Good morning! Here’s what’s up:
NEW SPECTRUM: Bright House Field in Clearwater has been renamed Spectrum Field, effective immediately.
Spectrum Field is where the Clearwater Threshers play; it’s also home to Phillies spring training.
Charter Communications – the second-largest cable company in America to Comcast – purchased Bright House Networks last year. It also acquired Time Warner Cable. Charter’s cable service is branded Spectrum, so now you know why you’ve seen so many Spectrum ads lately.
The Phillies own a 25 percent stake in Comcast SportsNet, and they do own the Threshers. But this isn’t in conflict with Charter renaming Bright House Field – naming rights are just that; plus, the City of Clearwater – not the Phillies – owns Spectrum Field.
BEATO AROUND THE BUSH: Lost in the hubbub of … okay, just lost … was the Phillies’ signing Saturday of relief pitcher Pedro Beato.
Beato, 30, had a 2.65 ERA and 62 strikeouts last season for the triple-A Norfolk Tides. He last pitched in the majors in 2014, but only getting into three games with the Braves.
Beato was signed to a minor league deal, so he’s filler and insurance in case something were to happen in the bullpen.