Klentak greeting 48 new faces at Phillies Spring Training

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Phillies General Manager Matt Klentak speaks at Spring Training. (WPVI)

Philadelphia Phillies pitchers and catchers reported to Clearwater, Florida Wednesday to begin Spring Training.

Just as important as bringing your glove to camp is picking up a photo roster to figure out who's who.

There are a whopping 48 new Phillies players in camp this year.

Clearwater certainly looks a lot different for Spring Training this year. Ryan Howard and Carlos Ruiz are the only remaining players from the 2008 World Series Championship team.

Cole Hamels, Chase Utley, and Jimmy Rollins are gone.

There is a new manager in Pete Mackanin and a new general manager in Matt Klentak.

Klentak needs a photo roster himself to determine who some of the players are.

"Walking through the clubhouse yesterday and this morning, I'm stopping to introduce myself to everybody. I'm like, 'Nice to meet you. I've been talking about you all winter," Klentak said.

Klentak is not alone, though.

Phillies pitcher Aaron Nola said, "The guys from last year [I recognize.] We got a lot of new guys, a lot of new faces I've never seen before. I'm meeting a lot of new guys. I think it's going to be a challenge and we're going to push each other to Spring Training."

Klentak says he wants to see effort, energy, and he wants the guys to make a very good first impression.

"I hope we get to a point where this team competes daily, competes nightly. I think that starts with pitching. If you can throw the game on the mound then you give yourself a chance. Ultimately, I'll answer this a similar way I have all winter and it's really the God's honest truth, the development of the players, that's what ultimately is going to dictate how many games we win this year, next year, the following year, etc. Players age at different rates, at different times, there are injuries that will inevitably happen in every organization and we're no different than that," Klentak said.
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