commit an error in his 18 games during August, all of which he played at shortstop. A native of San Pedro de Macorís in the Dominican Republic, García committed just one error in his final 37 games of the season, and led all qualifying Gulf Coast League shortstops in fielding percentage (.969, 5 errors in 159 chances). He also turned 11 double plays during his first professional season. García was signed by the Phillies as an amateur free agent on July 2, 2017.

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Labor Day Weekend Ballpark Buzz: Top Things to Know for Phillies vs. Cubs (Aug. 31- Sept. 2)

Phillies' 2008 World Series MVP Cole Hamels, along with the Chicago Cubs, is coming to Citizens Bank Park for a three-game series (Aug. 31- Sept. 2). Below are the top things to know.

  1. Phillies Salute to Champions on Friday.

On Friday, August 31, the Phillies will honor local softball and baseball teams that have reached their state championships and above. Congratulations to the following teams, who will be recognized on the field before that night's 7:05 p.m. game:

Phillies' 2008 World Series MVP Cole Hamels, along with the Chicago Cubs, is coming to Citizens Bank Park for a three-game series (Aug. 31- Sept. 2). Below are the top things to know.

  1. Phillies Salute to Champions on Friday.

On Friday, August 31, the Phillies will honor local softball and baseball teams that have reached their state championships and above. Congratulations to the following teams, who will be recognized on the field before that night's 7:05 p.m. game:

  • Audubon Invasion 10U & 12U Softball (Audubon, NJ) 
  • Berlin Little League 11-12 All-Stars (Berlin, MD)
  • Broomall-Newtown 13U (Broomall, PA)
  • Delaware Post 1 (Wilmington, DE)
  • Doylestown Tigers 11U (Doylestown, PA)
  • East Brandywine Bulls 12U (Downingtown, PA)
  • Frankford Pioneers (Philadelphia, PA)
  • Franklin Township Intermediate Little League (Franklinville, NJ)
  • Marlton Reds 10U (Marlton, NJ)
  • Mifflin County Junior Babe Ruth (Lewistown, PA)
  • Naamans Little League 16U All-Stars (Wilmington, DE)
  • Robbinsville Ravens (Robbinsville, NJ) 
  1. Adoptable Pets & Pet Collection at Phillies Bark at the Park on Friday!

Also on Friday, the Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) will have adoptable dogs at the "break" area behind Pavilion Section 210. There will be a PAWS collection for pets in need at the First Base Gate Plaza. Wish list items include bleach, laundry detergent, paper towels, trash bags (heavy duty/contractor only), bath towels and fleece blankets, and canned dog, cat and kitten food (no dry food).

Plus, dogs - along with their human owners and friends - are invited to watch the game from the Pavilion Deck (Sections 306-310) as part of Phillies' Bark at the Park Theme Night. Each dog will receive an exclusive Bark at the Park dog toy and each human ticket will include a $12 concession credit that can be used anywhere in the ballpark. This event is limited to the first 350 dogs and tickets must be purchased in advance through the Bark at the Park Theme Night page. Some of the event proceeds will benefit PAWS.

  1. #BeBold #PhilliesGoGold! Nemours Childhood Cancer Awareness Night on Saturday to honor local patients for their bravery in the fight against cancer.

The Phillies are partnering with Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, the official children's hospital of the Phillies, to host Childhood Cancer Awareness Night on Saturday, September 1. Special pregame activities with local patients will start at 5:35 p.m. and occur throughout the 7:05 p.m. Phillies game, including a "Lineup of Courage" featuring nine youngsters from Nemours and other local hospitals with Phillies players on the first baseline prior to the national anthem.

To help raise funds for pediatric cancer research, fans can purchase a Childhood Cancer Awareness Theme Night ticket and receive a #PhilliesGoGold hoodie. A portion of the proceeds from each ticket purchased through this event will benefit pediatric cancer research through the Nemours Foundation.

Nemours Childhood Cancer Awareness Night is one of several #BeBold #PhilliesGoGold events, part of a month-long initiative by Major League Baseball to create awareness of pediatric cancer.

  1. Enjoy Bud and Burger Night on Saturday.

Saturday is also Bud & Burger Night! Phillies Club Ambassador Mickey Morandini will be at the Boardwalk Eats Burger stand near the Left Field Plaza from 5:30 - 6:45 p.m. to sign autographs and chat with fans. Fans 21 and older are invited to enjoy specials on Budweiser throughout the ballpark. Plus, discounts on Bud & Burgers will be available at the Hatfield grill stands at Sections 106, 120, 135, 136 and the Boardwalk Eats Burger stand in left field.

