Lidge, Halladay guests on Sandberg's ST staff

Lidge, Halladay guests on Sandberg's ST staff
January 22, 2014, 1:00 pm
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Brad Lidge (left) and Roy Halladay are two of five special guest instructors on Ryne Sandberg's spring training coaching staff. (AP)

Five special guests will join Ryne Sandberg's 26-man spring training coaching staff.

Roy Halladay, Brad Lidge, Dave Hollins, Gary "Sarge" Matthews and Larry Andersen will serve as guest instructors in Clearwater.

Mike Schmidt, who has been a guest instructor in Clearwater for years, will be absent from spring training because of an undisclosed health matter.

"Mike is treating a health issue. It requires him to remain near his doctors and he will be unable to attend spring training as a field instructor this year," a statement from the Phillies read. 

"He plans to visit camp in the middle of March as part of his marketing relationship with the Phillies, and continue his normal visits to Philadelphia during the summer."

Halladay, who retired in early December after a brilliant, potentially Hall of Fame-worthy 16-year career, lives in the Clearwater area. The proximity of his home to the Phils' spring training complex was a major reason he wanted to join the team prior to the 2010 season.

Lidge, who retired last year, saved exactly 100 games for the Phillies over four years, and was a perfect 48 for 48 in their World Series year of 2008. He was believed to be a candidate for the Phils' color commentator vacancy, but he told the Daily News earlier this month that the timing wasn't right.

Hollins, 47, was an All-Star in 1993 when the Phils lost to the Blue Jays in the World Series. He hit .257 with a .361 on-base percentage in seven seasons with the Phils. (Perhaps he can teach some players how to take a pitch?) Hollins is now a special assignment scout in the organization.

Matthews, who was relieved of his broadcasting duties earlier this month, was an All-Star leftfielder for the 1983 NL champion Phillies. He also spent seven years as a coach for the Blue Jays, Brewers and Cubs.

Andersen is entering his 18th season as a Phillies broadcaster. He's currently the Phils' radio color commentator alongside Scott Franzke. Andersen pitched six seasons with the Phillies -- including stints with the 1983 and 1993 NL champion teams -- and compiled 699 appearances over 17 big-league seasons.

Here's the full list of the Phillies' 26-member spring training coaching staff:

Ryne Sandberg

Larry Bowa
Steve Henderson
Bob McClure
Pete Mackanin
John Mizerock
Rod Nichols
Juan Samuel
Jesus Tiamo
Doug Mansolino
Carlos Arroyo
Andy Tracy
Chris Truby
Andy Abad
Ernie Whitt
Dave Brundage
Mickey Morandini
Sal Rende
Ray Burris
Mike Compton
Jorge Velandia
Roly deArmas
Roy Halladay
Brad Lidge
Dave Hollins
Gary Matthews
Larry Andersen