Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Lidge arrives as guest instructor at Phillies camp

From throwing out the first pitch of alumni weekend last year to officially retiring as a Phillie, Brad Lidge has managed to keep close ties to the organization since leaving the game. He'll be back in uniform for the next week or so to help the team's pitchers.

Lidge arrives as guest instructor at Phillies camp

Former Phillies closer Brad Lidge. (Matt Rourke/AP file photo)
Former Phillies closer Brad Lidge. (Matt Rourke/AP file photo)

First came Roy Halladay, Larry Andersen, Dave Hollins and Gary Matthews. On Wednesday, Brad Lidge joined the list of former beloved Phillies to put the uniform back on as a guest instructor this spring.

Lidge said he'll sit in the bullpen during games and watch the side sessions of many of the young pitchers in camp, too, hoping he can share some of the knowledge he gained in his own 11-year career.

"I think one of the biggest things I can help guys out with is talking about game plans, when you’re coming up it can be a lot different than a guy who’s already there and knows what he’s doing," Lidge said. "I think because the Phillies have a lot of good young arms, that’s part of it obviously, part of the equation. But the other part is knowing what you’re doing when you get out there. And not just your routine physically but mentally as well. ... Hopefully I can relate something that clicks with them."

Lidge, 37, will be in camp for a little more than a week before returning to his home in Colorado. Two months ago, the personable and knowledgeable Lidge was one of Comcast SportsNet's top choices to replace Chris Wheeler and Matthews as a color commentator in the Phillies broadcast booth.

More coverage
Final season stats for Phillies
Download FREE Philly Sports Now app for iPhone!
Buy Phillies jerseys and other gear
WATCH: Daily fantasy baseball updates

Lidge said he wanted to spend his time a recent retiree hanging out with his family more, and he reiterated that on Wednesday. But he also plans to keep a hand in baseball in one way or another moving forward.

"I enjoy right now doing stuff from MLB Radio," Lidge said of his weekly show, which airs on Sundays. "I’m doing the show out of my house - that spoils me a little bit. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t enjoy that a lot. I am enjoying radio stuff. I don’t know if broadcasting is the right avenue. As I’ve said before, I was flattered with the opportunity to possibly have a position in that, but I think right now, something like this goes a long ways. And slowly getting back into, being involved with the Phillies organization in little ways like this, and at the same time, keeping a radio job. It allows me to stay in touch with baseball in a pretty fun way."

Lidge is also currently working on his master's degree in Roman archaeology. 

Get the full High Cheese experience at

Daily News Staff Writer
We encourage respectful comments but reserve the right to delete anything that doesn't contribute to an engaging dialogue.
Help us moderate this thread by flagging comments that violate our guidelines.

Comment policy: comments are intended to be civil, friendly conversations. Please treat other participants with respect and in a way that you would want to be treated. You are responsible for what you say. And please, stay on topic. If you see an objectionable post, please report it to us using the "Report Abuse" option.

Please note that comments are monitored by staff. We reserve the right at all times to remove any information or materials that are unlawful, threatening, abusive, libelous, defamatory, obscene, vulgar, pornographic, profane, indecent or otherwise objectionable. Personal attacks, especially on other participants, are not permitted. We reserve the right to permanently block any user who violates these terms and conditions.

Additionally comments that are long, have multiple paragraph breaks, include code, or include hyperlinks may not be posted.

Read 0 comments
comments powered by Disqus
About this blog
High Cheese is your place for the best Phillies coverage from the Daily News.

David Murphy Daily News Staff Writer
Ryan Lawrence Daily News Staff Writer
Latest Videos:
Also on
letter icon Newsletter