You’re Fined! And You’re Fined! Everybody Is Fined!
The Phillies are sweating the small stuff this spring because they know they have little room for error. So Phillies manager Pete Mackanin is fining his players 50 cents at a time for those little mistakes on the field.
“If you don’t get a bunt down, everyone pays 50 cents,” Mackanin said before Thursday night’s Grapefruit League game against the Braves at Champion Stadium. “If you don’t hustle, everyone pays 50 cents. If you miss a cutoff man, everyone pays 50 cents.
“It’s a way to be picky about little things, like you made it into second base, but you should’ve slid. You hit a double, but you coasted into second when you should’ve come around hard in case the guy bobbles the ball. Fifty cents. It allows me to be a real (jerk) about things like that. What, are you going to complain about 50 cents?”
So how much is in the pot at this point?
“We’re closing in 1,000 dollars,” Mackanin said.
He said the proceeds likely will go to the Baseball Assistance Team.
“When I announce the fines and this week you have $2.50, a half dozen players get on that guy,” Mackanin said. “Not meanly, but like, ‘Come on, don’t do that anymore.’”