The day has finally arrived. Pitchers and catchers have began reporting to spring training for nine major league ball clubs. They are as follows…
- The Diamondbacks are reporting with a great core of young players including Justin Upton, Chris Young, Miguel Montero, and Stephen Drew.
- The new look Orioles have added power bats like Derrek Lee and Mark Reynolds to compliment their young, up and coming talents. Now if only they could find some pitching.
- Victor Martinez will be reporting today with the Tigers catchers and make himself right at home in Detroit. The Tigers will be looking to bounce back after a disappointing 2010 campaign and may have added just enough pieces to lift them to that next level.
- The Phillies will be welcoming newly acquired Cliff Lee into camp with open arms as he will help to give them one of the best pitching staffs ever assembled. They will miss Jayson Werth in the middle of that lineup which is now very lefty heavy. Can Dom Brown fill the void?
- The Pirates continue to be a joke outside of Andrew McCutchen.
- Although it is not his time to report yet the Cardinals have more to worry about than just this season entering spring training. The deadline to give the best player of the last decade, Albert Pujols, a contract extension is Wednesday. Doesn’t look too good for them and looks as though Phat Albert will be hitting the open market next winter.
- Can we expect the Padres to play well above their talent level this season, as they did last year? This is highly unlikely and they should be closer to the bottom of the division than the top. There are plenty of new faces down in San Diego inlcuding Cameron Maybin, Brad Hawpe, Jason Bartlett, Ryan Ludwick, and Orlando “O-Dog” Hudson.
- The American League’s reigning Cy Young winner Felix Hernandez reported today for the Seattle Mariners. This guy just seems to be getting better and better every year. It is really too bad this team can not hit a lick. Ichiro can’t do it all by himself. Fun Fact: in 2010 Ichiro had the most hits in the league(214) and scored less runs(74) than the player with the least number of hits in the league(Mark Reynolds 99 hits & 79 runs.)
- Everyone’s favorite Canadian team, the Blue Jays, reported today as well. After losing their best pitcher in Shawn Marcum and most recognizable player Vernon Wells to trade, it may be tough for them to top last season’s 85 win performance.
We say good bye to Andy Pettitte from the game but hello to a new season of baseball and new photo countdown; this time to Opening Day.