Spring Training has officially begun! I can not stress how excited I am, and to have been able to listen, and watch most of the games that have been played yesterday, and today. To start things off we should probably talk about some lingering rumors, and some other important issues around the Majors.
As we all know Miguel Cabrera was picked up for a DUI a week or so ago. He made it to the baseball stadium, and offered an apology and asked for forgiveness. He has also been admitted into a MLB provided AA program for his abuse with alcohol. He is also in therapy for his problems at home. With all that in place, Miggy is expected to join the Detroit Tigers on Monday for his spring training debut.
Cincinnati Reds right-hander Edison Volquezl missed the Spring Training opener today due to work visa problems. Volquez is here on a travel visa, and had to be scratched from the starting position due to complications. Manager Dusty Baker has chosen Volquez to be the regular season home opener starter for the Reds.
Chipper Jones didnt think he would be playing this early. With his freshly repaired left knee Jones said he felt pretty good today even though the Braves took a 5-4 loss to the Mets. Jones went 1-3 with a strikeout, a single, and a flyout. ” I got to do everything I wanted to do, with the exception of maybe going from first to third or scoring from second or something.” Jones said. Last Thursday Jones was concerned how many games he was going to miss when fluid started building around the knee. He aims to play in at least 130 games this season. “All my bad days are followed by good days.” Jones concluded.
Philidelphia Phillies slugger Chase Utley has some concerns of his own right now. After a recent MRI it is concluded that he has tendinitis in his right knee. Although surgery has not been suggested or discussed, Utley hopes this problem will be long forgotten when opening day is here. Utley has claimed he has had tendinitis in his knee before, and it usually goes away, and doesnt stop progress. But as of late he has felt some soreness, and stiffness in that right knee. “Id rather miss some games here than miss games during the season. Its something Ive dealt with before. Its probably something im going to have to continue to maintain and keep an eye on.” Utley said.
Hall of Fame journalist Hal McCoy of the Dayton Daily News ended up rewritting, and regretting his story he made of Jonny Gomes of the Cincinnati Reds. Claiming that Gomes was outright celebrating the recent news of St Louis Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright being out for the season after feeling discomfort his in elbow during practice last week. Concluding that Wainwright would be out for the 2011 season for Tommy John surgery was a major blow to the St Louis Cardinals, and not something to celebrate but it does put the other remaining teams in the NL Central on the forefront of the division in this years pennant race. “I am a major believer in karma.” Gomes said. “Your reputation is just as big as your performance on the field,” Gomes explained. Gomes didnt exactly have an easy childhood, and Gomes has even lost his best friend, Adam Westcott in a traffic accident. He isnt one to wish misfortune on anyone. Even surviving a heart attack when he was 22 years old has helped put a lot of things in perspective for him. Gomes says he was simply asking ” Is WainWright gone?” when the news started circulating the clubhouse after the news came down from former Reds pitcher Rob Dibble. Everyone makes mistakes. Even writers.
Koby Clemens, son of Rogers Clemens, went 3-3 today with a home run as his team won in an intrasquad game today. Clemens went on to win MVP in the Astros intrasquad game. How about that. Young Clemens. Stay off the juice, son!
PHI 3 F
ATL 4 F
PIT 10 F
DET 1 F
LAD 5 F
CLE 6 F
TEX 2 F
CHC 7 F
SEA 13 F/10
ARI 4 F
MIN 8 F
News from the Atlanta Braves organization was heart-felt, and much needed. After Bobby Cox announced his retirement last season it was thought as a sure thing that Chipper Jones would be leaving as well. Entering his 19th season as the Braves third-basemen, Jones is well on his way to Srping Training. He had knee surgery, and has been steadily working on his swing to keep it sharp. He hasnt fielded any ground balls or ran any of the bases yet, and Chipper reports that the cold weather has kept him from getting in full day workouts but he is grateful for that. ” If you know me Im usually the guy that tries to do too much all of the time.” Jones said. ” The cold weather has kind of kept the reigns back, and I feel okay about that.” Jones has been in physical therapy but is confident that he will be ready by the time Spring Training starts.
Zack Greinke, and Shawn Marcum took some questions and answers from fans at the Brewers Fanfest over the weekend. When asked who they were in favor of to win the Superbowl, Greinke decided to play Devils Advocate and tell the fans he favored the Steelers to win. Greinke was nearly boo-ed off the stage but Bob Uecker interjected to save Greinke was total demonization. ” Hey, everyone. Calm down. He’s only been in town for like, 15 minutes!” Uecker laughed. Shawn Marcum took the other approach and decided to stick with the home town favorite. The Green Bay Packers.
Lou Piniella retired last season in August because of his mothers health reasons is back in baseball already. Piniella, 67, will try to reach an agreement with the Giants this year to become a special advisor for the front office of the organization. The Sanfrancisco Chronicle reported that Piniella will “consult in a variety of ways, whether its scouting or advising…well, whatever a baseball lifer of 48 years can provide.” The Giants have not confirmed or denied any details of the report.
Last season Cito Gaston took heavy criticism due to letting John Buck sit behind the plate for the majority of the season rather than put their rookie catcher J.P Arencibia in instead. Gaston wasnt all to blame though. When trying to sign Buck to a contract the Blue Jays owner Alex Anthopoulus promised John Buck that he would be the everyday backstop for the Jays. Since Anthopoulus is a man of his word thats exactly what happened. Not only did that help John Buck sign a three-year deal with the Florida Marlins for the start of the 2011 season worth $18 million dollars but it also didnt help prove that Arencibia was strong enough for the Majors. ” When John Buck was signed to a one-year deal, the promise was made to him that he was going to be the every day player from start to finish.” Anthopoulus said. “When we were competing to sign him, there were a few other teams out there that wanted him. That was what seperated us from some of the other teams.” Base strictly on performance, Buck was the Blue Jays best option for the 2010 season.
More ahead as Spring Training nears.
Pujols talks contract terms
Midwest blizzard damages Wrigley Field roof-Waveland Ave closed down due to heavy amounts of debris
Jovial Manny, Damon excited to join Tampa Bay Rays
Until next time baseball fans…