By Steve Tawa

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – It may be the off-season for baseball but dozens of young women were on their game Friday at Citizens Bank Park as the Phillies held tryouts to be one of the club’s ballgirls.

They were interviewed American Idol style and then showed off their on the field skills.

Director of fan development and educational programs Megan Essman:phillies ballgirls2 The Phillies Hold Tryouts For Future Ballgirls

“They all have softball experience. Now we’re putting them through the ringer to see what level of play they’re at and to see if they could be a  ballgirl.”

One of the applicants, Leanne McCarron, works at Penn’s law school and is a life-long Phillies fan:

“It’s really going to come down to personality in our interview that makes the difference. I look forward to the charity aspect of what the ballgirls get to do and being part of the organization.”

They’ll hire about five or six new ballgirls and bring back about ten women from last year. Phils’ manager of community and charity events Michele DeVicaris says it helps to mix veterans with rookies just like they do in the pros:

“They give them an idea of what it is to actually be a ballgirl. They’re the ones out in the community and on the baseball field.”

Reported by: Steve Tawa, KYW Newsradio

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