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Posted on 18. Mar, 2009 by .

 

As a kid, you dream about becoming a Major League Baseball player. You toss a ball around the yard, play home run derby over your neighbor’s fence or even create yourself in your MLB video game to play in the pros.  You wonder what it would feel like to put on a big league uniform, […]


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Posted on 17. Mar, 2009 by .

 

After about a week of full squad workouts, players in the Cincinnati Red Minor League Camp are ready to start competition.  All the players will be divided up into four squads, AAA (Louisville), AA (Carolina), High-A (Sarasota), Low-A (Dayton).  At this point, the levels do not mean much, and have no bearing on the final […]


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Posted on 14. Mar, 2009 by .

 

Pete Rose is banned from the game of baseball, and may never get reinstated to the game, but his name and records are displayed at the Sarasota complex where the Cincinnati Reds train.  A sign hangs above the batting cages to celebrate one of the greatest players that ever played the game. The discussion could […]


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Posted on 13. Mar, 2009 by .

 

An equipment and clubhouse manager’s best friend is the washing machine.  With about 200 players, 25 coaches, 10 medical staff and 5 strength coaches in minor league camp, I cannot begin to tell you how many loads run through this washer during Spring Training or even during each day. And do not even dream about […]


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Posted on 12. Mar, 2009 by .

 

They may not have any big league time, they may be stuck on the backfields in the blistering sun, they may play their spring training games in front of enough fans to count on one hand, and they be starting at the bottom of ladder on the road to the majors, but this spring, Cincinnati […]


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Posted on 11. Mar, 2009 by .

 

A very important part of a baseball players development takes place in the minor league system with minor league spring training and then the season.  It is never known how long a player will spend in the minors before getting a “cup of coffee” in the show, and a large number of them will not […]


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Posted on 10. Mar, 2009 by .

 

Minor League Position Players are reporting to camp in Sarasota and preparing for the first day of full squad workouts.  All players must go through a physical before taking the field for practice and joining the pitchers and catchers.  It seems that a large number of position players have reported to camp early this spring, […]


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Posted on 08. Mar, 2009 by .

 

Arguably, one of the most important pieces of equipment to a baseball player is his bat. Without it, a player does not stand a chance to reach first base or beyond.  There are numerous styles, sizes and colors of baseball bats, and even more companies that produce them. Later in the season I will look […]


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Posted on 07. Mar, 2009 by .

 

Although Major League and Minor League Spring Training camps are two different items, players from each have plenty of time to hang or mingle with each other.  Their drills and games are totally separate, but they do share many areas like the weight room, batting cages, back fields, and the picnic table area pictured above. […]


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Posted on 06. Mar, 2009 by .

 

What a glorious day, pitchers and catchers report.  I know you are wondering what I am talking about, since major league pitchers and catchers reported over three weeks ago and some teams are already 10 games into their spring schedules.  But for players trying to make minor league squads, the fun is just beginning. Talking […]


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