Happy Spring Training Day!
Pitchers and catchers have reported, and in most cases position players have started to trickle in as well. The Arizona Diamondbacks have their first “full-squad” workout later today, and by the weekend all teams will be going through the motions of getting ready for the new season.
This off-season was one of the strangest I can remember in quite some time, what with shocking free agent contracts (Shane Victorino), teams trading top prospects (Wil Myers and Trevor Bauer), and the Houston Astros doing everything they can to keep their payroll below $20 million dollars.
The New York Mets and Miami Marlins continue to be under financial scrutiny, and the Toronto Blue Jays seem to think they can take advantage of being in Canada and tried to play this year with a 33 man roster.
The Hall of Fame elected three dead guys, and Alex Rodriguez’ name came up again in a steriod scandal, which some people found more interesting than the fact he very well may miss the entire season after undergoing hip surgery in January.
Living in Arizona drastically shortens the off-season for me, especially since I work for the Arizona Fall League and my “season” doesn’t end until the week before Thanksgiving, and despite all the distractions this year was no exception.
It seems just like yesterday I was sitting in the press box at the Peoria Sports Complex with MLB.com writer Bernie Pleskoff (Twitter: @BerniePleskoff, give him a follow, he will respond to questions) wondering if Billy Hamilton will hit enough to play regularly (he won’t).
I went to breakfast with a buddy on Tuesday morning and drove past the Rangers and Royals complex near my house, and there were players on both sides running, hitting and throwing, so I can confirm at least two teams have started.
I know some people here won’t believe what someone else says and unless they see players on the field themselves Spring Training is just a rumor, but it is true.
And, now, thankfully, for the next seven months, we can put the past behind us, because….
..where the only WAR that matters takes place on the field