Inquirer staff writer Jim Salisbury reports:
Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt, in spring training as a guest instructor, gave his annual State of the Phillies/Game address this morning in Clearwater.
Schmidt touched on the Phillies' chance of repeating: Very good if they stay healthy.
He touched on Alex Rodriguez’ admission that he used performance enhancers.
"I’d welcome him if he got elected to the Hall of Fame," Schmidt said of A-Rod. "I always seem to walk down the middle of the fence. I understand the old, hard-line guys that use the words, `he cheated, he cheated.’ And the other guys that go, `It was a culture thing back then.’ If you played then, you would have been tempted, too. People in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones. I don’t want to get that wrong. We’ve all got some things in our closet."
Schmidt once again indicated that he would have been tempted to use steroids if presented with the chance to take them when he was playing. He had said that before.
Before the interview ended, we had a little fun.
Schmidt was a stalwart on the 1980 World Series champion Phillies.
Which team would win in a matchup between the 1980 club and the 2008 club?
"That's not a good question," Schmidt said with a laugh. "We've already gone through that."
Then Schmidt answered the question.
"Probably these guys," he said of the current club. "Bigger, stronger, faster. Yeah, no doubt in my mind. It would go seven games. It would probably turn on a Schmidt error. Bowa picks it up, throws to first, and Bruce Froemming calls him safe. And the '08 team wins in a controversial play that's talked about for years."
Bright and sunny here, pushing 70 with a nice breeze.