Buster Olney begins his column this morning by waxing poetic about the beginning of Spring Training.
There is no greener green than the green of baseball fields at the start of spring training. They are untouched, mostly, except for the regular washings they receive from sprinklers.
The fields aren’t the only thing that’s greener than green at the beginning of the Spring. As baseball fans, our collective hopes have yet to be inundated with a 162 games of soul killing errors, poor bullpen management and players swinging at baseballs outside the zone with a 3-1 count. The saying goes that hope springs eternal, and it’s no coincidence that hope and Spring are mentioned in the same breath. Every year, we begin the baseball season with optimism, forgetting the frustrations of the previous season, and holding out hope that this year, yeah this will be the one where our team finally does it.
Here’s a chart of the reporting dates for each club:
|Organization||Pitchers & Catchers||Position Players|
|Arizona D-Backs||Feb. 13||Feb. 18|
|Atlanta Braves||Feb. 14||Feb. 18|
|Baltimore Orioles||Feb. 13||Feb. 20|
|Boston Red Sox||Feb. 14||Feb. 18|
|Chicago Cubs||Feb. 14||Feb. 18|
|Chicago White Sox||Feb. 17||Feb. 21|
|Cincinnati Reds||Feb. 16||Feb. 19|
|Cleveland Indians||Feb. 16||Feb. 19|
|Colorado Rockies||Feb. 14||Feb. 21|
|Detroit Tigers||Feb. 13||Feb. 18|
|Florida Marlins||Feb. 18||Feb. 21|
|Houston Astros||Feb. 15||Feb. 19|
|Kansas City Royals||Feb. 14||Feb. 18|
|Los Angeles Angels||Feb. 14||Feb. 18|
|Los Angeles Dodgers||Feb. 16||Feb. 21|
|Milwaukee Brewers||Feb. 16||Feb. 21|
|Minnesota Twins||Feb. 16||Feb. 22|
|New York Mets||Feb. 16||Feb. 20|
|New York Yankees||Feb. 14||Feb. 19|
|Oakland Athletics||Feb. 15||Feb. 20|
|Philadelphia Phillies||Feb. 13||Feb. 18|
|Pittsburgh Pirates||Feb. 13||Feb. 18|
|St. Louis Cardinals||Feb. 13||Feb. 18|
|San Diego Padres||Feb. 13||Feb. 18|
|San Francisco Giants||Feb. 14||Feb. 18|
|Seattle Mariners||Feb. 13||Feb. 18|
|Tampa Bay Rays||Feb. 15||Feb. 20|
|Texas Rangers||Feb. 16||Feb. 19|
|Toronto Blue Jays||Feb. 13||Feb. 18|
|Washington Nationals||Feb. 16||Feb. 21|
And The Rest
It’s time to play Choose Your Own Adventure: Joe Maddon’s Big Night.
Albert Pujols rejected the first contract offer he received from the St. Louis Cardinals. Pujols’ self imposed deadline is only two days away.
The success and failure rates of MLB prospects gets the graph treatment.
Newsflash: The Mariners will look to improve on last year’s offense. The most shocking news of the Spring so far.
Larry King was introduced to Bernie Madoff through the Mets owners.
Do the New York Yankees need to look at their draft picks differently?
The New York Times Sunday Book Review takes a look at Scorecasting.
Why the Minnesota Twins shouldn’t trade Francisco Liriano. But Michael Young is available!
According to Murray Chass: one win equals $2 million. According to me: one win would be for Murray Chass to stop writing and that would be priceless.
Allow me to present Mr. and Mrs. Kay, okay?
Finally, a very happy birthday to Strat-O-Matic.