Notes from Spring Training .... Kind Of

A disappointing day at the park beats just about everything.

I have spent the past six days hanging out with some of the best nerds in the world at the SABR Analytics conference and FanGraphs meet up. Even though the people I have interacted with have been great, the trip has been a let down. And that trend didn't end today. I get to the Surprise ballpark and no one from the Royals were around so I could get my media pass. They took the entire day off. This disappointment wasn't the first. I was already informed I would not be able to interview minor league players like last season.

I was pressed to go to the back fields to watch some B-list players take on Long Beach State. Here are my thoughts on a what little I saw.

  • Manaea and Almonte were walking to the showers as I was headed out to the fields.
  • A decent backfield crowd was on hand probably because there was no MLB game today.
  • Terrance Gore and Tim Collins should have a height contest. My money is on Collins.
  • Some new raised bleachers were added to the back fields. I am not sure what I think of them just yet. They look and feel pretty cheaply put together.
  • Jason Adam just ate through the Long Beach lineup, as he should.
  • The Long Beach batters were good to the kids in attendance. They hit a ton of foul balls trying to catch up with the minor league pitchers.
  • It must have been black and white striped dress day for the wives and girl friends. I didn't get the memo. I thought about taking some pics, but none would have overflow consideration, so I didn't waste my time.
  • A lot of grown men with pick cell phones. Not sure what to think about that
  • Mariot can throw smoke. Enjoy this video of him.

  • Jason Parks was in the house
  • I saw Marten Gasparini in one dugout. He stood leaning on the dugout wall for the entire game.

Martin_medium

  • In & Out continues to make a great burger and shake. Their fries are still sub-par (soggy and way too much salt).
  • Maybe I can see more tomorrow. It really can't get any worse (waits for patiently for the Buddy Bell quote).
X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Royals Review

You must be a member of Royals Review to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Royals Review. You should read them.

Join Royals Review

You must be a member of Royals Review to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Royals Review. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9351_tracker