With One Ring in the Books, Legger Goes For Two

he said in a ClawCast the night the BlueClaws clinched the title. “27 years, losing to Clemens 2-1, Erik Bedard 1-0. I could tell you horror stories.”

The first was in 1983, when Legg played for Double-A Reading and reached the playoffs, only to be knocked out by a hot shot right-hander just drafted out of Texas.

The second was 2000, when he managed Piedmont (the Phillies SAL affiliate before Lakewood). He thought he was set up with Brett Myers and Ryan Madson, but they lost game three of the first round to Delmarva and Bedard 1-0.

So 2009, as BlueClaws hitting coach, was his first ring as a minor league player, coach or manager (he did get a ring as part of the Phillies 2008 World Series title, as a member of the organization who coached many of the key contributors in the parent-club’s championship).

Now, it’s back to work. Minor league coaches and players are in Clearwater. Spring training is underway, and Legg will be back in his role as hitting coach with the BlueClaws when the season starts in April. But it’s certainly a different spring training than it was in his first in 1983.

“The facilities are now state-of-the-art,” he said earlier this week. “You name it we got it. Players have a better opportunity and are fed a much better breakfast and lunch. In the old days, Popsicles and soup were the meals of choice.”

He added his favorite part of spring training is the first and last day. “It’s fun seeing how relaxed everyone is, plus seeing friends and teammates at the beginning of the year.” Of course the last day, the games count.

And on the Roy Halladay trade: “We’re going to miss (Travis) d’Arnaud and I’ll enjoy following his progress, but getting the best RH or pitcher in the game is a great asset to our organization.”

Looking forward to seeing Legger as the season kicks off. Opening day is now less than five weeks away, and the home opener is six weeks from today.

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