Jason Williams of the PiPress has what seems like the best blog with updates from Fort Myers so far. Some news from camp today:
Gardy has been impressed with Sidney Ponson through the first
two workouts. Ponson’s locker is close to the stalls of Santana and
Silva, and Gardy is pleased that Ponson has formed a bond with the
veteran pitchers.“We like the way he is working,” Gardy said of Ponson.
“He fits in nicely here. He’s got a good smile on his face. That’s fun
to see. He’s doing it the right way.”
One-time hot pitching prospect J.D. Durbin will be given the
opportunity to win the long relief job vacated when the Twins
non-tendered Willie Eyre this winter. Durbin, 24, is out of contract
options and still is having a nerve problem in his right biceps, an
injury he incurred in the minors last year. He said he still has
tingling in his forearm, but the Twins hope he will be ready to throw
off a mound by the weekend.
Ramon Ortiz is still a no show at camp with visa problems. That leaves him, Jeff Cirillo and Luis Castillo as the only players not in camp right now.
Of course this happens right after I buy my new cap for the season. New Era and MLB announce the synthetic caps to be unveiled this year. No more wool.
I don't know how I feel about this, but I will be getting one. It will be funny to see Morneau's cap in August without all the sweat rings.
With Spring Training starting yesterday I feel like it's a good enough time to come back to this site and try to add some insight and info.
Francisco Liriano was in Fort Myers and really wants to pitch this year. It looks like his earlier predictions of pitching in October were a bit premature, but he will likely be pitching in the Dominican Winter league in November or December. "We have a rehab schedule, and I think we're pretty much pointing
toward winter ball," Ryan said. "He might be able to participate in
some drills in the [fall] instructional league camp ... but we are not
going to jeopardize anything with this young man's future."
It looks like Pat Neshek will be updating his blog on a semi regular basis from spring training. He always has some good stories, even if alot of them have to do with "graphing" and metal bands.
Ramon Ortiz won't be in camp until Thursday at the earliest. He's still in the Dominican Republic dealing with visa problems. The team doesn't seem too worried about it.
New numbers were given to the new players yesterday as well. Put em in the books. Sidney Ponson #19 Ortiz wearing #44 Jeff Cirillo #27
Pat Neshek is auctioning off his "Game Worn" Rookie Hazing witch outfit on Ebay. All the proceeds go to an Pets in Distress in South Florida where he adopted his dog. You'll also get an autographed picture of him in the outfit. Too bad it won't be here for halloween. I was hoping to go as Pat Neshek dressed up like a witch for rooking hazing day in Cleveland. Damn, back to the drawing board.
This site has been around for a while now, but I thought I'd give it a link. ShutUpTimMcCarver.com I would say the most annoying thing about watching the playoffs and World Series is having to sit through the banter of Tim McCarver and Joe Buck. Hopefully these guys can get him to finally shut up. They have a pretty good list of some of his dumb comments:
"Well, David Eckstein, like most of us, has 20
digits. Ten fingers. Ten toes." "On most teams the set up man has become more
valuable, on others not so valuable." “So by guessing right you might have guessed
I'm sure this list will continue to grow for the rest of the World Series.
Baseball America is expected to name Johan Santana their Player of the Year tomorrow. Pedro Martinez is the only other pitcher to be given the award before. Hopefully this is just the start of awards and accolades given to the Twins in the off season.