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Finally, Pitchers and catchers report
February 14, 2011 - Seth Staskey
Days are getting longer, it's slowly starting to warm up and in the great states of Florida and Arizona, mits are popping.
Oh yes, baseball is back. Well, almost anyway. Pitchers and catchers for many big-league teams reported to their respective training sites to begin workouts in preparation for the upcoming season, which begins in late March this year because MLB doesn't want the season going into the middle of November like it did last year.
It's hard to believe, still, that the Giants are the defending World Series champions. Even more mind boggling to me is how good the Phillies' pitching staff is. I mean, that group has four legitimate Cy Young Award candidates. It's also tough to believe that there's any doubt for the Cardinals to lock up Alber Pujols to a long-term deal. I do see their point since he's 31 yeards old.
I'm really looking forward to seeing how the Reds fare this season, Obviously, they won the N.L. Central, but they won't sneak up on anyone. They do have the N.L. MVP in their lineup in Joey Votto. I think they'll be solid again, but I think they'll miss Orlando Cabrera more than most think.
Another question I am looking forward to seeing answered is whether or not the Padres are a flash in the pan especially now that Adrian Gonzalez is playing in Boston. Speaking of the A.L, the Orioles will be much better than people think and I don't think Jose Bautista will come anywhere near his home run total of 2010.
Oh well, more to come on baseball in upcoming blogs. As I've written several times, MLB is by far my favorite professional sport because other than using a wooden bat the game doesn't change from the time you're 12 until you're playing in the big leagues.
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