  1. Get ready to go back to school in style with a Backpack Cooler giveaway for kids on Sunday. Plus, fans invited to the "French Quarter" of Citizens Bank Park to cheer on Aaron Nola.

On Sunday, September 2, kids 14 & under will receive a Backpack Cooler courtesy of Fante's Plumbing, Heating and Air at the 1:35 p.m. Phillies game.

Also, fans are invited to purchase tickets in the "French Quarter," Sections 108 and 109, to cheer on Aaron Nola for his next scheduled start on Sunday. The game ticket includes a Nola T-shirt and Mardi Gras beads. Plus, all fans can enjoy a taste of New Orleans, with jambalaya featuring shrimp, chicken and andouille sausage and hurricane cocktails for sale at the concession stand behind Section 109.

Gate Openings: Ashburn Alley opens two hours prior to game time; all other gates open one and a half hours prior to game time.

Fandom: Check in using Ballpark, Citizens Bank Park's official mobile app, to receive special offers for retail, concessions and more. Also, follow the action via @Phillies on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and Snapchat.

Broadcast: For the most up-to-date TV and radio broadcast schedule, please go to Phillies.com. MLB.TV will carry all games during the season.

Traffic Alert: We want you to be aware that there will be two events taking place in the Sports Complex on Saturday, September 1: the Temple Football game at Lincoln Financial Field at 12:00 p.m. and the Phillies game at 7:05 p.m. Please be aware that some parking lots may be unavailable or fill quicker than normal. Fans are encouraged to plan ahead and seek alternate areas to park if your usual lot of choice is full. Log on to www.511pa.com, www.511nj.org or call 511 from any phone to check traffic conditions. Transit services are also available, for a SEPTA schedule please visit www.septa.org.

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2019 Phillies Spring Training Schedule Announced

Grapefruit League Home Opener on February 23; Phillies play the Yankees on St. Patrick's Day

Earlier this afternoon, Major League Baseball announced the 2019 Phillies Spring Training schedule.

The club will kick off Spring Training in Port Charlotte against the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday, February 22, followed by their Grapefruit League home opener on Saturday, February 23, against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Spectrum Field in Clearwater, Fla.

Earlier this afternoon, Major League Baseball announced the 2019 Phillies Spring Training schedule.

The club will kick off Spring Training in Port Charlotte against the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday, February 22, followed by their Grapefruit League home opener on Saturday, February 23, against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Spectrum Field in Clearwater, Fla.

The official Phillies Spring Training schedule features 16 home games at Spectrum Field, including matchups against the Detroit Tigers, Minnesota Twins, Baltimore Orioles, St. Louis Cardinals, New York Yankees, Toronto Blue Jays, Tampa Bay Rays and Houston Astros.

Other highlights include the annual St. Patrick's game against the Yankees on Sunday, March 17.

Before the club returns to Philadelphia to open the season against the Braves on Thursday, March 28, at Citizens Bank Park, they will play their final home Spring Training game on Monday, March 25, against the Rays.

Fans can view the full Spring Training schedule (subject to change) on phillies.com. Game times and television dates will be posted on phillies.com at a later date.

Upcoming Spring Training Ticket Dates

Spring Training three-game packs will go on sale in November. Individual ticket sales for Spring Training games will begin on Wednesday, January 9. Fans can check phillies.com for on-sale updates.

Spring Training Fan Trips

Once again, the club will be offering exclusive fan trips to beautiful, sunny Clearwater to see the Phillies in action at Spring Training. These trips include two Grand Slam packages (March 7-10 and March 14-17) and a Seniors Trip (March 6-11). Just go to Phillies.com/PhilliesVacations for all the details.

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Phillies Acquire Bautista

The Phillies have acquired infielder/outfielder José Bautista from the New York Mets in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations, General Manger Matt Klentak announced.

 

The Phillies have acquired infielder/outfielder José Bautista from the New York Mets in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations, General Manger Matt Klentak announced.

 

A six-time All-Star and three-time Silver Slugger Award winner, Bautista has combined to hit .196 (55-280) with 14 doubles, 11 home runs, 42 RBI, 56 walks and a .339 on-base percentage in 95 games for the Atlanta Braves and New York Mets this season. Coming off the bench as either a pinch-hitter or defensive replacement, he is hitting .350 (7-20) with 11 RBI and a 1.112 OPS. With runners in scoring position, Bautista is batting .284 with six doubles, three home runs and 31 RBI. Defensively, the 37-year-old has made 73 starts this season: 41 in right field, 17 at third base, 13 in left field and two at first base.

