Arrived yesterday in Winter Park Florida checked into The Alfond Inn (new and very nice surprise) dropped off our bags grabbed my camera equipment and dashed-off to the Braves spring training home ballpark. The Braves were playing the Nationals who have new rookie manager Matt Williams. Within the game, two plays stand out. The Nationals had runners on first and third base with one out, and Matt Williams pulled an old Billy Martin move, sending the runner on first base to have him caught in a rundown and the runner on third base breaks for home, the play worked with the runner scoring. The second play came late in the game , with the score tied 4-4 no outs, and the bases loaded Matt Williams moved one of his outfielders to the infield creating 5-infielders with three fielder on the left side the batter hit a lined out to the left side of the infield, but the next batter crushed one to a vacant right field, clearing the bases with a with a triple, and the score was now 7 to 4. I liked that Matt Williams a rookie manager of a team that’s expected to win its division was not afraid to try out some plays. After all, it is spring training for managers also, experiment a little, and it is fun for the fans also….
It’s Friday the cold, snowy weather is still pounding us in the northeast and I’m leaving for spring training in about 4 hours. While going through everything and looking up information I came across this:
Major league baseball has asked its players to stop tossing baseballs into the stands during games, because they say fans fight over them and they get hurt. In fact, the Florida Marlins said that’s why they never hit any home runs. It’s a safety issue.
It made me laugh!
Yankees’ Top Starting Pitchers Impress Girardi
Angels’ Albert Pujols prepared to ‘shut a lot of mouths’ this season
Feldman, pitchers face live hitters for first time
Jose Reyes: ‘I feel like I’m 100 percent and back to normal’
Matt Garza already making impression in clubhouse
D-backs’ young shortstops not fearing competition
Yasiel Puig too heavy in camp?
Spring training headlines gives us fans hope, and sometimes cause to worry…
Rare old baseball footage is always a treat!
Originally posted on HardballTalk:
Also: note the bare trees in the outfield. This isn’t Florida. It’s Bear Mountain, New York. In 1945 wartime travel restrictions were still on, so teams trained near home. Now imagine catching a ball or hitting in March weather in the Hudson Valley.
Sandberg arrive in August and finished the season 20-22 but I consider him one of the six new mangers. I think the Phillies have a plan in place to get back on top and keeping Sandberg in the dugout is a good starting point….
Originally posted on Phillies Insider:
Base running, for example, got more notice yesterday. It is all part of Ryno’s philosophy of being prepared to play the game right. And, it will continue into the season.
In a feature story about him in today’s Tampa Bay News, he once again referred to his first spring training camp with the Phillies 35 years ago and the impression Rose, Schmidt and Bowa made on him. “They didn’t want anyone to work harder than them and I never forgot that.” That work ethic carried Ryno to the Hall of Fame.
Yet, he remembers how hard it is to play the game. Even though he has a plaque in Cooperstown, he went to the low minors to learn how to manage. That work ethic and attention to detail carried him back to Carpenter Complex as a big league manager. Now, his goal is to get his team on the same page.
I was drawn to photography at an early age by baseball through the images on the back pages of the Daily News, The New York Mirror and Ozzie Sweets photography. Today Bleacher Report has this wonderful link to my past, unpublished candid images from Life magazines files of Mickey Mantle, Yogi Berra and other New York Yankees spring training 1961…
Along the lines of PNC Park, the Great American Ball Park home to the Cincinnati Reds located on the Ohio River is ballpark I believe overlooked when discussing beautiful ballparks located in cities…
Visit http://www.ballparkprints.com where images of ballparks and classis Ozzie Sweet images are always beging added.
Sitting on the Allegheny River, and the “New Pittsburgh” is beautiful PNC Park home to the rising Pittsburgh Pirates. This from a life long baseball fan who is also huge Yankees fan (grew-up in the shadow of Yankee Stadium) and is only haunted by one game, the 7th game of the 1960 World Series. If you are a Yankees fan, October 13, 1960 is nothing but heartache. No defeat for me hurts and stills hurts more than that one. Here are a few side notes, October 8th, 1960 was the first World Series game I attended, and for years sitting in an umbrella stand at my house was one of Bill Mazeroski’s game used bats from the 1960′s until I gave it to a neighbor who was from Pittsburgh.
This winter has been our “Groundhog Day”! So if you are sitting at home watching the snow feeling trapped, enjoy this movie and just maybe you will feel a little liberated….