Mike Schmidt has an undisclosed health issue. (rsvlts.com)
On Thursday it was reported that Hall of Famer and all-time Phillie great Mike Schmidt is dealing with an undisclosed health issue that will prohibit him from being a guest instructor at the Philadelphia Phillies Spring Training camp this year.
Now 64, Schmidt’s plan is to visit the camp in the middle of March, but for the first time in over 10 years, he won’t be an instructor, opting instead to “remain near his doctors,” according to a statement released by the team.
Schmidt will also visit Philadelphia throughout the summer if things go according to plan, but of course, we have no idea how serious his ailment is. But if it’s serious enough that he doesn’t want to be far away from his doctors, that’s a big concern.
We can only hope for the best. Growing up as a Phillie fan, we were always a huge supporter of Schmidt and watching him dominate in his heyday in the mid to late ’70s is among our favourite baseball memories. He epitomized “feared slugger” in his day.
Guest instructors for the Phillies this spring will include the recently retired Roy Halladay, Brad Lidge, Dave Hollins, Gary Matthews and Larry Anderson.
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