In light of Cole Hamels’ recent scuffle, could the timing of the Phillies recent organizational report in Baseball America (registration required) come at a worse time?
The Phillies held a “leadership seminar” for 16 prospects, among them Gavin Floyd, Ryan Howard and Hamels. There were no workouts, no pitching, no hitting. Instead, the seminar likely consisted of lectures and discussions with the four administrators who ran it: assistant general manager Mike Arbuckle, farm director Steve Noworyta, director of Latin American operations Sal Artiaga and employee assistance specialist Dickie Noles.
According to BA, “The players participated in workshops dealing with mental toughness, setting and reaching goals, and how to deal with media. They also heard of the dangers of alcohol and drug abuse, including steroids.”
“I sensed the kids got a lot out of it,” Noworyta told the magazine.
Looks like Hamels might need a refresher.