Posted by: Ryan | March 23, 2011


We’re a week away from the start of the regular major league season, two weeks away from the start of Double-A. (And for you Vermont Lake Monsters fans out there, we’re, oh, three months away from your Opening Day. Enjoy the snow.)

I usually don’t pay much attention to Spring Training, but this year I’ve been keeping tabs on some of the players I watched during my minor league trips last year. I saw a *lot* of players, far too many to remember them all. I took a photo of the lineup board each night, just in case I one day wanted to prove that I had seen a certain star back when he was only a prospect. Because otherwise it might be hard to remember.

Every stadium had a lineup board, and there would always be a crowd of balding, pudgy guys – ahem – scribing down the names in their scorebooks before the first pitch.

So, a couple of names from last year, getting play in the press:

  1. Tim Collins, the former Fisher Cats’ closer, who hit 97 on the radar gun during a June game I saw last summer, has moved up the ladder to Triple-A, and is the odds-on favorite to become the new setup man for the Kansas City Royals. From the Boston Globe: Collins making his case for Royals’ setup role.
  2. Brad Emaus, the former Fisher Cats’ second baseman, who I saw hit a towering home run at a game in Binghamton, seems poised to take over the position for the Mets. The New York Mets, not the Binghamton B-Mets. Emaus Takes Lead in Mets’ Second-Base Competition.
  3. Jesus Montero, who I watched warm up the pitchers at close distance in Scranton, barking out commands in barely intelligible Spanish, will probably start the season up at the parent Yankee club, because of an injury to another catcher. Cervelli Fractures Foot, Altering Yankees’ Plan for Younger Catchers.
  4. Domonic Brown, my muse last summer, broke his hand on a swing early Spring Training. He will be out for 4 to 6 weeks.

As many have said, this game is designed to break your heart. Or at least your hand.

On to Opening Day.


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