“I usually sleep pretty well. I woke up early today,” the Detroit ace said Tuesday. “On one hand, you want to appreciate everything as much as you can. It’s not such a whirlwind anymore you kind of know what to expect. But in the same aspect, every day is pretty much the same thing I’ve done for 12 years, so it also starts going faster.”
Verlander’s Tigers jerseys were among 15 teams with their first scheduled workouts for pitchers and catchers Tuesday.
As major leaguers took the field in Florida and Arizona, that familiar sound of balls popping into mitts served as a reminder that in baseball at least, winter is finally over.
While Verlander wholesale jerseys and the Tigers jerseys went through their routine at their newly renovated facility in Lakeland, the Boston Red Sox jerseys were about 115 miles to the south, holding their first workout of the post Papi era. It’s Boston’s first season without David Ortiz since the Red Sox jerseys signed him in January 2003, but Big Papi’s retirement may not be too big a blow to a team that added star left hander cheap Chris Sale jersey.
Over in Arizona, the Cleveland Indians jerseys began preparing to defend their American League title. Cleveland won the AL Central comfortably last year and made it to the World Series before losing to the Chicago Cubs jerseys in seven games.
“This time of year, everyone is at glass half full,” Indians jerseys manager Terry Francona said. “We have good reason to be.”
Hopes are always high at the start of spring training, but occasionally there’s some injury news on the first day.
Baltimore manager Buck Showalter said right hander cheap Chris Tillman jersey had a platelet rich plasma injection on his right shoulder and won’t start the season until April 7 at the earliest.
The Royals jerseys and Miami Marlins jerseys begin this season with heavy hearts following the deaths of pitchers Yordano Ventura last month and cheap Jose Fernandez jersey in September, and Tigers jerseys owner Mike Ilitch died Friday at age 87.
“I got to know him as best as an owner and player can know each other,” said Detroit catcher cheap Alex Avila jersey, whose father Al is the team’s general manager.”He was always a very gracious and generous person very nice to myself, my family. Very loyal. I know as a family, we always felt we had to kind of reciprocate that loyalty because he’s a tremendous man. They’re a great family.”
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Their bench coach, former Minnesota Twins jerseys manager Ron Gardenhire, has prostate cancer and is set to have surgery. He said doctors believe they caught the cancer early.
The Diamondbacks jerseys went 69 93 last year and are one of a few National League teams that started workouts Tuesday amid tepid expectations. The Phillies jerseys, Reds jerseys and Rockies jerseys also finished well out of the postseason picture in 2016, but that doesn’t mean they can’t set goals for themselves.
Philadelphia manager Pete Mackanin said he wants his team to play .500 baseball deeper into the season after the Phillies jerseys lost 91 games last year.
For the first time since 2009, the Giants jerseys are entering an odd numbered season without a World Series title to defend. After winning it all in 2010, 2012 and 2014, San Francisco made the playoffs last year as a wild card but lost in the Division Series to the Cubs jerseys.
The Giants jerseys look like contenders again in 2017, and manager Bruce Bochy had plenty of reasons to be upbeat Tuesday when his pitchers and catchers took the field.
“It’s a day you look forward to, getting a chance to see everybody and hear the sound of the bat, watch these guys work out again,” Bochy said. “So it’s a good day.”