Now in his 15th major league season, the Phillies will be Bautista's eighth team after stints with the Baltimore Orioles (2004), Tampa Bay Devil Rays (2004), Kansas City Royals (2004), Pittsburgh Pirates (2004-08), Toronto Blue Jays (2008-17), Braves (2018) and Mets (2018). The right-handed hitter owns a .247 batting average with 308 doubles, 17 triples, 342 home runs, 969 RBI, 1,021 walks and an .836 OPS in 1,771 career major league games. He is currently 15 hits shy of 1,500 for his career. Bautista ranks fourth in the majors in home runs (283) since the start of 2010. He was originally selected by the Pirates in the 20th round of the June 2000 draft.

To make room for Bautista on the 40-man roster, right-hander Mark Leiter Jr. was designated for assignment. A corresponding 25-man roster move will be made once Bautista reports.

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Phillies Players Attending PSPCA's Puppapalooza Announced! Rhys Hoskins, Adam Morgan, Roman Quinn Among Lineup at Thursday's Benefit to Help Animals in Need

Tickets are on sale now for "Puppapalooza at the Pier," featuring special appearances by Phillies players, all to help animals in need!

The Pennsylvania SPCA is inviting baseball fans and animal lovers alike to this Phillies-themed event, being held on Thursday, August 30, 2018, from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. at Morgan's Pier, 221 N Christopher Columbus Blvd, Philadelphia, PA.

Tickets are on sale now for "Puppapalooza at the Pier," featuring special appearances by Phillies players, all to help animals in need!

The Pennsylvania SPCA is inviting baseball fans and animal lovers alike to this Phillies-themed event, being held on Thursday, August 30, 2018, from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. at Morgan's Pier, 221 N Christopher Columbus Blvd, Philadelphia, PA.

This fun-filled evening will take place on the Phillies off-day, and feature players as Celebrity Bartenders with a lineup that includes outfielders Rhys Hoskins, Roman Quinn, and Nick Williams, pitchers Adam Morgan and Hector Neris, catcher Andrew Knapp and more.

Other highlights include photo opportunities with Rhys Hoskins' dog, Rookie, as well as the Phillie Phanatic, Phillies Ballgirls, and adoptable dogs. The event also features raffles, games, music and more.

Tickets are expected to sell out. General admission tickets are available for $40, while VIP tickets are $75. VIP tickets include pre-event cocktails and access to the players in a VIP lounge area.

To purchase tickets, or for additional information, visit: https://www.pspca.org/puppapalooza.

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Ballpark Buzz: Top Things to Know for Phillies vs. Nationals (August 27-29)

On Monday, the Phillies return to host the Washington Nationals (August 27-29) at Citizens Bank Park. Below are the top things to know.

  1. Take a trip to baseball paradise at Margaritaville Night on Monday!

Escape to Citizens Bank Park on Monday, August 27 for the Phillies inaugural Margaritaville Night! Join Parrot Heads, beach lovers and baseball fans for a night of fun in paradise at the 7:05 p.m. Phillies game. Before the game, Jimmy Buffett tribute band "Jimmy and the Parrots" will perform from 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. in Ashburn Alley.

On Monday, the Phillies return to host the Washington Nationals (August 27-29) at Citizens Bank Park. Below are the top things to know.

  1. Take a trip to baseball paradise at Margaritaville Night on Monday!

Escape to Citizens Bank Park on Monday, August 27 for the Phillies inaugural Margaritaville Night! Join Parrot Heads, beach lovers and baseball fans for a night of fun in paradise at the 7:05 p.m. Phillies game. Before the game, Jimmy Buffett tribute band "Jimmy and the Parrots" will perform from 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. in Ashburn Alley.

Fans purchasing tickets through the Theme Nights Page will receive an exclusive Margaritaville Night T-shirt giveaway. Plus, a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Singing For Change Charitable Foundation, Inc.

  1. César Hernandez to be presented with the Heart and Hustle Award on Monday. Plus, Saint Joseph's University Athletic Director Don DiJulia to be honored with a ceremonial first pitch.

Also on Monday, César Hernandez will be presented with the Phillies 2018 Heart and Hustle Award on-field by the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association (MLBPAA) before the 7:05 p.m. Phillies game. This award recognizes active players who demonstrate a passion for the game of baseball and best embody the values, spirit and traditions of the game. The Heart and Hustle Award is also the only award in Major League Baseball that is voted on by former players.

