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First Pitch: On the Hurdle Extension and the First Day of Minor League Camp

First Pitch: On the Hurdle Extension and the First Day of Minor League Camp

When I looked at my calendar for a potential move to Bradenton, I had two choices. The week of January 20th would get me here a month before Spring Training, and I'd be settled in when pitchers and catchers reported. A month later would get me in after the first week of camp, and right before the games started. Plus I'd save a month of rent in the process. Since nothing usually happens early in camp (stretching, fielding drills, batting practice), I decided to hold off and move in February.

For the most part the opening of camp has been slow. But there were a few news items in the past week that I've been catching up on. Some of it was the product of a slow news week, specifically the Jason Grilli drama where he was quoted in a national article, then criticized bloggers for misrepresenting the exact quote that was in the article. That's the thing about the first weeks of Spring Training. You don't hear about things like Grilli's opinions on the previous trade deadline at any other t...

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