As we awoke this morning we were greeted by the sounds of raindrops hitting the window. This is a fairly rare event when you live in the desert so we’re always grateful for the moisture. Still, with Cactus League Spring Training games just four short days away it is hard to be enthusiastic about rain.
In Tucson the Arizona Diamondbacks are continuing their preparation for the beginning of Spring Training. Pitchers are working frantically trying to get their work in before the rains make outside practice impossible.
With many of the original Arizona Diamondbacks now retired from the game, it became inevitable that the question would come up of whether the team would consider retiring numbers for some of these players.
Anticipating this discussion, the Diamondbacks front office outlined the criteria that would be used when determining if a number should be retired. Perhaps the first and most important criterion is that the player must have been voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
At one point or another in our lives we have each experienced a situation where we have built it up so much in our minds anticipating the event that once it finally arrives we are disappointed as it was impossible to ever live up to the expectations we envisioned.
As I was driving down to Chase Field for my Behind-the-Scenes Tour I was worried that perhaps that is what I had done with this event. Since the moment I received the email from Cara Davison confirming me for the tour I had thought of precious little else, a fact my family can attest to when I began creating replicas of Chase Field with mashed potatoes ala Close Encounters of the Third Kind.
A couple of weeks ago I received an email from the Arizona Diamondbacks, a event that usually results in dancing, banquets, and huge celebrations around my house much to the chagrin of my wife. In this particular email I was extended an invitation to attend a “Behind the Scenes Tour of Chase Field”.
I was extremely excited about the thoughts of a backstage tour of Chase Field and I began jumping around the living room like a five year old after eating an entire case of Hostess Twinkies. You would think a grown man singing and dancing around the house would bring the family running to see what the excitement was. In my house it is so common I pretty much get ignored.
Each year as the position players make their way to Spring Training, members of the front office will travel to Tucson to address the players before their first official workout of the season. Those who spoke to the team included General Partner Ken Kendrick, CEO/President Derrick Hall, General Manager Josh Byrnes, and of course Manager AJ Hinch.
As expected both Hinch and Byrnes spoke of on-field expectations. Perhaps one of the most telling comments came from Byrnes when he stood up and sent a very strong message that he and the baseball operations staff feel they have put together a team that could not only be competitive but they have the talent to win the World Series.
Today was one of those Sedona Red lettered days that mark an Arizona Diamondbacks fan’s life. Today was the unofficial reporting day for all position players to report to Spring Training. I say “unofficial” because it’s not technically the day when players are required to report.
Since pitchers and catchers began reporting to the Kino Sports Complex in Tucson, you could find other position players starting to roll into town to begin baseball workouts. The actual required deadline for players to be in camp is Tuesday March 2, 2010.
Melissa Segura of Sports Illustrated is reporting the Arizona Diamondbacks have signed outfielder Socrates Brito from the Dominican Republic. Brito, a 17-year-old left-handed hitting outfielder reportedly will received a six-figure contract from the Diamondbacks.
The contract will also include a scholarship to allow Brito to continue his education. The contract is uncharacteristically large from a Diamondbacks perspective but he team felt confident in the financial commitment based upon the amount of scouting and reports the team received from its Latin American operations.