Plus, the Phillies will honor Don DiJulia, long-time Saint Joseph's University Athletic Director, with a ceremonial first pitch prior to the game. One of the most respected administrators in college athletics, DiJulia retired at the end of the 2017-18 academic year. He has been inducted into the Saint Joseph's Athletic Hall of Fame, the Big 5 Hall of Fame and the ECAC Hall of Fame.

  1. Help strike out hunger with the Rotary food collection on Tuesday. Plus, donate new, handmade blankets to children in need at Stitch-N-Pitch Night through Project Linus.

On Tuesday, August 28, a food collection will be held at all gates. Donate non-perishable food and help those in need through Philabundance as part of Rotary Strike Out Hunger Night at the 7:05 p.m. Phillies game.

Plus, Tuesday is the 12th annual Stitch-N-Pitch Night. Needlearts enthusiasts are invited to knit, crochet, embroider, cross-stitch and needlepoint while enjoying the game. Fans purchasing tickets through the Theme Nights Page will receive a Stitch-N-Pitch t-shirt.

Fans are invited to donate a new, handmade blanket to a child in need to Project Linus. These blankets will be distributed locally to children in hospitals, shelters, social service agencies and anywhere else children are in need. Collection boxes will be located at the "break" area behind Pavilion Section 210.

  1. See the Mummers strut at Mummers Night on Tuesday!

Also on Tuesday, celebrate mummery at Mummers Night with performances by the Greater Kensington String Band on-field pregame, on the main concourse and with the Phanatic in the fifth inning.

  1. Are your spidey senses tingling? Wednesday is MARVEL Super Hero™ Day.

Calling all Super Hero™ fans, Wednesday, August 29 is MARVEL Super Hero™ Day! Fans are encouraged to dress up as their favorite Super Heroes™ at the 7:05 p.m. Phillies game.

Plus, fans purchasing tickets through the Theme Nights Page will receive a limited-edition Phillies Hulk bobblehead.

Gate Openings: Ashburn Alley opens two hours prior to game time; all other gates open one and a half hours prior to game time.

Fandom: Check in using Ballpark, Citizens Bank Park's official mobile app, to receive special offers for retail, concessions and more. Also, follow the action via @Phillies on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and Snapchat.

Broadcast: For the most up-to-date TV and radio broadcast schedule, please go to Phillies.com. MLB.TV will carry all games during the season.

Traffic: Log on to www.511pa.com, www.511nj.org or call 511 from any phone to check traffic conditions. Transit services are also available, for a SEPTA schedule please visit www.septa.org.

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2019 Phillies Season Schedule Announced

Interleague play to feature AL Central teams, including the Twins, Tigers and White Sox in Philadelphia

The Phillies 2019 season leads off with the club's home opener against the Atlanta Braves on Thursday, March 28, at Citizens Bank Park.

The start of the season also features interleague play with teams from the American League Central, when the Phillies host the Minnesota Twins for a weekend series on April 5-7, and then Detroit Tigers on April 30 and May 1.

The Phillies 2019 season leads off with the club's home opener against the Atlanta Braves on Thursday, March 28, at Citizens Bank Park.

The start of the season also features interleague play with teams from the American League Central, when the Phillies host the Minnesota Twins for a weekend series on April 5-7, and then Detroit Tigers on April 30 and May 1.

Additional interleague play continues when the Chicago White Sox come to Philadelphia on August 2 and the Boston Red Sox on the weekend of September 14-15.

The final homestand of the regular season brings the Miami Marlins to Philadelphia, September 27-29.

"As we look forward to an exciting final six weeks of the 2018 regular season, we are pleased to announce the 2019 schedule," said John Weber, Phillies Senior Vice President of Ticket Operations & Projects.

More Schedule Notes

  • Interleague play also takes the Phillies on the road to play the Kansas City Royals, Detroit Tigers, Boston Red Sox and Cleveland Indians.
  • The 2019 promotions schedule will be available at a later date with giveaways and events for fans of all ages.
  • The schedule is subject to change. 

 

Ticket On-Sale Dates

  • The Phillies are now taking deposits for 2019 season ticket plans; 2019 season ticket deposit accounts will receive 2018 postseason ticket access.
  • Three-game pack tickets will go on sale in late November.
  • Group tickets will go on sale in mid-December.
  • Individual tickets will go on sale in February.

For the 2019 Phillies schedule as well as the most up-to-date Phillies information, including specific ticket on-sale dates, schedule updates, game times, promotions and television listings, go to phillies.com.

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