Atlantic City Press - April 3, 1980

Phillies Will Keep Camp Open


CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) — Philadelphia Phillies owner Ruly Carpenter said Wednesday his organization would comply with instructions from the major league clubs’ Player Relations Committee and open training camp to the players. 


"We received a communication bulletin from Ray Grebey this afternoon," Carpenter said. “Tomorrow morning, Paul Owens and I will talk to the club at Jack Russell Stadium. We hope all players will remain here with the club and work out." 


Grebey is chief negotiator for the owners in a contract dispute with the players. 


Major league baseball players voted Tuesday to refuse to play for the remainder of the exhibition season but to play in games after the start of the regular season April 9. 


If the players have not reached contract agreement with the owners by May 22, they say they will go on strike. 


A Phillies spokesman said there are 31 players in camp.

Mainland Hosts Vineland And Phillie Phanatic


Mainland High School will feature the antics of the Phillie Phanatic at its game with Vineland starting 3:30 this afternoon. 


The Phanatic, dressed in oversized shoes and a large green outfit complete with a snout, has entertained Veterans Stadium crowds for two seasons. 


He will be on hand from  3:30 to 5:30 p.m. 


Admission to the public is free. The game itself features two possible contenders for the Southern Division title.